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Neo-Nazi goes on trial in Germany for denying Holocaust

dpa German Press Agency
Published: Tuesday November 14, 2006

Mannheim, Germany- A neo-Nazi who denied the Holocaust ever happened went on trial Tuesday under a law against incitement to racial hatred. Germar Rudolf called the Holocaust "a gigantic fraud," at the start of proceedings in the city of Mannheim.

The prosecution accuses the 42-year-old chemist of making pseudo-scientific claims that it was impossible that Zyklon-B poison was used in the gas chambers at the Nazis' Auschwitz death camp.

He is also alleged to have dismissed the Holocaust as a myth and questioned the deaths of millions of Jews at the hands of the Nazis.

Denial of the Holocaust is punishable in Germany with up to five years in jail.

Rudolf was deported to Germany in November 2005 from the United States where he lived for several years after his 1995 conviction by a court in Stuttgart on similar charges of inciting racial hatred.

During his years in the United States, Rudolf consorted with neo-Nazis such as German-born Ernst Zuendel, who is currently on trial in Mannheim for incitement to ethnic hatred over his U.S. website, which glorified dictator Adolf Hitler.

© 2006 dpa German Press Agency