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


Zundel did not emerge from a vacuum. Rather than constituting a new
phenomenon, he belongs an an [sic] antisemitic continuum with pre-war
roots - a continuum only temporarily interrupted in the early 1940s
when Canada fought the Axis powers. After all, Adrien Arcand was his
personal mentor: the Nazi, so to speak, fathered the neo-Nazi.
Throughout his career moreover, Zundel has been at the centre of a
number of circles composed either of antisemites or the 'fellow
travellers' of bigotry, all of which have intersected and continue to
intersect at various points. The lines between such groups are often
blurred, and there is a great deal of cross-fertilization.

Zundel's special contribution to antisemitism in Canada has been the
popularization of Holocaust denial, inspiring other Canadian
antisemites, not merely the neo-Nazis, to adopt this ideology as
their stock in trade. In addition, by means of his mailings overseas
he has placed Canada on the global map as a major exporter of
neo-Nazi material, developing a large network of worldwide contacts.
Probably more than any other Canadian antisemite Zundel has been able
to avail himself of these connections to expose his clientele to the
broadest conceivable range of international antisemitic influence.
Thus, as a premier antisemite both locally and internationally he has
deparochialized Canadian antisemitism and made it 'world class.'

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                              Work Cited

Prutschi, Manuel. "The Zundel Affair," in Davies, Alan, Ed.
Antisemitism in Canada: History & Interpretation. Waterloo, Ontario:
Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 1992, pp. 249-277. Courtesy
Canadian Jewish Congress.

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