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Ernst Zundel: a life on the altar of hate – NOW Magazine

I stepped through the black iron gate and walked up the path leading to the tall, century-old Victorian at 206 Carlton. Taking a deep breath, I pushed the doorbell. In the security camera bolted above the fortified door I eyed my reflection: a scrawny, 16-year-old girl with long red hair and torn Goodwill jeans.

The door buzzed open and I stepped into a reception area plastered with World War II-era Nazi propaganda posters. A powerful voice with a thick German accent commanded my attention. So youre Elisse. Welcome to the bunker!

Ernst Zundel was wearing fuzzy slippers and a knitted sweater. A balding, stout man in his 50s, with a ruddy face and the belly of an Oktoberfest gnome, he looked like he could be your favourite uncle.

Only he wasnt. He was the most notoriousHolocaust denier and publisher of anti-Semitic propaganda in the world. Zundel, a man who placed his life on the altar of hate, died last week in Germany, reportedly of heart failure. He was 78.

Whenever I think back to my turbulent teenage years, I remember theday I first met Zundel. That memory will stay with me forever as a reminder of how easily I could be seduced by hate, only because I wanted to be loved.

I was a high school dropout with no friends or future. It was the fall of 1991 and, after a two-year stint in group homes, Id run away from my last foster home and back to my abusive mothers apartment in Regent Park.

I had emigrated from Communist Romania when I was 11 and, like many kids who grow up in a country where they dont feel they belong, I felt alienated, lonely and hopeless just the incendiary mix that extremist groups are looking for in recruits.

Thats when I saw a TV program about the Heritage Front, a Toronto nationalist group that advocated pride for European culture and lobbied for a White History Month. I left a message on their hotline and within days was enlisted by the groups leader, ex-Klansman Wolfgang Droege, who became an instant father figure to me. Back then I was Elisse.

After learning about my volatile home situation, Droege arranged to introduce me to his close friend, fellow German expat Zundel, who needed help around the house. A five-minute walk from my roach-infested apartment block in Regent Park, Zundels Cabbagetown manse was a safe place to spend my afternoons and get away from my mothers rage.

The bunker was an extension of Zundel: shelves lined the living room walls stacked floor to ceiling with revisionist books like The Hitler We Loved And Why, and Did Six Million Really Die?, the booklet that had earned him his reputation and fortune.

I didnt hate Jews, not at first. But Zundel told me everything Id been taught about history was wrong. Canadas public school system brainwashes children with political correctness, he said, insisting that he would teach me the real truth, not the one crafted by the nefarious Zionist elites who he said controlled the world.

My new education started that first day. It involved watching Zundels collection of Third Reich propaganda films like Triumph Of The Will and Hitler Youth Quex, and grainy footage from the eugenics movement that depicted Jews as hook-nosed bankers and rats scurrying in city sewers.

Zundel also made me look at photos of concentration camp corpses until I couldnt feel anything anymore. By the second week, I was convinced the Holocaust had never happened and The Diary of Anne Frank was a hoax. Id also learned to pound out Horst Wessel Lied, the Nazi Party anthem, on the keys of Zundels basement piano.

At the bunker, I spent most of my days in the living room stuffing newsletters soliciting donations into envelopes addressed to anti-Semites across the planet. Hitlers beady eyes watched over me from ornate oil paintings hung on the wall. I collected newspaper clippings, folded pamphlets, mailed packages at the post office and ran to the corner store to fetch Zundels favourite liver pat.

He paid me in sandwiches and kind words. I finally had a place to hide from my mothers blows, a cot in the basement to sleep instead of the streets. For a girl whod never had anything, that was enough.

By the time I was 17, I had become the new, fresh face of the Heritage Front not an angry, tattooed skinhead but a girl-next-door who looked younger than my age. At home, a poster of Hitler hung above my bed.

Droege dragged me to press interviews and made sure I spoke at every rally. He and Zundel chose me to go on The Montel Williams Show in New York to represent the Canadian far-right. (We forged parental consent forms for that appearance.)

I threw myself breathlessly into the business of hate because it earned me Zundels grandfatherly affection and Droeges praise. They were my family. The movement needs smart kids like you, they told me. You are our future.

Nobody had called me smart before. Naturally, I loved them the way a stray dog loves its new master. Expressing hate made me feel powerful. Surrounded by skinheads, I was no longer alone or afraid. When passersby saw our bomber jackets and black combat boots, they crossed the street. It was the first time adults were afraid of me rather than the other way around.

Within a year, the Heritage Front had become Canadas largest white supremacist organization. Hundreds of angry skinheads attracted to the cause filled the Latvian House for a rally, moshed at RaHoWa rock concerts, paraded through the streets of Toronto and Ottawa giving straight-arm salutes. American white supremacists like Dennis Mahon and Tom and John Metzger were brought in to speak at rallies. Infamous Holocaust revisionist David Irving flew in to speak to Zundels Nazi fan base.

Between 1992-1993, several Jewish buildings, a bookstore and the Native Canadian Centre on Spadina were spray-painted with swastikas. A group home for runaway girls and a Jewish activists Kitchener home were firebombed. The Morgantaler abortion clinic blew up, the Fronts telephone number tagged on its wall.

Three South Asian men were attacked that summer two beaten to death and one left brain-damaged and paralysed. Street clashes between skinheads and anti-racists became the norm.

Heritage Front co-founder Grant Bristow instigated the It Campaign a Heritage Front terror onslaught against members of anti-Fa group Anti-Racist Action. ARA members were harassed, stalked and threatened with death.

The escalation of violence was a turning point for me. The more innocents who were targeted for harassment, the more my world fell apart. A seed of conscience had begun to sprout deep inside me. After Bristow asked me to terrorize an ARA activist who happened to be lesbian, I had to confront the reality that I, too, was gay.

But I didnt just want to drop out of the white supremacist movement.I wanted to shut it down. With the help of anti-racist activists, I spied on the Heritage Front for months, collected information on criminal activities and illegal weapons, and signed dozens of affidavits, which we turned over to police, along withpart of Zundels extensive mailing list.

For over a year, I lived in hiding all across Canada and subsequently testified against Droege and two other group members, leading to their convictions and jail sentences on hate-related charges. My testimony, coupled with Toronto Sun reporter Bill Dunphys explosive revelation that Grant Bristow was a paid CSIS spy, contributed to the end of the Heritage Front.

In the years that followed, I earned a university degree, wrote a memoir and converted to Judaism. In March 2017, more than 20 years after I last saw Zundel, I came across The Hitler We Loved And Why and other Holocaust-denying books in Chapters-Indigos online inventory. My complaint led to their removal. But The Turner Diaries, the book that inspired Timothy McVeighs Oklahoma bombing, continues to be sold by the bookstore online.

Zundels death, 12 years after his friend Droege was shot to death in Scarborough in a drug-related shooting, leaves behind a legacy of intolerance that still casts a long shadow on Torontos history.

For all his lies, Zundel taught me one hard truth: words are power. And they have the ability to inspire or destroy. By rewriting history to erase mass genocide, he created an ideologyused to justify violence against innocent people.

Elisa Hategan is an author, public speaker and journalist. Her memoir, Race Traitor: The True Story Of Canadian Intelligences Greatest Cover-Up, was published in 2014.

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Austrians tread carefully as underfoot Holocaust memorials remain controversial – The Times of Israel

SALZBURG, Austria Let the dead trip the people into remembering. That was the committees first proposal for how the Stolpersteine plaques should be installed into Salzburgs sidewalks.

They imagined the brass memorial plates would be slightly elevated in the concrete, causing pedestrians to stumble over the dedications to the individual residents of Salzburg who were murdered during the Holocaust. Stolpersteine translates to stumbling stone, and the committee was feeling quite literal.

Artist Gunter Demnig had introduced his Stolpersteine initiative at the end of the 1990s. Since then, cities across Europe have set tens of thousands of these commemorative plaques into sidewalks, allowing for individual victims of the Holocaust to have their names remembered a way, according to the Talmud, to keep them alive in peoples memories forever. Besides names, the plaques often list the reason the person was persecuted, along with the dates of birth, deportation, and murder.

As one would imagine, planting intentionally raised stones in the pavement was not approved by Salzburgs city council, but the project itself was green-lighted and the first stones were installed in 2007. Today, there are more than 350 stumbling stones set in Salzburg. Unlike erecting a single Holocaust memorial, the brass plates scattered about the city and placed at the victims last residences indicate how widespread the massacre was.

Salzburg had a small Jewish community just a few hundred whereas Vienna, in 1938, had a Jewish population of nearly 200,000. By the end of the war, 65,000 Viennese Jews had been murdered. In Salzburg, the number of Jewish victims was 101.

Despite this huge disparity in statistics, the plaques feel ubiquitous in the quaint city they are set on main pedestrian thoroughfares and cemented into bustling corners. Crossing a stumbling stone in vast Vienna, however, feels as likely as tripping over a tree root in the center of the Gobi desert.

The town of Salburg, Austria. (Noah Lederman/Times of Israel)

While pedestrians in Salzburg must constantly pass stumbling stones, how effective are these brass plates at memorializing the dead? And by laying these stones, have the people of Salzburg remembered the victims? Has the artist and committee appropriately honored the murdered?

Stan Nadel, a retired American history professor, member of the Stolpersteine committee in Salzburg, and author of Salzburg and the Jews: A Historical Walking Guide, celebrates Salzburgs effort to pay tribute to the victims.

Its a town with a university and liberal, educated people, Nadel explained, crediting that atmosphere for the success of the project.

Salzburgs locals more than three dozen were interviewed for this story evidenced a clear understanding that the stumbling stones were memorials for victims of the Holocaust, though most explained that they memorialized the Jews only. (Stones have been laid for all victim groups, including homosexuals, communists and Jehovahs Witnesses, to name a few.)

A stumbling stone near the entrance of an apartment building in Salzburg, Austria. (Noah Lederman/Times of Israel)

When asked about the brass plates, Peter Panasch, 56, said I think its good to remember the victims of the Nazis. He sometimes stops to read about the person who was murdered.

Other locals like Christa Gollner, who went to school just after the war and didnt learn about the Holocaust until she was in her 30s, do not stop to read the plaques. But I think [about the victims], she said.

