Hans-Jürgen Witzsch

Hans-Jürgen Witzsch was a history teacher at a German elite high school (Gymnasium) in Fürth, Bavaria. He also founded and directed the "Arbeitskreis für Zeitgeschichte und Politik" (Work Group Contemporary History and Politics), in the context of which he conducted numerous research projects on contemporary German history. In 2002 he was the first German professional historian to be sentenced to a prison term (three months) for his historical views. He had expressed revisionist views on the Holocaust in a private letter to a high-profile German-Jewish university history teacher, Prof. Dr. Michael Wolffsohn, who in turn filed a criminal complaint against his teacher colleague. (For more details see the German language description of his case at http://www.vho.org/VffG/2003/2/Heyne212-222.html.) Witzsch died on Dec. 10, 2003, at the age of 64.



Between 1997 and 2001, a broad media campaign occurred in Germany reporting about the widespread use of so-called forced laborers in Germany during the Third Reich period. These people were brought into the German Reich from German-occupied territories allegedly against their free will, and it is claimed that these persons …