Introduction by Gordon Duff
Did Ingrid Zundel, the accused anti-Semite, help Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal hunt down Josef Mengel and expose Nazi penetration of Paraguay? We cover this and other surprising points as we begin to celebrate the controversial lives of Ingrid and Ernst Zundel, two very brave people who we, at least, will not forget.
The article below is about Ingrid Rimland Zundel. Ingrid, a longtime VT contributor, died October 12, 2017, only two months after her husband, Ernst Zundel, died in Germany. Both were personal friends, people of great kindness and impeccable manners. Thus, both were hated by “the usual suspects.”
What surprised VT, which always allowed Ingrid to publish any and all writings unedited, the only publication that allowed such, was that most attacks came from sites like Stormfront and supposed Christian Nationalist or “White Identity” groups.
A study by VT proved most of these organizations to be surrogates used by Zionists to smear opponents. The idea of the “bolshies” sending out Nazi biker gangs to run errands for them had us rolling on the floor with laughter.
For those who don’t know,a their crime was “revisionism.” Both believed that the version of the holocaust that the public generally accepts is untrue. Ernst went to prison for these beliefs as have many, such as author and famed historian David Irving.
My issue is simple, holocaust revisionism is a branch of study, not a form of terrorism. It is certainly not a crime. When, as many nations have, academic studies are criminalized, then it becomes obvious that such nations are closet totalitarian states, Canada, Austria and Germany in particular.
My own examination of evidence shows something is terribly wrong with what has been taught. Thus, VT allows open discussion and real freedom of speech on this issue, which has brought about well financed and coordinated attacks by both Jewish and Nazi front groups, which we proved were one in the same.
No surprises there either.
For those unaware, Ernst Zundel was a German publisher of science fiction who became a UFO researcher. Zundel, after World War II, traveled to Chile to investigate reports of cooperation between Nazi Germany and off-world forces. These rumors, perhaps much more than rumors, may well have led to a US military action immediately after the war.
Whether Operation Highjump had a secret component involving UFO investigation may well be released by President Trump but we don’t think so. What we do know, if Ernst Zundel is to be believed, is that there was a UFO base in Chile, where Germans interacted with off-world intelligence.
Zundel claims to have entered this base, which was still operational into the 1970s. If we believe this, and I suggest we might well do exactly that, then we are thus supplied context for what we observe geopolitically today, the endless farcical wars for no reason whatsoever.
Ah, but I digress. Perhaps a brave and privately financed film maker might take on the task of telling the fascinating story of the Zundels. Both were bigger than life, giants among their lessers.
Ingrid believed Germany had been targeted by a Jewish led criminal cabal and that the German people were allowing themselves to be destroyed. Many, perhaps not most, but many Germans might well agee to some extent anyway.
Is Germany being destroyed by its government? Yes. Are Jews doing it? That is for others to decide.
The article below is from Mennonite Life. Ingrid was born a Mennonite in Ukraine before World War II.
James C. Juhnke
March 2005, vol. 60 no. 1
Ingrid Rimland was a twelve-year old refugee in the flight of Mennonites out of the Ukraine in World War II. She was on the ship Volendam that carried Mennonites to Paraguay. After a difficult childhood and early adulthood in the Volendam colony of eastern Paraguay, she migrated to North America and became a successful writer. Her first book and best literary effort, The Wanderers (1977), was a three-generation story of Mennonite women caught in the social upheavals of revolution and war. In the 1990s she was converted to the
revisionist Holocaust-denial movement…
[ Editor’s Note: The widely used term “holocaust denial” was a well-coordinated intelligence psyops effort to scare away any independent analysis and exposure of the vastly exaggerated traditional holocaust story, as there was a vast amount of evidence to confirm. I have personally always objected to “holocaust supremacism” on simple and solid grounds.
If one wants to claim that a holocaust took place during WWII, then any legitimate claim would have to start with ALL the 50 million claimed to have been killed. To do otherwise would be engaging in a form of “victim supremacy”, where the deaths of the Jews killed in WWII is to be given top billing, and everyone else pushed to the back of the bus, and even out the back door.
The greatest proof of this is the irony of the “outside” US WWII Memorial which was solely funded through private donations, while the “inside” holocaust museum, which can operate 365 days a year during rain storms and freezing weather with state-of-the-art interactive exhibitions received government funding, even for its continued operation. I will let you guess what group of people were allowed to run the holocaust museum on a non-inclusive basis.
And of course this is just what happened. If you asked school children after visiting the WWII Memorial and the holocaust museum what the greatest tragedy of WWII was, the vast majority would tell you it was the deaths of the Jews. Teaching this in the classroom for young kids is routine now. No alternative or “wider” views like mine above are allowed.
I interviewed a gentleman years ago on this during my early Heritage TV days in Atlanta; and he brought in a clipping of a news article showing young school children being indoctrinated in a government approved holocaustology mind-control program. It showed that large brown paper grocery bags were handed out, and the kids instructed to put them over their heads and imagine they were being gassed in a gas chamber.
I kid you not. A school system got conned or intimidated into allowing this, but the picture going public created a backlash, with even claims of child abuse being thrown about. I share that with you as one example of the ruthlessness of the holocaust-aholic lobby, drunk in sanctimonious victim supremacy. Thus ends my missive for today… Jim W. Dean ]
…and became a significant spokesperson and web site manager for that cause. Her fourth major book, the trilogy Lebensraum (1998), is another Mennonite history saga, permeated with anti-Semitism and romantic German nationalism. Rimland’s revisionist crusade recently was energized when her second husband, Ernst Zundel, was extradited from Canada to Germany. Zundel, who had been denied citizenship in Canada and the United States, is in prison and awaiting trial for the crime of denying the Holocaust. Bruce Leichty, a Mennonite immigration attorney in Fresno, California, helped in Zundel’s legal defense. Leichty has urged Mennonite publications, so far unsuccessfully, to pay more attention to the Zundel story.
