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October 7, 2006

“Hitler Room” to be used for discussions

Filed under: WW2 — limewoody @ 7:47 am

VIENNA (EJP)— The controversial “Hitler Room” at Vienna’s Volkstheater theatre that was recently awarded cultural-heritage status as part of an official project to protect Third Reich architecture is to be turned into a discussion area.

The Austrian Federal Office for the Care of Monuments (BDA) ordered the room, which was specially erected for a planned visit to the Theatre by Hitler in 1938, to be rebuilt after theatre director Michael Schottenberg had dismantled it to use it as stage props.

Schottenberg justified his action by saying that he had dismantled the room “for moral and ethical reasons and because of my political conscience”.

But now that it has been rebuilt, he has said he wants to use it for readings, lectures and discussions about Austrian history.

Cultural importance

The BDA had justified its original decision by citing the room’s “cultural and historic importance” that required that it be protected.

The room was constructed in honour of Hitler, and in 1939 the theatre was turned into a place for loyal Nazis to enjoy plays as part of the party’s ’Kraft-durch-Freude’ (Strength-through-Joy) programme. It is uncertain whether Hitler ever saw the room, though.

Vienna’s city council has ordered a survey of all buildings dating back to the Nazi period, ranging from those that Hitler ordered built to the homeless hostel where he once lived as a struggling artist. It will then use the survey to select those it deems worthy of receiving protected status.

There are reportedly hundreds of such buildings in the Austrian capital. Architectural historian Helmut Weihsmann devoted 200 pages to cataloguing buildings in question in his book “Bauen unterm Hakenkreuz. Architektur des Undergangs” (Construction under the Swastika: The Architecture of Destruction).

City councillors say that they want to prevent a recurrence of what happened to the “Hitler room and to have appropriate buildings preserved so that they will serve as a continuing reminder of a dark period in the country’s history.

Cash in

Critics, though, fear that Austria may be looking to cash in on the sort of Hitler tourism that has already become a big hit in neighbouring Germany.

Millions of people fascinated by the Nazi regime and World War II visit Germany every year to see buildings and sites associated with him and the Third Reich.

But Hitler’s early life in Austria, the country’s subsequent close ties to his regime and the Third Reich’s ultimate Anschluss mean that the Alpine state, and Vienna in particular, are also closely linked to the Nazi dictator.

A shelter situated in Meldemann Strasse in northern Vienna closed its doors two years ago. But it was once home to Adolf Hitler. The young dictator-in-waiting moved to the Austrian capital in 1907 aged 18. He lived in the homeless shelter after he was rejected by the Viennese Academy of Fine Arts, which he would later accuse of being dominated by Jews.

During his time at the hostel, the future Fuehrer would sit in the non-smoking section of the reading room and paint, mainly picture postcards, or start political debates. And in the evenings, he would study books that fitted in with his vision of Aryan supremacy.

BDA is also looking at other constructions including the Austrian capital’s giant Flaktürme, or anti-aircraft towers, and the ’Hermann Göring Plant’ in Linz.


October 5, 2006

Yes but on whose side were they fighting…..and on whose side are the fighting now????????

Filed under: Eurabia, Historie, WW2 — limewoody @ 3:20 pm

A campaign by Swedish Liberal MEP Cecilia Malmström to end the monthly Strasbourg session of the European Parliament has led to a row between the speaker of the parliament and the Nordic countries.

The speaker, Josep Borrell, claimed that Sweden did not suffer enought during the Second Ward War to understand the true meaning of the parliament’s Strasbourg base. The claim has enraged leader-writers on Sweden’s newspapers, who were asking whether Borrell really meant that countries who didn’t fight in the war should have less of a say in EU matters.

“Borrell didn’t fight in the war himself – he was born 1947,” wrote Kristian Karlsson in Svenska Dagbladet.

“But nobody has suggested that his entirely peaceful upbringing should exclude him from political debate,”

The row started last Thursday when Borrell, a Spaniard, claimed that the parliament is a symbol of Franco-German reconciliation, adding that “this historic dimension cannot be perceived in the same way in ‘some Nordic country’ which did not participate in World War II.”

The backlash against Borrell started immediately in the other Nordic countries, which lost the gist of Borrell’s attack in translation and failed to see that he was referring to one particular Nordic country, rather than to them all. Finnish MEPs were particularly upset by the perceived ignorance of their country’s suffering in the war.

