Lady Michele Renouf Congratulates Dr. James Sears on Orwell Award
British author, model, freedom fighter and videographer, Lady Michele Renouf, applauds Dr. James Sears winning the 2021 George Orwell Free Speech Award. “Hearty congratulations to Dr. James Sears! Hearts high, Michèle
A former train driver who was dismissed for his political opinions, Henry became a prominent public champion of German historical revisionists, in a country where one can be jailed for questioning the official version of ‘Holocaust’ history. He was best known for his website Ende der Lüge (‘End of the Lie’) and associated social media accounts.
In this task he was especially closely associated with four jailed revisionists: former leftist lawyer and philosopher Horst Mahler (85); publisher and ecologist Ursula Haverbeck (92); lawyer Sylvia Stolz, first jailed for defending the late Ernst Zündel; and filmmaker / video blogger Alfred Schaefer. All four have served long prison sentences, and Mr Schaefer is still in jail.
Henry himself faced several criminal charges, and until his untimely death was very much in the sights of occupied Germany’s political and judicial system.
He was a regular and convivial guest at political and social gatherings in Germany with comrades including H&D‘s assistant editor Peter Rushton. We are shocked and saddened at losing this greatly valued friend, but are confident in the knowledge that Henry’s courage, honour and loyalty will not be in vain. Henry Hafenmayer’s name will live on in the annals of a future, better Europe.
During several months of serious illness this year, Henry was treated at clinics in Germany and Switzerland. As reported by our friends at Recht und Wahrheit, a close comrade had to pick up the entire bill for this treatment and for Henry’s funeral costs, so H&D encourages readers worldwide to donate if they possibly can to help defray these costs.
The German account for such donations is as follows:
Account name: S. U. IBAN: DE13 8405 5050 1250 0169 63 BIC: HELADEF1WAK Payment reference: 1108201
Horst Mahler has given Lady Renouf permission to send us this English translation of his tribute. Horst writes:
It is an honorary title they give us when they call us “Nazis”. That was what Henry Hafenmayer had understood. He lived his life so that he might earn this title through action. He did not fear death, and when he made up his mind to call the recognized enemy of the peoples by its name, he knew what to expect. Under the banner “End of the lie!” he finally moved from defence to attack and thus became a role model for those German youth who still want to be German. He held out when his well-paid job as a train driver was terminated. His answer was to multiply his efforts to make the invisible enemy visible. He laboriously scanned the Talmud (in twelve bulky volumes published in German by the official Jewish publishing house Jüdische Verlag) and placed it in the global electronic network. [Three sentences deleted and part of postscript deleted due to UK race laws.] With his web blog “The End of the Lie” lobbing intellectual grenades at the emplacements of the anti-German front in his own country, he has branded the Big Lie as an attempted genocide. He was one of the first to give the New National Socialism (NNS) a face. That makes him unforgettable. Hail Henry Hafenmayer!
Heritage and Destiny is very sad to announce the death of
our loyal friend, steadfast racial nationalist and campaigner for
historical truth Richard Edmonds, who died this morning at his home in
Sutton, South London, aged 77. He had been seriously ill with heart
problems in recent weeks.
Richard was the backbone of British racial nationalism. A true
Englishman but no Little Englander, much of Richard’s political energy
was directed by his insight that historical truth was a prerequisite for
political progress, and that the traducing of Germany for the past 75
years meant the shackling of the White Race worldwide. Indeed he came to
believe that unless the edifice of lies about the Second World War is
consistently and courageously challenged, as he put it to Prof. Robert
Faurisson’s translator and assistant Guillaume Nichols a few years ago:
“Everything else is a waste of time.”
This entailed travelling to address rallies in Germany and France as
well as tireless activism in the UK. Richard joined the National Front
soon after the Uxbridge by-election of 1972, which confirmed that the NF
was a serious organisation worth the dedication and sacrifice that
meaningful activism would require.
