Saturday, April 23, 2011

Sylvia Stolz released from prison

April 13, 2011

German barrister Sylvia Stolz left her prison in Aichach, Bavaria at nine o’clock this morning, all smiles and greeted by thirty or so people who had gathered in near-freezing weather: these were either personal friends or supporters of the cause that is hers and that had led her to endure 39 months’ incarceration for “extreme rightwing delinquency.”

The party quickly moved on to a nearby Gasthof (hotel-restaurant), first to listen to Sylvia describe her life as a prison inmate, then to put questions about various aspects of her case. That, as we know, was brought on by her too forthright defence in court both of her client, Mr Ernst Zündel (freed himself early in March of last year after seven years in prison), and of her homeland, Germany, horribly maligned by the hate propaganda of the last war that has become History. A defence which, in her opinion, is now most urgently needed to preserve that great country from nothing less than the extinction which seems to be ordained by that History.

In a voice smooth and fine though robust nonetheless, she was keen to show, in particular, that despite the negative outcome of her appeal against the five-year ban from practising law that accompanied the prison sentence – a quite recent decision which, in addition, also carried permanent disbarment – she had still not lost her characteristic assurance: she had been granted leave to proceed with an action in recourse before the constitutional court in Karlsruhe. On the other hand, we learned that she was subject to a five-year supervision order, under which she would have to report to a justice ministry official each month (that frequency is subject to appeal).

After that little impromptu conference and a casual lunch, a message from Professor Robert Faurisson was translated aloud by Dr Günter Deckert, the day’s organiser (English text at Then Lady Michèle Renouf, one of the few foreigners to have made the journey, interviewed the former prisoner in front of a video camera, in order to let her thoughts be heard in the English-speaking world via the Internet (Dr Deckert served as interpreter to put Sylvia’s replies into English).

The guests gradually dispersed, and at around 4:30 pm the last eight, including Sylvia herself, made a short jaunt by car – less than a mile – to see the Wasserschloss Unterwittelsbach, a pretty country mansion surrounded by a pond and better known as “Sissi’s Castle”, where Elisabeth, Empress of Austria, spent her childhood summers. The first breaths of fresh air in three and a quarter years for an especially noble woman who graces our own era.

Guillaume Fabien

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