Historian defends decision to set up tour of Nazi sites


Polish authorities have turned the site of the former Nazi death camp Auschwitz into a “Disney-style” tourist attraction, the Daily Mail quoted historian David Irving as saying on Friday.

In his remarks, Irving was responding to claims that his tours of notable Nazi sites, including Adolf Hitler’s headquarters and the Treblinka death camp, were “tasteless,” saying that it was the Polish government that was being tasteless by promoting Auschwitz as a tourist attraction.

In the Friday Daily Mail report, Irving went on to accuse Polish authorities of neglecting other less “marketable,” more authentic death camps, which “don’t have a Holiday Inn down the road,” in favor of Auschwitz.

“I have been a historian for 40 years, I know a fake when I see it, when you look at old photographs of Auschwitz, those towers aren’t on the photographs,” the Daily Mail quoted Irving as saying.

According to the Daily Mail report, Irving rejected claims that his tour overlooked death camps, focusing on Nazi-related sites, saying that if critics “had seen my website, they would know I have already visited many of the death camps two or three times.”