Chabloz’s barrister: Nazis ‘didn’t deliberately murder’ Anne Frank

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Chabloz’s barrister: Nazis ‘didn’t deliberately murder’ Anne Frank

Antisemitic activist and Holocaust denier Alison Chabloz is fighting conviction for grossly offensive songs, claiming material is just 'silly songs'.

Blogger Alison Chabloz arriving at Westminster Magistrates' Court, London, January 2018.

Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Blogger Alison Chabloz arriving at Westminster Magistrates' Court, London, January 2018. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

An antisemitic activist who is fighting her conviction for posting grossly offensive songs she wrote has claimed Anne Frank’s diary was faked.

Alison Chabloz, 55 said her songs, which include lyrics such as ‘Auschwitz holy temple is a theme park just for fools,’ were created out of love for the Jewish people.

James Mulholland, QC, for the Crown, asked Chabloz about a song in which she mocked the idea that Holocaust victims were turned into shrunken heads, soap and lampshades.

Chabloz explained: ‘The Jews need to come away from this belief that they were turned into soap and lampshades.

‘My songs are not a product of hate, they are a product of love, trying to free them from this atrocity propaganda.’

Mr Mulholland asked the applicant: ‘Do you believe that Jews, as a group, are more likely to lie?’

The applicant replied: ‘In their holy scripture, the Talmud, it is even encouraged. In the Talmud there are verses that say Jews who lie are following their religious duties.’

Chabloz continued: ‘These are song lyrics, these are not a PhD thesis – they are silly songs.’

Mr Mulholland replied: ‘They are silly songs? They are songs designed to abuse.’

‘These are songs that nobody was obliged to listen to,’ Chabloz responded.

Chabloz insisted that she was not a member of the far-right, claiming instead that she was pro-Palestinian and a ‘Holocaust revisionist.’

In one of the songs, the ex-music teacher sings about the ‘Holohoax’ before asking: ‘Did the Holocaust even happen, was it just a bunch of lies?’

Mr Mulholland questioned her on the subject of ethnicity, asking: ‘Is it fair to say that you take the view that this country, being British, belongs to the whites?’

‘Um, I take the view that Europe is a civilisation and white Europeans have the right to fight to defend their civilisation and their culture.’

‘Do you consider Jewish people to be white?’ asked the QC.

‘Some of them certainly look white,’ replied Chabloz, ‘I don’t consider Jews to be a race.’

The court also heard from activists from the Campaign Against Antisemitism, the organisation that originally brought a private prosecution against Chabloz before the Crown Prosecution Service took over the case.

Campaigner Gideon Falter highlighted a section of one of the songs that he claimed made reference to a conspiracy theory that the teenager’s father, Otto Frank, had fabricated the work for personal gain.

The disputed songs focuses on the experiences of Irene Zysblat, Elie Wiesel and Anne Frank, which Chabloz claims to have debunked.

The song lyrics read: ‘My name is Otto Frank and my daughter’s name is Anne / The poor girl died of typhus at Bergen-Belsen camp / She wrote an introduction / To her famous diary / The rest was penned by Levin then published by me.’

Levin refers to Meyer Levin, who Mr Falter explained had worked with Otto Frank to produce a dramatisation of his murdered daughter’s life.

Mr Falter said: ‘This refers to the famous diary of Anne Frank, which is used as an educational resource. Anne Frank penned her diary whilst in hiding, when she and her family were discovered she was unfortunately killed.’

Mr Mulholland asked: ‘From your own knowledge or investigation of far right political groupings, does Anne Frank have any particular significance?’

‘Anne Frank is picked upon as a means of showing that the entire Holocaust was a fake. The entire song is delivered in this mock Eastern European accent which are typical of the accents of Holocaust survivors.

‘This is yet another means to try and demean them and mock them.’

Adrian Davies, for the applicant, questioned Mr Falter’s suggestion that the accent was mocking by claiming that the Franks were Dutch.

However, judge Christopher Hehir corrected him, telling the court that the family had in fact fled their native Germany.

Addressing Mr Falter, Mr Davies said: ‘You’ve taken considerable exemption to the words of the song (((survivors))).’

The barrister again attempted to undermine Mr Falter’s assertions, saying: ‘She died of typhus, there is no dispute. They didn’t deliberately murder her. They might be responsible for her death by mistreatment.’

At this point judge Hehir again interjected, saying: ‘I’m not sure that’s your strongest point Mr Davies.

‘The suggestion, I think, was that Anne Frank’s death was an unfortunate accident along with her sister and her mother.’

Mr Davies rejected that summary of his argument, saying: ‘That is not the suggestion.’

The barrister went on to suggest that Mr Falter was offended by any questioning of the official narrative of the Holocaust.

‘I think it is important that there is proper academic scrutiny of the Holocaust so that humanity can learn from it,’ replied the witness.

Mr Davies asked: ‘Is your objection to the message or the manner in which it is delivered.’

‘Both,’ replied Mr Falter.

Adrian Davies has in the past acted for discredited historian and Holocaust denier David Irving.

Judge Hehir cited the 2001 High Court ruling in which Irving was ordered to pay Penguin Books £150,000 after Davies unsuccessfully defended his client from claims of libel.

Davies is the one time chairman of the now defunct UK Freedom Party, an organisation set up by ex-BNP activists.

Chabloz, of Charlesworth, Glossop, Derbyshire, denied but was convicted of three counts of sending by a public communications network an offensive, indecent or menacing message or material.

Judge Hehir, along with a lay magistrate, will decide on the outcome of the appeal later this week.

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