Nadel contends that some residents he estimated 10 percent virulently object to having [Stolpersteine plaques] in front of their houses. In public, these individuals typically state that they do not want others to associate them with the crimes, Nadel explained, but at ceremonies, he has heard residents say filthy Jew.

One couple, who asked to remain anonymous, was pushing their infant in a stroller along Franz-Josefstrasse. They recalled the time when the stumbling stone was cemented into the sidewalk in front of their apartment and roses were laid down.

Its good to have them, said the mother and then signaled down to her young son in the pram. They should learn everything about it.

Sometimes I Google the name [on the Stolpersteine], said the father. He often found no information, unaware that the Stolpersteine website has biographies in both German and English, detailing the victims lives and deaths.

On the next block, 80-year-old Warner Rainer, returning from the market with his shopping bags, approached a stone. When asked about the efficacy of the project, he lifted his foot, stomped down upon Margarette Wraubecks memorial, and ground the stone with his foot as if crushing her identity like a lit cigarette.

Again, he said angrily, pausing for an uncomfortable moment.

Again what? She should die? Another Holocaust?

Again, we murder them with our feet

Again, Rainer repeated and added, we murder them with our feet. As he spoke about the victims, his neighbors, he nearly came to tears.

For this reason, Munich, Germany has no stumbling stones. Charlotte Knoblauch, the head of the Jewish community in Munich, leads an opposition to the Stolpersteine project, arguing that having people tread upon the names of the dead and allowing dogs to urinate on these plaques is no memorial at all, but an insult to their identities.

A few years back, stumbling stones in Salzburg were desecrated: sprayed with black paint or tagged with the number 1488. (The 14 represents fourteen words that white supremacists hold dear and the pair of eights stand for the eighth letter of the alphabet HH for Heil Hitler.)

A defaced Stolpersteine , or stumbling stone, in honor of victim Josefine Schneider, with the information scratched out. (Noah Lederman/Times of Israel)

With the rise of refugees fleeing war in Syria and Iraq, the Identity Movement an anti-immigrant, white nationalist group has been pasting stickers in Salzburg that read Faschtung Europa or Fortress Europe, a term used during World War II that advocates for sealing the border. Some of these stickers have ended up on the Stolpersteines.

But after passing more than 100 stones in the city, only one has been defaced: Josefine Schneiders identity, the concentration camp she had been deported to, and other scarred details were scraped away with, perhaps, a knife.

While nearly all the locals interviewed were aware of the Stolpersteine projects significance, the tourists were oblivious.

At one cafe, on the popular Linzergasse street, tables were situated between three commemorative stones that caught the sun. But in the two years that one waiter had worked at the establishment, he said that he had only ever been asked about the stones once. He had never noticed anyone else examine them.

Of the three dozen tourists who were shown a photograph of a stumbling stone on a smartphone, and asked if theyd seen the memorials around the city, only two visitors answered affirmatively. But the two were familiar with the project, as they lived in a German city that also had Stolpersteine plaques.

Each time a tourist was shown the photograph, they had either just passed a stone or were about to approach one. Of those in the latter group, not one tourist seemed to notice the shiny, golden plaque, even after seeing the photograph. They just stepped over it.

Three Stolpersteine , or stumbling stones, dedicated to the memory of Josef Geer and to the Hauslauers a married couple who were Jehovahs Witnesses in Salzburg, Austria. (Noah Lederman/Times of Israel)

Most disturbing was one tourist who was shown the photograph, took a dozen paces, stood upon three polished stumbling stones one to remember Josef Geer and the Hauslauers, a married couple who were Jehovahs Witnesses paused to bite into his gyro, dripped some sauce near the stones, and moved on.

Perhaps tourists are always looking up or devouring gyros. Or perhaps there are limits with every effort to memorialize the victims.

When a Chinese-speaking tour guide was asked if she told her groups about the stones, which she had recognized on the smartphone, she said, They are from Asia, so they dont know about this. I tell them only if theyre interested.

Of the more than 70 people interviewed for this article tourists and locals the only person to stop and read a stone was Konrad Xu, a German child of about 10 years old, of Chinese descent.

Hes curious about everything, the German man accompanying him said when asked about Xus interest in Julia Leitners memorial. I told him who lived here.

When asked if he told Xu about Leitners murder in 1941, the older mans smile disappeared. Oh, so its from then.

While Jews from Salzburg have the most memorial stones of any one group, the Sinti and Roma people, who lived in the city and its environs, were actually Salzburgs largest victim group. They were held in a camp near the city center. Most were exterminated in Auschwitz. But only about two dozen stones are set for the Sinti and Roma children born in the camp, who were murdered as infants and toddlers. The vast majority have no individual memorials.

A pedestrian walking by a Stolpersteine , or stumbling stone, dedicated to the memory of a Holocaust victim in Salzburg, Austria. (Noah Lederman/Times of Israel)

Forthcoming plans are centered around remembering homosexuals and resisters, but not without conflict. There is still a stigma attached to both groups. To this day, many families do not want their relatives remembered as such, for fear of shame or even reprisals, as some locals still consider those who resisted the Nazis to be traitors.

Peter Wilhelmstatter, one of the most educated locals on the history of the Jews in Salzburg, said that Austrians view themselves as the victims of the Nazis We forget about everything else People should be more aware and it should be part of the public knowledge.

Then he smiled, admitting, Im also a little ignoring. Ive never looked [the online biographies] up. I should probably do [that] now, now that youre asking about it.

Nadels earlier compliments of the citys assistance with the project were not without criticism.

Salzburg still praises infamous Nazis and known anti-Semites. For instance, Hans Prodinger, whom the city remembers as an anti-fascist and a victim of the Nazis, was also one of the first Salzburg state party chiefs of the Austrian Nazi party, as detailed in Nadels book. Prodinger was eventually considered a Nazi traitor, but opted instead to lead the Austro-fascist party and remained fueled by his anti-Semitism.

Back in the 15th century, the sculptor Hans Valkenauer was commissioned by the city to carve the Judensau an anti-Semitic feature in many Medieval cities that showed Jews suckling from the teats of a pig and eating its excrement. The marble frieze topped the Rathaus for centuries.

A Judensau. (Public domain)

After the Holocaust, the city named streets for both men. (Hans-Prodingergasse leads to the Jewish cemetery.) Despite Stolpersteine committee members complaints, the city, according to Nadel, responded that there was no evidence that the Judensau was an anti-Semitic sculpture.

While the Stolpersteine project keeps citizens cognizant of these past crimes and serves as a counter to the revisionist honors bestowed upon the citys historic anti-Semites, Nadel still views Austria as a country of progress.

Before moving to Salzburg, Nadel had worked at Southwest Oklahoma State University in Custer County, Oklahoma named for the general who, at dawn, infamously massacred a peaceful group of Cheyenne. Black Kettle, the chief, who had survived the earlier Sand Creek Massacre, tried to stop Custers troops, running into the massacre waving a white and an American flag. Custers men gunned him down all the same.

Theres no Eichmann County [in Austria], said Nadel. It puts it in perspective.

A man sitting with his foot near a stumbling stone; stumbling stones placed in the road, one near a pedestrian crossing marking. (Noah Lederman/Times of Israel)

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Nazi memorabilia at Pickering flea market concerns Jewish group – Toronto Sun


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… value of the large collection at $5,000, said the only place for this type of Nazi memorabilia is the field of Holocaust education, and having it sit on a shelf for sale in a Pickering flea market gives it the potential to fuel distortion and

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Colby Cosh: Revisionism in a hard hat: how Ernst Zndel charmed the gullible – National Post

Ernst Zndel, the Zelig of Holocaust denial, died suddenly this weekend at his ancestral home in the Black Forest of Germany. If he had died sooner, before his 2005 deportation from this country, I am afraid he would have been widely described in obituaries as German-Canadian. He lived here from 1958 to 2000, unsuccessfully trying a couple of times to obtain official citizenship, and was visible for years as a self-styled opponent of Germanophobic stereotypes in the popular media.

Foreseeably, Zndel turned out to be the ultimate German stereotype himself: a war baby who used Canada as a refuge from conscription and anti-Nazi laws back home, all while obsessively re-litigating the Second World War in pseudonymous anti-Semitic pamphlets and books. Most ethnic Germans abroad wouldnt deny the Holocaust or complain of a worldwide Jewish conspiracy, as Zndel did, but well, if you have studied German history seriously enough to talk about it socially, you will have run into folks who have funny ideas and tiny chips on their shoulder about, say, First World War reparations or the bombing of Dresden.

In Germany, any sense of nationalist injustice over the 20th century must be carefully hidden. Over here, parents and grandparents are more free to make such resentment a family heirloom. This, perhaps, is how Zndel was able to gain a Canadian following for the notion that the murder of the European Jews was a propaganda fiction.

If Zundel had died before his deportation from Canada, I’m afraid he would have been widely described as ‘German-Canadian’

In retrospect, his industriousness and personal cheerfulness turn out to have played a significant part in the epic of Holocaust denial. In 1986, the amateur historian David Irving, then still somewhat admired in the profession as a document-digger and sort of useful devils advocate for Hitler, visited Toronto to kick off a North American lecture series. Zndel liked Irvings books and greeted him at the airport: Irving recoiled in horror and asked Zndel politely to steer clear.

But Irvings talks were poorly attended, and Zndel used the opportunity to convince Irving that there might be a bigger audience for more strident Holocaust-minimizing views. As Irvings life was devoured by ill-advised comments and self-destructive legal struggles in the 1990s, he came to speak of Zndel almost in the fashion of a disappointed paramouralternately crediting him with having convinced him the Holocaust was an exaggeration, and blaming him for transforming him into a social and professional pariah.

The University of Waterloo architecture historian Robert Jan van Pelt, a leading authority on the Holocaust, tells an amazing story in his 2002 book The Case for Auschwitz. It turns out he actually met Zndel before Irving did. A group of visiting historians had come to Ontario to meet van Pelt, and someone suggested visiting Zndel on a professorial lark. They were welcomed effusively at Zndels basement HQ.

In Germany, any sense of nationalist injustice over the 20th century must be hidden. Here, parents can make such resentment a family heirloom

Zndel talked and talked, van Pelt recounts, calling him, A large roguish fellow who could have been quite a pleasant companion during a night on the townassuming that one did not understand a word he said. After enduring Zndels harangue in near-silence for a while, van Pelt and the others left, passing posters for Irvings lectures on the way out.

