Fredrick Töben: Remember 9/11?
Yes, of course, most individuals remember that date because four years ago on this day in 2004 the world’s leading Revisionist, Germar Rudolf, married his American bride. Then a year later, on 19 October 2005, Germar was arrested as he and his wife attended an Immigration Department meeting to regulate his US citizenship status. Before leaving the building he was arrested by two men form the ‘Department of Deportation’ because he had missed an appointment about which he and his lawyer had no knowledge. After almost a month in prison Germar was deported to Germany, arriving on 15 November 2005 at Frankfurt Airport. His 11-day trial began on 14 November 2006 and judgment was handed down on 15 March 2007.
Here is a part of what I wrote at that time:
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On 15 March 2007 the Mannheim District Court handed down a 30 months prison sentence to the world’s leading Revisionist and publisher – in stark contrast to the sentence a Mannheim court a month earlier imposed on veteran Revisionist Ernst Zündel who received the maximum of five years. Both men have made it their life’s work to set the record straight about that vile allegation levelled against Germans that during World War two they exterminated six million European Jews in homicidal gas chambers. Zündel has been at it for almost half a century and Rudolf since the late 1980s.
Back to Germar Rudolf’s case
Why was defence counsel Sylvia Stolz removed on the final day of the hearing, and replaced by another lawyer from a Munich legal firm? Why was there this sudden closing of the case that had been set down for a number more days? On 10 March 2007 I phoned Sylvia Stolz to find out what had happened because the unofficial court report on that day wasn’t privy to what had occurred behind the scene, and thus only offered speculations as to what had happened.
Sylvia Stolz informed me that:
1. Germar Rudolf had said everything he wanted to say and that is why he did not make a final submission to the court and remained silent;
2. Rudolf did not recant in any way. Germar stands by the material he presented to court.
3. Stolz’s removal as a defence counsel from the case was a tactical matter because her task in any subsequent hearing was to contextualize the whole proceedings within an historical framework. It would have drawn parallels with Socrates’ demise by drinking a cup of poison and with Giordano Bruno’s burning at the stake. This aspect of the Rudolf trial was dispensed with – and instead the focus returned to Germar Rudolf, the scientist, the husband and father.
***If all goes well, Germar should be re-united with his wife sometime mid-2009, if all goes well!***
The passing of a staunch supporter – Max Gistinger, Brisbane
Max Gistinger and Fredrick Töben
On Fathers’ Day, 7 September 2008, at age 79, Max Gistinger died at home with about a dozen family members present. I managed to see him two days earlier when I passed through Brisbane, and although he was sitting up in bed, Max was tired and far away in thought. When I bade him farewell and said that Votan’s Walkyries are rapidly approaching to take him to Valhalla where he will again meet his heroes, a visible smile formed on his lips and his heavy eyelids lifted slightly so that our eyes met – for the last time. When we began Adelaide Institute in 1994 Max was with us from the beginning. He staunchly refused to be featured in any way, always insisting on anonymity especially when making his regular contributions. After all, so he advised me, he had survived the painful trek from East Prussia to somewhat peaceful Australia and didn’t need any more publicity, and so Max remained a very private person and now leaves behind a grieving second wife, Virginia.
Max also donated two suitcases full of ‘valuable books’.
INTERNET LAW - Germany Convicts Non-Resident Blogger for Inciting Hatred by Denying Holocaust
Kelly O'Connell, IBLS Editor, Monday, September 15, 2008
Claiming the Holocaust is a hoax is illegal in Germany, even online, and a non-resident alien man who denied the veracity of the Third Reich's "Final Solution" on a blog was imprisoned for the act. A German court sentenced Ernst Zündel, a former Tennessee, USA and Canadian resident, and lifelong Holocaust denier to five years in prison for incitement of racial hatred. His publications include "The Hitler We Loved and Why." Zündel was convicted in Berlin on February 15, 2007, and received the harshest sentence possible for his acts.
The accused 67-year-old man was convicted in the regional court in Mannheim, Germany on 14 counts of incitement, including one charge involving offense and slander to the memory of the dead. The successful prosecution was a symbolic win for Germany, which has expressed a strong interest in making the act of Holocaust Denial an EU-wide crime, which has been defeated in such countries as Spain and Italy.
Mr. Zündel is a German citizen born in the Black Forest region, who immigrated to Canada at age 19 to avoid the draft. He spent the next four decades in Canada, where he began his pamphleteering career, releasing Nazi and anti-Jewish works. In the late 1970s he created Samisdat Publishers, one of world's biggest distributors of Nazi and neo-Nazi propaganda and memorabilia. He has also become a central "revisionist" figure and author for his Zündelsite, since 1995 a hub for Holocaust-denial propaganda.
