May 1, 2005
Buckley reports on the world's foremost martyr for free speech
the beginning of March, Ernst Zündel was deported back to Germany by the
Canadian Government. This was the news that many nationalists and supporters
of free speech had both feared and expected. In Germany, Zündel could face
a prison sentence of up to 10 years, merely and solely for his opinions
regarding the events of World War Two. He had left Germany as young man in
September 1958, arriving in Canada with $200, a suitcase and a fishing rod.
He was returning to a homeland that was very different to the one he left
� a country with over 400,000 homeless, for example.
As most of these homeless are native Germans, they tend not
to attract much help or attention, unlike the more favoured asylum-seekers.
The German Government has also, over recent years, been able find the money
to give a couple of new submarines to Israel, instead of helping its own
aged and needy with cash.
Zündel had been held in Canadian jails for over two years
under a particularly gruelling r�gime. For example, he was not permitted to
spend one night in the dark during all that time, or allowed the use of a
chair, clock or calendar. As a result of this harsh treatment � inflicted
on the man just for his opinions and beliefs � Ernst Zündel has become
visibly aged and careworn.
But the leading Canadian paper the Globe and Mail
was � to say the least � not exactly sympathetic to Ernst during this
ordeal. It commented in an editorial just days before his deportation that:
'Ernst Zündel is a despicable character who associates
with even more despicable characters. He is a Holocaust-denier, an
associate of white supremacists and, though he insists his wife holds the
only password, the effective operator of a website that spews hateful
material to the world.'
Journalists, of course, are often notoriously lazy, and here
we see the clear evidence of over-reliance on distorted handouts from the
Anti-Defamation League and other such bodies. Archived on the Zündelsite
are contributions from such 'hateful' writers as Robert Fisk, Dr. Henry
Makow (Jewish) and Elizabeth Corrie, mother of the murdered Rachel. Space
has also been given to various other holocausts largely denied or ignored by
the system media, such as Iraqi sanctions, what our own country did to the
Boers in South Africa around 1900, or the Jenin massacre. Ernst Zündel's
wife Ingrid also insists that she is more than willing to give space to
contrary views. Despite the offer, most � maybe all � of Zündel's
opponents seem to prefer to use the sledgehammer of a manipulated 'law' to
Nor is Zündel an isolated figure. Chemist Germar Rudolf had
to flee his post at the Max Planck Institute after coming up with
'unacceptable' research findings about the persistence of cyanide compounds,
coming first to this country and then to the United States of America �
from which state, like Zündel, he faces the distinct possibility of
deportation back to Germany. Likewise, Jurgen Graf, the Swiss author of the
banned book The Giant with Feet of Clay, only escaped jail by
emigrating to Iran.
Widening credibility gap
The frantic nature of the coordinated, ruthless and
desperate efforts made to silence such dissenters should give the
open-minded a pause for thought. In recent years we have seen many untrue
stories surface about Iraq: the non-existent 'Weapons of Mass-Destruction'
and Saddam's giant 'human shredding machine' come to mind. Earlier than
these bizarre fictions was the bogus tale of babies being flung out of
incubators in Kuwait by Iraqi soldiers. So, it is reasonable to suggest that
large chunks of allied propaganda about the alleged atrocities of an earlier
conflict are not necessarily true.
Indeed Zündel denies nothing that is actually established,
'The Second World War was a Holocaust for everyone in it.
If we are to draw lessons from the Second World War, we must find out what
led to this monstrous event. We must find out as people, as a planet, as
human beings, what really happened. Because otherwise we might well
overlook when real holocausts are planned in the future.'
Or equally correctly that:-
'It is absolutely true that Jews were incarcerated and
often treated cruelly. They were seen as the enemy, just as in our times
the "Nazis" are seen as the enemy of entrenched oligarchies.'
This was also the fate of second-generation Japanese in the
United States, including old people and children, who were largely loyal to
their adopted country. Even so, they finished up incarcerated in
concentration camps in the Californian desert. In our own country, those who
correctly foresaw and predicted that our involvement in World War II would
lead to the ruin of Britain were also imprisoned, sometimes under conditions
of half-starvation and terrified by threats of summary execution.
In more recent years, quite a few Britons have been subject
to degradation and humiliation as a consequence of the economic failure
induced by various incompetent or degenerate governments.
