Ernst Zündel— A Man of Destiny
I placed the following headline on our Adelaide Institute’s Internet front
page – www.adelaideinstitute.org
next Holocaust sacrifice?
followed this up with a few words from his wife, Ingrid, who had written,
among other things, the following paragraphs in her now world-famous emails
- Where Truth is Destiny: Now more than ever!
Morning from the Zundelsite:
... He said to me when I pressed him about what I see in that picture,
"When that picture was taken, I was very disturbed."
should also state, for the sake of fairness, that the photo was taken, as far
as I know, while he was still in Thorold, right after he asked SIRC to look
into the revelations in Covert Entry, the book that documents CSIS knowledge
of the 1995 parcel bomb that was sent to the Zündel-Haus from Vancouver.
came to that Thorold/Niagara Falls hearing, not looking at anyone, not
greeting anyone. His supporters, some of them near tears, were very upset that
he did not acknowledge their presence. Immediately after the hearing, he was
transferred to Rexdale, one of
first time he was allowed to call out, he said to me, with three guards
standing at his elbow, "Hess had it easy...", referring to Rudolf
Hess's lifelong incarceration at Spandau that ended in his murder - at age 93,
if I remember right.'
on, from Ingrid Zündel herself...
This disturbing email speaks for itself, and it sets
the tone and parameters of what I wish to say about Ernst Zündel and his
disgustingly vicious imprisonment ordered by an abject number of faceless and
known individuals whose own personal immorality must surely arise from a
cesspool of personal delusions of grandeur and deficiency thinking where
concepts such as truth, honour, justice and beauty have no home.
I have not raised the sacrifice-martyrdom question
lightly because the truism still holds that nothing is gained without it.
Those individuals, who have decided to stick their necks out and challenge a
prevailing power’s orthodoxy, are not naïve; they know what they are doing —
more: they are convinced that what they are doing is the right thing to do
because it is a moral duty to speak out, to tell the truth the way
Revisionists see it.
The Germans have a word for this: ‘Überzeugungstäter’,
acting out of a strong sense of commitment, duty and belief. The German
judiciary’s language, especially, is quite inventive in this regard. It
extends this concept of being an ‘”Überzeugungstäter’ with some base
psychologism, by describing such individuals as possessing lots of ‘criminal
I do not share the German judiciary’s reasoning but I
certainly agree that Revisionists know what they are doing. They also know
that they face sometimes insurmountable hurdles.
One such hurdle placed in the Revisionists’ path is
social dis-creditation, which claims that Revisionist’s work lacks
seriousness, academic rigour and legitimacy. This is a mild criticism because
in many European countries Revisionist work is labelled an outright criminal
act, especially by those governments who have bent to the pressure that Jewish
and Christian Zionists have placed upon them.
Most western ‘democratic’ nations, have specific
laws that proscribe the ‘Holocaust’ as an historical topic. For them the
‘Holocaust’ is not up for debate, and in an attempt to reign in the
dissenting ’politically incorrect’ voice of the Revisionist is faced with
social, economic and legal pressure.
For these upholders of the ‘Holocaust’ it does not
matter that ‘democracy’ and ‘free speech’ collide, and a trick
extricates the fakers of historical records, at least for a while. If the
non-believer in the ‘Holocaust’ does not behave, then criminal sanctions
will be applied. In countries where such laws do not exist, a hurt feeling is
enough to win the legal argument because laws are formulated in such a way
that truth is not a defence, as is the case in most defamation actions.
Revisionist activity is deemed to be so hurtful to
those who uphold the ‘Holocaust’ that special legal protection must be
extended to this period of history from the doubters. That this turns the
‘Holocaust’ into a dogma is cynically dismissed as an essential to the
protection of an individual’s feelings from hurt.
