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‘Battle of Stalingrad’ on display in Germany

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

The items for the exhibition were chosen by the workers of the Bundeswehr Museum in Dresden. They include photos, weapons, uniforms, letters and personal belonging of soldiers of both Soviet and German armies.

The exhibition has a special stand, which allows visitors to compare the apprehension of the legendary battle by the people in Russia and in Germany.

The Battle of Stalingrad was a major and decisive battle of the Second World War in which Nazi Germany fought the Soviet Union for control of the city of Stalingrad (now Volgograd). The battle took place between August 23, 1942 and February 2, 1943.

http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_12_13/Battle-of-Stalingrad-on-display-in-Germany/

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Detroit’s Destiny

Friday, December 7th, 2012

Remember the time you were in class and knew the answer to a question posed by your teacher, but didn’t raise your hand out of fear you might be wrong? Or the time you had a crush on a beautiful girl, but were too afraid to ask her on a date because she might say ‘no’?

Well, we are reaching the political equivalent of that moment—where that self-induced fear and trepidation which precludes us from doing what is rational and natural because of the negative consequences we perceive could arise from such action—with the impending financial collapse of Detroit.

“Impending” is the wrong word. “Imminent” would be, too. “Inevitable” is the apt word.

Why the insolvency of Detroit has been an inevitability now must be stated, because others will raise their hand and supply the wrong answer. The American Thinker will try and blame Democrats and unions without mentioning that America’s most livable big city, Pittsburgh, is filled with both.

Free Republic won’t allow anyone to even mention the word “Black” in the strange color-blind world the owners of that site have cultivated (with a religious zeal and intensity normally seen in a cult).

Beloved conservative economist Thomas Sowell can state it is due to “liberal social policies,” without acknowledging these same policies are in place in cities that attract corporate investments, like Portland, Seattle, Boulder, and Denver. Others will state that a city under “total Democrat hegemony” for 50 years was bound to collapse, maintaining a desire to stay color-blind even in the face of economic Armageddon.

Michael Barone, famous for stating that Hispanics will save the Republican Party, was in Detroit during the Black riots of late July 1967, still the worst riots this nation has ever seen. He wrote an article for the American Enterprise Institute stating how his politics were shaped by this event. Considering that he advocates the continued mass immigration of a people who in 2006 marched in major American cities waving the Mexican flags defiantly, we have to wonder what exactly Barone learned.

The Weekly Standard published Matt Labash’s ode to Detroit’s collapse back in 2008, where he only in passing pointed out the racial significance of the city’s collapse. (In 1960, Detroit was 76 percent White. Though at the time Blacks represented only 24 percent of the population, they were responsible for 65 percent of the violence crime there):

Somewhere along the way, Detroit became our national ashtray, a safe place for everyone to stub out the butt of their jokes.

It happens, though, when you’re from Detroit. In the popular imagination, the Motor City has gone from being the Arsenal of Democracy, so named for their converting auto factories to make the weapons which helped us win World War II, and the incubator of the middle class (now leading the nation in foreclosure rates, Detroit once had the highest rate of home ownership in the country), to being Dysfunction Junction. To Detroit’s credit, they’ve earned it.

How bad is Detroit? It once gave the keys to the city to Saddam Hussein.

Over the last several years, it has ranked as the most murderous city, the poorest city, the most segregated city, as the city with the highest auto-insurance rates, with the bleakest outlook for workers in their 20s and 30s, and as the place with the most heart attacks, slowest income growth, and fewest sunny days. It is a city without a single national grocery store chain. It has been deemed the most stressful metropolitan area in America. Likewise, it has ranked last in numerous studies: in new employment growth, in environmental indicators, in the rate of immunization of 2-year-olds, and, among big cities, in the number of high school or college graduates.

Men’s Fitness magazine christened Detroit America’s fattest city, while Men’s Health called it America’s sexual disease capital. Should the editors of these two metrosexual magazines be concerned for their safety after slagging the citizens of a city which has won the “most dangerous” title for five of the last ten years? Probably not: 47 percent of Detroit adults are functionally illiterate.

Precisely what caused all this mess is perhaps best left to historians. Locals’ ideas for how it happened could keep one pinned to a barstool for weeks: auto companies failing or pushing out to the suburbs and beyond, white flight caused by the ’67 riots and busing orders, the 20-year reign of Mayor Coleman Young who scared additional middle-class whites off with statements such as “The only way to handle discrimination is to reverse it,” freeways destroying mass transit infrastructure, ineptitude, corruption, Japanese cars–take your pick.

We no longer have the luxury of such utopian dreams when it comes to placing the blame for Detroit’s monumental collapse; we must deal with the facts as they are and point out that Detroit has become the best friend of budding photographers hoping to publish the next best-selling coffee table book because it is a city that most resembles the dangerous foreign landscapes pictured in National Geographic. (For an actual coffee table book on modern Detroit, check out The Ruins of Detroit, by French photographers Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre .)

Detroit is 82 percent Black. The Great Migration to Detroit of Blacks from the South (exacerbated by Henry Ford’s promise to hire 10 percent of his employees from the Black population) inexorably created White Flight from that city, turning the city once known as “The Paris of the West” into the American version of the Paris Suburbs. Much of the rest of the city been torn down due to neglect.

That Democrat hegemony bemoaned for ruining the city has been overwhelmingly Black for 40 years, starting with the election of Coleman Young, the first Black mayor in the history of Detroit. The mass exodus of people from the city was primarily White back in the 1960s and ’70s (which turned a majority White city into the majority Black mess you have now), but is currently a torrent of Black people fleeing in hopes of finding a place to live with a national grocery chain.

White people fled Black crime then; Black people flee Black crime now.

Mike Brownfield of The Heritage Foundation has said Detroit is “a liberal’s worst nightmare,” but fails to point out that it is Black people fleeing a liberal Black cityto the tune of a 25 percent population decline in 10 years.

What are you afraid of saying Mr. Brownfield? Why can’t you just say Detroit is in trouble because of its majority population (why doesn’t the Detroit Free Pressever run an article that asks, In changing world, Detroit remains overwhelming black?)? Why can’t Dr. Sowell? Why can’t The American Thinker? Why can’tNational Review?

The decline of Detroit (and America’s major cities such as Baltimore, Milwaukee, Memphis, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Cleveland, Newark, New Orleans, Atlanta, Birmingham, Chicago, etc.) is completely racial in nature. Michael Walsh of National Review laments that “some day, we’ll all live in Detroit” without mentioning the fact that Detroit’s lily-white suburbs–where the White descendants of the War of Detroit (the 1967 Black riot) retreated to–are perhaps the nicest in America.

Conservatives must understand that is the Black residents of Detroit who have helped depreciate what was once some of the highest property value in the country to the majority of zip codes in America with the lowest property value.

The Black press seems to understand understands this: The Atlanta Post published a story in 2010 stating that to Abandon Detroit = Abandoning Black America; Detroit post-1967 is a direct representation of Black America.

One mustn’t forget that every student in Detroit now eats for free (courtesy of the state) so that the stigma of being on the free lunch program won’t affect the self-esteem of Black children. As of 2009, more than 300,000 Black residents of Detroit were on food stamps, which equates to 38 percent of the citizenry. One can only guess what that number is now.

With news that Detroit could run out cash by December, Mayor Dave Bing has had to announce massive cuts to the city that contradict the USA Today’s triumphant, front-page, above the fold claim in October of 2011 that Detroit was back! from a few months ago. The Detroit Free Press reported:

Delivering on his pledge to avoid an emergency manager, Mayor Dave Bing said today he will lay off 1,000 employees, implement a hiring freeze and increase his demands on unions to accept 10% pay cuts and deep concessions in health care and pension benefits.

This follows an earlier proclamation from Bing that stopped garbage removal, police patrols and other government services in 20 percent of the city. Who can forget that more than 100 Detroit Department of Transportation bus drivers refused to work and stayed at the Rosa Parks Bus Terminal because of rampaging Black youth (who have helped earn Detroit the honor of America’s Most Dangerous City) attacking them.

That same bus system is so unreliable that LaWanda Flake, a disabled mother of six, recently bartered her home on Craigslist for a van to get her children to school on time. That house once belonged to one of the top Mo’ Town artists (The Supremes), but has since come to represent how quickly property depreciates once Black people assume control of a city.

If Detroit fails, then the unthinkable could happen: Michigan recently passed a “financial martial law” bill which allows the state to assume control of a bankrupt city. Once Detroit fails, an Emergency Manager will put in charge of the city and The American Interest warns us a 21st Century version of a “Plantation” will be created in America:

That’s not the only problem: if the review determines that the city is broke, white Republican officials could end up making decisions that change the fate of a predominantly African American city — imposing cuts in employment, pay, benefits and services that will affect almost everyone who lives in Detroit.

Detroit Free Press columnist Jeff Gerritt lays out what the governor will face if the takeover goes forward:

“Plantation” is a word he’ll hear a lot — in fact, Councilman Kwame Kenyatta already invoked it to describe what would happen if the state took control of the city’s finances in an effort to keep it from running out of money by spring…

Nothing happens in this region outside the context of race. Our often-painful history is the oxygen we breathe, even when we choke on it. We’re all finding it a little hard to breathe just now.

“Plantation” is the wrong word. On actual plantations, people worked. In the case of Detroit, the White Republican “owners” will labor away on behalf of their “slaves.”

As Black people flee Detroit and head into the prosperous lily-white suburbs surrounding the city, they ensure that the middle-class areas will continue to shrink.

The classic 1980s film Robocop teased at that truth when the CEO of OCP said, “Old Detroit has a cancer. That cancer is crime.” In Hollywood’s Detroit, multi-racial gangs, made up primarily of White males, prevailed.

Detroit faces a dual problem of spiking murder rates and a police force that is either incompetent or, increasingly, absent. This has led many residents to take the law into their own hands. The Daily reports, in an article entitled “911 is a Joke”:

Justifiable homicide in the city shot up 79 percent in 2011 from the previous year, as citizens in the long-suffering city armed themselves and took matters into their own hands. The local rate of self-defense killings now stands 2,200 percent above the national average. Residents, unable to rely on a dwindling police force to keep them safe, are fighting back against the criminal scourge on their own. And they’re offering no apologies.

Black dysfunction has, ironically, realized the dream of Reason magazine and Anarcho-Capitalists—a laissez-faire city with few government services. In Detroit, the dream is a nightmare.

In the span of only a few months, two of the former industrial giants that represented America’s once mighty manufacturing base will have become virtually insolvent. Sad that 72 percent Black Birmingham, Alabama, was responsible for the bankruptcy of Jefferson County.

Now, it is precisely those who comprise the 82 percent share of Detroit’s population that will be responsible for the financial ruin of that city, because they were incapable of sustaining the civilization that was left behind to them.

Only a few people will raise their hand and give the correct answer as to why “the Motor City” is finally out of gas.

To admit that Detroit is a failure because of its majority population is not possible in the political climate of 2012 America. To do so would undermine the political aim and drive of what this writer has dubbed “Black-Run America” (BRA).

This does not mean that Black people run actually America—far from it—but that America (corporate, religious, government, legal system, entertainment, etc.) is run for the advancement of Black people, and that to publicly say anything negative about Black people is, more or less, against the law of the land.

The National Question can’t be properly answered until we have the courage to proclaim the truth of Detroit’s demise. “Liberalism,” “socialism,” the “Democrat-controlled political class” are all partial, insufficient answers at best.

