- After seven years of persecution and harassment by the
Belgian and German authorities, Flemish revisionist publisher Siegfried
Verbeke (picture) was arrested on Nov. 27, 2004, following a German arrest
- In 1983, Siegfried Verbeke had established his Flemish
Foundation for Free Historical Research (Stichting Vrij Historisch Onderzoek,
VHO), which ever since was focusing on promoting historical research and
publications that bring the writing of history about World War II in general
and the so-called Holocaust in particular into accord with the facts. In
1996, Siegfried Verbeke agreed to cooperate with German revisionist publisher
to launch a German language division of VHO under its umbrella, headed
by German Rudolf. In September 1997, Germar Rudolf launched VHO's Internet
presence with the website <>www.vho.org, which in the meantime has
risen to be the largest revisionist website in the World. As a result of
these activities, Verbeke became the target of persecution by the Belgian
- Four of Verbeke's premises were searched three times
in a row on Nov. 21 and 29, 1997, as well as on Jan. 7, 1998, on the request
of the well known Belgian witch-hunter Johan Leman. Leman must have felt
provoked, because during a panel discussion in Antwerp on Nov. 6, 1997,
Siegfried Verbeke had distributed several hundred copies of his quite successful
revisionist brochure "Goldhagen and Spielberg Lies" to the audience.
During this raid, a huge number of books and other writings were seized,
But since the Belgian police did not expect to find entire warehouses full
of material, they left most of the material in place and sealed it. By
an unfortunate coincident, the material stored in the sealed warehouses
got stolen the next night and disappeared mysteriously. J The German language
division of VHO became independent in early 1998 under the name of <>Castle
Hill Publishers in order to secure it from such persecution.
- In 1998, criminal proceedings were launched against Siegfried
Verbeke by the public prosecution of Frankfurt, Germany (ref. 50 Js 10328.2/98),
on the initiative of the head of Central Council of Jews in Germany, Ignatz
Bubis, for distributing the German version of "Goldhagen and Spielberg
Lies" in tens of thousands of copies to German addresses. This brochure
was ordered confiscated and destroyed (District Court Munich II, ref. 2
Ds 11 Js 24173/97).
- After a two years lasting court battle, Siegfried Verbeke
was sentenced by the Amsterdam Court of Appeal (Netherlands) on April 27,
2000, to abstain from distributing a brochure authored by Prof. R. Faurisson
that challenges the authenticity of the Diary of Anne Frank, not because
it challenges the diary's authenticity, but because it is authored and
published by revisionists (<>see here for more).
- On May 16, 2001, Belgian Minister for Culture Bert Anciaux
demanded that all Belgian libraries cleanse their shelves from revisionist
literature, which was subsequently silently enacted.
- On Feb. 12, 2002, the Belgian authorities officially
banned Verbeke's revisionist organization Vrij Historisch Onderzoek. Mail
to its PO Box 60 at B-26000 Berchem 2, was temporarily confiscated. The
premises of Siegfried Verbeke were once more searched and Mr. Verbeke was
arrested for 24 hours and intensely interrogated. In the following months,
Verbekes's premises are frequently "visited" by the Belgian police.
After he was released, Siegfried Verbeke reorganized his foundation, renamed
it into "Vogelvrij Historisch Onderzoek" (=outlawed historical
research) and got himself a new PO Box 46, at B-2600 Berchem 1. The French
section of VHO became independent as "Vision Historique Objective"
(V.H.O.), Boîte Postale 256, B-1050 Brussels 5. Several months after
this, the confiscation of mail sent to his old PO Box was lifted, and Verbeke's
organization reassumed its old name and address.
- On Sept. 9, 2003, Siegfried Verbeke (63) was sentenced
to one year in prison on probation by the Antwerp criminal court for distributing
material "minimizing the Nazi genocide against the Jews." Verbeke
was also deprived of his civil rights for ten years (e.g., his active and
passive right to vote).
- Only three weeks later, end of September 2003, the Belgian
police once more raids his premises in search of evidence that revisionist
material carrying Verbeke's name and address is indeed distributed by him.
During these raids, the premise of French revisionist Vincent Reynouard,
living in Exile in Belgium, were also raided.
- The last step so far was reached on Saturday, Nov. 27,
2004, when Siegfried Verbeke was arrested in his Flemish town of residence
Kortrijk following a German arrest warrant, which since the beginning of
2004 can be executed without further legal ado in all member countries
of the European Union. It may be expected that the German authorities will
set a precedent by sentencing him to the maximum penalty of confiscation
of his property and five years imprisonment.
- <>On Nov. 9, 2004, the Belgium Supreme Court declared
Belgium's largest party "Vlaamse Blok" (Flemish block) a "criminal
organization" and ordered its dissolution. This is so because the
Vlaamse Blok is against mass immigration, for an independent Flemish nation,
and many of its leading members have revisionists viewpoints. Since this
party's success could not be stopped, the "democrats" of Belgium
simply outlawed it. This is democracy: If elections do not have the results
as wanted by the powers that be, they simply throw democracy into the dust
bin. Who gives a f... anyway.
- They do the same with dissidents: If they cannot refute
the dissident's views, they simply ban those views, burn their books, and
arrest the dissidents. Following the motto: opinions are free, but the
dissidents are arrested. You can challenge the veracity of accounts about
Stalin's genocides, you can do the same for the genocide against the Tutsis
or any other genocide, but don't you dare doubting the veracity of accounts
regarding the genocide against the Jews! Jews are god-like creatures! Doubting
them is punished with destruction of your social existence, confiscation
of your property, and loss of freedom for many, many years!
- Western governments are complaining about human rights
violations in China, Iran, North Korea, and what have you, but they'd better
clean up their own back yard before complaining about the dirt in their
- If you want to assist Siegfried Verbeke by writing him
supportive letters, here is his current contact address. Thanks for your
support in advance:
- Siegfried Verbeke
- Elverdingsestraat 72
- B-8900 Ieper
- His lawyer is:
- Piet Noé
- Tolpoortstraat 74 bus 3
- B-9800 DEINZE BELGIUM
- T ++32-476/99.33.37
- F ++32-9/328.64.41
- Germar Rudolf
- PO Box 257768
- Chicago, IL 60625