Holo­caust de­nier is BNP spe­cial guest

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY DANA GLOGER

A CON­VICTED Holo­caust de­nier was one of the guests in­vited to speak at a Bri­tish Na­tional Party meet­ing this week about how the party could make fur­ther progress in Europe.

Bruno Goll­nisch, a French MEP and vice-pres­i­dent of the far-right Na­tional Front party, spoke at the Rem­brandt Ho­tel in Knights­bridge, Cen­tral Lon­don.

The meet­ing came three days be­fore Bri­tain was due to vote in lo­cal elec­tions. He ap­peared with Aus­trian MEP An­dreas Mölzer, ex­pelled from the coun­try’s Free­dom Party for be­ing too ex­treme, and Ge­org Mayer, an Aus­trian Free­dom Party of­fi­cer.

The event had orig­i­nally been billed by the BNP as a press con­fer­ence, sched­uled to in­clude the party’s leader Nick Grif­fin and its may­oral can­di­date, Richard Barn­brook. But this was can­celled and a closed meet­ing was held in­stead. Mr Grif­fin and Mr Barn­brook are un­der­stood to have been present at this meet­ing.

Gerry Gable, pub­lisher of anti-fas­cist mag­a­zine, Search­light, was told of the Euro­pean del­e­gates’ visit by a mole in the BNP be­fore the press con­fer­ence was an­nounced last week by Si­mon Darby, the party’s deputy leader.

Mr Gable said: “ Search­light’s mole… was con­vinced that this was a smoke­screen to cover up Darby’s breach of se­cu­rity in pub­li­cis­ing the event so far in ad­vance.”

Search­light, which has worked for months to ex­pose the BNP’s ac­tions in ad­vance of the lo­cal and may­oral elec­tions, was par­tic­u­larly in­censed in view of the party’s de­ter­mined court­ing of Jewish vot­ers.

Mr Goll­nisch was sen­tenced in France last year to a three-month sus­pended prison sen­tence, and was Holo­caust. The court found that he had “dis­puted a crime a g a i ns t hu­man­ity” in com­ments he made at a news con­fer­ence in Oc­to­ber Mr Goll­nisch had ques­tioned the num­ber of Jews who died in the Holo­caust and said the “ex­is­tence of the gas cham­bers was for his­to­ri­ans to dis­cuss”.

An­dreas Mölzer is the pub­lisher of Zur Zeit, an Aus­trian po­lit­i­cal jour­nal. Mr Gable said of the pub­li­ca­tion: “Racism, an­tisemitism and xeno­pho­bia are sta­ple fea­tures. Its re­cent pro­mo­tion of openly Nazi and an­tisemitic books prompted the Ber­lin weekly Junge Frei- heit, on which Zur Zeit was orig­i­nally mod­elled, to sever all con­nec­tions.”

Ge­org Mayer was the spokesper­son for the far-right group Iden­tity, Tra­di­tion, Sovereignty in the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment, un­til its col­lapse late last year.

Mr Darby this week ad­mit­ted that the meet­ing was about “what we [the BNP] are go­ing to do in Europe.

“The Euro­pean elec­tions are in 12 months. There’s a group in the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment that rep­re­sents na­tion­al­ists, and the way votes are go­ing now, there’s a real pos­si­bil­ity we could be in­volved in that.”

He added: “There’s noth­ing wrong with us dis­cussing things with elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives.”

But he would not com­ment on the party’s de­ci­sion to host a con­victed Holo­caust-de­nier.

“I can’t dis­cuss the Holo­caust be­cause I could be ex­tra­dited to France or Ger­many, if what I’m say­ing is in­ter­preted in a cer­tain way,” he said.

A spokesman for the Com­mu­nity Se­cu­rity Trust said: “I think the BNP’s court­ing of th­ese no­to­ri­ous in­di­vid­u­als proves once again that their claims to re­spectabil­ity are en­tirely fraud­u­lent.”

PHOTO: AP

De­nier: Bruno Goll­nisch was a BNP guest in Lon­don this week

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