Zundel arraigned in German court
Posted: March 2, 2005
Holocaust denier and neo-Nazi ideologue Ernst Zundel has been charged in Mannheim, Germany, with inciting racial hatred and defaming the memory of the dead. A German native, he was deported from Canada on March 1, after Canadian Federal Court Justice Pierre Blais ruled that he could reasonably be described as a threat to national security, thereby making him subject to deportation.
Zundel lived in Canada for many years but was not a citizen.
A prolific apologist for Hitler, Zundel distributed Holocaust denial material in Germany through the mail and more recently through the Internet, and now faces a criminal trial. Following World War II, the country implemented laws prohibiting the dissemination of Nazi ideology and, more recently, outlawed denial of the crimes of the Nazi regime.
In the scathing 63-page decision that led to Zundelís deportation, Justice Blais described Zundel as a hypocrite who cultivated a pacifist public image while guiding, aiding and supporting neo-Nazi groups around the world, including some that "propagate violent messages of hate" and work to accomplish "the destruction of governments and multicultural societies."