Borrell’s subsequent attempts to clafify remarks have merely inflamed the debate. While he assured those Nordic countries that had participated in the war of his “friendship and sympathy,” he underlined that he was referring to “one of those countries where there are most petitioners in favour of one single seat – not in Strasbourg – for the European Parliament.”

Dagens Nyheter’s Marianne Björklund reacted furiously to Borrell’s remarks. Should Swedes have less of a say on the EU because we weren’t involved in the Second World War, she asked.

“Borrell doesn’t say how much suffering is required for a person’s vote to count,” she wrote.

Cecilia Malmström herself has now written a letter of protest to Borrell, in which she points out that most of the 1 million signatures on her ‘Oneseat’ petition come from Dutch citizens. She also said she was “confused” by his references to World War II.

“The ‘Oneseat petition is for Europe, for France, and for every other European country,” she insisted.

Meanwhile, even if Malmström’s efforts fail to shut down the Strasbourg parliament, they could still pay dividends for the MEP herself, as she is a hot tip to be named a minister in Sweden’s new government.

The European Parliament has often been referred to as a ‘travelling circus’, for its practice of moving from its normal base in Brussels for meetings three days a month at a separate parliament building in Strasbourg. The practice costs €200 million a year, but can only be ended by unanimous agreement among EU members. France is thought certain to veto any attempt to shut the Strasbourg venue.

James Savage

August 31, 2006

Obersalzberg “is where I spent my most pleasant times, and conceived my great ideas,” Hitler said.

Filed under: Germany, WW2 — limewoody @ 4:04 pm

Obersalzberg wants to change its image…..


Survivors invite Iranian pres. to Auschwitz, ask for Tehran invite

Filed under: WW2 — limewoody @ 10:21 am

By Amiram Barkat, Haaretz Correspondent

Holocaust survivors on Wednesday invited Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to tour the Nazi death camps at Auschwitz and called on the leader in Tehran to invite survivors to a planned conference on the subject of the Holocaust in Iran.

Noach Flug, head of the Center of Organizations of Holocaust Survivors in Israel (COHSI) offered to host the Iranian leader as a guest of the organization in Auschwitz.

Tehran is set hold a conference on “the reasons for anti-Semitism in Europe, the Holocaust and Zionism” in December. Flug said that the presence of survivors at the event could facilitate a more serious debate on the issue.

Flug, a survivor of Auschwitz, heads an international organization that includes Jewish and non-Jewish survivors of the Holocaust from Poland, Hungary, France, the U.K. and U.S.

The survivor leader told Ahmadinejad that ever since the Iranian leader took office, the group had been closely monitoring his statements and found him to be a “serial Holocaust denier.”

Flug also mentioned Ahmadinejad’s letter to German leader Angela Merkel, which claimed that the Holocaust had been fabricated by the allied forces to allow Germany to save face after the war.

“This is not the first time you have questioned the murder of six million Jews at the hands of the Nazis,” Flug added, “I have reached the conclusion that you lack knowledge on the matter.”

Flug says he is confident that the Iranian leader’s hatred toward Jews will decrease and his will for peace will grow stronger after hearing what the survivors have to say.

August 28, 2006

Life and Death

Filed under: Western civilisation, WW2 — limewoody @ 7:44 pm

The simple back-and-forth of war can create the illusion that both sides have a legitimate point to make even when this is not so, and it is clear that Hezbollah’s cause has greatly benefited from war’s “equalizing” effect. This Shiite militia seems to have known that merely fighting Israel would gain legitimacy for its cause. A cease-fire would make it a “partner” in peace. The Goliath Israeli military would make it a David whose passion proved the truth of its cause. But amid all the drama of this war there has been very little talk of exactly what Hezbollah’s cause is.

And, of course, it is not just Hezbollah’s cause. There is Hamas, one more in a family of politicized terrorist groups spread across the Muslim world. Beyond these more conventional groups there is the free-floating and world-wide terrorism of groups like al Qaeda. In Europe, there are cells of self-invented middle-class terrorists living modern lives by day and plotting attacks on modernity by night. And around these cells there is often a nourishing atmosphere of fellow traveling. Then there are the radical nation-states in league with terrorism, Iran and Syria most prominent among them. From nations on the verge of nuclear weapons to isolated individuals–take the recent Seattle shootings–Islamic militancy grounded in hatred of Israel and America has become the Muslim world’s most animating idea. Why?


