On November 4, 2012 David Irving–Nazi apologist and holocaust denier-- came to Seattle to give a reading from his new book, Hitler and I. Local anarchists and anti-racist organizers investigated and obtained the location, which was the Hilton on 6th and University. In a cruel twist of irony, the room the reading was convened in was named after the Chinook, a Northwestern indigenous tribe.
About 20 anti-fascists arrived on location and, pouring out of the elevators on the 10th floor, crowded around the open door of the event. A security guard, who looked as if they would fit in at any Volksfront meeting, barred the entrance and assaulted four protesters as chants of “Racist, Sexist, Anti-Gay, David Irving GO AWAY!” filled the hall. Curious seminar attendees for a separate event joined the raucous crowd, shouting their approval for anti-Nazi sentiment. Reading attendees were approximately the same in number, a group of dour white men glaring ineffectually behind Irving’s hired muscle, who called the angry anti-racists “Zionists.” Two of the protesters were also physical assaulted by a hotel employee.
Hotel staff announced that police had been called, and as the neo-Nazis’ fascist comrades rushed to the scene to protect Irving’s event, the antifa crowd dispersed and got to safety. No arrests were made.
If you would like to contact the Hilton’s general manager to voice your disapproval of them allowing this reading in their hotel, call 206-695-6026.