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Lillehammer hotels bar David Irving. Reservations cancelled after writer decides to travel despite ban from literature festival. David Irving, the controversial writer, is still unwelcome in Lillehammer. Now, at least two hotels have cancelled his confirmed rooms for fear of the possible consequences of him staying there. These cancellations come as a result of him having decided to travel to the Lillehammer festival anyway, despite having been disinvited by the festival’s organisers last year.A sustained campaign Irving was first invited to give a speech under this year’s festival, the theme of which is “truth”, but the invitation was withdrawn after public outcry. He says that he was surprised at this, and hits back at them.

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Lillehammer hotels bar David Irving

Published on Sunday, 24th May, 2009 at 22:12 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 2nd June 2009 at 17:17.

Reservations cancelled after writer decides to travel despite ban from literature festival.

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David Irving, the controversial writer, is still unwelcome in Lillehammer. Now, at least two hotels have cancelled his confirmed rooms for fear of the possible consequences of him staying there. These cancellations come as a result of him having decided to travel to the Lillehammer festival anyway, despite having been disinvited by the festival’s organisers last year.

A sustained campaign

Irving was first invited to give a speech under this year’s festival, the theme of which is “truth”, but the invitation was withdrawn after public outcry. He says that he was surprised at this, and hits back at them.

“I thought the Norwegian people were made of stronger stuff...I was very glad to be invited to Lillehammer” he tells aftenposten.no.

He goes on to claim that he is the victim of an attempted worldwide offensive to silence him; something that has been going on for 30 years.

“I dislike being muzzled and brought to silence.”

Trouble

According to the paper, large demonstrations are expected to take place by both Nazi and anti-racism groups in connection with his visit. It is this type of trouble that the hotels wish to avoid.

“Everyone must understand that we don’t want a battlefield outside our hotels. We realise that demonstrations occur in Irving’s wake...and that these can turn violent. We will not subject either our guests or properties to the dangers that these entail”, the director of the Radisson SAS Lillehammer Hotel, Jørgen Holst, tells the paper.

The Rica Victoria Hotel, where Irving had also booked conference facilities in addition to a room, declined to comment as to why they cancelled his reservation. According to the Norwegian News Agency (NTB), Irving and his lawyers have now threatened to sue them for breach of contract.

And one group has already announced that they will hold a demonstration in Lillehammer this Thursday.

“We will not be passive observers whilst Irving spreads his Nazi propaganda in Norway” says the initiator Turid Thomassen, in Aksjon Stopp Irving.

Irving was arrested, tried, and convicted on a visit to Austria for glorifying and identifying with the German Nazi party; an offence there under the country’s prohibition act of 1947, which bans the Nazi party. He served a prison sentence from February to December 2006 as a result.

Security problem

Undeterred, Irving says he is coming to Lillehammer anyway, and still claims that he has been invited by people privately; without wishing to name whom.

“I have many supporters amongst academics and students in Norway” Irving informs the paper.

His planned visit causes security challenges to the Norwegian police. Aftenposten writes that the police have confirmed that they have sent him an email saying that they would like to speak to him in order to be able to plan things around him, but he will not reveal any details to them.

New evidence

He does, however, disclose what he is going to speak about. In an interview with Aftenposten at his home in England, he claims that Auschwitz is far less important to understanding the holocaust than previously thought. His opinion is that the concentration camp is being cultivated as a commercial tourist attraction in a similar way to Disneyland.

Irving says his findings are based on documents that have recently been released from British archives; documents that contain a large amount of decoded German material.

“My most important discovery relates to the Holocaust, and what actually happened when, where, and who it involved. It will be necessary to adjust the story of the Second World War once again” he says.

The festival is scheduled to take place between 26 and 31 May.



Published on Sunday, 24th May, 2009 at 22:12 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 2nd June 2009 at 17:17.

This post has the following tags: david, irving, controversial, writer, banned, norwegian, literature, festival, lillehammer, hotels.





  
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