Siegfried Verbeke (63)
during intermission at his latest Belgian trial in September 2003, proudly
wearing a T-shirt with the website founded by him, today the biggest
revisionist website worldwide: www.vho.org.
27 November 2004
Leading European Revisionist Siegfried Verbeke Arrested -- and
By Germar Rudolf
After seven years of persecution and harassment by the Belgian and German
authorities, Flemish revisionist publisher Siegfried Verbeke (picture) was
arrested on Nov. 27, 2004, following a German arrest warrant. On Friday, Dec.
12, 2004, the judges of a Belgian court of Courtrai decided, however, that
Verbeke is not to be extradited to Germany, because as a Belgian citizen he has
a right to be tried in his own country, where the same criminal offense exists
for which Germany wants to prosecute him (Holocaust denial).
In 1983, Siegfried Verbeke had established his Flemish Foundation for Free Historical Research
(Stichting Vrij Historisch Onderzoek, VHO), which ever since was
focusing on promoting historical research and publications that bring the
writing of history about World War II in general and the so-called Holocaust in
particular into accord with the facts. In 1996, Siegfried Verbeke agreed to
cooperate with German revisionist publisher to launch a German language division
of VHO under its umbrella, headed by German Rudolf. In September 1997, Germar
Rudolf launched VHO's Internet presence with the website
www.vho.org, which in the meantime has risen to
be the largest revisionist website in the World. As a result
of these activities, Verbeke became the target of persecution by the Belgian government:
- Four of Verbeke's premises were searched three times in a row on Nov. 21
and 29, 1997, as well as on Jan. 7, 1998, on the request of the well known
Belgian witch-hunter Johan Leman. Leman must have felt provoked, because
during a panel discussion in Antwerp on Nov. 6, 1997, Siegfried Verbeke had
distributed several hundred copies of his quite successful revisionist
brochure "Goldhagen and Spielberg Lies" to the audience. During this raid, a
huge number of books and other writings were seized, But since the Belgian
police did not expect to find entire warehouses full of material, they left
most of the material in place and sealed it. By an unfortunate coincident,
the material stored in the sealed warehouses got stolen the next night and
J The German language division of VHO became independent
in early 1998 under the name of Castle
Hill Publishers in order to secure it from such persecution.
- In 1998, criminal proceedings were launched against Siegfried Verbeke by the
public prosecution of Frankfurt, Germany (ref. 50 Js 10328.2/98), on the
initiative of the head of Central Council of Jews in Germany, Ignatz Bubis, for
distributing the German version of "Goldhagen and Spielberg Lies" in tens of
thousands of copies to German addresses. This brochure was ordered
confiscated and destroyed (District Court Munich II, ref. 2 Ds 11 Js 24173/97).
- After a two years lasting court battle, Siegfried Verbeke was sentenced
by the Amsterdam Court of Appeal (Netherlands) on April 27, 2000, to abstain
from distributing a brochure authored by Prof. R. Faurisson that challenges
the authenticity of the Diary of Anne Frank, not because it challenges the
diary's authenticity, but because it is authored and published by
revisionists (see here for
- On May 16, 2001, Belgian Minister for Culture Bert Anciaux demanded that all
Belgian libraries cleanse their shelves from revisionist literature, which was
subsequently silently enacted.
On Feb. 12, 2002, the Belgian authorities officially banned
Verbeke's revisionist organization Vrij Historisch Onderzoek. Mail to its PO Box
60 at B-26000 Berchem 2, was temporarily confiscated. The premises of Siegfried
Verbeke were once more searched and Mr. Verbeke was arrested for 24 hours and
intensely interrogated. In the following months, Verbekes's premises are
frequently "visited" by the Belgian police. After he was released, Siegfried
Verbeke reorganized his foundation, renamed it into "Vogelvrij Historisch
Onderzoek" (=outlawed historical research) and got himself a new PO Box 46, at
B-2600 Berchem 1. The French section of VHO became independent as "Vision
Historique Objective" (V.H.O.), Boîte Postale 256, B-1050 Brussels 5. Several
months after this, the confiscation of mail sent to his old PO Box was lifted,
and Verbeke's organization reassumed its old name and address.
On Sept. 9, 2003, Siegfried Verbeke (63) was sentenced to one
year in prison on probation by the Antwerp criminal court for distributing
material "minimizing the Nazi genocide against the Jews." Verbeke was also
deprived of his civil rights for ten years (e.g., his active and passive right
- Only three weeks later, end of September 2003, the Belgian police once more
raids his premises in search of evidence that revisionist material carrying
Verbeke's name and address is indeed distributed by him. During these raids, the
premise of French revisionist Vincent Reynouard, living in Exile in Belgium,
were also raided.
- The last step so far was reached on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2004, when Siegfried
Verbeke was arrested in his Flemish town of residence Kortrijk following a
German arrest warrant, which since the beginning of 2004 can be executed without
further legal ado in all member countries of the European Union. It may be
expected that the German authorities will set a precedent by sentencing him to
the maximum penalty of confiscation of his property and five years imprisonment.
- On Friday, Dec. 12, 2004, the judges of a Belgian court of Courtrai
decided, however, that Verbeke is not to be extradited to Germany, because
as a Belgian citizen he has a right to be tried in his own country, where
the same criminal offense exists for which Germany wants to prosecute him
(Holocaust denial). Whereas this "thought crime" is punishable with up to
five years in prison in Germany, the maximum sentence in Belgium is "only"
one year. In order to satisfy their mighty eastern neighbor, the Belgian
authorities humbly initiated legal procedures against Siegfried Verbeke to
punish him for his historical dissent as expected by the German government.
On Nov. 9, 2004,
the Belgium Supreme Court declared Belgium's largest party "Vlaamse
Blok" (Flemish block) a "criminal organization" and ordered its
This is so because the Vlaamse Blok is against mass
immigration, for an independent Flemish nation, and many of its leading
members have revisionists viewpoints. Since this party's success could
not be stopped, the "democrats" of Belgium simply outlawed it. This is
democracy: If elections do not have the results as wanted by the powers
that be, they simply throw democracy into the dust bin. Who gives a f...
They do the same with dissidents: If they cannot refute the
dissident's views, they simply ban those views, burn their books, and arrest
the dissidents. Following the motto: opinions are free, but the dissidents
are arrested. You can challenge the veracity of accounts about Stalin's
genocides, you can do the same for the genocide against the Tutsis or any
other genocide, but don't you dare doubting the veracity of accounts
regarding the genocide against the Jews! Jews are god-like creatures!
Doubting them is punished with destruction of your social existence,
confiscation of your property, and loss of freedom for many, many years!
Western governments are complaining about human rights violations in
China, Iran, North Korea, and what have you, but they'd better clean up
their own back yard before complaining about the dirt in their neighbor's