Archive/File: fascism/germany ap.050694 Last-Modified: 1994/05/08 Article: 36170 of alt.conspiracy From: Glenda.Stocks@f201.n330.z1.fidonet.org (Glenda Stocks) Newsgroups: alt.conspiracy Subject: Germany limits nazi speec Message-ID: <768325691.AA01909@rochgte.fidonet.org> Date: Fri, 06 May 1994 23:32:00 -0500 Lines: 61 BONN, Germany (AP) -- Neo-Nazis have no right to free speech when it comes to denying the Nazis slaughtered 6 million European Jews, Germany's highest court ruled Tuesday. The Constitutional Court upheld Munich's threat to ban a rally by a far-right party if the guest of honor insisted on stating that Jews weren't systematically murdered during World War II. The so-called ``Auschwitz Lie'' -- the claim that Hitler's mass murder was the invention of conspiracy buffs -- has surfaced with increasing regularity on the right-wing fringe in Germany and elsewhere. Jewish and human rights leaders are fighting to keep such ideas from gaining currency. Germany's federal appeals court ruled March 15 that Guenter Deckert, head of the far-right National Democratic Party, couldn't be convicted of inciting racial hatred merely for stating that the Holocaust never happened. If Tuesday's ruling was any guide, the Constitutional Court probably would reverse the lower court ruling, although no challenge has been scheduled. The Constitutional Court said the ``Auschwitz Lie'' was a ``proven untruth'' and a criminal insult against living Jews. Tuesday's decision came in response to a separate challenge by Deckert's party. On March 12, 1991, Munich warned Deckert that a planned rally at a beer hall would be broken up if British historian David Irving gave a planned speech stating that the Holocaust never happened. The party held the rally but restrained its speakers from denying the Holocaust. It later sued the city for violating party members' freedom of speech. Violent neo-Nazis, racists and ultra-nationalists have combined in networks to spread propaganda, bash foreigners and insult Jews in Germany over the past four years. More than 30 people have been killed in right-wing attacks. Before dawn Tuesday, neo-Nazis honored a role model by stringing banners across 20 highway bridges around Berlin celebrating the 100th birthday of Rudolf Hess, the late Hitler deputy. Police quickly confiscated the bed-sheet banners but the neo-Nazis got away. The banners had black-letter slogans like ``Rudolf Hess -- Martyr for Germany'' and ``Rudolf Hess -- Immortal.'' Hess, born April 26, 1894, was one of Hitler's closest aides. He was arrested in England after flying there on an ill-conceived peace mission in 1941, remaining behind bars until his death in 1987 at Spandau prison in Berlin. Prison officials said Hess committed suicide but supporters claimed he was murdered. GLENDA STOCKS | FidoNet 1:330/201.0 SearchNet HeadQuarters | InterNet GS@rochgte.fidonet.org Snet Mailing List info, Send | Data: 508-586-6977 / 617-961-4865 info snet-l | Download SEARCHNT.ZIP For Info! firstname.lastname@example.org | Voicemail: +1-617-341-6114 * RM 1.3 00257 * Crocodile sandwich, please, and make it snappy.
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