From: Paul Fromm
Sent: Thursday, May 05, 2005 3:17 AM
Subject: Ernst Zundel's Easter Letter from Prison: Few Visits & Phone Calls Allowed
Ernst Zundel's Easter Letter from Prison: Few Visits & Phone Calls Allowed
Dear Free Speech Supporter:
The following is a transcription of a recently received handwritten six page letter from prisoner of conscience Ernst Zundel being held in “investigative detention” in Mannheim prison in Germany.
We still need your support for the cause of one of the world’s most famous political prisoners.. The Zundel case continues in Germany. Please send contributions to help Ernst Zundel’s defence to
Rexdale, ON., M9W 5L3,
or e-mail us your VISA number and expiry date.
Canadian Association for Free Expression
ERNST ZUNDEL - EASTER SUNDAY – 2005
* Limits on stamps
* Few phone calls
* No calls to his lawyer
* Loses secret court case & assessed the State’s costs!
* Conviction a foregone conclusion.
* Ruthless state means this to be an “impact prosecution” & example to other dissidents
I am short of stamps because I can only buy 10 stamps every two weeks for letters inside Europe, which cost 55-cents each, but if I want to write to my attorneys in Canada or the USA or to my sons or to Ingrid, or to you, I have to put on 2 stamps = 1.10E (Euros) so that allows me just five letters in two weeks. Luckily, Europeans (Germans) can include some stamps (three) with each letters, so it takes a few incoming letters to save up stamps for some outgoing letters, but my friends around the world will find it rough going and long waiting. Many will simply conclude that I have given up the ghost. therefore, it is important that those who do receive letters, let everyone know, that Ernst is alive, kicking and struggling on.
The treatment, accommodation, surroundings are far more humane than they were in Canada or in the USA in the past 28 months! But as you can see from "the stamps", those regulations are obviously from the 19040s and 1950s if not earlier. Also, they allow me NO phone calls to anyone not even my lawyers while I am in investigative custody, and once I am convicted, one of FIVE minutes a month, ONE phone call! Now what is that in this day and age when people are very verbal and addicted to their cell phones, etc.? For most people, that's cruel and unusual punishment. Same with visitors. I am allowed TWO visitors A MONTH, an official in uniform who gives the visitor a date and his ½ hour.
One cannot get an appointment just by dropping in IT'S ALL WEEKS AHEAD! (During that ½ hour, 3 people can come into the room) but let's say you are a foreigner. English, French, American, even you have to write to the Court - which will pass your onto the judge who said that I was a flight risk and had to be incarcerated at once. This judge then has to OK your request for a visit after you state your name, address, etc. and then you have to tell him that you need an interpreter even though the visitor and I understand each other. But that uniformed official "sitting in" does not - and of course, rule are rules - the judge then OK's that request with a letter to you - that letter is important for two reasons: 1) it means the German state pays for the interpreter. 2) With that letter, you have to write to the institution (the prison) the visitors’ office, who then theoretically chooses an interpreter from a list of approved interpreters they have on hand, and then you will receive from them a date and a time for the visit, only then is it save to come! 3) Since interpreters notoriously eat up time, cause confusion, delay, etc., your visiting time is not just cut in half, meaning 15 minutes shared by two conversation parties, or 7.5 minutes each. Should 3 guests come in at the same time, they each get two minutes! if they are lucky! What can you say to a person in 2 minutes in a strange Orwellian prison surroundings of a WWII wooden barracks? Not much of value, let me tell you from my experience!
Therefore, does it make sense to come all the way from Canada or the USA to visit Ernst under these circumstances in these surroundings, where every painful word is tape, interpreted later and listened to on the spot? The answer is NO! It's ludicrous for someone to go to all that trouble since they could achieve more meaningful communication with a Canadian $1.45 air mail stamp. That's for sure! Ernst
Thus, do me a favour, send this letter in copy form to Ingrid, to Paul Fromm, to Doug Christie and whomever else you think should have it, at least the first two pages, so that they know the complications if someone still wants to try, since I have to give priority to potential witnesses naturally, till I have collected my obligatory conviction. I am discouraging all but he most urgent and important witnesses for the time being.
