Should History Be Decided In A Courtroom?
Dr. Frederick Toben - Why Is He In Prison In London?
Background: Dr. Toben is an Australian citizen and founder and director of the Adelaide Institute and author of works on education, political science and history. He completed a Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Stuttgart in 1977. In 1999 he was imprisoned for nine months at Mannhein, Germany for breaching Germany's Holocaust Law, Section 130. In 2002 a judgement was passed in the Federal Court of Australia that prohibits him from questioning/denying the three pillars on which the Holocaust-Shoah myth is erected:
1. During World War II, Germany had an extermination policy against European Jewry;
2. Of which they killed six million;
3. Using as a murder weapon homicidal gas chambers.
He was further persecuted from 2006 to 2008 in a Federal Court of Australia action which alleges contempt of court. He is awaiting judgement in this case, and the prosecution has asked that a prison sentence be handed down.
"On October 1, 2008, Dr. Toben was detained at London's Heathrow Airport on an European Arrest Warrant issued by the German Federal Authorities which sought his extradition to Germany. Andreas Grossmann, the Mannheim district prosecutor handling Dr Toben's case, said that despite his attempts to avoid extradition from Britain to Germany, he expected Dr Toben to be on trial early next year."
"Mr Grossmann also warned that Dr Toben faced up to five years in jail and, although most prisoners in Germany served a third to a half of their sentences, the stubborn refusal of long-term Holocaust revisionists to recant their views meant they usually failed to win parole."
Integrity: the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles that you refuse to change
The following letter gives a good summary of the issues involved and was written at the time of Dr. Toben's 1999 imprisonment in Germany, by Robert Faurisson - a former French Professor of literature.
My Friend Frederick Toben
by Robert Faurisson
If my Australian friend Frederick Toben is in jail in Germany it is for three reasons--factors for which I share responsibility.
First, he became a convinced revisionist essentially by reading my own historical material, of which he has published several articles and essays in translation in his country.
Second, after visiting me for the first time in Vichy (France), he decided to investigate the alleged Nazi gas chambers at Auschwitz (Poland) in exactly the way in which I had advised him to do so: essentially, to examine the remains of the so-called Nazi gas chamber or Krematorium-II in Birkenau and thus see with his own eyes that there were no holes in the roof for the alleged pouring of Zyklon B pellets, and to remark, consequently, that no gassing operation could ever even have begun in that place, the center of the entire "Holocaust" story. In other words, to state: No hole, no "Holocaust."
Third, it is because, after his second visit, that he decided to go and put some questions to a public prosecutor in Mannheim named Heiko Klein, although Dr. Toben and I both knew that he might well be arrested and thrown in jail.
A man deeply attached to his native land and sincerely distressed by the Niagara of lies told about Germany, F. Toben wanted to achieve something that no revisionist had yet done. I am the one who supplied him with the tools for the job in the form of the following ideas:
*On the one hand, we have "exterminationists" asserting that Germany committed an unprecedented crime, especially with an unprecedented weapon.
*On the other hand, we have "revisionists" asserting that this is a lie, a defamation, a calumny.
*The question is, "Who is right?"
*Where should such a question be put? Should it not be in Germany first, the people being, in principle, the most concerned?
*More precisely, the question should be put to "Bonn" (in April 1999, when F. Toben last visited me, Berlin was not yet the capital of Germany), or to "Ludwigsburg," or to "Arolsen-Waldeck."
*The trouble is that Bonn is interested in "political truths," not historical truths. The job of Ludwigsburg is essentially to define official truths about this or that camp. Arolsen-Waldeck closed its Historische Abteilung in 1978 precisely because the place was being visited by people asking questions.
And I said to my friend F. Toben that he should go and visit not an institution in Germany but an individual German, and as a matter of fact, the right man in the right place was the public prosecutor, Heiko Klein, the individual who seemed most certain of his right to jail people who did not respect the official truth about Auschwitz.
I remarked to him that he would thus be the first to go and ask an individual in authority: "Why exactly do you throw revisionists into jail?" He would in this way get the answer straight form the proverbial horse's mouth.
This had never yet been done by any revisionist in camera clausa, eye to eye. It would be as if, in 1610, someone visited the presiding judge who had found Galileo Gailei guilty of heresy. Should we not be keen to have the account of that man? From a historical point of view, it would be very valuable today to get an individual answer from Pontius Pilate (assuming that the story of Jesus and Pilate is not mere fiction).
Of course. Heiko Klein is not a judge, only a prosecutor. Still, his power in the matter is considerable. His name will go down in history as that of a major figure in a major historical problem. Why not go and visit this man, even at the risk of being jailed? History deserves that such risks are undertaken and sacrifices made, for its sake.
When on the walk back toward his car at the conclusion of our meeting, I remarked to him:
"Frederic, you know, don't you, that you may go to jail?," he replied, "Yes."
I said "Good luck!" and I, for one, thought that we revisionists were fortunate to have such people on our side.
There you have essentially what I would say if ever I were allowed to testify in court on behalf of my friend Frederick Toben.
Conclusion: Is it not time that free discussion of historical events is allowed in society as well as at universities and other learning institutions? What is there to hide? The truth is a pre-requisite for the integrity and advancement of society.