by Jonas E. Alexis & Monika Schaefer
Alexis: you argue that the Holocaust establishment tried to ruin you and your brother Alfred. How did they go about doing that?
Schaefer: Alfred is a video producer, and it was he who produced the fateful video in which I play a cheerful little tune. More on that later.
I will begin this part by saying that my activism did not start with 9-11. My real awakening did, but not my activism. As far back as I can remember, I have been concerned myself with issues of the environment, social justice, peace, anti-nuclear, etc.
All my life, when I saw injustice when I saw that things were wrong or harmful, or something did not make sense, I wanted to fix those things…
So the activism: it began for me as a teenager when I advocated for pedestrian and cycling infrastructure instead of paving yet another wild ravine in the city of Edmonton where I grew up.
Over the years, I have been very active in environmental organizations, particularly in Jasper National Park where I have lived for the past 35 years. I also organized many Peace activities over the years, opposing cruise missile testing in Alberta, then the Iraq war. We did some Peace marches. My friend and I actually ended up on the hood of a car that tried to push us off the street. It was quite dramatic.
I became involved in actual politics with the Green Party of Canada. I attended the founding convention in 1983, then many years later I started running in elections. The first one was for the provincial Greens in 2004, and then the next 3 federal elections in 2006, 2008, and 2011.
Then there has been my involvement in the cultural community – have been on various boards, Arts Jasper, an organization that brings performers and shows to our town, so that Jasperites don’t have to drive 4 hours to the big city to get culture. In addition, I have donated my music on countless occasions, fundraisers, seniors’ homes, schools, and community dinners, I play all over town, for free, for the love of it.
I became what others called a “prominent community member”. I built up a lot of “social capital”. I do not tell you these things out of a sense of vanity or false deceit. It is to give background to what has now come my way as a result of the video “Sorry mom, I was wrong about the holocaust”. If I was an unknown entity, someone who perhaps hung around a drinking establishment all day long, somehow I don’t think too many people would have made a fuss about my views on anything, not even the Holocaust.
But, in my case, because of that community “fame”, and because I have been a very public figure, it seems to be especially important for the enemy to bring me down swiftly and ferociously and absolutely. They have to
- Make an example of me,
- Instill fear in anyone who dares to show any curiosity about the issue
- Isolate me by condemning those who come to my defense, even if they only defend my right to have an opinion however offensive it might be.
- To cement the barrier into the brain which prevents rational thought.
- They have to reinforce the trigger response that has been engineered into our brains to never question the holocaust.
- Shun and shame and ostracize me from my community.
I was still in Germany at my brother’s place in Bavaria, when the messages started arriving in my email, on Facebook, and by phone. Many of those on Facebook was public comments.
For example, “Monika Schaefer is not welcome in Jasper.” Old friends with whom I have played music together for years, were the first to terminate our friendship. There was plenty of hate mail coming my way, from known and unknown people. There were some threats to my personal and physical well-being. I would say there were some serious threats.
And some weird messages regarding violin lessons but checking is this the same person as in this video, and then a scathing response – I’m pretty sure that whole thing was done by an agent, it was not a genuine violin student. It was meant to scare and intimidate me.
The first concrete action against me was the cancellation of my Canada Day performance. This was a volunteer repeat gig – I had done a children’s show the year before on Canada Day in Jasper, they loved it and so they asked me back. Three days before, I received an email saying that there was a protest planned, and for the safety of all concerned, they were inviting me. They canceled my performance.
July 1st was the day I arrived by train back into Jasper. The entry back into my hometown was a bit like going into a lion’s den. I was filled with trepidation, as it seemed “everybody” was talking about this shocking thing I had done, and I was being made to feel that I was the criminal and that I had done something terribly wrong. I kept reminding myself that I was just telling the truth, as I understood it.
I can assure you that the sky did not fall that day.
Soon a newspaper article appeared in the weekly paper called the Fitzhugh, from which I learned a great deal. It was a real hit piece, and they did not publish my response. But what I learned was this:
– The president of the Legion, a fellow named Ken Kuzminski (who by the way I used to share rides with to all-candidates forums while we were both running in elections, him NDP, me Green Party), had me banned from the Legion in Jasper. The Legion is a real hub for music in Jasper. Many musicians play there.
– Kuzminsky also filed complaints against me for “hate speech” with the Alberta Human Rights Commission and the Canadian Human Rights Commission.
– He notified the German embassy. I wonder what he was trying to achieve with that.
– He apparently also notified the RCMP.
What else happened in my town? Parks Canada asked me not to come to their music nights, where I had been warmly welcomed to volunteer before. They told me protests had been threatened.
And then there is the busking issue. Now, this is a big deal. Busking is a newly sanctioned activity in Jasper, which I personally have lobbied for. The Town council was all enthusiastic about the presentation I made a few years ago, and they said they would work on getting busking legalized in Jasper.
It took until this summer to finally get the job done. When I went to buy my busking license, imagine my surprise, when it was denied, because of my now famous, or infamous, depending on your viewpoint, “publicly proclaimed non-inclusive beliefs”.
This saga continues, and I think they, the powers that be, don’t know what hit them. Many people have written letters on my behalf, and some of these interventions, in particular those from my good friend Tony Hall, are going all the way up to not only our Prime Minister but also to UNESCO, because we are in a National Park which also happens to be in a designated World Heritage Site. The Canadian Rights and Freedoms Act and the Declaration of Universal Human Rights article 19, have been violated.
