ZGram - 11/6/2003 - "Remember the simulated Zundel trial in one
of Ontario's high schools?"
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Zgram - Where Truth is Destiny: Now more than ever!
November 6, 2003
Good Morning from the Zundelsite:
Well, lo and behold! Remember the Zgram of some three weeks ago
where I informed my readers that Ernst Zundel had been found innocent
in a simulated high school court defended by a tenth grader who
played defense attorney? The vote was 7 to 2, and the young lady was
It didn't take long, and a panicky tenth grader wrote back and told
me that there was a huge uproar at her school because I had published
her letter. The kid was terrified!
Here is the Zgram that offended:
ZGram - Where Truth is Destiny: Now more than ever!
October 17, 2003
Good Morning from the Zundelsite:
I interrupt the Prisoner of Conscience Letter series to bring you
this sweet story. I already told you part of it, but for the sake of
completion and in order to frame the heart-warming ending, I am
running the first parts again.
As you know, there are always requests sent to the Zundelsite for
interviews, for revisionist material, for verification of certain
revisionist claims etc. Ever more frequently, such requests come not
only from college and university students but also from high school
students. I have become wary of such requests because often these
kids want a quick fix so they don't have to do the research for their
homework. Also, not infrequently, our ever-cunning foes like to
throw monkey wrenches into our paths, hoping they will catch us at
some careless communication so they can run shrieking to "Hate
Squads" and such and charge us with "contaminating" our youth with
Therefore, when I received the following, replete with some typos, I
took it with a grain of salt:
"Hello, I am a student in 10th grade, and doing some research for the
Zundel Case. In class we are having a make-believe court house. I
was assigned the task of a "lawyer", in the defense of Zundel and
proving his sentence was unjust. I did some research, but I couldn't
excatly find what I wanted. When I searched on the internet most of
them were news articles. From these articles I was getting a feel
that I was only recieving one side of the story. I didn't really
find information on Zundel himself. I was wondering if you can send
me some information on Zundel, like a little biography. Maybe when
he was born, what he liked when he was little, what he was taught,
and excatly how he came to his ideas today. And I also need some
information on the excat info he based his views on. If you can send
me some more information that would be greatly appreciated. I kind
of need it by tommrow, so the sooner you reply the better. We will
be having the make-believe court on Thursday of this week. Sorry for
such short notice!"
I replied to make sure I had a legitimate inquiry from a young person
with a challenging sample of homework:
"Tell me your real name, your teacher's name, and what school you go
to, so I can check you out. We get a lot of phony requests, and I
don't have time to follow them all. I will be glad to help legitimate
"There is a lot of bio information on the Zundelsite at
"I would also appreciate some feedback on how the make-believe
courthouse reenactment went."
Back came a speedy answer:
"Hi again, you wanted to know some more information about me. My
name is **(censored at request of school)**, and I'm in grade 10.
This class that I'm doing this project for is called Academic
Encounters (civics and careers). I attend **(censored at request of
school)**, which is loacted in Burlington, Ontario. And I don't want
to disclose my teacher's name, b/c I don't know if she would be
comfortable that one of her students is disclosing her name.
(hopefully u kind of understand this) So I don't know? Please send me
some information! The make-believe court is tommrow, and 1st period
which means class starts at 8:15. So sooner the information the
better! Sorry for the short notice again!"
I only saw this this mid-morning on Thursday, so there was no time to
send additional information. I had given this student a link that
might be helpful, and she was on her own. I went on about my
business. I certainly didn't expect that there would be a follow-up.
But lo and behold:
"Hello, the court re-actment went really good today. The defense
won, which is me and one of my friends. I think it was the way we
argued, which shot out the prosecution. We gave solid evidence that
the ideas that Mr. Zundel believed in was not only his own opinion,
but rather a historical argument based on real facts. We also used
the law, Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Universal Declaration of
Rights, section 17, which supports freedom of opinion, right to
express your on thoughts..so on and so on. Basically prosection said
that everybody has a right to their own security, and that Mr.
Zundel's views threaten the security of Jewish people. That was
basically what they repeatedly kept saying. The vote went 7 to 2.
