Publisher Gerhard Foerster â€” a 78 years old man suffering from several illnesses, who needs a wheel chair to go around â€” got 12 months imprisonment and 53,000 SwF, assorted financial punishment.
His crime: He was publishing the books of Jurgen Graf.
Charged, tried and convicted in Switzerland. Fired for the second time from his teaching post.
Background and contribution:
A Swiss school teacher and language genius, Graf speaks almost one dozen languages fluently and understands many more, some of them the most exotic ones such as Russian, Japanese, Thai as well as Malay and Filipino dialects. Author of several books, among them “Der Holocaust auf dem PrÃ¼fstand” (The Holocaust on Trial), he went recently to Russia where he researched Russian archives for months. The Swiss government charged, tried and convicted Graf in 1998 to 15 months in jail under the new anti-Revisionist law adopted by the Swiss in 1994. His German-born, 80-year-old publisher was likewise convicted to 1 year in prison.
Judge Andrea Staubli (to Graf): “Can’t you imagine that Jews feel offended by your books?”
Graf: “Yes, and many non-Jews as well. The brain-washing has been so thorough that anyone who inadvertently stumbles upon the truth would be completely upset”.
Staubli: “And don’t you care if Jews feel offended by your books?”
Graf: “Edgar Bronfman (the president of the Jewish World Congress) said recently that Switzerland is like a man who has to have his feet held in the fire before he sees reason. Can’t you imagine that a Swiss person would feel offended by that? Why is it that only Jewish feelings are taken into account and never the feelings of non-Jews?”
Graf got his 15 months and 18,000 SwF. His publisher Gerhard Foerster — a 78 years old man suffering from several illnesses, who needs a wheel chair to go around — got 12 months imprisonment and
53,000 SwF, assorted financial punishment.