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Sent: Friday, December 26, 2003 7:04 PM
Subject: ERNST SPENDS CHRISTMAS IN PRISON
Dear Free Speech Supporter:
TORONTO. Christmas Day (December 25, 2003) I visited Ernst Zundel at the
Metro West Detention Centre about 5:30 this afternoon to wish him Merry
Christmas. Visits to Ernst must be made after visiting hours as he's a
"special" case. There can be no other visitors or inmates in
the interivew area when he's there.
The spiteful Canadian judicial apparatus has done its best to keep Ernst
in prison over the Christmas time. This 64-year old pacifist and
publisher is deemed a threat to national security, a
"terrorist", according to his accusers. No Christian charity
on the part of his persecutors.
Nonetheless, Ernst was smiling and in ebullient spirits. "I'm here
because the Jews want me here. They're big donors to the Liberal Party,
he told me with his typical straightforward honesty. Former Immigration
Minister Denis Coderre said: "Watch me," when asked what he
would do about Ernst Zundel. "For them to keep a guy of my age in
prison is to 'watch him,'" Ernst added.
He spoke jokingly and affectionately of General Otto Ernst Remer, the
commander who put down the 1944 putsch against Hitler. When a very old
man, Remer was convicted under Germany's totalitarian anti-hate laws. A
defiant Remer told Ernst: "I can sit that off on one cheek of my
ass." The phrase translates awkwardly, but suggests, "I can do
that time easily." Ernst adopts the same attitude to his present
persecution at the hands of the Canadian state.
Mr. Zundel confirmed to me predictions he'd made in a recent note from
prison. "I have a feeling I'll be in here for some time and, even
if they were to temporaily release me, I guarantee you that they will
have me re-arrested on some other trumped up charge the way they do in
Gaza and the West Bank and in Germany where 'Jewish Justice' reigns as
it does now in Canada."
Then, referring to CAFE's successful protest outside the prison,
November 23, he said: "Still, I want to thank you and all the
others who took time out of their busy lives to 'witness' out there in
On another front, we can take considerable inspiration from the
determined efforts of Lady Michele Renouf to spread the word about Ernst
Zundel's persecution. Lady Renouf attended the habeas corpus hearings in
Provincial Court, November 18 and 19. She has since then met with former
U.S. Presidential candidate Pat Buchanan and has spoken before a
committee meeting in the House of Lords. She reports: "During this
meeting in the House of Lords, when invited to speak, I at once related
the British [European Union] predicament to Ernst Zundel's habeas corpus
case. ... Several of the 30 leading activists requested a copy of your
report that I read from."
We soon start a new year and freedom of speech remains desperately in
peril in Canada. Lady Michele's example demonstrates that we can ALL do
something. It may be informing others, writing our MPs or the new
Minister of Immigration (Judy Sgro) on Ernst's behalf, or contributing
to the defence fund. We can and we all must make whatever contribution
we are able to the cause of freedom. -- Paul Fromm
<?center>The Zundel Defence Fund Needs Your Help Today
<?/center>November and December have been very expensive months
for the Zundel case. We have spent just over $50,000. Yes, part of this
was to bring the Lindsays up to speed in the case. We had six court
dates -- four in federal court and two in Superior Court in Ontario for
a habeas corpus motion. At this point, Ernst Zundel may well spend
Christmas in prison. January promises to be an expensive month, with
four days planned in Federal Court -- January 22, 23, 26, and 37.
The Defence Fund is very seriously depleted and we face major outlays in
the New Year. I again ask for your commitment and urgent help. Please
mail us your contribution today or e-mail us your VISA number and expiry
date. We have a number of delicate colour-pencil sketches by Ernst
Zundel done in prison. Each is dated and signed. Each is a nature study.
Mr. Zundel has long been a paint and sketch artist. He had returned to
his love of art before the U.S. I.N.S picked him up and deported him.
All donors of $100 or more will receive one of these sketches. Mail your
donation today to CAFE, Box 332, Rexdale, ON., M9W 5L3, Canada or e-mail
us your VISA number and expiry date. On your cheque or an accompanying
piece of paper, note: "For Zundel Defence Fund." A very Merry
Christmas to you and yours from Ernst Zundel, Political Prisoner.