Second Trial for Zundel in 1988

The second trial of revisionist Ernst Zundel, previously convicted of deliberately publishing lies about the Holocaust, will commence January 4, 1988.

A Canadian court in March 1985 convicted Zundel, a German native living in Canada, of one count of wilfully publishing false information likely to cause racial or social intolerance.

Zundel published a number of books and pamphlets, including “Did Six Million Really Die?” which claimed that Zionists invented the hoax of a Holocaust to extort reparations from post-war Germany. He also claimed nobody had seen Jews being gassed to death.

The court sentenced Zundel, 48, to 15 months’ imprisonment and prohibited him from publicly discussing the Holocaust. Zundel appealed the verdict and the Ontario Court of Canada refused to hear an appeal of the Ontario Court’s decision.

Zundel’s lawyer, Douglas Christie, said the second trial would take four to six months and substantial new evidence would be presented. Christie claimed the court did not permit him to present this evidence to the jury in the first trial.

The court also modified Zundel’s terms to allow him to travel outside Ontario province without the Attorney General’s permission, as previously required. He must, however, supply an itinerary of his travels.

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