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Holocaust-denying bishop turns to lawyer with neo-Nazi links

The Local · 23 Nov 2010, 09:34

Published: 23 Nov 2010 09:34 GMT+01:00

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Richard Williamson's appeal, scheduled to take place on November 29, will now not be heard until February or March as a result of the change, a spokesman for the court in Regensburg, southern Germany, said late on Monday.

Williamson has hired Wolfram Nahrath, one of the best-known lawyers on the far-right scene with close links to several groups banned by the government, according to media reports.

Williamson, 70, was found guilty of inciting racial hatred in April and fined €10,000, reduced from an earlier fine of €12,000 he had refused to pay.

Williamson questioned key historical facts about the Holocaust - a crime in Germany - in an interview with Swedish television recorded in Regensburg and aired in January 2009.

"I believe that the historical evidence, the historical evidence, is hugely against six million Jews having been deliberately gassed in gas chambers as a deliberate policy of Adolf Hitler," Williamson said in the interview.

"I believe there were no gas chambers ... I think that 200,000-300,000 Jews perished in Nazi concentration camps, but none of them by a gas chamber."

Williamson is a member of the breakaway ultra-conservative Catholic fraternity the Saint Pius X Society. The fraternity has threatened Williamson with expulsion unless he fires Nahrath as his lawyer.

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Pope Benedict XVI unleashed a deluge of criticism last year for reversing the excommunication of Williamson and three other Saint Pius X Society bishops in a bid to bridge the rift with the fraternity.

In a series of interviews published in a book this week, Benedict says that he would not have reversed Williamson's excommunication if he had known about his views on the Holocaust.


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10:04 November 23, 2010 by Jibzy
I dont know what is the difference between Pakistan's blasphemy law and this "cannot-question-holocaust" law. They're both stupid. If someone comes up with historical evidence and facts, why cannot he dispute the "official" version? Next you hear, the "cannot-question-911" law??

And also The Local, the bishop is not a holocaust denier, he's a holocaust questioner.
10:29 November 23, 2010 by mikesmoore
If he says there were no gas chambers, he's a denier. Sorry.
10:50 November 23, 2010 by mixxim
Is he saying there were no gas chambers or is he saying they were not the deliberate policy of Adolf Hitler? Could his punishment (if found guilty) be to take him round each of the remaining concentration camps?
16:27 November 23, 2010 by jamano
When talking about concentration camps everyone thinks instantly of jews and holocaust. However if you visit some of the best known like Dachau and Buchenwald the story revealed is a bit different. There you find more POWs (from Russia, Poland, England, etc) and anti-nazis (mostly Germans, but also Bulgarian studentrs, Romanian patriots, etc.). Also many gays, gypsies, etc., etc.

So the question is were there really 6 mln. jews killed or there were 6 mln. people killed?
17:42 November 23, 2010 by Lancer565
Ah yes, free speech; it's the life blood of democracy you know.

I understand now what Marget Thatcher meant when she said that Germany didn't even understand the meaning of democracy.
00:06 November 24, 2010 by Louis Prince
I think Germans have a high understanding of political structure and the implimentation of law at a publicly accepted level and I know we can all learn allot from them, but a law to supress a certain opinion, is not merely non-democratic but olso non-logic.

I know the Holocaust is a sensitive matter, the only problem is, all that we know about it is what the Soviets and Jews told the world and this is one of the little cases where the western civilization took the word of the communist Soviets.

If a person denies the Holocaust or questions the reasons or burocratic decision making of it, he has as much right and more to do so as those who advocate the holocaust as the truth, I say this because Germans are stil being prosecuted and they still pay compensation (Billions Yearly) to Jews not even knowing where germany is, based on Russian inteligence and no fisical evidence.

I would take any person not questioning the Holocaust for a serious fool.
00:12 November 24, 2010 by bernie1927
Why is it not allowed to discuss a subject intelligently in Germany? The 6 Million figure is such a convenient and pat number. If you google this:

"History & Scriptural Origin of the Six Million Number

By John "Birdman" Bryant" it might explain why the Bishop and so many other people are honestly and sincerely questioning so many facts about the "holocaust" and yet, they are punished and even jailed if they express their opinion. Strange and sad.
02:23 November 24, 2010 by Prufrock2010
@ Louis Prince

"...all that we know about it is what the Soviets and Jews told the world and this is one of the little cases where the western civilization took the word of the communist Soviets."

Well, actually we know a little bit more about this as a result of meticulous German record keeping and the Nürnberg trials, as well as eye witness accounts of the victims, not to mention the physical evidence of the gas chambers and the corpses discovered by the Allied forces.

I take any apologist for the Holocaust deniers as more than a "serious fool." I take that person as a historical revisionist with a specific political agenda, and probably a troll. I'm talking to you, sir.
08:25 November 24, 2010 by quesara
A few years back my friend¦#39;s grandfather, with great pain, talked about the Holocaust, him being Jewish and in Germany during that time. After hearing his stories, what he has seen and where he has been, I do not know why you would want to question the Holocaust and tell him that he is lying, or even to the least question what he says, unless (doubtingly) you were actually there and saw different. Though I don¦#39;t believe anyone should be punished for speaking freely but nevertheless this happens everywhere on both a smaller and larger scale.
21:28 November 24, 2010 by tianju
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