For having written and published a Réponse à Jean-Claude Pressac sur le problème des chambres à gaz, I was taken to court by the public prosecutor in Paris and by two organisations of former camp inmates. The trial was held in Paris on May 9. The prosecutor asked for a non-suspended jail sentence of three months. The Jewish lawyer for the two organisations asked for a non-suspended jail sentence, financial damages, a forced publication of the judgment in three newspapers at my expense, and he also wanted my own lawyer, Éric Delcroix, to be prosecuted because he shared my criminal and repugnant revisionist views.
We had forced Pressac to come and testify. His testimony was, for him, a major disaster. The three judges, who in the past had been so hostile to revisionism in other trials, looked flabbergasted by Pressac. Extremely nervous and agitated, he resembled Jerry Lewis. He was totally unable to answer the questions put to him by the judges who insisted on getting at least one proof of the existence of one “gas chamber” in Auschwitz. At one point, Pressac felt so obviously desperate that he dared to shout that Leuchter himself had confessed to the existence of “gas chambers” in a report!!!
Today, June 13, 1995, the judges handed down their decision.
They could not refrain from finding me guilty of violating the antirevisionist law of July 13, 1990, but the sentence is exceptionally mild. For me a a fine of 15,000 francs ($3,000) and for Henri Roques, who had not published but distributed my booklet, a 10,000 F fine. The two organisations got 1 F each! No publication of the judgment was ordered. (As usual in such cases, we also have to pay jointly 4,000 F to the Jewish lawyer.)
I am afraid our adversaries may appeal against this sentence. In France, appeal is automatically granted as soon as asked. We’ll know in ten days’ time.
Meanwhile, thank you, Mr Jerry Lewis Pressac !
30 June: Our opponents have not appealed! They are fed up. Up to now at least twelve Jewish lawyers have given up since 1981. The latest is Jean-Serge Lorach. It seems he is sick and tired. I will keep on fighting personally in court.
June 13, 1995