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Ernst Zündel is a German crank and neo-Nazi famous mostly for Holocaust denial and getting deported. He also promotes the ideas of a Hollow Earth, secret Nazi bases in Antarctica, Nazi UFOs, and esoteric Hitlerism. In 2007, he was jailed in Germany for denying the Holocaust, and was released in March 2010. It remains to be seen whether or not his prison term knocked the crazy out of him.
In 1958 at age 19, Zündel displayed his Teutonic bravery by dodging the West German draft and wound up in Canada, where he met a local fascist and learned that none of his problems were his fault. No, to the contrary, he could easily blame the Jews and their covert incitement to hatred of Germans in Canada, because that totally makes as much sense as anything else the problem might be. So he started Concerned Parents of German Descent, to boldly stand against the rampant allephobia of the Canadian establishment, as expressed in all those Canadian camps for Germans, the endless pogroms, the seizure of property, the ghettos and relocations, illegalization of the German language, etc. He fought to ban Schindler's List for its unflattering depiction of Germans, and even ran for Parliament as a campaigner for (presumably Caucasian) immigrants' rights.
However, when it was exposed that Zündel was writing things like The Hitler We Loved and Why under a pseudonym, his public credibility imploded. His days of proudly defending his downtrodden people in viscerally allephobic Canada, and shamelessly whoring for attention, had only begun.
He's crazy, deep crazy
Having nothing left to lose, Zündel began peddling loopy notions that caused even other neo-Nazis to take a step back and say, "Whoa, buddy; let's be reasonable" - and these are people for whom British Israelism and Lamarckism are par for the course.
With Germany's loss in World War 2 incompatible with the notion of the Aryan superman, Zündel wrote books claiming that Hitler was alive in Neu-Schwabenland, a secret Nazi base at the entrance to the Hollow Earth in Antarctica, and directing the wave of UFOs that the credulous had been "seeing" for decades. These were invented during the war but saved back for this covert phase in which Hitler lets the Jews think they'd won. In the 70s he offered people $9,999 seats aboard his swastika-emblazoned blimp, which he intended to fly to Neu-Schwabenland. The Nazi symbology was not to incite hatred, said Zündel, but rather peace - how better to let the Antarcticans know he was friendly, and not some Jew parasite?
But Zündel's magnum opus of crazy, for which he has suffered all his sad life, is Holocaust denial. He says all of it - there weren't that many Jews in Europe to begin with, all Hitler really wanted to do was deport them, the Zyklon-B was just for disinfecting corpses, there was no overt extermination order given at Wannsee, there are no mass graves, etc etc, on and on, into the twilight of madness, pseudo-scholarship, and self-serving racist hyperbole that comprises this matter. He is a maestro of the subject, and probably the "movement's" greatest exemplar.
This is actually excellent news for the rest of us.
Ernst Zündel uses the following to convince people he's a crusader for truth that the Jews are just trying to suppress all the time.
Deportations and bannings
- Canada - denied citizenship, 1966
- Canada - banned from using the postal service, 1981
- Canada - denied citizenship, 1994
- United States - deported to Canada, 2003
- Canada - deported to Germany, 2005
- Canada - banned from re-entry, 2010
- United States - banned from re-entry, 2010
- Pipe bomb, 1984
- Arson, 1995
- Parcel bomb, 1995
Trials and imprisonments
- Private suit by a Holocaust survivor, 1983
- Criminal trial for "spreading false news," 1985; conviction overturned on a technicality
- Criminal trial for "spreading false news," 1988; conviction upheld and then overturned in 1992
- Canadian Human Rights Commission investigation for promulgating hate online, 1997
- Detention for illegal immigrant status, 2003
- Attempt to be counted a refugee so as to avoid deportation to Germany, 2003; rejected
- Denying the Holocaust in Germany, 2005; convicted
- Imprisoned; Mannheim, Germany; 2007-2010
He's a Jew.
- Ze official Zündelsite