Veteran libertarian conservative and former MEP and MP Janusz Korwin-Mikke has protested about controversial historian David Irving being denied entry to Poland and argues that it is not for him or Mr Irving to prove that Hitler did not know about the Holocaust but for others to prove that he was aware of it happening.
Mr Korwin-Mikke has been in Polish politics since 1989 and has led several parties he himself formed and then disbanded. He is currently leading a small radical right party “Freedom” which has come into an electoral alliance with the National Movement (RN) and pro-life activists that is standing for the European Elections as the “Confederation”. It is the only slate in the forthcoming EP elections in Poland which is openly arguing for Poland to leave the EU.
The veteran maverick took to Twitter to attack the decision to stop David Irving, the historian who denies that Hitler authorized the Holocaust and belittles the number of casualties in the death camps, from coming to Poland. “It is not me or Mr Irving who should prove that Hitler did not know about the Holocaust, it should be proved that he did know!” tweeted Mr Korwin-Mikke.
David Irving has planned to visit German Nazi death camps in Poland. Israel has appealed to the Polish government to stop him coming as Mr Irving is regarded as a Holocaust denier and apologist for Hitler and the Nazis, for which he has been tried and found guilty by the courts in Britain and Austria.
The Polish government has said that Mr Irving will probably be stopped from entry into Poland because his views are contrary to Polish legislation. The law in Poland forbids Holocaust denial and propagating totalitarian ideologies.
Korwin-Mikke has form in controversial statements
Controversial statements are a trademark of Janusz Korwin-Mikke. In the past he has said that “there was more freedom under Hitler than there is now in the EU”. In the European Parliament he enraged women MEPs by arguing that it has been scientifically proven that women are less intelligent than men.
His uncompromising views and statements have meant that he has found it hard to work with other parties or even within the parties he has formed. As a former press spokesman for one of his parties Rafał Ziemkiewicz says, every time one of Mr Korwin’s parties rises in the polls its leader and founder says something which collapses support for it.
It may be happening again. Only on Monday was there a poll which showed the coalition he is leading crossing the five percent threshold for the EP elections and on the same day Mr Korwin-Mikke decides to take to cyberspace to defend the right of a Holocaust denier to enter the country.