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Horst Mahler (Germany)
Berlin attorney Horst Mahler was born in 1936. Following his family's flight from Silesia in 1945, they eventually moved to West Berlin in 1949. Mahler studied jurisprudence at the Freie Universität in Berlin, gaining a scholarship. At this time he joined the Socialist German Student Federation (SPD)and became chairman of their youth organisation in Berlin Charlottenburg.
He became joint founder of the first “socialist lawyers collective” and represented and defended radical Reds Andreas Baader and Gudrun Ensslin, with whom he went on to jointly form the notorious terrorist cell - the Red Army Faction aka the Baader-Meinhof gang.
Following several criminal convictions in 1970 Mahler fled to Jordan with the recently released Andreas Baader, Ulrike Meinhof, Gudrun Ensslin and other members of the Baader-Meinhof gang, where they trained as armed guerrilla fighters with the PLO.
Mahler was arrested in Berlin two months later. In October 1972, he was condemned to 12 years imprisonment for “conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery in connection with the establishment of a criminal association and participation in the same”. His exclusion from the bar followed in 1974. Mahler remained in detention until 1980.
With the help of Gerhard Schroeder - the former SPD Young Socialists chairman, later Germany's federal chancellor, Mahler gained readmission as a lawyer in 1988 and was able to again resume his business practice in Berlin.
The joint founder of the Baader-Meinhof gang had already become one of its critics during his detention. In 1977 he wrote that this had come from his “inner liberation from the dogmatic revolutionary theory of Marxism-Leninism”. But his conversion went even further.
In 1998, after 10 years of relative calm, Mahler stunned Germany's Left with a submission to the newspaper Junge Freiheit, in which he revealed his new thoughts. In this article he drew a connection between the radical 1968 movement and the development of a new völkisch (German-nationalist) ideology .
“The 1968 generation destroyed tradition and religion as world-shaping conceptions ... and brought our people a step nearer to maturity. The ground is only now ready for completing this enlightenment, which will simultaneously mean their surmounting. We experience this result of the cultural revolution of 1968 as Hell, since along with tradition and religion our moral substance has departed.... As a cultureless Volk [people] we live in a second Stone Age. It requires some effort of thought to really extinguish the mental vacuum—this condition of absolute negativity, which threatens to destroy us now as humans and as a Volk —and recognise as something positive, and in this sense as an historical service of the 1968 generation.... Let us be warriors of thought! Let us argue together—for God and our forefathers' country!”
Mahler was involved in founding the Society for the Rehabilitation of Those persecuted for Refutation of the Holocaust (Verein zur Rehabilitierung der wegen Bestreitens des Holocaust Verfolgten or VRBHV). Mahler announced the society with an open letter in which he stated that the objective of the group was "to eliminate the isolation of the persecuted which has dominated so far, is to guarantee the necessary public awareness of their struggle for justice, and is to provide the financial means for a successful judicial struggle."
In 2003 Mahler was charged with "Volksverhetzung" [inciting racial hatred against Jews]in connection with statements he made regarding 9/11. He told the court that the 9/11 attack was a concocted conspiracy and "it is not true that al-Qaeda had anything to do with it." He was also charged for "holocaust denial" in connection with his role in the VRBHV.
Mahler’s license to practice law was withdrawn in 2004 and in January 2005, he was sentenced to nine months in prison.
In 2006 his passport was confiscated to prevent him from attending the "International Conference to Review the Global Vision of the Holocaust" in Tehran, Iran.
In November 2007, Mahler faced more charges stemming from an interview ostensibly for Vanity Fair by Jew journalist Michel Friedman, former vice president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany. Friedman, who claims he intended only to interview Mahler about his role in the Baader-Meinhof gang, instead brought charges against Mahler alleging that during the interview, Mahler told him "the systematic extermination of Jews in Auschwitz is a lie," and Adolf Hitler was "the savior of the German people [but] not only of the German people.”
On November 23, 2007, Mahler was sentenced to a further six months of imprisonment without parole for having performed a "Hitler salute" to say goodbye to his supporters whom had gathered in front of the prison when he had reported to prison for a nine-month term a year earlier.
Last edited by Harry Flash; March 19th, 2008 at 01:24 AM.