Subj: ZGram - March 6, 1999 "What is the role of the ITS/International Committee of the Red Cross?"
Date: 3/6/99 11:43:03 PM Eastern Standard Time
From: email@example.com (E. Zundel)
Copyright (c) 1999 - Ingrid A. Rimland
March 6, 1999
Good Morning from the Zundelsite:
For most of my life, I cherished an image of the International Red Cross as
a neutral organization, suffused with humanitarian idealism, whose primary
function was to bring comfort to victims of war - pick up and give first
aid to the wounded on the battle field, help feed the hungry, shelter
innocent people displaced by violent conflicts etc. I have vivid images of
highly respected, squeaky clean German girls and women dressed in snow
white uniforms doing Florence Nightingale type work in the blood and gore
of World War II. Medics wearing Red Cross armbands or insignia on their
helmets were not supposed to be fired on as they rushed from wounded to
wounded even in the heat of battle.
My first introduction to the Red Cross not quite living up to what it was
made out to be came in the early 1980s when I did some research in
conjunction with a book project I helped write for an M.D. in what later
became known as the "tainted blood" AIDS scandal. It shocked me and
disturbed me greatly what I learned. According to medically trained
insiders, there seemed to be what amounted to trafficking in death - a
callous attitude towards life and a cavalier attitude towards safeguarding
the blood needed by ailing recipients.
Still later, in the summer of 1995, I happened to sit in on a (to me)
absolutely revelatory meeting between some big wig Holocaust opposition
leaders - one of them a Rabbi - and Ernst Zundel. There were four men who
came, so one of them said cheekily, to "insult you" (meaning Ernst) and who
were treated in the basement of his just fire-gutted Zundel-Haus to one of
the most spirited lessons on the dangers of keeping up the insane
Holocaustomania - "at your own peril", according to Ernst - that I have
ever heard. Let me tell you that those four guys were listening with rapt
attention to what a hugely animated Mr. Zundel had to say. (Ernst later
said: "They knew that their tails were on fire...")
During this meeting the question was raised: "What would it take for you,
Mr. Zundel, to rest your case - once and for all?"
There was a long and pregnant pause, and then Ernst said: "Arolsen.
Unfettered access by Revisionist scholars to the information that the
International Tracing Service via the Red Cross administers and stores at
Arolson. If we could have access to the information those documents
contain, this Holocaust issue and our differences could be put to rest."
That's when I first heard about "documents at Arolsen."
Shortly afterwards the censorship cyberwar, started by the German
government, to shut down the Zundelsite, broke out with its massive,
worldwide media coverage, and some of the strange electronic visitors who
showed a sudden interest afterwards about the material on the Zundelsite
were people from the World Bank and, equally astonishingly, from the Red
And no wonder. The expertly condensed, explained and indexed excerpted
witness transcripts that I had just posted on the Zundelsite prior to the
cyber war contained a chapter in Zundel-attorney Barbara Kulaszka's
classic, masterfully crafted Holocaust Resource book ("Did Six Million
Really Die? Report of the Evidence in the Canadian "False News" trial of
Ernst Zündel - 1988) on Mr. Charles Biedermann, Director of the
International Tracing Service at Arolsen and a Red Cross employee from
If you want to know what his testimony contained, just search for
"Biedermann" with the help of the Zundelsite search engine. (Click on the
word "search" at the bottom of each document and type in "Biedermann").
I believe I did a ZGram or two on the "funny business" Arolsen matter -
among them the fact that whatever hides at Arolsen is off limits to
Revisionists. When I raised the question as to why that kind of censorship
was implemented, I received a letter from one of our most respected pioneer
Revisionists who told me that it didn't used to be like that. Before 1979,
and before the advent of the intellectual movement we now know as
Revisionism with its attendant panic caused in the liars' ranks, there were
no restrictions to access to information held at the ITS.
Only after the First International Institute for Historical Review
conference in 1979, during which Dr. Faurisson's trail-blazing paper on the
Auschwitz gas chambers - interspersed with copies of the original
"Leichenkeller" (morgue) and crematory architectual drawings found by Dr.
