"Holocaust denier" Irving's books freely available in Czech Republic
Controversial British historian David Irving has featured heavily in the world's media this week after being convicted in Austria for denying the Holocaust. The trial was based on Mr Irving's book "Hitler's War", in which the author claims that Hitler knew nothing of the Holocaust and Auschwitz was not an extermination camp. But Czech translations of David Irving's books are also widely available in this country - where Holocaust denial is a crime.
Several years ago Neoluxor also stocked Mein Kampf, but withdrew Hitler's autobiography after the publisher who produced the new Czech edition was convicted of propagating fascism. So far Neoluxor and other large bookshops such as Kanzelsberger - which has 30 shops across the country - have said they are considering withdrawing Irving's books. So far, however, they remain on shelves.
Deciding whether by offering Hitler's War bookshops and libraries are committing a crime is a fine legal issue. But another issue - indeed some say the real issue - is that the trial of David Irving and the debate over "Hitler's War" - is earning huge amounts of free publicity for an author who obviously thrives on it.