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July 12, 2011

Who gets the money collected from Holocaust deniers in Germany?

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 8:49 am

Bishop Richard Williamson is planning another appeal of his 2009 Holocaust denial conviction in a German court. On July 11, 2011, an appellate court in Regensburg, Germany upheld Williamson’s 2009 conviction on a charge of Volksverhetzung, the German law against “incitement of the people” which is commonly known as the law against Holocaust denial. Although Williamson lost his case on appeal, his fine was reduced from 10,000 euros to 6,500 euros or $9,230.  His fine was reduced after new information about Williamson’s income was learned.  The prosecution had also filed an appeal, asking for a larger fine.  His original fine was 12,000 euros.

Germany has streamlined its prosecution of Holocaust denial cases since the § 130 Public Incitement law was first passed in 1985.  Now when a British citizen like Bishop Williamson foolishly makes a Holocaust denial statement in private, to a Swedish journalist while he is being videotaped in Germany, that person receives a fine in the mail when the journalist makes the video public against the wishes of the Holocaust denier.

Williamson refused to pay his fine in 2009 and instead filed an appeal. If he loses his next appeal, he will finally have to pay the equivalent of $9,230.  Who gets this money?  What does the German government do with the money that is paid by Holocaust deniers?  Does the money go to offset the money that Germany still pays in reparations to the Holocaust survivors and their children?  Or is the money used for Germany’s contributions to Israel?  Will the Swedish Journalist get a cut of the money for his role in prompting the Bishop to break the law?

This seems to be a lucrative scam to make money, but I can’t imagine that the Germans are using this money for their own gain.

Bishop Williamson was convicted under article (4) of the § 130 Public Incitement law which states:

Whoever publicly or in a meeting disturbs the public peace in a manner that assaults the human dignity of the victims by approving of, denying or rendering harmless the violent and arbitrary National Socialist rule shall be punished with imprisonment for not more than three years or a fine.

America is now trillions of dollars in debt with seemingly no way out.  Maybe it’s time for America to have a Public Incitement law which would bring in some money to pay off our huge debt.

How much money could America rake in with a Holocaust denial law? It would be mind-boggling.  Especially since Holocaust denial in America has now been extended to include denying that the prisoners in the sub-camps were sent to the main camps in the last weeks of World War II to be killed so as to eliminate all witnesses.  Or denying that the term “death march” means an evacuation from a concentration camp for the purpose of killing the prisoners by marching them until they die from exhaustion.


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    Comment by schlageter — July 13, 2011 @ 1:31 pm

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