It’s about race, stupid.

http://www.alternativeright.com/main/blogs/district-of-corruption/the-destiny-of-detroit/

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Toward Allied Victory in World War II (1943-45)

Saturday, November 17th, 2012

In North Africa, British and American forces had defeated the Italians and Germans by 1943. An Allied invasion of Sicily and Italy followed, and Mussolini’s government fell in July 1943, though Allied fighting against the Germans in Italy would continue until 1945.

On World War II’s Eastern Front, a Soviet counteroffensive launched in November 1942 ended the bloody Battle of Stalingrad, which had seen some of the fiercest combat of the war. The approach of winter, along with dwindling food and medical supplies, spelled the end for German troops there, and the last of them surrendered on January 31, 1943.

On June 6, 1944–celebrated as “D-Day“–the Allied began a massive invasion of Europe, landing 156,000 British, Canadian and American soldiers on the beaches of Normandy, France. In response, Hitler poured all the remaining strength of his army into Western Europe, ensuring Germany’s defeat in the east. Soviet troops soon advanced into Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Romania, while Hitler gathered his forces to drive the Americans and British back from Germany in the Battle of the Bulge (December 1944-January 1945), the last major German offensive of the war. An intensive aerial bombardment in February 1945 preceded the Allied land invasion of Germany, and by the time Germany formally surrendered on May 8, Soviet forces had occupied much of the country. Hitler was already dead, having committed suicide on April 30 in his Berlin bunker.

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Julius Arigi

Saturday, October 13th, 2012

Julius Arigi (1895-1981) was Austria-Hungary‘s second highest scoring air aceof the First World War (and its most highly decorated), with his 32 victories second only to Godwin Brumowski.

Born on 3 October 1895 to a Sudetan German family in Decin, Bohemia, Arigi’s background saw him train variously as a waiter or electrical mechanic (depending upon differing sources).

Arigi signed up with the Austrian army on 5 October 1913, serving briefly with an artillery regiment prior to his transfer to the Austro-Hungarian air service in March 1914, four months before war was declared with Serbia.  He duly received his pilot’s license on 26 November 1914.

Enjoying notable popularity with the general public who appreciated the apparent glamour and dash of the aerial war, Arigi gained a similar degree of approval from the royal court itself, including Emperor Franz-Josef I.

Arigi’s public acclaim was by no means merely a matter of public relations either.  In addition to having escaped from captivity he amassed a total of 32 aerial ‘kills’, and was one of relatively few top-scoring aces to survive the war.  His first victory was logged on 22 August 1916 – he went on to down four further aircraft that day – and his last 23 August 1918.

Following the war Arigi established himself in commercial aviation, co-founding Ikarus, of of Czechoslovakia’s pioneering civil aviation companies.  After an eventful career in Czechoslovakia (which included assisting with the selection of new airfields and participation in espionage) he returned to Vienna, where following German annexation he wholeheartedly embraced the Nazi cause.

During the Second World War he acted a Luftwaffe instructor, retiring with Germany’s defeat in 1945.  He died on 1 August 1981 in Attersee, Austria at the age of 85.

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Court lifts ban on domestic military ops

Friday, August 17th, 2012

The strict ban on German military operations within the country was adopted following World War II, in reaction to the Nazi regime having used the army and paramilitary forces for its domestic agenda.

On Friday, the Federal Constitutional Court said the Bundeswehr armed forces could deploy under strict conditions in case of an assault in Germany with the potential for scores of casualties.

The deployment of troops in Germany was only acceptable in “states of emergency of catastrophic proportions,” the judges ruled, but never “in reaction to the threat posed by demonstrating crowds”.

The use of combat weapons was only acceptable “as a last resort” and must be approved by the federal government, not simply delegated to the defence minister.

Shooting down a hijacked passenger plane with civilians on board remained illegal after the ruling – but fighter jets could attempt to force such an aircraft to land with warning shots.

The ruling marked a reversal of a decision by the same court in 2006 and was a response to complaints from two of Germany’s 16 federal states.

The German government had attempted to allow more flexibility in its military response to a possible terror attack in the wake of the September 11, 2001 suicide hijackings in the United States.

But it ran into resistance from the court, which cited strict restrictions on the deployment of the military in Germany set down in the post-war constitution.

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Groups call on Hungary to try war criminal suspect

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Hungary said Monday it is investigating whether a Holocaust-era war criminal has been living in the capital, Budapest, as international and domestic groups clamored for him to be placed on trial.

Budapest prosecutors said in a statement that they were investigating a case based on information received from Efraim Zuroff, head of the Simon Wiesenthal Center‘s Jerusalem office, but did not name the suspect.

The center has told prosecutors that a man named Laszlo Csatary living in Budapest is believed to be the same Laszlo Csatary who was police chief in 1941 in the Slovakian city of Kosice, then part of Hungary, where he played a “key role” in the deportation of 300 Jews to Ukraine, where they were killed.

Csatary, who the center says would now be 97 years old, is also suspected of helping to organize the 1944 deportation of some 15,700 Jews to Auschwitz.

A group of students held a protest Monday at an apartment building in Budapest where Csatary is thought to have lived until recently, while the opposition Socialist Party called on Chief Prosecutor Peter Polt to indict him for war crimes.

Csatary was nowhere to be seen, and officials have not provided any information as to his whereabouts.

In April, a man named Ladislaus Csizsik-Csatary was placed at the top of the Wiesenthal Center’s list of its most wanted war crimes suspects.

Csizsik-Csatary had been convicted in absentia for war crimes in Hungary in 1948 and sentenced to death. He arrived in Nova Scotia the following year, became a Canadian citizen in 1955 and worked as an art dealer in Montreal.

In October 1997, Canadian authorities said the 82-year-old had left the country, apparently bound for Europe, before they had the chance to decide his fate in a deportation hearing. His citizenship had been revoked in August and the deportation order was based on his obtaining citizenship through “false representation or fraud or knowingly concealing material circumstances.”

Zuroff, the center’s self-described chief Nazi hunter, said a paid informant had provided the information last September that Csatary was living in Hungary and apparently had done so since leaving Canada in the 1990s.

“His information has been super-reliable,” although he will not receive any money unless Csizsik-Csatary is convicted and punished, Zuroff said Monday in a telephone interview with The Associated Press.

He declined to name the informant, or say how much he would receive.

Some 40 protesters gathered at the Budapest apartment building Monday, among them members of the European Union of Jewish Students. They formed a line by binding their wrists to each other with tape and shouted “Never again!” One of the protesters put a crossed out swastika sticker on the door of the second floor apartment where Csatary is thought to have lived.

“We came here because we want the Hungarian organs of justice to start a process against this war criminal,” said Krisztian Szilberhar, a young lawyer who participated in the protest. “He is responsible for the death of many innocent people.”

Considering Csatary’s age, “it would be enough justice if they declared him guilty and he had to continue to live here,” Szilberhar said.

Deborah Abisror of the European Union of Jewish Students said she was disappointed that they were not able to find Csatary.

“He’s not here, obviously,” she said. “He shouldn’t move anymore. He just should confront what he did. Maybe just to say sorry.”

Zuroff said that thousands of Nazi collaborators from Eastern Europe made their way to English-speaking countries after World War II, lying about their wartime past to gain refugee status.

Rabbi Slomo Koves, of the Unified Hungarian Jewish Congregation, said that members were “pretty shocked that somebody like this is living in Budapest … and living between us.”

“But I think it is also in a way some relief that there are still organizations that do these jobs and that find these people,” he said.

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Eugenics, Past and Future

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

The current issue of the Yale Alumni Magazine includes a portrait of Irving Fisher, a Yale economics professor in the 1920s and ‘30s and a giant of his field. The author, Richard Conniff, takes note of Fisher’s prodigious professional accomplishments and his private decency in order to foreground the real subject of his article: the economist’s role as one of his era’s highest-wattage proponents of eugenics.

The American elite’s pre-World War II commitment to breeding out the “unfit”—defined variously as racial minorities, low-I.Q. whites, the mentally and physically handicapped, and the criminally inclined—is a story that defies easy stereotypes about progress and enlightenment.

But these same eugenicists were often political and social liberals—advocates of social reform, partisans of science, critics of stasis and reaction. “They weren’t sinister characters out of some darkly lighted noir film about Nazi sympathizers,” Conniff writes of Fisher and his peers, “but environmentalists, peace activists, fitness buffs, healthy-living enthusiasts, inventors and family men.”

This progressive fascination with eugenics largely ended with World War II and the horrors wrought by National Socialism.

The eugenicists had very general ideas about genetics and heredity, very crude ideas about intelligence, and deeply poisonous ideas about racial hierarchies. They did not have, as we do, access to the genetic blueprints of individuals—including, most important, human beings still developing in utero, whose development can be legally interrupted by the intervention of an abortionist.

That access, until recently, has required invasive procedures like amniocentesis. But last week brought a remarkable breakthrough: a team of scientists mapped nearly an entire fetal genome using blood from the mother and saliva from the father.

The procedure costs tens of thousands of dollars today, but the price will surely fall. And it promises access to a wealth of information about the fetus’s biology and future prospects—information that carries obvious blessings, but also obvious temptations.

In 90 percent of cases, a positive test for Down syndrome leads to an abortion. It is hard to imagine that more expansive knowledge won’t lead to similar forms of prenatal selection on an ever-more-significant scale.

Is this sort of “liberal eugenics,” in which the agents of reproductive selection are parents rather than the state, entirely different from the eugenics of Fisher’s era, which forced sterilization on unwilling men and women? Like so many of our debates about reproductive ethics, that question hinges on what one thinks about the moral status of the fetus.

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Divers find lost Nazi submarine off North-east coast

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

A LONG-LOST Nazi submarine has been discovered off the North-east coast by a group of divers.

The U-1206 Nazi submarine was sunk by her crew just days before the end of World War 2.

The five-man Buchan Divers team discovered the Nazi U-boat 280ft below the surface of the North Sea about 11 miles east of Collieston.

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Čeněk Růžička: Politicians publicly compensate for weakness by crudely defaming Romani people

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

Čeněk Růžička, chair of the Committee for the Redress of the Roma Holocaust in the Czech Republic (Výbor pro odškodnění romského holocaustu v ČR) and the organizer of the annual commemoration ceremony at Lety by Písek, criticized politicians during his speech there this year for worsening the atmosphere in society with their populism. He expressed great concern for the future. News server Romea.cz publishes his speech in full translation below.

Your Excellencies, precious guests, I bid you all good day.

This Sunday we have gorgeous weather and you certainly could all have chosen to spend time with your loved ones today instead of coming here. Please permit me to welcome you here all the more sincerely on behalf of the bereaved of the Romani victims of Nazism and to thank you for coming.

Romani and Sinti people, just like Jewish people, were all but completely slaughtered during the Second World War, and we are standing right now at one of the places where this happened. In Moravia, at Hodonín u Kunštátu, and right here, the government of the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia began running the so-called “collecting camps” 70 years ago. That is what the jailers called them. Those who survived them don’t call them anything but concentration camps. These are Romani people who survived Auschwitz, Ravensbrűck, and other concentration camps – so they know what they are talking about. In both of the camps run here during Nazism, hundreds of our people died solely because they were hated for their membership in the Romani nation.

Dear listeners, I believe you will agree with me when I say we are here to thoroughly reject the opinions of extremists and Holocaust deniers. Let’s remember the names of the victims of the most recent racist murders here as well. The suffering of the Romani people has not ended.

