First they came for the holocaust denialists and I did not speak out as I was not a holocaust denialist….
By Gordon Duff STAFF WRITER/Senior Editor
In Europe and Canada, saying that any commonly held belief taught in Israel about the holocaust may be incorrect can land you in prison for up to 20 years. If you say only 5,999,999 Jews died, you go to prison. If you say they were shot, not gassed, you go to prison. In a world where the only part of the nightly news that can be believed is the sports scores, Americans are infamous for lying about the weather as are Italians, Ernst Zundel was sent from Canada to serve 5 years in prison in Germany for doubting the official version of the holocaust.
WHY IS THIS AN ISSUE?
Many Germans would like to find a version of history where they don’t seem barbarous. Should that be a crime? Palestinian who suffered hundreds of thousands dead at the hands of Israel say it is done because Jews use the holocaust as an excuse for murder. Iran just loves starting trouble. They are like that. Is asking questions about history a crime? Are there really well financed attempts to prove that the holocaust didn’t happen for the reasons Israel says, “So it can happen again?” Is sending people to jail in violation of common sense and honor worth defending any idea? Didn’t we end up doing things like this in the Middle Ages when the Catholic Church went on a several century murder rampage?
WHAT DOES ANYONE KNOW?
When in Germany, I look across the street. A synagogue was there. Now the leader of the church choir lives there. He took me thru the 500 year old building. There is a small plaque on the sidewalk. No Jews remain. Now they visit on vacation, buy wine, eat cake at the outdoor cafes and never see the sign for the missing synagogue. At the end of the street there used to be a Nazi Party headquarters. In 1944, an American plane, maybe a B-26, came down the river. No more building. Nothing else was hit. This guy was some pilot!
IS IT WORTH IT?
Saying large numbers of Jews and many other people weren’t enslaved and murdered by the Nazis is offense and wrong. It is also stupid. Stupid and criminal are not the same thing. Saying it is OK to do something wrong to someone else, let’s say, the Palestinian, because the Germans were bad is wrong too. We all learn this as kids.
We can’t fix what happened. I expect everyone to learn, to prepare and if wise, arm themselves to the teeth until mankind proves themselves less toxic. This is common sense.
If Canada loves the Jews so much, Hitler would have sent them all to Canada, a country nearly empty, long before the killing started. Hitler asked, Canada and so many other countries refused. Ask any Jew, they know the list. Jailing Ernst Zundel is so much easier than living with the truth.
Too little, too late.
The issue here is secret trials with secret witnesses and secret charges. Canadians love bashing the United States for our Bush era fling with fascist tyranny but easily forget their own. When remembering offenses, perhaps one could remember the offense against Ernst Zundel, done in the name of liberalism and political correctness. Anyone who would send Ernst Zundel away would, if pushed, start transporting Jews “east.”
First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a communist;
Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a socialist;
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a trade unionist;
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out – because I was not a Jew;
Then they came for me – and there was no one left to speak out for me.
What was said about Ernst Zundel, Canadians used to say about the Jews until it became “illegal.”
Gordon Duff posted articles on VT from 2008 to 2022. He is a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War. A disabled veteran, he worked on veterans and POW issues for decades.
Gordon is an accredited diplomat and is generally accepted as one of the top global intelligence specialists. He manages the world’s largest private intelligence organization and regularly consults with governments challenged by security issues.
Duff has traveled extensively, is published around the world, and is a regular guest on TV and radio in more than “several” countries. He is also a trained chef, wine enthusiast, avid motorcyclist, and gunsmith specializing in historical weapons and restoration. Business experience and interests are in energy and defense technology.