18 January 1992
Thank you for your fax about the possibility of laying false news charges against Sabina Citron and her bunch because of what she says on "Wannsee".
My advice is that we, as academics, could show with excellent arguments that "Wannsee" had nothing to do with "a meeting by high ranking nazi government officials [making] a decision  to murder every Jewish man, woman and child in Europe." Even academics who are on the side of Sabina Citron know that and said it (Jäckel and Cº) and, if "Wannsee" had been the place of such a decision, Hilberg and Cº would not say that there was in fact no decision for the "murder" of the Jews. And there would not be any discussion between the "intentionalist" theory and the "functionalist" theory : the first ones would say : "We are right because, on January 20, 1942, at Wannsee, the "intention" of murder was clearly present." In fact, in "Wannsee", there was an interministerial meeting (with no high ranking nazi government officials except Heydrich) where Heydrich said that from now on "emigration is to be replaced by the evacuation of the Jews to the East." Mind you : those 14 words are those of the staff evidence analysis (SEA) by J. Lester on 29 september 1949 (Doc. NG-2586). Heydrich's words were : "Die Evakuierung der Juden nach dem Osten" (p. 3 of the document). At the famous "Stuttgart Kongress" (3-5 May 1984), this version of "Wannsee" was implicitly accepted by the "historians" defending the "Holocaust".
But what may be clear for specialists might not be clear at all for members of a jury. And remember that what you would have to demonstrate is that S. Citron is publishing something that she knows is false. Remember article 181 (ex 177) of the Canadian Criminal Code : "Every one who wilfully publishes a statement, tale or news that he knows is false ." Remember also the following words : "and that causes or is likely to cause injury or mischief to a public interest ". All this means that you would have to convince 11 or 12 simple people of Canada :
1. that "Wannsee" did not decide the murder of the European Jews (and implicitly that nothing else decided a murder which did not exist) ;
2. that S. Citron wilfully published something that she knew was false about "Wannsee" ;
3. that, by so doing, she caused or was likely to cause injury
or mischief to a public interest of the Canadian people.
It would be easy, for the defense lawyer of Sabina Citron, to show that this lady believed what everyone in Canada believes about the "murder" of the Jews and that she is entitled to ignore that some academics have changed their mind about "Wannsee" in the 80's (especially) and, even if she had been spreading or publishing something which she knew was false, what kind of public interest suffered from that ? Of course, a few individuals in Canada and especially Ernst Zündel are suffering because of this lie but this is not the public at large. Remember that you would have to define this "public interest". The law requires that specification.
Imagine the consequences if your cause was lost. It would come down in the medias all over the world that "Wannsee" was correctly described as the meeting where the Nazis had taken the decision of murdering those poor Jews. By saying that, the medias would be wrong but, as you know, they would say so.
18 January 1992
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