- Upon my return from California on July 19 I read in the
papers and on the Internet that Ernst had finally received his charges.
Now he knows what he is 'guilty' of according to his own homeland, Germany
- I still don't know because letters to overseas take much longer.
- I only know what his older sister, who also lives in
Germany, told me - that he is now severely restricted in how many letters
he can write, and receive. He was additionally told that, henceforth, the
few letters allowed, coming and going, will take some six weeks. (Each
- So there you have it!
- Ernst explains the situation in the letter below, dated
July 15, 2005, written to his close friend and Dr. Robert Faurisson's sister,
- I have received my official charges, and they are what
I expected them to be like in Germany - poor, poor Germany.
- This came during the weeks [where] I am slowly sifting
my way through appr. 20,000 sheets of an incredible pile of documents compiled
by the prosecutors over the decades !
- Since many of them were burned at the great arson in
Toronto on the 7-8th May 1995, I had not seen many in about one decade
- so something positive came out of this after all ! The documents [at
the Zündel-Haus] that survived the actual fire were so soaked by the
firemen's hoses and the very hot steam that even after we open-air dried
them with women's hair-driers, nevertheless a fungus or chemical process
set in, which slowly turned these many hundreds of thousands of sheets
of paper and photocopies into mountains of blotchy, musty-smelling archives.
Truckloads had to be thrown out. Thus my archives partially suffered the
same fate as the archives and papers of millions of Germans during and
after World War II due to bombing raids, fires, theft, etc.
- When I visited Dresden and Leipzig as a 15 year-old boy
with my oldest sister, who had married a man from Saxony, I was told by
a tour-guide walking through the ruins of Leipzig that 1.5 million original
manuscripts of publications, books, musical scores, compositions - ORIGINALS
- had been lost in the bombing of that one city alone ! Leipzig was the
production house/city for all of Germany's most well-known books, publications,
plays, dramas, etc. The great writers would create their works and send
them to the publishers, engravers, the printers, bookbinders and the distributors
- from which these great works of art and literature would be sent out
into the world ! The loss of cultural, irreplaceable works, drawings, sketches,
printing plates etc. simply CANNOT be estimated, only dimly assumed.
- Naturally there were other places in Germany like Weimar,
Jena, Nürnberg, Augsburg, who also suffered enormous damage to what
was in their possession. Thus far more than tanks, planes, battleships,
submarines and soldiers were lost in that terrible war - bad enough as
that was ! It was as if Germany's enemies had set out deliberately to separate
and isolate postwar German society from its connection to its people's
past - in order to more easily succeed in creating a NEW history for them
- after they were conquered. The creative, still living elements were arrested,
rounded up, as we know today - and more millions died in the Soviet Union's
horror and Eisenhower's Rheinwiesen and Mannheim camps - where my father
was incarcerated after Germany's surrender !
- All this I was thinking about and reflecting on in my
cell - as I was poring, often for 12-14 hours, over these piles of documents
- where I developed hourly and more viscerally an intense distaste for
the whole process, and the topic I was forced to immerse myself in, one
more time - this time in Germany. In my own homeland.
- There comes a time when even Ernst, the eternal optimist,
has to acknowledge that by now the mental shackles and restrictions have
done their work and achieved their purpose for those who imposed them so
long ago. I am hampered by what I can write and express to you, thanks
to this situation, so you and my friends have to think back and look at
previous writings - for censorship and my incarceration do not allow me
to express myself freely. I have now joined not only 82 million other Germans,
but about 200-300 million other Europeans, who are in a similar situation.
Alas, they fancy themselves to be free !
- The amount of letters you and my friends will receive
from now on will be few and far between, because the presiding or arresting
judge of the Amtsgericht Mannheim, who told me the day I came here that
I could write and receive unlimited letters while I was in investigative
custody, is no longer in charge of my case. He was pretty flexible with
- A different level of Court, the Landgericht Mannheim,
has now been assigned my case, and apparently [one] is the head judge there,
in German called the " Vorsitzende Richter ", who, as first order
of business, has drastically reduced or curtailed the numbers of letters
or mail I may receive or send while I am awaiting trial.
- I am restricted to two incoming and to two outgoing letters
on week days. No letters are allowed on non-working days. That's about
10% of what my mail volume was, where one day I had 23 letters and postcards
in French on one day ! One other day I had 62 cards, letters, etc., which
had backed up at the previous censor's office. The guards were dumbfounded.
- Letters to the family and lawyers are excluded, up to
now at least, from these restrictions. But I am of course not naive enough
not to understand that any day could bring new restrictions.
- I am further restricted to 5 pages in a letter. Not five
sheets : 2 1/2 sheets. That, too, means far less content, for some topics
do take a bit longer than others to cover. So, Yvonne, it is important
that people know about this.
- Also no postal coupons ; they were taken out of the last
envelopes, without an explanation. Please let [my friends know about] the
situation, not that people are disappointed and think that I have given
- I have engaged an additional attorney. He speaks fluent
- I have issued him a "Vollmacht", a Power of
Attorney, and will see him hopefully next week. He works about 25-30 minutes
away from [where I am] - which means I have someone close by. I need local
help, for instance with these postal restrictions and other things. I cannot
rely and wait on an attorney who is a whole day's travel away from me !
- Tell Robert that I did receive his excellent summary
of Cicero, Socrates and Joan d'Arc - that, with other examples in history,
it will help me come to terms with my fate. I also note that the German
news magazine, Der Spiegel of 6.6.05, has an insightful article over 25
pages long about the " European Crisis ", covering for the first
time the " European Arrest Warrant " giving actual examples [of]
how absolutely innocently and also brutally this newest instrument of repression
is already being used and abused ! So you can see that the erosion of Euro-Madness
is coming into focus. There are examples given of possibly returning to
- There is also a good explanation of England 'cooking
its own soup' again, as so often before in Europe's long history. And clearly
there is something taking place behind the scenes, which will slow things
down - and allow the Russians to strengthen their system, make their economy
more viable, and right their ship of state. Imagine : Russia becoming a
stabilizing factor, a counterbalance to all these liberal forces of illusion
and dissolution ! Russia - of all places ! And of course China is working
feverishly day and night to build its new super-power state, at the expense
of Europe and a fast fading America - bleeding in Iraq and 140 other countries
where they have military bases. Yes, Yvonne, 140 countries ! All that with
ever shrinking resources and curtailed productive capacity taken over by
Japan, Taiwan, Korea and the Chinese juggernaut.
- We are in the middle of a realignment of economic and
political forces, with clearly military consequences, so, while I take
a breather, the Universe is unfolding as it should - and will !
- Nothing is ever forever ! Not even for 'them'.
- I read a very interesting book entitled 'Freiheit, Freiheit
über alles' about Germany's struggle - which of course is one of the
determining forces in Europe always. The author, Wolfgang Frenz, lays bare
the struggle, spanning hundreds of years, wherein the Germans, Austrians
and Prussians are trying to free themselves, pull themselves out of the
quagmire - and cope with a country fractured and weakened by one political-military-dynastic-religious
disaster after another over the last turbulent 500-1000 years. An instructive
book, coming at the right time for me, while I try to reorient myself in
this REMNANT of a once great people - now reduced to the all-too-willing
plaything of extra-European forces and hidden powers. When I look at the
average, ordinary German - and the other material which has flooded into
our living space and fills our jails, courts, unemployment offices, etc.,
I look and I wonder how this bunch of human bipeds will hope to fix this
- Could you send a copy to Ingrid, please ?
- Thank you. Ernst Z.
- P.S. Give my regards to [two friends] with thanks and