Thursday, June 28, 2007
This guy has valid points, but his name is Roman. How ironic is that? The Romans were brutal, imperialistic conquerors too.
On another note, does anyone actually wear t-shirts like this, or do they just wind up in a box full of other tourist kitsch?
The vast numbers of pupils who choose to study the Nazi period in history is fuelling anti-German feeling, the Church of England said.
This undercurrent is reinforced by the large number of war films shown on television and the "drip feed" of anti-German comments in the media, a report said.
ts authors said that they had received letters from German Christians living in Britain who had experienced "shameful treatment".
"A teacher of German in a secondary school reported being repeatedly confronted with a 'Heil Hitler' and with swastikas on history books," said the report.
"The grandchild of another person found herself excluded, on a school trip to France, from visiting a British war cemetery 'as she was a Nazi' - this despite the fact that her grandfather came to Britain as a Jewish refugee."
It said that the role of Britain in defeating the Nazis had reinforced "a sense of moral righteousness" and inhibited "soul-searching" over our own history.
The Bishop of Croydon, the Rt Rev Nicholas Baines, said that the Church had written to the Department of Education urging schools to focus more on modern Germany.
"If you bring up children and their only images of Germany are of Fritz in a helmet, that is going to have an effect," he said.
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
The tech-columnist has been mouthing off about the iPhone being crap for as long as we can remember (our long-term memory is shot) - so it's no surprise to find that Dvorak is at it again. Apparently, Johnny-boy is done with all the iPhone fan-boys out there. Aside from claiming that Hitler's ability to whip up a frenzied mass of people was nothing compared to the Apple iPhone's hype, he has "verboten" his blog writers from mentioning the iPhone until the actual launchRead More
Monday, June 25, 2007
BY ADAM NICHOLS
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Monday, June 25th 2007, 6:04 PM
Rare movie footage of Adolf Hitler hanging out with his buddies has been discovered in a Staten Island basement - and investigators are probing why the film was made.
A reel of film plucked from the wartime rubble of a German opera house shows Hitler, Joseph Goebbels, Hermann Goering and Heinrich Himmler enjoying a Richard Wagner music festival before the start of World War II.
The film, sent home by U.S. serviceman Walter Ladziak, was found 10 years ago after Ladziak's brother-in-law, who received the package, died.
But it had never been viewed - until Ladziak's nephew sent it to PBS' "History Detectives," who have been working to prove its authenticity.
"In the basement was a chest, and inside were films, one of which had a handwritten note stuck to it saying in German, "The Fuhrer in Bayreuth," said Ladziak's nephew, Francis Cardamone, 58, of Port Richmond.
"My uncle said, 'Oh, my gosh, the films.' He'd totally forgotten about them."
Ladziak, now 85 and still living on Staten Island, told Cardamone how he had found them in 1945 in the bombed ruins of the Old Opera House in Bayreuth, the Bavarian hometown of Wagner, who was idolized by Hitler.
He sent them to his brother-in-law because he had a film projector. But, by the time Ladziak returned to Staten Island, he had forgotten about them.
Contacted last week, Ladziak said he no longer had any interest in the films and had given them to his nephew.
But the reel was fragile and Cardamone didn't have a projector capable of showing it.
"I had no idea what was on it, but it's been at the back of my mind for 10 years now," said Cardamone.
"Eventually, I got in touch with the "History Detectives" to see if they would be interested."
Gwen Wright, a Columbia University professor and the show's host who investigated the film, confirmed it showed Hitler and his right-hand men arriving at the festival.
But she said its authenticity as a home movie made by the Fuhrer's entourage couldn't be confirmed until the show aired.
"The exciting thing about it was that it seemed to give a glimpse at Hitler in a social setting," she said.
"There's not much out there that shows that. He didn't really have a family, and we were excited to see if it showed something about the world that surrounded him."
Her study took the 16-mm. film reel to Nazi propaganda experts at Washington's Holocaust Memorial Museum, and film historians at the Library of Congress Film Archives.
"I can't tell you what we discovered, but I can say that it was surprising," she said.
"The History Detectives," which starts its fifth season on PBS today, is set to air the episode Sept. 3.
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Ted Junker, 87, says his goal is to clear up inaccuracies about the war and Hitler’s role in it. He disputes that Hitler was to blame for starting the war in which 50 million people died, including roughly 6 million Jewish victims of the Holocaust.
“I like the U.S.,” Junker told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for a Wednesday story. “I can’t understand why people don’t know the truth. This is for understanding, not hate.”
But many residents and others are objecting to the memorial, a concrete structure nestled on the side of a tree-lined hill overlooking a pond, which Junker said cost $200,000 to build.
“I’d say he’s full of bull,” said the Rev. John Donnelly, a professor of history at Marquette University. “I’m sure he looks back and wants to say that he was not serving a super evil man, the most evil man in (the 20th century),” Donnelly said. “He’s looking for some kind of personal sense of redemption, and I don’t think he can be taken seriously at all.”
Kathy Heilbronner, assistant director of the Milwaukee Jewish Council for Community Relations, described Junker as a classic Holocaust denier. “In making these assertions, he’s deliberately choosing to ignore the overwhelming volume of everything that supports every aspect of the Holocaust,” Heilbronner said.
Junker, who was born in Germany and lived in Romania during Hitler’s rise to power, said he volunteered to join the German Waffen SS in 1940 and served in Russia. He came to the United States in 1955 and worked as a janitor in Chicago. He bought his farm in Wisconsin’s Walworth County 43 years ago.
