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Subject: The Zundel Affair: A Report by Manuel Prutschi (5/11)


The Cause

Zundel utilized at least two postal drops: in Verdun, Quebec, and in
Buffalo, New York. He relied on the latter particularly during the
year when his postal privileges were suspended in Canada. His
principal centre of operation, however, which served as headquarters,
office and residence, was his house on Carlton Street, on the edge of
downtown Toronto. An old, somewhat neglected, Victorian structure, it
listed four different occupants on the front shingle: Samisdat
Publications; Cariton Galleries; Idea Centre; Zundel Studios. They
were, of course, one and the same.

Other organizations could have been listed as well, e.g., "Western
Unity Movement" and "Concerned Parents of German Descent" and, in
1981, "The German-Jewish Historical Commission." Zundel, in a classic
image inversion, named his principal publishing organ "Samisdat" -
the term used by Soviet dissidents to describe their underground
publications. "Idea Centre" no doubt referred to his firm, "Great
Ideas Advertising." What great ideas emanated from this Canadian
Carlton underground?

The central idea is simple enough: the Holocaust never took place,
being a monumental fabrication by Jews or Zionists (two terms used
interchangeably) to extract reparation money from Germany for
themselves and for the state of Israel. The German people constitute
the principal group victimized by this Jewish scam. Not only is the
Holocaust described as a "legend," but its alleged victims, as well
as those engaged in a so-called remembrance, are characterized as
"holocaust racketeers."[35] The Holocaust, Zundel asserts, is

a gigantic hoax which cynically and diabolically aims at blackmailing
the German people all over the world.... There were no "six million
holocaust victims." There was no Nazi genocide programme. There were
no gas chambers for "exterminating" Jews or anybody else. The Second
World War caused tremendous suffcring on all sides - German and Jew,
Axis and Allied. None were the victors; all were the victims. But I

This claim is elaborated elsewhere: "My conclusion... is that no such
extermination programme ever existed and that it is wartime hate
propaganda masquerading as history."[37] Zundel is thus among the
proponents of historical revisionism, or Holocaust denial - the new
antisemitism of the late twentieth century. Integral to this
allegation is the view that World War II was basically a conflict
between two peoples, the Germans and the Jews, each with its own
constellation of allies. In one of his flyers, this notion is
explicit: "We do not deny that many Jews and their allies suffered
and even died in World War II, nor do we omit to mention the fact
that many millions of Germans and their allies suffered and died in
that conflict.[38]

The apposition of Germans and Jews is, of course, misleading.
"Germans" really stand in this context for Nazi Germany, a powerful,
technologically advanced, fully armed, modern state, whereas the Jews
in the Nazi era constituted an unarmed, defenseless, civilian
population in a number of states where their status and security was
more or less uncertain. Yet, in one sense, the apposition is not
misleading; it reflects the brutal fact that, between 1939 and 1945,
Nazi German did indeed fight two wars, World War II and a special war
against the Jews. Zundel and other deniers regard the Jews as having
"started the Hatemongering which led directly to World War II," and
as having "declared a 'holy war' against Germany" in late March of

Ironically, this charge was inspired by an old headline in the London
Daily Express, "Judea declares war on Germany";[40] the latter,
however, referred to Jewish reactions outside of Germany to
Nazi-inspired Jew-baiting after Hitler's accession to power in 1933,
i.e., demonstrations and calls for the boycott of German goods.
According to Zundel, therefore, the Jews brought the war on
themselves: this theme is recurrent. Thus, the Jews are blamed for
Kristallnacht in November 1938: "Mysterious people wearing SS
uniforms suddenly appeared out of nowhere, set fire to the synagogues
and just as suddenly and mysteriously vanished. The same tactics as
the Zionists used against Germany as partisans, maquis and as members
of the Jewish Brigade: false uniforms, false documents, etc."[41]

One truth is absolute as far as the propagandist is concerned:
whatever happened to the Jews in the Nazi era, the Third Reich was
not responsible: "in the Hitler period thousands of Jews emigrated to
Palestine with the knowledge and assistance of the German authorities
in co-operation with the Zionists... [T]he German breakdown brought
with it the breakdown of Jewish emigration."[42] In other words, all
was well under Hitler; matters only took a turn for the worse when
the Nazi order collapsed. After the war, as nature's ingrates, the
Jews were consumed by a bloodthirsty passion for vengeance against
Germans. "I must kill a German in cold blood and I must rape a German
girl" are the words Zundel puts into Jewish mouths.[43]

It was the Jews, he suggests in one of his newsletters, who tried to
assassinate Konrad Adenauer in 1952.[44] Indeed, as well as
concocting the Holocaust, the Jews, at once capitalists, communists
and Freemasons, have been busy manipulating world events and the
media for their own ends. Working directly, or through agents, they
direct hate propaganda against the Islamic nations and eastern
Europeans, as well as the Germans and the Japanese. "Zionists never
stop at words. Their words of hate always precede their hateful

