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Hitler’s paintings to be sold at auction next week – New York Post

The notorious leader of the Nazi party was also an amateur painter.

Four paintings ascribed to Adolf Hitler, as well as an unsigned piece thought to painted by the notorious Fuhrer,will be up for auction next Thursday at the Ludlow Racecourse in Shropshire, England.

The four works of art all bear the signature A. Hitler, and two of the paintings are dated in the early 1900s. Each painting has a price tag between $6,000 and $9,000, according to the Shropshire Star.

The signed paintings include a village street scene, an Alpine bouquet with edelweiss, a scene depicting the town gate at Durnstein in Hitlers native Austria and a still life showing a clock, fruit and flowers.

The unsigned painting up for auction shows the grave of Hitlers half-niece, Geli Raubel. The Nazi leader was romantically involved with Raubel, who committed suicide in 1931 with Hitlers pistol. The painting is thought to have been produced by Hitler.

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We have sold [Hitlers] paintings in previous sales, ranging between 600 and 1200 ($800 and $1,500), Ben Jones, a consultant for Mullocks Specialist Auctioneers and Valuers, the company auctioning the paintings next week, told The Post via email. We offer all sorts of items some with darker history than others and for whatever reason, it is these items that attract most attention.

While his paintings have sold for a range of prices, one of Hitlers works of art was sold for nearly $115,000 to a Chinese buyer in 2015.

Hitler is estimated to have created between 2,000 and 3,000 drawings, watercolors and oil paintings in his lifetime. A number of his paintings are on display at The International Museum of World War II in Massachusetts.

Kenneth Rendell, the founder and director of the Museum of World War II, told The Post that the Nazi leaders brush skills wouldnt place him amongst the greats.

They are not good paintings at all, they are very ordinary, he said. Theres no life to them. I think theyre very good at illustrating more of what Hitler was really like.

Rendell said visitors to the museum tend to notice the paintings lack of life. He added that while German propaganda portrayed Hitler as a great figure who loved the young and old, his paintings reveal something different, exposing Hitlers boring and ordinary lifestyle.

To me, they are so ordinary that anyone could do them, Rendell said. If they had been paintedby anyone else, they would have been thrown away a long time ago.

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Hitler’s House Seizure Backed by Court Amid Nazi Shrine Fears – NBCNews.com

A stone outside Adolf Hitler’s birthplace reads: “For peace, freedom and democracy, never again fascism, millions of dead are a warning.” LEONHARD FOEGER / Reuters

In December, the government said they planned to remodel the building and turn it into a home for disabled people.

“Instead of demolishing history, we want to create an antithesis to the Nazi regime,” Josef Puehringer, governor of the state of Upper Austria, said at the time.

The government, which has been renting the house since 1972, was using it as a center for people with disabilities. But the organization using the building vacated after the owner refused to carry out necessary renovations.

Pommer’s lawyer, Gerhard Lebitsch, told NBC News his client would likely take the case to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

Lebitsch also said his client had gone to school in Braunau am Inn and had lived in the house for several years.

“There are many personal memories attached to the house,” he said.

Lebitsch separately told reporters his client felt the states purchase offers were too low.

The offers regarding the purchasing price were half-hearted, he said. At best it was the sale value of a regular house. There were never any serious talks. Always everything got blocked.

Andy Eckardt reported from Berlin. Carlo Angerer reported from Warsaw. Saphora Smith reported from London.

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Killing Hitler Isn’t as Easy as It Sounds – VICE

In November of 1939, an ordinary German named Georg Elser tried and failed to kill Adolf Hitler with a homemade explosive device in Munich. That failed attempt, as well as the motivations behind it, are the subject of 13 Minutes, the latest film by Oliver Hirschbiegel. You might recognize the German director’s name from Downfall, a 2004 drama that depicted Hitler’s final days. It was nominated for an Oscar, but is mostly remembered for the climactic scene of Hitler totally losing his shit as he realizes that he’s screwed, which became the source of a fount of early memes.

We talked to Hirschbiegel about why he decided to make another film about Hitler, how he feels about the Downfall memes, and what he thinks about the debate on killing baby Hitler (really).

VICE: Why did you decide to make this film? Oliver Hirschbiegel: I was fascinated by this character, because he was always a bit of a riddle to me. He’s not political, he’s not the follower of an ideology, he grew up in a religious background but he’s not a religious man. What he does comes from an inner conviction that he feels something has to be donethat it’s all going to end in disaster, and if nobody else does something, he has to. There’s not that many examples of that in history. He’s nearly clairvoyantit’s a time when [the Nazis] have attacked Poland, but they haven’t declared war on the rest of the world.

It’s astonishing that he saw clearly what was coming, when the rest of the world was still impressed with Hitler. It’s often forgotten that, until at least 1936 or 1937, Hitler was the most charismatic, powerful figure in politics. At the Olympic games in Berlin, everybody raised their arms to greet Hitlereven the Americans, because Hitler gave work to the people and rebuilt the economy. Everybody was in awe.

Is there something instructive to be found in the film as far as current-day political issues are concerned? The world was very different when I was shooting the film, and it’s always tricky to use historical material to tell people what to think and do. I leave gaps for the audience to come up with their own interpretations. I don’t like films with a message. I treat my audience as intelligent beings and give them a chance to put one and one together.

Given the success and widespread recognition of Downfall, why did you want to return to this subject matter? I didn’t. It’s a very unpleasant subject. I guess I just couldn’t resist the challenge to go back to the beginning and show how Nazism slowly creeps into all corners of societynot just in the big city, but in the countryside. Georg is a fascinating character. I identify with him because I have the same beliefsI never understood the concept of borders, and I was always a curious person believing in freedom of speech. I never understood the concept of racism or anti-Semitism. It’s a totally alien world to me, and it is to him too.

