David Irving's works moved by college library after their presence branded a 'disgrace'

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    Churchill College has moved the controversial historian's work to a closed area following a complaint by a visiting academic

    A Cambridge college library has moved the work of a historian branded an anti-Semite to a closed area after an academic called his books' appearance on its shelves a 'disgrace'. Dr Irene Lancaster spotted that the controversial author David Irving's books were accessible in Churchill College's Roskill Library during a tour of its archives on February 1. Notorious for his holocaust scepticism, Irving was branded an anti-Semite and racist by a judge in 2000 following an infamous libel case brought to trial by the historian against Penguin Books. Writing to Cambridge University's Vice-Chancellor's office, Dr Lancaster asked how it could be justified that Irving's work sat 'pride of place' in the library. The university said the texts were stored to allow scholars to "challenge" their contents, but had now been moved to a closed off reserve store. A spokesperson insisted that by holding his work, the university "in no way" endorsed Irving's views but it did remain committed to freedom of speech and enabling people to "question and test controversial ideas".

    An emailed response from the university to Dr Lancaster also said: "Churchill College does not hold the personal papers of David Irving and none of his writing occupies a position that could be described as ‘pride of place' in the College. "In common with other libraries around the UK, including Manchester where you are based, the Roskill Library within the College’s Archives Centre holds a number of published works by Irving." Author and former Manchester university lecturer, Dr Irene Lancaster, was visiting Cambridge's Magadelene college earlier this month for a book launch of her translation from Hebrew of the biography of the Chief Rabbi of Haifa, Israel. During her visit she toured Churchill College, which runs a fellowship programme with Haifa's Technion University, where she spotted Irving's work. In an email to the vice-chancellor's office seen by the News, she said: "This sort of behaviour is illegal in most European countries, and especially in Germany and Austria, where I understand Irving was imprisoned for some years not so long ago. "Naturally, we in the Jewish community are very upset that convicted anti-Semite David Irving is honoured by being included in the Churchill Archive, especially as that college is twinned with Israel’s greatest scientific university, which was the reason for my visit! "I wonder if you have any advice on how to go about explaining to Churchill College that David Irving’s presence within the archive is a disgrace to the name of your university, and more importantly that such generosity towards someone convicted of antisemitism by a British judge would not even be countenanced in the case of other minority groups within the university."
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    Several weeks ago the London Times’s religion blog Faith Central decided to list the “30 Most Influential Religious Blogs”. At number 28 is Irene Lancaster, a British academic who recently emigrated to Israel, and whose main contribution to public debate is to assert – over and over again – that institutions and individuals who are critical of Israel are motivated by anti-Semitism. Over the past two years Lancaster has become a familiar figure in the British media, popping up on programmes like BBC Radio Manchester’s Thought for the Week and in mainstream religious magazines like The Tablet, which refers to her as “one of the United Kingdom’s leading Jewish academics” – a rather astonishing title given that her academic publication record (so far as I can see) seems pretty average, consisting of some translations and a couple of books on aspects of medieval Jewish thought. Lancaster also enjoys close relations with some high-profile figures, such as former Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey, and she is the Interfaith Advisor and Academic Liaison Officer for Anglican Friends of Israel (an organisation which has as a patron David Marsland, a university professor who believes that the UK should be a police state with summary executions of terrorist suspects and imprisonment for dissenting journalists).

    http://barthsnotes.com/2007/08/26/irene-lancaster-in-her-own-words/
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    Anglicans have betrayed the Jews
    by Dr Irene Lancaster

    THE CHIEF RABBI, Dr Jonathan Sacks, stated three years ago that: "Anti-Semitism exists . . . whenever two contradictory factors appear in combination: the belief that Jews are so powerful that they are responsible for the evils of the world, and the knowledge that they are so powerless that they can be attacked with impunity" (lecture to the Inter-Parliamentary Committee against Anti-Semitism, 28 February 2002).

    How prophetic these words have become. The Jewish community in Britain is alarmed by the increasing anti-Semitism in the Anglican Church, much of it based on ignorance. For instance, many people outside the Jewish community really believe that Israel, a country the size of Wales, is, as Dr Sacks said, "responsible for the evils of the world", while Jewish people know only too well that, as 0.5 per cent of the population, "they are so powerless that they can be attacked with impunity".

    http://www.virtueonline.org/anglicans-have-betrayed-jews-irene-lancaster
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    Wasn't that MacDonald's thesis for the Culture of Critique, that the jews have adapted to survive in small numbers by manipulating their hosts' social and political power systems?
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    jews :disagree:
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    If only they would...! But their moment to act - and save themselves - came and went long ago.

    Now they join countless other momentary-friends of Hymie who find themselves worth less, combined, than a single Jewish fingernail.
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