zundel's place, 1995
Ernst Zundel is a self-proclaimed Nazi. He lived at 206 Carlton Street in Toronto in the 1990's. Holocaust denier and white supremacist, he published hate literature and met with his Nazi friends there. In the spring of 1995, his place was fire bombed. I swear I didn't do it. During the reconstruction, the hoarding around the house sported posters of Zundel and his friends David Irving and Robert Faurisson, all Holocaust deniers. Living in the neighbourhood at the time and waiting daily for a streetcar in front of these offensive images was annoying to say the least. One night, a friend and I went by and covered his posters with flyers showing a picture of Shaya Kleinmann and some of what is known about him – that he was brought to Auschwitz on September 4, 1942, and that his fate is “unknown”. This was so threatening to Zundel that our flyers were covered over in less than 24 hours.
Zundel was deported to his native Germany in 2005. He was tried on 14 counts of inciting racial hatred and defaming the memory of the dead. He was convicted on February 15, 2007 and sentenced to five years in prison. His two years presentence in a German prison were taken into account and he was released on March 1, 2010. He has not been permitted to return to Canada.