August 24, 2006

What do They Use for Cooking: A Gas Oven?

Filed under: India, WW2 — limewoody @ 8:04 am

Posted online: Wednesday, August 23, 2006 at 2057 hours IST

Mumbai, August 23: Israel’s mission in India asked city authorities in the financial hub of Mumbai on Wednesday to get a restaurant called ‘Hitler’s Cross’ to change its name.

The restaurant, which opened last week, was promoted with posters of Hitler and Nazi swastikas, infuriating Jewish population.
“We hope the Indian authorities will ensure that Hitler being such a mass murderer did not get any rehabilitation,” Daniel Zohar Zonshine, Israel’s consul-general in Mumbai, said.
The multi-cuisine restaurant used publicity material featuring a red swastika carved in the name of the eatery.

Its owners, who removed a huge poster of Hitler initially installed at the entrance, have said they chose the German leader’s name to stand out among hundreds of restaurants.
But India’s remaining Jews–most have migrated to Israel and the West over the years–say they could consider legal action.
Zonshine said he hoped the restaurant’s owners would realise the hurt their action had caused to Jews.
“There is a limit to a gimmick. In India, we believe, if something like this hurts the sentiments of a community, it can be treated as a criminal offence,” he said.
The restaurant’s owners have said they were neither promoting Hitler nor the Nazi ideology, but would not change the restaurant’s name.
They have said they would open two more branches in Mumbai with the same name by October.

August 18, 2006

The swastika and the scimitar

Filed under: Global Jihad, Islam, Terror, WW2 — limewoody @ 8:15 pm | The Jews everywhere are “the Muslim’s bitter enemies,” said a prominent Islamic leader. Throughout history, the “irreconcilable enemy of Islam” has conspired and schemed and “oppressed and persecuted 40 million Muslims,” he said. In Palestine, the Jews are establishing “a base from which to extend their power over neighboring Islamic countries.” And, he proclaimed, “this war, which was unleashed by the world Jewry,” provided “Muslims the best opportunity to free themselves from these instances of persecution and oppression.”
Sound like Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah? Or perhaps Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad? Nope. It was the grand mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, in 1942. An ardent Nazi supporter, al-Husseini delivered his speech at the opening of the Islamic Institute in Berlin, one day after the Allies denounced the Nazis for “carrying into effect Hitler’s oft-repeated intention to exterminate the Jewish people in Europe.” Al-Husseini’s address was approved by Nazi Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop, and Joseph Goebbels was in attendance. The Reich press office widely distributed the comments.
President Bush undoubtedly didn’t have any of this in mind this week when he dubbed our enemies in the war on terror “Islamic fascists.” But his comments — analytically flawed as they may be — added some much-needed moral clarity to our current struggle. They also helped to illuminate a much-overlooked point: Islamic fundamentalism and Nazism are historically and intellectually linked. (When the Israelis caught Adolf Eichmann, an architect of the Final Solution, a leading Saudi Arabian newspaper read: “Arrest of Eichmann, who had the honor of killing 6 million Jews.”) Perhaps unsurprisingly, Bush’s remarks seem to have struck a nerve.
The Saudi government warned “against hurling charges of terrorism and fascism at Muslims without regard to the spotless history of Islamic civilization.” Of course, no civilization is without sin, but it takes particular chutzpah for Saudis to preen, considering their civilization is as spotless as a leopard.
Still, the point isn’t to dredge up ancient history about Muslims and Nazis. Many Swedes got along swimmingly with the Nazis, but who worries about the Swedes today? The Muslim world is another matter. And unlike the Swedes, the similarities between Nazism and Islamic fascism are not all in the past. In what may be the most important book on the Holocaust in a generation, historian Jeffrey Herf explains why.

Click HERE to purchase it at a discount. (Sales help fund JWR.).

