Holocaust denier Germar Rudolf has resurfaced. In a letter that is circulating online, Rudolf writes that he is “somewhere in Mexico,” waiting for a ruling on his application for a green card to enter the United States. Rudolf had moved to the US from Germany and lived here from 1999 to 2005, when he was deported back to Germany for having filed a “frivolous” application for political asylum (he had argued that German laws against Holocaust denial amounted to political persecution of revisionists). In Rudolf’s new letter, he writes that he went to Mexico in the hope that his new application for a green card would be approved, but that he has met with numerous delays and that he has sued the US government to make a final ruling on his application, which he expects to be adjudicated within a couple of months. If his application is rejected, Rudolf writes that he will try to settle in England.
Rudolf’s work denying the Holocaust and his saga of prosecution by Germany for Holocaust denial (where it is illegal) is lengthy and need not be repeated here. But here are a few salient facts about his activities:
- He dabbled in right-wing politics for much of his early life.
- Rudolf was a “revisionist” before he ever started his Ph.D. studies in chemistry in 1990, having been impressed by the Leuchter Report and several other Holocaust denial works.
- He provided expert testimony on behalf of an actual Nazi, Otto Ernst Remer, in the early 1990s.
- Rudolf was slated to be a special “mystery speaker” at the 12th conference of the Institute for Historical review in October 1994. He was ultimately unable to attend because of legal troubles in Germany, but he sent a statement of support to IHR. He was ultimately able to attend and speak at the 13th IHR conference in 2000.
- He testified on behalf of David Irving in Germany in May 1992, and spoke at a conference convened by David Irving in Cincinnati in September 1999.
- Rudolf founded the important Holocaust denial website www.vho.org, and worked with Bradley Smith to set up www.codoh.com.
- He has published a lot of Holocaust denial works in English.
- Rudolf spoke at David Duke’s “homecoming” convention in May 2004.
More interesting to me than all that is that Rudolf also appears to subscribe to anti-Judaism. Consider: In The Revisionist (a holocaust denial journal that Rudolf founded) vol. 4 no. 4, November 2003, Rudolf reviews David Duke’s book, Jewish Supremacism, which is rife with anti-Semitism and anti-Judaism. In his review, Rudolf writes that the book’s central thesis is “convincing to a large degree.” Rudolf then summarizes the book’s thesis as follows:
“Judaism is an ideology based on the ‘racist’ assumption that Jews are superior to non-Jews, and that they try and greatly succeeded to gain decisive influence…over many important aspects of western societies.” (p. 475)
Even more damning: In The Revisionist vol. 4 no. 1 (February 2003), Rudolf claims that during the formation of the Soviet Union, “the Jews” played an important role in “erecting a machinery of terrorism which is unparalleled in world history.” This is itself a very problematic claim. But Rudolf goes further, arguing that Jews did so because of an inherent hatred of gentiles that Judaism allegedly teaches – and that the anti-Semitic persecution of Jews in the first half of the twentieth century is merely a reaction to these Jewish beliefs:
“A deeper analysis, however, should also research the inflexible ideological position of Torah, Talmud, and Schulchan Aruch, which defines the principle opposition of orthodox Jewry against their non-Jewish environment. The hostility against non-Jews, as it is demanded by these Jewish law books, is probably the deeper reason for eastern European anti-Judaism, for the subsequent Jewish tyranny of early Soviet domination, as well as for National Socialist anti-Judaism and anti-Bolshevism developing as a result of this.” (p. 113)
I believe there may be more of this type of thing in Rudof’s writings, and will be looking into it. I’ll report on what I find in a later post.