Faurisson in Auschwitz - were read by Ernst Zundel to that gathering of
enquiring minds, did the opposition get spooked and censorship clamp down
on Revisionists at Arolsen. From then on, only "court historians" with the
correct political orientation, specially vetted by the "Information Control
Officers" and spin doctors would get access to those miles and miles of data.
This morning I was digging for some documents in our own archives, and what
I found, to my amazement and delight, was this letter, written in 1986 by
What for many of us is personal experience is often for the younger
generation, in and outside the International Tracing Service (ITS) only so
much history. But the employees of this institution, which was founded in
London in 1943, see the effects of that history, every day as they comb the
We have a duty to keep this history alive in order to ensure that now, more
than 40 years on, the victims of National Socialist persecution still
obtain that to which they are entitled.
The ten member states of the International Commission for the International
Tracing Service (IC/ITS) set the framework in which the ITS is to operate
and see to it that it is properly adhered to. They thus guarantee that the
work continues for the benefit of the former persecutees for whom the ITS
was created to serve.
Under the Bonn Agreements of June 1955, between the Western Allies and the
Federal Republic of Germany, the Federal Republic assumed responsibility
for the finances of the International Tracing Service. In an exchange of
notes concerning the matter in which the work of the ITS would be
continued, the governments also agreed in June 1955 that the International
Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Geneva, in view of its neutral,
impartial and humanitarian character, would be entrusted with the direction
and administration of the ITS.
The International Commission for the International Tracing Service gave the
International Tracing Service the mandate of
- and evaluation
personal records on former persecutees of the National Socialist Regime.
The following activities result from that mandate:
The ITS provides documentary proof of persecution for civilians who were
incarcerated or sent into forced labour under the Third Reich because of
their race, religion, ethnic origin, creed or political leanings. This
proof is furnished in the form of certificates and excerpts from documents
which are the only legal instruments with which claims for compensation or
old-age pensions can be substantiated. We still receive 30,000 to 40,000
inquiries each year from about 35 countries. The substantiation is given
to the former persecutees themselves, their assigns or the compensation or
The following categories of personal records are used by the International
Tracing Service to provide substantiation:
- Documents concerning Germans and non-Germans held in concentration camps,
labour camps or prisons
- Documents concerning non-Germans sent into forced labour on the territory
of the Third Reich during the Second World War
- Doucments concerning displaced non-Germans who were given assistance by
the United Nations relief organizations following the War.
With the extensive archives (comprising a total of 20 separate
archive-units) and great variety of documents preserved at the
International Tracing Service, a special filing system has had to be
developed. Since the registration of people of many different
nationalities, which began during the War and went on until the late 40s,
was intended for use by people of many different nationalities, an
alphabetic/phonetic index of names had to be set up. With this filing
system, it is not possible to extract information on single groups of
persecutees or according to camps or geographical areas. But it ensures
that any and all records which we have on a given person are readily
available for consultation and evaluation by our specialists. The
International Tracing Service thus represents a very singular archive
since, unlike other archives, in addition to assembling, classifying and
preserving documents, it also gives special training to its personnel in
the evaluation of those documents. In accordance with the Service's
mandate, the information is then given only to those directly concerned.
Arolson, Summer 1986
(signed) Ch-Cl Biederman, Director
In a separate document, we find the following:
The records of the International Tracing Service contain information on an
estimated 13.5 million former persecutees of the National-Socialist Regime.
Since there may be several sources of information on a single person, the
index contains 43 million cards.
The International Tracing Service
- in 1986 had
+ 17,118 linear metres of documents (1 metre = appr. 3 feet)
= 90,450 metres of microfilm
= 31,300 microfiches
Since 1943, it has
= dispatched 6.5 million reports, for which
= 1.6 million individual personal files were opened, to which - should new
inquiries be made, additional information be acquired or a tracing request
be made - immediate access may be obtained.
