German prosecutors move against Holocaust-denying bishop

17th October 2009, Comments 2 comments

Richard Williamson sparked controversy in January when he gave a television interview in the vicinity of Regensburg in which he said: "There was not one Jew killed by the gas chambers. It was all lies, lies, lies."

Berlin -- German prosecutors last week filed a complaint against a British bishop, Richard Williamson, for inciting racial hatred after he said that "not one Jew" was killed in Nazi gas chambers.

The competent court in Regensburg, southern Germany, must now decide whether to accept the charges, its president Johann Ploed said, adding that the decision would come in around one week.

Any punishment would likely be a fine, he said. If Williamson accepted the fine, there would be no need for a public trial.

Williamson sparked controversy in January when he gave a television interview in the vicinity of Regensburg in which he said: "There was not one Jew killed by the gas chambers. It was all lies, lies, lies."

The bishop said he believed "200,000 to 300,000 Jews perished in Nazi concentration camps, but none of them by gas chambers."

The outburst prompted a very rare comment on religious matters by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who called on Pope Benedict XVI to "clarify unambiguously that there can be no denial" the Nazis killed six million Jews.

The scandal carried particular resonance as it was Nazi Germany that masterminded and carried out the murders during World War II, and because the 82-year-old pope is German.

Denying that the Holocaust took place is illegal in Germany and Austria.

AFP/Expatica

 

2 Comments To This Article

  • Tonnis Visser Hoek posted:

    on 17th October 2009, 23:10:29 - Reply

    The man is either ill-informed or dumb - above all a disgrace to his church, his educationa and his nation.
    Hand him over (gently) to a german jew of my age (1924), who will be glad to teach him a lesson in post WW II German and West European history.
    After that his God should be willing to take care of him .
  • Gerard posted:

    on 17th October 2009, 17:54:39 - Reply

    The headline should read: German Prosecuters plan to Extort money from a poor Catholic man for Political Advantage.

    The article is incorrect in the quote "There was not one Jew killed by the gas chambers. It was all lies, lies, lies." That was a quote from Canada from the late 1980's. The Bishop did not say that in Germany. What the bishop did say was that he was relying on the historical evidence of the revisionists and that he would likely change his conclusions should they change their conclusions based on the evidence.

    The hubris of the German government to punish objectivity and honesty is astounding and Orwellian to the say the least. To say Bishop Williamson is inciting hatred is a lie. I've met the man and even if I didn't, his words objectively do not nor implicitly incide hatred.

    Chancellor Merkel should be coerced to unequivocally affirm the claims of the Catholic Church as the one true Church and any denial of that or the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ should be made a crime in Germany punishable by imprisonment or fine.

    Germany used to have the reputation of a people that could pride themselves on accuracy, fairness and clear thinking. No more it seems.

    A fine or any punishment will simply be a theft by the German authorities. At least Judas' thirty pieces of silver was a straightforward arrangement and not extortion.

    Bishop Williamson is a grace-filled God loving man and those who persecute him will have to make an accounting at their judgement and God will punish them for that.