Monday, January 14, 2008

Former Vienna City Councillor Wolfgang Frohlich Sentenced To Six And A Half Years In Prison In Austria For "Holocaust Denial"

Today was a bad day all round in Europe for those who challenge official Holocaust dogma. First, Sylvia Stolz gets sentenced in Germany. And now an Austrian skeptic loses his liberty as well.

On January 14th, 2008, the European Jewish Press reports that a Vienna court sentenced former extreme-right city councillor Wolfgang Frohlich (pictured above left, being cuffed) to four years in prison for Holocaust denial, then tacked on another two-and-a-half years of a previous suspended sentence, for a total of six-and-a-half years incarceration.

It was the third time that Wolfgang Frohlich, 56, had been found guilty on similar charges, following letters to Austrian members of parliament and Pope Benedict XVI denouncing the Holocaust as a "Satanic lie". Pleading "absolutely not guilty," Frohlich had already served 23 months behind bars since 2003 -- and gasped in court as the other 29 months were added. According to his lawyer, Harald Schuster, Frohlich, who was removed from the populist far-right Freedom Party in 1994, will appeal.

In 1996, Frohlich was jailed and threatened with an additional ten years imprisonment for operating a World War II revisionist website.

At Jurgen Graf's 1998 trial, Fröhlich had testified that, for technical reasons, mass gassings with Zyklon could not have been carried out in the German wartime camps as alleged. Frohlich suffered no legal repercussions for his testimony.

During the April 2000 trial of Swiss "Holocaust denier" Gaston-Armand Amaudruz, when Frohlich testified that mass gassings with Zyklon at the German wartime camps, as alleged, are technically impossible, the public prosecutor threatened to bring "Holocaust denial" charges against Frohlich for his sworn testimony, although the prosecutor never followed through, probably because the Iranian Embassy in Vienna granted Frohlich refuge in May 2000.

In September 2003, Frohlich was sentenced to one year in jail, with three more years suspended, for inciting racial hatred and defaming the memory of the dead, as a result of his circulating leaflets denying that the Nazis used gas chambers to kill Jews during the Holocaust and arguing that the gas chambers at concentration camps had been built after the war. Frohlich also wrote a book entitled "The Gas Chamber Fraud," in which he argued that Jews had devised the Holocaust story as a means of establishing a "new world order."

The Anti-Defamation League reports that Wolfgang Frohlich was among several notables invited to the Holocaust Revisionist Conference held in Tehran, Iran in December 2006.

Austria has one of the strictest sets of laws surrounding Holocaust denial and neo-Nazi activity. British revisionist historian David Irving spent 13 months in jail after his arrest in 2005 before being expelled to the UK.

Commentary: Wolfgang Frohlich has paid some serious dues for his beliefs. The fact that he has remained faithful to his philosophy despite the relentless persecution directed towards him further underscores the distinct reality that the Jewish Holocaust is, as the American Free Press once described it, the "most exaggerated event of the 20th century".

It also underscores the futility of Europe's Holocaust denial laws. Why are European countries directing so many resources towards the prosecution of individuals who pose no threat to public safety, persons, or property? Not only is it a waste of time, but it also implies that there is something to hide. Why should the official Holocaust tale require statutory protection? The truth should not require special protection; it will survive any challenge.

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