It is all very well to point to the photograph of the young
lad in the Warsaw Ghetto with his hands up before German troops, but � as
the captions sometimes truthfully admit � the boy pictured in Warsaw later
became a successful London businessman. This is rather more than can be said
for some Welsh or Yorkshire boys of the same age killed in accidents
gathering spoil-heap coal for much-needed heat when the mining communities
were closed down in our own dear Tory party's version of the Morgenthau
Even though National Socialist Germany was more or less
founded on a concept of race, this does not necessarily prove genocidal
intentions towards outsiders. Hitler's own chauffeur and 'old comrade' Emil
Maurice, one of the founder members of the SS, is reliably rumoured to have
been Jewish or part-Jewish. Also part-Jewish were numerous military men of
the Third Reich, such as Luftwaffe General Wilberg and Admiral Bernhard
Rogge, commander of the Atlantis and Prinz Eugen.
Additionally, small numbers of Indians, blacks and so on, resided in Nazi
Germany uninterned and unmolested.
So it can be seen, even from this brief overview, that the
situation in wartime Germany was much more complex than the stark, black and
white picture presented to us by the media and tame historians. Which side
should be given credence: the one that wants debate and investigation, or
the one that suppresses it with phalanxes of judges, lawyers, politicians
'Threat to security'
It is difficult to decide what was the most disturbing
feature of the Zündel case. Perhaps it was the blatant
partiality of Justice Pierre Blais, who was surprised by the defence
having a cosy chat with the State Prosecutor. But this is unsurprising as
Blais is a former head of the Canadian SIS (equivalent to 'our' MI5).
Justice Blais described Ernst Zündel as � wait for it � "not only
a threat to Canada's national security but also a threat to the
international community of nations." The judge's comments are of a
piece with the supposed enormous 'global outrage' over Prince Harry's fancy
dress! More rational people might see different, worthier candidates as a
threat to "the international community of nations."
An even more disturbing aspect was the issuing of a
so-called 'national security certificate' to ensure the deportation of a
pacifist with no criminal record. As a result of this move, Ernst was denied
even the right to see the evidence against him, always assuming that there
was any real evidence against him.
This security certificate arrangement was rushed through the
Canadian Parliament following the alleged Al Qaeda attacks on the US, and is
supposedly an anti-terrorist measure. This is somewhat ironic when one
considers that Zündel, so far from being a terrorist, was the near-victim
of one of the few terrorist attacks ever on Canadian soil. Two Canadian
cabinet ministers had to sign the certificate, so they must accounted as
little more than hirelings of the 'special interests' that want to see Zündel
silenced and behind bars for good.
Astonishingly, in spite of the punishing and exhausting
'third-degree' he has been compelled to endure, Ernst Zündel has managed to
retain his capacity for trenchant analysis and astonishing sense. In a
letter to a French friend,* written just before his deportation from Canada,
he comments that:-
'It may well be that we are seeing and experiencing
(Western civilization's) actual death throes by corruption, cynicism, and
food- and drug-induced lethargy and self-centeredness � junk food of
body, mind, and spirit. History records numerous collapses of
civilizations, but none like ours... We will implode from within, for our
version of the ancient Barbarians are not only long inside our gates, they
run our media, our universities, our churches, our governments � they
are, in fact, already the de facto governments in all but name!�
Zündel also puts his finger on the significance of his long
running battle with the authorities:-
'My case is not only there to scare, frighten and dissuade
other heretics and dissidents into compliance or silence; my case will be
used as the precedent-setting case, now sanctioned by the courts of the
U.S.A. and of Canada � and soon of Germany.'
Today it's Zündel, but tomorrow the 'freedom-takers' will
have new targets, possibly including dissident anti-Zionist leftists,
environmentalists or Arab groups. The law has been twisted and perverted in
two countries � the U.S.A. and Canada � with two experienced immigration
lawyers saying that they'd never seen anything like the procedure used to
remove Ernst Zündel from the U.S.A.
In Canada the 'security certificate' was definitely
misapplied, even if we generously assume that � like much of the
legislation introduced after the possible, indeed probable, 'inside job' of
9/11 � that it was fair or just in the first place.
It is only right that the last word should go to Ernst
himself, one victim of massive human rights violations and a politicised
judicial process who still manages to remain philosophical: "I am sad
but not heartbroken for I believe in a higher destiny. I was not meant to
Ernst Zündel can be contacted at:-
Herzogenried Strasse 111
Phone (insert national code for Germany) 621 - 292 - 2271
Fax (insert national code for Germany) 621 - 292 - 2876
* Setting the Record Straight: Letters from Cell No. 7
by Ernst Zündel is available from Spearhead Books, price �10.00.
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