Nazi sympathisers, Holocaust deniers and their supporters from across the world have held a sickening secret rally in Britain at which speakers unleashed anti-Semitic rants, referring to Jews as ‘the enemy’ and ‘children of darkness’.
The meeting of the shadowy organisation will fuel fears of a growing resurgence in hatred towards Jews across Europe. The vile event was observed by a Mail on Sunday undercover team.
Held in London’s Victoria, the meeting was, said experts, the most significant gathering of Holocaust deniers Britain has ever seen, with speakers invited from Spain, Canada and the United States.
But last Saturday, just a short walk from New Scotland Yard, it was clear that the sinister anti-Semitic conspiracy theories which led to the extermination of six million Jews are still fostered by a poisonous few.
- Sniggered at the mention of ‘ashes rising from the death camps’ crematoria’;
- Applauded as they were urged to ‘identify, counter and break … Jewish-Zionist domination’;
- Laughed at the Charlie Hebdo massacre, and as an African leader at the Paris memorial ceremony was described as ‘some Negro’;
- Cheered at the mention of a brigade of Spanish Fascists who fought for the Nazis;
- Heard gay parents branded ‘monster families’ and mixed race children described as ‘blackos’.
Last night, there were calls from Jewish community leaders for police to investigate the group for race hate crimes.
‘The material from this white supremacist group makes ugly reading,’ said barrister Jonathan Arkush, vice-president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews.
‘On the face of it, their proceedings should be investigated to ascertain whether criminal offences have been committed, including incitement to racial hatred.’
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The star speaker at the event was Spanish self-confessed Nazi Pedro Varela, 57, whose adoration for Adolf Hitler and the murderous Third Reich is unbridled.
He was arrested in Austria for praising Hitler in 1992 and he declared to a baying crowd in Madrid on the centenary of the Fuhrer’s birthday: ‘There were never any gas chambers in Auschwitz.’
Also present was America’s leading peddler of Holocaust denial and ‘revisionist’ theories, Mark Weber, 63, director of the Institute for Historical Review, based in Newport Beach, California. He wrote in 1989: ‘The Holocaust is a religion. Its underpinnings in the realm of historical fact are non-existent – no Hitler order, no plan, no budget, no gas chambers, no autopsies of gassed victims, no bones, no ashes, no skulls, no nothing.’
Our team of reporters and photographers watched as the participants – including a handful of women – gathered under Victoria Station clock, awaiting orders. Gerry Gable, editor and publisher of anti-Fascist Searchlight magazine and leading expert on the extreme Right, who worked with the MoS on our investigation, said last night: ‘This is the biggest and most significant meeting of Holocaust deniers that Britain has ever seen. It is a very worrying development.’
Many of those present were familiar faces from the British far-Right of the National Front and the British National Party, some of whom had been jailed for violence and public order offences.
For security reasons, none of them knew where the London Forum was being held, so in ones and twos the attendees were shepherded across the station concourse by former private school art teacher Michael Woodbridge, 69, who conspicuously carried a book by British Union of Fascists leader Oswald Mosley.
His tie clip was another chilling reminder of the BUF – its emblem clearly modelled on the infamous lightning bolts insignia of Hitler’s SS storm-troopers.
Woodbridge, contacted at his cottage in North Wales yesterday, told the MoS: ‘It is fairly assumed by people at the meeting that the Holocaust is an exaggeration to put it mildly. It has been used as a propaganda weapon to justify the war against Germany.’
The meeting’s visitors didn’t have a long journey – they were just yards from the four-star Grosvenor Hotel, where the plush Orient Suite, tucked away on the first floor, was booked out for six hours under the pseudonym the ‘Carlyle Club’ and draped with the Union flag.
Nervous-looking hotel staff loitered outside the room as the crowd began to file into the room, each person closely scrutinised by a well-built man wearing a black shirt on the door.
At the London Forum, Pedro Varela’s words were carefully chosen, as he admitted shortly after being introduced by the event’s ‘host’, former soldier Jeremy (‘Jez’) Bedford-Turner, 45.