Zündel was not popular with the Canadian Government, as his activities led to many trials when he lived in the country, between 1958 to 2001. Zündel married his neo-Nazi Webmaster, Ingrid Rimland, and they immigrated to Tennessee, USA in 2001. But his stay was short-lived as U.S. officials deported him back to Canada for visa violations, due to his Nazi-promotions as a security risk. When Zündel arrived in Toronto, he was arrested and detained until a Canadian judge ruled in March 2005 his activities posed a threat to national and international security. He was deported back to Germany.
German courts wasted no time prosecuting Zündel, charging him with inciting racial hatred, for publishing on his site such works as Arthur Butz's "The Hoax of the Twentieth Century," and Austin App's "The Six Million Swindle."
The law used in Zündel's prosecution is found in the German Criminal Code (Strafgesetzbuch, StGB), promulgated on November 13, 1998 (Federal Law Gazette I, p. 945, p. 3322), in Section 130 Agitation of the People.
The law specifically focuses on Holocaust-deniers saying,
(3) "Whoever publicly or in a meeting approves of, denies or renders harmless an act committed under the rule of National Socialism...in a manner capable of disturbing the public piece shall be punished with imprisonment for not more than five years or a fine."
One of the most controversial aspects of this case was the fact that all the publications had been made outside Germany, which some analysts argued took the crime outside of Germany's jurisdiction to prosecute. Since all of Zündel's publications were made outside of Germany, and created in Canada and the U.S., it could have been argued that the robust Anglo-American law of freedom of speech should have applied.
But German courts had already ruled on this issue, in the case of German-born Dr. Fredrick Töben, who was also charged with denying the Holocaust from the Adelaide Institute, in Australia. Toben was sentenced to 10 months in prison. He appealed on the grounds that since his Internet material was "printed" outside Germany, it should not be subject to German legislation. In response, the German Federal Court of Justice ruled that any persons publishing pro-Nazi material on the Internet is subject to German law, regardless of their country of origin.http://www.ibls.com/internet_law_news_portal_view.aspx?s=latestnews&id=2137
Craig Bodeker – A Conversation about Race
This 60 minute DVD is a timely addition in the ongoing dialogue of civilization. Filmmaker Bodeker credits US Senator and Presidential Candidate, Barack Obama, for giving him the impulse to explore the concept race when, on 18 March 2008, Obama gave a speech in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he said: “Race is an issue we can no longer afford to ignore….”
Bodeker interviews around 50 individuals in Denver, Colorado, to explore the current conventional wisdom swirling around this concept of race and its extension ‘racism’ and ‘racist’. He shows how there is a vague, subjective non-concise definition operating within individuals who use the ‘hammer’ of racism-racist against whites.
The following questions canvas the concept of racism/racist and the responses elicited reveal how the concept race became a social construct, a belief.
Q.1: Do you see racism in your daily life?
Q. 2: What is racism?
Q. 3: Can you give an example of the racism you see?
Q. 4: Are blacks better than whites at basketball?
Q. 5: Are whites better at things?
Q. 6: Why do white students score better than black students on standardized tests?
Q. 7: Can you name a public figure who is a racist?
Q. 8: If people of colour intimidate white people is it racism?
Q. 9: Do blacks commit more crime than whites?
Q.10: Have you ever been a racist?
Q. 11: Was America a white nation?
Q. 12: Did Indians ever kill other Indians for their land?
Q. 13: Are white people becoming a minority in America?
Q. 14: How do you feel about immigration from Mexico?
Q. 15: Why do people disconnect?
Q. 16: Are races real or are they a social construct?
In his many asides Bodeker points out how unchallenged disconnects make up the conventional wisdom on racism, which essentially boils down to white bigotry. Blacks, Hispanics, Jews are all allowed advocacy without an ‘anti-‘ slipping in, while white advocacy is associated with supremacy. For example, anti-white bigotry is writ large in commentary associated with the question of testing; whites outperforming others is explained away by implying whites cheat/cultural bias, but that Asians outperform whites is dismissed as irrelevant. Hence, advocacy for blacks, Latinos, Jews, is permitted but not for white people – why not?
Of course, I need to mention that for Holocaust Revisionists this kind of nonsense – the word disconnect is better here – is nothing new. Here the shut-up words, as John Bryant called them, are used in an attempt to stifle any meaningful discussion about the Jewish Holocaust-Shoah: hater, Holocaust denier, antisemite, racist, Nazi, and the latest, terrorist.
3 September 2008
Holocaust scholars urge arrest of Sudan leader
by Martin Barillas, Monday, September 15, 2008
Holocaust scholars from around the world signed a petition to Luis Moreno-Ocampo, chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, to proceed with prosecution of Sudan President al-Bashir for the crime of genocide.
Leading scholars of the Holocaust from around the world signed a petition September 15 to Luis Moreno-Ocampo of the International Criminal Court urging him to proceed with his prosecution of Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir for his role in the genocide of the people of the Darfur region of Sudan. While ICC chief prosecutor Moreno Ocampo has announced plans to seek al-Bashir’s arrest, the voices of the Arab League, African Union, as well as China and Russia have been raised against it.
