Sunday, December 8, 2013

Hate Mail Comes From Surprisingly Well Educated Sources

German Hate Mail Comes From Surprisingly Well Educated Sources

New Study Shows Education Does Little To Cure Prejudice


“Is it possible that the excessive violence in Israel, including the murder of innocent children, corresponds to the long tradition of your people?” asked one.
“For the last two thousand years, you have been robbing land and killing people!” exclaimed another.
“You Israelis are a crowd showing contempt for humanity,” charged another, though its writer was addressing fellow Germans. “You drop cluster bombs above inhabited territory during the last days of war, and accuse people criticizing such actions of anti-Semitism. That is typical of you Jews!”
Many would view the stream of vitriol, sent to German Jewry’s central communal organization between 2002 and 2012, as little more than raw sewage. But Monika Schwarz-Friesel, a professor of linguistics at the Technical University of Berlin, saw it as raw data. Together with Jehuda Reinharz, the American historian and former president of Brandeis University, Schwarz-Friesel has recently published a study of these letters. And their findings reaffirm one of the enduring, if still surprising truths about anti-Semitism in Germany and elsewhere.


Read more: http://forward.com/articles/188764/german-hate-mail-comes-from-surprisingly-well-educ/?p=all#ixzz2mtUxfxKV

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Ühe ajaloolise võltsingu lõpp - canard about jews tearing down estonian flag exposed

http://eja.pri.ee/history/Holocaust/Lipp_en.pdf

http://eja.pri.ee/history/Holocaust/Lipp_ee.pdf

Mahavõetud sinimustvalge lipp ja mahavõtjad 21.06.1940.a.

"The blue-black-white tricolor, taken down from the mast, lies at the feet of the coup d'État participants at the top of the Tall Hermann tower. From left: Metal worker Edgar Petree, Karl Leesik, unknown person, Aleksander Resev and an unknown person. Even the workers of pictures division of the former Institute of the party history were unable to identify the unknown persons. This picture is not known to have been published in Soviet time."

 



Sunday, November 10, 2013

Begin monument erected in Belarusian hometown

One year after 100th anniversary of birth of Israel's sixth prime minister, monument unveiled in city of Brest
        

Friday, September 27, 2013

The Nazi women who were every bit as evil as the men: From the mother who shot Jewish children in cold blood to the nurses who gave lethal injections in death camps

 


 

  • Chilling new book has unearthered thousands of complicit German women
  • At least half a million witnessed and contributed to Hitler's terror
  • Have been dubbed the ‘primary witnesses of the Holocaust’
  • Secretaries typed the orders to kill and filed the details of massacres
  • Only a small number of women were called to account for their crimes


  • Blonde German housewife Erna Petri was returning home after a shopping trip in town when something caught her eye: six small, nearly naked boys huddled in terror by the side of the country road. Married to a senior SS officer, the 23-year-old knew instantly who they were. They must be the Jews she’d heard about — the ones who’d escaped from a train taking them to an extermination camp.But she was a mother herself, with two children of her own. So she humanely took the starving, whimpering youngsters home, calmed them down and gave them food to eat. Then she led the six of them — the youngest aged six, the oldest 12 — into the woods, lined them up on the edge of a pit and shot them methodically one by one with a pistol in the back of the neck.This schizophrenic combination of warm-hearted mother one minute and cold-blooded killer the next is an enigma and one that — now revealed in a new book based on years of trawling through remote archives — puts a crueller than ever spin on the Third Reich.Because Erna was by no means an aberration. In a book she tellingly calls ‘Hitler’s Furies’, Holocaust historian Professor Wendy Lower has unearthed the complicity of tens of thousands of German women — many more than previously imagined — in the sort of mass, monstrous, murderous activities that we would like to think the so-called gentler sex were incapable of.
    The Holocaust has generally been seen as a crime perpetrated by men. The vast majority of those accused at Nuremberg and other war crimes trials were men. The few women ever called to account were notorious concentration camp guards — the likes of Irma Grese and Ilse Koch — whose evil was so extreme they could be explained away as freaks and beasts, not really ‘women’ at all.
    Ultra-macho Nazi Germany was a man’s world. The vast majority of women had, on Hitler’s orders, confined their activities to Kinder, Küche, Kirche — children, kitchen and church. Thus, when it came to responsibility for the Holocaust and other evils of the Third Reich, they were off the hook.
    But that, argues Lower, is simplistic nonsense. Women were drawn into the morally bankrupt conspiracy that was Hitler’s Germany as thoroughly as men were — at a lower level, in most cases, when it came to direct action but guilty just the same.Ironically, it was the professional carers who were the first to be caught in this evil web. From the moment the Nazis came to power and imposed policies of Aryan racial purity, countless nurses, their aprons filled with morphine vials and needles, routinely slaughtered the physically disabled and mentally defective. Pauline Kneissler worked at Grafeneck Castle, a euthanasia ‘hospital’ in southern Germany, and toured mental institutions selecting 70 ‘patients’ a day. At the castle they were gassed, which she decided was not that bad because ‘death by gas doesn’t hurt’Meanwhile, midwives were betraying a whole generation of German women by reporting defects in unborns and newborns and recommending abortions and euthanasia, as well as sterilisation of mothers.  From the outset, Lower concludes, ‘women made cruel life-and-death decisions, eroding moral sensibilities’. A line had been crossed. It was no big step when the racial purification process turned to the Final Solution of exterminating millions of Jews.That Jews were the enemy and their annihilation the answer was taken for granted by millions of women who would later deny knowing what was going on under their noses. Lower, though, dubs them ‘primary witnesses of the Holocaust’.
    The worst outrages took place in the ‘Wild East’, Hitler’s newly acquired (by military conquest) territories in Poland, Ukraine and other parts of overrun Russia. At least half a million young women joined in this colonisation process, and became accomplices to genocide on an unprecedented scale.
    A mass of secretaries, for example, typed the orders to kill and filed the details of massacres. This placed them at the very centre of the Nazi murder machinery, but they, like so many others, chose to shut their eyes and benefit from their proximity to power.But, picnicking in the country on their days off, how did they miss the mounds that hid mass graves, the gagging smell of rotting corpses? Whose clothes and possessions — plundered from ghettos or confiscated at camps and killing fields — did they think they were cataloguing for redistribution back home? Trainloads of booty went back to Germany in what Lower calls ‘the biggest campaign of organised robbery in history’. And German women, she charges, were among its prime agents and beneficiaries.Even more caught up in the criminal madness were administrators such as Liselotte Meier, who worked so closely with her strutting boss, an SS officer, that they were almost indistinguishable. She joined him on shooting parties in the snow, hunting and killing Jews for sport.
    In the early phases of the Holocaust, massacres were generally by shooting. In her area of Belarus, she coordinated the arrangements with the executioners and even decided who lived and who died.
    She spared the life of the Jewish woman who did her hair, while another secretary removed from a woman from the death line who hadn’t yet finished the sweater she was knitting for her.
    Secretaries had another important role, too. After each operation, it was usual for the SS killers, many of them drunk on schnapps, to seek solace in the women’s quarters, whether for sexual release or a shoulder to cry on after the exertions of mass execution.  In support of the men, women even manned refreshment tables during executions so the killers could take a break.
    But much worse than these active accomplices were the women who killed — often the wives of SS officers. Erna Petri — callous dispatcher of those six Jewish boys — was one such Frau. She had followed her husband to Poland and lived in a mansion overseeing a vast estate for the Race and Resettlement Office of the SS, with ‘sub-human’ Slavs as slaves. 
    Another SS wife, Lisel Willhaus, wife of a camp commandant, used to sit on the balcony of their house and take pot shots at Jewish prisoners with her rifle.Also in Poland was Vera Wohlauf, whose husband Julius commanded a police battalion ordered in 1942 to round up 11,000 Jewish inhabitants of a small town for transportation to Treblinka for liquidation.She sat by her husband in the front seat of the lorry that led a convoy of killers to the town, and stood in the market square brandishing a whip as nearly a thousand who resisted the round-up or collapsed in the summer heat were beaten to death or shot. She was pregnant at the time, a further incongruity.
    In the Ukraine, 22-year-old secretary Johanna Altvater played an even more prominent role in a massacre while working for regional commissar Wilhelm Westerheide. During the liquidation of a Jewish ghetto, Fräulein Hanna, as she was known, was seen in her riding breeches prodding men, women and children into a truck ‘like a cattle herder’.She marched into a building being used as a makeshift hospital and through the children’s ward, eyeing each bed-ridden child. Then she stopped, picked one up, took it to the balcony and threw the child to the pavement three floors below. She did the same with other children. Some died, and even those who survived were seriously injured.
    Her speciality — or, as one survivor put it, her ‘nasty habit’ — was killing children. One observer noted that Altvater often lured children with sweets. When they came to her and opened their mouths, she shot them in the mouth with the small pistol that she kept at her side.
    The new book involves information from archives which revealed some women were as guilty as the men.
     
    On another occasion, she beckoned a toddler over, then grabbed him tightly by the legs and slammed his head against a wall as if she were banging the dust out of a mat.
    She threw the lifeless child at the feet of his father, who later testified: ‘Such sadism from a woman I have never seen. I will never forget this.’
    Close to the mass-shooting site where the ghetto inhabitants were herded to await their deaths, Westerheide and his deputies partied with some German women. Altvater was among the revellers, drinking and eating at a banqueting table amid the bloodshed.
    Music playing in the background mixed with the sound of gunfire. From time to time, one of the Germans would get up, walk to the shooting site, kill a few people and then return to the party.
    Violence to children was also the trademark of Gestapo wife and mother Josefine Block, who liked to carry a riding crop and lash out at prisoners waiting to be deported.
    A little girl approached her, crying and begging for her life. ‘I will help you!’ Block declared, grabbed the girl by the hair, smashed her with her fists, then pushed her to the ground and stamped on her head until she was dead.
    Desperate Jewish parents often approached Block to ask for help, assuming that, as a young woman and mother, she’d be sympathetic.
    But she would use her pram to ram Jews whom she encountered on the streets and was said to have actually killed a small Jewish child with it. Such treatment is an affront to any sense of humanity, let alone womanhood — all the more so because most of these crimes went unpunished.
    Erna Petri was the exception and spent more than 30 years in prison. But all the others mentioned here were either tried and acquitted or released after questioning.
    Their defence was often to play the helpless woman card and blame the men. ‘I was just a secretary,’ pleaded Johanna Altvater. Meanwhile, the millions of other women who were complicit in these odious events got on with their lives after the war as best they could, as if the whole Hitler era had been a nightmare to be put aside and forgotten once everyone had woken up.
    Yet the deep stain remains. Thirteen million women were actively engaged in the Nazi Party. Not all of these could have been innocent bystanders.
    Lower says: ‘To assume that violence is not a feminine characteristic and that women are not capable of mass murder has obvious appeal: it allows for hope that at least half the human race will not devour the other, that it will protect children and so safeguard the future.
    ‘But minimising the violent behaviour of women creates a false shield.’
    At least half a million women, she says, witnessed and contributed to the operations and terror of Hitler’s genocidal war. ‘The Nazi regime mobilised a generation of young women who were conditioned to accept violence, to incite it, and to commit it.‘This fact has been suppressed and denied by the very women who were swept up in the regime and by those who perpetrated the violence with impunity. ‘But genocide is also women’s business. When given the “opportunity”, women too will engage in it, even its bloodiest aspects.’For those tempted to think that things are different now, consider those shocking photographs earlier this month of a beheading in the Syrian bloodbath. What was even more gut-wrenching than the gore was to see children looking on, unperturbed, drawn into a terrifying topsy-turvy morality, just as German mothers and children were 80 years ago.Perhaps, too, the executioner wielding the sword went home to a wife who mopped his brow, in the same way as Hitler’s firing squads did. The lesson of the atrocities of the Holocaust is that they are not something of the past to be filed away and forgotten, but still very much with us.


    
    Complicit: Johanner Altvater (left) and Lisolotte Meirer (right) killed Jews for sport during the Third Reich 
     

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2432620/Hitlers-Furies-The-Nazi-women-bit-evil-men.html#ixzz2g5ycpKmj

    Wednesday, September 25, 2013

    the trial of some estonian collaborators in tallinn, 1961

    from USHMM:   http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/media_fi.php?ModuleId=10005448&MediaId=1970

    pics of gerrets
    http://www.rindeleht.ee/foorum/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=7230



    as NCO in 1930_ties in estonian army.
     
    cozy life in soviet times
     
    trial recordings from Estonian radio archive:
     
    another specimen,
    alexander laak briefly was in red army (1940-41).here: http://www.rindeleht.ee/foorum/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=9698&sid=e05928d6d0606262c9c0de619858e047

    http://www.postimees.ee/luup/98/09/pdf/juut.pdf

    this week (31.10.2013) on Israel news portal sport section:
    http://sports.walla.co.il/?w=%2F%2F2690420/@@/magazine/item

     evald mikson case. no need for translation, the same on eng wiki.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    

    Thursday, September 19, 2013

    The 1938 scandal race

     
    
    21 June 1938 Abraham Tokazier competed on 100 metres at the opening games of the newly built Helsinki Olympic Stadium. He crossed the finish line first but the official results placed Tokazier fourth, even though the announcer declared him as the winner right after the race. On the next day a picture taken on the finish line was published in the Helsingin Sanomat newspaper. The picture clearly proofs that Tokazier was the first one to cross the line. Reason for lowering Tokazier on fourth place was most likely antisemitism rather a mistake made by the jury. An official delegation from Nazi Germany was among the guests and that was the reason why organizers dropped him out of the podium.
    The scandal became a hot topic again in 2013 as the Finnish author Kjell Westö wrote about it on his book "Hägring 38". Finally on 18 September 2013 the Finnish Amateur Athletic Association made an apology to the family of Tokazier and admitted that he was the real winner of the 1938 race. The official results cannot be overruled due to the rules of International Association of Athletics Federations. Wiki.
    it was not necessary anti-semitism, they just wanted to please germans. hospitality sort of.

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

    The Roots of Antisemitism in the Middle East

    “When I witnessed the events in Imbaba, I realized [the Jews were behind them],” wrote journalist Safaa Saleh on May 13, 2011 in the Egyptian government newspaper Al-Gumhouriyya following clashes between Copts and Muslims in Cairo’s Imbaba district that had claimed twelve lives. “There is no disaster in the world that was not caused by the Jews”, declared Saleh, calling in evidence a star witness: “Hitler said, ‘I could have exterminated all of the Jews, but I left some of them [alive] so that the world would know why I exterminated them"

    http://www.matthiaskuentzel.de/contents/the-roots-of-antisemitism-in-the-middle-east-new-debates

    Monday, July 8, 2013

    Turkey, the Jews, and the Holocaust

    Based on research in about fifty archives worldwide, Turkey, the Jews, and the Holocaust analyzes the minority politics of the Turkish republic and the country's ambivalent policies regarding Jewish refugees and Turkish Jews living abroad. Although Turkey stayed neutral during World War II, the country's policies proved crucial not only for the 75,000 Jews who lived in Turkey, but also to the 25,000 Turkish Jews living throughout Europe and the tens of thousands of Jews who desperately sought refuge in Turkey or transit to refuge elsewhere. Contrary to the official Turkish self-portrayal, this comprehensive study by Corry Guttstadt shows that Turkey was far from welcoming toward the Jews during the Holocaust era.
    

    Saturday, June 8, 2013

    Friday, February 1, 2013

    The Bodies Behind The Third Reich

    Adolf Hitler is undisputedly the most historically influential and best known dictator of the 20th century. No other person has been the subject of as many books, discussions and films. Since the collapse of the Soviet bloc in 1989, records in the Russian archives have been made available to historians for the first time since the end of the war. These records shed light on the character and hobbies of this highly talented and unusual individual. Unbeknownst to many, Hitler was a muscular and athletic man of immense proportions. Indeed, he was a man who cared just as much about his physical body as his political vision. Adolf is often regarded as a hypocrite; a small and physically weak man who preached the greatness of Aryan superhumans. These new documents prove that he was, on the contrary, a fiercely dedicated man who practised what he preached. This short documentary attempts to delve into the world of physical splendour that is Adolf Hitler, affectionately known to his friends as "The Fuehrer".
    Adolf Hitler in the Alps in the early days, shortly after his release from Landsberg prison.
    The Early Years
    Adolf Hitler was born in Braunau, Austria in 1889. After a short and miserable career as an unemployed painter in Vienna, Hitler entered the Bavarian political scene with a storm. Following a failed coup in 1923 ("The Beerhall Putsch"), he was sentencted to five years of imprisonment in the Landsberg penal facility. He enjoyed considerable privileges during this period of incarceration due immense political popularity. Unsurprisingly, it was in Landsberg that he first discovered the joy of body building. With so much time on his hands, he started taking great interest in the development of his musculature. This interest eventually led to regular workouts in the prison gym, where Hitler spent up to six hours a day while serving out his sentence.
    During this time, Hitler also wrote his famous book Mein Kampf or "My Battle". Hermann Goering, Hitler's loyal friend and assisstant, writes the following in his memoirs:
    "Adolf liked to dictate for his masterpiece, Mein Kampf, while bench pressing. He would lift up to 400 lbs. while simultaneously discussing Aryan Theory and the Subjugation of the Slavs. It was really amazing. Adolf is the only man I know who has the strength of character to do something as demanding as that."
    Hitler did not limit his literary endeavours to Aryan Theory. He also wrote a staggeringly comprehensive guide to pectoral muscle development, which he called Meine Muskeln or "My Muscles". This guide enjoyed a brief period of intense popularity in Germany. Hitler used the profits from the sale of this bestselling book to finance the Nazi Party's publication, the Volkische Beobachter.
    Adolf Acclaimed For Physical Beauty
    read more:
    http://adolfbody.sytes.net/   - seems defunct - II, 1. 2017