Adolf Hitler

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Hitler Youth members perform the Nazi salute at a rally at the Lustgarten in Berlin.

Hitler Youth members perform the Nazi salute at a rally at the Lustgarten in Berlin.

The Hitler Youth

The Hitler Youth was a logical extension of Hitler’s belief that the future of Nazi Germany was its children. The Hitler Youth was seen as being as important to a child as school was. In the early years of the Nazi government, Hitler had made it clear as to what he expected German children to be like:

“The weak must be chiselled away. I want young men and women who can suffer pain. A young German must be as swift as a greyhound, as tough as leather, and as hard as Krupp’s steel.”

Nazi education schemes part fitted in with this but Hitler wanted to occupy the minds of the young in Nazi Germany even more.

As Russian soldiers closed in on Berlin during the waning days of World War II, Margarete Koehn, a ticket seller at one of Berlin’s train stations, left her position. She then set off to walk the roughly ten miles back to her parents’ home in the village of Luebars.

As she walked, evidence of the city’s collapse surrounded her. Upon arriving home, she told her family that she saw “trucks burning, barricades, people not allowed into cellars, and a boy shot by the SS.” The boy, she told her adolescent daughter, “couldn’t have been more than fourteen.” He had been shot for defecting his military post.

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P-51 Mustang on fire after sabotaged fuel pump ignited. "Personnel from Sarasota Army Air Field hose down a P-51 Mustang that was returned to base after catching fire while in flight. Base officials had directed the pilot to head for Sarasota Bay and ditch the aircraft, but the pilot insisted on returning the plane to base. Upon landing, the pilot jumped from the moving, flaming plane while base personnel extinguished the fire. Upon investigating the aircraft, North American Aviation technical representative Sherman Studer determined that one of the plane's fuel pumps had been sabotaged. According to Studer's recollections, the installing mechanic was later arrested, and he confessed to sabotaging this and 18 other P-51 Mustangs."

“Personnel from Sarasota Army Air Field hose down a P-51 Mustang that was returned to base after catching fire while in flight. Base officials had directed the pilot to head for Sarasota Bay and ditch the aircraft, but the pilot insisted on returning the plane to base. Upon landing, the pilot jumped from the moving, flaming plane while base personnel extinguished the fire. Upon investigating the aircraft, North American Aviation technical representative Sherman Studer determined that one of the plane’s fuel pumps had been sabotaged. According to Studer’s recollections, the installing mechanic was later arrested, and he confessed to sabotaging this and 18 other P-51 Mustangs.”

When the Nazis tried to Invade America

Normandy. Anzio. Guadalcanal. Okinawa. Those are some of the historic landing sites for World War II invasions, legendary names that should never be forgotten. But there were lesser landings, as well, such as at Amagansett, New York, and Ponte Verdra Beach, Florida. That’s right. There were at least two mini-landings in America, engineered by Germans, of course, not Allies.

With rare exception, American involvement in World War II was focused in Europe and the Pacific. Few acts of war took place on the North American continent, a function primarily of the United States’ geographic isolation. But this did not keep the Germans from attempting to bring the war Stateside. In fact, on June 13, 1942, four German operatives landed at Amagansett, New York, toward the eastern tip of Long Island.  Three days later, another four Nazis came ashore at Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, just south of Jacksonville.

Their orders? To wreak havoc on America’s infrastructure.

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Glyndwr Michael Martin:Glyndwr Michael as William Martin was buried in Huelva, Spain. In 1998, the inscription GLYNDWR MICHAEL; SERVED AS MAJOR WILLIAM MARTIN, RM was added to his grave-stone by the British government.

Glyndwr Michael:Glyndwr Michael as William Martin was buried in Huelva, Spain. In 1998, the inscription GLYNDWR MICHAEL; SERVED AS MAJOR WILLIAM MARTIN, RM was added to his grave-stone by the British government.

Operation Mincemeat

How a Corpse Fooled the Nazis

 In World War II, a secret department of British ‘corkscrew thinkers’ hatched a plan to use the cadaver of an unclaimed homeless man to turn the tide of the war in the Allies’ favour. It worked.

Ewen Montagu and his team of deceivers achieved in Operation MINCEMEAT what all deceivers endeavour to achieve upon commencing an operation: complete success. By adhering to the six principles of Military Deception (focus, objective, centralized control, security, timeliness, and integration), Montagu duped the Germans into altering their strategic plans; thereby enabling the Allies to achieve theirs.

“You can’t get bodies just for the asking, you know . . . each one has to be accounted for.”

—London coroner Bentley Purchase

Seventy three years ago, the mission of acting Major William Martin of the British Royal Marines was determined to have been a success. The top secret operational documents on the planned Allied invasion of the Balkans and Sardinia Martin had carried with him had been intercepted and transmitted all the way up to the highest levels of the German high command and even to Adolf Hitler himself.  This seemingly disastrous outcome was a positive for the Allies because the success of Martin’s mission, Operation:  Mincemeat, hinged upon the Germans discovering and believing the documents that he carried with him to be real when in fact they actually composed a part of one of WWII’s most ambitious and elaborate misinformation campaigns.  Nothing about the documents was real: not even their carrier.

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Fact checking media moron Heather du Plessis-Allan

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Heather du Plessis-Allan-Soper  has an opinion piece in today’s Herald on Sunday that I am surprised made it past the editor for all the unmitigated inaccuracies in her claims.

She has rather absurdly compared 1930s NAZI Germany and 2016 USA in her piece entitled “Heather du Plessis-Allan: Fascism is just a few votes away”.

HdPA’s shoddy comparisons reflect a new low for lazy, ignorant, and misleading opinion pieces making their way into the New Zealand Herald.

Let’s fact check the fool.

Implication that Hitler murdered six million people: This is false, or misleading at best. The total number of people murdered during the Holocaust (in death camps) was eleven million. Hitler murdered (or orchestrated the murder of) six million Jews as well as another five million people (Poles, Gypsies, GLBT, Jehovahs Witnesses, Disabled, plus other people from Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Ukraine, Russia, Holland, France and even Germany). The above number does not include the rest of the WW2 casualties.   Read more »

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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