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May 22, 1936 |
|Occupation||Author and child psychologist|
|Nationality||Soviet Union, Paraguay, United States|
|Ethnicity||Black Sea German|
|Notable works||The Wanderers|
Ingrid Rimland (born May 22, 1936 in Halbstadt (Molotschna) in Ukraine) is a Ukrainian-born American holocaust denier. She has written several novels based upon her own experiences from growing up in a Mennonite community in Ukraine and as a refugee child during World War II. Her novel The Wanderers (1977), which won her the California Literature Medal Award for best fiction, tells the story of the plight of Mennonite women caught in the social upheavals of revolution and war.
Born into a Russian-German Mennonite community in Ukraine she grew up trilingual (German, Russian and Ukrainian) in the then-Soviet Union. Her family had been wealthy prior to the Russian revolution, but the community faced persecution under the communist regime due to their pacifist beliefs and heritage. In 1941, when she was five years old, her father was deported to Siberia. Fleeing the Red Army, she ended up in Germany with her mother in 1945. After several years as a refugee, they emigrated to an isolated Mennonite community in the rainforests of Paraguay in 1948, with the help of Dutch and American Mennonites.
Most of her literary work is autobiographical to various extent. Her 1977 novel The Wanderers traces the decimation of a pacifist people during the Russian_Revolution, anarchy, famine, the Stalinist purges, escape from Ukraine, and eventual resettlement in the rain forests of Paraguay. Her 1984 book The Furies and the Flame is her autobiography as an immigrant and deals with her struggle to raise her handicapped child.
In the 1990s, Rimland met and befriended German-Canadian Holocaust Denier Ernst Zündel, who later became her second husband. She became involved in right-wing causes, acting as the ostensible manager of Zündel's controversial holocaust denial website. She later attempted to get Zundel American citizenship, but her efforts completely failed and he was first given no rights to remain in the U.S. and later extradited from Canada to Germany; with her husband's Zundelsite now defunct, Rimland has been left giving him a platform at the extremist site Veteran's Today, most recently when he talked about his flight from Germany to Mexico to meet Rimland having to make an emergency landing in the U.S. and his subsequent detention before he was once again sent packing from the U.S. Rimland also posted an ad in Pravda begging Vladimir Putin to give Zundel asylum and a Russian passport, and was ignored completely.
- Wilfred Martens, Book review: The Wanderers, Direction, 1979
- Klassen, Abraham and Cornelius Krahn. (1956). Halbstadt (Molotschna Mennonite settlement, Zaporizhia Oblast, Ukraine). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 15 February 2011.]
- James C. Juhnke, Ingrid Rimland, the Mennonites, and the Demon Doctor, Mennonite Life, vol. 60 no. 1, 2005