Pedro Varela Geiss

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Pedro Varela Geiss
Pedro Varela (cropped).jpg
Varela in an interview
Born (1957-10-09) 9 October 1957 (age 61)
ResidenceBarcelona, Spain
Alma materUniversity of Barcelona
OccupationHistorian, librarian
Children1

Pedro Varela Geiss (born 9 October 1957) is a Spanish librarian, writer, revisionist historian, and Holocaust denier. He was the owner of a Neo-Nazi bookstore in Barcelona that is now closed, and he describes himself as a National Socialist inspired by Hitler. He was also the former President of the disbanded Neo-Nazi group CEDADE, to which Belgian Nazi collaborator Leon Degrelle belonged.

Biography[edit]

Born in Barcelona,[1] he became the President of CEDADE in 1978,[2] publishing Holocaust denial material.[3]

In 1992, he spent three months in pre-trial detention in Austria for a Nazi speech he gave, but was acquitted. After the end of CEDADE, he opened the bookstore Libreria Europa (Spanish for "Europe Bookstore") in Barcelona, from which he promoted pro-Nazi speeches, conferences, lectures, and books on anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.[4] In 1998, he was sentenced to five years in prison for justifying genocide, due to the Holocaust denial material he sold at his store.[5]

In 2010, he was sentenced to two years and nine months in prison for the felony of "disseminating genocidal ideals".[6] He was released from prison on March 8, 2012.[7] He went back to run his bookstore. However, on July 2016, his library was closed under the accusation that it incites "hate speech", "racial discrimination", etc.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Pedro has a daughter who lives in Denmark. He is also a mountaineer, and an enthusiast of Richard Wagner and his body of work. Varela is a Roman Catholic, and identifies as a vegetarian.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "El nazi Varela siembra cruces gamadas en prisión | Edición impresa | EL PAÍS". Elpais.com. Retrieved 2016-12-03.
  2. ^ Stephen E. Atkins. Holocaust Denial as an International Movement. Books.google.es. Retrieved 2016-12-03.
  3. ^ Hermann Kurthen; Werner Bergmann; Rainer Erb (1997-05-29). Antisemitism and Xenophobia in Germany After Unification. Books.google.es. Retrieved 2016-12-03.
  4. ^ "Is Europe on the "Right" Path?" (PDF). Library.fes.de. Retrieved 2016-12-03.
  5. ^ Andrea Mammone; Emmanuel Godin; Brian Jenkins (2012-05-16). Mapping the Extreme Right in Contemporary Europe: From Local to Transnational. Books.google.es. Retrieved 2016-12-03.
  6. ^ "Dos años y nueves meses de cárcel para el neonazi Pedro Varela | Actualidad | EL PAÍS". Elpais.com. 2010-03-08. Retrieved 2016-12-03.
  7. ^ "Sale en libertad el dueño de la filonazi Librería Europa tras cumplir 15 meses de cárcel | Barcelona". Elmundo.es. Retrieved 2016-12-03.
  8. ^ "Revista de Claseshistoria : Publicación digital de Historia y Ciencias Sociales : Artículo Nº 293" (PDF). Claseshistoria.com. 2012-04-15. ISSN 1989-4988. Retrieved 2016-12-03.