I have been here almost for a month (today is Easter Sunday) and I have already lost one legal skirmish - and as is usual in my case, was assessed the court and legal costs the German state incurred! I was not invited to be there before the judges. They did not see my lawyer either. They simply ruled, decided and sent me and my attorney a terse 1-1/2 page letter of the proceedings and their decision, which amounted to saying the arrest warrant was justified. So was the decision to detain me in investigative custody, because I am a flight risk! And that's the way German justice has always worked in political cases. I am sure exceptions are aberrations and quickly remedied by higher courts, not in favour of the victim in favour of the all-powerful state. Udo Walendy had that happen to him, Günther Deckert, and many others. Hans Schmidt just spoke to Ingrid telling her that it took his wife 10 weeks before she could talk to him, before HE could call HER! She, of course, could never ask for him to be given access to the phone that's the power of the court, the prosecutor, and there is a direction even given to the administrators when it is convenient for the prison to be allowing - especially overseas calls. So poor Ingrid and my sons, forget the grandchildren. They will not hear my voice for years to come. That's the new reality for me.
Maybe now people realize why I fought so hard to see if Canadian and American constitutional guarantees meant anything in reality!
Well, after two years plus, I did receive numerous answers from all levels of the Canadian judiciary all the way up to the Supreme Court and at great expense just to find out they mean NOTHING. Not in reality - but they sure did look nice and civilized in our children's schoolbooks, and sounded nice and felt ever so furry and cozy as we told them to our children in Sunday School! They are a Fata Morgan - Pablum for the masses, Lenin would say opium for the people. I can tell you what will happen in my German proceedings! They will be the most underhanded, callous, arrogant, willfully unfair, arbitrary proceedings that has ever disgraced the inside of a German courtroom! Trust me, I KNOW!
The outcome is as predetermined as it was in Judge Harris’s [?] court room in Knoxville, Judge Blais’ in Toronto. Only where North Americans exercise their power under a veneer of civility and hypocrisy, the current German state and judicial system like to FLAUNT their power vindictively and openly. It would be a grave mistake for Ingrid or anyone else to assume or hope or expect to be different. Especially since I have been a thorn in this system's side for four decades. They hate me and what I stand for with a passion! They need to utterly humiliate and destroy me to make an example of me. You talk about an impact prosecution - this will be the mother of all prosecutions for political offences. And - they intend to milk this famous prisoner for all his fame is worth!
Not since this regime was installed in 1945 and thereafter, was there a case and a prisoner like Ernst Zundel's case. No one had the global fame and recognition! This is not bragging; it's merely stating a reality. A fact of history!
However, since every judge and prosecutor involved with this case has already stated in one form or another that I can expect a substantial or lengthy prison sentence for my crime of defending the German nation's honor and heritage, there is a temptation to overdoing it! Just like those behind the Canadian government have overdone in my case with that Security Certificate charade and the Americans have over done it barring me for 20 years for allegedly missing an appointment with a bureaucrat, these flagrantly transparent and unfair witch hunts have a way to come back and haunt the perpetrators. Political prosecutors are a bit like loose cannons in public. One never really quite knows what targets they hit and how severely these targets will be damaged.
Political prosecutions are fairly predictable in that short-term, because usually the state holds all the aces, since the state controls the police and pays, and staffs the courts and appointments the judges!
But the - after the initial glow of victory is over, the "Katzenjammer" the "hangover" sets in first slowly and imperceptively, then at an accelerated pace, with the name of the prosecutors and the judges are long forgotten, some even are retired or in their graves as many of my judges already are in Canada and many of my accusers are, I have outlived dozens! Then the victim begins to claw himself out of the grave or dungeon, like Gandhi, Nehru, Jomo Kenyatta, like Nelson Mandela, to name a few in recent history. In Germany and Europe, many political prisoners ended up becoming leaders of their country. After they toppled their former enemies and jailers through usually moral force and their power of persuasion or their personality once released, they replaced the very people and system that had sent them to prison in the first place.
Usually the vigor of the replacement and the speed is in direct proportion to the nastiness and proportion of the repression inflicted!
Thus, the British colonial regime in India utterly collapsed a few years after Gandhi's and Nehru's imprisonment! Does anyone remember Gandhi's judge's name? Or his prosecutor's name? Or the "threat to National Security" most of these men were accused of having been? The answer is a resounding NO! No one remembers!
With the exception of Pontius Pilate and the Pharisees and the role of Judas and his 30 pieces of silver, who remembers anybody else's prosecutors names? Or Lobbies? Or traitors? I do not remember the names of Galileo's prosecutors! Does anyone else? I don't think so!