He soon became party organiser in the racial battleground of Lewisham
and a member of the NF Directorate. In the complicated internal
politics of British nationalism, Richard was a consistent and loyal
supporter of John Tyndall, NF chairman during the party’s best years. He
became a founder member of the New National Front and its successor the
British National Party under JT’s leadership from 1982 to 1999, for
most of those years as National Organiser – effectively the party’s
After his place of work was exposed by Sunday Times
journalists in 1988, Richard lost his job with Cable & Wireless but
the company was forced to pay him a financial settlement as he had done
nothing to warrant dismissal. With this money Richard purchased a
bookshop in Welling, SE London, which became the famous BNP
Richard lived above the shop at Upper Wickham Lane. Those were times
when physical attacks by violent anti-fascists were an expected part of
life for active nationalists, and Richard was one of the prime targets. A
letter bomb exploded at the premises in 1994, and the ongoing enquiry
into Metropolitan Police undercover operations is expected to reveal
further details of how state operatives targeted both the BNP HQ and its
It was a tribute to Richard Edmonds that the state and ‘antifascists’
combined to set him up for several months imprisonment at a crucial
moment in late 1993 and early 1994. Three days after the election of
Derek Beackon – the first BNP councillor – in September 1993, Richard
was falsely identified and arrested at a BNP event in Brick Lane, East
London. During his months on remand, state operatives advanced their
plan to disrupt and divide the party.
During the 1980s and 1990s Richard was the main distributor of Holocaust News,
a tabloid-style popular introduction to historical revisionism that
reached a worldwide audience. He was always ready to travel across
Europe to campaign for truth and justice, including the trial of David
Irving in Vienna, the release of Ernst Zündel in Mannheim, and
demonstrations in support of Ursula Haverbeck, Horst Mahler and Sylvia
Richard was unusual in combining active historical revisionism with
tireless electoral activism: first with the NF, then with the BNP, then
back with the NF during the past decade, when he again served on the
Directorate. Despite the ever-changing fortunes of nationalist parties,
Richard was always prepared to travel to support branch activists,
whether their meeting numbered a dozen or several hundred.
At the 1992 General Election, Richard achieved the BNP’s best result
that year – 1,310 votes (3.6%) in Bethnal Green & Stepney; while in
October 1974 he polled 1,731 votes (4.5%) in Deptford. It was in Clifton
Rise, Deptford, that NF marchers assembled for what became known as the
Battle of Lewisham on 13th August 1977.
As the NF’s Lewisham organiser, Richard knew the stakes, telling the press that the party did not recognise any “no go areas”:
“Clifton Rise is part of Britain, and we will march anywhere in
Britain. This march is deliberately provocative. We are standing up for
Richard and the NF publicised an official police survey of street
crime in South London which showed that 80% of the attackers were Black,
and 85% of the victims were White.
Had he lived, Richard would again have been a National Front
candidate at the Greater London Assembly elections, postponed from May
this year to May 2021.
In 2018 – alongside Lady Michèle Renouf and H&D
assistant editor Peter Rushton – Richard organised and spoke at a
revisionist conference in Shepperton, West London, which turned out to
be the final speech by the great revisionist scholar Prof. Robert
Faurisson. Earlier that year he had been a scheduled guest speaker at
the February 2018 Dresden commemoration where Lady Renouf was arrested. The text of the speech he would have given that day was published by H&D here.
At the 2019 NF Remembrance Day march to the Cenotaph, Richard
completed a remarkable trek across Europe. Having spoken at a rally in
Germany on the Saturday, he made it back to London in time to address
the NF’s post-Cenotaph rally just off Whitehall the next day!
Very rarely for an Englishman, Richard was able to address a French
audience in French and a German audience in German! In January 2020 he
spoke in Vichy at the conference marking what would have been Prof.
Robert Faurisson’s 91st birthday, delivering the Robert Faurisson
International Prize to exiled French scholar Vincent Reynouard, and he
was planning to record an update to his highly informative video made at
the spot in Westminster where Zionist lobbyists plan to build a
gigantic ‘Holocaust memorial’. Our commentary on this memorial (still
being opposed at a planning enquiry) will continue Richard’s work for
The day before his death, Richard completed translation of a Yuletide
poem by the German patriot and attorney Wolfram Nahrath, renowned for
his defence of political clients including Monika Schaefer, Ursula
Haverbeck, Horst Mahler, Bishop Richard Williamson and Lady Michèle
Here at H&D we knew Richard Edmonds as a loyal friend –
but he was more than just a friend to us, he was a loyal friend of the
British people and of the broader White cause.
We had a comrade, you will find no better.
H&D‘s Issue 100 to be published in a fortnight’s time will include a full obituary for our friend and comrade Richard Edmonds.
German patriot and attorney Wolfram Nahrath writes:
I‘m terribly sad.
It was a great experience to meet him, listen to him, talk to him,
standing with him in front of a German prison, where he gave his
legendary speech for the rights of freedom and free opinion.
In the name of my people, I have to thank him for his courage to raise his voice for us beaten and suppressed Germans.
