Germany Issues Arrest
Warrant For
Ingrid Rimland Zundel
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 Center.
Zundel's case was recently taken over by the Landgericht, and authorities in Germany set the trial date for Tuesday, November 8, 2005.
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 Club.
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 Reich.
(Many thanks to Ingrid Rimland-Zundel, Zebulon Pritchard and William Gordon for these news items.)



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