- A Zundel letter to his wife, ethnic novelist Ingrid Rimland,
on the eve of the Third Great Holocaust Trial starting on Tuesday, November
8, in Mannheim - this time on European soil:
- Meine liebe Ingrid -
- This is the first benefit derived on 17 October 2005
from the Oberlandesgericht / Karlsruhe decision that you and I as a married
couple can discuss our court cases and legal moves without having our letters
withheld or confiscated by the censors. The court specifically states
that you can quote things, like comments from supporters or coverage in
the media - excerpts of news that you deem are important to me.
- Please note, however: That does not mean that various
levels of the German government bureaucracy will not read and use the content
of our letters for their purposes. Should our mail still be interfered
with because of what we say to each other, I will instruct [attorney] Rieger
to go to the Bundesverfassungsgericht and, after that, to the European
Court of Human Rights in Straßburg.
- The battle is on - even the Zundels have rights!
- So, my brave wife, we are making history together! That's
- This judgment is important for other imprisoned idealists
/ human rights activists - people who struggle for their human and civil
rights in Germany and beyond! So, Ingrid, it looks like your husband is
back at home! And as I promised you, and predicted from prison in Toronto,
the content of the struggle has not changed - only the geographical location
has expanded to the European front, for we will continue our actions in
Canada and America.
- I take no pleasure in having to embarrass the German
judiciary, but a civil rights struggle in German was long overdue. As
you know, I prepared myself mentally and emotionally for exactly this scenario
for years. I denied myself many earthly pleasures for [decades] because
I did not want to be controlled by vices, cravings, desires, because those
human weaknesses are the most dangerous. They make people subject to threats,
manipulation, and intimidation by police, interrogators, and courts.
- I remember the utter frustration of Canada's most famous
criminal lawyer, Eddie Greenspan, when he tried to intervene on my behalf
for the Canadian Liberties Association in 1986-87. As you know, these
mainly Leftists, Marxists, and Zionists had criticized and bad-mouthed
me in the media for years. I explained to the Chief Justice that they
were late-comers and opportunists in the Human Rights struggle and that
they only came for the publicity because they knew I had a good chance
and would most likely win my appeal.
- In utter frustration, Greenspan blurted out while I stood
three feet away from him in Ontario Superior Court and could see the rivulets
of sweat dripping down from his hair into his shirt collar:
- "Chief Justice, we are at a loss as to what to do
with Zundel! He is not embarrassed by vilification in the media! Bad
press does not seem to trouble him! Jail and prison do not scare him,
seemingly! He does not care what society thinks of him! What else does
one do to such an individual?"
- [Ingrid's comment: Kidnap him, maybe?]
- Ingrid, that was long before we met! It's in my old
newsletters where I devoted a few pages to it. You would have been proud!
It was Pure Ernst Zundel Unbowed!
- Chief Justice Howland seemed to enjoy this "odd
couple" before him - the famous Jewish lawyer and the infamous German
Human Rights advocate for his German people - and guess what? He ruled
for me, and against them! The rest is history!
- As you know, we won that important appeal - mit Pauken
und Trompeten [with drums and trumpets] and a 134 page judgement in our
favor, devastating in his critique of Judge Locke and his courtroom conduct.
The government appealed it to the Supreme Court of Canada, and I gave
that famous interview on the 6th (?) of June 1987, in which I reached out
to the Jewish community and suggested we call a symposium on the Holocaust
issues in Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens Sports Arena. I offered to pay
half the fee and pay for my experts - historians, eye witnesses etc.
I offered three well-known Jewish personalities to chair this historic
event. They turned me down. [One of them said]: "Ernst, this is
too hot a potato for me to handle!"
- I prophesied to the assembled media people on that historic
day that I would send a team to Auschwitz to make investigations and take
samples. Ingrid, I did not know then that Fred Leuchter existed, but the
idea was there.
- I told them I would fight "the mother of all trials"
if they re-charged me, and finish that topic once and for all! In their
hatred and power-drunkenness, they were blind - and walked into not only
"the mother of all trials" but a 20-year battle of attrition,
which is still going on!
- And I am afraid, Ingrid, that my detractors here are
as blind to the historical mine field they are entering. History is repeating
itself! They are blinded by the tactical victories inside the court rooms
where they control the outcome. For an ordinary accused, that set-up is
disastrous. For us idealists, it's a mere inconvenience to be endured.
- It's the Greenspan scenario all over again!
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