I‘m glad having had him in my house as a very special guest. A clear
mind in a gloomy and dangerous time for all the European People. His
constant demands to be awake, to look behind the ugly mask of the
destroyers of the variety of cultures and people (the Bishop blamed them
as “the enemies of God”), to learn about history in order to avoid any
further wars in Europe and to stand together for a living future, now
became an order of conscience for us all.
Wherever a place for the braves might be: You‘ll meet him there.
We’ll march on, although your flag in life has to be pulled down now.
Rest In Peace, Richard. With deference, Wolfram Nahrath, Germany
How often have I heard this note of discouragement when we speak of activism, whether it is attending a protest or writing a letter to an MP? I don’t feel it myself, but I know some others do. What pretends to be the voice of “realism” is really the chattering devil of planned discouragement. The Dark Forces seeking to vacuum away our freedoms have been fascinated by the study of psychology — what makes people’s minds tick and, then, how can this information be used to manipulate or control them. Modern tyranny has come to the conclusion that they don’t have to physically eliminate all dissenters or doubters. Just scare the majority into compliance (as they have with masks in the COVID Craziness). Then, convey the idea that their position is inevitable. Not everyone will agree, but as long as they are discouraged and passive, the evil agenda prevails. This brings me o a protest on October 18, the day Lady Michele Renouf was to go on trial in Dresden for remarks made in 2018 at a February 13 memorial held every year for the 300,000+ German civilians incinerated in that city on February 13-14, 1945. The war was essentially over. Dresden was not a manufacturing or military target. It was, indeed, acity to which perhaps 250,000 refugees fleeing the Soviet armies just 70 miles away had fled. Churchill himself in sending the waves of incendiary bombers had gloated that he would roast the German people. Anyway, Lady Michele’s brief impromptu speech caught the attention of the German thought police. She was detained, interrogated, released and an |”investigation” begun to see whether she had violated Sec. 130 of the German Criminal Code — “racial incitement of the masses”. Her speech had made no reference to race.This law, however, is used to persecute anyone who questions the Hollywood version of World War II or the Jewish tribal history more often called he holocaust. In due course, she was charged. The trial was to commence October 16. On that day, supporters of the Canadian Association for Free Expression (CAFE) held a protest outside the German Consulate in Toronto. We had a good many discussions with curious passersby. A short video was made of the protest. Reports of the protest spread over the Internet. We had only a vague report later that day. Something happened in the German court but both Lady Michele and her assistant Peter Rushton were under some sort of gag order. We would not learn until November 2 that the German prosecutor had, at the last minute, withdrawn the charges. The gag order was in place until the formal papers had been signed and filed.Lady Michele was free. What’s the Use?Here’s what Peter Rushton wrote: ” It was great to see you campaigning for Michèle’s acquittal: for once the international pressure and fear of official embarrassment has succeeded!“ The fake news media may not have covered our protest but people in Germany were watching. There were several reasons likely motivating the German authorities to retreat from the battlefield having menaced Lady Michele with this case for 32 months. However, international notice and condemnation were one of them We did our part! We did some good! Years agoU.S. patriots had a motivational saying: “The letter not written influences no one.” We don’t alway see the results of our actions. Sometimes, indeed, they are ignored but our input goes into the mix influencing the decision makers. As Luther said as he nailed his 95 theses or arguments to the cathedral door in Wittenburg setting off the Protestant reformation: Here I stand, I can do no other.” ( Hier stehe ich, ich kann nicht anders).
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Following the acquittal of Lady Michèle Renouf, her Berlin attorney Wolfram Nahrath discusses the case with Lady Renouf & Italian free speech activist Giuseppe Fallisi. Reasons why the German courts feared a public exposure of ‘vivid history’. https://youtu.be/akXy57vnxaY
Charged Dropped Against British Videographer & Free Speech Advocate Lady Michele Renouf. Huge victory. [English and German].
Dresden Victory – Attorney Wolfram Nahrath reports German prosecuto…Berlin attorney Wolfram Nahrath with his client Lady Michèle Renouf reports the extraordinary development just days before Lady Renouf was to stand trial in Dresden
Lady Michele Renouf Acquitted For Thought Crimes in Germany
At last it is safe to communicate the good news from Dresden, where the German state abandoned its prosecution of Michèle. We were required to remain silent about this until the papers had been signed by the court on October 28th formally acquitting Michèle on all charges, and received by Attorney Wolfram Nahrath in Berlin on November 5th.
For once we have some good news! This will be posted later this evening on the blog site etc.