So, my fate will be unpleasant for the next five-ten years! What is that in history? It's but an insignificant moment. The mere bat of an eyelash!
Mandela was jailed for 28 year. Rudolf Hess for almost half a century! History is an amazing thing! Napoleon radiated into the world and European history even though isolated on an island at Elba. He did not have radio, cell phones or the Internet.
They could not even keep his murder by poisoning him a secret. An FBI forensic laboratory found that out over 200 years later. Amazing the power of revisionism!
I just wanted to share these thoughts with you and some of the friends you will send this letter to. I see my fate clearly and I knew it for decades. It was foretold me in 1966 in great detail - and it's not over yet.
Ernst, as always!
From: Walter Mueller
Sent: May 5 2005
Subject: PATRIOT LETTER: TODAY IS HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY --
Dear Fellow Patriot!
Holocaust Remembrance Day started last night and
continued all through today. Below, you will find a
few samples of your usual suspects, pimping the "holocaust".
All the pictures that are shown to remember the
"holocaust" are the entrance of a concentration camp
with the banner "Arbeit Macht Frei." I have no idea
why the traditional enemy uses this banner. Well, I
guess to demonize, however, "Arbeit Macht Frei" is a
good thing, and no matter in what circumstance it is
shown, it can't be demonized in my opinion.
Germany is getting ready for it too. A wave of films
and documentaries are inundating the German population:
The Gestapo - Terror without Borders (this is a documentary in three parts)
The Niece - Hitler's Forbidden Love
Hitler - Tempest of the People
Hitler's End - The Last few Days of a Mass Murderer
Battlefield Germany - Documentary in three parts Europe in Flames
Albert Speer - Architect of the Devil
So, you can see, they are pretty busy spreading their
Now let's see, here is the ADL:
Remembering the Holocaust: What it Has Meant
At a time when the memory of the Shoah is being
undermined in a variety of ways--claims that enough is
enough, abhorrent comparisons of Israeli behavior to
the Nazis, trivial analogies to the Holocaust by those
who perceive all kinds of wrongs in the world, and, of
course, Holocaust denial--it is fitting on Yom Hashoah
to focus on some of what has been achieved by this remembrance.
First, is the respect we show the six million. Whether
it is at ceremonies in Israel or all around the world,
or whether it is the opening of the new Yad Vashem
Museum or the continuing importance of the U.S.
Holocaust Memorial Museum or the growing collection of
interviews by the Shoah Foundation, the first goal is
not to forget those who perished. To this end, there
is increasing attention on personal stories and
histories, so the monstrosity of the numbers should
not obscure the monstrosity of personal loss.
Second is the never-ending need to educate young Jews
that "never again" can we allow this to happen. That
is why today there are over 15,000 young people
commemorating the Shoah at Auschwitz, why in Israeli
schools and American day schools there are services,
discussions and commemorations. Teaching about both
the dangers of powerlessness and the need for good
people to stand up in the face of evil is part of this critical education.
Third is the connecting link between remembering the
Shoah and combating other examples of Genocide. In a
world where the horrors of Darfur are ongoing and
where Rwanda is still a fresh memory, there is no
reason to suggest that the world has learned the
lessons of the Holocaust. Still, focusing on this
unspeakable human tragedy that took place in the heart
of Europe serves as a goad, as a rallying cry to get
the world to stand up this time or next time in a way
that it failed to do when the Jewish people were in peril.
Fourth is the important lesson of how we observe the
Holocaust each year. The two main dates in the
calendar of remembrance are Kristallnacht and Yom
Hashoah. Having these two events teaches us a great
deal about the evolution of hatred and how to deal with it.
Today, Yom Hashoah, we remember the culmination of the
evil of Nazism, the complicity of many others, the
consequences of Jewish powerlessness. Kristallnacht
reminds us that evil is not only a finished product
but a process. The Holocaust didn't suddenly
transpire. It was the product of Nazi ideology and
discrimination for years. It was the product of the
development of a racist anti-Semitism that emerged in
the nineteenth century. It was the product of
Christian anti-Semitism which pervaded European
societies and their populations for centuries. The
murder of six million was not an overnight phenomenon.
We still haven't fully learned that we need to stand
against evil early on and at all stages so that it
does not become an unstoppable force. But we are
working at it and remembering the Holocaust provides
the vehicle to do so.