Ladies and gentlemen, we, the bereaved of the victims, come here year after year to call for the removal of the pig farm from this place where the members of our families perished. This year, it’s no different. I call on the politicians of this country, and those citizens who are not indifferent to its reputation: Commit yourselves to getting rid of the national shame that is a pig farm on the site of a former concentration camp. We will never release you from your responsibility in this matter. Return the victims their dignity. Make sure the Czechs do not have to be ashamed of themselves. Get rid of this shame for us. I think our country, and indirectly, Europe, really deserves this, given the facts of history.

Dear listeners, the lives of Romani people in this country are permanently threatened by neo-Nazi groups, and recently, ever-larger numbers of ordinary citizens have been joining them. They are joining them because some candidates and politicians publicly compensate for their own weaknesses by crudely defaming Romani people, with the aim of winning as many sympathizers and voters to their side as they can. Shucks, why shouldn’t they? After all, they know what works for a significant portion of the Czech electorate. They have tested this innumerable times, it’s all the same to them that they are fomenting anti-Romani hysteria in society.

In this context, we might object that there are, after all, laws to address discrimination and racially motivated attacks against Romani people. However, it is also true that those committing the discrimination and hate attacks take no notice of these laws.

The bereaved of the victims of Nazism – and I think part of the nation as well – were just as shocked as I was by the television clips broadcast online by Romea.tv showing a crowd of ordinary citizens in a town in the Šluknov foothills singing the Czech national anthem and then setting out to attack Romani families. What are we to make of this?

If it were not for the police intervention that time, there could have been fatal results. Is this how the Czech national anthem is to be treated? What am I to make of the people turned fanatics in Rotava? I was personally present for the march by the citizens of Rotava together with followers of DSSS leader Vandas and German neo-Nazis in an anti-Romani parade, where the mayor and local teachers led that march with them. How are we to raise our children in such an atmosphere?

There are more and more frustrated Romani people, and the frustration of the majority is also dangerously increasing. What might come of this? We are aware how easily the events we are commemorating here can occur.

In that context, I must recall the following: Responsibility for Romani integration, which is to say, for improving Romani lives, rests with the state and the regional authorities. They should cooperate closely, for example, by releasing EU funds for special programs. The Czech Republic is drawing several billion crowns from EU Structural Funds for addressing this area, but somehow I do not have the feeling that anything has changed for the better. I recently saw a news report that two towns had financed projects through those EU funds that have nothing whatsoever to do with the issue they are supposed to address. Who is monitoring and overseeing how that money is really spent? The EU funds’ coffers are not bottomless, after all. The problem of the coexistence of the majority with Romani people deserves the greatest attention.

Dear listeners, the chair of our newly-created Equal Opportunities Party, Mr Štefan Tišer, is here – and my colleagues and I know what will happen in relation to the Romani minority on the political scene during the upcoming elections. Because we are aware of our co-responsibility for the future development of the relationship between the majority and Romani people, I will give the floor to Mr Tišer next. Mr Tišer will take the opportunity of your presence here to publicize the party’s call to action.

Dear, precious guests, we sincerely thank you for your participation and for the beautiful flowers and we believe we will see you here again next year. After this we will go to the parish cemetery in Mirovice, where the child victims of Lety, mostly, were buried, and where the memorial has been designed to our specifications. Thank you for your patience.

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The Russian counter attack

Monday, May 14th, 2012

The Germans again underestimated the Russian resources. The continued weakening of the German flanks behind Stalingrad, as more and more German units were pushed to the city, was the anticipated opportunity for which General Zhukov prepared since the battle of Stalingrad began.

Also, like in the battle of Moscow a year before, the harsh Russian winter returned, sharply reducing the German army’s mobility and observation capabilities.

 

General Zhukov planned and prepared a massive Russian counter attack, code named operation Uranus, that would attack the German flanks at their two weakest points, 100 miles West of Stalingrad, and 100 miles South of it. The two Russian forces will meet far Southwest of Stalingrad and encircle the entire German 6th army near Stalingrad and cut its supply lines. It was a classic large scale Blitzkrieg plan, except that this time the Russians will do it to the Germans. Zhukov’s goal was to win not just battle of Stalingrad but the entire campaign in South Russia.

 

The Russian preparations covered every operational and logistical aspect. In maximum secrecy, over a million Russian soldiers were gathered, now greatly outnumbering the Germans, and 14,000 heavy artillery guns, 1000 T-34 tanks, and 1350 aircraft. Zhukov prepared a giant surprise attack, and when the Russian concentrations were finally noticed by the Germans at the end of October, it was almost too late to do anything, but the disbelief at the German side, and Hitler’s obsession, prevented them from significantly responding. When the German chief of staff suggested to abandon Stalingrad to shorten the German lines, Hitler shouted “I will not abandon the Volga!”.

 

The Russian counter attack began on November 19, 1942, three months after the battle of Stalingrad began. It was the first fully prepared Russian attack in World War 2, and it was a great success. The Russians attacked the sectors of the German flanks held by the 3rd and 4th Romanian armies. The Russians knew, from interrogating kidnapped POWs, that the Romanian forces had the lowest morale and least supplies.

 

Under the sudden pressure of the massive Russian artillery and advancing tank columns, the Romanian lines collapsed within hours, and after two days the Romanians surrendered. German units moved to face the advancing Russians, but it was too late, and in four days the two spearheads of the Russian pincer movement met each other about 100km West of Stalingrad.


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WEBER, FRIEDRICH

Friday, May 11th, 2012

(1891-1954) Veterinarian and leader of the Oberland Free Corps in 1923. Sentenced and imprisoned with Hitler after the Munich putsch. He later broke with Hitler and served as a military veterinarian during World War II.

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STETTINIUS, Jr., EDWARD R

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

(1900-1949) Industrialist and president of U.S. Steel who became chairman of the War Resources board (1939-1940). Lend Lease Administrator 1941- 1943; Secretary of State 1944-1945.

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R IS FOR RASHNIKOV

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

In 1967 Viktor Rashnikov was a humble fitter in a workshop in one of the Soviet Union’s biggest steel plants. Nearly 40 years later, he chairs the company’s board and has an estimated personal fortune of £2.9bn, making him Russia’s 16th-wealthiest individual. The 57-year-old Rashnikov and a group of like-minded managers are thought to control 99 per cent of the shares in the iron and steel works in Magnitogorsk, Siberia. The mill is Russia’s largest steel producer and one of the most glittering jewels in the country’s industrial crown. The plant achieved legendary status during the Second World War when it churned out half of all Soviet tanks and ammunition. Little is known about Rashnikov except that he was born and bred in Magnitogorsk and still lives there. He enjoys the support of President Vladimir Putin, loves ice hockey, and is married with two children. He worked his way up from the workshop floor to become the plant’s general director in 1997. Since then he has resisted hostile takeovers and blackmail to become one of the country’s wealthier oligarchs.

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GÖRING (GOERING), HERMANN WILHELM

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

(1893-1946) Goering founder of the Gestapo was born in Rosenheim, Bavaria. During WWI, he became a highly decorated fighter pilot and commander of the famous Richthofen Wing. Joined Adolf Hitler in Munich in 1922. Participated in the 1923 Munich Putsch and fled abroad for four years. Earned living as a representative of several Swedish armament firms. Returned to Germany and was elected president of the Reichstag in 1931; Prussian prime minister in 1934. Later became minister of aviation, chief of secret police, field marshal, and marshal of the Reich. He was designated as Hitler’s successor in 1939. During World War II, Goering was virtual dictator of the German economy and responsible for Germany’s total air war. On 31 July, 1941, Goering wrote to Reinhard Heydrich directly authorizing him to organize the “Final Solution.” Goering was sentenced to death for war crimes in September 1946, but committed suicide less than two hours before his execution on October 15, 1946.

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Australian Pilots and the Battle of Britain

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Pilots from Australia fought in the Battle of Britain. As Australia was a member of the Commonwealth, several dozen Australians volunteered to join Fighter Command in its hour of need.

 

F/O I N Bayles
P/O C C Bennett
F/Lt. R W Bungey
P/O F W Cale
F/O J R Cock
F/O A N Constantine
Sgt. V W J Crook
P/O J D Crossman
F/Lt. F W Flood
Sgt. D Fopp
F/O R L Glyde
P/O A L Hamilton
F/O H G Hardman
Sgt. K C Holland
F/O P C Hughes
F/Lt. JC Kennedy

S/Ldr. R B Lees
P/O B M McDonough
P/O C A McGaw
F/O H C Mayers
P/O W H Millington
Sgt. P J Moore
F/O W S Moore
F/Lt. C G C Olive
P/O J F Pain
P/O V Parker
F/Lt. R M Power
F/Lt. C A Pritchard
F/Lt. R C Reynell
F/Lt. D F B Sheen
F/Lt. S C Walch
F/Lt. L C Withall


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UCRDC Goals

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

The Ukrainian Canadian Research & Documentation Centre collects, catalogues and preserves materials documenting the heritage, culture and history of Ukrainians in Canada and around the world.

The UCRDC archives support the research of scholars, students and anyone interested in Ukrainian subjects. Through its production and collection of video and oral interviews and testimony, the UCRDC is creating a unique Oral History Collection, a body of archival documentation which will help to preserve the heritage of Ukrainian Canadians. This is a task which no other organization in the Ukrainian Canadian community has undertaken at present. The Centre provides all researchers, not only Ukrainian Canadians, with significant resources.

In addition to its role of providing materials for researchers, the Centre also serves as a resource and information centre on subjects related to Ukraine, the Ukrainian heritage and Ukrainian Canadians. In this capacity it assists the public, newspaper and radio journalists, television networks, writers, politicians, and government officials, as well as the general public.

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Günter Grass’ poem is latest example of post-Holocaust tradition of anti-Semitism

Friday, April 6th, 2012

On Wednesday, Germany’s most famous novelist penned a poem threat to global security.

The 84-year-old atomic power Israel is endangering the already fragile world peace.” His poem, entitled “What must be said,” ran in the Munich-based Süddeutsche Zeitung, and Italy’s La Repubblica

Grass, who revealed in 2006 that he had been a member of the Nazi Waffen SS, a group committed to eliminating European Jewry during World War II, contends that there is no proof that Iran is building a nuclear device, and calls on German chancellor Angela Merkel not to deliver any further Super Dolphin submarines to Israel.

 

 

 

Best known for his novel “The Tin Drum,” about the lead-up to Nazism in Germany and Poland and the time during the war years, Grass has long regarded Germans as victims of the allies in World War II, and he now joins the ranks of Nobelists for whom Israel is a whipping boy.

 

 

 

During the second Intifada, another Nobel Prize for Literature winner, Portuguese writer Apartheid regime,” drawing substantial shows of solidarity.

 

 

 

Writing in a student newspaper at the Hochschule Mittweida (University of Applied Sciences) in the state of Saxony, Florian Barth defended Gabriel, noting that “criticism of Israel’s Palestinian policies and criticism of the Israeli state have nothing to do with each other.”

 

 

 

It is a bizarre time in Germany. Last month, ZDF television broadcasted without objection an interview in which Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad denied the Holocaust. The interviewer, well-known German journalist Claus Kleber, also failed to ask questions about the repression of Iran’s democracy movement.

 

 

 

The Holocaust is “a lie of Israel” that allows the Jewish state to hurt the Palestinians, Ahmadinejad said in the ZDF interview. Claus Kleber defended his interview style for the taxpayer funded public station that aired the 45-minute interview on the popular news channel.

