An Open Letter to Judge Dr Ulrich Meinerzhagen
Presiding Judge in the Ernst Zündel case
D – 68169 Mannheim
15 August 2006
Dear Dr Meinerzhagen
I trust that in writing this letter to you I am writing to a fellow student of history, for surely it beggars credibility to assume that some non-historian would be chosen within so eminent a European nation as Germany, to preside over the most momentous and perhaps most influential historical heresy trial of modern times, if not the most consequential for millennia. As that is my present understanding, I write this letter in the hope I can remind you of past historical events that closely fit the current pattern, and naturally and to varying extent previously, have been greatly distorted and deliberately corrupted, but which also have had a lasting but well determined bearing on the political structure of the twenty-first century.
As you would be well aware, the current heresy trials of historians and students of history in Germany and Austria have grasped the attention of people all around the world, even involving prominent leaders of the Muslim nations, such as the current president of Iran, Dr Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who, unable to personally believe the much publicized “Hollywood” espoused dogma of “The Holocaust”, has questioned the foundation of this dogma, and has interestingly suggested that technical archaeological experts from Muslim nations should be permitted to visit Auschwitz for the purpose of carrying out forensic examination of the alleged “gas chambers”, possibly, so that no matter what European nations care to try and inflict upon their own children’s beliefs, the Muslim nations may be able to educate their own future generations into a truer, and more realistic understanding of the historical events of this world. I must also add, I believe, to know and to disseminate the truth is a worthy objective for any administration with the interest and welfare of its own citizens in mind.
I find Dr Ahmadinejad’s suggestion the obvious answer to the question of whether certain aspects of “The Holocaust” actually took place, for surely if archaeologists can uncover the workings in ancient cities buried for thousands of years, some experienced archaeological technicians from Iran, where experienced people in such activities can be found, should be able to assist in discovering the truth in sites such as Auschwitz and Birkenau, where less than a hundred years has passed since the alleged “crime”. But stay! Has not “Judicial Notice” of “The Holocaust” been taken in your court and introduction of such questions strictly “verboten”? And has not the man standing before you in the Court, Ernst Zündel, already in the past instigated such a forensic examination, which demonstrated inaccuracies in the “Official pronouncements”? Has not this finding, now known as The Leuchter Report, been widely circulated throughout the world, and never to my knowledge been scientifically refuted? Where in the historical records can we find a precedent for such “legal” restriction on a defendant? To find a precedent for such “legal” phenomena, I believe we must re-trace our steps to the Spanish Inquisition, under the Jewish Inquisitor, Tomas de Torquemada! Many people like myself, are, by this, now encouraged to re-examine the horrors of fifteenth century Spain, and compare incidents in the current Thought Crime Trials in Germany to the practices recorded of the Spanish Inquisition. Can we find a case for comparison? It seems there is much to compare.
The Spanish Inquisition – Tomas de Torquemada
Was the “Law” applied, during the Spanish Inquisition and resulting in many people being burnt at the stake, “estimated at 2,000” — estimate taken from: Encyclopaedia Britannica (EB) 15th Edition — Christian Law, or Jewish Law? If my memory still serves me well, much blame over the centuries has been placed by various historians on the Church at Rome, so avoiding mention of the Jewish influence in this crime against civilized humanity. But if such blame is in any way justified, was the Roman Church the only, or even the main body responsible? The Encyclopaedia Britannica 15th Edition has the following to say:
“Torquemada, ironically of Jewish descent himself, in 1492 persuaded the rulers to expel all Jews who refused to be baptized, causing about 170,000 Jewish subjects to leave Spain.” – My underline.
It seems reasonably conclusive that the first grand inquisitor in Spain. Whose name has become synonymous with the Inquisition’s horror, religious bigotry, and cruel fanaticism (EB), Tomas de Torquemada, was a Marrano, and if that was the case, he would be inclined to adopt the Jewish Law2, in preference to Christian Law whenever possible, for the Marranos, despite their proclaimed belief, were still Jewish at heart. However, the Encyclopaedia Britannica does not report that any Jews were actually burnt at the stake by Torquemada; the Jews were frightened, or driven out of Spain so as to operate in other parts of Europe. It was those Christian “heretics” that perhaps questioned the inroads of Old Testament, and hence Jewish doctrine, into the basic tenets of “Christianity” who, tied to the stake, ended up in the flames.
Jewish Law versus Christian Law
What I am about to write is very likely material you have studied long in the past, for you are the highly trained legal man, whilst I am not. You must be one of the most highly qualified Judges in Germany to be awarded such an important task as to preside over a trial the result of which will, like the decisions of Tomas de Torquemada, resound down centuries yet to come. It is my understanding that the Christian Bible — English King James Version — contains two complete and opposing political and legal systems, and that the Bible has, over the centuries, laid the foundation for “Western” and “European” Law systems. The written Jewish Law is found in the Torah, often referred to as the Books of Moses, or The Mosaic Law, being the first five books of the “Old Testament” of the modern Christian Bible. The oral Jewish Law, and hence more secret, is, I understand, to be found mainly within the Babylonian Talmud. The Christian Law on the other hand is found within the New Testament. What then is the basic difference?