What else? The Leader of the Green Party of Canada, Elizabeth May, bent over backward to distance that Party from me. They threw me out, when in fact I had already taken myself out of the Party over a year ago, on a matter of principle.
What about the town folk? There have been some nasty in-person face-to-face comments, some screaming at me, some folks saying loudly in the streets “there goes the Nazi”, and others who will not look at me, they render me completely invisible.
Others are not sure what to make of me. They seem frightened the first time they see me, then after they notice that I am cheerful and friendly, they relax a bit and become a little more normal. There must be some cognitive dissonance there.
One of the local doctors wrote me an email saying I need psychiatric help or to be thrown in jail. I don’t think I’ll ever go see him again as a patient! It might be dangerous to my health.
Some people have blamed me for dividing the community. Like I am at fault that there are arguments at dinner tables. I say, great, you should be discussing this! And, this is bigger than me, than you, or little Jasper.
Then there is the woman whose 19-year-old son forbade her to talk to me, to look at me, to even mention my name. She of course disobeyed her son and enveloped me with LOVE. It was also young people who shouted “Nazi” at me in the street.
On the other hand, it was a young person who told me “you don’t know me, but I just want to tell you that I don’t like what is going on in town. I don’t like how this town is treating you, and I am not alone”.
I find it so interesting, how among young people especially, there are two extremes in their reactions to all of this. Either, responding like conditioned laboratory rats, or very open to people with different views and indeed showing me their love.
Now in general, most of the local people who do give me their support are not in agreement with me, however, they support my right to have a different opinion, and they assure me that they are still my friend.
Beyond Jasper, I am receiving a lot of supportive messages. These are coming from all across Canada, the US, Europe, New Zealand, and Australia. It is absolutely heart-warming and gives me great hope. There are very many people who are truly and fully awake, and I do believe that this awakening is happening at an exponential rate right now. That is what my brother keeps saying, and I think he is right.
People have shared moving stories with me. Stories were triggered by the similarity of their experience to mine as a little German girl in Canada. For example, a story of an 8-year-old daughter, who loses all her friends the day after the movie Holocaust was shown on TV, and who had swastikas and the word “Nazi” painted all over her desk in school. Those experiences are never forgotten. They are life-altering.
Alexis: A moving story indeed. I started studying these issues in the summer of 2009, and I quickly realized that some historical writers philosophically believe in consistency and accuracy as long as it doesn’t affect their preconceived notions. I have interacted with professors from Cambridge and Emory universities, and I can assure you that the arguments that these people produced were utterly worthless.
One famous individual who published a logically fraudulent book with the University of California Press would not even give me permission to publish our interaction because obviously, that would ruin his entire premise in his own book. But why do these people cherish incoherent and irrational ideas?
I think the late Christopher Hitchens was right in saying that the Holocaust has become “a secular religion, with state support in the form of a national museum.” As long as this “secular religion” dictates what can and cannot be said about history, it will coerce truth to take a back seat in historical discussions, since the preservation of the “secular religion” will always take primary place.
As you have already suggested, this ideological bent has already taken hold in Europe, where a person can go to jail for critiquing it. My good friend Dr. Fredrick Töben has suffered enough persecution on this issue already.
It is quite obvious that people can criticize Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, or any religion on the face of the planet. But it seems that the Holocaust religion is untouchable. Rabbi Avi Weiss of the Hebrew Institute even bragged in the Washington Post that “Auschwitz is a sacred place of Jewish memory.” In s similar vein, Charles Krauthammer himself declared that
“It has become increasingly common for American Jews to locate their identity in the Holocaust. For example, it’s become a growing emphasis in Jewish pedagogy from the Sunday schools to Holocaust studies programs in various universities. Additionally, Jewish groups organize visits for young people to the concentration camps of Europe.
“The memories created are indelible. And deeply valuable. Indeed, though my own family was largely spared, the Holocaust forms an ineradicable element of my own Jewish consciousness.
But I worry about the balance. As Jewish practice, learning and knowledge diminish over time, my concern is that Holocaust memory is emerging as the dominant feature of Jewishness in America.
Krauthammer moved to assert that American Jews should not place “such weight on martyrdom [the ‘Holocaust’]— and indeed, for this generation, martyrdom once removed.”
Well, Mr. Krauthammer, why hasn’t Deborah Lipstadt said that you are propounding a form of “soft Holocaust denial” here? How can Lipstadt really call even former president Jimmy Carter a soft-core Holocaust denier?
In any event, I believe that the time will come when this “secular religion” will, at last, be viewed for what it really is: an ideology that seeks to subvert the pillars of Western Civilization. And thank God for people like Monika Schaefer who are not afraid to tell it like it is.
-  Christopher Hitchens, “The Strange Case of David Irving,” LA Times, May 20, 2011.
-  Avi Weiss, “Auschwitz is a sacred place of Jewish memory. It’s no place for a Catholic church,” Washington Post, January 28, 2015.
-  Charles Krauthammer, “The Holocaust and Jewish identity,” Washington Post, March 10, 2016.
-  “Holocaust scholar warns of new ‘soft-core’ denial,” Jerusalem Post, February 6, 2007.
Jonas E. Alexis has degrees in mathematics and philosophy. He studied education at the graduate level. His main interests include U.S. foreign policy, the history of the Israel/Palestine conflict, and the history of ideas. He is the author of the new book, Kevin MacDonald’s Metaphysical Failure: A Philosophical, Historical, and Moral Critique of Evolutionary Psychology, Sociobiology, and Identity Politics. He teaches mathematics in South Korea.