Is Georg’s story well-known in Germany? Now it is. That’s one of the achievements I’m proud of. Elser did not get the recognition he deserved for decades. It took twenty years until he and his people were properly recognized as resistance fighters. The whole system back then was built on the concept of obedience. You obeyed the orders of your superiors, and anybody who didn’t was a traitor.

When the Kent State massacre took place in the US, it took the general public a while to acknowledge that the protesters were victims. Do you think that there’s something about humanity that causes us to have delayed recognition when revolution’s actually taking place? It’s one thing to recognize it and another to actually do something. In a repressive system, even just refusing to become a member of the party causes great harm unto your loved ones. Before you know it, your children aren’t allowed at school anymore and you’re cut off subsidies. Actually doing something in the offensive is taking a great risk, and you need a lot of courage to see it through.

I have the highest respect for somebody like Edward Snowden, who knowingly did what he did because he had to. He felt there was something so wrong and nobody was doing anything about it, so he willingly put his whole life at stake. He knows he will never see his parents or loved ones again, but he sees it through. I admire him tremendously. He’s not a political personit comes from his innermost conviction, just like Elser.

In America last year, there was this very brief national conversation surrounding the question, “If you had the chance to go back in time and kill Hitler when he was a baby, would you?” Some of our presidential candidates weighed in on it. Oh.

When you hear that, what is your reaction? That’s rather shocking. The idea to kill a baby in itself is so absurd that I wouldn’t know how to answer. The way I grew up, my belief is that no human being has the right to take another human being’s lifeand that continues with all the other human rights. Torture’s out of the question. We don’t have the right to do something with one of ours that we would not even do to an animal.

Now, if you go into a situation where there’s a tyrant who causes an obvious threat to possibly thousands of your own people and other people, that’s tyrant slaying. It’s still killing a person, but it’s for the sake of saving many other lives. As the Bible says, it’s just. I would personally still have a big problem with killing somebody, though.

Do you believe in God? Yes, but I’m not religious. I believe there is an entity, a force in the universe everywhere around the world that writes destinythat looks after us. My belief is closer to shamanism, you know? Ancient wisdom is what I believe in, and that quickly leads to common sense. It’s surprising how often common sense is a great help when it comes to conflict in the world. Stay curious, stay awake, don’t stay in your bubble, look to the other side. What’s this person’s reason? Why is he angry at you? What drives him to do that? What can you do to make him stop and think about it? The minute you talk about something, you start a process that most likely prevents aggression. That’s all common sense.

Downfall had a very strange second life on the Internet. I’m proud of that. There’s not a single scene ever been mocked up that many times, ever since we released the film. Basically all of them are tremendously funnylots of creativity goes in there. Just think of Charlie Chaplin in The Great Dictator. What’s the best weapon to fight that kind of repression and joylessness? Laughter. The minute you laugh, you’re in a good way, right?

Do you have a favorite Downfall meme? There were so many, but I loved one that was rather recent, when what’s his namefor Christ’s sake, the now Foreign Minister of the Brits. The key guy supporting Brexit.

Nigel Farage? Nope, the other guy.

Boris Johnson? Boris Johnson! Thank you very much. Ah, Christ, my brain. If you want to have a good laugh, go on the internet and check out that mockup. It’s brilliant. Everything they say there, as ridiculous as it is, it happened like that. He’s losing it, yelling, “What?! We won? We were never supposed to win! What the fuck is going on!” It’s so funny and so true at the same time.

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Hitler cautions military against invasion of Gbaramatu – Vanguard

By Tare Youdeowei Ijaw leader, Chief Beck Hitler has cautioned the Federal Government and the military against the incessant invasion of Gbaramatu Kingdom in Delta State.

Hitler, who spoke yesterday in Warri, said that the recent military invasion of Oporoza community in Gbaramatu Kingdom, was not proper and called on acting President Yemi Osinbajo, to prevail on the military stop same.

He said, The invasion of Oporoza by the military with gunboats and war aircraft is condemnable and unacceptable, it is pure intimidation and oppression of innocent people of Gbaramatu Kingdom. The people of Gbaramatu are law abiding and peace loving, Gbaramatu is not a war zone, therefore, the Federal Government should stop the military from further invasion of the kingdom.

Gbaramatu Kingdom contributes greatly to the survival of the country, we expect the Federal Government to embark on massive human and infrastructural development in all the communities there, and not the unnecessary military invasion.

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Adolf Hitler is not living in Argentina by the name of Herman … – Metro – Metro

People fell for a spoof article that this was Hitler it is not

People appear to have fallen for a satirical article about Adolf Hitler still being alive and living in Argentina.

To get things clear from the start, hes not. But that hasnt stopped the story being picked up by reputable news sources and shared widely, particularly in South America.

If he was he would be 128 years old six years older than the officially recognised oldest person that ever lived,Jeanne Calment (18751997), who was 122 years and 164 days old when she died.

The report stemmed from a spoof website that said he was living in the country as Herman Gunthenberg after being issued a fake passport by the Gestapo.

It also states that Mr Gunthenberg had revealed his true identity after Mossad (Israels secret service) scaled back its hunt for Nazis last year.

Earlier this year it was claimed thatAdolf Hitler didnt shoot himself in the ruins of Berlin. Instead, he used a secret runway next to his bunker to escape in a military plane.

A new documentary, Hunting Hitler on the History Channel, claims that the Fuhrer was spirited away to a secret military compound in Argentina, where he plotted to rebuild his Reich.

