Adolf Hitler

Langham Hotel responds to Kia Ora Gaza’s hate speech comments

On Sunday we posted about a woman who has commented with quotes from Adolf Hitler at Kia Ora Gaza’s Facebook hate speech site.

Her Facebook profile stated that she worked at the Langham Hotel and when I called the hotel they put me through to an extension that went to voicemail.

This morning I received the following correspondence from Franz Mascarenhas the Managing Director of the Langham Hotel in Auckland.

Dear Cam,

I am writing in relation to the comments made on your website in relation to Ms Sophia Pahulu who claims to work at the Langham.

At the outset, may I assure you that this lady does not work for us and has not worked for us in the past as well. I have spoken with our Telephone Operator who took a call around 6pm yesterday from someone whom she recalls as David, and she told this person that she is familiar with the name as she received an email about her. She clarified that the lady Sophia does not work at Langham, to which he asked ‘ So is she using a fake Facebook page? She responded saying ‘We will look into this.’   Read more »

Opponents call Trump Hitler; that’s a sure sign they are out of ideas

When your opponents start calling you Hitler then you know you are winning.

US Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s political rhetoric is “racist” and evocative of Adolf Hitler, former Mexican President Felipe Calderon says.

“This logic of praising the white supremacy is not just anti-immigration,” Calderon told reporters at an event in Mexico City on Saturday (local time).

“He is acting and speaking out against immigrants that have a different skin colour than he does, it is frankly racist and [he is] exploiting feelings like Hitler did in his time,” Calderon said.   Read more »

Rodney Hide on why he’s lost faith in James Shaw

Rodney Hide who, just a few weeks ago, was professing undying love for James Shaw, has now changed his mind.

Last week Green co-leader James Shaw evaporated my support.

I dropped him because of his press release quoting UN Independent “expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order” Professor Alfred de Zayas.

The professor’s UN position is supported by countries such as Angola, Cameroon, Cuba and Uganda. It is opposed by the likes of Austria, Norway, the US and the UK.

Sounds quite amorphous doesn’t it, until you pick the scab of Professor Alfred de Zayas’ life…and let the pus run.

[I]t’s the professor’s views that trouble me and here I must take care as he likes to be quoted in full. “The intellectual dishonesty expressed in the defamatory article against me is a disservice to readers, who are entitled to the full text of my argument.”

So let me quote from a review of his book Genocide as a State Secret that he provides on his own blog: “The Holocaust was planned by a small circle meeting outside Berlin in January 1942. In addressing his SS subordinates in Posen in 1943, Himmler boasted about how well their secret was being kept.    Read more »

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Girls dancing at the rally of Greater Germany in 1938.

Girls dancing at the rally of Greater Germany in 1938.

German League of Girls

With origins in the 1920s, the Bund Deutscher Mädel was the only female youth organization within Nazi Germany. Against a racial ‘defilement’ and pro-rebelling against parents should they compel female youth to take part in events that involved Jewish people, the Mädel formed as a way to harvest good German mothers for the one thousand-year Reich. Members contributed to the Nazi war effort by collecting money, goods and clothing for Nazi charitable donations. The female arm of the Nazi movement was severed in 1945 at the hands of the Allied Control Council.

In 1930 the Bund Deutscher Mädel (German League of Girls) was formed as the female branch of the Hitler Youth movement. It was set up under the direction of Hitler Youth leader, Baldur von Schirach. There were two general age groups: the Jungmädel, from ten to fourteen years of age, and older girls from fifteen to twenty-one years of age. All girls in the BDM were constantly reminded that the great task of their schooling was to prepare them to be “carriers of the… Nazi world view”.

“The leadership immediately set about organizing youth into a coherent body of loyal supporters. Under Baldur von Schirach, himself only twenty-five at the time, the organization was to net all young people from ages ten to eighteen to be schooled in Nazi ideology and trained to be the future valuable members of the Reich. From the start, the Nazis pitched their appeal as the party of youth, building a New Germany…. Hitler intended to inspire youth with a mission, appealing to their idealism and hope.” Schirach promoted the idea of the German Girls’ League as “youth leading youth.” In fact, its leaders were part of “an enormous bureaucratised enterprise, rather than representative of an autonomous youth culture.”

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Solomon and Frieda Radasky. After over 50 years of marriage and two children, Frieda Radasky passed away in 1999. Frieda, like her husband, was from Warsaw.

Solomon and Frieda Radasky. After over 50 years of marriage and two children, Frieda Radasky passed away in 1999. Frieda, like her husband, was from Warsaw.

Solomon Radasky

Survivor

The 27th of January was Holocaust Memorial Day, we remember how little we remember. Despite the many movies, books and survivor testimonies, there are the countless stories that have been lost and there are all the non-transmissible sensations. One who was not there can never know what it felt like to be there.

How did I survive? When a person is in trouble he wants to live. He fights for his life…Some people say, “Eh — What will be, will be.” No! You have to fight for yourself day by day. Some people did not care. They said, “I do not want to live. What is the difference? I don’t give a damn.” I was thinking day by day. I want to live. A person has to hold on to his own will, hold on to that to the last minute.

I am from Warsaw. I lived in Praga, which is the part of the city across the Vistula river. I had a nice life there; I had my own shop where I used to make fur coats. In Warsaw when a Jewish holiday came we used to know it was a holiday. All the stores were closed, and the people were in the synagogues.

Out of the 78 people in my family, I am the only one to survive. My parents had 3 boys and 3 girls: My parents were Jacob and Toby; my brothers were Moishe and Baruch, and my sisters were Sarah, Rivka and Leah. They were all killed.