Prosecuting al-Bashir will help stop the Darfur genocide and will send a powerful warning to future would-be killers,” said Dr. Rafael Medoff, director of the Washington-based David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies, which organized the petition. “The governments that are trying to protect al-Bashir should be ashamed of themselves.” The Wyman Institute is based in Washington DC and focused the US response to the Holocaust. Among the members of its advisory committee is Nobel Peace Prize-winner Elie Wiesel, and members of the US Congress. The petition also compares the efforts by al-Bashir’s allies to the position of the US State Department in the 1940s, which advocated prosecuting only a limited number of Nazi war criminals. Dr. Medoff wrote “Blowing the Whistle on Genocide: Josiah E. DuBois, Jr. and the Struggle for a U.S. Response to the Holocaust,” which was published this week by Purdue University Press.
The petition reads, in part, “During the years of the Nazi genocide, too, there were those who put politics ahead of justice. The US State Department and the British Foreign Office advocated prosecuting only a limited number of Nazi war criminals, in order to improve prospects for postwar relations with Germany. They were wrong then, and those who are seeking to protect Omar al-Bashir are wrong now.”
“We urge you to resist pressure from al-Bashir’s allies. Prosecuting genocide is not always popular--but it is necessary to deter future atrocities,” continued to document.
In July 2008, Moreno-Ocampo formally requested an arrest warrant for Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, having accused him of masterminding and implementing a plan to wipe out three black African tribes in Darfur with a campaign of mass murder, rape, torture and genocide.
Moreno-Ocampo, as a prosecutor in Argentina, prosecuted his country’s military junta for human rights violations. He has been the ICC chief prosecutor since 2003. He said in June 2008 that the Sudanese government has mobilized “the whole state apparatus” to commit crimes in Darfur. “We have strong evidence. We never move without overwhelming evidence” he said. “I have a duty to do an impartial investigation so I got information from a number of sources including the government of Sudan, the Attorney general in Khartoum and the suspects. I have all sorts of evidence. I have insiders, witnesses, victims and UN reports. There are tons of documents” Moreno-Ocampo said. “You cannot commit these types of crimes in the entire Darfur region and pretend you can hide these crimes” he added.
Signed by 130 scholars, the Wyman Institute petition marks the first time that an organized group of Holocaust and genocide scholars is getting involved in the escalating controversy over the attempts to rescue al-Bashir from prosecution. The 130 signatories of the petition include:
* Rabbi Dr. Irving (Yitz) Greenberg, past chairman of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council; and Dr. Michael Berenbaum, former research director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
* Dr. Eugene J. Fisher, longtime associate director of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Dr. Gemma Del Duca, co-director of the National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education.
* Dr. Gregory H. Stanton, president of the International Association of Genocide Scholars and the watchdog group Genocide Watch; Prof. Henry R. Huttenbach, founder and editor of the Journal of Genocide Research; and Prof. Israel W. Charny, editor of the Encyclopedia of Genocide.
* Prof. David Bankier, head of Yad Vashem’s International Center for Holocaust Studies; Prof. Yehuda Bauer, former director of Yad Vashem’s International Center for Holocaust Studies; and Prof. Zeev Mankowitz, director of Yad Vashem’s Center for the Study of the Aftermath of the Holocaust.
* Dr. Ilya Altman, co-chair of Russia’s Research and Educational Holocaust Center.
The complete text of the petition, with all the signatories, follows below.
The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies, Septem. 15, 2008
Hon. Luis Moreno-Ocampo
International Criminal Court, Paris, France
Dear Mr. Moreno-Ocampo:
As scholars who write or teach about the Holocaust, we strongly support your efforts to prosecute Sudanese president Omar Hassan al-Bashir for his role in the Darfur genocide.
We are concerned by recent media reports that the Arab League, the African Union, and the governments of China and Russia, are pressuring you and the International Criminal Court to refrain from indicting al-Bashir, because of their political, economic, and military relationships with the Sudanese regime.
During the years of the Nazi genocide, too, there were those who put politics ahead of justice. The US State Department and the British Foreign Office advocated prosecuting only a limited number of Nazi war criminals, in order to improve prospects for postwar relations with Germany. They were wrong then, and those who are seeking to protect Omar al-Bashir are wrong now.
We urge you to resist pressure from al-Bashir’s allies. Prosecuting genocide is not always popular--but it is necessary to deter future atrocities.