In the picture Irving looked like a gentleman, van Pelt observes, and I wondered how he had gotten involved with Zndel, who seemed to relish his role as a lout and a buffoon.

The buffoonery was probably integral to the seduction. Canadians will remember that Zndel was rarely photographed in this country without a hard hat. Irving, who had contended throughout his career with effete British dons, seems to have had no natural defence against a strutting, brawny alpha male who was even more the outsider-amateur than himself.

Zundel could have been a pleasant companion during a night on the town… assuming one did not understand a word he said

It should be remembered that by 1986 Zndel was already well on his way to establishing his place in Canadian legal history. He had already been convicted once under the Criminal Codes spreading false news section, eventually struck down by the Supreme Court in 1992s R. v. Zndel. Free speech absolutists argued then that the legal and social pursuit of Zndel merely served to increase his notoriety.

As a purely empirical question of history, this is hard to resolve. But we know that protests and the exertions of the police failed to stop Zndel from winning over Irving, and thus acquiring international influence. It may have done nothing but enhance his credentials as a pseudo-intellectual grappler, defying social scorn and the force of law.

The authorities were eventually able to bundle Zndel off to Germany through a legal door that has since closed. He was deported as an undesirable alien on the basis of a ministerial security certificatenot long before the Supreme Court denounced the use of secret evidence in deportation proceedings, and made such certificates harder to obtain. After Zndels deportation, an apparatus of progressive opposition to security certificates was quick to materialize. One cannot help wondering: if he were still alive in Canada in 2017, and the state tried to banish him, who might be out marching on his behalf, defending him as an undocumented Canadian?

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Revealed: The Islamic Extremists ‘Advising’ The Muslims Who Called for Kassam’s ‘No Go Zones’ Book to be Banned – Breitbart News

The board acts as a guiding body to make sure The Muslim Vibe stays in line with Islamic values and principles and is made up of highly respected and learned individuals who help us make certain editorial decisions, according to its website.

Dawud Walid, Syed Abbas Ayleya, Zafar Bangash, and Sayed Asad Jafri are all hard-line figures, with links and sympathies to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Nation of Islam, and perhaps most dangerously the Islamic revolutionary theocracy which governs Iran.

Iran issued a fatwa against author Salman Rushdie like Kassam, a Brit of Indian heritage after his book The Satanic Verseswas deemed blasphemous by Grand AyatollahRuhollah Khomeini, the countrys late Supreme Leader.

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Dawud Walid is the Executive Director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and a leading Muslim in Dearborn a city which was being described as a Shariah enclave as long ago as 2011, and will be featured in Kassams book.

CAIR has been declared aa terrorist organizationby the United Arab Emirates, andwas named by U.S. federal prosecutors as anunindicted co-conspiratorin a Hamas terror-funding operation.

Walid himself hasspoken at length on how Islam sanctions violence specifically, by defending the mass execution of Jewish men and the selling of their women and children into slavery during the time of Mohammed in a speech he uploaded to YouTube.

He explained that the murdered Jews had broken an agreement with the prophet, and that committing treason during a time of war is punishable by death.

Jewish law says an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth, a life for a life, and a breach for a breach itself, Walid explained, adding: [Muslims] shouldnt be shy about defending this.

Speaking frequently on race politics and white privilege, Walid has indicated that his father was exposed to the teaching of the black supremacist Nation of Islam movement as a young man.

The groups leader is Louis Farrakhan, a controversial figure with a long record of anti-white and anti-Semitic public pronouncements.

These include such straightforwardly racist remarks as, White people deserve to die, White people are potential humans [who] havent evolved yet, and The Satanic Jews control everything and mostly everybody.

Farrakhan has also flirted with Holocaust revisionism, with the Jewish Virtual Library reporting a speech in which he claimed: International bankers financed Hitler and poor Jews died while big Jews were at the root of what you call the Holocaust Little Jews died while big Jews made money. Little Jews [were] being turned into soap while big Jews washed themselves with it.

While differing from the 84-year-old on religious doctrine, Walid has gone out of his way to praise the controversial figure as [one] of the few black leaders that HAS credibility among many black folk on both domestic & international issues and tweeted that his preaching [and] work is more relevant to the mass of Blackamericans[sic] than what imams on the Sunnah are preaching.

On still another occasion, the CAIR-MI director wrote: Farrakhan isntbeyond critique but give credit where its due. Hes [one] of few national Black leaders who isnt Uncle Tommin these days. [sic]

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Syed Abbas Ayleyais, like Dawud Walid, a frequent speaker at Al Quds Day events an annual call for the destruction of Israel first instituted by Irans late Supreme Leader, Ruhollah Khomeini.

A native of Pakistan with fifteen years of Iranian clerical training under his belt, Ayleya teaches at the Zainab Center in Seattle, Washington, and local media reports him as sharing a platform with Muslims deriding the shaytani [Satanic] character of the U.S. government and branding it Zionist occupied in Dearborn.

He is himself is reported to have said that There is no room for pluralism in Islam. It is un-Quranic.

At an English-languageKhomeinilecture in London in 2014, he railed againstpeople who [are] separating religion from politics, as if its not even part of Islam.

A proponent of Iranian-style Islamic revolutions worldwide, Ayleya demanded:Are you trying to reinvent the wheel? Are you here to make a new religion? The religion [of Islam] is the religion where Islam and politics is one! Islam and government are twins that means inseparable!

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Zafar Bangash, also born in Pakistan, is an imam based in Toronto, Canada.

He co-founded the Muslim Institute in London, England, and serves as Director of theInstitute of Contemporary Islamic Thought (ICIT) which describes itself as a hub for activists, journalists and academics in all parts of the world who share a common commitment to developing the social and political ideas of the Islamic movement, and promoting them as an alternative worldview to that of Western civilisation.

Like U.S.-based Syed Abbas Ayleya, Bangash is a fierce partisan for the Iranian regime, and has urgedMuslims to emulate Ayatollah Khomeini and strive to overthrow the oppressive systems in their societies through Islamic revolutions, and not by participating in fraudulent elections, according to reports in the Toronto Star.

Described as the unofficial spokesperson for the Iranian regime in Canada by detractors, the imam has denounced the United States in a Crescent International article,writingthat Ayatollah Khomeinis description of the country as Shaytan-e Buzurg (the Great Satan) was not an emotional outburst but an accurate understanding of the true nature of the U.S.

Bangash also told Iranian state radio to remember that Ramadan is a month for jihad as well as fasting in an interviewin 2010,citing Quranic battles and asking Muslims to observe Al Quds Day events at which, like Dawud Walid and Syed Abbas Ayleya, he is a frequent speaker.

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Syed Asad Jafri was born in Canada and remains based there, but received a technical education in the United States and a religious education at an Islamic seminary in Qom, Iran.

Like his rest of the quartet, Jafri is a regular at Al Quds Day demonstrations, telling attendees at a Toronto rally thatIsrael is led by a Zionist regime that sucks the resources, the blood, and everything that belongs to the people all across the world [to use] for themselves in 2011.

Lecturing at the Saba Islamic Center in San Jose, California, Jafri branded women in same-sex relationships and women who decline to wear the hijab willfully as leading a disgusting lifestyle.

The Muslim Vibe has not yet responded to a series of questions from Breitbart London.

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Far-right activist Ernst Zundel dies at 78 – InsideHalton.com


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German authorities have confirmed that far-right activist Zundel, who was deported from Canada and served jail time in Germany for denying the Holocaust ever happened, has died.THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Michael Probst – The Canadian Press, 2017.

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Ernst Zndel, Holocaust Denier Tried for Spreading His Message, Dies at 78 – New York Times

The first conviction was tossed out on a technicality, and the second was overturned in 1992, when the Supreme Court of Canada found that the law was an unreasonable limit on freedom of expression.

Mr. Zndel, who moved to Canada from Germany as a teenager, was twice denied Canadian citizenship. In 2000 he moved to the United States, where he ran a website and lived with his third wife, Ingrid Rimland.

In 2003, American authorities arrested Mr. Zndel for overstaying his visa. He was sent back to Canada, but the authorities there did not want him. They detained him as a threat to national security, given his ties to neo-Nazi groups, a decision that drew criticism from some civil liberties advocates.

After another lengthy legal process, Mr. Zndel was deported to Germany in 2005. A state court in Mannheim, after yet another tumultuous trial, convicted him in 2007 on 14 counts of inciting hatred and one count of violating the memory of the dead. (A member of his defense team, Sylvia Stolz, was jailed and disbarred for signing Heil Hitler on a legal document.)

Mr. Zndel was sentenced to five years in prison but released in 2010, partly in consideration of his time spent in pretrial detention.

Recently, Mr. Zndel petitioned the American authorities to allow him to travel to Tennessee to care for his wife, who is 81. The administrative appeals office of the Department of Homeland Security denied his request on March 31.

The record shows that the Applicant is a historical revisionist and denier of the Holocaust, distributing writings, books, tapes, videos and broadcasts to promote his views, the office found. The record indicates further that these publications agitated for aggressive behavior against Jews. Furthermore, the Applicant has been a leader in these activities for decades and has shown no regret or remorse for his actions.

On Monday, the Center for Israel and Jewish Affairs, Canadas leading Jewish advocacy organization, said in a statement: Ernst Zndels death brings to a close an especially pernicious saga that plagued Canadians for decades.

In a phone interview, Bernie M. Farber, who was the chief executive of the Canadian Jewish Congress, now part of the Center for Israel and Jewish Affairs, said that for decades, he was the gasoline that fed Holocaust denial in Canada.

Mr. Farber, now the executive director of the Mosaic Institute in Toronto, added, He was Canadas most famous hatemonger, and he reveled in it.

Mr. Zndel was on some levels a run-of-the-mill neo-Nazi and Holocaust denier, said Deborah E. Lipstadt, a professor of modern Jewish history and Holocaust studies at Emory University in Atlanta. But, she said, he had stood out for his determination to use mass media to spread his views.

Prior to the digital age, he was responsible for spreading these materials across Europe and the Americas, she said. They became important resources for an array of neo-Nazi, white-supremacist and Holocaust-denying groups.