The film-makers say that solid evidence of Hitlers death is lacking and that there are hints that he escaped Berlin alive in 1945.

Other prominent Nazis such as Auschwitzs Angel of Death Josef Mengele were spirited out of Germany by SS officers in the last days of the war.

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Should You Call Someone Hitler? Here’s What the Man Behind Godwin’s Law Thinks – TIME

Adolf Hitler (1889 – 1945) in Munich in the spring of 1932. (Photo by Heinrich Hoffmann/Archive Photos/Getty Images)Heinrich HoffmannGetty Images

The code that runs the World Wide Web was still being written when attorney Mike Godwin came up with a simple law: Sooner or later in any online argument, someone will bring up Hitler .

Today, the 1990 adage known as Godwin’s Law seems more appropriate than ever, as social media has turned civil discourse into a never-ending series of flame wars.

But Godwin, 60, who now serves as a senior fellow at the R Street Institute in Washington, D.C., says that’s an inevitable consequence of free speech . He’d prefer it if people would stop and think before bringing up World War II analogies , but he’s not against it in every single case.

In fact, Godwin recently weighed in when a journalist clapped back at white nationalist Richard Spencer online.

Godwin talked to TIME about how to make internet discourse civil, his newest law and the best way safeguard the internet for its purpose: sharing knowledge.

TIME: So do people mention Godwins law when you use a credit card? I was a celebrity at a bicycle shop for all of twenty minutes after a guy looked at my credit card and said Do you know Godwins law? and I said, Well, Im Godwin. We basically just took selfies. Once, a colleague finally realized it was me. He assumed Godwin was a mythical figure or some dead guy.

It’s obvious you have a pulse on social media where the Hitler comparisons you predicted are rampant. You can’t just chalk that up to Trump right? As far as I know, every President who has been President from the time I got on the internet has been compared by someone to Hitler. People compared President Obama to Hitler. People have forgotten there were pictures of Obama with a Hitler moustache. That talk was crazy.

Im not going to tell people whether to compare Obama or Trump to Hitler. Its the government of the United States, and thats very hard to destroy with a cult of personality because we have a lot of institutional inertia by design.

Would you say Trumps impact makes the comparisons to fascism online more frequent? I think so. Theres always been a general upward trend, peaking at election times. I think President Trumps campaign was so populist and so outside the political establishment that it inspired people to reach for the comparisons because weve never had a President like this come in as a media personality outsider.

Isnt it lazy to go there? Of course it is. If you want to say something more powerful than the last person who disagreed with you said, people volunteer the rhetorical comparisons because they havent thought hard about history and whats different between now and Germany in the 1930s or Cambodia in the 1970s.

When do you believe its a fair shake? I urge people to develop enough perspective to do it thoughtfully. If you think the comparison is valid, and youve given it some thought, do it. All I ask you to do is think about the human beings capable of acting very badly. We have to keep the magnitude of those events in mind, and not be glib. Our society needs to be more humane, more civilized and to grow up.

Any idea how to stop the glib references? A lot of education reform. If I ran the world, I would strengthen both history and scientific education in the United States. If we fostered more self-criticism and self-skepticism, I think that would do much to prevent rhetorical meanness and mean spiritedness on the internet, of which Hitler comparisons are only a tiny part.

We are in mid-adolescence culturally. When you reach adolescence, you’re not fully socialized. If we’re more self-aware, we can use social media with newfound growth and muscles.

Speaking of growth, now that time has passed, do you have amendments to Godwins law or a second law youd propose? Ive suggested another law that has nothing to do with social media. Its about how governments value their ability to do surveillance. Theyve been addicted to it since the telephone. Its very hard to persuade governments using communications network surveillance to stop, so thats why surveillance is like crack cocaine.

When it comes to information people want out there, you fought for the First Amendment to apply to the internet. How do such visible members of the alt right movement shape our national dialogue? Its better for people who espouse ideologies to make their views known. We cant pretend nobody really believes these things and that these impulses are a part of the past and were safe. Things people did years ago are alive and well and people are expressing it so censorship is not typically the right response.

Some of the prominent people are who are pretty awful. I cant imagine how people can say such thing and live with themselves.

Do you believe people should be able to shield themselves from other peoples opinions online? I support anybodys right not to hear speech that causes pain. If theyre blocking other people, thats good. Let them.

Is it OK for the President to block people who criticize him or not? Theres some effort to try to insist that Donald Trump cant personally unblock political dissent. That probably doesnt win, even though I believe in government transparency. I think thats a loser, I think we have a right to speak to him. We dont have a right to insist that the President hear everything. Thats the nature of the office of government. I think if it ever reaches a judgment, the Presidents prerogative to block people from his Twitter will be found to be OK.

Whats the best way to protect the internet as a platform for innovative ideas? There are two ways. International agreements on internet rights and principles to try to push an internet consensus.

And we cant be reflexive on the latest terrible thing we see happen on the internet. If someone says a hateful thing, people will say we should require Twitter to read everyones tweets and ban people, and make it a crime and have the FBI investigate it. We have to be patient because when you have freedom of speech, its 100%. Open societies need to tolerate that people use their freedom badly sometimes.

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Japanese Central Banker Praises Hitler’s Economic Policies – New York Times

TOKYO A Bank of Japan policymaker praised Adolf Hitler’s economic policies on Thursday, but said they enabled the Nazi dictator to do “horrible” things to the world.

Yutaka Harada, a member of the board of Japan’s central bank, said Western policymakers helped bring Hitler to power by being slow to apply John Maynard Keynes’ proposals to fight the Great Depression.

