Reputation of an anti-Semite saved in German court ruling. Holocaust survivor court-ordered to shut up about anti-Semitism.
„Abraham Melzer is notorious for his anti-Semitic remarks.“
Charlotte Knobloch, President of the Jewish Community of Munich and Upper Bavaria, is not allowed to utter that sentence in public without risking a quarter million euro fine or six months‘ imprisonment. A Munich district court issued a ruling on November 30, 2016 which stated that although Abraham Melzer made anti-Semitic comments, he’s not an avid anti-Semite. Charlotte Knobloch was obliged to bear the costs of the proceedings.
Charlotte Knobloch wrote that sentence on September 23, 2016 in a private e-mail to the Catholic Social Association KKV Hansa and to the Archbishopric of Munich and Freising, on account of Mr. Melzer being invited to talk about present-day hysteria concerning accusations of anti-Semitism. Because the association withdrew its invitation to Mr. Melzer, Abraham sued Ms. Knobloch.
Charlotte Knobloch was judged because she, a survivor of the Holocaust, had explained in an e-mail what anti-Semitism means to her and who, in her opinion, is notorious for such anti-Semitism. Consequentially, Jews like Charlotte Knobloch will have to reconsider if and how they criticize hatred of Jews in Germany. If an accusation of anti-Semitism can result in a prison sentence, then things look bleak in Germany.
The presiding judge Petra Grönke-Müller stated that what Charlotte Knobloch wrote in her e-mail was not offensive but rather a personal insult. It should “be borne in mind that especially in the context of the Nazi dictatorship and the Holocaust, as well as the personal histories of both parties, and the Jewish origin of the complainant, who’s known to make anti-Semitic comments, that such insults were intended to disparage and compromise the complainant’s reputation.“
Wait a minute, did I understand that correctly? Because Charlotte Knobloch is a Holocaust survivor, her characterization of a person as „notorious for making anti-Semitic remarks“ is particularly suited to disparage and compromise the complainant’s reputation because he is Jewish? In other words: If Charlotte Knobloch had the nerve to survive the Holocaust, then she should think about why, to whom and how she opens her mouth on the subject of Jew-hatred.
The judge acknowledged that Abraham Melzer had indeed made anti-Semitic comments, but Charlotte Knobloch “quoted a comment back from the year 2009″. Therefore, in light of Ms. Knobloch’s present accusatory comment, “it can not be inferred that the complainant may be an avid anti-Semite, especially since the quote and the defendant’s accusation are far apart in time.“
Wait a minute, did the judge say that Abraham Melzer’s anti-Semitic comments were negligible. That sounds a bit like a little anti-Semitism is harmless, especially if enough time has passed! That’s a scandal that exceeds my worst fears.
Earlier, on November 26, 2016, I wrote: „I feel uneasy about a statement concerning anti-Semitism made on October 8, 2014 by the very same judge in the press office of the Munich regional court:
‚An avid anti-Semite in Germany is someone who, with conviction, makes an anti-Semitic comment which cannot to be viewed separately from the historical events of 1933-45’”
That statement from the year 2014 was formulated during a court case involving Jutta Ditfurth and Jürgen Elsässer. The publisher of the conspiracy theory magazine “Compact” filed a complaint against the politician Jutta Ditfurth, because she called him an “avid anti-Semite” in an interview on the German television station “3sat” on April 16, 2014. Elsässer stated in court that that was „a baseless accusation“ and a „killer argument“ formulated with intent to “destroy my reputation“, since no one is willing to co-operate with an „avid anti-Semite“. Jürgen Elsässer uses no less than words like “kill” and “destroy”, and then quotes the chief editor of the magazine “Focus”, Helmut Markwort:
„Calling a German an anti-Semite is the greatest possible defamation, because it associates racial hatred, mass murder, Auschwitz (…). Anti-Semite is a killer word which leads to social and political marginalization.“
The judge, following this line of argumentation, explained to Jutta Dirfurth that a person is an anti-Semite only if that person holds a positive view of Nazism. The judge concluded that the term „avid anti-Semite“ was „beyond the tolerable“, adding, „It’s a knockout argument. Such a branding results in permanent banishment.” That definition coincides astonishingly with the definition Diether Dehm, a member of the Left Party, once dared:
„Anti-Semitism had become what it really is: a mass-murdering beast. And that is why we must not allow the definition of anti-Semitism to be overblown. Anti-Semitism is mass murder and only mass murder!“
In Germany, the definition of anti-Semitism is now limited to the gassing of six million Jews. Anything less is merely a misdemeanor! Those who dare to define anti-Semitism run the risk of being prosecuted by a German court.
Charlotte Knobloch had merely expressed her personal opinion concerning a public person to an event organizer in a private e-mail. She didn’t force anyone to cancel an invitation. This kind of opinion has now been criminalized in Germany by a court of law.