 

 

 

 

Intellectual malaise

 

 

 

Dieter Graumann, head of Germany’s 105,000 member Jewish community, told the Bild am Sonntag paper that ZDF provided Ahmadinejad with a platform to spread his “poison.” Yet across much of Europe, and in large parts of German society, people remain in denial about modern-day anti-Semitism.

 

 

 

 

In the late 1960s, Austrian Jewish writer and Auschwitz survivor Jean Amery neatly captured the post-Holocaust definition of anti-Zionism, when he wrote that “Anti-Zionism contains anti-Semitism like a cloud contains a storm.”

 

 

 

In his poem, Grass conspicuously ignores criticism of Iran’s state-sponsored policy of Holocaust denial, as well as Iranian terrorist attacks against Jewish sites, Iranian dissidents, and Americans. Yet fresh revelations from the al-Qaeda trial in Koblenz, Germany earlier this week confirm that Iran is even helping al-Qaeda.

 

 

 

Grass remains predictably silent on the al-Qaeda inspired Mohammed Merah, a 23-year-old French citizen of Algerian origin, who is believed to be responsible for the murder of a rabbi, three Jewish students, and three French soldiers last month. Merah reportedly justified shooting the Jews to “avenge the death of Palestinian children.”

 

 

 

What drives an aging German author to blame Israel for world’s ills? The late German-Jewish philosophers Theodor W. Adorno and Max Horkheimer argued that the crimes of the Holocaust created such profound guilt that some Germans blamed the Jews for the Shoah and continue to hold Israel to moral standards people would apply to no other nation.

 

 

 

Grass, like Sigmar Gabriel, embodies this post-Holocaust tradition of anti-Semitism and envisions a world cleansed of the Jewish state. They never consider the possibility that their absurd obsession with Israel’s wrongs has less to do with its policies than their pathological failures to grapple with the legacy of Nazism in Germany.

 

 

 

German historian Ernst Nolte contributed to the unsavory tradition of seeking to purge his country’s guilt and shame because of the crimes of the Holocaust by equating Israel’s policies with those of Nazis. When he spoke at the Italian Parliament in 2004, Nolte declared that “the only difference between Israel and the Third Reich is Auschwitz.”

 

 

 

With his latest work, Grass has become the leading anti-Israel author of the European intelligentsia. It is a disturbing sign of intellectual malaise, anti-democratic thinking and nihilism that he can use major media outlets to stoke hatred of Israel. To many Germans, anti-Semitism is apparently no longer a shock

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Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, designer of Porsche 911, dies at 76

Friday, April 6th, 2012

Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, who designed the first 911 sports car and went on to found a consumer products design firm that also carried the Porsche name, died Thursday in Salzburg, Austria. He was 76.

Born Dec. 11, 1935, in Stuttgart, Germany, he was the eldest son of Dorothea and Ferry Porsche, who along with Ferry’s father Ferdinand Porsche founded the business that grew into the sports car maker.

Porsche grew up in the auto business during a turbulent time. His grandfather designed the original Volkswagen Beetle for the Nazi regime in Germany in the 1930s as well as tanks that were used by the Germans in World War II.

 

As a child, “Butzi” — as he was known to his family and business associates — enjoyed designing and building his own toys. He attended the Waldorf School in Stuttgart and studied at the Ulm School of Design — a noted German design school that closed in 1968 — before starting work in the design department of the auto business in 1958.

Porsche officials recall that he quickly demonstrated strong design skills by producing the first Plasticine model of a successor to the 356 series — the 40- to 60-horsepower sports cars the automaker was developing at the time.

The Porsche 911, developed directly from the model and his drawings, was shown for the first time in September 1963 at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The two-door, rear-engined car had large oval headlights and a low front hood. Its sloping teardrop roofline is renowned for its simplicity and gave the car an iconic silhouette that the current model still adheres to, more than half a century later.

The Porsche 911 went on sale in 1964. With the first model starting at $5,500, the rear-engine 911 evolved over the next four decades to become among the best-known sports cars internationally. The automaker debuted the seventh generation 911 late last year. It now sells for about $115,000.

Porsche headed the company’s design studio from 1962 to 1972 and is credited with developing the Porsche 904 Carrera GTS racing car.

“There has not been a single individual whose contribution to the Porsche brand over the decades since the ’60’s has been greater than that of Ferdinand ’Butzi’ Porsche,” said Mike Sullivan, who owns the Porsche dealership in Torrance, Calif. “His iconic design of the original 911 has elevated Porsche to the top of the automotive world.”

Sullivan noted that the 911 that Porsche launched almost four decades ago “has singularly dominated sports car racing for most of the last 40 years as well as making Porsche the world’s most profitable auto manufacturer.”

Originally, the car was to be called 901 but the company had to change it to 911 because of a trademark dispute with French automaker and rival Peugeot.

“He established a design culture in our company that has shaped our sports car to this very day,” said Matthias Muller, chief executive of Porsche AG. “His philosophy of good design is a legacy to us that we will honor for all time.”

Porsche’s designs have had global influence, said Stewart Reed, chairman of transportation design at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif.

“Every designer has tremendous respect for Butzi’s influence. His work underscored the proof that small, passionate teams can accomplish great things,” said Reed, who recalled a visit to Porsche’s home when he viewed the original 911 plans with the designer.

Ford Motor Co. designer Freeman Thomas remembers seeing his first 911 in the mid-1960s at his neighbor’s house in suburban Orange County, Calif.

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Couple Met and Married Within a Month and Stayed Together for 65 Years… Only to Be Parted After Home Invader Beat Wife to Death

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

An 85-year-old woman was sexually assaulted and battered to death by a home invader who also shot her 90-year-old husband in the face with a BB gun.

Nancy and Bob Strait, who had celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in December, were discovered by their daughter at their home in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Bob and Nancy Strait

Both the pensioners were rushed to hospital where Mrs Strait, who was nearly blind, died from her injuries.

Mr Strait, who served in the 101st Airborne Division in World War II, suffered a broken jaw, broken ribs and severe bleeding. He is in a serious condition in hospital.

Police have arrested 20-year-old Tyrone Dale David Woodfork in connection with the case.

Dale Woodfork

The Straits’ distraught family today paid tribute to the pair, who grew up in poverty in rural Oklahoma during the Great Depression.

They met each other on a blind date on Thanksgiving 1946, married a month later and went on to have six children, 18 grandchildren and about 50 great and great-great grandchildren. They had recently welcomed a great-great-great grandchild.

Their daughters Lanora and Andra told Tulsa World that the couple were loving and generous people who would do anything for anyone.

‘Dad never talked, and Mama never quit talking,’ Lanora said.

‘Whatever she did, it came from the heart,’ Andra added.

The pair could be found sitting on their porch singing and playing the guitar during warmer summer evenings.

Mr Strait, who had worked for the oil derrick supply company Lee C. Moore before retirement, enjoyed woodwork while his wife loved making quilts and baking.

They had both been struggling with health problems before the attack. Mr Strait had been diagnosed with a terminal kidney illness but had outlived the doctor’s prognosis.

‘He was living because Mother was alive,’ Andra told Tulsa World.

The couple had had food poisoning the week before the attack.

‘There is no one else who has been through what he’s been through who is still alive,’ Lanora said of her father.

‘We pray he doesn’t remember.’

Tulsa police believe burglars broke into the Straits’ home either late Tuesday or early Wednesday last week. They were not found until the Wednesday evening.

The home invaders made off with their Dodge Neon, a television and $200.

Woodfork was later found hiding in a nearby house after a witness spotted the stolen vehicle being driven down the road.

He is being held at Tulsa Jail without bail accused of first-degree murder, burglary, assault with a dangerous weapon and two counts of armed robbery.

‘This investigation is far from over,’ Officer Jason Willingham of the Tulsa police department told Tulsa World. ‘We’ve still got a lot of questions that we still need answered.’

Mrs Strait’s funeral will be on Friday. The family has set up a fund the Nancy Strait and Bob Strait Support Trust to help pay for the service and her husband’s medical care.

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Germany for the Third Time

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

What is it about Germany that keeps the warlike Hun rising time after time? One would have thought that after World War I the Germans would’ve had enough. Certainly the lessons of World War II, where the Hitler regime caused the death of 50 million people, should have been enough to temper any Bavarian bloodlust.

Evidently, not so.

Hackers recently attacked several German neo-Nazi websites. Lo and behold, some of the subscribers included high-ranking politicians from the Bavarian wing of the ruling Christian Democrats.

Honestly, should we have expected anything less? It took 8000 people to run the infamous Auschwitz concentration camp where at least one and a half million Jews were slaughtered in the gas chamber after which their ashes were blown out the crematorium smokestack. How many of these 8000 murderers were brought to justice? Barely 800: One in 10. Most of the rest went back to their pre-war jobs as trolley drivers, policemen, bankers, etc.

“Former” SS members continued to have annual reunions, and it is hard to imagine that they regretted their wartime “activities.” It was well-known that after the war a number of senior members of the German banking community were “former” Nazis. These influential unpunished war criminals could well have spread their hate to their colleagues and children. That’s why it is not surprising to see so many present day politicians subscribing to a neo-Nazi website.

Let a bruised and battered world take note.

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Fate — I believe! by Robert Ley

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

We have accomplished enormous things in the over three years that we have been in power. I do not believe this evening would be long enough to list all the great successes that we have had. Two facts stand out: The German today has become an entirely different person! Whether worker, craftsman, farmer or member of the middle class, we are all entirely new people! There are a few holdovers from past times, there always have to be museum pieces, after all. They will gradually die out. The broad, large and great mass of our people has changed thoroughly. They have been transformed.

Look at the workers! Look with me into Germany’s factories. I might remind some in this room what they thought three years ago, not only about their party or the government, but of their whole view of life, their views of labor, the fatherland, their people, their community, or about socialism — all these things that have always concerned humanity. They will have to agree that they are of entirely different opinions today.

Germany has been born anew. The Führer said at the last party rally, as he always says, that for him the greatest miracle of the age is how people have changed. Once there was hopelessness, today there is joy and affirmation, once there was general desperation, today there is resurrection and reawakening. Once each was the enemy of his neighbor. Envy, mistrust, and hatred were everywhere; today, everyone tries to do something good for the next person, even if sometimes with too much energy and enthusiasm. Each wants to be a good comrade, loyal, friendly.

I have said this in other speeches, too: It is not that we have no more worries, that everyone is happy, and that people have no more troubles or problems. No, we still face enormous problems, and will continue to face them. The sacrifices demanded of some may be even greater than before. The work required of some is certainly greater than it was before.

We are not living in a paradise where no one has any problems or anything to do any longer, where there are no hurdles, weariness or burdens. The opposite is true. Those things are even greater than before, yet people once again take pleasure in life, in their community, and in what a people can accomplish.

Germans today sacrifice gladly, and rejoice in it. We have only now understood the meaning of struggle, and therefore of life. This people has become a different people. That fills us with joy. It gives us an attitude toward life, and a joy in life.

My fellow Germans! The second miracle: This people have received leadership! You may not understand me, you may ask: Did not the people always have leadership? Certainly there have always been states and forms of government, and types of societies and types of economies. However, a true people’s leadership is wholly new. Our people lacked it in the past two thousand years. Our people did establish governments, and had Kaisers, kings, counts, republics, and other forms of government. Our people had every sort of economic system. Occupations, classes and such came and went. But a popular leadership, the feeling of the individual that someone cares for me, is personally concerned about me, that is unique. The feeling of the individual, whether high or low, that other people are responsible for them, that their problems are the problems of the leadership, this is unique.

