Fredrick Töben: For the Record and in the National Interest
Owing to the pending 24-25 September 2007 Federal Court hearing, this send includes a number of newsletters:
Newsletter 345 – Brockschmidt at his best: >How the Fritz turned into a Moshe<.
No 346: The futility of net censorship – our weapon of mass instruction - locating material >>About the Adelaide Institute<<. We deleted the >>deemed offensive material<<from AI site when HREOC Commissioner Kath McEvoy ordered it removed on 5 October 2000 and confirmed by Federal Court Justice C Branson on 17 September 2002. More historical material – how the legal battle began from the USA when the Simon Wiesenthal Centre found Adelaide Institute’s website and complained, this then taken up by Brisbane’s Courier Mail. The rest of the story is more of the same: verbal abuse, media condemnation and defamation, legal persecution – but never the use of an open public rational debate where principles of reason and understanding guide behaviour.
347 Symposium: Criminalizing Holocaust Denial – Profs Lipstadt and Dershowitz oppose imprisoning those who refuse to believe in the >Holocaust<.
348 Bruce Leichty, US Immigration Attorney for Ernst Zündel speaks out on Zündel and the Politics of >Gotcha<. Australia has the precedent of Dr Haneef, which is connected with Martin Bryant/Port Arthur Massacre, and my comment that Australia is following Canada's model of legal persecution as applied to the Zündel case by pulling the >Security Certificate< card, which the Supreme Court of Canada declared unconstitutional, but after Ernst had already spent two years in prison before being deported to Germany in 2005.
349 – more historical material from the Internet: EFA 10 November 1998 letter to HREOC– never mentioned by Commissioner McEvoy, and the 2003 Dr Fudge article on the Hayward affair – pulped by NZ journal HISTORY NOW. Dr Fudge later himself had problems in the USA finding an academic position at a university on account of having written the article. A university was legally involved with Fudge and I was asked to give a witness statement that I did not know Dr Fudge and had nothing to do with him. Commissioner McEvoy clearly remained silent on the importance of my submitting the Hayward thesis – lying by omission – and having received a letter from Dr Hayward at the end of 1998. It appears that from my submitting the thesis and the HREOC 2 November 1998 public hearing to the 5 October 2000 handing down of the decision, a period of two years, coincides with the process occurring in New Zealand when Canterbury University initiated an enquiry into the Hayward thesis, with the result that Dr Joel Hayward claimed he >>stuffed up<< and apologized to New Zealand’s Jewish community. At the 2 November 1998 hearing, Jeremy Jones handed up evidence that >Holocaust denial< nowhere in the world is >>considered genuine academic research<< - p.19. He also submitted Michael Shermer: Proving the Holocaust. The Refutation of Revisionism & the Restauration of History, 1994.
350 Fear of Crime - Global antisemitism report; Brockschmidt: The Great ABC Global Warming Swindle - from Holocaust to Global Warming – carbon trading etc.
Many Holocaust believers – deny anything else, including the reality of God, but do not deny the Holocaust – these atheists and skeptics have at the back of their mind a unifying principle – a belief – a religion = HOLOCAUST. Now like their dear Marxism, the Holocaust is fading, and so they jump on another unifying principle. C.f early 1970s US psychiatry Association de-criminalised Homosexuality – freed many minds from pleasure oppression – and eliminated a social/criminal scapegoat – the Holocaust and Nazis filled the vacuum for those who were once persecuted/persecutor and now were free.
351. The ADL, US and the world’s premier hate institution, comments on Iran’s December 2006 Holocaust Conference – 1986 London Review of Books >The Nazi Miracle<.
During my trips to the Islamic Republic of Iran, I inform students they are witnessing what Europeans witnessed when printing was invented during the 16th century and priest Martin Luther distributed his tracts attacking the Roman Catholic Church thereby directly causing the Reformation to gain critical momentum.
Likewise the Internet will cause some kind of reformation within Islam as individuals begin to rely less on mediated religious texts as before. Individuals now have access to sacred texts without having to listen to someone interpreting the text for them. This un-mediated direct access to information via the Internet is frightening to the control freaks who have to date determined what information is to be made publicly available.
Democratically-minded individuals welcome this development of a super-information highway because they know that without maximizing one’s information in-take any information output is limited.
It is difficult to conceive that there are individuals who thrive, at the expense of others, by deliberately inducing mental arrested development via the implementation of perverse educational policies. For example, during the 1980s, and on-going, the Victorian Education Department prided itself in offering its students >>value-free education<<!
The dumbing-down of the individual in western democracies, began at the end of the 1960s within government school systems. The results are with us now as succession problems within all branches of human endeavour are felt by a shortage of skilled personnel. The me-generation, afflicted by hedonistic nihilism, cared little about generational thinking and thus failed to nurture an effective succession. In order to cope with the inevitable social conflict spawned by unprincipled nurturing, there is now a heavy reliance on hastily and poorly thought-through legal constructs that threaten to decimate our much cherished democratic mindset.
The fact that during these turbulent times of educational decline the >Holocaust< has become for western democracies the guiding principle, the moral pillar, a substitute religious article of faith not to be doubted, reveals the moral and intellectual decline of all the values that make up western civilization.
The Iranian President, Dr Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, rightly pointed out that in western democracies anything may be doubted, even the existence of God, but not the >Holocaust<.
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Education and Research, Dr M. Mohammadi, discussed this with Jewish French individuals in 2006 who asked him to cancel the December 2006 conference on the >Holocaust<.
Dr Mohammadi says he begins a conversation simply with: >>Do you believe the Holocaust was an historical event? The response is always: >>Yes<<. He then asks: >>Do you believe historical events should be studied?<< Again the answer is: >>Yes<<. Dr Mohammadi then responds: >>Well, that is exactly what we are doing.<< He said that whenever he addresses diplomatic conferences people ask him why have such a conference in Iran, and he replies: >>- because you will not!<<
This Internet-driven >Knowledge Revolution< is a threat to those whose self-interest has been based on exaggerations, distortions deception and outright lies. Now any individual can access an almost unlimited number of websites that will offer information on any conceivable topic.