Prof. David S. Wyman: Josiah E. DuBois, Jr. Professor of History (emer.) University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Author, The Abandonment of the Jews: America and the Holocaust 1941-1945
Prof. Irving Abella: Shiff Professor of Canadian Jewish History, York University, Toronto. Author, None Is Too Many: Canada and the Jews of Europe, 1933-1948
Prof. Mark J. Allman: Merrimack College, Author, Who Would Jesus Kill? War, Peace and the Christian Tradition
Dr. Ilya Altman: Co-chairman, Russian Research and Educational Holocaust Center Co-editor, The Unknown Black Book: The Holocaust in the German-Occupied Soviet Territories
Prof. Alex Alvarez: Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice, Northern Arizona University. Author, Governments, Citizens, and Genocide
Prof. Shlomo Aronson: Hebrew University and University of Arizona, Tucson. Author, Hitler, the Allies, and the Jews
Prof. Marie L. Baird: Associate Professor of Theology & Director of Graduate Studies, Duquesne University, Author, On The Side of the Angels: Ethics and Post-Holocaust Spirituality
Prof. David Bankier: Professor of Holocaust Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Head of International Research Center of Holocaust Studies, Yad Vashem. Author, Hitler, the Holocaust and German Society
Prof. Omer Bartov: John P. Birkelund Distinguished Professor of European History and Professor of German Studies, Brown University. Author, The Holocaust: Origins, Implementation, Aftermath
Dr. Paul R. Bartrop: Honorary Fellow, Faculty of Arts, Deakin University, Australia. Author, Dictionary of Genocide (2 vols)
Prof. Yehuda Bauer: Professor of Holocaust Studies (Emer.), Hebrew University. Academic Adviser,International Center for Holocaust Studies, Yad Vashem. Author, A History of the Holocaust
William Bemister: Recipient of Emmy and CINE Golden Eagle Awards. Producer-Correspondent, The Search for Mengele
Prof. Doron Ben-Atar: Chair, Department of History, Fordham University. Co-author, What Time and Sadness Spared: Mother and Son Confront the Holocaust
Dr. Michael Berenbaum: American Jewish University. Executive Editor, Encyclopedia Judaica. Author, The World Must Know
Prof. Alan L. Berger: Raddock Family Eminent Scholar Chair of Holocaust Studies, Florida Atlantic University. Co-editor, Encyclopedia of Holocaust Literature
Prof. Aaron Berman: Dean, Hampshire College. Author, Nazism, the Jews, and American Zionism 1933-1948
Thomas Bluger: Chaplain, St. Joseph's Villa. Author, Following the Virgin Mary Through Auschwitz
Dr. Ron Bombardi: Professor of Philosophy, Middle Tennessee State University
Dr. Harold Brackman: Simon Wiesenthal Center. Author, "The Holocaust in the Thought of W.E.B. DuBois"
Prof. Christopher R. Browning: Frank Porter Graham Professor of History
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Author, Ordinary Men
Prof. James P. Buchanan: University Professor and Director, The Edward B. Brueggeman Center for Dialogue, Xavier University
Dr. Daniel Burston: Associate Professor and Chair Psychology Department, Duquesne University
Prof. David Cesarani: Research Professor in History, Royal Holloway, University of London. Author, Genocide and Rescue
Prof. Israel W. Charny: Editor, Encyclopedia of Genocide. Executive Director, Institute on the Holocaust and Genocide. Past President, International Association of Genocide Scholars
Prof. Vivian Grosswald Curran: Professor of Law, University of Pittsburgh
Author, “The Legalization of Racism in a Constitutional State: Democracy’s Suicide in Vichy France”
Frances Cutler: Holocaust Educator. Contributor, "Children Who Survived the Final Solution"
Dr. Gemma Del Duca, S.C.: Co-Director (Israel), The National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education, Seton Hill University
Prof. Rebecca I. Denova: Dept. of Religious Studies, University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Audrey Doetzel, NDS: Associate Director, Center for Christian-Jewish Learning, Department of Theology, Boston College. Managing Editor, Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations
Prof. Doris Donnelly: Director, The Cardinal Suenens Center, John Carroll University
Prof. Deborah Dwork: Rose Professor of Holocaust History. Director, Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Clark University. Author, Holocaust: A History
Prof. Liba H. Engel: Dept. of Elementary Education, Jewish Studies, Queens College CUNY
Stuart G. Erdheim: Director, They Looked Away. Author, “Could the Allies Have Bombed Auschwitz-Birkenau?”
Prof. Emeritus Henry L. Feingold
Graduate Center and Baruch College of CUNY. Author, Silent No More: Saving the Jews of Russia
Dr. Helen Fein: Executive Director, Institute for the Study of Genocide. Founder & President Emerit., International Association of Genocide Scholars. Author, Accounting for Genocide
Dr. Eugene J. Fisher: Associate Director (Ret.), Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, DC. Editor, Catholics Remember the Holocaust
Prof. Allon Gal: Ben-Gurion University. Author, David Ben-Gurion and the American Alignment for a Jewish State
Prof. Zev Garber: Professor Emeritus, Jewish Studies, Los Angeles Valley College. Author, Shoah: The Paradigmatic Genocide Series Editor, Studies in the Shoah
Prof. Jay Geller: Associate Professor of Modern Jewish Culture, Vanderbilt Divinity School. President, Tennesseans Against Genocide. Editor, Postmemories of the Holocaust
Prof.Sharon Gillerman: Associate Professor of Jewish History, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
Prof. Myrna Goldenberg, Emer.: Montgomery (MD) College, Ida E. King Distinguished Visiting Professor in Holocaust Studies, 2005-206
Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
Co-Editor, Experience and Expression: Women, the Nazis and the Holocaust
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin: President, Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem. Editor, Megillat HaShoah
Prof. Henry Gonshak: Professor of English, Montana Tech. Author, "Does ‘Judgment at Nuremberg’ Accurately Depict the War Crimes Trials?"
