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Brotherhood ordered Williamson to skip Holocaust trial

The Local · 15 Apr 2010, 11:32

Published: 15 Apr 2010 11:32 GMT+02:00

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“He told me he wanted to appear and I told him, ‘Yes it looks better if you are there,’ but the brotherhood told him he could not come,” lawyer Matthias Loßmann said.

Williamson’s trial on Holocaust denial charges is set to begin Friday before a court in the southern city of Regensburg. He will not appear personally but will rather be represented by Loßmann.

The charges stem from remarks Williamson, a member of the breakaway ultra-conservative Saint Pius X Society, made during a television interview recorded in Germany in 2009 that "200,000 to 300,000 Jews perished in Nazi concentration camps, but none of them by gas chambers."

"It was all lies, lies, lies," he said in the interview, aired later on Swedish television, and "not one Jew" was killed in the Nazi gas chambers.

Williamson was fined €12,000 earlier this year by a Regensburg court but elected to contest that fine and face a court trial. Loßmann said that if Williamson were to lose the coming trial, he could face a harsher penalty, including even a prison sentence, though he would most likely simply have to pay the fine.

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Loßmann acknowledged there was no doubt Williamson made the remarks, but said he had never intended the interview to be broadcast in Germany. The fact he made the remarks on German soil did not necessarily make him guilty under the country’s laws prohibiting the denial or trivialisation of the Holocaust, Loßmann said.

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12:20 April 15, 2010 by William Thirteen
why i am not surprised that Williamson flies on Delta...
14:07 April 15, 2010 by Essertpitay
And this guy got to be a bishop !?!?...What is going on in the catholic church ?!?...
17:39 April 15, 2010 by twisted
@ Essertpitay - Need you ask? If he was under oath, he might have to tell the truth and the Saint Pius X Society wouldn't want that. Who knows where the questioning would go and he might get caught with his zipper down....Opps !
15:51 April 16, 2010 by Lyndam
I would like to know why is it a crime to question the holocaust at all? We hear often of survivor's tales that turn out to be total fabrications. Are they not reason to question? The tablet at the front of the Auschwitz camp that used to say 4,000,0000 were killed, now says 1,000,000. Is that not a reason to question? Anyone who has visited the so-called gas chamber at Auschwitz can see it is not a real gas chamber at all. Is that not a reason to question?

The Germans have created an official party line to be questioned on pain of imprisonment and their prisons are filling up. What next death camps for deniers?

Time for an international debate on the subject before it becomes an international religion. Time to bring history in accord with the facts
16:22 April 16, 2010 by bob klinck
If you can be charged with "trivializing the Holocaust", then there must be a legal definition of what the Holocaust consisted of, or else no one could possibly know if they were trivializing it. Does anyone know where this legal definition can be found?
20:58 April 16, 2010 by Rhett
Good question, bob klinck.
00:06 April 17, 2010 by Prufrock2010
@ Lyndam:

"Anyone who has visited the so-called gas chamber at Auschwitz can see it is not a real gas chamber at all. Is that not a reason to question?"

You can't really be that stupid. This is some sort of a gag, right?
16:33 April 18, 2010 by jomo
It seems to me that Prufrook is a little confused or could be engaging in some sophistry himself. Lyndam asks some straight forward questions. Instead of answering straight forwardly, Prufrook goes into a long convoluted tale calculated to conclude that some questions are illegitimate. Is this not a false argument according to the Oxford definition of ¦quot;sophistry¦quot;? Is this not a ploy to discredit the questioner and slyly evade the question itself?

A question is just a question. It¦#39;s the answer that counts.

You can either answer the question credibly or you can¦#39;t. End of story.
20:07 April 19, 2010 by Prufrock2010
@ jomo:

I wasn't attempting to answer Lyndam's questions. I was merely pointing out that he was using a typical neo-Nazi rhetorical tactic which I have previously encountered first-hand. Lyndam can ask all the absurd questions he wants and perhaps someone will waste their time trying to answer them. It won't be me, however.

It is often said that there is no such thing as a stupid question. Lyndam has proven that canard to be false.
13:27 April 21, 2010 by Lyndam
Prufrock: There is no such thing as a stupid question but you have just proved there are stupid answers.

If my questions were stupid you would be able to answer them but you can't nor will any of the holocaust promoters. Easier to just put people in jail to stop them from asking the hard questions. If you are happy with that system, fine. I am not and I will fight against it as long as I live.
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