The stock of human knowledge is not now confined to specialists sitting in their proverbial Ivory towers but in the marketplace where ideas furiously compete to be heard and seen – democracy at its best!
And now I would like to thank those individuals who have made a financial contribution towards this latest court case. Without your support this battle would be a little more difficult – and it is good to know that this work is valued by you, that it comforts those who are sick and tired of hearing about the >Holocaust< because it hurts those who want to be proud of their German heritage, among other things.
Personally I hope for the best but expect the worst outcome in September, and am preparing myself for an enforced holiday.
What kept my spirit up during my 1999 imprisonment was thinking about Rudolf Hess and his decades of unjust imprisonment, and thinking about Peter Rackemann in Queensland who has been a quadriplegic for about 40 years – and who is an ardent Revisionist.
And, of course, there was the mail – the hundreds of letters I received from all over the world. I was in contact with the world through such intimate communications, something Germar Rudolf and Ernst Zündel, among others, are now appreciating as well. You are not alone when letters arrive – but it means also nurturing replies to letters – and not just talking about this sterile >Holocaust< topic.
And uppermost is the importance of having a home within your own mind – being at home within yourself – with God, if you will!
So, having to spend some time at Her Majesty’s pleasure within certain confines reminds me of one correspondent’s comment that with age we don’t really move much beyond our four walls.
In German there is a pithy saying: >Ist der Ruf einmal ruiniert, dann läst es sich leben ganz ungeniert.< - meaning, once your reputation is gone, you can live quite freely without inhibitions.
So, enjoy the latest output because if the legal decision goes against me, then we shall have to sift material with a super fine comb, and during my absence someone will continue, as happened during 1999, to produce material that stimulates but does not offend those who believe in the >Holocaust<.
But the fight to stop this defaming of Germans, of preventing them from grieving their dead by libeling them as >Nazi war criminals< must continue to be opposed.
All other nationals honour their dead, except the Germans who have laws in place that prevent this normal grieving process to be expressed in public - all because of the Jewish >Holocaust< lie, as Faurisson would say!
Until 24-25 September 2007.
We are a group of individuals who are looking at the Jewish-Nazi Holocaust, in particular we are investigating the allegation that Germans systematically killed six million Jews, four million alone at the Auschwitz concentration camp. In our investigations we refuse to be intimidated by anyone because we believe that the first step in any murder investigation is to forensically test the alleged murder weapon. In the Auschwitz murder case, certain individuals wish to prevent us from focusing upon such an investigation.
The latest version of how the Germans gassed millions of Jews at Auschwitz is propagated by Professor Deborah Lipstadt of Emory University in the U.S.A. who claims that mortuaries were converted into homicidal gas chambers. Proof of this is apparently found in so-called “conversion plans”. We have requested of Professor Lipstadt and of the Holocaust Museum, Washington, to provide us with copies of such conversion plans. We are still waiting for them to provide us with these plans.
In the meantime we have noted the original four million Auschwitz death figure has been reduced by Jean Claude Pressac to a maximum of 800,000. This in itself is good news because it means that around 3.2 million people never died at Auschwitz - a cause for celebration.
We are worried about the fact that to date it has been impossible to reconstruct a homicidal gas chamber. Even the Holocaust Museum in Washington informed us that it could not bring one across from Europe because there are none available. This is like a space museum without a rocket or the Vatican without a Crucifix. We are justifiably sceptical about the homicidal gas chamber claims.
We reject outright that a questioning of the alleged homicidal gas chamber story constitutes “hate talk”, is “anti-Semitic”, “racist” or even “neo-Nazi” activity.
The director of the Adelaide Institute, Dr Fredrick Töben, puts it thus:
"If I offend anybody because I show poor taste in my sometime blunt and honest questioning, then I apologise. However, if I offend because I am politically incorrect by asking uncomfortable questions, then I claim it as my right, under the free speech principle, to say these things."
We at the Adelaide Institute also focus on the Jewish-Bolshevik Holocaust, a matter which Australian author Helen Demidenko-Darville has raised in her book The Hand That Signed The Paper. The controversy generated by this novel still continues.
Adelaide Institute associate, Mr David Brockschmidt, sums up the essence of Demidenko-Darville´s ‘crime’ in writing this book:
"The merit of Helen Demidenko-Darville´s novel—and hidden agenda of the anti-Demidenko affair—is that she has revealed a basic historical fact, viz, that Lenin´s henchman, Trotzky (Bronstein) and Stalin´s henchman, Kaganovich, were Jewish mass murderers. This historical fact clearly shows that Jews are not always victims in history, but also murderers. Australia´s mass media has failed to publicise this important fact. Why?"
David Brockschmidt displays his parents´ medal received from the West German government for saving Jews during World War II. The Brockschmidt family was also honoured by the Israeli Government and a tree in their memory has been planted in the Avenue of the Righteous Gentiles, Jerusalem, Israel.
David´s father was also instrumental in providing Oskar Schindler with the trucks which transported the Schindler Jews from Poland to Czechoslovakia. Steven Spielberg, who knew the vital role Brockschmidt played in this operation failed to give credit to David´s father. Why?
These two historical issues—the Jewish-Bolshevik Holocaust and the Nazi-Jewish Holocaust—are worthy subjects for an intellectual enquiry. We are aware of the fact that to venture forth in to such an enquiry can be dangerous. Professor Robert Faurisson (France), Mr David Irving (England), Dr Wilhelm Stäglich, Professor Udo Walendy, Messrs Günter Deckert, Germar Rudolf, Mr Thies Christopherson, Pastor Manfred Junger (Germany), Mr Ditlieb Felderer (Sweden), Mr Hans Schmidt (U.S.A.), and Mr Ernst Zündel (Canada) are people who have suffered physically, mentally and materially as a result of their search for truth in history. The enemies of freedom of speech will use physical and legal violence - persecution through prosecution - to stifle debate on these contentious historical issues. There is a tremendous pressure placed on people who dare touch these taboo subjects. All too often the first thing that snaps is the family unit, followed by professional and social ostracism.