Prof. Gershon Greenberg: Department of Philosophy and Religion. Co-Editor, Wrestling with God: Jewish Theological Responses During and After the Holocaust
Rabbi Dr. Irving Greenberg: Past Chairman, United States Holocaust Memorial Council. Author, Cloud of Smoke, Pillar of Fire: Judaism, Christianity, Modernity After the Holocaust
Dr. Alex Grobman: Brenn Institute. Author, Rekindling the Flame
Dr. Elvira Groezinger: Freie Universitaet Berlin/ SPME Germany. Author, Die jiddische Kultur im Schatten der Diktaturen
Prof. Wendy C. Hamblet: North Carolina A&T State University. Author, The Sacred Monstrous: Reflections on Violence in Human Communities
Prof. Susannah Heschel: Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies, Dartmouth College. Author, The Aryan Jesus: Christian Theologians and the Bible in Nazi Germany
Prof. Herb Hirsch: Professor of Political Science, Virginia Commonwealth University. Co-editor, Genocide Studies and Prevention. Author, Genocide and the Politics of Memory
Prof. Ron Hollander: Montclair State University. Contributor, Why Didn't the Press Shout?
Prof. Henry R. Huttenbach: City Colllege of New York. Director, Center for the Study of Ethnopolitics and Ethnonationalism. Founder / Editor, Journal of Genocide Research
Dr. Steven Leonard Jacobs: Aaron Aronov Endowed Chair of Judaic Studies, The University of Alabama
Associate Editor, The Encyclopedia of Genocide (2 vos.)
William Kahane: Filmmaker: Auschwitz Memories; Rimalev, The Seventh House
Prof. Marty J. Kalb: Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts/Artist, Ohio Wesleyan University
Dr. Wilda Kaylor: The National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education Seton Hill University
Prof. Katharina von Kellenbach:
St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Author, Mit Blick auf die Täter
Prof. Paul F. Knitter: Paul Tillich Professor of Theology, World Religions and Culture, Union Theological Seminary
Dr. Neil J. Kressel: William Patterson University. Author, Mass Hate: The Global Rise of Genocide and Terror
Prof. Thomas Kühne: Strassler Family Professor in the Study of Holocaust History, Clark University
Prof. Michael Kuelker: St. Charles Community College. Council Member, St. Louis Holocaust Museum & Learning Center
Rev. Vincent A. Lapomarda,S. J., Ph. D
Coordinator, Hiatt Holocaust Collection
The College of the Holy Cross
Author, The Jesuits and the Third Reich
Dr. Tom Lawson: Lecturer in Modern History, University of Winchester. Editor, Holocaust Studies: A Journal of Culture and History. Author, The Church of England and the Holocaust
Prof. Fred A. Lazin: Lynn and Lloyd Hurst Family Professor of Local Government. Chair, Department of Politics & Government, Ben Gurion University. Author, The Struggle for Soviet Jewry in American Politics
Prof. Laurel Leff: Northeastern University. Author, Buried by 'The Times': The Holocaust and America's Most Important Newspaper
Prof. Richard Libowitz: Intellectual Heritage Program, Temple University. Co-editor, The Genocidal Mind
Prof. Deborah E. Lipstadt: Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies, Emory University. Author, Beyond Belief: The American Press & the Coming of the Holocaust
Prof. Franklin H. Littell: Professor Emeritus. Temple University Dept. of Religion. Professor Emeritus. Richard Stockton College of N.J. School of Graduate Studies. Author, The Crucifixion of the Jews
Prof. Marcia Sachs Littell: Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
Founding Director, MA Program in Holocaust & Genocide Studies
Editor: Women in the Holocaust: Responses, Insights & Perspectives
Dr. Erich H. Loewy: Professor of Medicine and Founding Chair of Bioethics (emer.). Associate in Philosophy, University of California, Davis
Prof. Hubert G. Locke: Dean and Professor Emeritus, Graduate School of Public Affairs, University of Washington. Author, A Black Christian’s Perspective on the Holocaust
Rabbi Dr. Haskel Lookstein: Kehilath Jeshurun / Ramaz School. Author, Were We Our Brothers' Keepers?
Prof. Ze’ev Mankowitz: Hebrew University, Director, Diana Zborowski Center for the Study of the Aftermath of the Holocaust, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem. Author, Life between Memory and Hope: Survivors of the Holocaust in Occupied Germany
Dr. Elisabeth Maxwell: Honorary President, Remembering for the Future. Honorary Chair, RFTF Online: Survivor Testimony Database. Member, Executive Council, The Dreyfus Society of Human Rights
Dr. Michael McKale: Professor of Philosophical & Religious Studies. Director, Institute for Ethics, Saint Francis University
Dr. Rafael Medoff: Director, The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies. Author, Blowing the Whistle on Genocide
Prof. Robert Melson: Professor Emeritus Purdue University, Cohen-Lasry. Distinguished Professor, Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (2006-2008)
Prof. Robert Michael: Professor (Emer.) European History/University of Massachusetts. Graduate Faculty, Florida Gulf Coast University. Author, Holy Hatred
Prof. Joanna B. Michlic: Department of History, Helene and Allen Apter Chair in Holocaust and Ethical Values, Lehigh U. Author, Poland's Threatening Other: The Image of the Jew from 1880 to the Present
Prof. Rochelle L. Millen: Wittenberg University. Editor, New Perspectives on the Holocaust
Prof. Paul Miller: McDaniel College and the International University of Sarajevo Executive Producer, They Looked Away
Prof. James F. Moore: Valparaiso University. Author, Christian Theology after the Shoah
Prof. Stephen H. Norwood: University of Oklahoma. Coeditor, Encyclopedia of American Jewish History
Prof. David Novak: J. Richard and Dorothy Shiff Professor of Jewish Studies, University of Toronto. Author, The Sanctity of Human Life
Prof. Michael Novak: George Frederick Jewettt Chair in Religion and Public Policy. Director of Social and Political Studies, American Enterprise Institute
Prof. Paul Oppenheimer: City College and Graduate Center, The City University of New York. Author, Evil and the Demonic: A New Theory of Monstrous Behavior
Prof. Zsuzsanna Ozsvath: The Leah and Paul Lewis Chair of Holocaust Studies, The University of Texas at Dallas. Author, In the Footsteps of Orpheus: The Times and LIfe of Miklos Radnoti
Prof. Jo Alyson Parker: Chair and Professor of English, Saint Joseph's University. Book Review Editor, KronoScope: Journal for the Study of Time
Prof. David Patterson: Bornblum Chair in Judaic Studies, The University of Memphis. Author, Open Wounds
Rev. John T. Pawlikowski, OSM, Ph.D
Professor of Social Ethics. Director, Catholic-Jewish Studies Program
Catholic Theological Union
Prof. Monty Noam Penkower: Professor Emeritus of Jewish History, Machon Lander Graduate School of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem. Author, The Jews Were Expendable: Free World Diplomacy and the Holocaust
Dr. Susan Lee Pentlin: Emeritus Professor, University of Central Missouri. Editor, Mary Berg’s Diary: Growing Up in the Warsaw Ghetto
Prof. Eunice G. Pollack: University of North Texas. Coeditor, Encyclopedia of American Jewish History
Dr. Allen Podet: Professor, Philosophy and Humanities, State University College at Buffalo, NY. Author, Success and Failure of the Anglo-American Committee
Prof. Elena G. Procario-Foley: Driscoll Professor of Jewish-Catholic Studies. Chair, Religious Studies Department, Iona College
Prof. Elihu Richter: Associate Director Institute on the Holocaust and Genocide
Dr. Carol Rittner RSM:
Distinguished Professor of Holocaust & Genocide Studies, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. Co-Editor, The Holocaust & the Christian World
Prof. Paul Lawrence Rose: Mitrani Professor of European History, The Pennsylvania State University. Author, Archives of the Holocaust, vol. XIV
Dr. Peter I. Rose: Sophia Smith Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Anthropology, Smith College. Editor, The Dispossessed: An Anatomy of Exile
Prof. Thane Rosenbaum: John Whelan Distinguished Lecturer in Law. Director of the Forum on Law, Culture & Society, Fordham University School of Law / Author, The Myth of Moral Justice
Prof. Alvin H. Rosenfeld: Professor of English and Jewish Studies, Indiana University. Author, Imagining Hitler
Prof. John K. Roth: Edward J. Sexton Professor Emeritus of Philosophy. Founding Director, The Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights, Claremont McKenna College
Dr. Nancy E. Rupprecht: Professor of History. Chair, Holocaust Studies Committee, Middle Tennessee State University. Author, An Overview of the Holocaust
Dr. Rochelle G. Saidel: Remember the Women Institute. Author, The Jewish Women of Ravensbruck Concentration Camp
Dr. Ofer Schiff: Ben Gurion Research Institute, Ben Gurion University. Author, Assimilation in Pride: Anti-Semitism, Holocaust and Zionism
Sr. Lois Sculco: The National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education, Seton Hill University
Dr. Zohar Segev: Department of Jewish History, Haifa University. Author, From Ethnic Politicians to National Leaders: American Zionist Leadership, the Holocaust and the Establishment of Israel
Prof. Robert Moses Shapiro: Judaic Studies Department. Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. Translator and Editor, Lodz Ghetto: A History
Dr. Baila Shargel: Manhattanville College. Author, Female Leadership in the American Jewish Community
Jerry Silverman: Musicologist, Author, Concert Artist. Author: The Undying Flame: Ballads And Songs Of The Holocaust
Prof. Melvin Small: Distinguished Professor of History, Wayne State University. Co-editor, Appeasing Fascism
Prof. Gerald Sorin: American and Jewish Studies, State University of New York, New Paltz
Dr. Gregory H. Stanton: President, Genocide Watch. President, International Association of Genocide Scholars
Prof. Leon Stein: Professor of History (emer.), Roosevelt University, Chicago and Holocaust Memorial Foundation of Ilinois
Dr. Mark Stern: Vice President for Academic Affairs, Shepherd University
Prof. Leonard J. Swidler: Temple University. Editor, Journal of Ecumenical Studies
Prof. Norton S. Taichman: Professor Emeritus of Pathology, University of Pennsylvania. Editor, The Ivansk Project e-Newsletter
Prof. Peter Tarjan: Professor Emeritus, University of Miami. Editor, Children Who Survived The Final Solution
Prof. Samuel Totten: University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Co-editor, Genocide in Darfur: Investigating Atrocities in the Sudan
Dr. James E. Waller: Whitworth College. Author, Becoming Evil: How Ordinary People Commit Genocide and Mass Killing
Prof. Kenneth Waltzer: Professor & Director, Jewish Studies, Michigan State University
Prof. Chaim I. Waxman: Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Jewish Studies, Rutgers University. Senior Fellow, Jewish People Policy Planning Institute
Dr. Racelle R. Weiman: Executive Director, Global Dialogue Institute, Temple University. Founding Director, Center for Holocaust and Humanities Education, Hebrew Union College
Barbara Wind: Director, Holocaust Council of MetroWest. Founder, Global Association of Holocaust/Genocide Educators
Prof. Jack B. Winget: Baldwin-Wallace College. Author, Nightmare of Crime
Prof. Victoria Saker Woeste: Research Professor, American Bar Foundation. Contributor, Encyclopedia of Antisemitism, Anti-Jewish Prejudice, and Persecution
Prof. Randall C. Zachman: Professor of Reformation Studies, University of Notre Dame
Prof. Bat-Ami Zucker: Bar Ilan University. Author, In Search of Refuge
(Institutions listed for identification purposes only.)
Marc Lemire and freedom of expression in Canada
Monday, September 15, 2008
Marc Lemire is blogging his Human Rights Commission hearing here, and here. I don't like Lemire, and neither does anyone on the Western Standard masthead. But his case will have repercussions for us, for any of you that blog (including those of you who support the mission of the CHRC, and section 13 in particular), and the CBC too. From today's National Post:
"Anyone who runs an online message board, from the lowliest vanity blogger to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, can be charged under federal human rights law if visitors to their site post hateful comments, according to the Canadian Human Rights Commission.
In final submissions this morning at the hate speech hearing of Marc Lemire, operator of the far-right freedomsite.org and a prominent figure in Canada's "white rights" movement, CHRC lawyer Margot Blight said there is no "free pass" for the website owners.
"If a message board owner can't manage to ensure the content of the message board is complying with Canadian law, then the message board should not be operating," she said.
Athanasios Hadjis, who is hearing the case on behalf of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, questioned whether this applies even to messages that appear briefly, and without the owners knowledge or consent. He used the example of the CBC, which operates several chat forums for readers to discuss news stories, and asked what would happen if a hateful message somehow got past automatic filters and live editors."
Just consider the chilling effects if the anti-speech advocates win this thing. Will some bloggers choose to turn off their comment sections entirely for fear of having a comment that technically violates Section 13? It doesn't take much for some idiot to post a hateful comment just to get the site operator in trouble.
How is this not an election issue? Go ahead and ask the politicians out on the hustings what they think of the CHRC. Help make it an issue.
Freedom of expression is enshrined as a "fundamental freedom" in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, but if that only covers interpretative dance and genteel criticism of Stephane Dion then what good is it? Just how does it count as "fundamental" if it doesn't cover the hard cases? The ones that make us squirm and uncomfortable: Commercial speech, pornography, even downright despicable speech--either we're free to express the things that stir up controversy, or we're not "fundamentally" free in our expression at all.
Posted by P.M. Jaworski on September 15, 2008 in Current Affairs | Permalink
>>CHRC lawyer Margot Blight said there is no "free pass" for the website owners.
"If a message board owner can't manage to ensure the content of the message board is complying with Canadian law, then the message board should not be operating," she said.<<
Then how does she explain Richard Warmen(sp?), ex-CHRC employeee who was exposed as one of the most vile, contemptible poster manipulating right and far-right sites? It seems to me that the CHRC broke the law to enforce their twisted version of law.
She is one sick puppy.
Posted by: Shawn | 15-Sep-08 11:54:45 AM
It should be a requirement that anyone who complains like this vile Rick Warman character with his Leftarted agenda to shut down free speech should do so on their own dime and on their own time.
Why should tax payers like me pay to see our collective freedoms undone? What an unjust system where someone like Warman is permitted to complain and then not even show up at the hearings and justice is then (dis)served to whoever the Kangaroo Court accuses. Not everyone has either the legal power or the articulation of Levant to defend themselves from these tyrannical commissions and leftist lawyers and their freedom-stifling agendas.
Lemire's views are his own and not widely shared or even liked. However, to break the law in order to shut him up only shows to what depths the CHRC delves. CHRC: doing its best to stifle free speech, lawfully or not!
Call your MP today and make this an election issue. This election is crying for one!
Posted by: Daniel | 15-Sep-08 1:17:41 PM
Good question: "How is this not an election issue?" Maybe it's because the "conservative" government is siding with the Canadian Human Rights Commission(CHRC) against FREE SPEECH. SJG
Here is more info:
Freedom of Expression and the “Conservative” Government
By Stephen J. Gray
“The Attorney General of Canada, the Canadian Human Rights Commission, the Canadian Jewish Congress, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre and B'nai Brith Canada will be intervening in the Lemire case in support of Section 13, arguing that it is a reasonable restriction on freedom of speech” (Canadian Constitution Foundation Letter of April 28, 2008)
Freedom of expression is a right guaranteed by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms; yet, the Attorney General of Canada along with others is an intervenor in the Lemire case. Free speech is either FREE or it isn’t. Are politically correct words like, “reasonable restriction on freedom of speech” weapons used to suppress what people can say? (We already have laws of libel and defamation so is there any need for “reasonable restrictions?”)
We may not like what people say but in the words of Voltaire, “I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” In Canada today, we are seeing the death of free speech. Anything you say may be taken down and used against you and reported to unelected, appointed Human Rights Commissars (HRCs). Those dragged before these Stalinist tribunals have to pay for their own lawyers and their own defence. Meanwhile, their accusers are given a free ride. Therefore, one has to ask, has freedom in Canada become subject to the approval of certain powerful groups who appear to be able to have their way with governments?
“What a strange place Canada is in 2008,where fundamentalist Muslims use hate-speech laws drafted by secular Jews,…” (Ezra Levant, Globe and Mail, January 21, 2008).
Mr. Levant, who is Jewish, went on to say in the Globe and Mail article that the people taking him to the HRCs were “…using the very precedents set by the Canadian Jewish Congress.” Which makes one wonder, why would a powerful organization like the Canadian Jewish Congress not realize that the very “laws” that they “pressed Canadian governments to introduce” could also be used against Jewish people. After all, what’s sauce for the goose is also sauce for the gander, as the saying goes.
But, not only Jewish people are being dragged before the HRCs. Before they came for the Jews, the HRCs came for Chris Kempling, Scott Brockie, Knights of Columbus, Stephen Boissoin, Bishop Henry and others. Now Catholic Insight magazine, the Christian Heritage Party and MacLean’s magazine are under the guns of the HRCs. Nobody is safe from these appointed interrogators of totalitarian bent. So what can be done to return freedom of speech and freedom of expression to Canadians?
Governments appointed these HRCs therefore government could disband them. But will they? Witness, the Attorney General of Canada as an intervenor in the Lemire case. The Canadian Constitution Foundation (CCF) in its letter of April 28, 2008, had this to say about its own potential intervenor status in Lemire, “By intervening in support of the application put forward by Marc Lemire, the CCF would not be endorsing the content of his message, but supporting the rights of all Canadians to say and write whatever they believe, without fear of violating a law such as Section 13, of the Canadian Human Rights Act.” Amen to that!
A Lifesite news article of February 12, 2008, by John-Henry Westen had this to say about the Conservative government’s stand on Human Rights Commissions: “Internal Memo Tells Canada’s Conservative MPs to be Noncommittal on Human Rights Commissions: Specifies that Conservative MPs are not to stand up publicly for freedom of speech for Mark Steyn and Ezra Levant.”
The article stated: “An internal memo to Conservative MPs sent last week will be sure to disappoint freedom-loving Canadians. The memo, confirmed by LifeSiteNews.com as legitimate, originated from the office of the Minister of Justice Rob Nicholson. The ‘talking points’ memo directs Conservative MPs to remain noncommittal on support for Liberal MP Keith Martin’s motion M-446, which would put an end to the growing and dangerous abuse of human rights commissions….”(Lifesite News February 12, 2008)
These HRCs have become a weapon to suppress and oppress the people of Canada. Yet, a “conservative” government is an intervenor against free speech. Is this why they sent out a memo about being “noncommittal” about “Liberal MP Keith Martin's motion M-446 which would put an end to the growing and dangerous abuse of human rights commissions….”? Are they political hypocrites who say one thing and do another?
“Human rights commissions, as they are evolving, are an attack on our fundamental freedoms and the basic existence of a democratic society … It is, in fact, totalitarianism. I find this is very scary stuff” (Stephen Harper).
Stephen J. Gray
May 2, 2008.
 Stephen Harper quote from article by Gerry Nicholls at: The Interim Newspaper
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