Wilhelm Stäglich

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Wilhelm Stäglich (11 November 1916 – 5 April 2006) was a German World War II army officer, later a judge, and a Holocaust revisionist.

He studied law and political science at the University of Rostock and the University of Göttingen, from where he received a doctorate in law (Dr. jur.) in 1951. For years he served as a Finance Court judge in Hamburg. He was the author of numerous articles on legal and historical subjects.[1]

During the Second World War, he served from mid-July to mid-September 1944 as an Ordonnanzoffizier (orderly officer) on the staff of an anti-aircraft detachment stationed near the Auschwitz camp. As part of his duties, he maintained contact with the SS camp command, and had unlimited access to the Auschwitz main camp, where the command was headquartered.[1]

Disturbed by the obvious discrepancies between what he had witnessed during the war at Auschwitz, and the portrayal of the camp that emerged at war’s end, he resolved -- after years of silence -- to speak out, and to undertake a serious investigation of this important subject. His detailed book, Der Auschwitz-Mythos: Legende oder Wirklichkeit, was published in 1979. The book is a systematic, critical examination of the documents, testimonies, confessions and personal accounts that portray Auschwitz as a center of programmatic extermination by gassing and other means. In 1986, an English-language edition of his book was published under the title Auschwitz: A Judge Looks at the Evidence.[1]

As punishment for a revisionist essay, he was dismissed as a judge in 1975 by court order, and forced into early retirement with a reduction of his pension. His book was soon banned by German authorities, and in 1983 German police raided his publisher’s offices and confiscated the remaining unsold copies.That same year the University of Göttingen “withdrew” or cancelled Stäglich’s doctoral degree.[1]

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