During Mr. Zndels trials, his defense team commissioned a report from a self-proclaimed expert on executions, Fred A. Leuchter Jr., who denied the existence of the gas chambers. In fact, he had no such expertise and was later charged with fraud.

The report, which became and remains a cornerstone of the Holocaust-denial movement, claimed that gas chambers were a scientific impossibility, Professor Lipstadt said. Based on shoddy methodology, it was riddled with basic scientific errors, miscalculations and false claims.

Taking the witness stand at Mr. Zndels second trial, David Irving, perhaps the worlds best-known Holocaust denier, vouched for the Leuchter report. He later wrote the introduction when it was published as a book. (In Britain, Mr. Irving unsuccessfully sued Professor Lipstadt for libel, a case dramatized in the 2016 film Denial.)

Professor Lipstadt was among those who expressed worry that the attention Mr. Zndel received over the years was what he wanted. On a strategic level, sometimes I wondered if the various trials did not create a modicum of sympathy for a man who deserved not sympathy but utter contempt, she said.

Ernst Christof Friedrich Zndel was born on April 24, 1939, four months before Nazi Germanys invasion of Poland, in Calmbach, now part of Bad Wildbad. He moved to Canada in 1958 to study advertising and graphic arts.

In a 1983 interview with The Globe and Mail, the Toronto newspaper, Mr. Zndel said that he had grown up in an apolitical family and knew scarcely any Jews.

He said of the origins of his beliefs, The absolute Gods honest truth is that it was a reaction to the incessant anti-German propaganda stereotyping the Germans.

He added: Look, I am not a neo-Nazi. If I wanted to be a Nazi, I would be a real one.

Mr. Zndel, twice divorced, had two sons, but details about survivors were not immediately available. Reached by phone on Monday, his wife, Ms. Rimland, replied, Whoever calls will get the same answer from me: I will give no comment because the mainstream media is too biased.

Follow Sewell Chan on Twitter @sewellchan.

Ian Austen and Victor Homola contributed reporting.

A version of this article appears in print on August 8, 2017, on Page B14 of the New York edition with the headline: Ernst Zndel, 78, Promulgator of Holocaust Denial.

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Should Holocaust Survivors Forgive the Nazis? – HuffPost

Should Holocaust survivors forgive the Nazis? originally appeared on Quora – the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.

Answer by Eva Kor, Holocaust survivor and forgiveness advocate, on Quora:

Many of the people who survived the Holocaust have the “victim mentality,” which is to me a poor me mentality with too much focus on what was done to me. They have extreme difficulty in getting rid of that feeling, that I was used as a human guinea pig, or I was used in slave labor, or I was not treated like a human being. It is understandable, of course. I was a good victim for many years. There is a lot of anger that comes with that. The question is, what does the anger do to you? Does it help you? Who are you hurting when you are angry? You are not hurting the perpetrator you are HELPING the perpetrator by remaining the victim. You are only hurting yourself.

In my experience, anger is a seed for war. Healthy, happy people do not start wars. Some people take out their anger on their children, or on themselves. But if you look at people who forgive, they are at peace with themselves. Therefore, forgiveness is a seed for peace. When I forgave Mengele, and then all the Nazis, and then anyone who had ever hurt me, I felt a tremendous burden lifted from my shoulders. I realized that although I was liberated in 1945, I was not free until I forgave in 1995.

I have spent a lot of time and effort promoting the idea of forgiveness because it helped me to heal. I am willing to do anything I humanly can to convince survivors to at least try it. I joke about it, but it’s a fact: forgiveness is free. Therefore everybody can afford it. It has no side effects. It works. If people do not like how it feels to be free, they can always take their pain back and remain victims. But I have not found a larger platform where I can advocate it. If some organization would adopt the idea and help me advocate it on the world scene, I think it would help some survivors. But maybe it is too late. They have lived like victims for 70 years. What are the chances they will try something new?

I will just mention a guy by the name of Jack who is a survivor of Auschwitz. Very bitter. He said to me, “You know I carry with me two guns in my car at all times. One by my seat and one in my trunk.” I asked him why. “Because,” he said, “if I ever meet someone like a revisionist or a former Nazi who would cross my path, I will just blow them away.” He distrusted the world that much and was that suspicious of everyone. He didn’t believe there were good people in the world at all. He said, “I was all alone in Auschwitz, and I survived all alone.” He had to be against the hardships of surviving Auschwitz all by himself. He was in the middle of that dog-eat-dog world where he couldn’t trust anybody or rely on another human being to help him. All he could do is try to survive. Who can blame him? At least I had my twin sister with me to help keep some of our humanity intact. But mental health-wise, Jack did not survive in as good a condition as some of us.

That is a big problem for aging survivors who suddenly have a lot of health problems, and on top of that the emotional problem of feeling as a victim and not realizing they have the power to remove that victim mentality from their lives. With the simple act of forgiving the Nazis, they can live a much better life.

My recipe for everyone who has survived trauma is to forgive. I always emphasize that you should do it not because the perpetrator deserves forgiveness, but because the victim deserves it. The only way you can heal yourself is to forgive those who have harmed you. I call forgiveness the best revenge. Because from the time you forgive, the perpetrator no longer has the power to control you. Or we could call it the greatest gift one can give oneself: the gift of healing, freedom, and self-empowerment. This question originally appeared on Quora – the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world. You can follow Quora on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. More questions:

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Survivor who embraced ex-Nazi guard decries jail term for 96-year-old – The Times of Israel

A Holocaust survivor who shocked the world by embracing the former Nazi SS Guard known as the Bookkeeper of Auschwitz decried a German court decision Wednesday which found the 96-year-old is fit to serve out his four-year sentence for accessory to murder of some 300,000 people at the camp.

Groening worked as an accountant at Auschwitz, sorting and counting the money taken from those killed or used as slave labor, and shipping it back to his Nazi superiors in Berlin, according to AFP.

Auschwitz survivor Eva Kor, 83, the founder of the Indiana-based Holocaust museum CANDLES, made headlines in April 2015 for a kiss delivered by former SS Sgt. Oskar Groening on her cheek as she interacted with him at his trial. While she testified against him and verified his crimes, she drew criticism for making a public appeal to have his sentence commuted to community service.

Romanian-born Kor was cruelly experimented upon as a child at Auschwitz by Nazi doctor Angel of Death Josef Mengele alongside her identical twin sister Miriam. Their parents and two sisters, as well as most other family, were murdered there.

Kor recalled her impressions of the extermination camp, The first time I went to use the latrine located at the end of the childrens barrack, I was greeted by the scattered corpses of several children lying on the ground. I think that image will stay with me forever. It was there that I made a silent pledge a vow to make sure that Miriam and I didnt end up on that filthy floor.

Nevertheless, Kor reiterated her position against Groenings incarceration in an email to The Times of Israel on Wednesday, stating that while she is glad Groening is considered physically fit, she questioned the courts motivations for upholding the sentence.

Holocaust survivor Eva Mozes Kor is embraced by former Nazi Oskar Groening at his April 23, 2015 trial in Germany. (courtesy)

My question to the German Court is: Does it make you feel mighty and right to put a 96-year-old Nazi in prison? I would agree with you if that happened when he was 36, 46, 56, even 76. He lived most of his life as free man, Kor wrote The Times of Israel.

Following Wednesdays hearing, court spokeswoman Kathrin Soefker told AFP that The prosecutor has rejected the application from the defense for a sentence suspension. No date has yet been announced for Groenings incarceration. A court doctor determined that he is able to serve his sentence, on condition he is given appropriate nursing and medical care while in detention, said Soefker.

Yes, he is guilty, but instead of prison I would prefer see him lecture in schools via Skype and record such lectures to convince the neo-Nazis that it [the Holocaust] happened and it was terrible, wrote Kor.

Former Nazi death camp officer Oskar Groening (center) and his lawyers Hans Holtermann (right) and Susanne Frangenberg (left) at the opening of Groenings trial in Lueneburg, Germany, on April 21, 2015 (photo credit: AFP/Ronny Hartmann, Pool)

In an in-depth interview with The Times of Israel in November 2016, Kor explained her personal approach of forgiving the Nazis in order to neutralize their continued power and influence over her life.

In 1995, Kor controversially read out a proclamation declaring her across-the-board forgiveness of the Nazis while commemorating the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz with Nazi physician Dr. Hans Munch who gave filmed testimony of crimes against humanity.

Mengele twin Eva Mozes Kor at Auschwitz on January 27, 1995, reading her letter of forgiveness to Nazi Dr. Hans Munch. (Youtube screenshot)

I knew right away that he would find it [the declaration of forgiveness] an important and meaningful gift. But what I discovered for myself was life-changing. I discovered that I had the power to forgive. That no one could give me that power, and no one could take it away, said Kor.

At Groenings trial in 2015, Kor approach the former Nazi twice. On their first encounter, he fainted. The second time, Kor had desired to have her picture taken with the former Auschwitz guard.

Mengele twin Eva Mozes Kor points herself out in an image in the Auschwitz Memorial Museum during a 2007 trip. (courtesy)

Asked by The Times of Israel about her motivations, Kor said, I found it to be an interesting experience to have a Nazi validate my experiences in the camp. This is the only Nazi who has ever testified So actually, in a very strange way, to the neo-Nazis and the revisionists, Oskar Groening was validating my story. Thats pretty interesting, really. So I wanted a picture with him.

The encounter ended with an unplanned embrace.

This undated photo made available by the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum, in Oswiecim, Poland, shows the former Auschwitz-Birkenau guard Oskar Groening as a young man in an SS uniform. (Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau via AP)

You never know how you would react when you meet an adversary. There is something happening between two human beings that is difficult for science to understand, Kor told The Times of Israel.

During his 2015 trial, Groening testified that it was unimaginable to him that Jews would have left the camp in Nazi-occupied Poland alive. Groening described in chilling detail how cattle cars full of Jews were brought to the Auschwitz death camp, the people stripped of their belongings and then most led directly into gas chambers, according to an AP report of the trial.

According to Kor, it is exactly this type of testimony that is so much more valuable to humanity than a 96-year-old serving time in prison. He will never see the jail and if so he will die there very fast. So the Germans are still bull-headed idiots in some ways, because my idea had a lot more merit, said Kor.

Groenings words would impress more neo-Nazis than mine the survivors. We should utilize this opportunity, Kor said Wednesday.

