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October 15, 2017

Famous historian David Irving is back in the news

Filed under: Auschwitz, David Irving — furtherglory @ 6:30 pm

I have met David Irving several times, and I can tell you that he is the nicest person that you will ever meet.

Irving is a famous historian who has written many books about history.  His problem is that he is too smart; this causes some people to dislike him.

You can read a recent news article about him here:

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History buffs packed out a lecture theatre at University of Otago’s Wellington Campus on Sunday to hear a famous historian recount how he overcame an infamous Holocaust denier.

The courtroom clash of Sir Richard Evans and David Irving has even been made into a film, Denial.

Sir Richard’s work has made him one of the world’s most famous historians, a status backed up by his depiction in Denial. It tells the story of a landmark libel trial 17 years ago brought by prominent Holocaust denier Irving, known for his racist and anti-Semitic views.

Irving sued an author for claiming he falsified history.

Played by actor John Sessions in the film, Sir Richard was called as a witness. His task was to prove the Holocaust really happened.

“In the movie I’m on for about three minutes. Actually I was about 28 hours in the witness box,” he told Newshub.

Sir Richard is on a lecture tour of New Zealand, discussing the trial and his experience of being cross-examined by Irving – a man who in 2004 was denied entry into the country.

“I got the measure of him after the first hour or two, and what I came to realise is that you can’t trust anything he says.”

During the trial old plans were found of the Auschwitz concentration camp, which disproved Irving’s claim there were no holes built in the ceilings of gas chambers to drop cyanide – a popular theory among Holocaust deniers.

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My 1998 photo of ruins of Auschwitz gas chamber

My 1998 photo of Auschwitz gas chamber ruins

You can read all about the gas chamber at Auschwitz-Birkenau on my website at

You can see my photos of the Auschwitz-Birkenau gas chamber at

Folsom Prison Blues Live from San Quentin Prison 1969!

Filed under: Music — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 1:57 pm

I have been blogging about Johnny Cash today because, as I mentioned in an earlier blog post today, he had a new bike trail dedicated to him in Folsom, California.

Johnny Cash is dead — long live Johnny Cash

Filed under: Music — furtherglory @ 11:45 am

How many young people today know who Johnny Cash was?

You can read about the death of Johnny Cash in this news article:

The following quote is from the news article:

A few thousand people will gather in Dyess, a dot-on-the-map Arkansas Delta town, and celebrate Johnny Cash from Thursday through Saturday afternoon.

The endless Delta land, usually broken only by tree lines and its silence ended by the chug of farm trucks hitting a higher gear, will instead be upturned by a mass of people and the air broken by music in praise and devotion to a man now dead 14 years.


It might seem an odd question, especially to an Arkansan, but it’s not. Think about it. When’s the last time thousands came together in a field to celebrate the career of Sam Cooke? James Brown? The Velvet Underground?

Yet, there these people will be, assembled for the three-day Johnny Cash Heritage Festival. True, the weekend honors Cash, who died in 2003, while also focusing on and raising money for the restoration of Dyess, where Cash grew up. But even the heaviest of heavyweight artists usually get a boyhood home and a museum — the restored Johnny Cash Boyhood Home is in Dyess, the Johnny Cash Museum is in downtown Nashville, Tenn. — and not a yearly celebration.

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I am a big fan of the music of Johnny Cash. I live close enough to Folsom, that I could throw a rock from my front porch and hit Folsom prison. It is a shame that young people do not know his music.

You can read about the Johnny Cash Art Trail in this news article:

The following quote is from the news article cited above:

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Phase two of Folsom’s 2.5-mile Johnny Cash Trail opened Saturday with a festival, two fun runs and a community bike ride.

The first phase of the nearly $8 million project was completed nearly three years ago, when a 1.2-mile segment of the Class I bike trail opened. With the completion of the second phase, the bike trail infrastructure is in place. The city plans to create a linear public display to honor Cash with eight large pieces of art that will tell his story.

Cash’s daughter Cindy Cash spoke and cut the ribbon at Saturday’s event. She choked up as she spoke of her father’s humble nature and how honored he would have been by the event, which included nearly 600 runners, 150 cyclists and other attendees.

Read more here: