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Eva Braun and Adolf Hitler
Wikimedia Commons / Deutsches Bundesarchiv

Another Take on Eva Braun

Eva Braun has been dismissed as an inconsequential figure (and, of course, a “dumb blonde”) in Adolf Hitler’s life, but a new biography of Braun by German historian Heike Görtemaker recasts Hitler’s lover as a more significant force who was relegated to the background out of necessity.

Posted on Feb 15, 2010 READ MORE


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Putin
kremlin.ru

Putin Scores Points With the Poles

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has attempted to improve relations between his country and Poland by addressing some wrongs committed by the Soviet Union—and later Russia—against its Baltic neighbor in recent decades. He offered an apology in an article he penned for the Polish paper Gazeta Wyborcza that ran Tuesday.

Posted on Sep 1, 2009 READ MORE


Hitler
current.com

Hitler’s Delusions of Artistic Grandeur

It’s well known that Adolf Hitler dabbled in watercolor and that the Führer and his Nazi underlings amassed vast stashes of ill-begotten works of art, but according to art historian Birgit Schwarz, Hitler’s artistic streak ran deeper into the dark zones of his psyche than most people realize.

Posted on Aug 26, 2009 READ MORE


Inglourious Basterds
dailymail.co.uk

Irresponsible ‘Basterds’?: Mulling Over Tarantino’s WWII Do-Over

Quentin Tarantino certainly took full cinematic license and ran with it in his Nazi-bashing big-screen extravaganza “Inglourious Basterds,” but as Entertainment Weekly’s Owen Gleiberman explains, some people are getting pretty fired up about the film’s convention-busting climax, worrying that it could lead impressionable future generations astray about what really happened at the end of World War II.

Posted on Aug 24, 2009 READ MORE


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Barney Frank’s Town Hall Throwdown

Ever wonder whether it gets a touch exasperating for politicians to face angry throngs of American citizens at those unruly gatherings everyone quaintly insists on calling “town hall meetings”? Well, witness Barney Frank, here, on the brink of a town hall snap (or two) in this bit from Wednesday’s “Daily Show.”

Posted on Aug 20, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


Pope Benedict XVI
AP photo / Alessandra Tarantino

Consider the Source

Now a lot of folk will go along with the line that the Holy Father is so stupid—so utterly out of touch with Planet Earth—that he has no idea how disastrously his actions are received. Hmmm. Well, I wonder.

Posted on Feb 28, 2009 READ MORE


Williamson
topnews.in

Holocaust-Denying Bishop’s Apology Falls Flat at Vatican

The powers that be at the Vatican (at least the earthly variety) are even more upset with Bishop Richard Williamson now that he has apologized. After drawing outrage last month when he claimed that no Jews died in gas chambers during the Holocaust, he made an apology this week. The papacy found it inadequate, to say the least.

Posted on Feb 27, 2009 READ MORE


Holocaust Bishop
youtube.com

‘Holocaust Bishop’ Ordered to Recant

With a media-dubbed moniker that doesn’t look good for either party, the “Holocaust Bishop”—a British bishop recently un-excommunicated by the pope—is being told by the Vatican to recant his views after news broke that he “believe[s] there were no gas chambers [during World War II].”

Posted on Feb 4, 2009 READ MORE


Jewish Council Splits With Vatican Over Holocaust Denials

The Central Council of Jews in Germany has come to an impasse with the Roman Catholic Church after Pope Benedict XVI reintegrated four bishops into the Vatican’s fold, including British cleric Richard Williamson, who has taken a revisionist stance on the Holocaust in recent public statements.

Posted on Jan 29, 2009 READ MORE


Gaza protest
AP photo / Roberto Pfeil

Leave World War II Out of Gaza

I have long raged against any comparisons with the Second World War—whether of the Arafat-is-Hitler variety once deployed by Menachem Begin or of the anti-war- demonstrators-are- 1930s-appeasers, most recently used by George Bush and Lord Blair of Kut al-Amara.

Posted on Jan 16, 2009 READ MORE


Gaza graffiti
AP photo / Elizabeth Dalziel

Time to Stop the Mideast Comparisons

It all depends where you live. That was the geography of Israel’s propaganda, designed to demonstrate that we softies—we little baby-coddling liberals living in our secure Western homes—don’t realize the horror of 12 (now 20) Israeli deaths in 10 years and thousands of rockets and the unimaginable trauma and stress of living near Gaza.

Posted on Jan 10, 2009 READ MORE


Rosenblats
AP photo / J. Pat Carter

Yet Another Faux Memoir Exposed

The fluidity of memory aside, this is getting a little strange: Following in the footsteps of James Frey, Misha Defonseca and Margaret Seltzer, yet another “memoirist,” Herman Rosenblat, has admitted that his supposedly true story, “Angel at the Fence,” is a bit lacking in the truth department.

Posted on Dec 30, 2008 READ MORE


Falk
iphone.foxnews.com

Israel Blocks U.N. Envoy at Airport

There was no doubt as to Israel’s take on recent comments about Israeli-Palestinian relations made by United Nations official Richard Falk when he arrived Sunday at Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport, only to be denied entry and sent immediately back to Zurich.

Posted on Dec 15, 2008 READ MORE


lebensmensch
time.com

Austrian Rightist’s Postmortem Outing?

Two weeks after the death of Joerg Haider, former leader of the far-right Austrian Freedom Party, media attention has moved from Haider’s fascistic political life to his personal life, with the politician’s sexual identity undergoing a bit of a queering, much to the surprise of his ultranationalistic supporters. Haider was a 58-year-old married father of two.

Posted on Oct 24, 2008 READ MORE


Berlin monument
AP photo / Markus Schreiber

Remembering the Holocaust’s Persecuted Gays

Berlin’s mayor, Klaus Wowereit, was on hand for the inauguration of a new memorial in the German capital dedicated to the 55,000 gay men who were branded criminals by the Nazi regime before and during World War II—and of whom about 15,000 were killed in Nazi camps. Above, the artists who created the monument.

Posted on May 27, 2008 READ MORE


Bush
commons.wikimedia.org

Democrats Condemn Bush’s ‘Appeaser’ Comment

While addressing the Israeli Knesset, President Bush referred to the willingness of “some” to speak with unsavory leaders such as Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and he went on to compare them to those who sought to appease the Nazis before World War II. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton set aside their differences on diplomacy long enough to take objection to that statement.

Posted on May 15, 2008 READ MORE


Anne Frank musical
AP photo / Victor R. Caivano

Anne Frank: The Musical

There’s an adage that cautions against making jokes about such categorically unfunny topics as the Holocaust ... but how about making musicals? This just in: The BBC brings word from Spain of the staging of a new musical, “Anne Frank: A Song to Life,” which at times features “Kitty,” a perhaps unwisely (and too literally) conceived character.

Posted on Feb 22, 2008 READ MORE


Auschwitz photo
U.S. Holocaust Memoral Museum via The New York Times

Auschwitz From Another Angle

A newly released series of photos taken at Auschwitz and sent last year to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum shows Nazi officers and female SS members in a bafflingly banal (cf. Hannah Arendt) array of activities:  singing, relaxing, laughing on group getaways, and even lighting Christmas trees.

Posted on Sep 19, 2007 READ MORE


Colbert and Kos

Kos vs. Colbert

DailyKos proprietor Markos Moulitsas joins Stephen Colbert to defend his super popular blog, which “Papa Bear” Bill O’Reilly has repeatedly compared to the work of the KKK and the Nazis.

Posted on Aug 16, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN


execution
news.bbc.co.uk

Russians Get a Lead in Beheading Case

Russian authorities have arrested a student for allegedly posting a video of the apparent execution of two men by a neo-Nazi group, although authorities still don’t know who recorded the video or carried out the attack.

Posted on Aug 16, 2007 READ MORE


Prescott Bush
wikipedia.org

Bush’s Grandfather Linked to Fascist Plot

Back in the 1930s a general by the name of Smedley Butler exposed a plot to overthrow the government of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and install a fascist oligarchy backed by some of America’s most powerful business leaders and conservatives. Prescott Bush, grandfather of George W., was among those linked to the plan. BBC Radio investigates.

Posted on Jul 25, 2007 READ MORE


guantanamo program

Guantanamo on (Iranian) TV

Sometimes the best way to tell what other nations think of the U.S. is to see how Americans are depicted in entertainment products.  Judging by this translated excerpt from the Iranian television drama “Guantanamo” (granted, subject matter must also weigh heavily in the equation), our international PR leaves a lot to be desired.

Posted on Jun 20, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN


Ravensbruck
wikipedia.org

Woman Deported Over Secret Nazi Past

Elfriede Rinkel, 84, was deported on Sept. 1 after U.S. officials discovered her past as a guard at a Nazi concentration camp.  For almost five decades no one knew her secret, including the Jewish man she married.

Posted on Sep 21, 2006 READ MORE


Rumsfeld
From defendamerica.mil

Rumsfeld Goes Off the Deep End

The Secretary of Defense compared critics of the war in Iraq to Nazi appeasers, saying the critics have failed to heed the lessons of history. (story and video)
History, huh? Well, based on current policy, one imagines that Rumsfeld would have recommended invading China in response to the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor.

Posted on Aug 29, 2006 READ MORE


Families Demand Compensation for WWII Deportations

More than 200 families have threatened the French state railway with legal action if it refuses to compensate them for its role in transporting relatives to death camps during WWII. The railway companies argue they were forced to carry out the deportations, though a court in June sided with victims’ families.

Posted on Aug 29, 2006 READ MORE


U.S. Recruiters Reportedly Admitting Neo-Nazis to Military

Need more evidence that our military is stretched too thin? Its ranks reportedly are now being filled with the kind of military ambassadors particularly unsuited to the task of winning foreign hearts and minds.

Posted on Jul 7, 2006 READ MORE


Anne Frank comparison

Memo to Pundits and Pols: No More Holocaust Comparisons

That’s the advice of a Washington Post reporter, who says that no one should ever compare anything to the Nazis, Hitler or the Holocaust. Even if you’re talking, as Sen. Dick Durbin recently was, about the prisoner mistreatment scandal at Gitmo, it will always backfire. Other examples:

  • FreeRepublic.com and Accuracy in Media pull the “Anne Frank card” on the N.Y. Times.
  • CNN Host Glenn Beck uses a Holocaust comparison for the N.Y. Times, too.
  • Posted on Jul 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Glenn Beck
    From MediaMatters

    CNN Host Compares Gore to Hitler

    “Headline News” host Glenn Beck said Al Gore’s story-telling methods in his global warming movie, “An Inconvenient Truth,” were like those of Hitler. “Hitler said a little bit of truth,” Beck said, “and then he mixed in ‘and it’s the Jews’ fault.’ ”

    Posted on Jun 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Will Racism Bring Violence to World Cup?

    Soccer fans mocked with monkey noises and spit on Nigerian forward Adebowale Ogungbure as he left a soccer field in Germany in late March. It sounds like a story from another decade, but this type of violent racism might just destroy this year’s World Cup. The NYT offers a must-read piece about the recent surge in racist sentiment among European soccer fans.

    Posted on Jun 3, 2006 READ MORE


    AL Gore smear
    From crooksandliars.com

    Exxon-Backed Pundit Compares Gore to Nazi Propagandist

    Sure, it’s despicable. But it’s also a bit gratifying to see how low Big Oil has to stoop to try to squelch Al Gore’s message.

    Posted on May 24, 2006 READ MORE


    In Defense of Free Thought

    On Monday an Austrian court sentenced crackpot British historian David Irving to three years’ imprisonment for having denied the Holocaust 17 years ago.  Directly on the heels of rioting sparked by the Muhammad cartoons, the ruling has exposed a longstanding double standard in the West about who is entitled to free speech and why.

    Posted on Feb 21, 2006 READ MORE


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