Victory! Lady Renouf vindicated over Dresden speechAfter 32 months German courts back down, Renouf acquitted
In a last minute reversal, German prosecutors and a district court judge in Dresden have ended their criminal case against Lady Michèle Renouf, terminating a 32-month process, days before it was to come to trial. Having arrested and charged Lady Renouf in 2018 immediately after her impromptu speech at a commemoration in Dresden, German prosecutors opened proceedings a year later under Germany’s notorious §130 Volksverhetzung law alleging “public incitement”, but the case has now ended without Lady Renouf being found guilty of any offence. (She has had to pay only a modest fee for the costs of a translator.)
“This decision was extraordinary – almost sensational”, says Wolfram Nahrath (Lady Renouf’s German attorney) who points out that such an ACQUITTAL of the charges in a ‘Holocaust’-related trial is a first in Germany. The German authorities did not want to take the risk of putting Lady Renouf on trial, given her background and the German constitutional issues that would inevitably be highlighted.
The §130 Volksverhetzung law has been used to jail German scientists, authors and even lawyers in recent years. ‘Holocaust’-related offences of ‘public incitement’ almost inevitably lead to long prison sentences. Yet the unique circumstances of Lady Renouf and her 2018 Dresden speech led prosecutors to withdraw. The modeltrial.blogspot.com blog and related social media accounts will examine the extraordinary fabric of the Renouf case and explain why the German state chose to throw in the towel.
Lady Michele Renouf’s Thought Crimes Trial in
Germany Suddenly Adjourned, Gag Order Imposed
actress, model and longtime videographer (through her company Telling Films)
and free speech activist Lady Michele Renouf was to go on trial in
Dresden, Germany on October 16. We can’t report on the proceedings because
neither Lady Michele nor her associate and publicist Peter Rushton is
allowed to comment on the proceedings. We have been advised that they were
suddenly halted and no date set for their continuation.
reports: “On 16th October 2020 an Australian-born Briton goes on
trial in Dresden for ‘incitement’ – not for terrorism or threats, but because
of a 10-minute speech given to 300 mourners at a commemoration of the Allied
terror bombing of Dresden in 1945.The charges have been brought under Germany’s
draconian volksverhetzung law – Para 130 of the criminal code,
against Lady Michèle Renouf. … In February 2018 Lady Renouf attended a
public commemoration in central Dresden, marking the anniversary of the 1945
terror bombing by the Royal Air Force and the USAAF. Responding
to an anti-British comment by someone in the crowd, Lady Renouf was invited to
give a brief spontaneous speech in which she acknowledged Britain’s shame for
its deliberate wartime policy of targeting civilians.
During this speech she referred
to the following facts:
Many influential Britons at
the time condemned Churchill’s barbaric terror bombing policy and the
associated demand for unconditional surrender – such people included Lord
Hankey (formerly Sir Maurice Hankey, founder of the modern civil
service); the Rt. Rev. George Bell, Bishop of Chichester; Labour MP and
future minister Richard Stokes; and government scientist and future
bestselling novelist C.P. Snow.
The terror bombing of Dresden was
a literal holocaust in which tens of thousands of civilians were burned alive.
We shall never know the atrocity’s exact death toll, because the city was
packed with refugees – uncounted and undocumented – fleeing from the advancing Soviet
The Allied justification for this
targeting of civilians was that Britain and America were at war with Germany.
Yet, this factor is ignored when discussing what has become known as the
‘Holocaust’, an unchallengeable dogma taking the place of history.
The simple fact that Jewish
civilians were interned in camps is today regarded as a ‘war crime’ and part of
‘genocide’, regardless of what did or did not happen in the camps
themselves, a topic which Lady Renouf did not address, knowing that it is
illegal in Germany to debate such matters. It is odd to condemn internment
itself as criminal, bearing in mind that both Britain and America interned
enemy aliens. It is scarcely surprising that European Jews were placed in this
‘enemy alien’ category, given the actions of the self-styled leaders of World
Jewry who had as early as 1933 declared economic war on Germany. Moreover the
future founders of Israel such as Chaim Weizmann were actively engaged
in a campaign of covert warfare, some of it contrary to international law, in
collaboration with Britain’s Special Operations Executive. In itself it
was not unreasonable for the German authorities to intern large numbers of
European Jews as potential collaborators in this covert war.
