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April 24, 2014

Holocaust Denial Film In Myrtle Beach International Film Festival

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Screenshot from “Off Your Knees, Germany!”

The Myrtle Beach International Film Festival, to be held in South Carolina April 23-26, 2014, is featuring a film about German-born Holocaust denier and anti-Semite Ernst Zundel.  Entitled “Off Your Knees, Germany!,” the documentary focuses on Zundel’s views and his two trials in Canada in the 1980s for “knowingly publishing false news” about the Holocaust.

Ingrid Rimland, Zundel’s wife and a fellow Holocaust denier, produced “Off Your Knees, Germany!” around 2011.  The film portrays Zundel as a victim of Jewish interests that allegedly conspired to deprive him of his right to express his views on Germany’s actions during World War II. In the film, Zundel denies that the Holocaust ever took place and claims that Germany has been maligned by Jews. He asserts that he is trying to reclaim Germany’s honor. 

Zundel argues in the film, “If I was a member of the Zionist lobby that has conned itself to a pinnacle of influence and power in this society based on victimhood that they were hardened by, by my German people in the Second World War, I maybe would also hate a guy like the Paul Revere of the Germans to come along and ring the bells of freedom.”

Although Zundel was found guilty of spreading false news about the Holocaust in 1985, the case was later dismissed due to procedural errors. A second trial in 1988 also led to a guilty verdict for Zundel, but he was released from prison pending an appeal. In 1992, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in his case and struck down as unconstitutional the law banning the spread of false news.

Zundel left Canada to come to the U.S. in 2001 to join Rimland. Since the mid-1990s, Rimland has been promoting Zundel’s writings and philosophy through Zundelsite, one of the earliest websites devoted to the rehabilitation of Adolf Hitler and the denial of the genocide of European Jews during World War II.

In 2003, U.S. authorities deported Zundel back to Canada on visa violations. Two years later, Canada deported Zundel to Germany, where he served five years in prison for inciting racial hatred and denying the Holocaust.  He continues to live in Germany since his release in 2010.

Rimland is promoting the Zundel documentary through a company she formed called Soaring Eagles Studio and Gallery, based in Tennessee. She is currently trying to raise funds for the company by requesting sponsors to help fund films, paintings and books that appeal to white supremacists and anti-Semites. The company says it plans to feature speakers, weekend seminars, exhibits, print publications, art and stage and video productions, all purportedly in the name of preserving and promoting European culture.

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April 3, 2014

FAIR Advisory Board Member Does Radio Interview on Anti-Semitic Website

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Frosty Wooldrige

On Tuesday, March 25, Frosty Wooldridge, an anti-immigrant activist and advisory board member for the extreme anti-immigrant group Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), appeared on “The Jeff Rense Program,” a conspiracy-oriented Internet radio show. Rense broadcasts his show on his notoriously anti-Semitic website, which promotes a wide variety of conspiracy theories, from UFO reports to supposed environmental threats to alleged Jewish control of the world.

The March appearance is Wooldridge’s latest on the show, with Rense welcoming him back and describing him as a “friend” and “great patriot.” Though Rense and Wooldridge were scheduled to speak about the issue of growing greenhouse gasses, both men also voiced anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim rhetoric.

Early in the program Rense blamed immigration for “the degradation of the identity of the American people.” Wooldridge claimed Muslims are “destroying” London and called Belgium “Belgistan.” He also predicted “at some point Detroit is going to go Shariah Law” and said Muslims are “literally taking over” the state of Michigan. Wooldridge also asserted, “There are twenty-two known jihad training camps in America.”

Rense’s website contains a large archive with hundreds of articles penned by Wooldridge. The website also contains archives for the radio shows of anti-Semite David Duke and extremist Don Black, the founder of Stormfront, the most popular Internet forum for anti-Semites, neo-Nazis, and other white supremacists. The Rense website also links to the writings of a number of other anti-Semites such as Ted Pike, founder of the National Prayer Network and Holocaust denier Ernst Zundel.

Wooldridge, who is also a senior writing fellow for the Santa Barbara-based anti-immigrant group Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS), is the latest anti-immigrant figure to appear on  “The Jeff Rense Program.” According to the show’s, archives, Roy Beck, the founder of the anti-immigrant group NumbersUSA and Glenn Spencer, founder of the anti-Hispanic hate group Amer­i­can Bor­der Patrol also appeared on the show in the past.

These are not the only examples of anti-immigrant activists appearing on extremist venues. In December 2013, David North,  a fellow with the anti-immigrant group Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) appeared on “The Realist Report,” an Internet radio show hosted by the virulent anti-Semite and Holocaust denier, John Friend.

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