As I have said a number of times on this page. He refused to recognize that his words and his actions have consequences.
Jailed: Historian David Irving
David Irving stumbled from court stunned and humiliated yesterday after receiving a three-year jail sentence for denying the Holocaust happened.
The Right-wing British historian had expected to be given a suspended term in Vienna after pleading guilty and recanting his previous claims. He had even booked a flight back to London last night.
But he failed to win over the three judges and eight jury members who jointly decided to make an example of him. Judge Peter Liebtreu compared him to a "prostitute who has not changed her ways for decades".
Irving, 67, said he was "very shocked" as he was led from court.
The prosecution had condemned his sudden conversion to conventional historical thinking as a "theatrical exhibition"
designed to save him from the maximum jail term of 10 years.
Ever the showman, he entered the main courtroom of the Imperial-era State Court in Vienna 20 minutes ahead of the trial clutching a copy of his book Hitler's War to his chest.
He said Austria would be "stupid" to sentence him to jail, claiming: "I am not a Holocaust denier nor have ever been."
Irving told Judge Liebtreu yesterday that it was only after 1991, when he had access to the papers of the former deputy commander of Auschwitz and the private papers of Nazi logisitician Adolf Eichmann, that he came to believe in the Nazi extermination programme.
Addressing the court in fluent German. "I'm not a Holocaust denier. Obviously, I've changed my views. I spoke then about Auschwitz and gas chambers based on my knowledge at the time, but by 1991 when I came across the Eichmann papers, I wasn't saying that any more and I wouldn't say that now. The Nazis did murder millions of Jews."
[Then how come he sued me in 2000??]
State prosecutor Michael Klackl ... scoffed at Irving's '1991 enlightenment' and quoted articles and speeches by him afterwards, including a statement in 1994 that the gas chambers were "a great lie".
Addressing the jurors he added: "He has played a role for you today. The thread of anti-Semitism runs through him."
He blamed a "failure of judgment" for his claim that there were no gas chambers in Auschwitz.
Irving's twin brother said:… "All his life, he's fallen on his feet. This time he's fallen on his backside."