'A German-Canadian woman who believes the Holocaust is “the biggest…lie in all of history” was arrested Wednesday in Munich, according to reports.
Monika Schaefer, an Alberta music teacher and failed Green Party candidate, was arrested while attending the trial of Sylvia Stolz, a lawyer on trial for Holocaust denial, according to a post on the German blog deutsches-Maedchen.com.
The Jasper, Alta., violinist was reportedly arrested during a recess of the trial. Holocaust denial is a criminal offence in Germany.
The B’nai Brith Canada has applauded Germany for the arrest.
“German officials should be commended for taking action against Holocaust denial,” CEO Michael Mostyn said in a press release. “Antisemitism has no place in Canadian politics or Canadian universities, and we will continue to work, even across borders, to ensure that racism and bigotry find no haven in Canada.”
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'On her Facebook page, Monika Schaefer lists herself as a self-employed violin instructor.
In the first five seconds of her video titled "Sorry Mom, I was wrong about the Holocaust," the former Green party candidate is shown deftly playing the violin.
However, it's not her violin playing but what she says in the video that is garnering all of the attention.
Less than three minutes into the video Schaefer, who was born in Canada of German heritage, tells a story of how as a child she was taught to believe the Holocaust happened.
She goes on to say she confronted her parents about why they didn't do anything to stop the Holocaust. They replied they didn't know it was happening. Schaefer says her parents didn't know about the genocide because "these things did not happen."
Later in the video she says that since 2014 she started to realize the Holocaust "is the biggest and most pernicious and persistent lie in all of history."'
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