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Oxford University Chabad Society attends protest against David Irving and Nick Griffin at the Oxford Union


27 Nov, 2007


On Monday night members of Oxford Chabad Society joined hundreds of students and non-students alike outside the Oxford Union to protest against the invitation of Nick Griffin and David Irving to speak at a “free speech forum”.


Nick Griffin was quoted last year in the Mail on Sunday as saying: "It's well known that the chimneys from the gas chambers at Auschwitz are fake, built after the war ended". In 1998 an English court found that David Irving was "an active Holocaust denier; that he is anti-Semitic and racist and that he associates with right-wing extremists who promote neo-Nazism." Oxford… Read More »

Letter to Luke Tryl, President of the Oxford Union by Rabbi Eli to withdraw invitation to David Irving

Letter to Luke Tryl, President of the Oxford Union, by Rabbi Eli Brackman, to withdraw invitation to David Irving to speak in debate on Freedom of Speech at Oxford Union.
Dear Luke,
I am writing to you as Rabbi in Oxford asking that you kindly consider withdrawing the invitation to David Irving. Mr. Irving is a symbol of Holocaust denial and extreme anti-Semitism in the world today.
I am in favour of a debate on free speech and there are many suitable speakers who can debate this subject, including people like Nathan Sheransky and Nelson Mandela. However, to host Mr. Irving is insensitive to the Jewish community and the wider community who believe that the path for a moral society free of opression… Read More »

Great-grandson of Richard Wagner condemns at Oxford Chabad great-grandfather for being co-responsible for Holocaust

Richard Wagner condemned in Oxford at the Oxford University Chabad Society by great-grandson for being co-responsible for the Holocaust


6 November, 2007


Oxford University Chabad Society hosted last Tuesday a lecture by the great-grandson of composer Richard Wagner, co-sponsored by Spiro Ark. Dr. Gottfried Wagner, who has lectured numerous times in Israel and is notorious in Germany for his critical views of his great-grandfather, a national symbol in Germany, was invited by the OU Chabad Society to speak about the anti-Semitism of Richard Wagner and his impact on German culture and politics.


Dr. Wagner categorically stated that one cannot separate Richard Wagner, the anti-Semite, from his music and added that … Read More »

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