So, be warned - this final intellectual journey is not for the faint-hearted. If you dare to seek the truth, in particular about the alleged homicidal gassings, then you will be smeared, libelled and defamed by those who are intellectual midgets but materialistic giants.
If you are mentally strong enough to seek the truth of the matter, then force an open debate. Don't get side tracked by details and always refocus on the basics. Too many individuals drown in a sea of particulars.
People who claim that during World War II, the Germans gassed millions of Jews are levelling three allegations at the Germans:
They planned the construction of huge chemical slaughter houses;
They constructed these huge chemical slaughterhouses during the middle of WWII; and
They used these huge slaughterhouses to exterminate millions of Jews.
Any normal person familiar with bureaucratic red tape will now ask: What proof is there to back up these claims? Firstly, where are the plans of this enterprise? Secondly, where is the budget needed to finance the massive enterprise? Finally, it is inconceivable that such a massive undertaking would get past first base without an executive order. To date, we have been led to believe that ‘a wink and a nudge’ began the alleged extermination project.
We at Adelaide Institute believe that those who level the homicidal gassing allegations at the Germans owe it to the world to come up with irrefutable evidence that this happened.
Instead, these defamers and libellers of the Germans use legal means to stifle debate on the topic. They claim that anyone who asks questions is engaging in ‘hate-talk’, is ‘anti-Semeitic’ is a ‘racist’, even a ‘neo-Nazi’.
If that doesn't work, then physical violence is used to silence those who want to know the truth.
So, come on board if you have the courage to look for truth. We naturally maintain that should—after fifty years—proof of the homicidal gassings be forthcoming, we shall gladly publicise this as well. To date, there has been no proof offered to the world. Robert Faurisson sums it up well; “No holes, no Holocaust!”
We are not ‘holocaust deniers’. We proudly proclaim that to date there is no evidence that millions of people were killed in homicidal gas chambers. That is good news all round. Why would anyone find this offensive? We are celebrating the living who were thought dead. How can this be an offence - unless it offends those who have their snout in the trough which Jewish academic, Dr Frank Knopfelmacher called, “the Holocaust racket”.
If there is to be a mission statement from Adelaide Institute, then it is best summed up in a letter which appeared in The Australian on 22nd February, 1996. Written by John Buchner of Camden of NSW, nine days before the 2nd March federal election:
OPEN SEASON ON GERMANS
Phillip Adams referred in a recent column of Review, 13th - 14th January 1996, to a number of foreign situations, which are dealt with in a jocular fashion, but he refers to the German people in a contemporary sense as “Nazi swine”. Many people from a German background have settled in Australia and made a significant contribution to it, including serving in its armed forces against the Nazi regime. Their memory is vilified by Mr Adams´ reference. During my school years here, I endured continual vilification because of my German origins and countless “Hitler Salutes”. However, my complaint to you is not motivated by a chip on the shoulder because of these events. Like most Australians, I can take it and abhor the treatment other national groups have received. My concern is that there seems to be a perpetual open season on all Germans, as though all Germans must forever bear the guilt and shame of the Nazi regime. I can bear references to “Nazi Swine”, albeit without amusement. But what of my children? Are my children to be forever classed “Nazi Swine” in this country?
Interestingly, a climate of political correctness pervaded the run-up period to the 2nd of March federal elections, with Liberal and National candidates coming in for some sharp rebukes from their Labor colleagues over publicly-made alleged racist statements. For example, there was Bob Katter who lashed out at “enviro-Nazis”, “femi-Nazis” and “slant-eyed ideologues”. Only the latter statement created an uproar. The “Nazi” word has been used by a number of politicians from all parties because it still has a sting to it. After all, everything done by the Germans prior to and after World War II is eclipsed by what is alleged to have happened at Auschwitz concentration camp. The argument is always “from Mozart, Beethoven and Wagner to the homicidal gas chambers at Auschwitz”. That's the card pulled out by anyone who is faced with competition from a German-born Australian or Australian of German descent.
It is from this basis that we take it as our right to challenge the taboo topic´s veracity - did the Germans operate homicidal gas chambers at Auschwitz? It is too cheap for us to decry our work as that of “hate-mongers”, “anti-Semites”, “racists” or “neo-Nazis”. Let us repeat; we are not deniers of the Jewish-Nazi Holocaust. We affirm that to date there is no proof that millions of people were gassed by Germans in homicidal gas chambers. Dare you join us in this continuing intellectual adventure of the 21st Century?
The Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commissioner has ordered Adelaide man Dr Fredrick Toben to change the contents of his web site, or else.
Dr Toben is sceptical about the use of gas chambers by Nazis for the mass extermination of Jews. He says that it didn't happen, or is grossly exaggerated. And if that is what he sincerely believes, as offensive as some people may find it, how can he be forced to pretend that he doesn't believe it?
Are we to take it that the Human Rights commissioner is going to order every outspoken person who offends some group or other to desist and apologise? Will Philip Ruddock be forced to declare that Aborigines did invent the wheel? Or will Bill Hayden be compelled to retract his assertion that some Aboriginal children were better off separated from their parents?
Toben is saying on his web site that he doesn't believe that the Nazis used gas chambers to murder Jews. He is making a claim of fact that can be proven or disproved by evidence. It does not need to be censored in advance of the argument.
However, we know all that. Some of us believe in the principle of free speech, even though it means that we must from time to time defend the rights of individuals whose speech is morally repulsive or even fantastic and mendacious. And some of us want to prohibit speech that offends or hurts, on pain of penalty for the persistent speaker.
