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Friday, January 23, 2009

German state prosecutor investigating Bishop Williamson

Vatican radio report- Cathcon translation of original report

The prosecutor in Regensburg is investigating a priest of the Priestly Society of St. Pius X because of allegations of race hatred. The Deputy Director of the office, Edgar Zach confirmed on Friday a report on Bavarian Radio. The British traditionalist, Bishop Richard Williamson, in an interview with the Swedish television channel SVT, denied that the Nazis had murdered six million Jews.

Williamson is one of four traditionalist bishops whose excommunication Pope Benedict XVI, according to Italian press reports, allegedly wants to revoke.

"I think that 200,000 to 300,000 Jews died in Nazi concentration camps died, but none of them in gas chambers,"

Williamson said in the interview which can be seen on the website of the channel. It was not about emotion, but historical evidence, said the traditionalist bishop. This evidence supports the idea that concentration camps like Auschwitz were not for the gassing of human beings as the chimneys were too short and the doors could not be tightly sealed enough.

Williamson relied on the well-known Holocaust denier Fred Leuchter. The denial of the Holocaust has been since 1994 a separate criminal offense in Germany and can be punished with up to five years in prison.

The television interview was recorded in Bavaria in the Seminary of the Society of St. Pius X at Zaitzkofen to the south of Regensburg. Thus, the public prosecutor responsible is the one in Regensburg. The almost six minute long interview was recorded in English. On the recording in Germany, Williamson at the end of the interview, admits that his remarks were punishable in Germany. The reporter could ensure that he will go to prison, "before I leave Germany."
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