Hitler had taken “wonderful” fiscal and monetary stimulus steps, which in turn led to “something horrible for the world” as his strengthened grip on power led to the Holocaust and massive human casualties during World War Two, Harada said in a seminar on monetary policy in Tokyo.

Hitler became German chancellor in 1933.

“Because Hitler had taken appropriate fiscal and monetary policy steps, tragedy resulted. What I’m saying is that someone should have taken appropriate fiscal and monetary policy steps before Hitler did,” said Harada, an academic-turned BOJ policymaker.

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German drama ’13 Minutes’ details 1939 assassination attempt on Hitler – Los Angeles Times

A man is placing sticks of dynamite into a wall and setting a timer. Intensely focused and sweating profusely, he’s under a lot of stress, and no wonder. The date is Nov. 8, 1939, the place is Munich, the target is Adolf Hitler.

Inspired by a plot against der Fhrer that most people have never heard of, a lone wolf endeavor that came within the titular 13 Minutes of succeeding, this Oliver Hirschbiegel-directed German drama tells a fascinating but inevitably grim story, both more interesting and more downbeat than one might anticipate.

Given that the director is Hirschbeigel, best known in this country for the Oscar-nominated Downfall, source of endless ranting Hitler memes, it is not surprising that 13 Minutes is a solidly made, straight-ahead depiction of events.

What is unexpected, besides the details of the out-of-nowhere plot and unwelcome scenes of realistic torture and death, is the unusual personality and character of plotter Georg Elser.

As played by Christian Friedel, previously seen in Michael Hanekes The White Ribbon, Elser is a most unlikely plotter. Though left leaning, he was resolutely apolitical. A small-town carpenter and clockmaker from Knigsbronn in the Swabia region of Bavaria, he did not fit anyones profile of a potential assassin.

So how did this man get to the position where only an unforeseeable, last-minute schedule change kept him from assassinating Hitler and preventing the Second World War?

Unlike some films based on history, 13 Minutes does not play games with us. We see almost at once that Elsers scheme did not succeed and, as written by Fred Breinersdorfer and Leonie-Claire Breinersdorfer, the film goes back and forth between his capture and interrogation and flashbacks to his pre-plot life.

Doing the interrogating are a classic good cop/bad cop duo. The good cop is Arthur Nebe (Burghart Klaussner), head of Germany’s Criminal Police, while, inevitably, the bad guy is chief of the Gestapo Heinrich Mller (Johann von Blow).

The Gestapo being first among equals, when Elser refuses to talk, Mller’s fairly graphic methods of torture are tried first, an agonizing situation, which frankly the film would have been better off without. Anyone who needs convincing at this point that the Nazis were not softies is probably not worth reaching.

A more experienced interrogator, Nebe has better luck, largely because he threatens to torture Elsers family as well as Elsa (Katharina Schttler), the key woman in his life, if answers are not forthcoming.

Before the mechanics of the plot get detailed, we see Elser’s carefree life, starting with pleasant time spent across the border in Switzerland. Something of a free spirit, he’s a musician as well as an incorrigible womanizer who has zero interest in commitment, romantic or otherwise.

When family troubles bring him back to Germany, Elser hangs out with old friend and zealous Communist Josef Schurr (David Zimmerschied), but women are still his extracurricular interest of choice.

Elsers life changes radically when he meets Elsa, who is attracted to him but married to a thuggish alcoholic lout. An affair begins anyway, and a key focus of 13 Minutes is the complexities of that risky relationship.

13 Minutes also deals with the specifics of Elsers plot, and the way his confession frustrates interrogators Nebe and Mller.

For though Elser insists he acted on his own, which happens to be the truth, Hitler is convinced that he is only the front man for a more wide-ranging conspiracy. He puts his underlings in the Kafkaesque situation of trying to get the stubborn Elser to confess to something that was not true.

Perhaps the most interesting question 13 Minutes raises but doesnt totally answer is why this ordinary, nonpolitical German got so radicalized by Hitlers policies that he attempted this cataclysmic act.

A man who always went his own way, Elser seemed to see things clearer than his fellow countrymen. Why do they all follow this gangster? he asks at one point, foreseeing bloodshed in the future and adding, Someone has to stop this madman, it has to happen.

To his interrogators, Elser insists I am a free human being. I have to do whats right. In fact his position was so unpopular for so long that as recently as 2014 German Chancellor Angela Merkel made news when she acknowledged Elsers heroism. Why so few Germans saw things the way he did, or acted on their feelings if they did, is a question no film can answer.

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Alone in Berlin review couple wage a quiet war against Hitler … – The Guardian

Strong performances Brendan Gleeson and Emma Thompson. Photograph: Marcel Hartman/X Filme

Here is a handsomely produced and solidly acted period drama set in Nazi Germany, based on the postwar novel by Hans Fallada and based on a true-life case.

Brendan Gleeson and Emma Thompson play Otto and Anna Quangel, a middle-aged couple in Berlin in 1940. Hating the Nazis and galvanised by grief and rage at the loss of their son in battle, they embark on tiny but very dangerous acts of resistance: leaving anonymous anti-Hitler postcards in stairwells and public places a capital crime. Daniel Brhl plays the police inspector on their trail, using flags on a city map showing the whereabouts of cards handed in to the authorities to calculate where the culprit might live.

Part of the storys potency lies in the fact that this is a kind of resistance that anyone can imagine carrying out, however timid, however lonely, however secretly convinced that its effects are likely to be minimal but also that it requires the weird tenacity and organisation of a serial killer. More than once, Alone in Berlin reminded me of Fritz Langs M.

Gleeson, Thompson and Brhl give strong performances and this is a well-carpentered film.