As one who believes in the right of the citizen to be wrong and offensive I am interested to know how the speech prohibitionists intend to stop the mouths of those they don't like. Can it be done in a free society? To what low level of thought control are we prepared to go?
In totalitarian nations where total control on ideas has been tried they have come up with some novel mechanisms. In the old Soviet Union you had to get a government licence to own a duplicating machine. But neither the Soviets nor the Chinese thought to impose proper controls on the fax, which led to things getting out of hand in the late 80s.
Now we have the Internet, and Dr Toben's Adelaide Institute web site appears to be located on an American server. The Human Rights commissioner will get short shrift if she appeals to the US administration to close down a web site. They don't do that sort of thing in the USA because they believe that the good order of society is not threatened by a few people who choose to hold and disseminate improper opinions.
But suppose that the commissioner, Ms McEvoy, could persuade the Americans to revoke the first amendment to their constitution, she would not be able to leave it there. She would have to effect a total ban on Dr Toben speaking in public, or even having private conversations. He would have to be a banned person, in the old South African sense of the term.
His mail would have to be censored, his telephone cut off, his computer and fax confiscated and all his friends, who might republish his ideas locked up in solitary. Anyone holding similar opinions would have to be banned. Has she thought this thing through?
Some zealots who believe in free speech might think that, in the service of their convictions, they should re-publish the Toben web site, not because we agree with it but because of the principle at stake.
German-born Dr Toben may be trying to clear his people's name. If a Japanese-Australian were to publish a revisionist history of WWII in which the Japanese Imperial Army is a bunch of softies, totally committed to prison reform, would the Human Rights commissioner ban it because the RSL petitioned her to? I think not.
If Toben is telling the truth, nothing will stop it. If he is a malicious fantasist, then he will be ignored. We should test his assertions, not silence them.
This article was first published in the Sunday Age Perspective column on October 15 2000.
Terry Lane is a Melbourne-based radio broadcaster and writer. http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=1126
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Location: Adelaide, Australia
Director: Fredrick Toben
Web site: Adelaide Institute
Since its foundation in 1994, the Adelaide Institute has quickly become the leading Holocaust denial group in Australia, despite the fact that it is essentially the personal crusade of its founder Fredrick Toben.
Toben's own personal account of his interest in the Holocaust reveals knowledge of Holocaust denial arguments since the early 1970s; however, it was not until the 1990s that his views started to become expressed publicly. Having demonstrated against war crimes trials in the early 1990s in Adelaide, in 1993, Toben founded a group called "Truth Missions" (of no relation to that of David McCalden's similarly-named body. In 1994, Truth Missions became the Adelaide Institute - so named in response to the Sydney Institute of Gerard Henderson, and formed to provide a more cohesive face to a small group of like-minded individuals.
The Adelaide Institute is essentially a one-person operation that seeks to give legitimacy to Toben's activities. Consequently, the group's activities and fate mirror closely those of Toben. For instance, whilst Toben was incarcerated in Germany for much of 1999, the group was headed by Geoffrey Muirden, who is also a member of John Bennet's Australian Civil Liberties Union. During this time, the Adelaide Insitute became less active, other than the notable exception of Richard Krege's trip to the site of the Treblinka death camp.
Toben is not the only individual involved with the group, even if the Adelaide Institute is essentially his operation. Until early 2000, Toben's sidekick was David Brockschmidt, whose parents helped Oskar Schindler save Jews during the Second World War. Indeed, Brockschmidt demonstrated against the Spielberg film Schindler's List for neglecting to mention the role that his parents played. Brockschmidt has recently become active once more in the Adelaide Institute's activities.
Another Adelaide Institute is the Tasmanian Olga Scully, who has faced legal proceedings for her distribution of Holocaust denial propaganda in her local Launceston community.
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This article has been tagged since October 2006.Established in 1994, the Adelaide Institute was formed from the former Truth Mission that was established in 1993 by Dr. Gerald Fredrick Töben. The Adelaide Institute is a Holocaust denial group in Australia and is considered to be anti-Semitic by Australian and international human rights groups.
 Activities of the Institute
- 1 Activities of the Institute
- 2 Legal action against the Institute
- 3 Associates of the Institute
- 4 See also
- 5 External links
Members of the Institute have in the past been active in organisations such as Australians For Free Speech, which held a rally in 1994 . The Institute has also been implicated in distributing Holocaust denials through mainstream and alternative publications. Letters to the editor and talk radio appear to be the favourite means of disseminating the worldview of the Institute. Prior to the opening of the film Schindler's List in Adelaide, members of the institute were implicated in distributing Holocaust denial pamphlets on the street and through the mail, apparently targeting those of Jewish background. Additionally, members of the Institute sent Holocaust denials to prominent Australian newspapers masquerading as objective movie reviews, some of which reached publication.
The Institute's stated goal is exposing "the Holocaust myth". The activity of the Institute seems to have declined since its initial burst of activity in the middle 1990s. The Institute does however still maintain a website on which statements on various issues are regularly posted.
 Legal action against the Institute
The Adelaide Institute website triggered the arrest of Fredrick Töben in Germany in April 1999. Töben was sentenced to 10 months in prison, but had already served seven months during trial, and was released upon payment of a $5000 bond.
The Institute's website drew the attention of the Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) in 2000. HREOC found that the Adelaide Institute had breached section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act by publishing material on the website, the consequences of which were "vilificatory, bullying, insulting and offensive" to the Jewish population; HREOC ordered Töben to close the site and apologise to the people he had offended. Because rulings of the HREOC are not enforceable at law, the case was also brought before the Federal Court of Australia, which ordered in 2002 that certain material be removed from the Adelaide Institute web site.
The Order of the Federal Court of Australia was that the Adelaide Institute should remove from its website any material which conveys one or any of the following imputations:
· there is serious doubt that the Holocaust occurred
· Jewish people who are offended by and challenge Holocaust denial are of limited intelligence
· some Jewish people, for improper purposes, including financial gain, have exaggerated the number of Jews killed during World War II and the circumstances in which they were killed
It has been noted by human rights organisations that the Institute has failed to fully comply with the order of the Federal Court of Australia and still publishes materials that it was ordered to remove in the 2002 judgement. Thus far no organisations have taken additional legal action against the Institute.
