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Ernst Zündel in a German courtroom
Photo: Ernst Zündel in a German courtroom, where he was sentenced
to five years in jail for statements on a California-based website

How Associated Press concocts its stories: An Object Lesson in Lying

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

From Ingrid Rimland - Mrs Ernst Zündel

VERY EARLY this morning I received a request from an Associated Press reporter for some comments on Ernst's pending release from prison. I told him that I would answer questions if they were submitted in writing, and if I could reply in writing. The following exchange resulted:

AP: Why is this [Ernst Zündel's] most dangerous phase of his life?

My response: My husband is the best-known Prisoner of Conscience in Europe. He is highly respected worldwide for having procured forensic and historically documented evidence through several headline-making trials involving expert witness testimony that the traditional Holocaust claims of premeditated, industrial-type genocide simply do not check out. Nothing but nothing checks out! Huge money and power ride on the orthodox Holocaust story - and yet, among informed, intelligent folks, the so-called "Holocaust" is toast! Thanks to my husband's lifelong activism to restore honor to his country and his people, the Holocaust is now acknowledged widely as a propaganda weapon. For that, he is ferociously hated by a self-serving Holocaust Lobby. For decades, Ernst Zündel's opponents have tried to silence him by any means fair or foul. He has survived three known assassination attempts already - two by bombs and one by arson. When those attempts failed, he was politically kidnapped in broad daylight on American soil for the sole purpose of silencing his voice - we have evidence on official embassy letterhead, for instance, that this was a coordinated effort involving people at the highest governmental levels in three, possibly four, so-called "democratic" countries. I'm asking you - what does it take to silence Ernst Zündel for good? What does it take to pay some punk to harm him? We fear that, at the very least, he will be re-arrested on flimsiest pretence and put back into prison for life.

AP: Where does he plan to live (i.e. which country)?

My response: We don't have any firm plans at this time. My husband is a German citizen by birth. He is entitled to a passport. Will he get it? We expect huge diplomatic barriers to keep him inside Germany where Freedom of Speech simply doesn't exist.

AP: Is he banned from travel to the U.S. and Canada?

My response: Not technically. He has never been accused of any criminal involvement whatsoever in either the US or Canada - he has not even been accused, much less convicted, of any so-called "hate crime." In fact, months before he was kidnapped, the FBI investigated him and recommended that his case be administratively closed. All of his legal problems stemmed from having offended the Holocaust Lobby.

AP: Are you going to be here for his release?

My response: No, I will not set foot in Germany. It is no secret to the sparrows in the sky that the current German Government, to its disgrace and shame, is utterly subservient to the Lobby. I am the owner and webmaster of the Zündelsite, one of the very first revisionist websites in cyberspace. There still is a measure of Freedom of Speech protecting me here in America, whereas I would be risking immediate arrest if I stepped on German soil. The Soviet Republic of Germany is not exactly a safe place to visit for people with unapproved views. Ask Bishop Williamson, a British citizen.

Within less than an hour, I received the following write-up: Hi, thanks for the responses. I hope you'll understand that I couldn't include everything, but added your comments into the story below. Allbest, Dave BERLIN (AP) --

Far-right activist Ernst Zündel will soon be released from prison after serving his five-year sentence for denying the Holocaust, a German prosecutor said Wednesday.

Mannheim prosecutor Andreas Grossmann said Zündel, 70, will be released on March 1 after receiving credit for time served ahead of his 2007 trial.

Zündel, author of "The Hitler We Loved and Why," was deported from Canada in 2005. He was convicted in February 2007 of 14 counts of inciting hatred for years of anti-Semitic activities, including contributing to a Web site devoted to denying the Holocaust -- a crime in Germany.

Prosecutors were able to bring charges in Germany because the Web site was accessible there. Zündel, who has also lived in Tennessee, and his supporters had argued he was exercising his right to free speech.

Zündel is a German citizen so can go wherever he wants in the country following his release, Grossmann said, adding that he has relatives in the Stuttgart area.

Grossmann said he understood, however, that Zündel is banned by the United States and Canada from returning to those countries.

Zündel's wife, Ingrid Zündel, told the AP in an e-mail that he was not technically barred from North America but that they "expect huge diplomatic barriers to keep him inside Germany where freedom of speech simply doesn't exist."

Born in Germany in 1939, Zündel emigrated to Canada in 1958 and lived in Toronto and Montreal until 2001. Canadian officials twice rejected his attempts to obtain Canadian citizenship, and he moved to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, until being deported to Canada in 2003 for alleged immigration violations.

In February 2005, a Canadian judge ruled that Zündel's activities were not only a threat to national security, but "the international community of nations" as well, clearing the way for his deportation to Germany.

Since his arrest, Ingrid Zündel -- who has remained in the U.S. -- said she has been running his Web site, so she cannot risk being present when her husband is released.

"I would be risking immediate arrest if I stepped on German soil," she said.




Seven Years Behind Bars - longer than Pastor Niemöller: Ernst Zündel will soon be Free. On March 1 2010 Europe's best-known political prisoner, Ernst Zündel, is scheduled to be released from prison in Germany





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