A 42-year-old German neo-Nazi who claims the Holocaust never happened was jailed for 30 months by a court in the south-western city of Mannheim on Thursday.
At the start of his trial in November, Germar Rudolf had called the Holocaust ‘a gigantic fraud.’ He was last year expelled from the United States to Germany, which charged him with incitement to racial hatred.
A chemist, Rudolf has published pseudo-scientific claims that it was impossible that Zyklon-B poison was used in the gas chambers at the Nazis’ Auschwitz death camp.
Denial of the Holocaust is punishable in Germany with up to five years in jail.
Last month, another US-based German neo-Nazi, Ernst Zuendel, was sentenced to five years in jail for his books and websites which contained fulsome praise of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler and abuse towards Jews.
Rudolf lived in the United States after his conviction by a court in Stuttgart for inciting racial hatred in 1995 and associated with Zuendel. The United States has no laws against neo-Nazi teachings.
Note that the above report fails to mention that Germar Rudolph was a doctoral candidate at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research – a notable position in a respected scientific body.
Instead, Deutsche Presse-Agentur describes Rudolph as a “neo-Nazi” and his published work as “pseudo-scientific”. Thereby implying that Rudolph was charlatan and his work of dubious scientific integrity.
We leave readers to judge the validity of those claims by looking at The Rudolf Report on Chemical and Technical Aspects of the ‘Gas Chambers’ of Auschwitz.
Germar Rudolph was originally sentenced by the German government to 14 months in prison after publishing a scientific report refuting the veracity of the gas chambers of Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Rudolf tested bricks in the gas chambers for traces of Zyklon B but claimed in his report that he could find no evidence of Zyklon B on the sampled bricks he tested.
While I will not comment on the science contained in Rudolph’s report, his trial and conviction bear the hallmarks of a politically motivated show trial, as was Ernst Zundel’s and David Irving’s. Ed.