- Good Morning from the Zundelsite:
- Below is some basic information on the severe consequences
for revisionists questioning any aspect of the so-called "Holocaust."
I don't know the writer of this summary, but I consider its content essentially
- From Refutinator
- Is Holocaust Revisionism Illegal?
- In the United States, it is covered by the First Amendment,
like every peaceful, scholarly speech, which means that it is perfectly
legal to voice, write, publish revisionist views. Things are quite different,
however, when we turn to Canada, Australia, or even several countries in
- In Australia and Canada, everything that is offending
to the Jewish community will be prosecuted by their so-called "Human
Rights Commission", a body which exists parallelly to the legal system
and which can order the confiscation of publications, the payment of fines,
and the forced declaration of apologies by the 'perpetrators.' Though these
commissions are not part of the regular legal system, disobeying them would
by itself be a crime which in turn would lead to criminal charges by the
legal systems of Canada and Australia. Although Holocaust Revisionism does
not address anything about Jews per se, all Jewish communities feel heavily
offended by it, because Revisionism directly or indirectly comes to the
conclusion that several Jewish personalities were not always truthful when
testifying about their experiences in World War II. Of course, it would
be surprising if Jews were to be the only identifiable group of humans
who never lie, distort, and exaggerate, but apparently leading Jewish representative
feel that nobody should ever be allowed to claim that certain Jews were
dishonest about the Holocaust.
- In several European countries, Holocaust Revisionism
is considered to be a serious crime. In France, people can be sent to jail
for up the a year; in Switzerland up to three years; in Germany--as in
Israel--for five years; in Austria, a prison term up to 10 years is possible.
- However, if we look into the legal situation, we must
insist that theoretically, Holocaust Revisionism should be perfectly legal
in all these countries. This is so because all these nations signed the
United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, which makes these Human Rights
binding on all these nations. Freedom of speech can be limited only in
cases of insult or incitement to criminal acts, but freedom of scientific
research and peaceful speech can never be limited--theoretically. For this
reason, a recent comprehensive German doctoral dissertation on the "Punishment
of the Auschwitz Lie" (Die Strafbarkeit des Auschwitz-Leugnens) came
to the conclusion that Holocaust Revisionism itself can not be legally
repressed: it would violate basic human rights.
- Letter of Public Prosecution Chemnitz (Saxony): Everybody
who is politically on the right is a Nazi. And since obviously one half
of the population is right of the middle and the other half left of it,
50% of all Germans are by public definition Neo-Nazis. (Click on document
- In practical terms, however, the situation is quite different
in Europe. As a matter of fact, the answer must be "yes;" Holocaust
Revision is indeed illegal in many countries in Europe. Since the middle
of the 1980s, and particularly since 1995, Holocaust Revisionists have
been punished with large fines and prison terms for no other reason than
disputing the official version of the Holocaust, both orally and in literature.
The courts and the media join forces to slander nonconforming critics and
scientists as "Auschwitz Deniers" or "Holocaust Deniers."
(reference to come: Human Rights Section in The Revisionist)
- Let us examine Germany as the most powerful persecuting
nation. The basis for official repression in Germany is Paragraph 130 of
the German Penal Code, which flagrantly violates both the United Nations
Declaration of Human Rights and Article V of the German Constitution. Under
Article 3 of Paragraph 130, denial of National Socialist mass murder is
punishable with up to five years imprisonment and "denying" is
defined as "insinuating untruth in view of better knowledge."
The Penal Code thus implies that everyone is convinced of the truth of
the official concept of history; and so anyone who might express doubts
or a contrary opinion, is intentionally lying with criminal intent, or
that s/he is insane. It is also a punishable offense to present scientific
evidence before the Court which would cast doubt on the official version
of Holocaust. O brave new world that hath such laws in it!
- It is not Holocaust Revisionism which is unlawful, it
is the procedure of the German courts. Unfortunately, the courts have the
power. The same situation prevails in Austria and Switzerland. In France,
things aren't quite as bad, since so far, no unsuspended prison term was
ever handed down.
- For over ten years now, the German government has been
busily burning books again, primarily revisionist books. In addition, around
ten to fifteen thousand Germans are being prosecuted for thought crimes
each and every year! Please refer to the survey article on censorship in
- The document reproduced and translated in the box to
the right illustrates, just how serious the situation has become: German
officialdom and media classify everything which is to the right of the
political middle, including simple old fashioned conservatives and patriots,
without differentiation, as "right wing," "right wing radical,"
"right wing extremist" and "neo-Nazi"; and no differentiation
has been made in a long time. One is tempted to support the repression
of Neonazis, who are depicted in the media as brutal and disgusting. However,
you must consider this: whoever blithely agrees that Neonazis should be
prosecuted solely on account of their deviant opinion, should not complain
if he is slandered as Neonazi and persecuted because a neighbor denounces
him for waving a national banner or singing the national anthem. Because
that is exactly what is happening in Germany: Those who express plain normal
patriotic feelings, as it is quite common and considered normal in the
U.S., are considered to be Neonazis in Germany--so far to the left has
the political spectrum drifted there.
- Everybody has the duty to protest the persecution of
unconventional thinkers. This is true not only if persecution comes from
a dictatorship, but also if it emanates from a constitutional [ending cut
- "These Holocaust deniers are very slick people.
- They justify everything they say with facts and figures."
- --Steven Some, Chairman of the New Jersey Commission
- Education. The Newark Star-Ledger of 23 Oct. 1996 (p