According to the standard Holocaust narrative, the Final Solution was the product of “hate” or racism or, often, both. Anti-Semitism became popular in the 19th century; the Nazis expanded on it, constructing a pseudo-scientific biological racism that saw the Jews as a “cancer” on the body politic and the Holocaust as an attempt to excise the tumor. Herf does not so much debunk this version of history as cut through it.
In “The Jewish Enemy: Nazi Propaganda During World War II and the Holocaust,” he concedes that hatred and racism were important, but he argues that they don’t explain Germany’s unique efforts to destroy the Jews. It’s not as if no one hated the Jews until the 1930s.
The real answer isn’t hate, but fear. Poring through miles of speeches, private comments, journal entries, party memoranda and all 24,000 pages of Goebbels’ diaries, Herf concludes that the Nazis really believed that the Jews ran the world and wanted to destroy Germany. They believed that Jews controlled not only the Bolsheviks to the east but the capitalists to the west. President Franklin D. Roosevelt was a mere pawn of his Jewish friends and advisors. The British Parliament, Goebbels wrote in one diary entry, was “in reality a kind of Jewish stock exchange.” The “Jewish-plutocratic enemy” was everywhere, benefiting from, and responsible for, every piece of bad news for Germany. In fact, the Nazis were sure that the Jews had declared war on Germany first, giving them no choice but to respond to the Jewish campaign to “exterminate the Germans.” This paranoia led the Nazis to believe that rounding up millions of Jews and gassing them was an act of self-defense.
What is so frightening is how similar this is to the sounds from the Middle East today. Ahmadinejad — dismissed by “sophisticated” academics as a blowhard — calls the Holocaust a myth. Indeed, there is no Jewish conspiracy theory too outlandish in the Muslim world. Huge numbers of Muslims — even 45 percent of British Muslims — believe that the Jews were behind 9/11. Theories that the Mossad is behind every bad headline, from the Indonesian tsunami to bad soccer performances, are common on the Arab street. According to Herf, this is only the second time the world has seen this sort of radical anti-Semitic paranoia. And, again, too many in the unspotless West are saying, “they can’t be serious

August 1, 2006

Anti Semitism and the Arabs

Filed under: Global Jihad, Islam, Israel, Mellemøsten, Terror, Western civilisation, WW2 — limewoody @ 10:35 am

Matthias Kuntzel, a German political scientist who studies the Nazi roots of Arab anti-Semitism, nurtured during World War II, observes that “the men and women of the Israeli military are currently fighting on the front lines against this apocalyptic program.” He asks simply: “Should we not at least consider offering our solidarity?” It’s a question the rest of us have to answer, whether we like it or not.

Read on:

July 31, 2006

Who´ll stand up to this?: All European Life Died In Auschwitz

Filed under: Eurabia, Terror, WW2 — limewoody @ 8:18 am

By Sebastian Villar Rodriguez – Spanish Writer, September 23, 2005.

I walked down the street in Barcelona, and suddenly discovered a terrible truth – Europe died in Auschwitz.

We killed six million Jews and replaced them with 20 million Muslims.

In Auschwitz we burned a culture, thought, creativity, talent. We destroyed the chosen people, truly chosen, because they produced great and wonderful people who changed the world.

The contribution of this people is felt in all areas of life: science, art, international trade, and above all, as the conscience of the world. These are the people we burned.

And under the pretence of tolerance, and because we wanted to prove to ourselves that we were cured of the disease of racism, we opened our gates to 20 million Muslims, who brought us stupidity and ignorance, religious extremism and lack of tolerance, crime and poverty due to an unwillingness to work and support their families with pride.

They have turned our beautiful Spanish cities into the third world, drowning in filth and crime.

Shut up in the apartments they receive free from the government, they plan the murder and destruction of their na?ve hosts.

And thus, in our misery, we have exchanged culture for fanatical hatred, creative skill for destructive skill, intelligence for backwardness and superstition.

We have exchanged the pursuit of peace of the Jews of Europe and their talent for hoping for a better future for their children, their determined clinging to life because life is holy, for those who pursue death, for people consumed by the desire for death for themselves and others, for our children and theirs.

What a terrible mistake was made by miserable Europe.

* This is a summary of an article recently printed in a Spanish newspaper, but it applies to most countries of western Europe.

June 29, 2006

German Cabinet OKs opening of Nazi archive

Filed under: Germany, WW2 — limewoody @ 6:23 am

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s Cabinet agreed Wednesday to open to researchers an archive of millions of Nazi files that describe the mechanics of the Holocaust. The accord will likely be signed July 26 in Berlin, Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Jaeger said.

Germany’s move follows an agreement to unlock the archive reached last month by the 11-nation governing body of the International Tracing Service, the arm of the International Committee of the Red Cross that oversees the archive in the German town of Bad Arolsen.

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