That is why we love Adolf Hitler so much. The German worker has the feeling that this man, our Führer, works on his problems day and night! This type of popular leadership is unique. We demand such leadership. We will not surrender it, we will not share it with anyone.

The German nation and its soul belong to Adolf Hitler and his party.

When one makes a total claim on the soul of a nation, it is not enough to preach. One must also understand organization. It is important to build an organization that includes everyone. A sure instinct on the part of the leadership is necessary. That is why these millions of men, the block leaders and block wardens, the cell leaders and cell wardens, the local group leaders and all the others in the local groups, come from the broadest range of the population. Instinct is most important. The men must be able to sense what the people want, what moves their souls. They must feel the resonance, they must find the right words to reach the soul of the nation. The relationship is reciprocal, and it is not to be found through reason, only through instinct. Earlier leaders did not understand this at all. Once people laughed at us and said: “What do these Nazis want? They speak of instinct, of racial instinct. These are outdated ideas. The understanding is the important thing. Knowledge is all, one must study at the universities.” No, my friend, one can’t study it! It is a question of race, of blood, of inheritance. Either you feel your people, or you do not. Either fate was kind enough to give you this instinct, or not. All the learning in the world cannot replace instinct. If you do not have it, you are lost to our people. The most important thing for the leadership is not to lose that instinct. Earlier leaderships believed they could replace instinct with brainwashing! No, my friend, if one wants to lead a people and has the honor to do so, one must always be careful to follow one’s instincts. It is necessary to constantly return to the people. There is only one place to sharpen instinct: the people. A leader who loses his connection to his people soon loses the ability to lead them.

When fate has given someone sound instincts, it usually gives the necessary understanding to combine in a way that leads to good sense. The combination of instinct and understanding is good sense. If I have good sense and act reasonably, the people will love me, it will look to you and me. If you add to that strength and manliness and assurance, then you are prepared for any crisis. Let us not deceive ourselves! Fate will not lead us through a rose garden. There will be hard times. Our upward path is steep and hard. The past has made us hard. That is why the people love us.

The people understand our language. It may be new, but they understand it. It came from the heart, from the understanding. It was true. It was no lie, but the truth. It was the language the people themselves speak. Thus we can speak with powerful assurance that makes the people secure.

We are a young people. We have all the weaknesses of a child. A child wants a father to hold it. When there is thunder and lightning, the child is afraid and hurries to its father, for it wants to be safe. That is like the leadership of a people. You, block leaders, block wardens, cell leaders, cell wardens, must be that if there are storms again in Germany, you must be a refuge for the people, if sacrifices are again demanded. You must say: “Citizens, stay calm! The Führer is always right!” They may ask: “How do you know that?” You will answer: “I believe it.” “And who tells you that?” “The Führer is always right. I sense it. I can prove it from the successes of the past, the things this man has done. He rose from a lowly worker and soldier to the Führer of Germany.” If you persuade the people of this, that the Führer is always right, then our people’s sacrifices will never be fatal, but will only make it harder, stronger and greater. If cowardice and unreasonableness have been defeated, if the people are confident, and if true popular leadership is present, the Führer will be able to do whatever he wants with the nation. He will be able to make important political decisions. The people will obey him blindly and follow him blindly. The Führer is always right. Every last citizen must say this.

The order of life will be the same. We have dissolved the unions and employers’ associations. We have fought everything that divides the nation. Unfortunately, we have not been able to eliminate everything. Religious class hatred is still present. But I am convinced that this nation’s desire for unity will succeed in ending this split in the nation as well, though it has existed for centuries. I am convinced of it.

A firm is a unit that we will not touch. This is holy to us. The firm must remain unified. Firm leaders and workers should organize things themselves as much as possible, They should work things out and be comrades together. We have given people’s fate into their own hands. We have said: “We do not want to control your fate. No one can do that for you. We can only teach you how to master it. We can give you the weapons you need for your struggle. But no one else can wage your battle for you.”

No one can stand aside from the struggle, pouting or playing the coward. Whether you are a worker or a manager, merchant or doorman or errand boy, whether you are young or old, man or woman, all who are members of a firm share a common fate. Your fate is dependent on the success of this firm.

When the firm operates well and earns money, everyone earns, and when the firm goes poorly, it does not go poorly for just one person, but for everyone. It is a living community of fate. It is so simple, so straightforward, so clear. But one has to preach the simple things over and over again. If someone tells me I say the same thing in every speech, I answer: “Yes, my friend, but the Church has preached the same thing for two thousand years. Why should not I do the same?”

People forget what is simple and reasonable and chase after phantoms. One has to tear these people away from confusion and lies, and preach to them the simple truths. If someone says to leave him in peace, I reply: “No, my friend, I will not leave you in peace. I won’t even think about it. There is rot under such silence, and decay, and Marxism. As long as I have the honor to stand here and preach, I will not leave you in peace.”

I always say that workers and managers belong together, and we will not leave you along whether you want us to or not, whether you like it or not. If the manager says: “It is ridiculous that I always have to participate in employee meetings, I won’t do it,” we reply “You must do it! Ten thousand workers are marching. The best German blood! It should be an honor for you to march at their head. If you do not want to do that, we will have to put you back in the ranks where the man behind you can tread on your heels until you do it properly. We will teach you, believe me. We will not give up.” Some people say that is Marxism. My God, that has nothing to do with Marxism.

What I am preaching here is genuine German military virtue. If that is Marxism, then our army was Marxist for centuries. But it was not. No, it was the most German thing we had. I want firms to be like the army. A camaraderie forged together. That is life. It is no dead construction that is pleasant to look at, but that on closer examination is dead. No, one always takes pleasure in what is alive.

I was pleased to hear manager Bolhm speak of this joy, a joy he shares. I know that the larger part of our managers think the same way. It is a pleasure today to be a manager and to go through the factory. We are proud of it! We are proud of the German worker, but also proud of the German owner. We are proud of every German person who cheerfully joins our community.

I must also dispel the myth that it is unpleasant for a National Socialist to be an owner. People speak of materialism, of owners as materialists! Well, my friend, without material I can’t live, and neither can you. We do not hold material things in contempt. There were once prophets who preached a separation between body, soul and spirit.

One cannot separate these three things. If you remove the body, nothing is left of the soul and spirit. If you remove the soul, you have a lifeless, cold being, and if you remove the spirit, you are left with a tragic idiot. These three things belong together. We do not despise materialism, but want to struggle each day with ourselves so that materialism does not dominate us. God gave us understanding and creative souls to form and use material, to invent, to make new things and discover new things. That is wonderful. To realize these new things, however, we need material resources. To found a firm and create wealth is not contemptible. I must make that clear. What good would all our socialist desires do if there were not people to figure things out, to organize, to build a firm?

One sometimes finds those in business who tell us that business and idealism are in conflict. That is not right. The opposite. I say that a true idealist who does something truly good for humanity must have both feet on the ground, else he is a dreamer and a romantic. All his idealism has no meaning and no value. I do no one any good with it, it is false. I say that in the long run, a sound businessman can found a firm and lead it to success only when he is a true idealist. Everything else is illusion.

No, businessmen and idealists are not enemies, but in the end one and the same. No true idealist lacks good business sense, and no sound company can survive without idealism.

My friends, it is all a matter of education, of education toward community. Socialism is not given to us. Socialism is not a matter of dead points in a program, but rather socialism is justice. One may demand it because it is right, and it is right because it is good for the nation. That is right. What is good for Germany is right, and everything that harms Germany is wrong. In the last analysis socialism is not a consolation or refuge for the individual, but rather socialism asks this question: “What is good for Germany? What benefits this nation?”

As we began our fight with the Führer, we all shared one firm belief. A remarkable faith filled us all. Our hearers sensed it too. The people sensed it. We believed what we said. My German friends, the same must be true today.

Understanding sometimes is not enough to explain something. Only faith is sufficient. The Führer in Nuremberg said: “Woe to him who does not believe!” He who does not believe has no soul. He is empty. He has no ideals. He has nothing to live for. He has no sunshine, no light, no joy in life. He is a poor, poor man. What is wealth? What are possessions? What does it all mean? Problems come despite them, only faith is left. Woe to him who does not believe!

I urge you, my German people, to share this faith. The Führer has given us a new task for the next four years, a big task that will demand enormous sacrifices. We know that the Four Year Plan before us now will not be the last such plan. Things will not get easier, no, there will always be new tasks, new sacrifices to make. I believe that the size of these new sacrifices and new tasks will increase as the strength of the nation increases. We may not hope that the struggle will cease. It will continue. All the new factories will increase our strength. Each new construction project advances our nation’s development. That is true socialism. Build new wealth to improve your life. That is German socialism, that is our struggle!

My friend, we walk hand and hand toward the future of our nation, toward eternity. We look back into the dim past. Generation has followed generation. We can look back on one thousand years, two, three, five, ten thousand years of our people’s culture. We have Germanic structures that must be at least ten thousand years old. We suspect they might be twenty thousand years old! Generation after generation has come and gone, passing its inheritance to the next generation. The next generation in turn has fought and struggled to pass it on again. The chain of generations was nearly broken in our day. The people nearly perished. Catastrophe was only narrowly averted. It was all due to the faith of one man! Yes, you who called us godless, we found our faith in Adolf Hitler, and through him found God once again. That is the greatness of our day, that is our good fortune!

Now our people’s chain of fate continues. We are becoming a link stronger than those before us. We are forging a link that includes many generations. We are laying a foundation that the next generation and the one after that will not be able to eliminate, even if they wanted to. So strong is that that we are building! Isn’t that splendid? Isn’t that wonderful? You, block leader and block warden, you cell leader and cell warden, you may say: “I, too, was there! I too helped.” You, citizen from the firm, you can say: “I, too, lived during that time, I, too, believed in Adolf Hitler.” And you, and you, and every one of you! Isn’t that wonderful? That is the eternity of our nation, that is our faith, that is our socialism!

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No one at this school is racist

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

As I’m sure most of you are aware, a group of students has spawned the “Tufts Memes.” The Tufts Memes page on Facebook has nearly 2,000 likes and a plethora of student−generated memes. My favorite so far has been the DwightSchrute one about the school’s official colors.

But one post in particular has irked and offended some students at Tufts. This apparently offensive meme was a “vertical” of Leonardo DiCaprio and Cillian Murphy in “Inception” (2010). The entire point of the meme was to draw a comparison between a “cute girl at the Asian−American Center” and Leo’s face in the bottom panel. The punch line depends entirely on how you choose to interpret Leo’s face. The joke could have been interpreted to mean that Leo’s squished face and eyes looked “Asian” or that his look was one of skepticism and sent the message that “all Asians look the same.” The meme’s comment thread was filled with an apologetic Tufts Memes admin and offended students.