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Ernst Zundel: a life on the altar of hate – NOW Magazine

I stepped through the black iron gate and walked up the path leading to the tall, century-old Victorian at 206 Carlton. Taking a deep breath, I pushed the doorbell. In the security camera bolted above the fortified door I eyed my reflection: a scrawny, 16-year-old girl with long red hair and torn Goodwill jeans. The door buzzed open and I stepped into a reception area plastered with World War II-era Nazi propaganda posters. A powerful voice with a thick German accent commanded my attention. So youre Elisse. Welcome to the bunker! Ernst Zundel was wearing fuzzy slippers and a knitted sweater. A balding, stout man in his 50s, with a ruddy face and the belly of an Oktoberfest gnome, he looked like he could be your favourite uncle. Only he wasnt. He was the most notoriousHolocaust denier and publisher of anti-Semitic propaganda in the world. Zundel, a man who placed his life on the altar of hate, died last week in Germany, reportedly of heart failure. He was 78. Whenever I think back to my turbulent teenage years, I remember theday I first met Zundel. That memory will stay with me forever as a reminder of how easily I could be seduced by hate, only because I wanted to be loved. I was a high school dropout with no friends or future. It was the fall of 1991 and, after a two-year stint in group homes, Id run away from my last foster home and back to my abusive mothers apartment in Regent Park. I had emigrated from Communist Romania when I was 11 and, like many kids who grow up in a country where they dont feel they belong, I felt alienated, lonely and hopeless just the incendiary mix that extremist groups are looking for in recruits. Thats when I saw a TV program about the Heritage Front, a Toronto nationalist group that advocated pride for European culture and lobbied for a White History Month. I left a message on their hotline and within days was enlisted by the groups leader, ex-Klansman Wolfgang Droege, who became an instant father figure to me. Back then I was Elisse. After learning about my volatile home situation, Droege arranged to introduce me to his close friend, fellow German expat Zundel, who needed help around the house. A five-minute walk from my roach-infested apartment block in Regent Park, Zundels Cabbagetown manse was a safe place to spend my afternoons and get away from my mothers rage. The bunker was an extension of Zundel: shelves lined the living room walls stacked floor to ceiling with revisionist books like The Hitler We Loved And Why, and Did Six Million Really Die?, the booklet that had earned him his reputation and fortune. I didnt hate Jews, not at first. But Zundel told me everything Id been taught about history was wrong. Canadas public school system brainwashes children with political correctness, he said, insisting that he would teach me the real truth, not the one crafted by the nefarious Zionist elites who he said controlled the world. My new education started that first day. It involved watching Zundels collection of Third Reich propaganda films like Triumph Of The Will and Hitler Youth Quex, and grainy footage from the eugenics movement that depicted Jews as hook-nosed bankers and rats scurrying in city sewers. Zundel also made me look at photos of concentration camp corpses until I couldnt feel anything anymore. By the second week, I was convinced the Holocaust had never happened and The Diary of Anne Frank was a hoax. Id also learned to pound out Horst Wessel Lied, the Nazi Party anthem, on the keys of Zundels basement piano. At the bunker, I spent most of my days in the living room stuffing newsletters soliciting donations into envelopes addressed to anti-Semites across the planet. Hitlers beady eyes watched over me from ornate oil paintings hung on the wall. I collected newspaper clippings, folded pamphlets, mailed packages at the post office and ran to the corner store to fetch Zundels favourite liver pat. He paid me in sandwiches and kind words. I finally had a place to hide from my mothers blows, a cot in the basement to sleep instead of the streets. For a girl whod never had anything, that was enough. By the time I was 17, I had become the new, fresh face of the Heritage Front not an angry, tattooed skinhead but a girl-next-door who looked younger than my age. At home, a poster of Hitler hung above my bed. Droege dragged me to press interviews and made sure I spoke at every rally. He and Zundel chose me to go on The Montel Williams Show in New York to represent the Canadian far-right. (We forged parental consent forms for that appearance.) I threw myself breathlessly into the business of hate because it earned me Zundels grandfatherly affection and Droeges praise. They were my family. The movement needs smart kids like you, they told me. You are our future. Nobody had called me smart before. Naturally, I loved them the way a stray dog loves its new master. Expressing hate made me feel powerful. Surrounded by skinheads, I was no longer alone or afraid. When passersby saw our bomber jackets and black combat boots, they crossed the street. It was the first time adults were afraid of me rather than the other way around. Within a year, the Heritage Front had become Canadas largest white supremacist organization. Hundreds of angry skinheads attracted to the cause filled the Latvian House for a rally, moshed at RaHoWa rock concerts, paraded through the streets of Toronto and Ottawa giving straight-arm salutes. American white supremacists like Dennis Mahon and Tom and John Metzger were brought in to speak at rallies. Infamous Holocaust revisionist David Irving flew in to speak to Zundels Nazi fan base. Between 1992-1993, several Jewish buildings, a bookstore and the Native Canadian Centre on Spadina were spray-painted with swastikas. A group home for runaway girls and a Jewish activists Kitchener home were firebombed. The Morgantaler abortion clinic blew up, the Fronts telephone number tagged on its wall. Three South Asian men were attacked that summer two beaten to death and one left brain-damaged and paralysed. Street clashes between skinheads and anti-racists became the norm. Heritage Front co-founder Grant Bristow instigated the It Campaign a Heritage Front terror onslaught against members of anti-Fa group Anti-Racist Action. ARA members were harassed, stalked and threatened with death. The escalation of violence was a turning point for me. The more innocents who were targeted for harassment, the more my world fell apart. A seed of conscience had begun to sprout deep inside me. After Bristow asked me to terrorize an ARA activist who happened to be lesbian, I had to confront the reality that I, too, was gay. But I didnt just want to drop out of the white supremacist movement.I wanted to shut it down. With the help of anti-racist activists, I spied on the Heritage Front for months, collected information on criminal activities and illegal weapons, and signed dozens of affidavits, which we turned over to police, along withpart of Zundels extensive mailing list. For over a year, I lived in hiding all across Canada and subsequently testified against Droege and two other group members, leading to their convictions and jail sentences on hate-related charges. My testimony, coupled with Toronto Sun reporter Bill Dunphys explosive revelation that Grant Bristow was a paid CSIS spy, contributed to the end of the Heritage Front. In the years that followed, I earned a university degree, wrote a memoir and converted to Judaism. In March 2017, more than 20 years after I last saw Zundel, I came across The Hitler We Loved And Why and other Holocaust-denying books in Chapters-Indigos online inventory. My complaint led to their removal. But The Turner Diaries, the book that inspired Timothy McVeighs Oklahoma bombing, continues to be sold by the bookstore online. Zundels death, 12 years after his friend Droege was shot to death in Scarborough in a drug-related shooting, leaves behind a legacy of intolerance that still casts a long shadow on Torontos history. For all his lies, Zundel taught me one hard truth: words are power. And they have the ability to inspire or destroy. By rewriting history to erase mass genocide, he created an ideologyused to justify violence against innocent people. Elisa Hategan is an author, public speaker and journalist. Her memoir, Race Traitor: The True Story Of Canadian Intelligences Greatest Cover-Up, was published in 2014. news@nowtoronto.com | @nowtoronto

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Austrians tread carefully as underfoot Holocaust memorials remain controversial – The Times of Israel

