The Holocaust denial was not the public’s interest until the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. “During the late 1980’s and the early 1990’s Germany became the stage for arguably the most concerted push for publicity that Holocaust denial movement has ever attempted,” stated by Long, the Holocaust deniers did not appear together at gatherings often. What was done to stop the Holocaust denial movement in Germany after WWII.
In Germany, Holocaust deniers associated often and publicly with the political far right. Most of the Holocaust deniers were from the far right parties. At many of the rallies and gatherings the main deniers who spoke were organized from the far right political parties, but also other parties, including local and foreign deniers. Ernest Zündel was considered the primary motivator in the denial movement. From his home he would distribute pamphlets, books, videos, and audio cassettes, which made him considered the most important distributor of the Holocaust denial material in the world. Ewald Althans was Zündel’s representative in Germany. Many of his ideas happened in his office in Munich. Althans was later arrested in 1994, and the media believed that he was the new Führer of the German far right.
Althans claimed that he was the new Führer, but he is going to be the generation to change Germany’s fate and create a new order in the country. His most ambitious attempt to publicize the Holocaust denial in Germany was through a gathering. The people that were planned to speak there was David Irving, Robert Faurisson, the author of the pseudo-scientific Leuchter Report, and etc. Zündel was then arrested the evening before the gathering and released two days later.
The meeting was canceled because it was a false booking, but another event was approved on the steps of the museum. Three-hundred attended the event and among them 12 were arrested for displaying banned symbols. He was interviewed by the media. He made extreme comments to satisfy his desire to provoke and create a media profile for himself. Evidence of the extermination camps were argued to be forged.”Deniers argue that evidence such as this was forged, after the end of World War Two, by people working for world Jewry,” stated by the article,”Denying the Holocaust,” written by Deborah Lipstadt. They believe that the forgers created the documents and the evidence for the extermination. Which, is believed as a fail because even the most talented tried to forge the so called forged work and the could not produce it.
There were many ideas and laws formed to stop the denial movement. ” In today’s Germany the outright denial and even the trivialization of the Holocaust in public is a federal crime,” stated by Söllner , The first law that was passed that was against the Holocaust denial was created as a reaction to re-emerging anti- semitism in German society. After the law was passed the reopening was widely celebrated. Two members of a right- extremist group reacted by covering the synagogue in Cologne with swastikas and anti-Semitic slurs. Then, following that an entire wave of anti- Semitic acts started to occur, so chancellor Konrad Adenauer was forced to take action. He had to pass a law against ‘ incitement’ and this laws main purpose was to make the denial of Nazi crimes against Jews a crime. The law was not really used to sentence the deniers because the convictions were set really high.
The judicial system was also filled with officials that started their careers in the Third Reich. They were not really willing to confront what happened in their past, so they were reluctant to address the topic of the process of coming to terms with the past, and bringing charges to Holocaust deniers. In the 1970’s and the 1980’s there was an attempt to pass more laws against the Holocaust deniers. A law was passed to make it easier to prosecute the Holocaust deniers and also did not allow the denying of the fact that German were deported from Eastern Europe after the WWII aftermath. Once again, the incitement law was revised to guarantee a more efficient prosecution for Holocaust deniers. After that the Holocaust was not really often denied publicly stated by Söllner. ” Many perpetrators confessed to what they had done during the war, after it was over,” state by Lipstadt, for an example, one of the commanders of the Einsatzgruppen units, confessed openly to murdering 90,000.
Many of the deniers dismiss the confessions because they believe that we only got the confessions was the right torture. There evidence for that statement is that they know the consequence for commitment such a crime is punishable through death, so why would they bother to confess. The deniers did not look at the fact that some of the confessions were written after their death. They also try to say that the Germans became the victims of the hoax. Since the denier believe that the Holocaust was a Hoax.
Lipstadt states, ” Not only did they win the cooperation of the world’s greatest military and political powers, forge thousands of documents in record time without being detected, and create physical evidence attesting to an annihilation programme….” Lipstadt is stating that for the Holocaust to be Hoax it is nearly to being impossible.