As Satanic assassins and murderers, they are responsible for mass
tortures, deportations, murders, and all imaginable kinds of
calamities - indeed, as one commentator has put it, "for evils that
could be generated only by the four horsemen of the Apocalypse or by
a full regiment of apocalyptic cavalry."[46] According to Zundel,
they have well nigh achieved the destruction of the West and
represent a constant danger to world peace. In one of his
publications, "Samisdat Battletips," he writes that, at times, Jewish
deeds do compel Germans "to use fighting methods that are not exactly
according to the rules of German chivalry, honesty and fairness."[47]

While "Jew" and "Zionist" are used interchangeably, "Zionist" is
usually preferred for at least two reasons: (1) It can be more easily
employed to denote something evil, e.g., as the "liars-for-hire,"
"pogrom-propagandists," - and "Zion-nazis," whereas the term "Jew"
includes Jewish groups. such as the hasidic Neturei Karta, as well as
certain individuals, such as Alfred Lilienthal and Richard Arens. who
are useful because they oppose the State of Israel on principle;[48]
(2) "Zionist" is also preferable because the Canadian anti-hate law
specifically limits the types of groups protected from
victimization.[49] Zundel writes: "Zionism is a political movement,
not a racial movement.... [T]herefore any criticism of Zionist policy
cannot be 'racism'."[50] As, moreover, "no Zionist is 'a member of an
identifiable group' under the Criminal Code, anymore than Liberals or
Conservatives, can such criticism constitute "hate" under the
Criminal Code?"[51]

This awareness of the ambiguities of the law is evident elsewhere as
well. "The so-called 'Holocaust' is a historical topic, not a 'race'
or 'religion' and the condemnation of the one implies in no way a
condemnation of the others." Moreover, his plea continues, "dissent
is not 'hate' and disagreement is not 'genocide', nor are my
intentions 'hateful' or 'murderous'."[53]

In a circular making a sales pitch for books and cassette tapes, he
disassociates himself and one of his organizations expressly from
part of the content: "although these items do not always reflect the
viewpoints of the members or officers of Concerned Parents of German
Descent, they have been selected for their generally informative and
topical content."[54]

The proposition that no mass murder of Jews ever took place implies
that there were no war criminals. It follows, therefore that such
persons found after the war must be defended against judicial action
at all costs. The case of Albert Rauca is a good illustration. Rauca
was accused of the murder of over 11 000 Lithuanian Jews in the
ghetto of Kovno. In late 1982. he was extradited from Canada to West
Germany, but died before standing trial. To Zundel, he was an
innocent man persecuted by the media: "TRIAL BY MEDIA - MURDER BY
MEDIA" is how Rauca's plight was described. The case of John
Demjanjuk, an American citizen accused of having been "Ivan the
Terrible," a sadistic and murderous guard at Treblinka, is another
illustration. In late 1985, Demjanjuk's extradition to Israel to face
trial was ordered.

To Zundel, Demjanjuk is merely another innocent victim of a Jewish
smear. His SS uniform was a fake, and his identification card as an
SS concentration camp guard was "crudely forged, Soviet
KGB-supplied."[55] Past political inaction regarding suspected Nazi
war criminals is exploited to hinder any future action. "In Canada,
almost a dozen Solicitor Generals and nearly half as many Prime
Ministers treated Zionist agitation about war crimes with the extreme
caution the issue deserves. Were these men all derelict in their
duties or were all these Canadians secret Nazi sympathizers?"[56]

The extradition of Rauca under Solicitor General Robert Kaplan - a
Jew - is ascribed to "Zionist pressure" in order "to turn his
ministry into branch office for Simon Wiesenthal."[57] In Zundel's
view, these alleged offenders are innocent, elderly persons, often
anti-Communist, who only wish to live out their lives peacefully in
the country of their adoption. "Individuals who have resided in
Canada for 36 years without having run afoul of the law, many of them
contributing valuable knowledge of Communism's inner workings and
evil designs to Canada's defense, are now to be dragged out of
retirement and old people's homes."[58] Such sacrificial lambs to a
Jewish-instigated "war crimes hysteria" should be protected by
responsible Canadians.

Zundel's other favourite passion is the glorification of the Third
Reich. "We stand fast, true to our past and to our people," he
proclaims to his German-language audience.[59] Which past he means is
not in doubt. "The generation of our fathers had their Horst Wessel
and Leo Schlageter! They sacrificed their life for our people. Can we
do less?"[60] Wessel, a pimp and thug who died in a beer-cellar
brawl, was immortalized in the Nazi hymn, "The Horst Wessel song";
Schlageter was no better.


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