ZGram - 10/31/2003 - Prisoner of Conscience Letter # 31
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October 31, 2003, 2003
Good Morning from the Zundelsite:
When thinking about Revisionism and how to spread the message, my
favorite saying is that one doesn't have to eat a whole sheep in
order to know what a cutlet tastes like. Likewise, one doesn't need
to know the finest ins and outs about the crass impossibilities of
"genocidal gassings" in order to dismiss the idiocy of that brazen
claim in one's own mind for good.
I remember how it was for me - until 1994 a believer in the
traditional Holocaust tale, although I must say I never gave it much
thought. I sort of believed. I had been in the midst of an
unbelievably brutal war, and I assumed, uncritically, that in the
havoc of that brutal war, it might have happened as described - since
Jews were widely seen as subversives who undermined the war on
Germany's side and were perceived as a huge problem for a country
besieged on every front and struggling for survival.
Revisionism for me began at an IHR conference. I watched Ernst
interview a lady, from Argentina I believe, who simply said when
asked how she came to be a Holocaust skeptic - and here I quote from
"It's simple common sense. Why would the Germans have carted all
those hundreds of thousands of Jewish families from camp to camp at
great expense and inconvenience to them, wasting expensive fuel,
while German refugee children froze to death on the road? If the
Germans had really wanted to do away with the Jews, a bullet on
location would have been simpler and cheaper."
I had been a child on the road during that brutal winter of 1944-45 -
the coldest in a century - and I had seen German children, frozen to
death, lying in ditches, half-covered with snow. As I watched this
lady being interviewed, was my first own moment of insight. Finely
honed revisionist details, which I learned in time that fit into my
new perception, only verified what I already knew through simple
common sense. Ever since, I feel nausea rising when I hear yet one
more time of those "gassed people cremated at Auschwitz." Would the
frugal Germans, knowing their parents or children frozen to death on
the road, have wasted their precious fuel on millions and millions of
dead Jewish bodies? Nonsense!
In the letter below, written to a "new" Zündel admirer, Ernst
explains how insight came to him - how common sense simply takes
over, and how the political landscape is never again quite the same.
Dear (name deleted) -
I received your touching letter of 9-17-03. The process you
described in your letter about debating my case with your friend,
Peter, is similar to my own story. It has similarities to my own
"conversion" - a kind of parallel to the Biblical Saulus-to-Paulus
I understand your reaction fully. It happened to me in Canada. When
I was 20 years old, I used to badmouth Hitler, based on the post-war
brainwashing we had received as German school children after World
War II in Allied-controlled/occupied Germany.
I was doing my usual condemnation of Hitler and his regime to Adrien
Arcand, a French-Canadian journalist and political figure from the
1930s the day I first met him. This man, very gently, admonished me
not to condemn a person before I had carefully ascertained the facts.
He said: "You are talking about a man who was chosen in democratic
elections over and over again by tens of millions of Germans! Have
you ever gone to the source of his ideas? Have you ever read Mein
Kampf? You are lucky - you speak German. You have a duty as an
honest man to verify the facts for yourself."
I was pulled up short, for I had never ever actually read anything
written by Hitler nor listened to any of his speeches except for the
snippets I saw on anti-Hitler newsreels, TV shows etc. I was so
profoundly embarrassed by my own inadequacy that I decided then and
there never to do that again if at all possible - to let myself be
swayed by others before I at least had tried to ascertain the facts
To make a long story short, I went to a Montreal second-hand
bookstore, bought a used copy of Mein Kampf, read it in three days
from cover to cover, and was astounded by the difference between what
the man really thought and wrote and what I had been lied to in
school and by the media who had falsely depicted his thinking. I did
not tremble like you, but I was so shook up that it was the beginning
of a painful re-evaluation of my thinking, which has been an ongoing
process to this day.
It was and is unsettling, because one suddenly realizes that there
are few black-and-white issues, that there are always lots of shades
One morning [during my first trial in 1985] I was being
cross-examined by the prosecutor about why I no longer believed that
the Holocaust story was true as we were told it in books, films,
novels etc. I referred to the alleged "cremation of millions of
bodies in burning pits" and "crematories" at Auschwitz-Birkenau and
pointed out that I had believed the story, like everybody else, until
during a trip to India at the Ganges River, I had seen the big pile
of wood it took to cremate just one body - never mind millions!
I explained that there would have had to be mountains of wood or coal
next to these pits or crematories if the story was true. I pointed
out that I had obtained air photos taken of Auschwitz-Birkenau by the
Allied Air Forces. No huge mountains of coal were near the
crematories, or any billowing smoke from any burning pit.
I had brought with me these air photos, which I had enlarged - and
which the judge did not allow me to show to the jury and did not
allow into evidence, which was later one of the reasons, by the way,
why I won my appeal.
I told the prosecutor that I had researched and obtained the patents
from the patent office of the German firm which supplied these
crematory ovens. They [specified] the method of operation, the
amount of time it took to cremate a body; I multiplied it all - which
would have meant, if the numbers of "gassing victims" were true as
claimed, that they would still be cremating bodies in Auschwitz even
today, which they are clearly not!
[That's] the way it has worked in one way or another with millions of
people, all of whom used to believe uncritically until something made
them doubt, research, and then change their minds. Very few of them
turned into "Nazis" or "Nazi defenders." Even I, who has become an
"understander" of Hitler and many of his policies and ideas, am
highly critical of some of the things that resulted from the policies
of that regime - just as I am equally critical of what was done by
Stalin's regime, Churchill's, Roosevelt's, and even DeGaulle's in
France after the war.
To you I can only say it has been an incredible journey!
Would I do it again? YES, but naturally with hindsight and maturity,
I might have been less strident, more diplomatic - but that's
maturity and battle fatigue speaking. The reality is: We Germans
are tired of being kicked around, vilified, [portrayed] as Col.
Klings and often far worse. We are people with feelings. I include
some info for you, but really, you have to find your own way to the
It will be painful at times, but it will set you free - and tell
Peter: Galileo was right, Columbus, too. The majority is frequently
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