Ernst Zündel 1939-2017: Two Tributes
IT IS WITH very great regret that we must report the sad news that Ernst Zündel died last week in his ancestral homeland of Swabia, southern Germany.
Ernst Zündel was that rarest phenomenon — a truly great man who devoted his life to serving his race and nation, by fearlessly defending and promoting historical truth. H&D will publish a full obituary of Ernst later.
Our deepest sympathy to Ernst’s wife Ingrid, who was so disgracefully denied the right to live with her husband for the past 14 years by the combined legal tyrannies of the USA and Germany.
She continues his work through the Zundelsite and the creation of a research library containing many rare volumes.
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Homage to Ernst Zündel
by Robert Faurisson
AS THE reader will have heard, in France, the person in charge of “Bocage” has taken a final bow with the 6,000th newsletter under that name. Thus ends an endeavour remarkable for its range and for the mass of work devoted, since 1979, to informing us on developments in historical revisionism.
This newsletter no. 6,000 salutes a prestigious hero of revisionism, Ernst Zündel, born in Germany in 1939. Those who, given their relatively young age, do not know just who this amazing figure is can ask us for a brief biography.
Zündel has shown such energy, such inventiveness and such disinterestedness that one may rightly assert that, without him, revisionism would never have been able to amass so many victories, victories that have resounded throughout the world.
When finally the collapse of the “Jewish Holocaust” myth comes about, the tribunal of History will have to render justice to a sizeable number of revisionists and, to begin with, the Frenchman Paul Rassinier and the German Ernst Zündel, who never met but who, united in heart and spirit in one and the same truly heroic venture, have indeed fought not only for the honour of their respective homelands but also for the honour of Europe as a whole.
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Bocage, July 1, 2017
OUR FINAL message will be a tribute to Ernst Zündel, the German-Canadian revisionist to whom revisionism owes so much!
For revisionists, Ernst Zündel has played an unparalleled role: with his leaflets, his periodicals – always punctual – in English and German, his help in disseminating so many books in various languages, his radio and television broadcasts, his videos, he has been everywhere, and always present to inspire the movement. In 1990, thanks to a formidable undertaking organised as he knows how, our cause achieved a particularly fine victory: the elimination from the plaques at Auschwitz of the figure of four million dead, replaced later by that of a million and a half.
And it is above all he who, in the manner of an orchestral conductor, masterfully coordinated his two trials in Toronto (1985 and 1988), bringing revisionists and opponents of revisionism from all over the world there, especially in the 1985 trial, in order finally to organise a courtroom confrontation between the two camps (needless to say, when subjected to the inflexible cross-examination of barrister Douglas Christie, advised by Professor Faurisson, the opponents bit the dust so hard that a man like, for instance, Raul Hilberg, the “Pope of exterminationism”, would refuse to return for the 1988 trial!). We think anyone wishing to be informed about revisionism should begin by reading Michael Hoffman’s The Great Holocaust Trial, published by Independent History & Research.
Therefore an end had to be put to Ernst Zündel’s exuberant and iconoclastic activity and it was on February 5, 2003 that this “hero” (the word is Professor Faurisson’s) was literally abducted at his Tennessee home; from that date, i.e. for the past 14 years, this man was to find himself gagged, completely unable to express himself on the subject that was his life’s work: to cleanse Germany, his country of origin, of the false accusations by which she is overwhelmed. After 7 years in prison, amongst which 2 in Canada in conditions close to torture and the rest in Germany, he would have to pass a probation period of 3 years, but the 10 years of silence were not to stop there: in order to maximise his chances of obtaining the right to return to his house in Tennessee, he would carry on maintaining a near-complete silence for 4 years… and our readers will indeed have noted that at our end we did our best to respect that silence.
Alas, on March 31 of this year the dreaded final decision was issued: while the door stays open to so many migrants, the United States, through the voice of a certain Ron Rosenberg, chief of the Administrative Appeals Office of the US Citizen and Immigration Services, which acts by delegation of the Department of Homeland Security, refused the eminent revisionist entry to its territory for all time, thus forbidding him forever from returning to his own home there, beside his wife! However, the law is clear: a person convicted abroad who seeks entry to the United States is to be barred only if the conduct having led to conviction is “deemed criminal by United States standards”; but “denying the Holocaust and expressing anti-Semitic sentiments [which in fact E. Zündel has never done – Bocage] is just not a crime under American law”, noted UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh in a Washington Post column published, cynically, on April 24, Ernst Zündel’s birthday!