SALZBURG, Austria Let the dead trip the people into remembering. That was the committees first proposal for how the Stolpersteine plaques should be installed into Salzburgs sidewalks. They imagined the brass memorial plates would be slightly elevated in the concrete, causing pedestrians to stumble over the dedications to the individual residents of Salzburg who were murdered during the Holocaust. Stolpersteine translates to stumbling stone, and the committee was feeling quite literal. Artist Gunter Demnig had introduced his Stolpersteine initiative at the end of the 1990s. Since then, cities across Europe have set tens of thousands of these commemorative plaques into sidewalks, allowing for individual victims of the Holocaust to have their names remembered a way, according to the Talmud, to keep them alive in peoples memories forever. Besides names, the plaques often list the reason the person was persecuted, along with the dates of birth, deportation, and murder. As one would imagine, planting intentionally raised stones in the pavement was not approved by Salzburgs city council, but the project itself was green-lighted and the first stones were installed in 2007. Today, there are more than 350 stumbling stones set in Salzburg. Unlike erecting a single Holocaust memorial, the brass plates scattered about the city and placed at the victims last residences indicate how widespread the massacre was. Salzburg had a small Jewish community just a few hundred whereas Vienna, in 1938, had a Jewish population of nearly 200,000. By the end of the war, 65,000 Viennese Jews had been murdered. In Salzburg, the number of Jewish victims was 101. Despite this huge disparity in statistics, the plaques feel ubiquitous in the quaint city they are set on main pedestrian thoroughfares and cemented into bustling corners. Crossing a stumbling stone in vast Vienna, however, feels as likely as tripping over a tree root in the center of the Gobi desert. The town of Salburg, Austria. (Noah Lederman/Times of Israel) While pedestrians in Salzburg must constantly pass stumbling stones, how effective are these brass plates at memorializing the dead? And by laying these stones, have the people of Salzburg remembered the victims? Has the artist and committee appropriately honored the murdered? Stan Nadel, a retired American history professor, member of the Stolpersteine committee in Salzburg, and author of Salzburg and the Jews: A Historical Walking Guide, celebrates Salzburgs effort to pay tribute to the victims. Its a town with a university and liberal, educated people, Nadel explained, crediting that atmosphere for the success of the project. Salzburgs locals more than three dozen were interviewed for this story evidenced a clear understanding that the stumbling stones were memorials for victims of the Holocaust, though most explained that they memorialized the Jews only. (Stones have been laid for all victim groups, including homosexuals, communists and Jehovahs Witnesses, to name a few.) A stumbling stone near the entrance of an apartment building in Salzburg, Austria. (Noah Lederman/Times of Israel) When asked about the brass plates, Peter Panasch, 56, said I think its good to remember the victims of the Nazis. He sometimes stops to read about the person who was murdered. Other locals like Christa Gollner, who went to school just after the war and didnt learn about the Holocaust until she was in her 30s, do not stop to read the plaques. But I think [about the victims], she said. Nadel contends that some residents he estimated 10 percent virulently object to having [Stolpersteine plaques] in front of their houses. In public, these individuals typically state that they do not want others to associate them with the crimes, Nadel explained, but at ceremonies, he has heard residents say filthy Jew. One couple, who asked to remain anonymous, was pushing their infant in a stroller along Franz-Josefstrasse. They recalled the time when the stumbling stone was cemented into the sidewalk in front of their apartment and roses were laid down. Its good to have them, said the mother and then signaled down to her young son in the pram. They should learn everything about it. Sometimes I Google the name [on the Stolpersteine], said the father. He often found no information, unaware that the Stolpersteine website has biographies in both German and English, detailing the victims lives and deaths. On the next block, 80-year-old Warner Rainer, returning from the market with his shopping bags, approached a stone. When asked about the efficacy of the project, he lifted his foot, stomped down upon Margarette Wraubecks memorial, and ground the stone with his foot as if crushing her identity like a lit cigarette. Again, he said angrily, pausing for an uncomfortable moment. Again what? She should die? Another Holocaust? Again, we murder them with our feet Again, Rainer repeated and added, we murder them with our feet. As he spoke about the victims, his neighbors, he nearly came to tears. For this reason, Munich, Germany has no stumbling stones. Charlotte Knoblauch, the head of the Jewish community in Munich, leads an opposition to the Stolpersteine project, arguing that having people tread upon the names of the dead and allowing dogs to urinate on these plaques is no memorial at all, but an insult to their identities. A few years back, stumbling stones in Salzburg were desecrated: sprayed with black paint or tagged with the number 1488. (The 14 represents fourteen words that white supremacists hold dear and the pair of eights stand for the eighth letter of the alphabet HH for Heil Hitler.) A defaced Stolpersteine , or stumbling stone, in honor of victim Josefine Schneider, with the information scratched out. (Noah Lederman/Times of Israel) With the rise of refugees fleeing war in Syria and Iraq, the Identity Movement an anti-immigrant, white nationalist group has been pasting stickers in Salzburg that read Faschtung Europa or Fortress Europe, a term used during World War II that advocates for sealing the border. Some of these stickers have ended up on the Stolpersteines. But after passing more than 100 stones in the city, only one has been defaced: Josefine Schneiders identity, the concentration camp she had been deported to, and other scarred details were scraped away with, perhaps, a knife. While nearly all the locals interviewed were aware of the Stolpersteine projects significance, the tourists were oblivious. At one cafe, on the popular Linzergasse street, tables were situated between three commemorative stones that caught the sun. But in the two years that one waiter had worked at the establishment, he said that he had only ever been asked about the stones once. He had never noticed anyone else examine them. Of the three dozen tourists who were shown a photograph of a stumbling stone on a smartphone, and asked if theyd seen the memorials around the city, only two visitors answered affirmatively. But the two were familiar with the project, as they lived in a German city that also had Stolpersteine plaques. Each time a tourist was shown the photograph, they had either just passed a stone or were about to approach one. Of those in the latter group, not one tourist seemed to notice the shiny, golden plaque, even after seeing the photograph. They just stepped over it. Three Stolpersteine , or stumbling stones, dedicated to the memory of Josef Geer and to the Hauslauers a married couple who were Jehovahs Witnesses in Salzburg, Austria. (Noah Lederman/Times of Israel) Most disturbing was one tourist who was shown the photograph, took a dozen paces, stood upon three polished stumbling stones one to remember Josef Geer and the Hauslauers, a married couple who were Jehovahs Witnesses paused to bite into his gyro, dripped some sauce near the stones, and moved on. Perhaps tourists are always looking up or devouring gyros. Or perhaps there are limits with every effort to memorialize the victims. When a Chinese-speaking tour guide was asked if she told her groups about the stones, which she had recognized on the smartphone, she said, They are from Asia, so they dont know about this. I tell them only if theyre interested. Of the more than 70 people interviewed for this article tourists and locals the only person to stop and read a stone was Konrad Xu, a German child of about 10 years old, of Chinese descent. Hes curious about everything, the German man accompanying him said when asked about Xus interest in Julia Leitners memorial. I told him who lived here. When asked if he told Xu about Leitners murder in 1941, the older mans smile disappeared. Oh, so its from then. While Jews from Salzburg have the most memorial stones of any one group, the Sinti and Roma people, who lived in the city and its environs, were actually Salzburgs largest victim group. They were held in a camp near the city center. Most were exterminated in Auschwitz. But only about two dozen stones are set for the Sinti and Roma children born in the camp, who were murdered as infants and toddlers. The vast majority have no individual memorials. A pedestrian walking by a Stolpersteine , or stumbling stone, dedicated to the memory of a Holocaust victim in Salzburg, Austria. (Noah Lederman/Times of Israel) Forthcoming plans are centered around remembering homosexuals and resisters, but not without conflict. There is still a stigma attached to both groups. To this day, many families do not want their relatives remembered as such, for fear of shame or even reprisals, as some locals still consider those who resisted the Nazis to be traitors. Peter Wilhelmstatter, one of the most educated locals on the history of the Jews in Salzburg, said that Austrians view themselves as the victims of the Nazis We forget about everything else People should be more aware and it should be part of the public knowledge. Then he smiled, admitting, Im also a little ignoring. Ive never looked [the online biographies] up. I should probably do [that] now, now that youre asking about it. Nadels earlier compliments of the citys assistance with the project were not without criticism. Salzburg still praises infamous Nazis and known anti-Semites. For instance, Hans Prodinger, whom the city remembers as an anti-fascist and a victim of the Nazis, was also one of the first Salzburg state party chiefs of the Austrian Nazi party, as detailed in Nadels book. Prodinger was eventually considered a Nazi traitor, but opted instead to lead the Austro-fascist party and remained fueled by his anti-Semitism. Back in the 15th century, the sculptor Hans Valkenauer was commissioned by the city to carve the Judensau an anti-Semitic feature in many Medieval cities that showed Jews suckling from the teats of a pig and eating its excrement. The marble frieze topped the Rathaus for centuries. A Judensau. (Public domain) After the Holocaust, the city named streets for both men. (Hans-Prodingergasse leads to the Jewish cemetery.) Despite Stolpersteine committee members complaints, the city, according to Nadel, responded that there was no evidence that the Judensau was an anti-Semitic sculpture. While the Stolpersteine project keeps citizens cognizant of these past crimes and serves as a counter to the revisionist honors bestowed upon the citys historic anti-Semites, Nadel still views Austria as a country of progress. Before moving to Salzburg, Nadel had worked at Southwest Oklahoma State University in Custer County, Oklahoma named for the general who, at dawn, infamously massacred a peaceful group of Cheyenne. Black Kettle, the chief, who had survived the earlier Sand Creek Massacre, tried to stop Custers troops, running into the massacre waving a white and an American flag. Custers men gunned him down all the same. Theres no Eichmann County [in Austria], said Nadel. It puts it in perspective. A man sitting with his foot near a stumbling stone; stumbling stones placed in the road, one near a pedestrian crossing marking. (Noah Lederman/Times of Israel)

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Nazi memorabilia at Pickering flea market concerns Jewish group – Toronto Sun

Toronto Sun Nazi memorabilia at Pickering flea market concerns Jewish group Toronto Sun … value of the large collection at $5,000, said the only place for this type of Nazi memorabilia is the field of Holocaust education, and having it sit on a shelf for sale in a Pickering flea market gives it the potential to fuel distortion and … and more »

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Colby Cosh: Revisionism in a hard hat: how Ernst Zndel charmed the gullible – National Post

Ernst Zndel, the Zelig of Holocaust denial, died suddenly this weekend at his ancestral home in the Black Forest of Germany. If he had died sooner, before his 2005 deportation from this country, I am afraid he would have been widely described in obituaries as German-Canadian. He lived here from 1958 to 2000, unsuccessfully trying a couple of times to obtain official citizenship, and was visible for years as a self-styled opponent of Germanophobic stereotypes in the popular media. Foreseeably, Zndel turned out to be the ultimate German stereotype himself: a war baby who used Canada as a refuge from conscription and anti-Nazi laws back home, all while obsessively re-litigating the Second World War in pseudonymous anti-Semitic pamphlets and books. Most ethnic Germans abroad wouldnt deny the Holocaust or complain of a worldwide Jewish conspiracy, as Zndel did, but well, if you have studied German history seriously enough to talk about it socially, you will have run into folks who have funny ideas and tiny chips on their shoulder about, say, First World War reparations or the bombing of Dresden. In Germany, any sense of nationalist injustice over the 20th century must be carefully hidden. Over here, parents and grandparents are more free to make such resentment a family heirloom. This, perhaps, is how Zndel was able to gain a Canadian following for the notion that the murder of the European Jews was a propaganda fiction. If Zundel had died before his deportation from Canada, I’m afraid he would have been widely described as ‘German-Canadian’ In retrospect, his industriousness and personal cheerfulness turn out to have played a significant part in the epic of Holocaust denial. In 1986, the amateur historian David Irving, then still somewhat admired in the profession as a document-digger and sort of useful devils advocate for Hitler, visited Toronto to kick off a North American lecture series. Zndel liked Irvings books and greeted him at the airport: Irving recoiled in horror and asked Zndel politely to steer clear. But Irvings talks were poorly attended, and Zndel used the opportunity to convince Irving that there might be a bigger audience for more strident Holocaust-minimizing views. As Irvings life was devoured by ill-advised comments and self-destructive legal struggles in the 1990s, he came to speak of Zndel almost in the fashion of a disappointed paramouralternately crediting him with having convinced him the Holocaust was an exaggeration, and blaming him for transforming him into a social and professional pariah. The University of Waterloo architecture historian Robert Jan van Pelt, a leading authority on the Holocaust, tells an amazing story in his 2002 book The Case for Auschwitz. It turns out he actually met Zndel before Irving did. A group of visiting historians had come to Ontario to meet van Pelt, and someone suggested visiting Zndel on a professorial lark. They were welcomed effusively at Zndels basement HQ. In Germany, any sense of nationalist injustice over the 20th century must be hidden. Here, parents can make such resentment a family heirloom Zndel talked and talked, van Pelt recounts, calling him, A large roguish fellow who could have been quite a pleasant companion during a night on the townassuming that one did not understand a word he said. After enduring Zndels harangue in near-silence for a while, van Pelt and the others left, passing posters for Irvings lectures on the way out. In the picture Irving looked like a gentleman, van Pelt observes, and I wondered how he had gotten involved with Zndel, who seemed to relish his role as a lout and a buffoon. The buffoonery was probably integral to the seduction. Canadians will remember that Zndel was rarely photographed in this country without a hard hat. Irving, who had contended throughout his career with effete British dons, seems to have had no natural defence against a strutting, brawny alpha male who was even more the outsider-amateur than himself. Zundel could have been a pleasant companion during a night on the town… assuming one did not understand a word he said It should be remembered that by 1986 Zndel was already well on his way to establishing his place in Canadian legal history. He had already been convicted once under the Criminal Codes spreading false news section, eventually struck down by the Supreme Court in 1992s R. v. Zndel. Free speech absolutists argued then that the legal and social pursuit of Zndel merely served to increase his notoriety. As a purely empirical question of history, this is hard to resolve. But we know that protests and the exertions of the police failed to stop Zndel from winning over Irving, and thus acquiring international influence. It may have done nothing but enhance his credentials as a pseudo-intellectual grappler, defying social scorn and the force of law. The authorities were eventually able to bundle Zndel off to Germany through a legal door that has since closed. He was deported as an undesirable alien on the basis of a ministerial security certificatenot long before the Supreme Court denounced the use of secret evidence in deportation proceedings, and made such certificates harder to obtain. After Zndels deportation, an apparatus of progressive opposition to security certificates was quick to materialize. One cannot help wondering: if he were still alive in Canada in 2017, and the state tried to banish him, who might be out marching on his behalf, defending him as an undocumented Canadian? National Post