On Friday, October 16, CAFE supporters and Truth and Justice for Germans staged a protest outside the German Consulate in Toronto urging Germany to drop all charges against Lady Michele and show respect for freedom of speech.
your fearless and direct utterances in Dresden, unfortunately forbidden
to all Germans, blew open the window of truth in one blast.” said Gerard Menuhin, son of legendary violinist and conductor Yehudi Menuhin, in February 2018
16th October 2020 an Australian-born Briton goes on trial in Dresden
for “incitement” – not for terrorism or threats, but because of a
10-minute speech given to 300 mourners at a commemoration of the Allied
terror bombing of Dresden in 1945.
The charges have been brought under Germany’s draconian volksverhetzung
law – Para 130 of the criminal code, against Lady Michèle Renouf,
former wife of New Zealand banking tycoon Sir Francis (‘Frank the Bank’)
Renouf who was honoured with the Verdienstkreuz by the then West
German government. In 1990 the engaged couple travelled to Bonn for the
award of Sir Frank’s medal, and as his fiancée Lady Renouf was given a Verdienstkreuz
lapel ribbon. This honour related to Sir Frank’s pioneering role in
persuading the German federal government to relax its conservative
policies and invest its financial surplus on world markets. (For similar
reasons he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.)
February 2018 Lady Renouf attended a public commemoration in central
Dresden, marking the anniversary of the 1945 terror bombing by the Royal
Air Force and the USAAF. Responding to an anti-British comment by
someone in the crowd, Lady Renouf was invited to give a brief
spontaneous speech in which she acknowledged Britain’s shame for its
deliberate wartime policy of targeting civilians.
During this speech she referred to the following facts:
Many influential Britons at the time condemned Churchill’s barbaric
terror bombing policy and the associated demand for unconditional
surrender – such people included Lord Hankey (formerly Sir Maurice
Hankey, founder of the modern civil service); the Rt Rev George Bell,
Bishop of Chichester; Labour MP and future minister Richard Stokes; and
government scientist and future bestselling novelist C.P. Snow.
George Bell, Bishop of Chichester was one of several high-profile British critics of terror bombing
The terror bombing of Dresden was a literal Holocaust in which tens of
thousands of civilians were burned alive. We shall never know the
atrocity’s exact death toll, because the city was packed with refugees –
uncounted and undocumented – fleeing from the advancing Soviet Red
The wider relevance of the Dresden war crime – Renouf emphasised – is
that so-called ‘moral bombing’ of Dresden by the Second World War allies
has effectively acted as a precedent for postwar crimes against
civilians including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which in turn has
prompted unprecedented floods of refugees into Western Europe.
The Allied justification for this targeting of civilians was that
Britain and America were at war with Germany, yet this factor is ignored
when discussing what has become known as the ‘Holocaust’, an
unchallengeable dogma taking the place of history.
The simple fact that Jewish civilians were interned in camps is today
regarded as a ‘war crime’ and part of ‘genocide’, regardless of what did
or did not happen in the camps themselves, a topic which Lady Renouf
did not address, knowing that it is illegal in Germany to debate such
matters. It is odd to condemn internment itself
as criminal, bearing in mind that both Britain and America interned
enemy aliens. It is scarcely surprising that European Jews were placed
in this “enemy alien” category, given the actions of the self-styled
leaders of World Jewry who had as early as 1933 declared economic war on
Germany. Moreover the future founders of Israel such as Chaim Weizmann
were actively engaged in a campaign of covert warfare, some of it
contrary to international law, in collaboration with Britain’s Special
Operations Executive. In itself it was not unreasonable for the German
authorities to intern large numbers of European Jews as potential
collaborators in this covert war.
Chaim Weizmann (above right with US President Harry Truman) openly aligned World Jewry with the Allied war effort.
is for making these points in her brief impromptu February 2018 speech
that Lady Renouf was arrested and now faces trial in Dresden on 15th May
2020 for offences which carry a maximum prison sentence of five years.
trial will focus press and public attention on the extraordinary German
laws that deny normal historical debate and rational argument. These
and similar laws in many other European countries (though not so far in
the UK) were condemned more than a decade ago by a coalition of eminent
historians and other academics writing under the label ‘Appel de Blois’:
these critics included the late Eric Hobsbawm; Jewish journalist and
author Geoffrey Alderman; Italian historian Carlo Ginzburg; and the
Oxford professor Timothy Garton Ash.
