"Mr. Wiesel, I'm sorry for scaring you and I'm sorry you experienced the Holocaust", Hunt said as the 78-year-old Wiesel sat on the witness stand in San Francisco Superior Court. "My grandfather fought the Nazis and I'm sorry about what happened". Wiesel did not respond directly to Hunt in return. [Ed. Note: This account, provided by the Guardian and originated by the Associated Press, differs slightly from the Chronicle's account.]
Hunt was in court for a preliminary hearing to determine whether Hunt, who originally pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity but later changed his plea to a simple "not guilty", should stand trial. His attorney has said Hunt suffers from an "undiagnosed psychiatric disorder." Hunt was hospitalized for related problems both before and after his arrest.
Hunt's attorney, John Runfola, tugged on his client's shoulder in an attempt to keep him from saying anything more during the preliminary hearing. Runfola later said his client has cared for his grandfather, a paratrooper in World War II, who suffered from Alzheimer's.
In what is a classic example of "charge-stacking", Hunt is accused of six felonies, including attempted kidnapping, false imprisonment, battery, stalking, elder abuse and hate crimes, in connection with the February 1st incident at the Argent Hotel. The Sussex County, N.J., resident is accused of traveling 3,000 miles to confront Wiesel at a conference that was being held at the hotel.
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Here is the Chronicle's summarization of Elie Wiesel's testimony in court:
Wiesel testified today that Hunt had grabbed Wiesel by the arm in a hotel elevator and told him, "You must come with me." When Wiesel replied that they should go to the lobby, he testified, Hunt said, "You must come to my room."
"I felt threatened; I felt frightened," Wiesel said. "I felt he could kill me and I began to shout, 'Help! Help! Help!' ". As Wiesel struggled to free himself, he said, Hunt told him, 'You are afraid of the truth.' "
Wiesel managed to get away and rode down to the lobby. The experience left him feeling "violated" and more frightened than he had been since the war, he testified. "The shock to me was so great that I lost a sense of time and space,'' Wiesel said.
Wiesel also said the fear he felt that day has yet to dissipate completely. "If a young man could devote his life now to the cause of Holocaust denying, what kind of world do we life in? The anguish I felt multiplied".
Wiesel further testified that Holocaust denial went hand in hand with anti-Semitism, as it suggests that the Nazis' murder of 6 million people was fabricated by Jews. [Ed. Note: Another misstatement. Holocaust Revisionists do NOT suggest that the entire account was fabricated. Most suggest it has merely been exaggerated. This means that while they dispute the methodology, the magnitude, and, above all, the unique SINGULARITY attached to the event, they do not dispute the occurrence of the event itself. And if the mainstream account of the Holocaust is so inerrant, why are people like Ernst Zuendel and Germar Rudolf incarcerated for publicly disputing the mainstream version? The truth does not require suppression of debate for a successful defense.]
Hunt was going to "force me to say that my testimony was false," Wiesel said, "that the whole story, the whole vent, the whole tragedy, was nothing but lies".
After the confrontation with Wiesel, Hunt himself was in such a hurry to get out of there that he left his rental car, replete with identifying documents, behind. Armed with this information, police were able to track down and arrest Hunt three weeks later. Further facilitating the apprehension of Hunt was the fact that someone identifying himself as Hunt posted an account of the incident on the KIlljewsdotcom website.
In a follow-up interview with the media, defense attorney John Runfola said that prosecutors had "overcharged" his client. He said that Hunt was not an anti-Semitic stalker, but a man suffering from mental illness. When he confronted Wiesel, he was in the grip of a "manic episode" triggered by his grandfather's death.
Runfola added that the defense has also sent the results of a psychiatrist's evaluation to Wiesel along with 20 letters from Hunt's family, friends and teachers describing the incident as deeply out of character for the high school honor student and college graduate. "I'm hoping that in (Wiesel's) lifelong struggle to help oppressed people, he reaches out to one of them, and that's Eric Hunt," Runfola concluded. [Ed. Note: Fat chance the latter ever happening, Runfola. Ever hear of Mel Gibson? He's still trying to obtain "forgiveness" for his "sins". There's no forgiveness for sins against the Tribe.]
Wiesel was sent by the Nazis in 1944 to Auschwitz, where his mother and three sisters were killed. His father died on a forced march to Buchenwald, another concentration camp, three months before the camp was liberated in 1945. He has since written more than 40 books based on his Holocaust experiences. In 1986, Wiesel won the Nobel Peace Prize.
However, the integrity and accuracy of his most famous book, "Night", has been seriously critiqued by several sources, most notably the prestigious Institute for Historical Review. Click HERE to read Robert Faurisson's critique of the book.