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Revealed: The Islamic Extremists ‘Advising’ The Muslims Who Called for Kassam’s ‘No Go Zones’ Book to be Banned – Breitbart News

The board acts as a guiding body to make sure The Muslim Vibe stays in line with Islamic values and principles and is made up of highly respected and learned individuals who help us make certain editorial decisions, according to its website. Dawud Walid, Syed Abbas Ayleya, Zafar Bangash, and Sayed Asad Jafri are all hard-line figures, with links and sympathies to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Nation of Islam, and perhaps most dangerously the Islamic revolutionary theocracy which governs Iran. Iran issued a fatwa against author Salman Rushdie like Kassam, a Brit of Indian heritage after his book The Satanic Verseswas deemed blasphemous by Grand AyatollahRuhollah Khomeini, the countrys late Supreme Leader. YouTube Dawud Walid is the Executive Director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and a leading Muslim in Dearborn a city which was being described as a Shariah enclave as long ago as 2011, and will be featured in Kassams book. CAIR has been declared aa terrorist organizationby the United Arab Emirates, andwas named by U.S. federal prosecutors as anunindicted co-conspiratorin a Hamas terror-funding operation. Walid himself hasspoken at length on how Islam sanctions violence specifically, by defending the mass execution of Jewish men and the selling of their women and children into slavery during the time of Mohammed in a speech he uploaded to YouTube. He explained that the murdered Jews had broken an agreement with the prophet, and that committing treason during a time of war is punishable by death. Jewish law says an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth, a life for a life, and a breach for a breach itself, Walid explained, adding: [Muslims] shouldnt be shy about defending this. Speaking frequently on race politics and white privilege, Walid has indicated that his father was exposed to the teaching of the black supremacist Nation of Islam movement as a young man. The groups leader is Louis Farrakhan, a controversial figure with a long record of anti-white and anti-Semitic public pronouncements. These include such straightforwardly racist remarks as, White people deserve to die, White people are potential humans [who] havent evolved yet, and The Satanic Jews control everything and mostly everybody. Farrakhan has also flirted with Holocaust revisionism, with the Jewish Virtual Library reporting a speech in which he claimed: International bankers financed Hitler and poor Jews died while big Jews were at the root of what you call the Holocaust Little Jews died while big Jews made money. Little Jews [were] being turned into soap while big Jews washed themselves with it. While differing from the 84-year-old on religious doctrine, Walid has gone out of his way to praise the controversial figure as [one] of the few black leaders that HAS credibility among many black folk on both domestic & international issues and tweeted that his preaching [and] work is more relevant to the mass of Blackamericans[sic] than what imams on the Sunnah are preaching. On still another occasion, the CAIR-MI director wrote: Farrakhan isntbeyond critique but give credit where its due. Hes [one] of few national Black leaders who isnt Uncle Tommin these days. [sic] YouTube Syed Abbas Ayleyais, like Dawud Walid, a frequent speaker at Al Quds Day events an annual call for the destruction of Israel first instituted by Irans late Supreme Leader, Ruhollah Khomeini. A native of Pakistan with fifteen years of Iranian clerical training under his belt, Ayleya teaches at the Zainab Center in Seattle, Washington, and local media reports him as sharing a platform with Muslims deriding the shaytani [Satanic] character of the U.S. government and branding it Zionist occupied in Dearborn. He is himself is reported to have said that There is no room for pluralism in Islam. It is un-Quranic. At an English-languageKhomeinilecture in London in 2014, he railed againstpeople who [are] separating religion from politics, as if its not even part of Islam. A proponent of Iranian-style Islamic revolutions worldwide, Ayleya demanded:Are you trying to reinvent the wheel? Are you here to make a new religion? The religion [of Islam] is the religion where Islam and politics is one! Islam and government are twins that means inseparable! YouTube Zafar Bangash, also born in Pakistan, is an imam based in Toronto, Canada. He co-founded the Muslim Institute in London, England, and serves as Director of theInstitute of Contemporary Islamic Thought (ICIT) which describes itself as a hub for activists, journalists and academics in all parts of the world who share a common commitment to developing the social and political ideas of the Islamic movement, and promoting them as an alternative worldview to that of Western civilisation. Like U.S.-based Syed Abbas Ayleya, Bangash is a fierce partisan for the Iranian regime, and has urgedMuslims to emulate Ayatollah Khomeini and strive to overthrow the oppressive systems in their societies through Islamic revolutions, and not by participating in fraudulent elections, according to reports in the Toronto Star. Described as the unofficial spokesperson for the Iranian regime in Canada by detractors, the imam has denounced the United States in a Crescent International article,writingthat Ayatollah Khomeinis description of the country as Shaytan-e Buzurg (the Great Satan) was not an emotional outburst but an accurate understanding of the true nature of the U.S. Bangash also told Iranian state radio to remember that Ramadan is a month for jihad as well as fasting in an interviewin 2010,citing Quranic battles and asking Muslims to observe Al Quds Day events at which, like Dawud Walid and Syed Abbas Ayleya, he is a frequent speaker. YouTube Syed Asad Jafri was born in Canada and remains based there, but received a technical education in the United States and a religious education at an Islamic seminary in Qom, Iran. Like his rest of the quartet, Jafri is a regular at Al Quds Day demonstrations, telling attendees at a Toronto rally thatIsrael is led by a Zionist regime that sucks the resources, the blood, and everything that belongs to the people all across the world [to use] for themselves in 2011. Lecturing at the Saba Islamic Center in San Jose, California, Jafri branded women in same-sex relationships and women who decline to wear the hijab willfully as leading a disgusting lifestyle. The Muslim Vibe has not yet responded to a series of questions from Breitbart London. You can pre-orderNo Go Zones: How Sharia Law is Coming to a Neighborhood Near Youon Amazon.

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Far-right activist Ernst Zundel dies at 78 – InsideHalton.com

InsideHalton.com Far-right activist Ernst Zundel dies at 78 InsideHalton.com German authorities have confirmed that far-right activist Zundel, who was deported from Canada and served jail time in Germany for denying the Holocaust ever happened, has died.THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Michael Probst – The Canadian Press, 2017.

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Ernst Zndel, Holocaust Denier Tried for Spreading His Message, Dies at 78 – New York Times

The first conviction was tossed out on a technicality, and the second was overturned in 1992, when the Supreme Court of Canada found that the law was an unreasonable limit on freedom of expression. Mr. Zndel, who moved to Canada from Germany as a teenager, was twice denied Canadian citizenship. In 2000 he moved to the United States, where he ran a website and lived with his third wife, Ingrid Rimland. In 2003, American authorities arrested Mr. Zndel for overstaying his visa. He was sent back to Canada, but the authorities there did not want him. They detained him as a threat to national security, given his ties to neo-Nazi groups, a decision that drew criticism from some civil liberties advocates. After another lengthy legal process, Mr. Zndel was deported to Germany in 2005. A state court in Mannheim, after yet another tumultuous trial, convicted him in 2007 on 14 counts of inciting hatred and one count of violating the memory of the dead. (A member of his defense team, Sylvia Stolz, was jailed and disbarred for signing Heil Hitler on a legal document.) Mr. Zndel was sentenced to five years in prison but released in 2010, partly in consideration of his time spent in pretrial detention. Recently, Mr. Zndel petitioned the American authorities to allow him to travel to Tennessee to care for his wife, who is 81. The administrative appeals office of the Department of Homeland Security denied his request on March 31. The record shows that the Applicant is a historical revisionist and denier of the Holocaust, distributing writings, books, tapes, videos and broadcasts to promote his views, the office found. The record indicates further that these publications agitated for aggressive behavior against Jews. Furthermore, the Applicant has been a leader in these activities for decades and has shown no regret or remorse for his actions. On Monday, the Center for Israel and Jewish Affairs, Canadas leading Jewish advocacy organization, said in a statement: Ernst Zndels death brings to a close an especially pernicious saga that plagued Canadians for decades. In a phone interview, Bernie M. Farber, who was the chief executive of the Canadian Jewish Congress, now part of the Center for Israel and Jewish Affairs, said that for decades, he was the gasoline that fed Holocaust denial in Canada. Mr. Farber, now the executive director of the Mosaic Institute in Toronto, added, He was Canadas most famous hatemonger, and he reveled in it. Mr. Zndel was on some levels a run-of-the-mill neo-Nazi and Holocaust denier, said Deborah E. Lipstadt, a professor of modern Jewish history and Holocaust studies at Emory University in Atlanta. But, she said, he had stood out for his determination to use mass media to spread his views. Prior to the digital age, he was responsible for spreading these materials across Europe and the Americas, she said. They became important resources for an array of neo-Nazi, white-supremacist and Holocaust-denying groups. During Mr. Zndels trials, his defense team commissioned a report from a self-proclaimed expert on executions, Fred A. Leuchter Jr., who denied the existence of the gas chambers. In fact, he had no such expertise and was later charged with fraud. The report, which became and remains a cornerstone of the Holocaust-denial movement, claimed that gas chambers were a scientific impossibility, Professor Lipstadt said. Based on shoddy methodology, it was riddled with basic scientific errors, miscalculations and false claims. Taking the witness stand at Mr. Zndels second trial, David Irving, perhaps the worlds best-known Holocaust denier, vouched for the Leuchter report. He later wrote the introduction when it was published as a book. (In Britain, Mr. Irving unsuccessfully sued Professor Lipstadt for libel, a case dramatized in the 2016 film Denial.) Professor Lipstadt was among those who expressed worry that the attention Mr. Zndel received over the years was what he wanted. On a strategic level, sometimes I wondered if the various trials did not create a modicum of sympathy for a man who deserved not sympathy but utter contempt, she said. Ernst Christof Friedrich Zndel was born on April 24, 1939, four months before Nazi Germanys invasion of Poland, in Calmbach, now part of Bad Wildbad. He moved to Canada in 1958 to study advertising and graphic arts. In a 1983 interview with The Globe and Mail, the Toronto newspaper, Mr. Zndel said that he had grown up in an apolitical family and knew scarcely any Jews. He said of the origins of his beliefs, The absolute Gods honest truth is that it was a reaction to the incessant anti-German propaganda stereotyping the Germans. He added: Look, I am not a neo-Nazi. If I wanted to be a Nazi, I would be a real one. Mr. Zndel, twice divorced, had two sons, but details about survivors were not immediately available. Reached by phone on Monday, his wife, Ms. Rimland, replied, Whoever calls will get the same answer from me: I will give no comment because the mainstream media is too biased. Follow Sewell Chan on Twitter @sewellchan. Ian Austen and Victor Homola contributed reporting. A version of this article appears in print on August 8, 2017, on Page B14 of the New York edition with the headline: Ernst Zndel, 78, Promulgator of Holocaust Denial.