So the upholders of the ‘Holocaust’ to date have
won this battle proclaiming that they are actually upholding free speech
principles in denying Revisionists the right to be heard — because Revisionists are such terrible people. Here are
the usual shut-up words used to label the Revisionists: ‘hater’,
‘Holocaust denier’, ‘antisemite’, ‘neo-Nazi’, racist’, ‘and
Hence, anyone venturing into the Revisionist scene
knows that it will have consequences. Youthful folly, intemperate outbursts or
trivial goading of authority is not a serious enterprise and Revisionists are
earnest and serious individuals who have engaged in helping those who feel
oppressed by historical fabrications and outright lies. Professor Robert
Faurisson thus urges Revisionists to adopt ‘exactitude’ as a guiding
Why do Revisionists do this? That is a question I have
been asked many a time, especially from individuals who have watched me enter
the Revisionist scene on a full-time basis in 1994. To the question: What is a
Revisionist? I reply: any thinking person is a Revisionist because as the free
flow of information brings with it new information, we revise our thoughts and
world view. If we don’t, then our thinking is not alive and we embrace an
ideology, as did those who upheld the Marxist world view where dissidents were
also branded Revisionists, then sent to the Gulag prison camps in
The why-question I also asked many of the Revisionists
that I met when I began my first Revisionist Adventure in April 1997. In all
instances I received the answer: Living on a lie erodes trust, and trust is an
essential ingredient if individual relationships are to survive, if a moral
society is to function for the well-being of its members, present and future.
Where there is no trust, society begins to rot and crass materialism acts as
the essential cohesive glue. This in turn destroys the soul —
the consequences of this are now becoming so evident in what we have witnessed
on the world scene since the alleged 11 September 2001 attacks on the United
States of America. That the US President George W Bush has declared war on
‘terrorism’, for ‘freedom’ and ‘democracy’, sounds so unconvincing
because most of his advisers, the oddly-labelled ‘neo-cons’, are all
self-confessed ‘Holocaust’ believers.
Living on a lie cannot be a wholesome enterprise,
unless one’s mind is dialectically so strengthened that it can override any
moral qualms. But then all too often individuals become legends in their own
minds and fancy primadonnas, far removed from any reality-check, something
fatal for the Revisionist who always attempts to balance the physical reality
with the abstract reality of the written word.
That Ernst Zündel is aware of this possible pitfall became clear when
he initiated the compilation of The Leuchter Report in 1988 wherein the
impossibility of mass gassings was clearly stated. But Ernst Zündel did more
During my 1970s German student days I witnessed in
I certainly did not anticipate that about two decades
later the British would order the murder of 93-year-old Rudolf Heß,
and then publicly proclaim the old man had committed suicide. Only
recently the British government did it again, this time with British
scientist, Dr David Kelly, who also is alleged to have committed suicide
because he had become a whistle-blower about the British government “sexing
up” its report on
Much less did I then anticipate that almost three
decades later I would personally meet Ernst Zündel in
It does not surprise me that Zündel is seen as public
enemy no. 1 by those who wish to uphold the Auschwitz story in the face of the
opening of world archives to previously suppressed information.” (in:
Fredrick Töben, Fight or Flight: The Personal Face Of Revisionism,
Peace Books, 2003,
Literally then, Ernst has been there and done that!
I recall that even in 1992, when Willis Carto at the
Institute for Historical Review’s conference wished to hand Ernst Zündel
the Peace Prize, Zündel did not make it across the border from
That’s what most naïve individuals thought would
happen. But then the next factor injected itself into the Canadian Revisionist
scene: vindictiveness and maliciousness, if not outright hatred and paranoia
against anyone that refused to believe in the lies contained in the
‘Holocaust’ story. The financially powerful ‘Holocaust’ lobby began to
drag Ernst Zündel through the Human Rights
Commission, a body so totally morally and intellectually corrupt that it did
not even shy away from being implicated in an attempt on Ernst Zündel’s
Zündel’s new wife couldn’t take the heat and
turned against him, something that did not really help the corrupt Canadian
government officials who had hoped it would bring a desired breakthrough in
their hounding of Zündel.
During my 1997 meeting with Ernst our conversation
ranged far and wide —
and synthetic. I always recall how he said that we must prepare ourselves for
possible imprisonment, and that if this did happen, we had better not be
addicted to any kind of vice, be it drugs or sex. Two years later I was the
one who spent seven months in a German prison for material that we had placed
on our Adelaide Institute Internet website, and for my sending a letter to
members of the German judiciary who had just then imprisoned Günter Deckert
for a further period. What was Deckert’s crime? He had written a letter to a
man who was doing the rounds of German schools, talking about his World War
Two concentration camp experience. Deckert asked him specific questions, and
the man took this letter to the public prosecutor who initiated further action
This asking of questions is thus criminalized in
Let me fast-forward to 2003. I visited Ernst and Ingrid
Zündel in January 2003. My two days with them in their new home was a
delightful time for me, especially because I saw two individuals who shared so
much together, who had built up something together to share for the remainder
of their lives.