(vote meaning, the supreme court's justices' votes) See some of the
other members in my class were the Justices of Supreme Court. It was
really interesting to learn about this case, and thank you for the
link to the biography. I wish you all the best for you and Mr.
I think this is remarkable! This tenth-grader, probably around
sixteen years old, has figured out what the Zionist-infested
Government of Canada, as well as the beholden Canadian media, can't
seem to figure out!
THE VERY ESSENCE OF THE CASE IS IN THE PARAGRAPH ABOVE!
Be proud of this young lady!
Not all is lost as yet when there is still that kind of independence
of mind and generosity of heart despite one of the most vicious,
decades-long media vilification campaigns that our Neighbor to the
North has ever unleashed on an innocent man! And let us hope that,
for once, the Internet Jews we know all too well will refrain from
insulting and sullying this kid with their smut they always have
ready in buckets!
Exactly as I feared! I don't know the details of what transpired at
her school, but shortly thereafter I received a stern official email
signed by the school's principal and vice-principal, followed by a
snail mail written on High School stationary and, hence, in the
October 21, 2003
Dear Ms. Zundel:
On October 18, 2003 a letter titled "I interrupt this Prisoner of
Conscience Series" written by Ingrid Rimland was published by the
zgrams at zgrams.zundelsite.org site. In this letter, the name of a
student from this school was published.
The student request, school assignment, and subsequent follow up note
from the student have been misrepresented and misused by this site
and its author. The communication from the student was used without
the student's knowledge or permission or that of the student's
This letter is to inform you that the names of the student, school
and location are to be removed from this site immediately. In no way
and at no time has this student, the school, or the school board
supported the positions espoused by Mr. Zundel or anyone connected
with his organization.
I look forward to your expeditious response to this letter.
M. J. Dick-Westerby
cc:D. Tutton, Superintendent
L. Rudner, Canadian Jewish Congress
A. Bromberg, Human Rights, B'nai Brith Canada
Student and Parents
Sad, isn't it? One could say a lot - and perhaps some of my Zgram
readers will feel moved to respond to these two eager beaver school
administrators falling all over themselves to please Canada's
ever-vigilant censors . If so, the emails to respond are these two
addresses: dickwesterbym at hdsb.ca, boagd at hdsb.ca .
Please copy your letters to me because this episode, too, is part of
the public record of our struggle against rampant and irresponsible
censorship and will be studied and evaluated by future generations.
Let me say this, to underline that I am speaking with authority: In
the 1970s and 1980s, I worked for years as an educational
psychologist in public schools, with thousands of children and
hundreds of school administrators. I also had a private practice, an
award-winning newspaper column called "Children in Focus" - widely
read! - and vast experience as an educational consultant to parents,
teachers, and administrators in some 5 California school districts
and 40 public as well as private schools. I know whereof I speak.
Without having tested her, I can vouch that this young lady who wrote
to me is one of those rare, gifted kids who has an independent mind,
a courteous disposition, good research skills, a sense of justice
and fair play, charisma and, yes, courage. That kind of mind is
precious. It belongs to the future of Canada. It is a moral crime
to sully and to stifle it with censorship.
Through this censorship episode, this youngster has been gravely
injured in her judgment and moral equilibrium. She has been injured
not by me and certainly not by having read about Ernst Zundel - she
has been injured by the very people who are entrusted in the sacred
duty to guard and cherish her emotional and intellectual well-being.
She has been made to think that what she did was wrong. It wasn't
wrong. She showed more common sense, respect for facts, and
reverence for justice than most grown people in Canada's court system
I am attaching to this Zgram an important document. I formally
request that a copy of this document is given to the school board
members, to the parents, and to the student herself. She is old
enough to read it, and she will not turn into a frog.
It is the text of an ad that was published in the Washington Times a
few weeks ago. It explains who Ernst Zundel is, what this Freedom of
Speech struggle is really all about - and what it is costing Canadian
taxpayers, not only in money but freedom. This ad was confiscated by
Canada Customs, believe it or not. Why? Beats me! Might Canadians
find out some facts about Ernst Zundel his detractors would just as
soon sweep under the rug - that, maybe, he doesn't have horns?