My mother and my older sister were killed in the last week of January 1941. The year 1941 was a cold winter with a lot of snow. One morning the SD and the Jewish police caught me in the street. I was forced to work with a lot of other people clearing snow from the railroad tracks. Our job was to keep the trains running.

When I returned to the ghetto I found out that my mother and older sister had been killed. The Germans demanded that the Judenrat collect gold and furs from the people in the ghetto. When they asked my mother for jewelry and furs, she said she had none. So they shot her and my older sister too.

My father was killed in April 1942. He went to buy bread from the children who were smuggling food into the ghetto. The children brought bread, potatoes and cabbages across the wall into the Warsaw ghetto. A Jewish policeman pointed out my father to a German and told him that he saw my father take a bread from a boy at the wall. The German shot my father in the back.

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A German worker refuses to raise his arm to give the nazi salute at Hitler's arrival to his factory, Hamburg, 1936.

A German worker refuses to raise his arm to give the nazi salute at Hitler’s arrival to his factory, Hamburg, 1936.

Just One Refused The Nazi Salute

It was Nazi Germany in 1936, and a crowd of people had gathered in Hamburg to watch the launch of a navy training vessel. As hundreds raised their arms in unison in the Nazi salute, one man stood with his arms crossed, his eyes squinting at whoever was leading the salute.

This picture has appeared periodically over the last few years. Its popularity is easy to understand. A crowd is slavishly announcing the thousand year Reich but one man, can you spot him, refuses to lift his hand. The picture has become associated with August Landmesser, a member of the Nazi party who made the error (according to his regime) of marrying a Jewish woman and then saw his family broken up, his wife murdered, and who was ultimately drafted and lost (MIA) on the Croatian front as the iron dream turned rusty.

And yet… And yet…

Well, we’ll get to the story in a minute but first, the basic facts about the photograph. The image was taken 13 June 1936 at the launch of the Horst Wessel at the Blohm und Voss shipyard in Hamburg, a German training vessel: bizarrists may be interested to know that this ship is now called the Eagle and is part of the U.S. Coast Guard.

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Can you guess which book has 32% more Jew hatred than Mein Kampf?

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As the copyright expires on Mein Kampf and publication restrictions in Germany cease there are worries that the hateful musings of Adolf Hitler will spark more anti-semitism.

But there is a book out there with even more hatred of Jews than even Mein Kampf.

Can you guess which book?    Read more »

Kissinger on Daesh: ‘Nobody Was Confused on How to Deal with Hitler in WWII’

Henry Kissinger is fairly blunt when it comes to how we deal with ISIS.

Truth Revolt reports:

Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger told Sky News that there was no question in anyone’s mind on how to deal with Adolf Hitler during World War II and so it should be with ISIS.

“During the Second World War, nobody said, “What is the solution for dealing with Hitler?” Kissinger said. “And this is an organization that has engaged in mass murder on television in the killing of prisoners. So I do not think that the Islamic State as it exists is a group with which we can negotiate.”   Read more »

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The song was true! Hitler did only have one ball

The Telegraph reports on Hitler’s lack of a testicle:

It appears the notorious Second World War song may have been right all along. New evidence has emerged that Adolf Hitler may have suffered from an undescended testicle.

Ever since British soldiers started singing it to the tune of Colonel Bogey, debate has raged over whether there is any truth to the assertion that Hitler was missing a vital appendage.

Now a German historian claims to have discovered incontrovertible proof, in the form of medical records.

In 1923, Hitler was examined by a prison doctor after his arrest following the failure of his first attempt to seize power in the Munich Beer Hall Putsch.

The records of that examination clearly show that Hitler had an undescended testicle on the right side, according to Prof Peter Fleischmann of Erlangen-Nuremberg University.

On November 12, 1923, Hitler had to undergo the indignity of a medical examination on his arrival at Landsberg prison.

The records of that examination were long thought lost, until they surfaced at an auction in 2010.

They were promptly confiscated by the Bavarian government and have only now been properly studied.

Dr Josef Steiner Brin, the prison’s medical officer’s notes record “Adolf Hitler, artist, recently writer” as “healthy and strong” but suffering from “right-side cryptorchidism”.

Cryptorchidism is when the testicle fails to descend properly.

“The testicle was probably stunted,” Prof Fleischman said.   Read more »

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(Rick Beyer/Hatcher Graduate Library) Four Ghost Army Soldiers: Strong Enough To Lift An Inflatable Tank.

(Rick Beyer/Hatcher Graduate Library)
Four Ghost Army Soldiers: Strong Enough To Lift An Inflatable Tank.

Ghost Army

The Inflatable Tanks That Fooled Hitler

Shortly after the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944, two Frenchmen on bicycles managed to cross the perimeter of the United States Army’s 23rd Headquarters Special Troops and what they saw astounded them. Four American soldiers had picked up a 40-ton Sherman tank and were turning it in place. Soldier Arthur Shilstone says, “They looked at me, and they were looking for answers, and I finally said: ‘The Americans are very strong.’

Patriotic pride aside, the men of the 23rd were not equipped with super-human strength. They did, however, have inflatable tanks.

Shilstone was one of 1,100 soldiers who formed the unit, also known as the Ghost Army. They were artists and illustrators, radio people and sound guys.

Handpicked for the job from New York and Philadelphia art schools in January 1944, their mission was to deceive the enemy with hand-made inflatable tanks, 500-pound speakers blasting the sounds of troops assembling and phony radio transmissions.

Over the course of the war, they staged more than 20 operations and are estimated to have saved between 15,000 and 30,000 U.S. lives. The illusion was never broken and not even their fellow soldiers knew of their existence. It’s a great example of how many fantastic, amazing, sort of mind-bending stories there still are 70 something years later coming out of WWII.

To this day, many details of the team’s role in the war following D-Day remain classified and are a closely guarded secret.

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