 Associates of the Institute
· Arthur Butz, American Holocaust denier and author of the book "The Hoax of the Twentieth Century: The Case Against the Presumed Extermination of European Jewry";
· David Thomas, member of the "Campaign to Decriminalize Holocaust History";
· Doug Collins, the first journalist to face a human rights complaint over four articles he wrote about the Holocaust and Jews, and who the called the Holocaust movie Schindler's List "Swindler's List";
· John Tuson Bennett, one of Australia's longest and most active Holocaust deniers, active in the Holocaust denial movement since the late 1970s;
· Jürgen Graf, as a Swiss citizen and author of several books about Holocaust denial, Graf was prosecuted, along with his publisher, Gerhard Förster, for denying the gas chambers and the six million figure. In July 1998 a Swiss court sentenced him to 15 months imprisonment, and to pay a large fine, because of his denial writings.
· Robert Faurisson, France, Europe's leading Holocaust denier and known as the principal teacher of Ernst Zündel, German Holocaust denier and pamphleteer who was jailed several times for publishing hate literature.
· Germar Rudolf, German Holocaust denier
· Robert L. Brock, an African-American anti-Semite, who prominently allies himself with white supremacists
· Ingrid Rimland, a Canadian Holocaust denier, whose writings are regarded in Canada as hate material
· Olga Scully, Tasmanian woman, who has faced legal proceedings for her distribution of Holocaust denial propaganda.
 See also
 External links
· Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adelaide_Institute"
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Editorial 27 October 1999
An Australian citizen, Dr Fredrick Toben, was arrested in Germany in April 1999 and will go on trial in early November. Toben is a Holocaust revisionist who runs The Adelaide Institute, a site which has been featured here for some time. It is apparently that web site (located in Australia) which has triggered his arrest. I have no time for Toben's opinions, but I believe that his arrest is an outrageous assault on free speech. That someone can be charged with a crime in one country for an opinion published in another country of which he is both a resident and a citizen should frighten anyone who puts their words on the Internet or in a book.
People might ask why I object to Dr Toben's arrest when I was overjoyed at the arrest of not-a-medical-Dr Hulda Clark. The difference is simple. Toben's opinions may be offensive buffoonery and misguided nonsense but those opinions can't hurt anything except people's feelings. What Clark says and does can actually kill people by deceiving those with terminal or serious illnesses and encouraging them to give up proper medical care.
Update 15 November 1999
Dr Toben was sentenced to 10 months in prison, but the judge ruled that, as he had already served seven months since his arrest, he could be released upon payment of a $5000 bond. The odd length of the sentence, which just happened to allow immediate release, and the small financial penalty (bond, no fine) suggest that the judge was doing the minimum he had to do to comply with the ludicrous laws and keep his job.
More - 22 October 2000
It is again my unfortunate and anomalous duty to complain about the treatment of Dr Frederick Toben and his ghastly Adelaide Institute web site. The Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission has ordered him to close the site and apologise to people he has offended. Dr Toben may be a daft buffoon for all I know (I have never met him) (*) , but all there is on the site is a collection of words. Dr Toben denies that the Holocaust happened (or at least that it happened in the manner and scale that most people think) and he is wrong, but closing his site will not stop people talking the way he does and will only make him look like a martyr.
Rulings of the HREOC are not enforceable at law, but this ruling will encourage people to use the Commission in attempts to silence critics rather than use what I believe to be more effective tactics such as highlighting their nonsense, ridicule, or even offering convincing counterarguments. I am often asked why I use this site to "publicise" things I don't like, and my answer is that the first step to combat something you don't like is to expose it to examination. As Mohamed Ali said, you "can't hit what [you] can't see".
(*) I said above that "Dr Toben may be a daft buffoon". Since then, I have attended a conference where Dr Toben was a participant. I didn't get a chance to talk to him, but I don't think the "daft" part fits. I also respect his courage in turning up to an event where he was unlikely to be warmly welcomed. It says much about how civilised people behave that Dr Toben was able to sit in the same room as people implacably opposed to his views (including the person who initiated the HREOC complaint) and even be allowed to speak. Yes, there were some examples of body language and seating choice which indicated that some people would have preferred Dr Toben to be elsewhere, but nobody ever suggested throwing him out or silencing him. I wonder whether the same courtesies would be extended to a dissenter at a Holocaust denial conference.
None of this, of course, should be construed as me giving any support to Dr Toben's views. On his site, I agree with the words "and, "the, and "but" and not much else. The fact that we all turned up in the right place at the right date and time shows that there are things on which we can agree. I suspect, however, that this is close to the limit of consensus.