The meme was not intended to offend or hurt anyone. In my opinion, even regarding issues of race or culture, humor can be a very effective means of communication and opening a dialogue. I grew up as one of the only Jews in a rural area that has more than its fair share of ignorance and prejudices. I rode the bus to school with self−described neo−Nazis. A senior was kicked out of my high school for dressing as Hitler on Halloween. I knew that they knew I was Jewish. I knew that if I wanted to have a normal public school experience, then I needed to mitigate any bad feelings toward me because of my religion. The best way to clear the air and dispel those bad feelings between these “neo−Nazis” and myself was with humor. So we joked about Nazis and Jews and World War II. We probably said some things that others would find quite offensive. But the result of our shared laughter was that those kids never felt any desire to act on their prejudicial attitudes, whether those attitudes were genuine or only the result of an off−kilter sense of humor. I never felt persecuted. I never felt uncomfortable or threatened. I never felt subordinated, marginalized or oppressed. And I can honestly say that throughout high school and even to this day we were and are still on friendly terms.

But the offended students posting on the meme’s thread did not perceive any humor as such a joke. These students loudly and proudly point out that “these are the subtle things that make certain groups of people feel unwelcome and isolated on campus.” They argue that “they [are] currently located in a structure of racism that subordinates, marginalizes and oppresses them.”

Those are powerful words. To me, it seems that these people are genuinely upset about this picture and, more broadly, the racial culture on campus. But why? I can stand in the middle of the Academic Quad and look in any direction and see happy students from a variety of backgrounds that are fortunate enough to attend one of the most elite universities in the United States.

As a member of a minority group with a long history of facing prejudice, I almost feel guilty that I haven’t so publicly taken up the cause of persecuted minorities. But the reality of our diverse and happy community at Tufts is that Asian−Americans, Asian Asians, Indians, Muslims, African−Americans, Latinos, Hispanics, Africans, Jews, Israelis, Palestinians and everyone else all live and work in a kind of harmony that can’t be found in the real world. Gay pride flags hang from the windows of almost every dormitory and fraternity on our campus (something unheard of at a large number of universities in this country). We have a university administration that gives money and resources to campus groups focused on race, religion, gender and sex — money and resources that could be used to upgrade our aging academic facilities and dormitories.

Tufts University was first sold to me as an open−minded, forward−thinking institution that celebrates and encourages the individuality of its students. After I matriculated, that sales pitch was more than confirmed. I know that I will never encounter a more eclectic and welcoming group of people ever again. The Tufts student body has created an environment filled with outlets for any form of self−expression imaginable. Say what you will about the university itself and its lack of Africana studies or queer studies majors; this article is not meant as a critique of the university’s policies and academics.

Tufts is not the real world: It is an artificial, idealized microcosm that does a fantastic job of representing the wide variety of humanity’s manifestations. We Jumbos are here in our own little world, unburdened by ignorance and misunderstanding; we are a highly educated and informed group of people. Of course real racism and discrimination exists in the real world; no one can reasonably deny that. But jokes and memes are just superficial issues that aren’t worth the attention they’re currently receiving. When students make wild claims that the university is a “structure of racism,” they insult and slander the student body and disrespect the hard work and passion that students put into the activities and organizations that they participate in and care about. Getting up in arms about jokes on the Internet creates a divisive issue where one need not exist. It damages the community of acceptance and tolerance that I have come to know as Tufts University.

Our campus suffers from a persecution complex that developed outside its walls and wasn’t left at the gates, even though the student body and the university itself make it exceptionally easy to do so. Rather than transcending and celebrating and ultimately forgetting about our racial differences, some members of the Tufts community have decided to take it upon themselves to insist to the rest of the campus that we need to be upset and concerned about any sort of perceived racial slight within our campus boundaries. But this unwarranted racial persecution complex is going to linger from year to year solely because people keep talking about it. The very word “racism” can have so many different meanings that the concept will continue to rear its ugly head as long as people continue to define, use and abuse the term.

In an interview with “60 Minutes,” Morgan Freeman expressed sentiments similar to my own. When asked for his opinion on Black History Month, Freeman said “Ridiculous … You’re going to relegate my history to a month? … I don’t want a Black History Month.” The interviewer further pressed Freeman, asking “How are we going to get rid of racism … ?”

Freeman’s response was simply, “Stop talking about it. I’m going to stop calling you a white man. And I’m going to ask you to stop calling me a black man. I know you as Mike Wallace. You know me as Morgan Freeman.”

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Naval Recruiting

Monday, March 12th, 2012

Recruiting poster for the most humane navy in the history of the world.. The German Kriegsmarine during the Hitler-regime conducted the most massive evacuation in history, saving about 2 million lives from the raping, murdering Russian hordes, egged on by inhuman Jew-scum commissars.

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What does modern Huntsville, Alabama owe Wernher von Braun? Some say everything

Sunday, March 11th, 2012

Von Braun

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — When Charles Bradshaw came to Huntsville in 1951 to work with Wernher von Braun, he remembers there being “two restaurants in town.” He remembers a courthouse square where cotton brokers met farmers in front of Cotton Row brokerages teetering on the edge of the Big Spring cliff.

There was clearly more to Huntsville than those first impressions. When Bradshaw arrived, the “nice little cotton town” was nearly 150 years old and rich in Alabama and American history. And there’s certainly more to Huntsville today. The city is the center of the second-largest metropolitan area in Alabama; the economic, medical and cultural focus of north Alabama and southern middle Tennessee; and a worldwide brand name for missiles and rockets. It boasts America’s second-largest research park and a population where almost 40 percent has a college degree.

There is no question that von Braun helped change Huntsville. It grew from about 13,000 people during World War II to 180,000 today. But how much of today’s city is due to this German-born scientist who led the early rocket work of both the Army and NASA in Huntsville?

All of it, say many who were there. All of it springs from one man who could inspire a dream of space in a congressional committee or a coal miner and knew how to get from that dream to the launching pad.

Before considering von Braun’s impact on Huntsville, it must be said that by landing Americans on the moon, von Braun’s Huntsville team of Germans and Americans did something much bigger than grow a city. They did something no other nation had done or has done since. When historians look back 500 years from now, some believe what they did will be, along with computers and sub-atomic physics, what the 20th century is known for. And however that history is told, it will say that they did it in Huntsville, Alabama.

Here’s how von Braun changed Huntsville, according Ed Buckbee. He was von Braun’s young public relations officer at NASA in the 1960s and the first director of the Alabama Space & Rocket Center von Braun helped to start. It’s called the U.S. Space & Rocket Center today.

“He convinced (NASA) Headquarters that big contracts should be awarded out of Huntsville,” Buckbee said in a recent interview. “That was a big change.”

Buckbee was talking about the early days of the Apollo program when America was racing the Soviet Union to the moon. The rocket to get there, the Saturn V, was designed and tested in Huntsville, and no expense was spared.

“He told the companies, ‘I want you to have a presence here,'” Buckbee said. “It will be much more efficient if you are here. That was the beginning of the research park, and it’s something he should be credited with.”

The research park is Cummings Research Park, a nearly 4,000-acre research and technology campus across Interstate 565 from the Marshall Space Flight Center. Today, 285 companies do all manner of high-tech business there, and 25,000 workers report there for work each day.

Buckbee came to Huntsville in 1959 with the Army, and von Braun and his German team worked for the Army until NASA opened its doors in Huntsville in 1961.

“There were very few contractors here then,” Buckbee remembered. “There would be an office with a sign on the door, but they were manufacturers’ representatives, basically.”

Von Braun had “the best job in NASA running Marshall,” according to former aide Frank Williams. He came to Huntsville in 1958 from the Air Force and was von Braun’s assistant for three years before taking other assignments in NASA. Williams and von Braun remained close until von Braun’s death from pancreatic cancer in 1977.

“He learned to love (Huntsville), and he helped it grow,” Williams said recently. “He had his own city that surrounded him and loved him. Anything he wanted to do, he saw it done.”

What von Braun wanted to do was explore space. “Don’t tell me that man doesn’t belong out there,” he told Time magazine in 1958. “Man belongs wherever he wants to go – and he’ll do plenty well when he gets there.”

It was an expensive dream, and to make it reality, von Braun traded his talent and know-how to the German army before and during World War II and the American army and later NASA after the war. Both countries were slow to realize the potential of rockets, but they eventually did.

During World War II, von Braun built German V-2 rockets to launch at London with slave labor from concentration camps. That would haunt him the rest of his career, although his exact involvement in the conditions in those camps and the rocket factory remains murky.

Von Braun’s service to Nazi Germany has been called a “Faustian bargain,” and he was forced to defend it repeatedly in the years afterward. But what he could do for America’s space program outweighed what he had done in the war for many of his contemporaries.

Now, 100 years after his birth, excitement over both the lunar landing and the war has dimmed in America. To those who venerate von Braun, the fight today is more to keep him relevant than revered until those future historians look back.

An example of the challenge is a video on NASA’s website touting the coming era of human spaceflight, an era riding on another big rocket being developed in Huntsville. The video mixes quotes from space luminaries such as Frank Borman and Carl Sagan with clips of eager young NASA employees looking to the future. Von Braun, who “invented the (space) sound bite,” in Buckbee’s words, is not present.

“He’s being written out (of space history),” Bradshaw said, because of the war years, “but his value cannot be overestimated.”

Bradshaw was deputy director of the Marshall computation laboratory during Apollo, when it took two weeks to crunch the numbers of one rocket’s trajectory. He believes the Cold War itself might have turned out differently if Russia had beaten America to the moon.

Rockets? “We had no capability, no knowledge,” Bradshaw said of the U.S. after World War II. There was Robert Goddard, and that was American rocketry until von Braun.

Bradshaw’s view of the early space program isn’t covered in roses. “We were second-rate in space until we stepped on the moon,” he says, and the “awe” Americans held for von Braun’s German team was a little overdone, even though Bradshaw agrees some were geniuses.

“They probably weren’t as smart as we thought they were, actually,” Bradshaw said of the team. “But they had studied under men who wrote our textbooks. They sat at the feet of the masters

Buckbee believes America won the space race before the moon landing. Astronauts have told him the key event was the Christmas flight around the moon by Apollo 8 in 1968, he said.

“When we launched a crew out of Earth orbit,” Buckbee said. “That mission allowed us to make the president’s goal.”

The Soviet Union essentially gave up the race after that launch, and other nations still understand the accomplishment of leaving Earth orbit behind. For example, Buckbee will speak on Apollo this spring in China, where interest in going beyond Earth orbit is strong.

Von Braun was a master salesman, and he sold Huntsville and space to the Alabama Legislature, Congress, President John F. Kennedy, CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite, dream maker Walt Disney and a hundred other luminaries.

“He had them in the palm of his hand,” Williams said of the legislature, where he heard von Braun speak. “He was a visionary, and they thought, ‘This (Huntsville) crowd’s doing stuff.'”

Von Braun had a plan to build a space station after Apollo and travel to Mars on a Saturn V with a nuclear-powered upper stage. Williams believes more would have happened if President Kennedy had lived, but Bradshaw thinks it was Kennedy’s death that assured the moon landing as America fulfilled the slain president’s vision.

Von Braun landed an American on the moon, and he turned a small cotton town into a space age city. He inspired Americans on his team and those who merely met him or simply saw him on television.

He was complex, a composer of music who “had deep convictions about God,” Williams said. “He was a firm believer that the universe was God’s creation. He believed God opens a window or a door occasionally and lets someone see or get an insight into His creation.”

Von Braun was also the rare manager, his employees say, who knew the technical details as well as how to relate to people. He led the evolution of a management system at NASA that helped America handle other incredibly large, complex projects. He had to. The Saturn V had 3 million parts, the story goes, and every one had to work.

America went to the moon on German brainpower mixed with American ingenuity and pride, Buckbee believes.

“But he was the man who understood it,” Bradshaw said of von Braun. “He understood every step of the way.”

