Canadian Press, Mar. 31, 2003
NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. (CP) – Holocaust denier Ernst Zundel is a risk to Canadian security and if released would be a lightning rod for the white supremacist movement, a CSIS agent told an immigration hearing Monday.
Zundel appeared in orange prison overalls and waved to friends in the hearing room, CFTO News reported Monday. A Canadian resident for some 40 years until 2001, he is seeking refugee status since his return to Canada by U.S. authorities.
He has been in a Niagara Detention Centre in Thorold, Ont., since Feb. 19 awaiting an immigration hearing.
If deported to Germany, Zundel would face charges of suspicion of incitement of hate. The charges stem from material on his Web site that denies that the murder of six million Jews by the Nazis during the Second World War ever took place.
German-born Zundel moved to Canada in 1958 as a teenager where he held permanent resident status. In the 1980s, he became known for staging stunts like strapping himself to a crucifix to get across his Holocaust denial messages.
He left Canada in 2001 for the United States after a long-running human rights complaint alleging he spread anti-Semitic literature.
Zundel was arrested Feb. 3 at his Tennessee home for overstaying a visitor’s visa.