Fifth is the importance of identifying and honoring
those exceptions, those individuals who did stand up
and who saved Jews during the Holocaust. It can never
be emphasized enough that compared to the millions who
stood by or those who conspired in the extermination
of the Jews and other innocents such as Gypsies and
gays, those who helped the victims were numerically
like drops in the bucket. Honoring those people,
however, whether at Yad Vashem or other ceremonies or
in film or in books, creates the potential of a flood
of individuals who can be inspired by such heroism,
who recognize that even in the most dire of
circumstances, people have the choice of how to behave
and can make a difference.
As the survivors pass from the scene, the challenges
of continuing these efforts in the face of mounting
opposition will increase. And the greatest challenge
will be to come up with creative approaches to
educating about the Holocaust so that young people,
generations removed from the event, can see it as
relevant to their own lives.
Here is the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Day 2005
4 May 2005
The Anguish of Liberation and the Return to Life:
Marking 60 Years Since the End of WWII
The Central Theme for Holocaust Remembrance Day 2005
"Unto every person there is a name"
Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Day begins
this year on Wednesday evening, May 4, 2005 and
continues on Thursday, May 5.
Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Day (Yom
Hashoah in Hebrew) is a national day of commemoration
in Israel, on which the six million Jews murdered in
the Holocaust are memorialized. It is a solemn day,
beginning at sunset on the 27th of the month of Nisan
and ending the following evening, according to the
traditional Jewish custom of marking a day. Places of
entertainment are closed and memorial ceremonies are
held throughout the country.
The central ceremonies, in the evening and the
following morning, are held at Yad Vashem and are
broadcast on the television. Marking the start of the
day, in the presence of the President of the State of
Israel and the Prime Minister, dignitaries, survivors,
children of survivors and their families, gather
together with the general public to take part in the
memorial ceremony at Yad Vashem in which six torches,
representing the six million murdered Jews, are lit.
The following morning, the ceremony at Yad Vashem
begins with the sounding of a siren for two minutes
throughout the entire country. For the duration of the
sounding, work is halted, people walking in the
streets stop, cars pull off to the side of the road
and everybody stands at silent attention in reverence
to the victims of the Holocaust.
Afterward, the focus of the ceremony at Yad Vashem is
the laying of wreaths at the foot of the six torches,
by dignitaries and the representatives of survivor
groups and institutions. Other sites of remembrance in
Israel, such as the Ghetto Fighters' Kibbutz and
Kibbutz Yad Mordechai, also host memorial ceremonies,
as do schools, military bases, municipalities and
places of work.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center:
SWC RE-RELEASES "LIBERATION" IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE
60th ANNIVERSARY OF THE LIBERATION OF THE
"There were no happy hopes of reunion for us. Only
tears, tears that were stored away from the moment of
our arrival in Auschwitz now poured down our sunken
cheeks. Only now did we have time to think of our dear
ones who had perished, who were no longer here to see
our hour of liberation and join with us in what could
have been the happiest days of our lives."
- story of Holocaust survivor
Simcha Bunen Unsdorfer as read by Sir Ben Kingsley in Liberation
"Chilling." wrote the Los Angeles Times of Liberation,
the Simon Wiesenthal Center's documentary film
narrated by Sir Ben Kingsley, Whoopi Goldberg, and
Patrick Stewart, that recounts the liberation of
Europe and Hitler's death camps by the Allies during
World War II.
Now available for purchase, Liberation's re-release
coincides with the 60th anniversary of the end of
World War II in Europe, where today, antisemitism has
once again reached levels unseen since Europe's
liberation from the Nazis sixty years ago.
Interweaving personal narratives of unforgettable
stories of tragedy, courage, resistance, and survival
of the Jews of Europe with the story of the Allied
campaign to liberate Europe and Adolf Hitler's
genocidal war against the Jews, Liberation reveals the
inescapable and sobering reality that while Hitler was
losing the war on the Allied Front, the Nazis were
winning their war on the Jews and other innocent
victims. The film reaches its climax with the dramatic
liberation of Paris, the Benelux countries, and the
death camps, through to VE Day.
Screened at the 1995 Berlin International Film
Festival and the Deauville Festival of American Cinema
in France among others, it was selected by the State
of Israel as its official film commemorating the 50th
anniversary of VE Day.
Use these links to purchase Liberation, or the entire
Moriah Films DVD collection.
Please support us today. Your help enables us to
continue producing award-winning documentaries that
will be seen by millions of people everywhere.