Renouf’s own background is not as an historian, scientist, lawyer or
politician. So how did someone whose lifelong career since early
childhood was as a model and advertising actress come to be on trial in
Germany charged with having expressed forbidden opinions and having
uttered forbidden historical facts?
in 1946, Michèle Mainwaring was directed mainly to classical ballet
studies from the age of 3 to 23, eventually for a licentiateship at the
Royal Academy of Dancing in London. Her earlier four years of
undergraduate art studies at the National Art School were partly
financed by her parallel modelling career (beginning at age 7) and
prizes in beauty contests, including winning Radio 2HD’s Miss Beach
Girl, Miss Newcastle & Hunter Valley, and Miss Zhivago. (The latter
title, twenty years later was to bemuse Dr Zhivago’s co-star Omar Sharif, when he and Lady Renouf enjoyed gaming at London’s Ritz Hotel casino.)
At age 14 Michèle Mainwaring was performing as Gretel in Hansel and Gretel
at the Sydney Conservatorium when the world-famous former Ballets
Russes dancer and choreographer Kiril Vassilkovsky came backstage
seeking to recruit her “ethereal quality” for the role as Clara in his
production of The Nutcracker. However her mother would not allow her to leave school to joint the company!
young Michèle performed as Radio 2HD’s Shirley Temple, singing and tap
dancing for the station’s famous children’s radio presenter Twink Storey
as an infant performer and symbol of innocence in the postwar years.
While the actual Shirley Temple became a US Ambassador, Lady Renouf in
later life was to have a rather different involvement with diplomacy and
politics – considered by some to have an ‘ambassadorial’ role as a
champion for the rights of historical revisionism without
future Lady Renouf came to England in the late 1960s shortly before her
marriage to the late Daniel Griaznoff, descendent of a Russian noble
family. During the 1970s and 1980s she used her marital title of
Countess Griaznoff in association with many charitable activities and
became well-known in London society. Prolific romantic novelist and
socialite Barbara Cartland delighted in entertaining Count and Countess
Griaznoff at her country home. Actors Edward Fox and his wife Joanna
David generously contributed their celebrated artistry to charity
soirees and balls hosted by the Griaznoffs at their Hampstead home.
Lady Renouf’s many appearances in international advertising campaigns included this German television ad for Tchibo coffee.
from age 15 Lady Renouf had been recruited into an international career
as an advertising actress in television commercials alongside her
modelling career. This led to magazine and television advertisements
worldwide for products and companies as diverse as Deutsche Post, Tchibo
coffee, British Airways, Cable & Wireless, Nissan cars, Lenthéric
perfume, and hundreds more. On screen she appeared with such legends as the Muppets and Dick Emery.
the mid-1990s Lady Renouf become a member of the fundraising advisory
board for the reconstruction of Shakespeare’s Globe on Bankside,
chairing the principal fundraising event. As a professional designer of
garden mazes and knot gardens, she had also designed an Elizabethan knot
garden and labyrinth for the Globe approved by the project’s head Sam
Wanamaker, intended as part of the re-education of the general public in
the coded poetic messages of flowers, familiar to a Tudor mindset but
now lost: her knot garden project was featured in a major article for
the Sunday Times.
this invited role Lady Renouf mobilised a range of contacts among
London’s diplomatic corps (built up as a longstanding member of the
Ladies’ Committee of the European-Atlantic Group) to assist in the
Shakespeare’s Globe project, including Adm. William Crowe, US Ambassador
and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who became a family
friend; and Australian High Commissioner Neal Blewett. After completing
raising funds for the construction of the Wardrobe of Robes room, behind
the Globe’s stage (marked today by a bronze plaque) – Lady Renouf’s
private tribute to her mother, who was a designer of ballet costumes –
she also invited another family friend Buzz Aldrin, second man on the
Moon, to include his contribution to a time capsule buried beneath the
the first steps towards Lady Renouf’s involvement with “political”
questions came as the result of a Jewish member of her Shakespeare’s
Globe committee insisting on the entire menu at a fundraising dinner
being kosher. Merely the appearance of a non-kosher item on the menu
sent this woman into a rant about “tyranny” and “anti-semitism”.
Lady Renouf was puzzled by this inexplicable reaction, and this led her
into further investigations of the taboo subject of “anti-semitism”.