Further, I will take the liberty of copying this correspondence to
the town's daily newspaper. Perhaps, in censor-happy Canada, there's
going to be a follow-up, if miracles still happen.
Ingrid Rimland Zündel, Ed.D.
This is Ad # 3. That is the one Canada Customs confiscated for
investigation as "hate speech."
An Open Letter to the Congressional Judiciary Committee, headed by
Congressman James Sensenbrenner, to investigate the political
kidnapping of Ernst Zundel
This is the third in a series of ads planned to inform America's
leaders and the public at large about the arrest and "deportation" of
my husband, Ernst Zündel. Additional ads are planned in Russia,
Germany and Japan.
My first ad, titled "An Open Letter to Vladimir Putin" (6-12-03)
was meant to illustrate that Stalinist tactics have come to
America. My second ad, titled "An Open Letter to the Senate and
Congress of the United States", (9-7-03) was a graphic description of
how a brutal, politically motivated kidnapping was carried out. This
ad takes my campaign for basic human rights yet one step further - to
free my husband, and to warn America.
I have been cautioned not to mention America's most powerful taboo.
Instead, I quote from a Letter to the Editor of the Washington Times,
(9-10-03) written by one Nelson Marans, that was published in
response to my second ad - it mentions the taboo for me:
"While paid advertisements may be the financial lifeblood for many
newspapers, I would have hoped that The Washington Times would have
displayed more selectivity when confronted by an advertisement from a
Holocaust denier [page A7, Sunday]. Convicted of that crime in
Germany and guilty of spreading his message of hate throughout the
world, Ernst Zundel is not misunderstood and a victim, but instead an
advocate of religious and racial hatred. He supports the
extermination of not only Jews, but blacks and any other members of
so-called inferior races." (Nelson Marans, Silver Spring)
When a charge that serious is being made about an ad I placed, I am
entitled to a full reply. Moreover, I will pay for it so I can state
it fully. What I have to say, below, is part of the public record
and can be verified by anyone.
My husband has NEVER supported "... the extermination of not only
Jews, but blacks and any other members of so-called inferior races" -
That is called libel and is actionable! With this ad, in a still
semi-free America where an accused has the right, we all assume, to
set the record straight, I take this opportunity to do precisely
It is true that Ernst Zundel, a German nationalist, has been a
political activist all of his adult life, speaking up for his
people's maligned World War II generation. Insisting on a balanced
view of history based on documented evidence is not "spreading
hatred" - most people would call it Free Speech.
Ernst was only six years old at the end of World War II. He came to
Canada while still a teenager and lived there for more than 40 years.
He chose Canada because it did not require conscription since, raised
as a Christian, he abhorred war and any kind of violence, and he has
never changed his mind. As he has put it, then and since, "I won't
take up a gun at governments' behest to kill another human being who
has done me no harm."
With an innate artistic talent and excellent training in graphic
arts, acquired in the ruins of bombed-out, postwar Germany, Ernst
very quickly became wealthy - and seriously concerned about an
increasingly hysterial crescendo of post-World War II propaganda
against the country of his birth.
At first, his activism was a part-time hobby. In 1967, he decided to
get into mainstream political action, largely in token protest
against ethnic vilification of the country that he loved. He was an
immigrant, the youngest candidate ever in the history of Canada to
run for political office as head of the Liberal Party - which, had he
won, would have automatically entitled him to become Prime Minister.
In an address to a live audience of 25,000, he pleaded for an end to
anti-German hate propaganda and for Germany's reunification.
Shortly thereafter, to his amazement, his then pending application
for Canadian citizenship was turned down, even though his record of
conduct was spotless, and citizenship was routinely granted to
A promising mainstream political career thus cut short, he turned to
non-violent street activism, mostly picketing of movie houses and
print media. By then, he had a following of mostly European
immigrants from many different countries. His name became a
household word, not only in Canada but increasingly abroad.
Never once did he or his supporters resort to any form of violence,
either in speech or in action. The record speaks for itself.
In the early 1980s, the Canadian government arbitarily and
dictatorially denied Ernst his postal privileges. It ruined his
lucrative graphic arts studio but broadened his political appeal and
brought him scores of free speech supporters from all over the world.