Now here is the "Stupid Letter To The Editor" of the
year, regarding last weeks coverage of "A dinner with
white supremacists." It is so typical of American
ignorance and stupidity. The swastika is as old as
time. Even native Indians in America used the symbol.
If anyone made this symbol evil, then it was the Jews
with their demonizing propaganda:
I was stunned to see the cover of your newspaper with
the huge swastika plastered all over the newsstands.
What were you thinking? Why do we have to be subjected
to the filthy symbol of evil on your front page?
If the purpose was to create a sensation without any
moral responsibility on your part, then you have
succeeded. The way that the huge swastika was shown on
the front page has the potential of encouraging haters
You are probably not aware that Holocaust Memorial Day
is coming up in two weeks. Why couldn't you have
written about that instead? There is a Holocaust
memorial program being held at Mosaic Law Synagogue on
May 5. It would behoove some of you to attend that and
learn about the evil of the Holocaust (symbolized by
the Nazi swastika).
The article, by the way, could only have been written
by someone who has no intelligence as to what is going
on today with the spread of hatred all over the world.
I was nauseated by the whole attitude of the piece and
the almost lighthearted manner in which it was
written. You can't tell me that you couldn't have
found anyone else to write a better article.
How about writing about the millions who were killed
in the Holocaust so you can serve as a newspaper that
educates, rather than printing stupid garbage articles
that have no value whatsoever and a symbol that is
disgusting, not only to Jews, but to anyone who values
freedom, morality and the sanctity of human life?
A shaky victory for Britain's Prime Minister Tony
Blair makes history, but loses aura of invincibility
Prime Minister Tony Blair looked to have made history
by becoming the first Labour Party leader to win three
straight terms in office. Yet this latest victory
could herald his imminent exit.
Despite entering the pantheon of British political
giants with a predicted third term, estimates in an
exit poll that the Labour majority in parliament has
been sharpy reduced could spell trouble for a premier
already badly hit by the Iraq war.
Blair, who turns 52 on Friday, has led Labour to a
majority of 66, down from the 167 seen in the last
general election in 2001, the BBC exit poll said.
Pundits have predicted that Blair, who has already
pledged to step down at the end of a third term in
office, could hand over power much sooner to his
ambitious Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown,
if the fallout over Iraq looks to have fatally
undermined his popularity.
The man once known as "Teflon Tony" because criticism
rarely stuck to him endured a torrid election campaign
over allegations he misled the country about his
reasons for joining the US-led war in Iraq in March
Repeated opinion polls during the campaign showed
considerable hostility towards Blair, even among
professed Labour supporters, largely due to the Iraq
war, which millions of Britons opposed.
Brown has never made a secret of his desire to take
the top job, and if the premier begins to resemble a
lame duck incumbent, Brown's supporters in the Labour
Party could act to remove Blair.
Whatever happens, Labour's fortunes in recent years
owe massive amounts to Blair.
It was his political master stroke that rescued the
party from oblivion a decade ago, and put the formerly
all-powerful Conservatives on the ropes.
The key was reforming the ideologically leftist Labour
Party with a fresh pragmatic brand of centrist
economic and social policies that captured the ground
from the Conservatives.
Since the party's first landslide victory in 1997,
followed by another in 2001, the Blair government has
set about changing the political landscape of Britain.
Under constitutional reforms, Scotland and Wales have
voted for devolution and set up their own political
London now directly elects its mayor, and all but 92
hereditary peers have been removed from the House of
Lords in the first stage of its reform, while the Bank
of England has the power to set interest rates on its
In foreign policy, Blair has engaged Britain's
military forces in five conflicts, including Iraq and
Afghanistan, as well as brokered a peace agreement in
Northern Ireland and launched a major development plan
Though part of Britain's educated elite, following
private school with a law degree at Oxford University,
Blair is a different breed of politician.
Blair, who at the age of 30 won the seat of
Sedgefield, northeast England, in the 1983 election,
rose quickly through the ranks to become party leader
in 1994, with his party still in opposition.
So, in 1997 when he was only 43, Blair became not only
the youngest prime minister since Lord Liverpool in
1812, but also set himself apart by never having
served as a cabinet minister, or even as a junior
Nor has he always been beholden to cabinet members.
Much like a US president, Blair is known to prefer
working with his advisors -- he has a record 20 of
them -- to formulate policies while reaching out to
voters directly with his great powers of persuasion
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