Although Rimland occasionally refers to Mennonites as
my people, she was not a baptized member of the church. She has been persistently hostile to Mennonitism and dismissive of religion in general. Yet her creative writing, nearly all of which is semi-autobiographical, is an important window into the experience of some alienated people on the fringes of Mennonite communities.
Demon Doctor is the third and the least well known of Rimland’s four major books.1 It is the story of Rimland’s quest in the mid-1980s to demonstrate that Dr. Josef Mengele, the notorious Nazi
Butcher of Auschwitz, had fled to Paraguay, taken on the identity of one Dr. Hans-Joachim Fertsch, and practiced medicine in the Mennonite colony of Volendam.2 Rimland’s mother worked as Fertsch’s assistant, until the Mennonite colony leaders dismissed the eccentric, paranoid, philandering
Demon Doctor from his position in 1951. Thirty years later, according to Rimland, the fugitive Mengele/Fertsch collaborated with Alfredo Stroessner, the dictator-president of Paraguay, to fake the fugitive doctor’s death and funeral. Then the doctor retired to live out his days as a gardener in Stroessner’s compound. With just a little more help and some good luck, Rimland tells us, she could have set up Mengele/Fertsch’s capture.
Rimland’s quest to prove the identity of Fertsch and Mengele led her to a strange association with Jewish Nazi-hunters who were pursuing Mengele. The book tells how Simon Wiesenthal (who Rimland thinly disguises as
Simon Rosenblatt) arranged to finance an information gathering trip to Paraguay for Rimland and an adventurer pilot-friend. She also records visits and conversations with Mennonites who once knew Dr. Fertsch in Volendam and were now living in Canada. The book quotes extensively and repetitively from Rimland’s correspondence with potential informants.
Rimland is unabashedly transparent about her ambition as a writer who is eager to advance her own literary career with a sensational story. She endows her narrative with an amateurish cloak-and-dagger conspiratorial aura. She changes names, as though seeking protection from libel or retribution. The Mennonites are
Bennobites; the MCC is the
BCC; Stroessner is
General Strongman. Rimland darkly implies that her revelations could place her reputation and even her life in danger. The readers are left to guess whether the threats might come from the Paraguayan authorities, the Jews, or the Mennonites.
The Demon Doctor narrative does not succeed as literary art. The evidences for Rimland’s thesis are circumstantial and unconvincing. Because Mengele’s trail went cold, the story has nowhere to go. By chapter 25 (p. 236) she confesses:
I have been told to cut this chapter because it makes for repetitive reading. I have decided not to do so because it illustrates my mounting frustration as the year wore on and nothing of consequence happened. The book has no climax. In the end, with nothing proven and the popular Mengele mania eclipsed in the mass media, she writes,
Thus ends my Gothic tale. You are free to believe it or not. (p. 315)
There is no doubt what Rimland believes about the Mennonites, the people of her ethnic origin. She holds them in contempt. The North American Mennonites who brought the Russian-German refugees to Paraguay, she says,
held us hostage in the bush for the sake of punishment and penitence. The Mennonite Central Committee forced the refugees
to kneel and pray to God in the BCC-approved way—or else we weren’t fed. (41) Behind this abuse, says Rimland, was North American resentment that some Russian Mennonites had collaborated with the German forces and had taken up arms to fight the Communists. Misguided missionaries from North America offered bribes to Volendam colony children if they would give their hearts to Jesus—a bribe that Rimland stoutly resisted. Prominent among her personal resentments is that Volendam colony leaders denied her mother a position as German teacher because she refused to give up smoking cigarettes. Rimland’s Mennonites are grim, repressed, moralistic, authoritarian, and altogether despicable religionists. Yet she finds it quite unfair that Mennonites have disliked her writing.
On one point, however, Rimland defends the Mennonites against unjust charges. Contrary to some press releases by Jewish Nazi hunters, Mennonites in Paraguay did not know the true identity of Dr. Fertsch/Mengele. They made a temporary place for the butcher of Auschwitz, but not wittingly.
Rimland wrote The Demon Doctor before her conversion to the revisionist camp of Holocaust denial. But the book manifests her consistent predilection for conspiracy theories. She is inclined to piece together bits of circumstantial evidence to construct a grand conspiratorial theory—whether about fugitive ex-Nazis or about Jewish claims regarding their unique suffering.
There must be an interesting story behind the publication and marketing of The Demon Doctor. According to the World Cat database of the Online Computer Library Center—a comprehensive database of worldwide library holdings—only three libraries worldwide own this book. One of them is the Mennonite Historical Library at Goshen College. It seems that the book was not marketed at all, or withdrawn almost immediately after publication.
Rimland doesn’t list the book alongside her other publications on her web site. Why not? Perhaps her 1980s hunt for Mengele, in association with Jews, is an embarrassment in her present campaign, in opposition to Jews, to deny the Holocaust. In any case, this book should not be ignored by anyone who wants to understand Ingrid Rimland’s biography and to puzzle over her relationship to the Mennonites.
Gordon Duff posted articles on VT from 2008 to 2022. He is a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War. A disabled veteran, he worked on veterans and POW issues for decades.
Gordon is an accredited diplomat and is generally accepted as one of the top global intelligence specialists. He manages the world’s largest private intelligence organization and regularly consults with governments challenged by security issues.
Duff has traveled extensively, is published around the world, and is a regular guest on TV and radio in more than “several” countries. He is also a trained chef, wine enthusiast, avid motorcyclist, and gunsmith specializing in historical weapons and restoration. Business experience and interests are in energy and defense technology.
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