Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Fredrick Toben arrested for thought crime in Britain awaiting extradition to Germany

An Australian man accused of Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism was arrested at London's Heathrow airport on Wednesday, on an EU warrant issued by Germany, Israel Radio reported.

Gerald Frederick (sic)Toben, 64, is wanted by German authorities for writings he allegedly published on the internet. He will appear before the City of Westminster Magistrate's Court in London later in the day, where authorities will request he be extradited to Germany.

The retired teacher set up the Adelaide Institute in 1994, and was imprisoned in Germany for seven months for inciting racism.

Toben uses a model of the Auschwitz concentration and death camp in lectures to contend that it was too small to kill large numbers. More than 1 million people are estimated to have been killed there.

In a recent speech in Iran, he claimed that any evidence of Nazi gas chambers were "the products of a feverish pathological mind filled with pure hatred, mostly directed against Germans and anything German ... the product of an appalling state of ignorance of natural and chemical processes".

The EU arrest warrant reads, "From 2002 to this day the worldwide, internet publication of an anti-Semitic and, or, revisionist nature deliberately contrary to historical truth the said publications deny, approve or play down above all the mass murder of the Jews, planned and implemented, by the national socialist rulers."

"The defender is committing the act in Australia, Germany and in other countries."
AP contributed to this report.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Frederick Töben uses a model of Auschwitz and also a model of Treblinka in his presentations. At the conference in Iran, he showed a model of Treblinka and said that the camp was too small for the alleged burial of 800,000 Jewish bodies which were later dug up and burned using wood cut from the surrounding trees. The Associated Press falsely reported that he had used a model of Auschwitz and said it was too small.