- An Open Letter To Judge Meinerzhagen
On The Eve of the Zundel Heresy Trial
- January 31, 2006
- To Judge
- Dr. Ulrich Meinerzhagen
- JVA Mannheim
- Herzogenriedstraße 111
- D-68169 Mannheim
- Dear Dr. Meinerzhagen:
- With the trial against my husband, of
which you are in charge, about to start again, I take this opportunity
to lay before you a few facts and some of my reflections as the wife of
a man who is, by all accounts, about to be silenced for good for his politically
incorrect thoughts. On the eve of these fateful days, I feel an obligation
to write this letter to you in the hope that I will find the right words
worthy of serious reflection.
- Before I do so, however, I want to tell
you in all honesty that I, for one, never really was offended by your censorship
and that you, as the judge in this historical trial, read all our letters
and came to know our innermost thoughts. I saw this unpleasant constraint,
imposed by what I always thought was surely a country of civilized conduct,
namely the homeland of my ancestry, less as an infringement on our rights
but rather as a golden opportunity to give you a few glimpses of who we
really are, what motivates us deeply, how we conduct ourselves, and how
this heresy trial - for that is what it is - is viewed by the rest of the
- I would also like to say that I agree
with Ernst that nothing could be gained by heaping scorn, derision and
disdain upon your head - as seems to have happened from the pens of a handful
of livid Zundel supporters, which must have shocked, distressed, and greatly
- In courtesy to you, I will try to be
brief, concise - and polite. Nonetheless, it is important that I speak
clearly. I am not sure you are aware of the importance of your role, of
the great privilege of this rare opportunity to serve your country by serving
historical truth - not just for Ernst, not just for Germany, but for the
remnant of the Western world, and maybe for humanity.
- A train called "Aufstand für
die Wahrheit"* is roaring your way, full speed, full weight, full
force - and you are tasked by fate to set the direction. And here you
are, already hearing the rumble, sensing the tremble, feeling the dread.
There's no one else to act for you - you must decide. What is it going
to be? A resolute choice for Truth in History - or the proverbial boot
upon the human face that Orwell spoke about?
- Of course, as Ernst's wife, I shall hope
for that gesture of courage from you - knowing all the odds against it.
I hope for it, but I don't count on it. I see a sad, humiliated country
parading in sack cloth and ashes, willingly wearing its blinders, mired
in self-blame and guilt - obediently demonizing those who, confronted
with facts and with logic, abandoned both sack cloth and blinders. How
that should be so - in a country as accomplished and proud as Germany was
- is a case for the Freudian couch, not for a German courtroom.
- Here are the facts in a nutshell, for
you as well as history:
- * The Holocaust is Fraud writ large.
It's an extortion racket. It has been proven to be so from documents,
from decades' worth of research by conscientious men and women from all
walks of life all over the world, and from forensic science - and millions
upon millions know that. My husband led that effort by digging deep and
bringing forth that first forensic kernel of truth. That is the action
of a man of principle. An honest country would reward such a man - not
punish and imprison.
- * Ernst was the first one ever who,
in response to four decades of Germanys demonization by its enemies, sent
a team to Auschwitz looking for the so-called "murder weapon"
- the dreaded "gas chambers" of Hitler's concentration camps.
That first forensic expedition documented what they found, and what they
did not find. Has Germany ever done that? Why not? Please show me an
insurance company that doggedly refuses to investigate a murder claim for
which it must pay through the nose! What Ernst initiated was long overdue
- and it was not a crime. If he is wrong, as many are led to believe for
self-serving reasons - why not re-check his findings? Or why not use the
testimony sworn under oath in his two trials in Canada and spare you the
expense and effort? It's all there, for the asking, in the records of
Canada's two Great Holocaust Trials of 1985 and 1988.
- * Ernst Zundel has a fine mind, a will
of steel, and an impeccably unblemished record. He dug in his heels and
refused to budge, but he has always respected the law. Never once, in
almost half a century of almost incessant insults, murderous violence and
non-stop demonization did he raise a hand against his tormentors. Should
such a man endure years of detention in inhuman, abusive surroundings -
with not a chance of that proverbial snowball in hell to be allowed to
offer a defense?
- * Specifically, it has been claimed Ernst
owned and ran the Zundelsite, an American-based website, famous around
the world. I call that an affront against my dignity as a professional
and as a citizen of the United States of America, a country with a Bill
of Rights as part of its Constitution. In the United States, to speak
one's mind is guaranteed by law, no matter how embarrassing and inconvenient
to vested political interests. I happen to have a mind of my own. The Zundelsite
is my own property. Ernst did not found the Zundelsite. I did. Ernst
does not run the Zundelsite. I do. I have done that for close to 12 years!
Out of respect for him, I crafted and refined the Zundelsite so that it
accurately, and to the best of my ability, reflected and reflects what
Ernst is all about - an honest, questing man who cannot help but speak
the truth as he knows it.
- * I have been told that Germany has issued
an arrest warrant for me as well. I, too, have an impeccable record, having
always lived within the law, in deference to my chosen country. I was
a respected, accomplished writer long before I ever met Ernst Zundel. For
many years, I used to make a living as a convention speaker, keynoting
about the history I knew to audiences as large as 6,000, being booked alongside
accomplished entertainment stars, state governors, and senators. No one
objected - ever! Whatever made me suddenly a "criminal"?
- * I understand the prosecution is going
to present three "witnesses"to make its threadbare case. Who
are these witnesses? Ernst's second wife - a fractured personality whose
fevered mind hallucinates concocted stories. Two government spooks who
nested in the entrails of German embassies and consulates to do their dirty
work for alien interests - instead of shielding and defending a tortured
German national, as would have been their duty. That's it! That's all
the shabby "evidence" the prosecution conjured up after three
decades' worth of spying, harassing and subverting - and millions' of taxpayers'
money! I measure these three traitors to the truth against the thousands
of testimonials collected over decades from supporters all over the world
who know Ernst and vouch for his conduct.
- * You have been tasked to finish off
this man. I need to point out that you are in a position you to do precisely
what is right, as opposed to what might be politically useful. I must
assume you did not choose this role and do not cherish it. You did not
make the laws. You must obey the laws - or must you? You know by now
that what the so-called "Holocaust" connotes is far from "offenkundig".**
This obscene trial is a political circus, meant to solicit applause from
New York, Washington, London, and Tel Aviv. The Holocaust Lobby is holding
the hoop. You are expected to overrule your German conscience and jump
through that hoop like a poodle.
- Ernst Zundel is a man who never has jumped
through the hoop for the sake of applause. Future generations will have
no difficulty according this rare individual great honor for his determined
stand against corruption and deceit in his homeland. How they will judge
his judge, whom fate has chosen to preside over literally life and death
at such a crucial juncture in Western people's history, is as of this late
date still written in the stars.
- Ingrid Rimland Zundel, Ed.D.
- * Revolt for the sake of the Truth
- ** A "given", something widely