Monday, April 27, 2009
Another Victim Of Holocaustianity: Austrian Court Sentences Gerd Honsik To Five Years Imprisonment For "Holocaust Denial" And Promoting "Nazi Ideals"
Here's a historian who has not received as much publicity from our media that Ernst Zuendel and Fredrick Toeben have received. But like them, he has been victimized. On Monday April 27th, 2009, an Austrian court sentenced Gerd Honsik to five years imprisonment for "Holocaust denial", as well as "propagating Nazi ideals". Israeli media reaction from Haaretz.
Gerd Honsik's three-day trial was marked by an impassioned defense by the defendant, who was sentenced to 18 months in prison back in 1992 for similar offences linked to his book "Acquittal for Hitler?," but fled abroad during his appeal.
The 67-year-old Honsik spent 15 years in Spain where he returned to pro-Nazi publicity work via the Internet which prompted further charges. Once he was discovered in Spain, extradition attempts began. Spain twice courageously rebuffed requests for Honsik's handover because Holocaust denial and neo-Nazi propaganda were not illegal in that country, but Honsik was finally arrested in Malaga, Spain on August 23rd, 2007 and extradited to Austria after two European-wide arrest warrants were issued at Austria's behest.
But five years is not enough for prosecutor Stefan Apostol, who said he would seek a longer jail term for Honsik. Honsik had faced up to 20 years in prison on charges of "re-engagement" in public promotion of Nazi ideology in his magazine "Halt" and several books.
Honsik denied the charges and said he would appeal against the verdict. "To impose five years in prison for exercising one's freedom of opinion is just intolerable," said defense lawyer Herbert Schaller. Honsik called himself a social democrat and said he had only "rejected the textbook wisdom that demonizes National Socialism." He further argued that he had never denied outright the existence of gas chambers where 6 million Jews were killed. Rather he had only ruled them out "wherever I had not verified the (facts) myself."
Gerd Honsik is also identified as one of many free speech martyrs on the Vanguard News Network Forum. Honsik also has his own German-language website HERE; an English translation is available HERE.