Another Zundel Letter excerpt out of Mannheim
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Fri Nov 11 07:04:59 EST 2005
Good Morning from the Zundelsite:
Another Zundel Letter excerpt out of Mannheim / 22 Oct '05, written
to a young friend living in Texas:
The criterion for getting the "Close Combat Decoration" in the old
Wehrmacht was that you had to be in such close contact with the other
combatant that you could see the whites of the enemy's eyes. That
means, as you know, fighting close-in with bayonets, tree branches,
rocks, anything one could get one's hands on. German veterans have
told me hair-raising tales about the Eastern Front. Ernst and
Ingrid, and their loyal friends, are out there in the forefront,
seeing the whites in the eyes of the enemies of freedom, in prisons,
courtrooms, in three countries and on two continents. Since the
struggle has transferred from the battlefield to the courtrooms, this
is where real history is now being shaped.
On 17, October, 2005, we won a small but significant legal victory in
the Oberlander Gericht, which is the level of court one step away
from the Supreme Court, known here in Germany as the Constitutional
Court - an odd name and situation, as this temporary Allied construct
in effect operates not under a Constitution at all, but rather under
what's called a "basic law." Israel is the only other country in the
world to operate under this unusual system - odd coincidence, eh?
The issue we brought before the court dealt with my mail
restrictions, specifically correspondence between Ingrid and myself.
Letters were being withheld - ridiculous! We won the case on
constitutional grounds; the judgment reads that communication between
a husband and wife are of a specially protected essence or class.
Husbands and wives must be able to discuss their respective views
about their own particular situation and how that may relate to the
court case before them.
So - we won an important victory for married couples! Imagine this:
I, the man who was forced to return in chains from exile after 47
years, is now being forced to fight like a bastard to give these
Germans the important, actually sacred, right for a man and his wife
to communicate freely!
I told them: "Bis hierher und nicht weiter!" Ingrid is fond of
saying, "we drew our line in the sand." Undoubtedly, one day someone
will translate these court documents. I don't have the time - I
have to prepare for my other court appearance and have approximately
20,000 - 25,000 pages of documents to sift through for that! Most of
it is déjà vu - they are the same documents dredged up by the
prosecution for my prior court cases in Canada. Imagine that! I am
accused of the same issues, as evidenced by the same documents the
Canadian Supreme Court used to exonerate me on constitutional grounds
thirteen to twenty years ago! One of the documents [against me]
cites a publication written in England thirty-one years ago!
Can it get any more grotesque? I don't think there are any parallels
in history. Ernst is once again setting precedent. Galileo had it
easy by comparison.
I now want to switch topics to get a little mental relief from the
torture of these documents of shame, as I call them. I told you in a
previous letter that I had bought a small radio with a CD player.
Now my cell reverberates to the sounds of Mozart, Brahms, Verdi,
Beethoven, Bach - and, yes, Wagner too! Oi Vey! Ausgerechnet
Ernst - how could you?!
I believe - and you could help me with this - that we humans respond
to music with our DNA, our inherited genes - what we call in German
Erbmasse, the things our forefathers deposited within the blood
pulsating in our veins. That's where their racial memory is stored.
That's why we Europeans and Euro-Americans resonate with our folk's
collective memory. That's why country music in the United States and
Canada is almost entirely the product of the European American. It
is the same on this side of the ocean. At this very moment, Saturday
morning, as I await the call to get my one hour of fresh air in the
prison yard, I am listening to Schlagermusik sent by a kind of
working class pop station, which also plays American hits as far back
as Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, and Pat Boone.
Now that I have been taken out of circulation for the last three
years and am safely locked away for 22 hours and forty-five minutes a
day, I have time to listen to music and do some serious thinking.
One of my recent interests has become music and a genetic connection.
I talked about this issue with some Eastern Europeans, Gypsies, Jews
- I encountered a Romanian thief here who confessed to me the other
day that he comes from a long line of Jews - an eerie thing really as
he plays guitar in our Bible hour, so we had something in common
anyway. I also befriended a German/Russian-mix fellow who also
played a few songs in church and sang for us. Interesting these
people's attitudes toward music and the feeling music evokes in them!
Then I questioned at length a Congolese who played "his music" and
his own arrangements in, of all places, German churches and
cathedrals! He brought me his media clippings. You should have seen
the costumes and instruments they used - it was out of a black and
white Tarzan movie, something I would have watched with my kids in
the 1960s. Those goofy, wide-eyed German Christians, soaking in the
multicultural milieu, looked totally bewildered in his photos!
One German here shares a cell with another Congolese who is highly
intelligent, a former engineer. His German cell mate tells me this
Congolese grows visibly distressed when the German watches classical
concerts on his television. It has apparently even led to
differences and arguments. It's that profound.
You see, we Europeans resonate via our DNA to a different cadence,
rhythms, instrumentation, etc. One can see once again the wisdom in
the statement, "we march to a different drummer."
When I listen to the electronic popularity tests conducted on the
aforementioned German radio station, I listen to the voices of mostly
women, but a few middle-aged men too. They almost exclusively
request romantic, wholesome, non-raucous melodies, what I like to
refer to as "voluptuous songs" about love, tenderness, kindness,
loyalty, fidelity, rather than what modern music has to offer. One
woman, a Greek, has had over 250 gold records to her credit over a
forty years singing career. There are Italians and Spaniards, too,
all singing in accented German - the same genre of music, nice,
melodic. DNA is the key to success in the music field, as it is in
painting, architecture, fashion - only the aberrant strangers in our
midst create the cultural discomfort and dissonance we feel.
I believe we may be beating them back now. German pop is becoming
increasingly popular in Germany. One boy recently sold over a half
million records singing about tenderness and love in his silken
voice. A music critic from one magazine wrote that he [the boy] had
"soul in Blut," using the English word for soul, rather than the
German Seele - as it might have alerted the ever present censorious
cultural commissars that the German folk might be on the rise again,
so to speak.
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