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Hitler’s paintings to be sold at auction next week – New York Post

The notorious leader of the Nazi party was also an amateur painter. Four paintings ascribed to Adolf Hitler, as well as an unsigned piece thought to painted by the notorious Fuhrer,will be up for auction next Thursday at the Ludlow Racecourse in Shropshire, England. The four works of art all bear the signature A. Hitler, and two of the paintings are dated in the early 1900s. Each painting has a price tag between $6,000 and $9,000, according to the Shropshire Star. The signed paintings include a village street scene, an Alpine bouquet with edelweiss, a scene depicting the town gate at Durnstein in Hitlers native Austria and a still life showing a clock, fruit and flowers. The unsigned painting up for auction shows the grave of Hitlers half-niece, Geli Raubel. The Nazi leader was romantically involved with Raubel, who committed suicide in 1931 with Hitlers pistol. The painting is thought to have been produced by Hitler. Caters News Agency Caters News Agency Caters News Agency Caters News Agency Caters News Agency The Islanders have a top priority come Saturday, and its… We have sold [Hitlers] paintings in previous sales, ranging between 600 and 1200 ($800 and $1,500), Ben Jones, a consultant for Mullocks Specialist Auctioneers and Valuers, the company auctioning the paintings next week, told The Post via email. We offer all sorts of items some with darker history than others and for whatever reason, it is these items that attract most attention. While his paintings have sold for a range of prices, one of Hitlers works of art was sold for nearly $115,000 to a Chinese buyer in 2015. Hitler is estimated to have created between 2,000 and 3,000 drawings, watercolors and oil paintings in his lifetime. A number of his paintings are on display at The International Museum of World War II in Massachusetts. Kenneth Rendell, the founder and director of the Museum of World War II, told The Post that the Nazi leaders brush skills wouldnt place him amongst the greats. They are not good paintings at all, they are very ordinary, he said. Theres no life to them. I think theyre very good at illustrating more of what Hitler was really like. Rendell said visitors to the museum tend to notice the paintings lack of life. He added that while German propaganda portrayed Hitler as a great figure who loved the young and old, his paintings reveal something different, exposing Hitlers boring and ordinary lifestyle. To me, they are so ordinary that anyone could do them, Rendell said. If they had been paintedby anyone else, they would have been thrown away a long time ago.

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Hitler’s House Seizure Backed by Court Amid Nazi Shrine Fears – NBCNews.com

A stone outside Adolf Hitler’s birthplace reads: “For peace, freedom and democracy, never again fascism, millions of dead are a warning.” LEONHARD FOEGER / Reuters In December, the government said they planned to remodel the building and turn it into a home for disabled people. “Instead of demolishing history, we want to create an antithesis to the Nazi regime,” Josef Puehringer, governor of the state of Upper Austria, said at the time. The government, which has been renting the house since 1972, was using it as a center for people with disabilities. But the organization using the building vacated after the owner refused to carry out necessary renovations. Pommer’s lawyer, Gerhard Lebitsch, told NBC News his client would likely take the case to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. Lebitsch also said his client had gone to school in Braunau am Inn and had lived in the house for several years. “There are many personal memories attached to the house,” he said. Lebitsch separately told reporters his client felt the states purchase offers were too low. The offers regarding the purchasing price were half-hearted, he said. At best it was the sale value of a regular house. There were never any serious talks. Always everything got blocked. Andy Eckardt reported from Berlin. Carlo Angerer reported from Warsaw. Saphora Smith reported from London.

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Killing Hitler Isn’t as Easy as It Sounds – VICE