In September 2002, the Federal Court of Australia ordered that certain material be removed from the Adelaide Institute web site. I believe that the answer to speech is more speech, not suppression. You can read my comments about free speech here.From email@example.comMon Jul 22 11:08:42 1996Received: from vorlon.mit.edu (brnstndkramden.acf.nyu.edu@VORLON.MIT.EDU [220.127.116.11]) by eff.org(8.7.5/8.6.6) with ESMTP id GAA00434; Fri, 5 Jul 1996 06:58:17 -0700 (PDT)Received: (frommajordom@localhost) byvorlon.mit.edu (8.7.5/8.7.3) id JAA01083 for fight-censorship-outgoing; Fri, 5 Jul 1996 09:56:21 -0400Received: from andrew.cmu.edu (ANDREW.CMU.EDU [18.104.22.168]) by vorlon.mit.edu (8.7.5/8.7.3)with ESMTP id JAA01073 for <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Fri, 5 Jul 1996 09:56:16 -0400Received: (from postman@localhost) by andrew.cmu.edu (8.7.5/8.7.3) id JAA05299 email@example.com; Fri, 5 Jul 1996 09:54:56 -0400Received: via switchmail for firstname.lastname@example.org;Fri, 5 Jul 1996 09:54:54 -0400 (EDT)Received: from po4.andrew.cmu.edu via qmailID </afs/andrew.cmu.edu/service/mailqs/q000/QF.slrFu2K00Udc0BVE5H>;Fri, 5 Jul 1996 09:54:10 -0400 (EDT)Received: from mh1.well.com (mh1.well.com [22.214.171.124]) by po4.andrew.cmu.edu(8.7.5/8.7.3) with ESMTP id JAA03456 for <email@example.com>;Fri, 5 Jul 1996 09:54:04 -0400Received: from well (firstname.lastname@example.org [126.96.36.199]) by mh1.well.com (8.7.5/8.7.5)with SMTP id GAA27325 for <email@example.com>;Fri, 5 Jul 1996 06:54:02 -0700 (PDT)Date: Fri, 5 Jul 1996 06:54:01 -0700 (PDT)From: Declan McCullagh - firstname.lastname@example.orgSubject: Australian atty-general investigating Adelaide Inst.'s web site?To: email@example.comMessage-ID: <Pine.3.89.9607050629.A16223-0100000@well>MIME-Version: 1.0Content-Type: TEXT/PLAIN; charset=US-ASCIISender: firstname.lastname@example.orgPrecedence: bulkX-URL: http://fight-censorship.dementia.org/top/X-JusticeOnCampusURL: http://joc.mit.edu/These messages were forwarded to me; I pass them along only as a potential early alert on a breaking story.I invite our Australian fight-censorship readers (or any folks in the U.S.) to respond with details, if possible.-Declan--------Adelaide, 5 July 1996Please be advised that the Brisbane-based daily newspaper, The Courier Mail, has this day informed its readersthat the Federal Attorney-General's Department is following up a complaint - lodged via the Australian Embassyin the U.S. by Rabbi Cooper of the U.S.-based Simon Wiesenthal Centre – that material on Adelaide Institute'swebsite may be contravening Australian laws.The Attorney-General's office has confirmed that it is investigating Adelaide Institute. Needless to state that wehave as yet not been formally or even informally informed of any such investigations.Various state-based newspapers also carried the story. Our Adelaide Advertiser rang us this afternoon andasked a few 'confirming questions'. The story may appear in Saturday's edition of the paper.Adelaide Institute has likewise filed a complaint against the Simon Wiesenthal Centre and also against thepublication and distribution of the Babylonian Talmud.As Adelaide Institute expected such a move from overseas - interestingly we have not had any complaintfiled from any local organisation - we are seeking legal advice as to what the next step will be once the formalpapers arrive from the Attorney-General's Department.We expect to be hit with the power of the newly proclaimed federal Racial Hatred Bill of 1995 which inserts newsections into the Racial Discrimination Act 1975. Section 18D may protect our work. It states that nothing whichis said or done reasonably and in good faith in the course of any statement, publication, discussion or debatemade or held for an academic, artistic, or scientific purpose, or any other purpose in the public interest will beprohibited.It is obvious to us that we shall be testing the strength of this new section.Any advice will be gratefully received.Fredrick Toben DavidBrockschmidt[The following appears to have been distributed by the revisionist groupCODOH - CODOHmail@aol.com. --Declan]***** PLEASE DISTRIBUTE ***** PLEASE DISTRIBUTE *******FREE SPEECH UNDER FIRE !!!!!!!!!THREAT TO CLOSE !!!!!!!!!! AL-MOHARER NEWS SITEThe following article appeared in The Sunday Mail (Brisbane, Australia) on June 9, 1996:-------(Begin Article) Aussie Internet hate site claimed Iraqi sympathisers are using an Australian-based Internetsite to promote anti-Jewish propaganda.The site, called Al-Moharer Al-Australi, has been brought to the attention of the Australian Governmentby the Simon Wiesenthal Centre in Los Angeles.Rabbi Abraham Cooper asked Washington Ambassador John McCarthy for Australia to establish whetherthe web site was legal.He said the centre had been monitoring the proliferation of hate groups on the Internet and had identifiedmore than 100 sites in the United States which promoted racist violence and terrorism.The Al-Moharer site contains several articles including one entitled "The Jews Are Not a Race."Included in the information passed by the Simon Wiesenthal Centre was a request over the Internetfrom a Melbourne man wanting information on how to make a fertiliser bomb.A similar type of explosive was used in the attack on the Oklahoma Federal Building in April last year.--- David Hellaby (End Article)---------* According to "Rabbi" Cooper of the Los Angelese Simon Wiesenthal Centre, this Internet site isspreading "anti-Jewish propaganda," apparently because we posted an article by distinguishedJewish author Dr. Alfred Lilienthal titled"The Jews are Not a Race." It seems "Rabbi" Cooper is upset by the truth as even the most fanaticalZionist doesn't believe there is a "Jewish race."They do say Hitler and the Nazis believed in a "Jewish race." So does this mean "Rabbi" Cooper andHitler are of the same opinion?* The story above does not inform its readers that the article in question is written by Dr. Lilienthal.* It looks to us that the Simon Wiesenthal Centre is acting just like the Nazis. Have the victims becomethe oppressors? After looking at Al-Moharer, please let the Editor know your opinion.