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Thies Christophersen

Thies Christophersen (27 January 1918 in Kiel – 13 February 1997 in Molfsee), a farmer by upbringing, was a prominent German Holocaust denier.

Christophersen and the "Auschwitz Lie"

The widely known phrase "Auschwitz lie" (German Auschwitzlüge) can be traced to Christophersen,[1] whose 1974 brochure of that name disputed the existence of gas chambers at the Auschwitz concentration camp.[2]

Along with Christophersen's own writings, that brochure also contains further contributions and forewords from other Holocaust deniers, including the former lawyer and convicted violent criminal Manfred Roeder (classified as a terrorist in Germany)[3] and the former judge Wilhelm Stäglich. Since 1993 the brochure has been included on a list of materials that may not be distributed to young people, as ruled by Germany's Federal Department for Media Harmful to Young Persons, due to its Holocaust-denying content. The foreword by Manfred Roeder was characterised by that department as inflammatory anti-Semitic propaganda, which constitutes an infringement of Germany's Volksverhetzung law (incitement to hatred).


Christophersen, a private in the Wehrmacht, was deployed as a "special leader" by the Waffen-SS during World War II,[2][4] and was stationed during this time at the pest control facility Rajsko,[5] located three kilometres from Auschwitz. Christophersen claimed that, being at such a location, he would have been sure to know about any killings but was never witness to, or made aware of, any such events.[6][7]

Christophersen, who was briefly a member of Germany's neo-Nazi activists. Christophersen appeared as a witness in the trial of Ernst Zündel in Canada.

Christophersen eventually fled the country, first to Belgium,[2] and later to Kollund in Denmark[9] where he spent 10 years. There he established the Kollund-Verlag (Kollund Publishing House), which distributed denialist material throughout the world. He appeared in two videos, in which he claimed that it was a privilege for prisoners to be detained in Auschwitz. According to Christophersen they were treated excellently, and were given the opportunity to be deployed to work groups (in reality forced labour) appropriate to their professions.

In the film Die Auschwitz-Lüge und ihre Folgen ("The Auschwitz Lie and Its Consequences") he was interviewed by Ernst Zündel.

His brochure Die Bauernschaft ("Farming Community"), in which Christophersen disseminated further Holocaust-denying material, was seized by the authorities several times, the last being in 1994. In 1995 the distribution rights for this set of publications passed to Ernst Zündel in Canada, but he relinquished this just a year later.[9] In the same year Christophersen settled in Switzerland, but was deported in 1996.

Christophersen died on 13 February 1997 in Molfsee near Kiel.[5]


  1. ^ Auschwitzlüge Federal Agency for Civic Education. (German)
  2. ^ a b c d Thies Christophersen Peter Hansen, Die plattdeutschen Autoren und ihre Werke, Informationsdienst gegen Rechtsextremismus. (German)
  3. ^ Bundeswehr will im Fall Roeder hart durchgreifen Die Welt, 8 December 1997. Retrieved 10 September 2010. (German)
  4. ^ „Revisionismus“ und das Konzentrationslager Mauthausen: Zur Genese und Aktualität des „Revisionismus“ Brigitte Bailer-Galanda, Wilhelm Lasek and Heribert Schiedel, Documentation Centre of Austrian Resistance, 2004, Vienna. (German)
  5. ^ a b Stephen E. Atkins (2009). "German Holocaust Deniers". Holocaust Denial as an International Movement. ABC-CLIO. p. 107.   Preview at Google Books.
  6. ^ Robert Jan Pelt (2002). "Witnesses Despite Themselves". The case for Auschwitz: evidence from the Irving trial. Indiana University Press. p. 294.   Preview at Google Books.
  7. ^ Richard S. Levy (2005). "Auschwitz Lie". Antisemitism: a historical encyclopedia of prejudice and persecution 2. ABC-CLIO. p. 45.   Preview at Google Books.
  8. ^ Oliver Schröm and Andrea Röpke (2002). "Epilog". Stille Hilfe für braune Kameraden: das geheime Netzwerk der Alt- und Neonazis (in German). Ch. Links. p. 194.   Preview at Google Books.
  9. ^ a b Profil: Die Bauernschaft Antifaschistisches Pressearchiv und Bildungszentrum Berlin e.V., 2005. (German)
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