She carried out extensive research into the composer Richard Wagner’s
attitude to the Jewish question, and in 1997 published the monograph Richard Wagner’s Art-works of the Future and Judaism: Inspirational or Conspiratorial.
the end of the 1990s Lady Renouf visited Palestine with her high
society chum the Bey of Haifa, Jeannot Khayat, who informed her for the
first time about the outrageous “absentee law” whereby Palestinian homes
can be confiscated by the Israeli state if their owners leave the
country even for a holiday.
in the 2000s she met and recorded interviews with British veterans of
the war against Zionist terrorism in Palestine, 1945-48. These included
unique interviews by the late Phillip Knightley with British Army
veteran and author Eric Lowe – now archived at St Antony’s College,
Oxford. Some of these landmark interviews (in cooperation with
anti-Zionist Neturei Karta rabbis, Palestinian diplomats, and
commentators including Israel Shamir and Gilad Atzmon) appeared in Lady
Renouf’s first documentary film projects, Palestine Scrapbook and Israel in Flagrante: Caught in Acts of Twistspeak, screened at the House of Lords and House of Commons, under the auspices of Dr James Thring and Lord Stoddart.
2000 Lady Renouf attended the London trial of a libel case brought by
the British historian David Irving against the Jewish-American author
Deborah Lipstadt: this was the first she had heard of debates around the
“Holocaust”, but she later became aware of a worldwide campaign of
persecution against historical sceptics, notably the jailing of Ernst
Zündel, Germar Rudolf, Wolfgang Fröhlich, Gerd Honsik, Monika and Alfred
Schaefer, and Ursula Haverbeck – including their lawyers Horst Mahler
and Sylvia Stolz. In 2006
she attended David Irving’s trial in Austria, where he was sentenced to
three years imprisonment, eventually being released after one year
thanks to an appeal filed by celebrated Viennese attorney Dr Herbert
Schaller. (In the recent film Denial, an actress plays the part
of Lady Renouf, seated on the court bench as the sole observer on
Irving’s side of the court throughout the hearings.)
the summer of 2001 Lady Renouf arranged a meeting between Irving and
Prince Fahd bin Salman of Saudi Arabia, eldest son of the present King
Salman. Prince Fahd was owner of many racehorses including the 1991
Derby winner Generous, who was celebrated in a hillside maze garden
designed by Lady Renouf, a friend of the Prince and Princess, at their
Harewood estate in Surrey where Queen Elizabeth II had planted a tree.
In a telephone call from Riyadh following their meeting, Prince Fahd
confirmed his intention to purchase the entire property including
Irving’s flat in Duke Street, Mayfair, and turn it into a “Real History
Institute”, but he died suddenly a day later aged only 46.
consequence of Lady Renouf’s defence of Irving was that a cabal of
opponents engineered her expulsion from the Reform Club in 2003,
following an earlier unsuccessful attempt to expel her in 2002 (when she
was defended by eminent pollster Sir Bob Worcester). Lady Renouf had
invited Irving to an event at the Reform Club (alongside family friend
Count Nikolai Tolstoy) in the week of the Lipstadt trial verdict.
2006 Lady Renouf’s Telling Films has produced many DVDs on the stifling
of historical debate and the persecution of revisionist historians,
scientists, authors, publishers, and latterly even their lawyers. These
documentaries include Jailing Opinions, focused on the
prosecutions of Irving in Vienna (Austria), Ernst Zündel in Toronto
(Canada), and Robert Faurisson in Paris (France), and later documentary
films such as Dresden Holocaust 1945 – An Apology to Germany is Due; Out and Unbowed, about Ernst Zündel’s trials and imprisonment; Mourning the Victims, Naming the Culprits about the British torture centre at Bad Nenndorf (Germany); and many others.
2006 Lady Renouf attended and spoke at the International Conference to
Review the Global Vision of the Holocaust, hosted in Tehran at the
instigation of Iran’s then-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The topic of
her conference address was “Psychology of Holocaustianity” – an echo of
her postgraduate studies in Psychology of Religion a few years earlier
at London University’s Heythrop College. Veteran revisionist scholar and
literary document analyst Professor Robert Faurisson said that he gave
Lady Renouf’s speech “20 out of 20”!
by Prof. Faurisson, Lady Renouf was elected to serve on a five-member
international fact-finding committee created at the end of the Tehran
conference to advance research and support informed historical debate.
2006 and 2020 Lady Renouf has been interviewed in many television and
radio debates and discussions opposite (for example) Prof. Norman
Finkelstein; former CIA officer Dr George Lambrakis; Dr Nicholas
Kollerstrom; the Rev. Stephen Sizer; and Dmitry Shimelfarb, former
adviser and press spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu. In 2005 she was honoured with the George Orwell Award by the
Canadian Free Speech League, and has spoken at conferences in Canada,
the USA and Mexico. Several of these speeches, films and interviews have
focused on Lady Renouf’s campaign to raise awareness about the first,
pre-Israel Jewish Homeland option in Birobidjan – the Jewish Autonomous
Region created in 1928 in the former Soviet Union and still flourishing
to this day in Vladimir Putin’s Russia.