In November of 1939, an ordinary German named Georg Elser tried and failed to kill Adolf Hitler with a homemade explosive device in Munich. That failed attempt, as well as the motivations behind it, are the subject of 13 Minutes, the latest film by Oliver Hirschbiegel. You might recognize the German director’s name from Downfall, a 2004 drama that depicted Hitler’s final days. It was nominated for an Oscar, but is mostly remembered for the climactic scene of Hitler totally losing his shit as he realizes that he’s screwed, which became the source of a fount of early memes. We talked to Hirschbiegel about why he decided to make another film about Hitler, how he feels about the Downfall memes, and what he thinks about the debate on killing baby Hitler (really). VICE: Why did you decide to make this film? Oliver Hirschbiegel: I was fascinated by this character, because he was always a bit of a riddle to me. He’s not political, he’s not the follower of an ideology, he grew up in a religious background but he’s not a religious man. What he does comes from an inner conviction that he feels something has to be donethat it’s all going to end in disaster, and if nobody else does something, he has to. There’s not that many examples of that in history. He’s nearly clairvoyantit’s a time when [the Nazis] have attacked Poland, but they haven’t declared war on the rest of the world. It’s astonishing that he saw clearly what was coming, when the rest of the world was still impressed with Hitler. It’s often forgotten that, until at least 1936 or 1937, Hitler was the most charismatic, powerful figure in politics. At the Olympic games in Berlin, everybody raised their arms to greet Hitlereven the Americans, because Hitler gave work to the people and rebuilt the economy. Everybody was in awe. Is there something instructive to be found in the film as far as current-day political issues are concerned? The world was very different when I was shooting the film, and it’s always tricky to use historical material to tell people what to think and do. I leave gaps for the audience to come up with their own interpretations. I don’t like films with a message. I treat my audience as intelligent beings and give them a chance to put one and one together. Given the success and widespread recognition of Downfall, why did you want to return to this subject matter? I didn’t. It’s a very unpleasant subject. I guess I just couldn’t resist the challenge to go back to the beginning and show how Nazism slowly creeps into all corners of societynot just in the big city, but in the countryside. Georg is a fascinating character. I identify with him because I have the same beliefsI never understood the concept of borders, and I was always a curious person believing in freedom of speech. I never understood the concept of racism or anti-Semitism. It’s a totally alien world to me, and it is to him too. Is Georg’s story well-known in Germany? Now it is. That’s one of the achievements I’m proud of. Elser did not get the recognition he deserved for decades. It took twenty years until he and his people were properly recognized as resistance fighters. The whole system back then was built on the concept of obedience. You obeyed the orders of your superiors, and anybody who didn’t was a traitor. When the Kent State massacre took place in the US, it took the general public a while to acknowledge that the protesters were victims. Do you think that there’s something about humanity that causes us to have delayed recognition when revolution’s actually taking place? It’s one thing to recognize it and another to actually do something. In a repressive system, even just refusing to become a member of the party causes great harm unto your loved ones. Before you know it, your children aren’t allowed at school anymore and you’re cut off subsidies. Actually doing something in the offensive is taking a great risk, and you need a lot of courage to see it through. I have the highest respect for somebody like Edward Snowden, who knowingly did what he did because he had to. He felt there was something so wrong and nobody was doing anything about it, so he willingly put his whole life at stake. He knows he will never see his parents or loved ones again, but he sees it through. I admire him tremendously. He’s not a political personit comes from his innermost conviction, just like Elser. In America last year, there was this very brief national conversation surrounding the question, “If you had the chance to go back in time and kill Hitler when he was a baby, would you?” Some of our presidential candidates weighed in on it. Oh. When you hear that, what is your reaction? That’s rather shocking. The idea to kill a baby in itself is so absurd that I wouldn’t know how to answer. The way I grew up, my belief is that no human being has the right to take another human being’s lifeand that continues with all the other human rights. Torture’s out of the question. We don’t have the right to do something with one of ours that we would not even do to an animal. Now, if you go into a situation where there’s a tyrant who causes an obvious threat to possibly thousands of your own people and other people, that’s tyrant slaying. It’s still killing a person, but it’s for the sake of saving many other lives. As the Bible says, it’s just. I would personally still have a big problem with killing somebody, though. Do you believe in God? Yes, but I’m not religious. I believe there is an entity, a force in the universe everywhere around the world that writes destinythat looks after us. My belief is closer to shamanism, you know? Ancient wisdom is what I believe in, and that quickly leads to common sense. It’s surprising how often common sense is a great help when it comes to conflict in the world. Stay curious, stay awake, don’t stay in your bubble, look to the other side. What’s this person’s reason? Why is he angry at you? What drives him to do that? What can you do to make him stop and think about it? The minute you talk about something, you start a process that most likely prevents aggression. That’s all common sense. Downfall had a very strange second life on the Internet. I’m proud of that. There’s not a single scene ever been mocked up that many times, ever since we released the film. Basically all of them are tremendously funnylots of creativity goes in there. Just think of Charlie Chaplin in The Great Dictator. What’s the best weapon to fight that kind of repression and joylessness? Laughter. The minute you laugh, you’re in a good way, right? Do you have a favorite Downfall meme? There were so many, but I loved one that was rather recent, when what’s his namefor Christ’s sake, the now Foreign Minister of the Brits. The key guy supporting Brexit. Nigel Farage? Nope, the other guy. Boris Johnson? Boris Johnson! Thank you very much. Ah, Christ, my brain. If you want to have a good laugh, go on the internet and check out that mockup. It’s brilliant. Everything they say there, as ridiculous as it is, it happened like that. He’s losing it, yelling, “What?! We won? We were never supposed to win! What the fuck is going on!” It’s so funny and so true at the same time. Follow Larry Fitzmaurice on Twitter.

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Hitler cautions military against invasion of Gbaramatu – Vanguard

By Tare Youdeowei Ijaw leader, Chief Beck Hitler has cautioned the Federal Government and the military against the incessant invasion of Gbaramatu Kingdom in Delta State. Hitler, who spoke yesterday in Warri, said that the recent military invasion of Oporoza community in Gbaramatu Kingdom, was not proper and called on acting President Yemi Osinbajo, to prevail on the military stop same. He said, The invasion of Oporoza by the military with gunboats and war aircraft is condemnable and unacceptable, it is pure intimidation and oppression of innocent people of Gbaramatu Kingdom. The people of Gbaramatu are law abiding and peace loving, Gbaramatu is not a war zone, therefore, the Federal Government should stop the military from further invasion of the kingdom. Gbaramatu Kingdom contributes greatly to the survival of the country, we expect the Federal Government to embark on massive human and infrastructural development in all the communities there, and not the unnecessary military invasion.

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Adolf Hitler is not living in Argentina by the name of Herman … – Metro – Metro

People fell for a spoof article that this was Hitler it is not People appear to have fallen for a satirical article about Adolf Hitler still being alive and living in Argentina. To get things clear from the start, hes not. But that hasnt stopped the story being picked up by reputable news sources and shared widely, particularly in South America. If he was he would be 128 years old six years older than the officially recognised oldest person that ever lived,Jeanne Calment (18751997), who was 122 years and 164 days old when she died. The report stemmed from a spoof website that said he was living in the country as Herman Gunthenberg after being issued a fake passport by the Gestapo. It also states that Mr Gunthenberg had revealed his true identity after Mossad (Israels secret service) scaled back its hunt for Nazis last year. Earlier this year it was claimed thatAdolf Hitler didnt shoot himself in the ruins of Berlin. Instead, he used a secret runway next to his bunker to escape in a military plane. A new documentary, Hunting Hitler on the History Channel, claims that the Fuhrer was spirited away to a secret military compound in Argentina, where he plotted to rebuild his Reich. The film-makers say that solid evidence of Hitlers death is lacking and that there are hints that he escaped Berlin alive in 1945. Other prominent Nazis such as Auschwitzs Angel of Death Josef Mengele were spirited out of Germany by SS officers in the last days of the war.

