- Ingrid Rimland-Zundel, of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee has
been named in an arrest warrant sworn out in Germany, which reportedly
charges her with Holocaust denial.
- Rimland-Zundel is the wife of Ernst Zundel, 66, the "outcast
ufologist" now a prisoner in Mannheim, Germany and facing trial on
the same charge. Zundel was deported from Canada in early March 2005 after
being held for two years without trial in Toronto's Metro West Detention
- Zundel's case was recently taken over by the Landgericht,
and authorities in Germany set the trial date for Tuesday, November 8,
- In her most recent communique, Ingrid said she had planned
to visit Germany to support her husband during the trial but, because of
the arrest warrant, this is no longer possible.
- "I should also add that an arrest warrant in Germany
has been sworn out against me, as well, which means that I will not be
able to attend the trial in Germany...Stand by for a Zundel Holocaust Trial
Number 3, to be fought on the soil of Germany."
- Zundel was the defendant in two sensational Holocaust
trials in Canada during the 1980s. Germany has charged Zundel with 14 counts
of violating its laws against Holocaust denial, based on material Zundel
had posted on his Web site.
- "These letters were legal in Canada, where most
of them were written, thanks to the (Canadian) Supreme Court ruling in
1992 giving Ernst the right to say what he believes to be the truth,"
Ingrid wrote, "And they are legal in the United States, based on the
First Amendment to the (USA's) Constitution. They were NOT written in Germany,
where draconian laws are locked in place that serve the State of Israel
and not the German people."
- Ingrid Rimland-Zundel herself is of German ancestry.
She was born in the Ukraine, then part of the old Soviet Union, in 1936,
to a Volksdeutsch (ethnic German) farm family whose Mennonite ancestors
had settled on the steppes in the Seventeeth Century. Like her husband,
she lived under Hitler's Third Reich during World War II, and her family
fled the Ukraine on the heels of the defeated Wehrmacht in 1943.
- After the war, Ingrid's family lived in Germany for a
couple of years and then emigrated to South America, "to the rain
forests of Paraguay," as she wrote in her Web site autobiography.
Here she married her first husband and had children.
- In 1960, Ingrid emigrated first to Canada and then, in
1967, to the USA, where she enrolled in college, eventually earning her
Ed.D. degree. She worked in social services, particularly in Special Education
and Migrant Education for children. She also spent years on "the rubber-chicken
circuit" as an after-dinner speaker to groups as diverse as the American
Association of University Women, the Federated Women's Club and the Rotary
- Ingrid first met Zundel while a guest on his radio talk-show.
In January 1995, she became the webmaster of his Zundelsite, which the
German authorities have accused of Holocaust denial.
- Zundel's contribution to ufology consists of his two
books, Secret Nazi Polar Expeditions (1978) and Hitler at the South Pole
(1979), in which he discussed UFOs, free energy, alien technology, ancient
cities hidden under the ice and the possible existence of an Antarctic
- (Many thanks to Ingrid Rimland-Zundel, Zebulon Pritchard
and William Gordon for these news items.)