Lady Renouf with the late Dr Fredrick Töben after the defeat of German government efforts to extradite Dr Töben in 2008
the Australian revisionist Dr Fredrick Töben was arrested at London’s
Heathrow Airport in October 2008 and subjected to a European Arrest
Warrant seeking his extradition to face criminal opinion charges in
Germany, Lady Renouf mobilised a defence team that successfully opposed
the warrant as invalid, forcing the German authorities to back down and
accept his release. The Töben case proved an important precedent in
relation to the traditional Catholic Bishop Richard Williamson, who was
convicted in Germany for answers he gave to a Swedish television crew in
November 2008, but who as a consequence of the success in Töben’s case,
could not be subjected to a European Arrest Warrant. On Bishop
Williamson’s return to London in 2009 he was met at the airport by Lady
Renouf, who gave interviews to BBC Radio 4 and the World Service later
that day, in which she debated the issues involved with Deborah Lipstadt
and the late Greville Janner of the World Jewish Congress.
those same German authorities are seeking revenge in a wholly
unwarranted prosecution of a British citizen for a perfectly normal and
reasonable (though unplanned and unprepared) speech in Dresden two years
ago, a speech intended as a humble acknowledgment of British guilt and
contrition for a terrible crime against German civilians committed 75
this politically-motivated prosecution, the moribund Merkel
government’s servants in the German state apparatus dishonour their own
dead, and discredit themselves before the world’s media.
Renouf’s former husband Sir Frank Renouf was a prisoner-of-war in
Germany for four years following his capture after parachuting into
Greece on 26th April 1941. His
time in an officers’ prisoner-of-war camp in Bavaria was well spent
learning German from a friendly guard with the aid of Schiller’s poetry,
building a tennis court, enjoying Red Cross food parcels, and
conducting a correspondence course with Worcester College, Oxford, where
he was admitted for a postwar degree. His
German connections were strengthened after the war as a friend of
British Prime Minister Edward Heath and eminent figures in European
banking including the British Lord Kindersley (a director of the Bank of
England) and the German Hermann Abs (a director of Deutsche Bank). The
Renoufs’ matrimonial home at 37 Eaton Square, Belgravia, had during the
1930s been the home of British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, who
immediately before the Second World War rented out this same property as
the home of German Ambassador Joachim von Ribbentrop – the first
prisoner executed by the Allies at Nuremberg in 1946.
remains to be seen whether 21st century Germany will be as hospitable
to Lady Renouf as wartime Germany was to her former husband!
October 07, 2020
Renouf’s lifelong career as an advertising actress and model included
German TV ads for Tchibo coffee – now she will appear as defendant in a
Dresden criminal trial
Lady Michèle Renouf’s trial will take place next week – Friday 16th October – at the Dresden Amtsgericht (district court).
She is accused under Germany’s notorious §130 which defines as criminal Volksverhetzung (public incitement) a wide range of activity that would be perfectly normal in other democracies.
this occasion the ‘criminal conduct’ was an impromptu speech by Lady
Renouf at a memorial event in Dresden in 2018, commemorating the RAF and
USAAF terror bombing of the city and the incineration of countless
civilians in February 1945.
RAF Wing Commander Hubert Raymond Allen wrote: “The
final phase of Bomber Command’s operations was far and away the worst.
Traditional British chivalry and the use of minimum force in war was to
become a mockery and the outrages perpetrated by the bombers will be
remembered a thousand years hence.” (H.R. Allen, The Legacy of Lord Trenchard (Cassell, 1972), p. 168)
prosecutors now seek to criminalise memory of that outrage, and have
brought a British citizen to trial for the ‘crime’ of paying tribute to
the memory of the dead and for acknowledging the crimes of her own
Lady Michèle Renouf’s trial in Dresden – due to begin on 15th May – has been postponed due to the impact of Covid-19.
The trial is now rescheduled to begin on 16th October 2020 – again in Dresden’s District Court (Amtsgericht).
Charges relate to Lady Renouf’s impromptu speech on 17th February 2018
at a commemoration of the 1945 British and American terror bombing of
Lady Renouf’s attorney Wolfram Nahrath is continuing to build a detailed
rebuttal of these charges with the help of witnesses from several
countries. Further details will be released closer to the trial date,
and will appear on this blog and related social media accounts.