It was only on May 9 that we received a copy of that iniquitous ruling signed “Rosenberg”: readers who wish to have their own copy may request it from us.
On May 17 we asked E. Zündel for his reaction, and he replied as follows:
Hi! I have read and reread that US ruling by Ron Rosenberg and am ever more disgusted.
I am so disgusted by this hypocritical charade that I find it nearly impossible to force myself to write something about it!
So here goes:
I had engaged a top immigration lawyer with over thirty years of practical experience with immigration law in the USA. This lawyer handled my case from the beginning!
I followed all his advice and US rules and regulations to the letter.
All things progressed well, I already lived with my wife in the USA at our own property, running our publishing business; I had been granted a work permit, a social security number, had a comprehensive health check-up, including x-rays, aids test, in short, I was fingerprinted by the FBI, even interrogated by a special agent of the FBI, passing all tests required, with flying colours. There was only one more visit to be undertaken with an immigration official before I would be granted permanent residence and could live and work in the USA for the rest of my life!
We were able to obtain my FBI file after my arrest and deportation! The special agent of the FBI, called Scott Nowinski, recommended to his headquarters that they close the Zündel file, assuming that I would be given residency status!
Ingrid and I carried on with our lives, being reassured by the attorneys that all was only a matter of time and routine!
We were totally taken by surprise, when out of the clear blue sky I was arrested during a workday without warning, while framing paintings for my soon to be opened art gallery! The US officials did not allow me to call my attorney, and they did not have an Arrest Warrant!
Instead they claimed that I had overstayed my visa, an obvious and blatant concocted lie, their cover story! In order to deport me from the USA.
Due to this deportation, which came after the events of 9/11 (the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon), I was imprisoned in Canada, to determine my status for two years! Then I was declared a security threat to the nation of Canada, where I had lived peacefully and productively for 42 years, and was declared persona non grata by Canada.
I was deported to Germany, arrested on the steps of the plane which had flown me across the ocean in handcuffs from Canada and immediately imprisoned in Mannheim!
There I was tried in Court for my writings and broadcasts done in the USA, which were perfectly legal in America.
After a lengthy and grotesque trial in Mannheim I was convicted and sentenced to the maximum term of five years under Germany’s controversial holocaust-related post war laws!
I lost all appeals, served every minute of the five-year sentence, plus another three years of “probation”, and was finally released on March 1, 2010!
We, my wife Ingrid and I, fought in the US courts for 14 years, trying to return to the USA. Virtually always lost, also lost all appeals. We spent untold sums on legal fees and court proceedings!
The end result is the ruling by Homeland Security, signed by one Ron Rosenberg, which follows! There is also a critical review of this decision, by a US law professor from Los Angeles University by the name of Volkovh (?), which clarifies matters somewhat!
The Zündel case reveals a great deal about the state of justice and human rights in America today!
There is a vast gap in the USA between their “reality” and American propaganda!
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Ernst Zündel continues to describe himself as unvanquished and defiant, and he will not bend!
Colour photo above: Ernst Zündel, in Toronto in the 1980s, displaying before Robert Faurisson, Fred Leuchter, Robert Miller and Ditlieb Felderer the building plans of the five Auschwitz and Birkenau crematoria, discovered by R. Faurisson in Poland on March 19, 1976. Those plans, kept hidden until then, enabled the creation of scale models making it obvious that the alleged gigantic homicidal gassing operations were physically impossible. See, in this regard, 1) An Engineering Report on the Alleged Execution Gas Chambers at Auschwitz, Birkenau and Majdanek (Poland) prepared by Fred A. Leuchter on April 5, 1988, 193 p.; 2) Did Six Million Really Die? Report of the Evidence in the Canadian “False News” Trial of Ernst Zündel – 1988, edited by Barbara Kulaszka, 1992, viii-564 p.
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