It's now been 28 hours since that first phone call from Lady Renouf that Ernst was safely in her car and being whisked away - and I have yet to receive even one negative comment via e-mail from our heckling enemies! Overwhelmingly, people all over the world are congratulating Ernst for having stood the course and having stuck to his own principles for Truth in History.
Markus Haverkamp, well-known to many, who reported from inside the Zundel Heresy Trial in Mannheim in 2007, did a brief write-up for alternative media:
This Monday morning, March 1st 2010, Ernst Zundel was released from Mannheim prison after a total of seven years in jail. Prior to his release the state prosecutor Grossmann had informed the tabloid Bild Zeitung of his release details, whether to proliferate himself, or whether to tempt left-wingers [to cause] trouble - who knows. [Ernst Zundel's] release details had also been made public by the nationalist news magazine Zuerst.
We thus had no idea what was going to be in store for us when we arrived outside the prison shortly before 08.00. In all ca. 30 people arrived to greet Ernst back to public life, amongst them his heroic lawyer Dr. Herbert Schaller who, though in his mid-eighties, made the arduous trip from Vienna, one of [Ernst's] sisters, Richard Edmonds, Michile Renouf, a few friends from France, Gunter Deckert and others. Had he been released on a Friday afternoon, there would have been a far greater turn-out, that's certain. There was only one journalist present, a chap from AP press.
[After we] waited in the chilly weather for over twenty minutes, Ernst was released at 08.15. He looked well, physically stout and strong, and very well fed indeed, wearing a lumberjack shirt and jeans. Ernst proceeded to greet each of us in person. To my shame I must admit that I greeted Ernst with the words: "Herr Zundel, it's great to have you back in freedom" to which he replied, visibly shocked: "You must be joking!" i.e. what freedom?
Next Ernst gave the AP chap a brief interview, the contents of which I was unable to make out.
After half an hour we proceeded to a restaurant that had opened this day specifically for us. Here people sat down, enjoyed a coffee and had a chat, the only person unable to get a rest being Ernst who everybody wanted to speak with. Many of us (Germans) had hoped that Ernst would be willing to give lectures on ecological farming some time in the future, and we were thrilled to find that Ernst is excited about this idea (after all there is more to be rectified in the western world than merely the Holocaust story).
After the lunch that followed, the party began to disperse. We all wish Ernst and Ingrid the best of luck and good fortune, and look forward to meeting up with Ernst soon.
Perhaps I should explain that there was a reason why so few people appeared at the prison gate. The word had been put out that the Antifa - the German counterpart to the violent leftist ARA hoodlums who are so often unleashed on dissident gatherings - was threatening to cause trouble; in fact, Ernst had alerted the Mannheim police of this possibility. Therefore, it seemed prudent stay away so as not to give the Mannheim judiciary cause to arrest Ernst all over again. Luckily, Antifa scum were nowhere to be seen, and a few plain-clothes policemen were courteous and inconspicuous.
Meanwhile, I was half a world away, monitoring my e-mail, wishing I could be in Germany at this historic moment. Globally, it's been a veritable media storm - that much was gratifying. I did a quick Google search on two words, "Zundel released" - Canada listed 121 mainstream media sources; a world-wide count gave a total of 189,000 hits! The favored title for most Poodle Media articles was a snide "Convicted Holocaust Denier" etc. - which told the world that people get imprisoned in Europe and, especially, in Germany, for Thought Crimes! Donnerwetter! comes to mind. It always leaves me speechless how our enemies do our work for us - to spread the word that censorship in Western countries is tied to the world's Numero Uno taboo! Remember not all that long ago when the opposition website, Nizkor, claimed that "Ernst Zundel's supporters couldn't fill a phone booth"? One of my webmasters wrote that Zundelsite counts "have gone through the roof!"
I have since talked to Ernst again - a call from his relatives' home where a private welcome party had meanwhile been arranged. He is well and in good spirits, but, in his own words, "suffering from culture shock." Ernst's immediate plans are to restore the homestead that has been in the Zundel family for 400+ years. Ernst himself was born there in 1939 and lived in that old house in abject poverty for the first 19 years of his life. It stood vacant for the past 20 years, and I shudder at the task of restoring it. But his heart has never left the place, and now it looks like he might have his chance to at least make a dent with the help of younger comrades who have already volunteered.
Here he is, hours after he was released, hammer already in hand:
The words on the banner, translated: "Finally! Ernst Zundel - heartily welcome at home!"
The interlaced questions on many people's mind is: "What's next?" and "How can we reach him - and help?" The number one priority for Ernst is to get a German passport so he can travel, and we can meet somewhere. Secondly, he needs to get his driver's license and buy himself a car. As you know, I cannot go to Germany without risking arrest for my Zundelsite work, and he can't leave the EU countries without a passport and a visa. I will keep you updated as we proceed. But my guess is that definite plans cannot be made unless we meet somewhere and strategize.
As to how he can be reached and assisted, it would make sense, for Europeans especially, to assist him with contributions directly so he can take care of whatever financial obligations will come his way. In the Soviet Union in olden days, a family was sent a bill for the bullet used for a loved one's execution. In the so-called "democratic" Bundesrepublik, Ernst has been assessed for the costs of his own trial and incarceration - a hefty 59,000+ Euros (close to US$ 100,000) which he is already paying off in small rates! And there are going to be other challenges. For now, he does not even have a table and a chair to send his thank you notes, and he does not yet have a computer - or, more importantly, a person to run it for him. I run a seamless operation here and have for seven years. I sent him already a credit card in my name, and we hold joint bank accounts that he can access as easily as I. Both Ernst and I are frugal people, and we have never argued about money. It could well be that, as he settles down, we'll split our financial supporters, but for now, let's leave things as they are. Please keep on sending your support to me. My mailing address is:
3152 Parkway, 13-109
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
Finally, two small but telling developments that have nothing to do with Ernst directly but may be indicative of political changes in Europe:
First, the Italian Revisionist, Carlo Mattagno, an impeccable researcher, has compiled an interesting paper that, summarized in his own words, comes to a sensational, documented conclusion that "Elie Wiesel was never imprisoned either at Birkenau or Auschwitz or Monowitz or Buchenwald". (I will send out that research paper and post it on the Zundelsite as soon as I can get my bearings) Imagine the political earthquake if that man would be officially outed as a mega-fraudster we always assumed he might be!
Secondly, a very small notice was sent to me that a German judge has committed suicide by hanging himself on the steps of the Nuremberg Courthouse where the infamous Auschwitz trials soon after Germany's defeat took place! For a giddy moment, I actually thought it might be a judge whom we know who had a hand in railroading Ernst for seven years - but no! This man who decided to suicide himself was only 47 years old, his name and background yet unknown - and this symbolic deed, so far, is still a mystery. I'd appreciate details such as the man's name - and if there exists a suicide note. Who knows what he wanted to say?! That's it for now. I am glued to my computer.
Thank you so much for caring!