Wednesday, March 16

Info from Günter Deckert

Günter Deckert
PF 100 245
D - 69442 Weinheim/B (bei Heidelberg)
G e r m a n y


The first four weeks in prison is a difficult time because there is limited outside contact available, until things settle down and the bureaucratic wheel has made the new candidate its own. However, this does have its advantage in that the newcomer can fully concentrate on making a new home for an indefinite period - uppermost, of course, a home within one's own mind. This is what the concept autarky is all about, otherwise the process of self-mutilation/destruction begins.

It is therefore good to hear that Ernst Zündel will receive a visit for the first time on 30 March, 2005. Anyone can make an application to visit him in prison at Mannheim. The procedure is relatively simple:

1. You seek out the presiding judge handling the Zündel case, Judge Schmelcher, at AG Mannheim, Schloß/Westflügel, and bring along your passport for identification purposes.

2. You ring the prison switchboard - 0621 - 398 0 - and ask for the visitors' centre with whom you co-ordinate your proposed visit.

3. A visitor can bring a 'present'  up to  € 5, and I assume that this money can still be spent at the centre on such goods. During my own time inside, one of my great delights was receiving visitors who enabled me to eat fresh fruit that can be bought at the visitors' centre, as well as chocolate, biscuits, etc.

I had a couple of very painful moments when I was advised that dear friends of mine were outside the prison gate but could not gain immediate entry. Still, when in 1997 I visited Günter Deckert in Bruchsal, the then prison director did let me in - but only after a long half-day wait. He had not received my letter in which I announced my arrival.

To date Gunter Deckert has not heard anything concerning establishing of a bank account for Ernst, and other matters such as looking after Ernst's health, though I assume that he would have already made the necessary trip to the prison hospital. Any emergency of a health nature is catered for, albeit at times rather slowly, and during my time this then led to prisoners dying on account of help not reaching them on time.

Both prison chaplains - Catholic and Protestant - have as yet not responded to contacts made to them from outside. But again, it can safely be assumed that Ernst will by now have made his own decisions as to how far he is becoming involved in prison routine. I found there was so much on offer, so much to do, that after two weeks inside I applied for a single cell, and as I was not a suicide risk, it was granted to me.

To date legal counsel for Ernst, RA Rieger, has nothing to report on the matter. 

Fredrick Töben

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