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British author previously convicted of denying Holocaust takes tour group to Treblinka

Controversial British historian David Irving speaks to the AP in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010. Irving came to Poland leading a group of followers on a visit to WWII sites, including former Nazi death camps. National Remembrance Institute's spokesman Andrzej Arseniuk said prosecutors are watching his public statements for any violations of the law that forbids the denial of the Holocaust. Violations are prosecuted and can lead to prison terms of up to three years.  Irving was convicted under a similar law in Austria in 2006 and served 13 months in prison.

Controversial British historian David Irving speaks to the AP in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010. Irving came to Poland leading a group of followers on a visit to WWII sites, including former Nazi death camps. National Remembrance Institute's spokesman Andrzej Arseniuk said prosecutors are watching his public statements for any violations of the law that forbids the denial of the Holocaust. Violations are prosecuted and can lead to prison terms of up to three years. Irving was convicted under a similar law in Austria in 2006 and served 13 months in prison.

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — British historian David Irving, who once served prison time in Austria after being convicted of denying the Holocaust, says he is leading a tour of former Nazi death camps in Poland because people want to hear his view.

Irving told The Associated Press Thursday he does not deny millions of Jews were killed by the Nazis but is not afraid to ask "difficult questions" about the Holocaust. He has previously argued many died through disease rather than execution.

His group, including Britons, Americans and Germans, has visited Treblinka and plans to visit three other former death camps before heading home Sept. 30. He would not say how many are in the group nor how much they paid.

Polish authorities say Irving will be prosecuted if he violates the country's law forbidding Holocaust denial.