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April 24, 2014 1

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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