Archive/File: pub/people/s/schmidt.hans/press/arrested-germany.0895 Last-Modified: 1995/08/30 BONN, Germany (AP) -- The American publisher of a German-language publication that questions whether Nazis murdered millions of Jews during World War II has been arrested in Germany, his wife said Monday. Hans Schmidt, 68, was stopped trying to board a plane home at Frankfurt airport last Wednesday and was being brought Monday to the northeastern city of Schwerin to face charges, Rosita Schmidt said by telephone. Schmidt, of Pensacola, Fla., publishes U.S.A. Bericht, a right-wing publication Mrs. Schmidt described as ``historical revisionist.'' The term refers to those who deny the systematic murder of Jews during World War II. Schmidt faces charges of inciting racial hatred at the Mecklenburg-West Pomerania state court in Schwerin, said Judge Soeren Gemes. The March arrest warrant said the charge was based on a November 1994 copy of Schmidt's publication that used terms like ``Jewish contamination.'' Gemes had few other details and said he didn't know when Schmidt would come before the court. Mrs. Schmidt described her husband's publication as ``more or less secret'' because it is published for readers in Germany, where it is illegal to deny the Holocaust occurred. ``In America, he has freedom of speech, he can write whatever he likes,'' Mrs. Schmidt said. She called her husband's arrest ``unjust.'' Schmidt, a German-born American citizen, has lived in the United States for 46 years, his wife said. Before his arrest, he had been in Germany for two weeks on vacation. Mrs. Schmidt spoke from outside Vienna, where she was visiting friends. American right-wingers are the main suppliers of propaganda for the estimated 60,000 right-wing extremists in Germany, where it is illegal to publish such material. A leading American neo-Nazi, Gary Lauck, was jailed in Denmark in March and is fighting extradition to Germany, where he has been charged with distributing racist and Nazi propaganda. Police arrested 29 neo-Nazis Monday, bringing to 84 the number detained in eastern Germany over the past three days to prevent them from holding rallies to mark the eighth anniversary of Hitler deputy Rudolf Hess' death. The youths will be jailed for a week, authorities said.
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