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Should You Call Someone Hitler? Here’s What the Man Behind Godwin’s Law Thinks – TIME

Adolf Hitler (1889 – 1945) in Munich in the spring of 1932. (Photo by Heinrich Hoffmann/Archive Photos/Getty Images)Heinrich HoffmannGetty Images The code that runs the World Wide Web was still being written when attorney Mike Godwin came up with a simple law: Sooner or later in any online argument, someone will bring up Hitler . Today, the 1990 adage known as Godwin’s Law seems more appropriate than ever, as social media has turned civil discourse into a never-ending series of flame wars. But Godwin, 60, who now serves as a senior fellow at the R Street Institute in Washington, D.C., says that’s an inevitable consequence of free speech . He’d prefer it if people would stop and think before bringing up World War II analogies , but he’s not against it in every single case. In fact, Godwin recently weighed in when a journalist clapped back at white nationalist Richard Spencer online. Godwin talked to TIME about how to make internet discourse civil, his newest law and the best way safeguard the internet for its purpose: sharing knowledge. TIME: So do people mention Godwins law when you use a credit card? I was a celebrity at a bicycle shop for all of twenty minutes after a guy looked at my credit card and said Do you know Godwins law? and I said, Well, Im Godwin. We basically just took selfies. Once, a colleague finally realized it was me. He assumed Godwin was a mythical figure or some dead guy. It’s obvious you have a pulse on social media where the Hitler comparisons you predicted are rampant. You can’t just chalk that up to Trump right? As far as I know, every President who has been President from the time I got on the internet has been compared by someone to Hitler. People compared President Obama to Hitler. People have forgotten there were pictures of Obama with a Hitler moustache. That talk was crazy. Im not going to tell people whether to compare Obama or Trump to Hitler. Its the government of the United States, and thats very hard to destroy with a cult of personality because we have a lot of institutional inertia by design. Would you say Trumps impact makes the comparisons to fascism online more frequent? I think so. Theres always been a general upward trend, peaking at election times. I think President Trumps campaign was so populist and so outside the political establishment that it inspired people to reach for the comparisons because weve never had a President like this come in as a media personality outsider. Isnt it lazy to go there? Of course it is. If you want to say something more powerful than the last person who disagreed with you said, people volunteer the rhetorical comparisons because they havent thought hard about history and whats different between now and Germany in the 1930s or Cambodia in the 1970s. When do you believe its a fair shake? I urge people to develop enough perspective to do it thoughtfully. If you think the comparison is valid, and youve given it some thought, do it. All I ask you to do is think about the human beings capable of acting very badly. We have to keep the magnitude of those events in mind, and not be glib. Our society needs to be more humane, more civilized and to grow up. Any idea how to stop the glib references? A lot of education reform. If I ran the world, I would strengthen both history and scientific education in the United States. If we fostered more self-criticism and self-skepticism, I think that would do much to prevent rhetorical meanness and mean spiritedness on the internet, of which Hitler comparisons are only a tiny part. We are in mid-adolescence culturally. When you reach adolescence, you’re not fully socialized. If we’re more self-aware, we can use social media with newfound growth and muscles. Speaking of growth, now that time has passed, do you have amendments to Godwins law or a second law youd propose? Ive suggested another law that has nothing to do with social media. Its about how governments value their ability to do surveillance. Theyve been addicted to it since the telephone. Its very hard to persuade governments using communications network surveillance to stop, so thats why surveillance is like crack cocaine. When it comes to information people want out there, you fought for the First Amendment to apply to the internet. How do such visible members of the alt right movement shape our national dialogue? Its better for people who espouse ideologies to make their views known. We cant pretend nobody really believes these things and that these impulses are a part of the past and were safe. Things people did years ago are alive and well and people are expressing it so censorship is not typically the right response. Some of the prominent people are who are pretty awful. I cant imagine how people can say such thing and live with themselves. Do you believe people should be able to shield themselves from other peoples opinions online? I support anybodys right not to hear speech that causes pain. If theyre blocking other people, thats good. Let them. Is it OK for the President to block people who criticize him or not? Theres some effort to try to insist that Donald Trump cant personally unblock political dissent. That probably doesnt win, even though I believe in government transparency. I think thats a loser, I think we have a right to speak to him. We dont have a right to insist that the President hear everything. Thats the nature of the office of government. I think if it ever reaches a judgment, the Presidents prerogative to block people from his Twitter will be found to be OK. Whats the best way to protect the internet as a platform for innovative ideas? There are two ways. International agreements on internet rights and principles to try to push an internet consensus. And we cant be reflexive on the latest terrible thing we see happen on the internet. If someone says a hateful thing, people will say we should require Twitter to read everyones tweets and ban people, and make it a crime and have the FBI investigate it. We have to be patient because when you have freedom of speech, its 100%. Open societies need to tolerate that people use their freedom badly sometimes.

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Japanese Central Banker Praises Hitler’s Economic Policies – New York Times

TOKYO A Bank of Japan policymaker praised Adolf Hitler’s economic policies on Thursday, but said they enabled the Nazi dictator to do “horrible” things to the world. Yutaka Harada, a member of the board of Japan’s central bank, said Western policymakers helped bring Hitler to power by being slow to apply John Maynard Keynes’ proposals to fight the Great Depression. Hitler had taken “wonderful” fiscal and monetary stimulus steps, which in turn led to “something horrible for the world” as his strengthened grip on power led to the Holocaust and massive human casualties during World War Two, Harada said in a seminar on monetary policy in Tokyo. Hitler became German chancellor in 1933. “Because Hitler had taken appropriate fiscal and monetary policy steps, tragedy resulted. What I’m saying is that someone should have taken appropriate fiscal and monetary policy steps before Hitler did,” said Harada, an academic-turned BOJ policymaker.

