Ernst Zündel (24 April 1939 – 5 August 2017) was a German-born publisher and author. He was involved in many legal proceedings and imprisoned for several years, first in Canada and then in Germany, for the peaceful expression of Holocaust revisionist views.
Ernst Zündel was born on April 24, 1939, in a small town in the Black Forest region of southwestern Germany. A devoted pacifist, he emigrated to Canada at the age of 19 rather than be conscripted into the German military. Settling in Montreal, he soon married, was the father of two sons, and became a Canadian citizen. His career as a graphic artist, photographer, photo retoucher, and printer was successful.
He later in life dedicated himself to the great task, as he saw it, of redeeming the sullied reputation of his fellow Germans. Through his Samisdat Publishers, he distributed worldwide a prodigious quantity of revisionist material.
Zündel is probably best known for his central role in the Ernst Zündel's Holocaust trials of 1985, 1988, 1992, and 2005. He was brought to court in Canda on a charge of "publishing false news", and specifically for publishing a reprint edition of Richard Harwood's booklet entitled: Did Six Million Really Die?, originally published in England by Historical Review Press.
Zündel's two first trials have been seen by revisionists as the closest thing anywhere to full scale debates on the Holocaust issue. For the first time ever, "Holocaust survivors" and exterminationist Holocaust historians were closely and critically questioned under oath about their claims and views. Regarding more details, see the article on Ernst Zündel's Holocaust trials.
In 1992, his conviction was overturned by the Supreme Court of Canada, when the law under which he had been charged was ruled unconstitutional.
Revisionists have argued that the 1985 and 1988 trial were devastating for the credibility of the politically correct Holocaust version. In response, the Holocaust lobby is argued to have turned to methods such as Holocaust denial laws, which make criticizing the politically correct Holocaust version a criminal offense without allowing debate.
He continued his campaigns for justice and truth, and on September 19, 1992 was in London to address, with David Irving and Gregory Lauder-Frost, a Clarendon Club meeting of over 300 people on "The Media - Friend or Enemy of our Freedoms".
Zündel’s next great legal battle was fought out before the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal in Toronto for his Internet web site (www.Zündelsite.org). In 2000, he moved to the United States, where he was arrested in 2003 and deported to Germany after two years of solitary confinement in Canada. There, put on a trial, he was sentenced to five years' imprisonment in 2007. He was finally released from prison on March 1, 2012, and lived in his parental home in Germany until his death in 2017.
See Samisdat Publishers.
- Ernst Zündel's Holocaust trials
- Ingrid Rimland Zündel - His wife and also Holocaust revisionist.
- Samisdat Publishers
- The Zundelsite
- Zundel's appeal denied
- Testing the Limits of Freedom of Speech: Ernst Zundel Speaks Out
- Ernst Zündel https://codoh.com/library/authors/zundel-ernst/
- 'Did Six Million Really Die?' Report of the Evidence in the Canadian 'False News' Trial of Ernst Zündel -- 1988 edited by Barbara Kulaszka http://www.ihr.org/books/kulaszka/falsenews.toc.html
- Filmed and produced in VHS format by the Historical Review Press.