* Over the eight weeks this web site has been operating hundreds of Internet users have visited thisweb page and not one has complained. In fact the response is only positive!* As you can see for yourself, we are not a "hate site."* Al-Moharer Al-Australi is critical of the Israeli regime. Is this a crime? Is this hate? We also criticize Arabregimes and PLO Chairman Arafat!!* My question to "Rabbi" Cooper is why did he choose to go directly to the Australian Ambassador andthe media? He didn't send us an email. If he doesn't know how to use the computer, he obviously hasenough followers to do it for him.* All we can conclude is that "Rabbi" Cooper and his centre do not believe in free speech and do not likethe truth.* Is it forbidden to "sympathise" with the suffering Iraqi people, who have endured nearly six years of anunjust U.N. embargo?* Is it a crime to proclaim the truth?IF YOU VALUE TRUTH, PLEASE MAKE YOUR POSITION KNOWN TO:H.E. Ambassador John McCarthy, Australian Embassy,1601 Massachusetts Avenue, Washington, D.C. 20036, USAOR EMAIL THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: email@example.com***** PLEASE DISTRIBUTE ***** PLEASE DISTRIBUTE *******-------------------Al-Moharer Al-AustraliA Journal of News and Information (Arabic/English)http://www.ozemail.com.au/~fouadEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org-----------Al-Moharer Al-AustraliDoes not know everything But we publish everything we knowAl-Moharer Al-Australi A Journal of News and Information (Arabic/English)http://www.ozemail.com.au/~fouadEmail: email@example.com------------------From firstname.lastname@example.orgMon Jul 22 11:09:41 1996Received: from vorlon.mit.edu (brnstndkramden.acf.nyu.edu@VORLON.MIT.EDU[188.8.131.52]) by eff.org (8.7.5/8.6.6) with ESMTP id LAA05427; Sat, 6 Jul 1996 11:40:44 -0700 (PDT)Received: (from majordom@localhost) by vorlon.mit.edu (8.7.5/8.7.3) id OAA28360 forfight-censorship-outgoing; Sat, 6 Jul 1996 14:37:56 -0400Received: from po8.andrew.cmu.edu (PO8.ANDREW.CMU.EDU [184.108.40.206]) by vorlon.mit.edu(8.7.5/8.7.3) with ESMTP id OAA28356 for <email@example.com>;Sat, 6 Jul 1996 14:37:54 -0400Received: (from postman@localhost) by po8.andrew.cmu.edu (8.7.5/8.7.3) id OAA06993for firstname.lastname@example.org; Sat, 6 Jul 1996 14:37:51 -0400Received: via switchmail for email@example.com;Sat,6 Jul 1996 14:37:50 -0400 (EDT)Received: from po3.andrew.cmu.edu via qmailID </afs/andrew.cmu.edu/service/mailqs/q002/QF.Ulrf9gq00UdbEKsE4z>;Sat, 6 Jul 1996 14:37:33 -0400 (EDT)Received: from mh1.well.com (mh1.well.com [220.127.116.11]) by po3.andrew.cmu.edu(8.7.5/8.7.3) with ESMTP id OAA05852 for <firstname.lastname@example.org>;Sat, 6 Jul 1996 14:37:27 -0400Received: from well (email@example.com [18.104.22.168]) by mh1.well.com (8.7.5/8.7.5)with SMTP id LAA15051 for <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Sat, 6 Jul 1996 11:37:26 -0700 (PDT)Date: Sat, 6 Jul 1996 11:37:25 -0700 (PDT)From: Declan McCullagh <email@example.com>Subject: Re: Australian atty-general investigating Adelaide Inst.'s web site?To: firstname.lastname@example.orgMessage-ID: <Pine.3.89.9607061156.A16117-0100000@well>MIME-Version: 1.0Content-Type: TEXT/PLAIN; charset=US-ASCIISender: email@example.comPrecedence: bulkX-URL: http://fight-censorship.dementia.org/top/X-JusticeOnCampusURL: http://joc.mit.edu/The messages I forwarded earlier earlier about the Simon Wiesenthal Center were accurate:http://fight-censorship.dementia.org/dl?num=3089The Center is up to its same old Internet scare-mongering. Below, Rabbi Cooper not onlydecries holocaust revisionists on the Net, he also reminds the Australian public that studentscan download bomb-making materials! (Obviously the state must censor libraries, wherein thesame information can be found.)According to Cooper, this speech that he personally dislikes is why the Australian governmentmust crack down on free expression online.More info on the SWC's other previous net-censorship attempts, including links to ACLU and CDTreports, is at:http://www.gsia.cmu.edu/andrew/ml3e/www/Not_By_Me_Not_My_Views/censorship.html-Declan>Internet target of Nazi hunters. By Anthony Keane, The Advertiser, Saturday, July 6, 1996.A controversial Adelaide-based Internet site is being investigated by the Federal Government.Holocaust-denial group the Adelaide Institute is one of two groups that have been targeted byinternational Nazi hunters, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre.A spokesman for the Attorney-General, Mr Daryl Williams, said yesterday the Government hadreceived a letter from the Simon Wiesenthal Centre in Los Angeles calling for an investigationinto whether the Internet site breached any local laws."We are investigating the claims made by the Simon Wiesenthal Centre," he said.The letter says the centre has "identified over 100 different Web sites which promote racistviolence, mayhem and terrorism"."Two Australian Web sites have come to the attention of researchers at the Wiesenthal Centre,"it says.The Advertiser yesterday logged into the Adelaide Institute site. Excerpts included:"We reject outright that a questioning of the alleged homicidal gas chamber story constitutes'hate talk', is 'anti-Semitic', 'racist' or even'neo-Nazi' activity."We are a group of individuals who are looking at the Jewish-Nazi Holocaust, in particular weare investigating the allegation that Germans systematically killed six million Jews....""We at the Adelaide Institute believe that those who level the homicidal gassing allegations atthe Germans owe it to the world to come up with irrefutable evidence that this happened."The other Internet site under investigation, called Al-Moharer Al-Australi, is based in Melbourne.Adelaide Institute director Dr Fredrick Toben said he would welcome the Federal Governmentinvestigation."But we would also like them to investigate the Simon Wiesenthal Centre and the tradition itcomes from, namely the Babylonian Talmud, which is the moral and legal foundation of modernJudaism," he said."The Babylonian