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German drama ’13 Minutes’ details 1939 assassination attempt on Hitler – Los Angeles Times

A man is placing sticks of dynamite into a wall and setting a timer. Intensely focused and sweating profusely, he’s under a lot of stress, and no wonder. The date is Nov. 8, 1939, the place is Munich, the target is Adolf Hitler. Inspired by a plot against der Fhrer that most people have never heard of, a lone wolf endeavor that came within the titular 13 Minutes of succeeding, this Oliver Hirschbiegel-directed German drama tells a fascinating but inevitably grim story, both more interesting and more downbeat than one might anticipate. Given that the director is Hirschbeigel, best known in this country for the Oscar-nominated Downfall, source of endless ranting Hitler memes, it is not surprising that 13 Minutes is a solidly made, straight-ahead depiction of events. What is unexpected, besides the details of the out-of-nowhere plot and unwelcome scenes of realistic torture and death, is the unusual personality and character of plotter Georg Elser. As played by Christian Friedel, previously seen in Michael Hanekes The White Ribbon, Elser is a most unlikely plotter. Though left leaning, he was resolutely apolitical. A small-town carpenter and clockmaker from Knigsbronn in the Swabia region of Bavaria, he did not fit anyones profile of a potential assassin. So how did this man get to the position where only an unforeseeable, last-minute schedule change kept him from assassinating Hitler and preventing the Second World War? Unlike some films based on history, 13 Minutes does not play games with us. We see almost at once that Elsers scheme did not succeed and, as written by Fred Breinersdorfer and Leonie-Claire Breinersdorfer, the film goes back and forth between his capture and interrogation and flashbacks to his pre-plot life. Doing the interrogating are a classic good cop/bad cop duo. The good cop is Arthur Nebe (Burghart Klaussner), head of Germany’s Criminal Police, while, inevitably, the bad guy is chief of the Gestapo Heinrich Mller (Johann von Blow). The Gestapo being first among equals, when Elser refuses to talk, Mller’s fairly graphic methods of torture are tried first, an agonizing situation, which frankly the film would have been better off without. Anyone who needs convincing at this point that the Nazis were not softies is probably not worth reaching. A more experienced interrogator, Nebe has better luck, largely because he threatens to torture Elsers family as well as Elsa (Katharina Schttler), the key woman in his life, if answers are not forthcoming. Before the mechanics of the plot get detailed, we see Elser’s carefree life, starting with pleasant time spent across the border in Switzerland. Something of a free spirit, he’s a musician as well as an incorrigible womanizer who has zero interest in commitment, romantic or otherwise. When family troubles bring him back to Germany, Elser hangs out with old friend and zealous Communist Josef Schurr (David Zimmerschied), but women are still his extracurricular interest of choice. Elsers life changes radically when he meets Elsa, who is attracted to him but married to a thuggish alcoholic lout. An affair begins anyway, and a key focus of 13 Minutes is the complexities of that risky relationship. 13 Minutes also deals with the specifics of Elsers plot, and the way his confession frustrates interrogators Nebe and Mller. For though Elser insists he acted on his own, which happens to be the truth, Hitler is convinced that he is only the front man for a more wide-ranging conspiracy. He puts his underlings in the Kafkaesque situation of trying to get the stubborn Elser to confess to something that was not true. Perhaps the most interesting question 13 Minutes raises but doesnt totally answer is why this ordinary, nonpolitical German got so radicalized by Hitlers policies that he attempted this cataclysmic act. A man who always went his own way, Elser seemed to see things clearer than his fellow countrymen. Why do they all follow this gangster? he asks at one point, foreseeing bloodshed in the future and adding, Someone has to stop this madman, it has to happen. To his interrogators, Elser insists I am a free human being. I have to do whats right. In fact his position was so unpopular for so long that as recently as 2014 German Chancellor Angela Merkel made news when she acknowledged Elsers heroism. Why so few Germans saw things the way he did, or acted on their feelings if they did, is a question no film can answer. ————- 13 Minutes Rating: R, for disturbing violence and some sexuality Running time: 1 hour, 50 minutes Playing: Laemmle’s Royal, West Los Angeles See the most-read stories in Entertainment this hour kenneth.turan@latimes.com @KennethTuran

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Alone in Berlin review couple wage a quiet war against Hitler … – The Guardian

Strong performances Brendan Gleeson and Emma Thompson. Photograph: Marcel Hartman/X Filme Here is a handsomely produced and solidly acted period drama set in Nazi Germany, based on the postwar novel by Hans Fallada and based on a true-life case. Brendan Gleeson and Emma Thompson play Otto and Anna Quangel, a middle-aged couple in Berlin in 1940. Hating the Nazis and galvanised by grief and rage at the loss of their son in battle, they embark on tiny but very dangerous acts of resistance: leaving anonymous anti-Hitler postcards in stairwells and public places a capital crime. Daniel Brhl plays the police inspector on their trail, using flags on a city map showing the whereabouts of cards handed in to the authorities to calculate where the culprit might live. Part of the storys potency lies in the fact that this is a kind of resistance that anyone can imagine carrying out, however timid, however lonely, however secretly convinced that its effects are likely to be minimal but also that it requires the weird tenacity and organisation of a serial killer. More than once, Alone in Berlin reminded me of Fritz Langs M. Gleeson, Thompson and Brhl give strong performances and this is a well-carpentered film.

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