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Hitler Lived In Argentina ‘Til He Was Really Old

Monday, March 5th, 2012

In an EXCLUSIVEly stolen story from an actual tabloid newspaper, it appears everything you knew about Hitler was wrong. Apart from the hating Jews bit. You’ve invariably got that bit absolutely spot-on.

We’re talking about the other thing. The thing about him getting killed during that whole World War II thing.

It would appear that Hitler ran off to Argentina and lived a merry life right into his old age, which means that he’s probably met Maradona and seen Evita. Can you guess which newspaper may have written this story?

 

A chap called Jorge Priebke recalls the sunflowers and thought happy thoughts about the Third Reich’s most evil members. Jorge pointed at things and said to The Sun:

“That’s the Hotel Campana where Dr Mengele stayed for a time. Eichmann passed through here too. I worked with him for a year at the Mercedes Benz factory up in Buenos Aires but never met him here in Bariloche. He was very quiet.”

The hotel, in the years after the Second World War, was something of a getaway for Nazi war criminals on the run. Of course, everyone is only interested in the Fuhrer and now, it is claimed that Adolf legged it from a Berlin bunker and lived it up in the wilds of Patagonia with his pining, solitary testicle.

In fact, some people claim that Hitler and wife Eva Braun had two daughters who were still alive around a decade ago and that Hitler and Braun escaped the bunker in a secret tunnel and were replaced by doubles who committed suicide for them.

The theory says that Hitler actually spent the years after WWII plotting the emergence of a Fourth Reich before snuffing the lid aged 73 in 1962.

The Sun even sent a man called Oliver Harvey to stand outside a house and look serious.

And so, we go to Ernesto Martinez who takes photos of passing tourists with his pet St Bernard dog Amancay. He says:

“Of course we knew we had former Nazis here… [but] Hitler in Patagonia? It’s completely ridiculous.”


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Latvian president defends ‘Nazi’ commemoration

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

Latvian President Andris Berzins on Tuesday defended a controversial annual parade that honors troops from the Baltic state who fought the Soviet Union under the banner of World War II Latvian Legion, a 140,000-strong unit of Germany’s Waffen SS, deserved respect not condemnation.

They were conscripted into the fascist German Legion. They went with the ideal of defending Latvia. Latvians in the Legion were not war criminals,” Berzins insisted.

 

He also said foreign criticism of the March 16 rally was unfair.

 

Though not an official holiday, the day sees a parade by veterans and their families, as well as far-right activists.

 
תהלוכת אנשי אס.אס. בריגה. "כמו לחגוג רצח המונים" (צילום: AFP)

Annual parade at Latvia honors SS troops (Photo: AFP)

 

Simon Wiesenthal Center Director

 

Legion veterans insist they were not Nazis but simply defending their small nation against the feared Soviets.

 

Some history

The Soviets seized Latvia in June 1940 under a pact with the Nazis. It broke down in June 1941 when Germany invaded Soviet territory.

 

German troops were hailed by some Latvians as liberators. Only a week before they arrived, the Soviets had deported 15,000 Latvians to Siberia.

 

But the Nazis brought their own terror, killing 70,000 of Latvia’s 85,000 Jews, helped by local collaborators.

 

Legion veterans underline that it was founded in 1943, after most of Latvia’s Jews had been slaughtered, arguing they cannot be held responsible.

The Legion was a mixture of volunteers and conscripts. Roughly a third died in combat or Soviet captivity. Another 130,000 Latvians sided with the Soviets. Almost a quarter were killed, many in battles with their Legion compatriots.

 

As the war’s tide turned, the Soviets captured Riga in October 1944. Latvia regained independence in 1991 and joined the European Union in 2004.

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Auschwitz museum seeks return of barracks lent to US

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Occupying the site of the biggest Nazi death camp in Poland, the Auschwitz-Birkenau museum is having trouble getting back a wooden barracks building it rented to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum some 20 years ago, officials said on Tuesday.

As many as 1.5 million people, mostly Jews, perished in the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp, either in the gas chambers or from freezing temperatures, starvation, sickness, medical tests and forced labour.

“It’s about one-third, or maybe a half of a barrack, its wall panels, that we rented to Washington,” Piotr Cywinski, the museum’s director, told Reuters.

The barracks were originally prefabricated stables, but the Nazis turned them into rough shelters for camp inmates, packing more than 400 people into each one, on wooden shelves.

“The lease was extended, but finally ended in 2009. In the meantime, the law has changed in Poland and now it simply must come back. There is no other way,” said Cywinski.

A new Polish law on historical monuments, passed in 2003, says no artefact can be rented out for more than five years.

“But the Washington Holocaust Museum installed the barracks as an important part of its permanent exhibition years ago, so it’s a complex matter, requiring more time to solve,” he said.

Both the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw and Polish government officials said they were actively engaged in delicate negotiations.

“Both the Museum and our Polish partners have been actively working on this issue, and we have discussed it with the Polish government officials through appropriate diplomatic channels,” the Embassy said.

“The two institutions have an excellent and longstanding record of working effectively together, and we encourage both sides to continue to seek a mutually acceptable solution,” it added.

The Auschwitz-Birkenau open-air museum covers more than 200 hectares (500 acres) and 155 buildings, including the gas chambers, 300 ruined facilities and hundreds of thousands of personal items.

Poland was home to Europe’s largest Jewish community of some 3.2 million before World War Two, but most of them died under the Nazi occupation.

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Libya apologises for attack on World War II graves

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Benghazi, Libya: Libyan authorities on Tuesday condemned the desecration of World War II graves in the eastern city of Benghazi by protesters angry over US troops burning the Koran in Afghanistan.

The interim government, in a statement, expressed “strong condemnation of the attack on non-Muslim graves by subversive elements who have no respect for religion or international law.”

“This action is contrary to the values of our Islamic religion and law,” said the statement obtained by AFP.

The government vowed to find and put the perpetrators on trial.

An unidentified group on Friday entered Benghazi military cemetery and shattered headstones of British and allied servicemen who fought in North African desert campaigns against the Nazi during World War II, according to local media reports.

The reports said the group comprised Salafists angered by the burning of the Koran at a NATO military base in Afghanistan earlier this month.

US President Barack Obama has apologised for the burning of the Muslim holy books, which officials said were inadvertently sent to the incinerator.

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Hitler’s Order of the Day to Troops on the Eastern Front (October 2, 1941)

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Filled with the greatest concern for the existence and future of our people, I decided on June 22 to appeal to you to anticipate in the nick of time threatening aggression by one opponent. It was the intention of the Kremlin powers-as we know today-to destroy not only Germany but all Europe.

Comrades, meanwhile you will have gained two impressions: First, this opponent had armed himself for attack to such an extent that even gravest apprehensions have been surpassed. Second, God’s mercy on our people and the entire European world if this barbaric enemy had been able to move his tens of thousands of tanks before we moved ours! All Europe would have been lost, for this enemy does not consist of soldiers, but a majority of beasts.

Now, my comrades, you have seen with your own eyes “the paradise of workers and farmers.” In a country that, owing to its vastness and fertility, could feed the whole world, poverty rules to such an extent that we Germans could not imagine.

This is a result of nearly a 25-year Jewish rule that, as bolshevism, is basically similar to the general form of capitalism. The bearers of this system in both cases are the same: Jews and only Jews.

Soldiers, when I called on you on June 22 to ward off the terrible danger menacing our homeland you faced the biggest military power of all times. Thanks to your bravery, my comrades, we succeeded in barely 3 months in crushing this opponent’s tank brigades one after another, in annihilating countless divisions, in taking unsurveyable number of prisoners, in occupying vast regions-not empty space, but those spaces from which the opponent was living and from which his gigantic war industry was being supplied with all kinds of raw materials.

Within a few weeks his three most important industrial regions will be completely in our hands. Your names, soldiers of the German armed forces, and the names of our brave allies, the names of your divisions and regiments and your tank forces and air squadrons, will be associated for all time with the most tremendous victories in history.

You have taken more than 2,400,000 prisoners, destroyed or captured more than 17,500 tanks and more than 21,600 pieces of artillery. Fourteen thousand two hundred planes were brought down or destroyed on the ground.

The world hitherto never has experienced similar events. The territory the German and allied troops have occupied is more than twice as large as the German Reich of 1933, more than four times as large as the English motherland. Since June 22 the strongest fortifications have been penetrated, tremendous streams have been crossed, innumerable localities have been stormed and fortresses and casemate systems have been crushed or smoked out. From the far north where our superbly brave Finnish allies gave evidence of their courage a second time, down to Crimea you stand today together with Slovak, Hungarian, Italian and Rumanian divisions roughly 1,000 kilometers deep in the enemy’s country.

Spanish, Croat and Belgian units now join you and others will follow. This fight-perhaps for the first time-is recognized by all European nations as a common action to safeguard the future of this most cultural continent.

The work that has been achieved behind your tremendous front is gigantic. Nearly 2,000 bridges have been built, 25,500 kilometers of railways are functioning again; in fact, more than 15,000 kilometers of railways already have been changed to general European gauge.

Work is being done on thousands of kilometers of roads. Vast territories already have been taken over by the civil administration. Life there is quickly being restored according to reasonable laws. Vast quantities of foodstuffs, fuel and munitions are available.

This outstanding achievement of one struggle was obtained with sacrifices that, however painful in individual cases, in the total amount to not yet 5 per cent of those of the World War. No one knows better what you, my comrades, and with you are brave allied soldiers, have achieved suffered and sacrificed in these three and a half months than one who fulfilled his duty as a soldier in the past war. During these three and a half months, my soldiers, the precondition, at least, has been created for a last mighty blow that shall crush this opponent before Winter sets in.

All preparations, so far as human beings can foresee, have been made. Step by step, this has been prepared systematically to manoeuvre the opponent into such a position that we can now strike a deadly blow.

Today begins the last great, decisive battle of this year. It will hit this enemy destructively and with it the instigator of the entire war, England herself. For if we crush this opponent, we also remove the last English ally on the Continent. Thus we will free the German Reich and entire Europe from a menace greater than any since the time of the Huns and later of the Mongol tribes.

The German people, therefore, will be with you more than ever before during the few ensuing weeks. What you and allied soldiers have achieved already merits our deepest thanks. With bated breath, the blessing of the entire German homeland accompanies you during the hard days ahead. With the Lord’s aid you not only will bring victory but also the most essential condition for peace.

ADOLF HITLER

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Hitler on Propaganda

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

The function of propaganda does not lie in the scientific training of the individual, but in calling the masses‘ attention to certain facts, processes, necessities, etc., whose significance is thus for the first time placed within their field of vision.

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All propaganda must be popular and its intellectual level must be adjusted to the most limited intelligence among those it is addressed to. Consequently, the greater the mass it is intended to reach, the lower its purely intellectual level will have to be. But if, as in propaganda for sticking out a war, the aim is to influence a whole people, we must avoid excessive intellectual demands on our public, and too much caution cannot be extended in this direction.

The more modest its intellectual ballast, the more exclusively it takes into consideration the emotions of the masses, the more effective it will be. And this is the best proof of the soundness or unsoundness of a propaganda campaign, and not success pleasing a few scholars or young aesthetes.

The art of propaganda lies in understanding the emotional ideas of the great masses and finding, through a psychologically correct form, the way to the attention and thence to the heart of the broad masses. The fact that our bright boys do not understand this merely shows how mentally lazy and conceited they are.

