The Thinking 

A Fighter Dies

August 8, 2017

Ernst Zundel, right, immediately after his release from prison in Germany

THE GERMAN dissident Ernst Zündel, 78, died last week in his home country.

Mr. Zündel was called a “holocaust denier,” but he did not deny mass suffering of Jews in World War II.

He challenged the official death toll and accounts and for this he experienced “multiple costly criminal trials, two years’ imprisonment in solitary confinement in Canada, five years imprisonment in Germany, the burning of his home and its contents by an arsonist, and his deportation and subsequent banishment from the United States and Canada,” as author Michael Hoffman put it.

A columnist in The Toronto Sun this week continued the vendetta against Zündel by regretting that he did not die in agony.

In 1985, Zündel’s legal team grilled expert witnesses at his trial in Canada, known as “The Great Holocaust Trial.” It was the first time ever in a public Holocaust trial that the defense was allowed to cross-examine experts and survivors. Their testimony, particularly that of a leading historian on the subject, fell apart under intensive scrutiny and shattered their credibility. Michael Hoffman, author of The Great Holocaust Trial, writes:

The most eminent “Holocaust” historian of the 1980s was Dr. Raul Hilberg. During the Great Holocaust Trial he was compelled to admit on the witness stand that there was no scientific evidence of homicidal gassings. “I’m at a loss” were the shocking words this “leading Holocaust scholar” uttered when asked by Christie to cite such evidence.

Zündel went to jail for his public writings and broadcasts anyway. He was banned from this country for life earlier this year, and was unable to be reunited with his wife here. According to Hoffman,

His lifelong campaign to counter anti-German hatred and Talmudic bigotry has been transformed through the alchemy of media falsification into itself an act of hate, and it is at this omega point that Ernst’s persona has been frozen by the Establishment. “He was a hater!” That’s all we’re supposed to know, or need to know, about his life and work.

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Joe A. writes:

“To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.”

— attributed to Voltaire

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