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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Thursday, August 24, 2017

Ernst Zundel, one of the most notorious neo-Nazis and promoters of Holocaust denial dies in Germany

One of the world’s most notorious Holocaust deniers and neo-Nazi activists, Ernst Zundel, died this weekend in his home in Bad Wildbad, in Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany. He was 78 years old.

Zundel’s wife, Ingrid Zundel, said that her husband had died of a heart attack, but provided few additional details.

Zundel was born in Germany, but later moved to Canada, where he operated a business and published Nazi propaganda before being convicted of "spreading false news" in 1985.

That conviction was overturned seven years later when the Supreme Court of Canada argued the charge violated Zundel's Charter right to freedom of expression. 

Zundel would go on to live in Toronto's Cabbagetown neighborhood for several years before a Federal Court ruled in 2005 that he was a national security threat, citing his connection with white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups. The move paved the way to his extradition. 

After being deported from Canada, Zundel illegally immigrated to the US, moving to Tennessee, but was deported from the US back to Canada in 2003. Two years later, Zundel was deported to his native Germany, where he was charged with Holocaust denial and incitement to Holocaust denial.

In 2007, he was convicted in Germany of 14 counts of incitement of racial hatred and received a five-year sentence, the maximum allowable under the law. Having received credit for time served before trial, Zundel was freed in 2010.

As news of the death broke, Bernie Farber, former chief executive officer of the Canadian Jewish Congress, told CBC News that Zundel had denied the genocide of "six million Jewish men, women and children." 

"He brought terrible anguish to those few who survived the evil of the Shoah," Farber said, referring to the Holocaust. "Jewish tradition demands that we do not defame the dead."

In 1977, Zundel helped found Samisdat Publishers, which printed and distributed material denying the Holocaust including British National Front Richard Verrall’s “Did Six Million Really Die? The Truth At Last” pamphlet. Samisdat also published explicitly pro-Nazi material including Zundel’s own pamphlet “The Hitler We Loved and Why”.

By: David Rosenberg
(INN)