The “Old Testament as found in The Ten Commandments is mainly negative: “Thou shalt not…” do this – “Thou shalt not …” do that. We can easily see that this can be extended to such demands as: “Thou shalt do exactly as you are told!” and “Thou shalt think precisely as you are instructed!” Can this be the historical and philosophical root of Thought Crime, so aptly described by Eric Blair – George Orwell – in his famous novel Nineteeneightyfour? The concept is certainly the death-knell to individual initiative, and creative invention in engineering and science!
The New Testament law on the other hand is two-fold and positive: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God, and thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself”. The extension of this concept is “Seek and ye shall find; ask and ye shall receive; and knock and it shall be opened.” This is the philosophical root of creativity, of scientific invention, and individual initiative! I understand this positive concept is the basis of ALL civilizations, and may go a long way to explain why no Jewish civilization, based on negative law, and necessitating cruel punishment to enforce compliance, has ever to my knowledge been properly and lastingly established. Muslims have built civilizations, and so have Christians, but never Jews! The above, it seems to me, clearly explains the reason.
From Tomas de Torquemada to Francis Bacon
The burning at the stake of Giordano Bruno at Rome on 17 February 1600, combined with the estimated 2,000 burned at the stake through the decisions of Tomas de Torquemada in Spain during the late 15th century, could possibly be rightly described as a century of Holocaust, for holocaust is defined as: whole burnt offering; wholesale sacrifice or destruction [Gk. Holos whole + kauston burnt – Oxford Dictionary]. This I understand produced a pronounced adverse reaction and horror within civilized European society, inspiring writers such as Francois-Marie Arouet – Voltaire – to write The Question of Zapata in 1766. However, most importantly was the adverse reaction spreading throughout Europe to these Witch Trials with their rush to false conclusions, which was generated through the horror of this ferocious behaviour. Perhaps this reaction found its permanent outlet in the immortal works of Francis Bacon’s Novum Organum, his greatest work produced in 1620. This is not very long after the oppressive tyrannies of Torquemada, and I would be very much surprised if the crimes of the Inquisition were not in some way contributive to the inspiring of Francis Bacon’s lasting work.
I will transcribe what I believe to be two of the most relevant and important aphorisms from Francis Bacon’s Novum Organum:
There are and can be only two ways of searching into and discovering truth. The one flies from the senses and particulars to the most general axioms, and from these principles, the truth of which it takes for settled and immovable, proceeds to judgment and to the discovery of middle axioms. And this way is now in fashion. The other derives axioms from the senses and particulars, rising by gradual and unbroken ascent, so that it arrives at the most general axioms last of all. This is the true way, but as yet untried.
Both ways set out from the senses and particulars, and rest in the highest generalities; but the difference between them is infinite. For the one just glances at experiment and particulars in passing, the other dwells duly and orderly among them. The one, again, begins at once by establishing certain abstract and useless generalities, the other rises by gradual steps to that which is prior and better known in the order of nature.
[I will copy and enclose with this letter the material in Bacon’s Novum Organum prior to the above aphorisms, so allowing these aphorisms to be seen within the context of his work.]
In comparing the trials and tortures of the Spanish Inquisition with the modern Holocaust Heresy Trials in Germany and Austria I find an extraordinary resemblance, which has become even more clarifies to me whilst researching for this letter. All that seems necessary to complete the picture are the faggots, the stake, and the torch.
Both trials have been instigated by Jewish organizations.
In both cases the movement of the Jewish population has been desired by the Jewish hierarchy. In Torquemada’s day it was from Spain to other European nations such as Germany and Holland. In the twentieth century the desire movement was from central Europe to Palestine. In neither case did the Jewish population, like recent Jewish families in Gaza, have a desire to elave their homes. Therefore for the purpose desired by the Jewish Kehilla, they had to be up-rooted. I have great sympathy for any families forced from their homes, be they Jews or Gentiles.
In neither case did the Jewish leaders accept the blame for persecuting their own people. In Torquemada’s day the blame was cast on the Roman Catholic Church; in the twentieth century it was the Third Reich.
In each case the heretics brought to trial were not Jews, but genuine truth seekers, such as Giordano Bruno, Voltaire’s “ZAPATA”, and now Ernst Zundel, Germar Rudolf, Siegfried Verbeke, and others!
I have reports of people in Australia, previously uninterested in the subject of “The Holocaust” who now openly inquire why Thought Crime is now such a Big Thing in Germany. Their interest has been aroused because, considering the subject is one for debate, debate in this case has seemingly been rejected!
On 8 March, 2006, I wrote to the Australian Prime Minister, the Hon John Winston Howard, in support of Dr Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s “excellent proposal” in which I wrote: “May I suggest you now give the Iranian President’s proposal for a forensic examination of Auschwitz your full support”.
You certainly have an important and interesting historical heresy trial on which to make your judgment.
John David Sterling Barton
11 Barwon Street
Collarenebri, NSW – 2833
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