Michael Cotter, the county’s deputy corporation counsel and director of land use and resource management, said Junker had proposed an elaborate Hitler memorial and information center in 2001. That proposal called for 20 rooms, a 300-seat meeting hall and a radio station. But after visiting the site for the first time on Monday, Cotter said there is not much to see.
“I was expecting to see Lugers, uniforms, helmets and pictures - a museum. I don’t think it’s a museum, but I don’t think it’s a storage shed, either,” he said. Local officials are worried about the attention the memorial will draw.
“He’s just a mixed up old man,” said Sugar Creek Town Chairman Loren Waite. Waite, who is worried about the attention the memorial is attracting for the town, said Junker told local officials he was going to build a tractor shed, not a Hitler memorial, and he has not applied for a conditional-use permit he would need for the venture.
“As long as it was just on his (farm), that was one thing, but now that he’s gone public, we’re afraid of what’s going to happen here,” Waite said. The memorial is slated to the public on June 25.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
"An encounter with a Jewish prostitute in Vienna in 1908 may have given Hitler neuro-syphilis and provided the 'deadly logic and blueprint for the Holocaust' as well as giving him a reason to attempt to eliminate the mentally retarded, according to evidence presented at the Royal College of Psychiatrists." Read onOther possible causes that we've heard: seeing his parents having sex, getting his testicle bitten off by a goat as a boy, seeing a weird looking Jew in Vienna, his mother dying of breast cancer while in the care of a Jewish doctor, being Jewish, not getting into art college, his beloved niece falling in love with a Jewish musician, meth addiction and probably a couple of other notable conjectures.
The thing we love about this new theory is that the prostitute was Jewish, which seems to be a common thread in many of the stories. It sort of puts the blame for the holocaust onto some mysterious and hapless Jew, which is another form of blaming the victim.
Sunday, June 17, 2007
"Florida State rising freshman safety Myron Rolle is spending a semester abroad. He's been writing journal entries accessible at the Florida State athletics website relaying travel highlights."
Here's one of the gems:
I read about the rise of Adolph Hitler. He was a great orator, but, in my opinion, a deranged man.
Saturday, June 16, 2007
“Political jokes weren't a form of active resistance but valves for pent-up public anger. They were told in pubs, on the street and this suited the Nazi regime which was deeply humourless. People who released their frustration through jokes didn't go out on the street and demonstrate.Some examples:
Hitler and Göring are standing on top of Berlin's radio tower. Hitler says he wants to do something to cheer up the people of Berlin.
“Why don't you just jump?” suggests Göring.
Levi and Hirsch meet in the African jungle, each with a rifle. “What are you doing here?” asks Hirsch. “I’ve got an ivory carving business in Alexandria and I shoot my own elephants,” says Levi. “And you?” “I manufacture crocodile leather goods in Port Said and shoot my own crocodiles — and what happened to our friend Simon?”
“He’s turned into a real adventurer. He stayed in Berlin.”
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
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Sunday, June 10, 2007
"To most people, the name Brandon Thalburg Jr. merites no more than an unpublished three word footnote in the annals of American Sitcom. Yet it was Brandon who, some years ago, sought to break new ground when he commissioned the series 'Heil Honey I'm Home' under the billing 'not so much a sit come, more a hit com.' Unfortunately, neither Brandon not the series were heard from again. Until now!
A chance discovery in a Burbank backlot has revealed the lost tapes of:
'Heil Honey I'm Home."
Tapes that we believe vindicate Brandon's unsung comic vision."
Friday, June 8, 2007
It's not great literature, as no page-turner ever is, but it's an easy read that also allows for the reader to gain some insight into the Third Reich's grander plans and schemes, complete with illustrations and renderings.
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
The auction was disrupted by Frank Sanazi, a Hitler impersonator. Accompanied by Aaron Barschak, the stand-up comedian who gate-crashed Prince William’s 21st birthday party dressed as Osama bin Laden, he yelled: “Six million. These aren’t Hitlers, they’re Mussolinis!” before a security guard escorted both men from the room.
Outside he said: “On a serious note I think it’s disgusting. The proceeds of this auction should go to the victims of the Holocaust and their families.”
The 6 million number always perturbs me. Why don't the other 5 million people that died in the camps matter to anyone? Is it because gays, commies, gypsies, Jehovah's witness, etc are still marginalized and disliked? Food for thought.
Monday, June 4, 2007
" To many Hong Kongers, Nazis represent the epitome of desirability. Their tanks were made by Mercedes and Porsche; their uniforms were original Hugo Boss."
Sunday, June 3, 2007
"Does your cat look like Adolf Hitler? Do you wake up in a cold sweat every night wondering if he's going to up and invade Poland? Does he keep putting his right paw in the air while making a noise that sounds suspiciously like "Sieg Miaow"? If so, this is the website for you."
Friday, June 1, 2007
The book, "A Special Mission" by Dan Kurzman, refutes arguments that Pope Pius XII maintained a public silence about Nazi actions during World War II because he was anti-Semitic or because he was sympathetic toward Hitler.
"They were bitter, bitter enemies. They despised each other," said Kurzman of the pontiff and the fuhrer in a May 31 telephone interview with Catholic News Service. The pope hated Hitler "not only for his inhumanity but because he threatened the whole church structure."
Hitler, for his part, "saw the pope as his greatest enemy" and as someone with whom he was "competing for the minds and souls that he wanted to control," the author added.
Kurzman also said he found no evidence that Pope Pius was anti-Semitic, noting that one of his closest childhood friends was a Jewish boy with whom he remained in contact throughout his life.