At present, with a total of 212.5 permanent posts, 244 persons are employed
to carry out the evaluation and classification of the documents. In
addition, eight trainees are employed at the International Tracing Service.
So what do we have here, I ask?
When I asked Ernst to put it all into perspective, he said dryly:
"The International Tracing Service, as an arm or extension of the
International Committee of the Red Cross, is part of the problem, since
they actively and brazenly block access to independent historians
investigating Holocaust details, which would allow the compiling of camp
population claims and statistics and unravel the numbers racket in short
order, based on information in Arolsen. As an organization, the ITS is now
used to run interference for Holocaust orthodoxy, to keep undesirables out
of those archives, and to shore up the Allied government's and German
vassals' version of events. Biedermann is delegated by the ICRC to the
ITS. Biedermann was flown in by the prosecution during my second trial to
shore up the lies and strengthen their case against me.
"Thus the Red Cross with its image of being "neutral", supposedly "not
taking sides in political ideological squabbles", has clearly taken the
side of the Allied version of events of World War II. Biedermann's
carefully phrased and often cagey testimony was a revelation.
"We did manage by persistent cross-examination to wring out of that
slippery, cynical, cold-hearted bureaucrat a few historically very telling
and important admissions - among them that there was no reference to "death
camps" or "extermination camps" in World War II Red Cross documents in his
Geneva Headquarters' possession, even though the Red Cross had done
periodic inspections of Auschwitz and other German concentration and
"Those Allied propaganda terms were only imported into subsequent
post-Nuremberg to Red Cross documents after World War II with its
emotionally loaded terms. Pre-1945 Red Cross documents are pretty
"Another important admission was that ***anybody*** ever incarcerated in a
German concentration camp was automatically classified by the ITS as a
"victim of Nazism" - which meant that child molesters, rapists, serial
killers, check forgers, thieves, prostitutes, traitors and saboteurs etc.,
criminals who had been prosecuted, tried and convicted by duly established
and authorized courts, all qualified for the lofty sympathy-evoking title
or label as having been poor "persecutees".
"All the perks in post-war Germany accrued to them - higher pensions,
preferred treatment when looking for jobs, housing, food etc. The
blessings of "victimhood" bestowed by the ITS and thus, by extension, by
the Red Cross, have been and continue to be a financial bonanza and
political armour of inestimable value for half a century to many common
criminals! Even those concentration camp inmates drowned on the quarantine
ship Cap Arosa, sunk by the Allies at the end of the war, are listed as
"victims of Nazism."
"The gist of the function of the folks at Arolsen has been and still is to
serve the Allied cause and to present the Allied version of events, making
"victims" out of perpetrators of crimes and political-ideological
adversaries, and generally to support the concentration Camp aficionados'
agenda, not to be the disinterested and neutral guardian of important
historical documents which they pretend to the public - documents that
could lead the world to reconciliation through historical facts and truth
and put an end to the grotesque cult of death trafficking in human tragedy
that our globe has been afflicted with for more than half a century."
Thought for the Day - long but important, squeezed out of a reluctant
witness by Christie's cross-examination, as recorded in the Kulaszka book:
"Biedermann had been given clear instructions by the ICRC ***not to
establish or draw up statistics***. (Vol. 12-pages 2701-2702) Which shows
that the ICRC has ultimate authority of the ITS since it can instruct them
- in effect, direct and order them - to do or not to do things. It also
means that those people know that statistics based on their information
would end the false Holocaust claims.
Biedermann further agreed there were never any indications by the Red Cross
from all its reports that gas chambers were being used during the war.
Biedermann did not know why the ICRC refused an invitation of the German
Red Cross to investigate the Katyn Forest massacre. (Vol. 12-2638)
Biedermann said he was not aware of the ICRC or any delegate ***ever***
testifying before in a criminal proceeding for the prosecution of the
publisher of a book. (Vol. 12-2726).
(Addendum supplied by Ernst Zundel in response to my query to put meaning
to the ICRC's and the ITS's role generally and Biedermann specifically)
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