After a prolonged and very costly legal struggle, he won his postal
privileges back. A Government-sponsored Postal Tribunal ruled
tersely that the Canadian government should keep its nose out of "...
a conflict between two peoples, the Germans and the Jews."
Next, his German passport was revoked and stayed revoked for many
years. Documents obtained by his attorneys through the Freedom of
Information Act revealed to his astonishment how much his ever more
vociferous opponents feared the Zundel Truth-in-History campaign, and
how seriously he was being taken by the powers in and behind several
governments. He says today: "Scales fell from my eyes!"
In November of 1983, a well-known, wealthy Holocaust survivor
brought criminal charges against Ernst for "spreading false news"
under the Canadian Criminal Code's ancient Section 177, a law that
dated from 12th Century England. More than 800 years ago, this law
had protected England's aristocracy from wandering minstrels
chanting ditties against the powers-that-be. Only twice before had
it been used in Canada.
Videos exist of the subsequent seven-week trial that show how Ernst,
his legal team and friends were being threatened, pushed, beaten and
spat on as they fought their way into the court house, while a
frenzied mob, waving sticks and brandishing canes, hissed and
screamed obscenities at the top of their lungs. One reporter from
the Toronto Sun wrote that Ernst was "...winning the battle of images
by mere contrast of behaviour."
Next, a bomb exploded in Ernst's garage. Jewish circles contacted
the media and claimed responsibility. Police chose not to follow up.
Ernst Zundel lost that first trial, but upon appeal the judge was
found to be biased. A new trial was ordered. This trial commenced
in 1988. It lasted almost four months. Ernst paid for his defense,
as he had done before, and has done ever since. The tax payers of
Canada paid for the prosecution - by the millions!
Right at the start of this new trial, the judge took judicial notice
- which means, in layman's terms, that the historical event known as
the Holocaust, as claimed, was a historical "given" - and could not
be put to the test. This ruling made a conviction a foregone
"Before this judge, in this court, the battle is hopeless," Doug
Christie, defense attorney, told Ernst. "I can't win it for you."
"This one," replied Ernst, "is not for myself. This one will be my
gift to history."
This trial made history. It gathered court witnesses and experts
from all over the world - for no other reason than to document and,
thus, cement their testimony in court transcripts. One crucial
outcome was the Leuchter Report, a global bestseller, obtained after
a forensic investigative team flew to Auschwitz in then still
Communist Poland. The Leuchter Report was a milestone.
Since judicial notice precluded victory, Ernst lost this trial as
well, but after many appeals and a great deal of legal struggle and
yet more millions spent on both sides, the Supreme Court of Canada
exonerated him. After 9 years of costly litigation, the highest
court in Canada said this:
"Section 2(b) of the Charter protects the rights of a minority to
express its view, however unpopular it may be. ...The content of the
communication is irrelevant. The purpose of the guarantee is to
permit free expression to the end of promoting truth, political or
social participation, and self-fulfillment. That purpose extends to
the protection of minority beliefs which the majority regards as
wrong or false."
The highest court of Canada had spoken. In a sane world this would
have been the end. Ernst certainly believed it. Now he could turn
to his first love and do what he had always longed to do - open an
art gallery somewhere up in the mountains.
Within four days, he was re-charged - this time under Canada's
infamous Hate Laws. The government, however, refused to carry
through. There were several more attempts, always with a new twist,
to charge him with a hate crime. The charges never stuck, for Ernst
is not a hateful man - and he has the record to prove it.
Thus having been cleared of all charges, Ernst decided to re-apply
for Canadian citizenship. The Globe and Mail reported that his
application was "flawless".
Again he was turned down. Again, no explanation.
In the fall of 1994, the Zundel-Haus, as it was known, became the
target of 24-hour telephone terror, violent demonstrations, and
postering of flyers across Toronto by the thousands with explicit
instructions on how to make Molotov cocktails. These flyers cited
the Zündel-Haus address and showed Ernst's face in the crosshairs of
a rifle. Police looked the other way and never charged anyone for
incitement to murder. Privately, a policeman warned Ernst that the
word had gone out that $800 would get him "bumped off".