Talmud is anti-gentile, anti-Christian, against everythingnon-Jewish and it is full of hate."The Adelaide Institute has put in a complaint to the Attorney-General's Department that theBabylonian Talmud contains hate literature and is racist, is full of bigotry, is offensive to everyonenot Jewish, especially to Christians and to every decent Jew who believes in the equality ofhumankind, and it needs investigation,"SA Jewish Community Council president, Mr Norman Schueler, said: "Anything that tries to rewritehistory is not on, so we therefore welcome an investigation."As far as we are concerned, the Adelaide Institute has promoted things that are incorrect andare inconsistent with established fact."The Courier-Mail (Brisbane) Friday, July 5, 1996Jews trace cyberspace 'hatred' to AustraliaBy Rodney Chester and Rory CallinanThe Federal Government is investigating two controversial Australian-based anti-semitic Internetsites after an alert from international Nazihunters, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre.The centre, renowned for its dogged pursuit of hundreds of Nazi war criminals, detected thecontroversial sites as it followed the trail of far-right groups into cyberspace.After locating the sites earlier this year, the centre wrote to the Australian Embassy in Washingtoncalling on the Attorney-General to investigate if the sites breached any local laws.The sites, one calling itself Adelaide Institute says: "We are a group of individuals who are lookingat the Jewish-Nazi holocaust."We are worried about the fact that to date it has been impossible to reconstruct a homicidal gaschamber."Al Moharer Al-Australi says it "wants to challenge all forms of New World Order conditioning andthought control".Wiesenthal Centre associate dean Abraham Cooper, speaking from its Los Angeles headquarters,said many "hate" groups around the world had taken to the Net in the past 18 months to reach apotential audience of 40 million.Rabbi Cooper said there were about 100 Web sites around the world promoting "hatred and mayhem"."It is an unprecedented but powerful tool that not only can be used for good but also be used for evil,"he said."Our experience has been that the authorities don't even understand the technology that well."Rabbi Cooper said there had been numerous cases in the United States where "very bright" studentshad down-loaded bomb-making recipes off the net.One science teacher in Miami "was about one second away from blowing up both himself and his school",he said.The centre, which uses the Web to promote its own cause, has set up a cyberwatch programme "notbecause we are opposed to computers but because we're committed to human rights."Adelaide Institute director Fredrick Toben said last night: "We would welcome any investigation."But we would also like them to investigate Rabbi Cooper and the tradition that he comes from,namely from the Babylonian Talmud which is the ethical base that he operates on. "It is used bycertain members of the Jewish community as a guide and the Babylonian Talmud is full of filth andhatred so let him (the Rabbi) cast the first stone."A spokesman for federal Attorney-General Darrel Williams confirmed the office had received theletter and claims were being investigated.Queensland Jewish Board of Deputies president Laurie Rosenblum said he regularly receivedcomplaints from Queenslanders about material on the Internet.He said there was urgent need to censor the Net."The problem is that you have got this technology where some extremist organisation can print outstuff and transpose it and then hand it out or publish it in a newsletter," he saidThe Australian Broadcasting Authority is expected to release its guidelines on control of the Internet today.<From firstname.lastname@example.orgMon Jul 22 11:10:13 1996Received: from vorlon.mit.edu (brnstndkramden.acf.nyu.edu@VORLON.MIT.EDU [22.214.171.124])by eff.org (8.7.5/8.6.6) with ESMTP id WAA21060; Sun, 7 Jul 1996 22:23:18 -0700 (PDT)Received: (from majordom@localhost) by vorlon.mit.edu (8.7.5/8.7.3) id BAA22380 forfight-censorship-outgoing; Mon, 8 Jul 1996 01:20:43 -0400Received: from po9.andrew.cmu.edu (PO9.ANDREW.CMU.EDU [126.96.36.199]) by vorlon.mit.edu(8.7.5/8.7.3) with ESMTP id BAA22376 for <email@example.com>;Mon, 8 Jul 1996 01:20:40 0400Received: (from postman@localhost) by po9.andrew.cmu.edu (8.7.5/8.7.3) id BAA12968for firstname.lastname@example.org; Mon, 8 Jul 1996 01:20:35 -0400Received: via switchmail for email@example.com;Mon, 8 Jul 1996 01:20:33 -0400 (EDT)Received: from po3.andrew.cmu.edu via qmailID </afs/andrew.cmu.edu/service/mailqs/q004/QF.kls9duO00UdbMr05a>;Mon, 8 Jul 1996 01:19:55 -0400 (EDT)Received: from dns2.noc.best.net (dns2.noc.best.net [188.8.131.52]) by po3.andrew.cmu.edu(8.7.5/8.7.3) with ESMTP id BAA16313 for <firstname.lastname@example.org>;Mon, 8 Jul 1996 01:17:56 0400Received: from[184.108.40.206] (jaed.vip.best.com [220.127.116.11]) by dns2.noc.best.net(8.6.12/8.6.5) with SMTP id WAA07922; Sun, 7 Jul 1996 22:17:49 -0Date: Sun, 7 Jul 1996 22:17:53 -0700To: Declan McCullagh - email@example.comFrom: firstname.lastname@example.org - Jeanne A. E. DeVotoSubject: Re: Australian atty-general investigating Adelaide Inst.'s web site?Cc: email@example.comSender: firstname.lastname@example.orgX-URL: http://fight-censorship.dementia.org/top/X-JusticeOnCampusURL: http://joc.mit.edu/At 11:37 AM 7/6/96, Declan McCullagh wrote:>>The Courier-Mail (Brisbane) Friday, July 5, 1996 [...] Queensland Jewish Board of Deputiespresident Laurie Rosenblum [...] said there was urgent need to censor the Net. "The problemis that you have got this technology where some extremist organisation can print out stuff andtranspose it and then hand it out or publish it in a newsletter," he said.<<The board president seems a little confused here. Is he talking about the urgent need to curbthe Internet, or the urgent need to curb that demonic new invention the printing press?-- The Internet interprets the US Congress as system damage and routes around it. - with apologies to John Gilmore
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