Once understood how necessary it is for propaganda in be adjusted to the broad mass, the following rule results:

It is a mistake to make propaganda many-sided, like scientific instruction, for instance.

The receptivity of the great masses is very limited, their intelligence is small, but their power of forgetting is enormous. In consequence of these facts, all effective propaganda must be limited to a very few points and must harp on these in slogans until the last member of the public understands what you want him to understand by your slogan. As soon as you sacrifice this slogan and try to be many-sided, the effect will piddle away, for the crowd can neither digest nor retain the material offered. In this way the result is weakened and in the end entirely cancelled out.

Thus we see that propaganda must follow a simple line and correspondingly the basic tactics must be psychologically sound.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

What, for example, would we say about a poster that was supposed to advertise a new soap and that described other soaps as ‘good’?

We would only shake our heads.

Exactly the same applies to political advertising.

The function of propaganda is, for example, not to weigh and ponder the rights of different people, but exclusively to emphasize the one right which it has set out to argue for. Its task is not to make an objective study of the truth, in so far as it favors the enemy, and then set it before the masses with academic fairness; its task is to serve our own right, always and unflinchingly.

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Poland, US museum tussle over Auschwitz barracks

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Polish and U.S. officials are engaged in intense talks to determine the fate of a sensitive object: a barrack that once housed doomed prisoners at the Nazis’ Auschwitz death camp and is now on display at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

WARSAW, Poland

Polish and U.S. officials are engaged in intense talks to determine the fate of a sensitive object: a barrack that once housed doomed prisoners at the Nazis’ Auschwitz death camp and is now on display at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Poland is demanding the return of the artifact, which has been on loan to the Washington museum for more than 20 years and is an important object in its permanent exhibition. But the U.S. museum is resisting the demand, saying the valuable object shouldn’t be moved partly because it is too fragile.

“Due to the barrack’s size and the complexity of its installation, removing and transporting it to Poland presents special difficulties, including potentially damaging the artifact,” the U.S. Holocaust museum said in a statement to The Associated Press. “Both the Museum and our Polish partners have been actively discussing various proposals, and we remain committed to continue working with them to resolve this matter.”

The issue has arisen because of a Polish law aimed at safeguarding a cultural heritage ravaged by past wars, particularly World War II. Under the law, passed in 2003, any historic object on loan abroad must return to Poland every five years for inspection. While Poland appears open to renewing the loan, it says the barracks must return – at least temporarily.

Because of the rule, the U.S. museum in recent years has already returned thousands of objects dating to the Holocaust, including suitcases, shoes and prosthetic limbs, often in exchange for new, temporary loans of similar or identical items.

The barracks on view in Washington are, in fact, just half of a wooden building where prisoners slept in cramped, filthy and often freezing conditions as they awaited extermination, often in gas chambers. The remaining half still stands at Birkenau, a part of the vast Auschwitz-Birkenau complex.

The two camps, Auschwitz and Birkenau, are about two miles (three kilometers) apart but were part of the same machinery of death during the war and the complex is typically referred to simply as “Auschwitz.”

The director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau museum, Piotr Cywinski, accuses the U.S. institution of violating the terms of a 20-year loan on the barracks, saying the loan expired in 2009.

“We have indicated many times that this half of the barracks must return, that there is no other solution in accordance with the law,” Cywinski said. “It’s a very important object, not just for Washington but for the integrity of Birkenau, the last authentic site of Holocaust remembrance among all the major death camps.”

Many of Poland’s paintings, churches and other cultural gems were stolen, burned or otherwise destroyed during World War II, when Nazi Germany occupied the country, killed 6 million Polish citizens and built death camps across the country where they brought Jews and others from across Europe for extermination.

The legacy today is that the country possesses few old Polish treasures but has many Holocaust relics – including the sprawling site of Auschwitz-Birkenau in the south of the country that is one of the most visited Holocaust remembrance sites in Europe.

The memorial site, in fact, has many personal items that belonged to victims and frequently loans them out to institutions across the world, including Yad Vashem in Israel.

The matter between the Polish and U.S. institutions is extremely delicate and officials on both sides have resisted giving many details, or saying how the matter might be resolved. Poland’s ministries of foreign affairs and culture are also involved in the matter but did not respond to AP requests for comment.

Although the problem might appear intractable, the U.S. Holocaust museum and the Auschwitz-Birkenau museum have cooperated well in the past and share similar missions of Holocaust remembrance – leading to expectations they will reach an eventual compromise.

The U.S. Holocaust museum confirms that the 20-year loan on the barracks began in 1989, but says that it was a renewable loan – and notes that Polish law was changed since then.

The fate of Cywinski, the Auschwitz museum director, is at stake in the matter. Under the law on protecting historic artifacts, he could be jailed for up to two years if he fails to obtain the return of any object on loan.

Roman Rewald, a Warsaw-based lawyer who has represented the U.S. Holocaust museum in the past on a pro-bono basis and has knowledge of the current discussions, says the matter comes down to Polish law, which is rigid and hard to work around.

The law would do a good job, for instance, of stopping an official from giving away a precious 16th century painting, but isn’t as well-suited to regulating Holocaust artifacts, which probably shouldn’t be moved so often.

“The Polish law is designed to make sure that nobody has any leeway in allowing Polish artifacts to leave the country permanently,” Rewald said. “Poland is trying to protect its artifacts, all of them. Unfortunately Holocaust artifacts, which Poland has an abundance of, fall into the same category as all the other artifacts which Poland has been robbed of during wars, especially World War II.”


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Ohio animal rights activist Meredith Lowell charged with hiring hitman to murder random fur-wearer

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Police say an animal rights activist in Ohio has been charged with soliciting a hitman to fatally shoot or slit the throat of a random fur-wearer.

 

Meredith Lowell, 27, appeared Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Cleveland where a judge ordered her held by the U.S. Marshals Service pending a hearing next week, court records show. One of her defense attorneys, Walter Lucas, declined to comment.

Authorities say the FBI was notified in November of a Facebook page Lowell had made under the alias Anne Lowery offering $830 to $850 for the fatal hit and saying the ideal candidate would live in northeast Ohio, according to an FBI affidavit.

The affidavit says an FBI employee posing as a possible hitman later began emailing Lowell. She then offered him $730 in jewelry or cash for the killing of a victim of at least 12 years but “preferably 14 years old or older” outside a library near a playground in her hometown.

“You need to bring a gun that has a silencer on it and that can be easily concealed in your pants pocket or coat. … If you do not want to risk the possibility of getting caught with a gun before the job, bring a sharp knife that is (at least) 4 inches long, it should be sharp enough to stab someone and/or slit their throat to kill them. I want the person to be dead in less than 2 minutes,” says an email reprinted in the affidavit.

She told the undercover agent in the emails that she wanted to be on site when the slaying took place so she could distribute “papers” afterward, the affidavit says. Her hope was to be arrested so she could call attention to her beliefs and to get out of the home she shared with her parents and brothers who eat meat and eggs. They also use fur, leather and wool, investigators said.

Reprinted emails also say Lowell wrote that she sees nothing wrong with “liberating” animals from fur factory farms and laboratories since “soldiers liberated people from Nazi camps in World War 2.”

Lowell faces a hearing next Tuesday to determine whether she will be given the opportunity to post bail or be detained without bond pending resolution of the case.

CBS affiliate WOIO reports the FBI announced Lowell will be charged with one count of solicitation to commit murder.


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NGO Protests Bulgarian Neo-Nazi March

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Bulgaria: NGO Protests Bulgarian Neo-Nazi March

The European Network against Racism (ENAR) has demanded that the so-calledLukov March scheduled to take place in Sofia is canceled.

The NGO has sent a letter to Sofia Mayor Yordanka Fandakova and Bulgaria’s Ombudsman Konstantin Penchev demanding the cancellation of the neo-Nazi torch procession that commemorate a Bulgarian general.

According to ENAR, Lukov March is a public event that gathers people who have showed open or covert adherence to fascist, neo-Nazi and ultra national-populist ideas.

General Hristo Lukov was the commanding General of the 13th Division of the Bulgarian Kingdom‘s Army during World War I, and later a Minister of War. During the Second World War he was a great supporter of the Axis powers, particularly Nazi Germany.

Lukov was the the leader of the right extremist Union of Bulgarian National Legions.

Bulgarian far-right groups have stated they would organize protests if the controversial Lukov March scheduled for February 18 in Sofia is cancelled.

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French legislator assailed for anti-gay remarks

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

PARIS — President Nicolas Sarkozy‘s party said Wednesday it is kicking out a legislator who said gay people hold too much sway in France and downplayed the persecution of gays during World War II.

The comments by lawmaker Christian Vanneste unleashed an outpouring of criticism from left and right, and embarrassed Sarkozy’s conservative party just as the unpopular president announced that he will seek a second term in upcoming elections.

Vanneste looks set to lose his spot in the UMP party and his parliament seat over the remarks.

In a video broadcast on a French website, Vanneste said gays are “at the heart of power” in France, manipulating the media and making humankind “lose its dignity.”

He said the media overplays “the famous legend of the deportation of homosexuals” from Nazi-occupied France, saying German gays were sent to concentration camps, but “there was no homosexual deportation in France.”

Gay rights groups denounced him and UMP members said he had crossed a line. Vanneste, responding Wednesday to the uproar, said he was being unfairly targeted by a “gay lobby.”

UMP chief Jean-Francois Cope said Wednesday that Vanneste would be expelled because of his “deeply shocking and intolerable comments.”

The party will finalize the decision at a meeting next week, Cope said. Vanneste could no longer be the UMP’s candidate for parliament from his district in northern France in legislative elections in June.

Vanneste has made remarks seen as disparaging to gays in the past, but touched a particularly sensitive chord by referring to World War II.

It was 1995 before France’s then-President Jacques Chirac acknowledged the nation’s responsibility for the deportation of Jews during the war. Denying the Holocaust is a crime punishable by prison and fines in France, and some critics accused Vanneste of negationism.

Nazi Germany declared homosexuality an aberration that threatened the German race, and thousands of gay men were sent to concentration camps, where few survived.

In France the numbers were much lower, according to the author of a book on deportation of French homosexuals. Mickael Bertrand says on his blog that exact figures are hard to pin down, but that his research found 62 French people were deported for being gay.

Wednesday’s uproar puts Sarkozy’s party in a tough spot as he seeks to garner support from the far right to bolster his weak chances for his presidential campaign.

Sarkozy condemned the remarks on national television Wednesday night, saying he is “horrified by anything that from near or far could appear to be homophobia.”

Sarkozy opposes gay marriage, though recent polls suggest a majority of French voters support it. Vanneste is part of the influential hard-right wing of Sarkozy’s party.

Polls put Sarkozy in a distant second behind Socialist candidate Francois Hollande ahead of the April and May elections, with far right candidate Marine Le Pen in a close third.

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The Valkyries: Chooser of the Slain

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

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The Valkyries was female warlike virgins, who mounted upon horses and armed themselves with helmets and spears. They decided who will die in battle. They would hover over the battlefield, like birds over their prey. There would be six, nine, or thirteen Valkyries at a time. They would select among half of those who died in battle. And then bring them to Valhalla. The other half would go to the goddess Freya’s afterlife field Folkvangr. Freya always had the first pick, of the fallen Vikings. Odin allowed some of the maidens to take the form of beautiful white swans, but if a Valkyrie was seen by a human without her swanlike disguise, she would become an ordinary mortal and could never again return to Valhalla.

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