German deported from U.S. to face Holocaust denial charges

The Associated Press. Published: November 8, 2006

STUTTGART, Germany: A German far-right activist deported from the United States goes on trial next week charged with incitement for allegedly denying the Holocaust happened, a court said Wednesday.

Germar Rudolf will appear on Tuesday in the state court in Mannheim accused of denying the Nazi genocide of Europe's Jews since 1997 in documents and on the Internet, the court said.

Denying the Holocaust is a crime in Germany, where it carries a maximum sentence of five years.

Rudolf is well-known among far-right activists for publishing a study claiming to prove that the Nazis did not gas Jews at the Auschwitz concentration camp.

Rudolf was sentenced in 1995 in Germany to 14 months in prison for Holocaust denial, but then disappeared. He applied for political asylum in the United States in 2000, but was rejected and last year deported to serve the 1995 sentence.

He had been arrested when he appeared at an immigration office in Chicago to apply for a green card based on his marriage to a U.S. citizen.

Rudolf will go on trial in a state court in Mannheim that is currently hearing a similar but unrelated case against Ernst Zündel, a German deported from Canada last year.

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German deported from U.S. to face Holocaust denial charges

By The Associated Press

Thu., November 09, 2006 Cheshvan 18, 5767

STUTTGART - A German far-right activist deported from the United States will go on trial next week charged with incitement for allegedly denying the Holocaust, a court said yesterday.

Germar Rudolf will appear Tuesday in the state court in Mannheim accused of denying the Holocaust since 1997 via documents and on the Internet, the court said.

Denying the Holocaust is a crime in Germany, where it carries a maximum sentence of five years.

Rudolf is well-known among far-right activists for publishing a study claiming that the Nazis did not gas Jews at the Auschwitz concentration camp.

He was sentenced in 1995 in Germany to 14 months in prison for Holocaust denial, but then disappeared. He applied for political asylum in the United States in 2000, but was rejected, and last year was deported to serve the 1995 sentence.

He was arrested when he appeared at an immigration office in Chicago to apply for a green card based on his marriage to a U.S. citizen.

Rudolf will go on trial in a state court in Mannheim that is currently hearing a similar but unrelated case against Ernst Zündel, a German deported from Canada last year.

 

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