In the early morning of the 50th anniversary of Germany's defeat and
surrender, May 8, the Zundel-Haus went up in flames. Had Ernst been
home, he would have been killed. Invaluable documents, letters and
books were destroyed. Even though the arsonist was caught on video
and his name and whereabouts were known and turned over to the
police, there was no follow-up.
This act of violence was followed 10 days later first by an
AIDS-laced razor blade in the mail and then by a parcel bomb which,
had it exploded, would have killed everyone in a radius of 300 feet.
Ernst rebuilt the Zundel-Haus - bigger, better and stronger - with
the help of his freedom-of-speech friends from all over the world.
Since criminal charges didn't stick, Ernst's opponents turned to
Human Rights legislation, focusing on cyberspace. It would go too
far, and be too tedious, to describe the subsequent 5-year cyberspace
censorship battle in various Canadian courtrooms, the outcome of
which was a Human Rights Tribunal Stalinist verdict: "Truth is no
This ruling shocked Ernst to the core. He now knew that there was no
way he could win his case in the courts of Canada. Moreover, he had
made his mark. Historical revisionism had made spectacular inroads.
Revisionist papers, books, seminars, symposia were sprinkled across
hundreds of websites in cyberspace and seriously studied in colleges
and universities, even in the embassies of countries that mattered.
The information was out in the open - it would be up to the people to
draw their own conclusions. Ernst decided his part of the struggle
By that time, Ernst Zundel and I were married and had settled in the
hills of Tennessee, in looks reminiscent of his homeland in the Black
Forest. Here he would do what he had always longed to do - create in
his own gallery and use his artistic talent to add beauty to the
Then came the arrest, out of nowhere! Why? Why now?
Ernst's censorship battles had lasted three decades. He was known
globally for his politically incorrect views, but with no criminal
record on this continent where he had spent all his adult life. He
was married to a U.S. citizen, seeking adjustment of status pursuant
to a properly filed application, whose presence in that capacity had
been authorized by the Attorney General. Suddenly, with no
provocation, he was brutally arrested and deported. Dictatorships
act that way. Democracies have procedural safeguards - including
To make one's case before a judge is a basic American right,
enshrined in our Constitution. More specifically, Federal Rule of
Appellate Procedure 23 states that anybody in the custody of US law
enforcement must not be removed to another location, much less booted
out of the country, until a judge has heard the case. The public
expects a court to rule on the facts as presented by both sides.
We asked that we be judged on all the facts and on the merits of our
arguments. We asked to have a district judge in Knoxville hear the
Within minutes, this court turned us down in a one-sentence ruling,
without any hearing.
The very next day, we appealed to the Sixth Circuit Court. Four days
later, our appeal was denied by a three-member panel of judges. The
order was signed by a Clerk.
And here comes the ghastly part that ought to make America's
Through the Freedom of Information Act, we learned that this Clerk,
along with at least one other employee, resorted to ex parte
communication. In laymen's terms, employees of an appellate court
went outside the record to speed the deportation of a dissident -
one might say that they aided and abetted a political kidnapping!
More yet, two separate motions were filed in the Sixth Circuit Court
requesting Rule 23 relief - and both times the same Clerk turned us
At this point, we don't even know if the three judges cited in the
ruling of the deportation order knew about our motion for stay of
deportation. They may or may not have known. However, we are surely
entitled to find out. Who was behind this kidnapping - which was,
for all intents and purposes, an extradition in the guise of
Conscientious men with training in the law will recognize the danger
of a precedent. Twice, the Sixth District Court has given the jack
boot to habeas corpus, a procedural safeguard enshrined in the
Constitution of America. Baseless arrests of inconvenient dissidents
will be the outcome in the future - unless this abuse is stopped in
Ernst Zundel has a flawless record of a kind and decent man who
refuses to live on his knees. He never preached or practiced
violence - he is the victim of politically motivated violence. As
his wife, I hereby formally petition the Congressional Judiciary
Committee, headed by Congressman James Sensenbrenner, to investigate
the misconduct of the Sixth District Court. American justice is
supposed to be blind and impartial. It is imperative that this abuse
of basic human right be properly investigated and the misconduct be
traced and punished at its source.
Ingrid Rimland Zundel, Ed.D.
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