Varela told the meeting: ‘We have to measure our words… I was asking Jez “can I say everything I believe in this forum?” He told me “as long as you do that in an academical [sic] way, in a serious way, it’s possible.” ’
Nevertheless, Varela, speaking in heavily accented English, referred to mixed-race children as ‘blackos’ and described gay parents as ‘making a monster family’.
He added: ‘They say Jews have the gold in the world and the power in the press and they are going to rule the world… So, do we have to be realistic, be similar to the officer of the general staff of an army… What are the enemy’s faults? We should also be smart and clever, as are the children of darkness… Sometimes we are not that smart.’
He also appeared to call for a boycott of Jewish shops and businesses, saying: ‘In the Middle Ages, the Jews had all the gold in the world but they were living in the ghettos. They still have the gold of the world and are the masters of it…
‘But now the gold is important for us. It is like a sword. If we say, OK fine, I have no more interest in your gold and your money and your shops and your consuming, the wax sword is going to melt.’ Approached yesterday by our reporter in Barcelona, Varela said, when asked whether he denied the Holocaust: ‘There’s a law in Spain comes into force in June which prevents me from answering that question so I have to be very careful with what I say.’
Asked if he was a Nazi, he said: ‘It depends what you mean by Nazi’, adding: ‘I didn’t live in Germany in the Hitler era but National Socialism offered a lot of solutions that were beneficial then and could be beneficial to modern-day society.’
Mark Weber’s speech bore a title straight from 1930s Berlin: ‘The Challenge of Jewish-Zionist Power’.
He said: ‘The Jewish connection covers all areas and reaches every level. Most Americans may not even sense this gigantic effort, but there is scarcely a Jew who is not touched by its tentacles.
‘In reality, the Jewish hold on American life is far more dangerous. Why? Jews in America have a strong loyalty to a foreign country – Israel.
‘Secondly, because of the distrustful and sometimes adversarial way in which Jews view the rest of us. This “chosen people” mindset, this “Us vs Them” attitude, is anchored in centuries of Jewish history and heritage.’
When Weber quoted from a rabbi’s essay about European anti-Semitism with the line ‘Hatred lingers in the air into which the ashes rose from the crematoria’, he earned himself applause along with sneering laughs.
With his audience clapping appreciatively, he added: ‘As long as the power of the very powerful Jewish lobby remains entrenched, there will be no end to the systematic Jewish distortion of history and current affairs… No task is more important or pressing than to identify, counter and break this power.
‘Today, we are engaged in a great global struggle which pits a self-assured and diabolical power which feels ordained to rule over others on the one side, and all other nations, indeed humanity itself, on the other.’
As the 113-strong audience filed out from the hotel, their true extremist credentials became clearer. Among them:
lFormer BNP national organiser Richard Edmonds, 72, jailed for three months for the 1993 savage attack on a black man scarred for life with a beer glass. Edmonds, from Sutton, South London, a National Front candidate in next month’s General Election, later told The Mail on Sunday he ‘questioned the Holocaust’.
John Morse, 63, former editor of the BNP’s newspaper, who was jailed for publishing material relating to racial hatred in 1986. The retired Winchester bus driver told the MoS he called the Holocaust the Holohoax ‘because it never happened’.
Martin Webster, 71, former national organiser of the National Front, effectively sharing its leadership with the late John Tyndall in the 1970s. When asked his views on the gas chambers, he replied at his flat in Putney, South-West London: ‘I want the Jews and whoever else is spinning this story to answer certain questions concerning the technology.’ Webster has been jailed for violence and public order offences.
Derek Beackon, 69, who became the BNP’s first councillor in 1993 when he won a ward in London’s Isle of Dogs. He told the MoS: ‘I don’t agree with all the views which were expressed, but I do question the Holocaust.’
Australian-born former model Lady Michele Renouf, 69, who has defended prominent Holocaust deniers such as David Irving and has said: ‘People should have the freedom to question the accepted view of what happened’.
The MoS tried to contact Lady Renouf, Mark Weber and Jez Bedford-Turner, but received no response.
A Grosvenor Hotel spokesman said: ‘The room booking was made online and hotel staff were unaware of the nature of the meeting.’