I said to Ernst that after the
tragedy, the ‘Holocaust’ matter seems to be receding into the background
of world events. The centrality of the ‘Holocaust’, so wearisome to most
individuals, at long last seemed to be fading from daily news broadcasts. The
new endless war on terrorism re-focused the world’s attention on other
matters. Not so, said Zündel, and it soon became apparent to many that this
US tragedy actually is connected with the ‘Holocaust’ industry, that the
‘Holocaust’ is used to justify the global Anglo-American-Zionist-Forces
aggression, be it in Afghanistan, Iraq, and soon-to-be next Iran. And the
reason for this lies in the Zionist’s dream of establishing a Greater
Israel, so one theory would have us believe. The other more plausible theory
is that the battle in the
Jestingly I said to Ernst that Revisionists need
another sacrifice, and that there are only two types of Revisionists: those
that have been inside, and those that have it coming to them. I said this
seven days before Ernst Zündel was arrested on
So much for my sense of humour!
What will happen to Ernst Zündel in the immediate
future cannot be anticipated because his mere presence, his being alive, poses
a grave danger to the upholders of the ‘Holocaust’. Zündel’s knowledge
of the lies, the deceptions, the behind-the-scene machinations are too
profound. The fact that Ernst has Torah True Jews supporting him indicates
that the view of a unified Jewish-Zionist front is not a matter of fact.
The problem faced by those who wish to silence Ernst Zündel
is considerable. Deportation to
Thanks to the Internet, Horst Mahler’s proposed
This gullibility is a normal human failing because we
cannot check all our facts on a daily basis, and as stated above, we need to
trust our information sources, otherwise we shall develop a mind-set that
distrusts and becomes neurotic. Then we have one choice open to us, and play
the victim for all it’s worth. We then are either in a ‘Holocaust’, or
just coming out of a ‘Holocaust’, or we are expecting a ‘Holocaust’ to
That is why the Revisionist’s task is Herculean, and
Ernst Zündel has to date been one of the handful of Revisionists who have
lasted the distance.
When Ingrid Zündel asked that Revisionists write
letters of support, here is what I wrote in my letter that I then sent to the
Canadian High Commission in
Whom It May Concern
Imprisonment of Pacifist and Revisionist Historian, Ernst Zündel
Canadian government’s unjust treatment of Ernst Zündel gives rise to great
concern because for decades this man, prior to leaving for the US three years
ago, lived in Canada without breaking any laws.
the Canadian Zionist lobby has succeeded in perverting the course of justice
in Canada does not surprise me, certainly not since I have learned that
internal security agencies were actually condoning illegal acts against Ernst
Zündel during the 1980s, for example permitting a pipe-bomb parcel to be sent
to Zündel’s Toronto address.
I did not expect the Canadian government agencies to jettison basic common law
principles merely to fulfill the hate-driven Zionist campaign to extradite
Ernst Zündel to
Zündel’s thoughts are dangerous to those who uphold the ‘Holocaust
lie’, namely that Germans during World War Two, systematically exterminated
European Jewry in homicidal gas chambers, in particular at
1999 I personally spent seven months at
is not possible to defend oneself against any allegation involving the
‘Holocaust lie’ because truth is not a defence in such proceedings. In
fact, if one vigorously defends the allegations and offers physical proof to
prove that one’s views are founded on physical/scientific/historical facts,
then that will give rise to another charge: the charge of having the mindset
of a Revisionist whose ‘criminal
energy’ is self-evident in any
legal counsel and I remained silent, and so immediately after the court
hearing, and after bail was posted, I was allowed to leave prison.
would be a travesty of justice to send Ernst Zündel to
you care for free speech, the foundation of any civilized society, then you
will not entertain the idea of sending Ernst Zündel to
I have pleasant memories of spending time in Canada during the 1970s, I am
simply now appalled at the way Canadian government agencies have treated one
of its own long-term residents: Ernst Zündel has never harmed anyone; Ernst Zündel
has no criminal record; Ernst Zündel has never been a burden on the Canadian
taxpayer. Ernst Zündel is a creative artist, a free thinker and a devoted
husband and family man.
request that Ernst Zündel immediately be released from unwarranted detention.
for your consideration.
Ernst Zündel may be in prison but he is not alone. On
my recent June trip to
Dr Fredrick Töben
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