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Holocaust Denier Fights Extradition

Dr. Frederick Toben, is fighting extradition from the United Kingdom because he fears being deported to Germany where he faces a European Arrest Warrant for his alleged remarks which deny the Holocaust ever happened. As he entered the court, several people rose and gave stiff armed Nazi salutes. The German born academic has taken Australian nationality and was arrested at Heathrow airport on his way back to Australia. he is wanted in a district court in Mannheim, Germany, for posting information of an “anti-semitic or revisionist nature” on his website. It is not a crime to express such views in Great Britain, but it is in Germany.

The European Arrest Warrant expedites extradition from one EU country to another if the crime entails at least one year in jail. An important issue in this case is the right of free speech. Dr. Toben’s views hardly reflect intelligence or what one would expect in the ability to engage in critical thinking from a person with advanced education. But, the essence of democracy is that people are entitled to their views regardless of how ridiculous they may emerge.

Alleged Holocaust Denier Held Ar Heathrow

Gerald Frederick Toben, a teacher who has argued the Holocaust never happened, was detained by police at Heathrow airport in London. He was held under a German arrest warrant issued in 2004 which alleges he had carried out “world wide Internet publication” of material that was anti-semitic, and denied, approved or played down the mass murder of Jews by Nazis during World War II. Toben appeared before the magistrate and angrily denied the government had a right to “to arrest me on British soil.” He was upset and claimed the British and German governments were cooperating to deny him his rights of free speech.

In a 2005 interview on Iranian television, Toben told the audience, “The Holocaust equals a lie. Therefore, Israel is built on a lie.” In the British court, Toben begged the magistrate “to le me leave the country, to kick me out. I promise never to return.”

As someone who has worked in Holocaust education for more than thirty years and despises everything Toben stands for, I still believe he has a right to his beliefs. There is no proof his words have directly led to harm to anyone and therefore this is not a case of “yelling fire in a crowded theater.” Let him go free and allow those who believe in free speech to defeat him in a contest of historical factual data vs his blind ignorance.