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Should Holocaust Survivors Forgive the Nazis? – HuffPost

Should Holocaust survivors forgive the Nazis? originally appeared on Quora – the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world. Answer by Eva Kor, Holocaust survivor and forgiveness advocate, on Quora: Many of the people who survived the Holocaust have the “victim mentality,” which is to me a poor me mentality with too much focus on what was done to me. They have extreme difficulty in getting rid of that feeling, that I was used as a human guinea pig, or I was used in slave labor, or I was not treated like a human being. It is understandable, of course. I was a good victim for many years. There is a lot of anger that comes with that. The question is, what does the anger do to you? Does it help you? Who are you hurting when you are angry? You are not hurting the perpetrator you are HELPING the perpetrator by remaining the victim. You are only hurting yourself. In my experience, anger is a seed for war. Healthy, happy people do not start wars. Some people take out their anger on their children, or on themselves. But if you look at people who forgive, they are at peace with themselves. Therefore, forgiveness is a seed for peace. When I forgave Mengele, and then all the Nazis, and then anyone who had ever hurt me, I felt a tremendous burden lifted from my shoulders. I realized that although I was liberated in 1945, I was not free until I forgave in 1995. I have spent a lot of time and effort promoting the idea of forgiveness because it helped me to heal. I am willing to do anything I humanly can to convince survivors to at least try it. I joke about it, but it’s a fact: forgiveness is free. Therefore everybody can afford it. It has no side effects. It works. If people do not like how it feels to be free, they can always take their pain back and remain victims. But I have not found a larger platform where I can advocate it. If some organization would adopt the idea and help me advocate it on the world scene, I think it would help some survivors. But maybe it is too late. They have lived like victims for 70 years. What are the chances they will try something new? I will just mention a guy by the name of Jack who is a survivor of Auschwitz. Very bitter. He said to me, “You know I carry with me two guns in my car at all times. One by my seat and one in my trunk.” I asked him why. “Because,” he said, “if I ever meet someone like a revisionist or a former Nazi who would cross my path, I will just blow them away.” He distrusted the world that much and was that suspicious of everyone. He didn’t believe there were good people in the world at all. He said, “I was all alone in Auschwitz, and I survived all alone.” He had to be against the hardships of surviving Auschwitz all by himself. He was in the middle of that dog-eat-dog world where he couldn’t trust anybody or rely on another human being to help him. All he could do is try to survive. Who can blame him? At least I had my twin sister with me to help keep some of our humanity intact. But mental health-wise, Jack did not survive in as good a condition as some of us. That is a big problem for aging survivors who suddenly have a lot of health problems, and on top of that the emotional problem of feeling as a victim and not realizing they have the power to remove that victim mentality from their lives. With the simple act of forgiving the Nazis, they can live a much better life. My recipe for everyone who has survived trauma is to forgive. I always emphasize that you should do it not because the perpetrator deserves forgiveness, but because the victim deserves it. The only way you can heal yourself is to forgive those who have harmed you. I call forgiveness the best revenge. Because from the time you forgive, the perpetrator no longer has the power to control you. Or we could call it the greatest gift one can give oneself: the gift of healing, freedom, and self-empowerment. This question originally appeared on Quora – the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world. You can follow Quora on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. More questions: The Morning Email Wake up to the day’s most important news.

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Survivor who embraced ex-Nazi guard decries jail term for 96-year-old – The Times of Israel

A Holocaust survivor who shocked the world by embracing the former Nazi SS Guard known as the Bookkeeper of Auschwitz decried a German court decision Wednesday which found the 96-year-old is fit to serve out his four-year sentence for accessory to murder of some 300,000 people at the camp. Groening worked as an accountant at Auschwitz, sorting and counting the money taken from those killed or used as slave labor, and shipping it back to his Nazi superiors in Berlin, according to AFP. Auschwitz survivor Eva Kor, 83, the founder of the Indiana-based Holocaust museum CANDLES, made headlines in April 2015 for a kiss delivered by former SS Sgt. Oskar Groening on her cheek as she interacted with him at his trial. While she testified against him and verified his crimes, she drew criticism for making a public appeal to have his sentence commuted to community service. Romanian-born Kor was cruelly experimented upon as a child at Auschwitz by Nazi doctor Angel of Death Josef Mengele alongside her identical twin sister Miriam. Their parents and two sisters, as well as most other family, were murdered there. Kor recalled her impressions of the extermination camp, The first time I went to use the latrine located at the end of the childrens barrack, I was greeted by the scattered corpses of several children lying on the ground. I think that image will stay with me forever. It was there that I made a silent pledge a vow to make sure that Miriam and I didnt end up on that filthy floor. Nevertheless, Kor reiterated her position against Groenings incarceration in an email to The Times of Israel on Wednesday, stating that while she is glad Groening is considered physically fit, she questioned the courts motivations for upholding the sentence. Holocaust survivor Eva Mozes Kor is embraced by former Nazi Oskar Groening at his April 23, 2015 trial in Germany. (courtesy) My question to the German Court is: Does it make you feel mighty and right to put a 96-year-old Nazi in prison? I would agree with you if that happened when he was 36, 46, 56, even 76. He lived most of his life as free man, Kor wrote The Times of Israel. Following Wednesdays hearing, court spokeswoman Kathrin Soefker told AFP that The prosecutor has rejected the application from the defense for a sentence suspension. No date has yet been announced for Groenings incarceration. A court doctor determined that he is able to serve his sentence, on condition he is given appropriate nursing and medical care while in detention, said Soefker. Yes, he is guilty, but instead of prison I would prefer see him lecture in schools via Skype and record such lectures to convince the neo-Nazis that it [the Holocaust] happened and it was terrible, wrote Kor. Former Nazi death camp officer Oskar Groening (center) and his lawyers Hans Holtermann (right) and Susanne Frangenberg (left) at the opening of Groenings trial in Lueneburg, Germany, on April 21, 2015 (photo credit: AFP/Ronny Hartmann, Pool) In an in-depth interview with The Times of Israel in November 2016, Kor explained her personal approach of forgiving the Nazis in order to neutralize their continued power and influence over her life. In 1995, Kor controversially read out a proclamation declaring her across-the-board forgiveness of the Nazis while commemorating the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz with Nazi physician Dr. Hans Munch who gave filmed testimony of crimes against humanity. Mengele twin Eva Mozes Kor at Auschwitz on January 27, 1995, reading her letter of forgiveness to Nazi Dr. Hans Munch. (Youtube screenshot) I knew right away that he would find it [the declaration of forgiveness] an important and meaningful gift. But what I discovered for myself was life-changing. I discovered that I had the power to forgive. That no one could give me that power, and no one could take it away, said Kor. At Groenings trial in 2015, Kor approach the former Nazi twice. On their first encounter, he fainted. The second time, Kor had desired to have her picture taken with the former Auschwitz guard. Mengele twin Eva Mozes Kor points herself out in an image in the Auschwitz Memorial Museum during a 2007 trip. (courtesy) Asked by The Times of Israel about her motivations, Kor said, I found it to be an interesting experience to have a Nazi validate my experiences in the camp. This is the only Nazi who has ever testified So actually, in a very strange way, to the neo-Nazis and the revisionists, Oskar Groening was validating my story. Thats pretty interesting, really. So I wanted a picture with him. The encounter ended with an unplanned embrace. This undated photo made available by the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum, in Oswiecim, Poland, shows the former Auschwitz-Birkenau guard Oskar Groening as a young man in an SS uniform. (Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau via AP) You never know how you would react when you meet an adversary. There is something happening between two human beings that is difficult for science to understand, Kor told The Times of Israel. During his 2015 trial, Groening testified that it was unimaginable to him that Jews would have left the camp in Nazi-occupied Poland alive. Groening described in chilling detail how cattle cars full of Jews were brought to the Auschwitz death camp, the people stripped of their belongings and then most led directly into gas chambers, according to an AP report of the trial. According to Kor, it is exactly this type of testimony that is so much more valuable to humanity than a 96-year-old serving time in prison. He will never see the jail and if so he will die there very fast. So the Germans are still bull-headed idiots in some ways, because my idea had a lot more merit, said Kor. Groenings words would impress more neo-Nazis than mine the survivors. We should utilize this opportunity, Kor said Wednesday.

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