- Ingrid Rimland Zündel, Ed.D.
3152 Parkway, PMB 13-109
- Open Letter
- February 10, 2005
- Dear Sir:
- This Open Letter is meant to bring to your attention
the fact that this past weekend, Free Speech supporters all over the United
States held various small but dignified demonstrations in front of Canadian
consulates as well as consulates in several foreign countries, protesting
the illegal incarceration of my husband, Ernst Zundel, due to state-sponsored
judicial malevolence that would do Stalin proud! Only five of these demonstrations
were planned - the rest arose spontaneously, with very little prior notice.
It is clear that many, many people know what happened to my husband in
your country. The world looks on, aghast!
You may or may not know that my husband's "arrest" was, fact,
an extrajudicial rendition - more plainly, a vicious, politically motivated
kidnapping, in broad daylight, on American soil! - with unwary U.S. officials
acting as hit squads for nefarious Canadian special interest groups, entities
known in the vernacular, not always respectfully, as the Canadian Holocaust
I am putting these questions to you as representatives of Canada:
Should a man who has not even been charged, much less convicted, of any
wrongdoing in your country, or in mine, have to suffer solitary confinement
in an ice cold cell for two years - where the light is kept on 24 hours
- Should an innocent man be subjected to nutritionally
inferior prison food rations, always served cold?
Must he suffer daily insults by uncouth guards; must he be subjected to
hundreds of strip searches after visits from friends behind bullet-proof
glass - at times even after a telephone call?
Should he have to wait for an entire year before a dentist can be summoned
to treat an infected tooth?
Is it acceptable that original court documents be willfully destroyed by
dousing them with water?
Is it not highly unprofessional to ask him to prepare himself for trial
costing us hundreds of thousands of dollars - and millions to Canadian
taxpayers! - yet not allow him a pen with which to make some notes? In
his cell, my husband does not even have a chair! It took a ministerial
"okay" to let him have a pillow!
- Can a country fall so low that it allows a "judge"
who was a former boss in charge of CSIS, the very agency that has compiled
a Zündel smear file from sources Ernst is not allowed to know, to
run a political show trial based on "incriminating evidence"
even his lawyers are forbidden to inspect?
Ernst Zundel is an internationally known, high profile activist, respected
and admired, in spite of what your lapdog media minions claim. My husband
has the right by international treaties, to which your country is a signatory,
to confront his accusers in an unbiased court and to call witnesses who
would exonerate him!
Please be so kind as to remind your government superiors that Ernst Zundel
has no criminal record, either in Canada or the United States. He did not
live in Tennessee illegally. He was in Adjustment of Status procedures
due to marriage to a U.S. citizen. The very agency, INS, that lent a hand
arresting him had given him a work permit, had scheduled a health check
and arranged for a social security number. Ernst was allowed to leave
the country and return. When he was arrested, he was known to the FBI as
a publisher with controversial views about events of World War II, specifically
what passes for the "Holocaust". He had been investigated by
local as well as state and national enforcement agencies who stated in
their various reports that he checked out to be non-violent, and it was
recommended by the FBI two years before the handcuffs closed around his
wrists that the investigation into his whereabouts be administratively
In this country, nationals facing deportation, for whatever reason, are
supposed to be placed in removal proceedings. My husband never got a judge
to hear his case. There was no warrant for his arrest, and he was not
allowed to use the telephone to call his own attorney - nor was I, a U.S.
I am urging you to watch the 15-minute demo DVD I am including with this
letter. It will be made into a full-fledged, large-screen feature documentary.
With the help of thousands of Zundel supporters and Zundel sympathizers
in 43 countries, this sample demo alone will be sent to 5,000 churches
and thousands of social service clubs as well as tax exempt organizations
concerned with the protection of one of the most basic human rights - people's
right to freedom of speech and assembly.
I'd like to ask you to convey to your superiors the following:
- What happened this past weekend was a trial run. We
had only three weeks to prepare. However, we have learned a lot, and we
intend to apply the lessons that we learned. We are now planning demonstrations
at the U.S.-Canadian border, warning tourists that they are entering a
dangerous, unlawful country where Truth is no Defense. We will also hand
out protest flyers at tourist ferries, at airline counters, and in front
of travel agencies.
As soon as possible, we are aiming for a large protest demonstration at
the Washington. D.C. Holocaust Memorial Museum. We will have well-researched,
verifiable document press kits ready for media, proving that what is claimed
as having happened in places such as Auschwitz is fraudulent. We expect
to have representatives from many countries backing us with their independent
research. The aim of this planned demonstration is to demand an international
forum to settle, once and for all, the non-stop post-World War II Holocaust
We have filed a lawsuit already in the Knoxville District Court that could
well turn into a Zundel Holocaust Trial Number Three - this time on American
soil. We know that researchers all over this globe stand ready as expert
witnesses to assist us with their forensic, historical, and documentary
evidence compiled in decades of careful research. Let's let the people
see and decide if they want to continue funding a lie that has poisoned
this planet for more than half a century and functions as both sword and
shield for Israel.
A book my husband authored, depicting prison life, is now in its second
printing - having sold more than 6,000 copies in less than 5 weeks by word
of mouth alone. I am including a copy for your kind perusal. After you
have read it, may I ask you why you think this book is banned in Canada?
It has already been translated into German, and there will soon be a foreign
edition. There are more than 60 million Germans and German-descendents
in America alone. There are more than 200 million German-speaking people
in the world. We will try to reach as many as we can through German-language
media and ask for their support.
My husband is not well. He is of retirement age. He was living peacefully
in Tennessee when this disaster struck. It was not necessary. It needs
to be undone. Through FOIA, we obtained the correspondence proving there
was collusion between Canada, the U.S.A., and Germany - and maybe even
Israel! Ernst Zundel would not be in a Canadian jail if unwary United
States government officials had not allowed themselves to act as hatchet
men to please an unpleasant, bullying lobby. If Ernst is not released
and permitted to return to the U.S. where he belongs, there will be more
protests, more media coverage, more negative press exposing a country in
the claws of a handful of mendacious lobbyists who have the ears of corrupted
officials in the Canadian corridors of power.
This obscene detention and unwarranted treatment of an innocent, incessantly
demonized man is not to Canada's credit!
I want my husband back. That Ernst Zundel needs to be paraded in leg irons
before the Canadian people who are made to pick up the tab for this deceitful
charade is just plain political bull - if you permit a lady of decorum
a less-than-ladylike but heartfelt expression. Ernst Zundel is a kind
and gentle man who champions an unpopular cause. He does not belong in
Abu Ghraib North.
In my youth, I lived in Canada for seven years, having immigrated as a
dirt-poor, barefoot immigrant out of a Third World country. It was Canada
that gave me a chance for the beginnings of a solid, formal education that
permits me now, in my sixth language, to tell you clearly "where it's
at, where we are coming from." Some forty years ago, I thought that
Canada was one of the most pristine, unspoiled, lovely places in the entire
world. Sadly, it is a country now that lost its moral spine, its legal
As representatives of Canada whose image you are commissioned to protect,
I urge you to add your voice to the ever-increasing chorus of law-abiding,
decent, civilized people demanding my husband's release.
- Ingrid Rimland Zündel, Ed.D.