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Subject: The Persecution of a "Thought Criminal"


Mind-boggling! Don't you think? An Academic "Thought Criminal"

The Persecution of a German Scholar

Imagine an expert in DNA analyses. He is asked to verify if a defendant is the father of a child. He complies and confirms the fatherhood of the defendant. With his testimony, however, the expert contradicts the statements of many witnesses who claim the opposite. Imagine the judge ruling not to admit the expert testimony because it makes spectators assume that the witnesses lied out of sinister motives. The judge even puts the expert witness on trial for inciting hatred against the witnesses and sentences him to 14 months in jail. You think it can’t happen? It does happen in Germany...

Spring 2005 

German scholar Germar Rudolf authored, edited and published numerous academic articles, brochures, books, and magazines in the German and in the English language both in his native Germany and abroad. He is the owner of a university-press-style publishing house that focuses on detailed scientific and archival studies of well-defined historical topics. He is lauded as an academic of high standards by many professors from around the world. Yet the German authorities want to imprison him exactly because of his scholarly success, for his ground-breaking academic writings. They intend to imprison him for at least five years, if not even ten years, and they have ordered to confiscate all of his property.

Rudolf’s crime: he did and does not obey a German penal law that forces everybody to parrot the official version of a detail of German history. You may wonder what detail that may be, but to be sure: It does not matter, because a government that prescribes the writing of history by penal law is dictating to its citizens what to think, and that is the exact definition of a dictatorship. Period.

To summarize Germar's deeds:

An Academic "Thought Criminal"

Germar Rudolf (pictured) was asked by various defense teams to testify as an expert in chemistry at trials in Germany. Yet the judges refused to hear his testimony in open violation of German law, which does not allow the rejection of expert witnesses already present in the court room.

Rudolf’s rejected expert report was then published by a defendant who had requested it for his defense. This defendant considered it vital to draw attention to this illegal suppression of evidence, which he sought to do by adding a perfectly legitimate, though polemical, introduction and appendix to Rudolf’s report. Thanks to this publication, Rudolf was sentenced to 14 months in prison. The court argued that Rudolf's findings in combination with the defendant’s comments could arouse hostile emotions against witnesses, whose testimonies conflicted with Rudolf’s findings.

A year later, Rudolf published a large scientific book about similar issues, for which he was also indicted. Although historians testified during this trial that Rudolf's work is scientific and thus protected by Germany’s constitution, the book was nevertheless confiscated and burned by order of the court. Rudolf subsequently fled to England, where he established a small publishing firm for similar scholarly material like that he was prosecuted for in Germany. As a result, Germany requested his extradition. Therefore, Rudolf fled to America and applied for political asylum.

Rudolf continued his scholarly publishing activities in the "Land of the Free," lauded by scholars from around the world, but hated by German authorities. Rudolf defies and undermines German censorship, considered among the harshest worldwide. Hence, more than 30 criminal investigations are pending against him in Germany for his peaceful "thought crimes," each of them perfectly legal in the U.S., but punishable with up to five years in jail in Germany. German authorities have also ordered the confiscation of his property, because they claim it was all acquired with money gained from "illegal" activities.

The U.S.A. – Still a Safe Haven for the Persecuted?

In 2004, the U.S. Immigration & Naturalization Services (INS) rejected Rudolf's application for political asylum. They ordered him to be deported in handcuffs, banned for life, with no possible remedy. Not even his marriage to a U.S. citizen with a child expected are considered.

The reasoning given by the INS:

1.  Germany is a democracy, a state under the rule of law. Hence, Rudolf is not fleeing persecution, but lawful prosecution.

2.  Considering Germany’s Nazi past, it has to censor its citizens in order to make sure that Nazism will never rise again.

3.  Rejecting evidence is OK, because the U.S. also has rules for rejecting evidence. E.g., if an expert has already proved a point at issue, witnesses who contradict this expert can be rejected.

4.  Rudolf’s application was found to be "frivolous" (deceitful), the most severe immigration violation, resulting in the harshest punishment possible.

This INS ruling is outrageous, because:

1.  Just calling oneself a democracy doesn’t make it one. Almost all dictatorships call themselves "democracies" and "states under the rule of law." The proof lies in Germany’s civil rights record, not in its law books.

2.  Justifying German censorship is like saying: Because Germany persecuted minorities, jailed dissenters, and burned books in the past, it now has an obligation to persecute minorities, jail dissenters, and burn books!

3.  The INS has it upside down: Germany not only rejects, it jails experts because their research results disagree with witnesses.

4.  Rudolf learned about the accusation of having filed a "frivolous" application only in the verdict, which named no evidence for it. It is as if someone were tried for theft, then sentenced for murder without proof!

Due Process Threatened

If the Federal Court reviewing Rudolf’s case upholds this INS verdict, then due process for immigrants – perhaps even for U.S. citizens – will be a thing of the past:

1.  Defendants could be sentenced for crimes for which they were never accused and for which there is no evidence.

2.  Expert witnesses could be prosecuted because eyewitnesses feel insulted by their testimonies.

Special Treatment

Under normal circumstances, this outrageous INS decision would be overturned by any U.S. Federal Court. But this is a special case:

1.  Germany, one of America’s most important allies, demands that Rudolf be not recognized as a political refugee.

2.  The topic that Rudolf’s scholarly publications address is so emotionally charged that even judges can lose their objectivity and refuse to take due regard of the impact of their decisions.

The World’s Leading Historical Dissident

The reason for all this? Germar Rudolf is the world’s leading publisher of independent Holocaust studies not funded by any government. He publishes university-style research that critically re-examines and corrects generally held views of the Holocaust, while at the same time confirming the unjust suffering inflicted upon Jews during that human catastrophe.

But doubting aspects of the official version of the Holocaust, even if it confirms the injustice done to Jews, is a crime in Germany so severe that the German authorities not only jail dissenters, burn their books, and block their Internet sites, but also outlaw motions to introduce dissenting evidence in trials and prosecute defense lawyers who dare to do so anyway.

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