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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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Rating: R, for disturbing violence and some sexuality

Running time: 1 hour, 50 minutes

Playing: Laemmle’s Royal, West Los Angeles

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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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Aidan Turner Joins Sam Elliott In ‘The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot’ – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Poldark star Aidan Turner has been set to co-star in The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot, the film already toplined by Sam Elliott from writer-director Robert D. Krzykowski and executive producer John Sayles. Shooting is now set to begin August 1 on the East Coast.

The film tells the story of American soldier Calvin Barr (Turner), who leaves his true love behind to infiltrate enemy lines and kill Adolph Hitler in the heart of World War II. Decades later, Barr (now Elliott) is needed again, this time to hunt the legendary Bigfoot carrier of a deadly plague hidden deep in the Canadian wilderness.

Krzykowski is producing with Lucky McKee, Patrick Ewald and Shaked Berenson; Ewald and Berensons Epic Pictures is financing and handling worldwide sales.

The film features a loaded VFX team including Blade RunnersDouglas Trumbull, Richard Yuricich and Rocco Gioffre and Spectral Motion effects house which was behind Hellboy and Stranger Things among others.

Turner played Kili in Peter Jacksons Hobbit movies and currently stars on BBCs Poldark which is airing Season 3 in the UK and airs on PBS Masterpiece on October 1. His film credits include Jim Sheridans The Secret Scripture and the upcoming Loving Vincent with Saoirse Ronan and Chris ODowd.

Hes reppedby the Lisa Richards Agency and Principal Entertainment LA.

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Hitler’s glamorous high flyers – Spectator.co.uk

It is conventional wisdom in the publishing industry that, despite the old adage, readers do indeed judge books by their covers. So, it seems, do passengers on the No. 29 bus. For a middle-aged man reading Clare Mulleys The Women Who Flew for Hitler, some of the looks I got made me so uncomfortable that I took to hiding the cover behind a newspaper.

So lets get one thing straight from the beginning: this is not a niche book for Third Reich enthusiasts, nor a seedy excuse to fantasise about women in Nazi uniforms. Do not be put off by the awful title: it is in fact a serious double biography of two of the most remarkable women in the history of aviation.

The first of Mulleys subjects, and the more famous of the two, is Hanna Reitsch. Reitsch was the darling of the prewar German press and one of the most giftedfliers of her generation. At the age of 21, this extraordinary woman flew a glider through storm clouds to set a new world altitude record for unpowered flight. In 1937 she became the first woman ever to fly a helicopter, and during the second world war she flew every plane going, including manned versions of the V-1 flying bomb.

Her physical courage seemed to know no bounds. In 1942, she crashed in a jet plane prototype she was testing; but despite breaking her back in several places, and having her nose torn from her face, she was back flying again within a year. She was the first German woman to be made a Flight Captain, the first to receive the Military Flying Medal, and the first to receive the Iron Cross, First Class. She was the one and only Hanna Reitsch, as one of her male colleagues put it, a symbol of German womanhood and the idol of German aviation.

The second woman in Mulleys book, though less well known, is perhaps even more impressive. Melitta Schiller was a military test pilot whose determination to stress her planes to their very limits seemed almost suicidal. According to one contemporary, taking a plane into even a moderate nosedive was something many male pilots already regarded as an act of heroism. Melitta insisted on flying her planes almost vertically towards the ground, only pulling out at the very last moment. On one such dive the canopy of her plane blew off, leaving her exposed to the elements as she tried to bring her plane back under control. On another occasion her windscreen exploded. She was forced to crash-land several times, and once had to bail out when her plane caught fire. Yet she remained undeterred: during the course of her career she completed more than 2,000 nosedives in the name of research.

The half-Jewish Melitta Schiller, who supported the plot to kill Hitler.

However, what made Melitta Schiller so exceptional was that the equipment she was testing during these dives was often also designed by her. The research of this talented aeronautical engineer gave rise to scores of innovations, especially in night-fighter technology. Thus, not only did she become the second woman to be awarded the Iron Cross, First Class, but towards the end of the war she was also appointed head of her own research station. She would spend her mornings performing death-defying manoeuvres in the air and her afternoons at the drawing board, perfecting her designs.

As a story of two women bursting through the very low glass ceilings of their time and rising to the pinnacle of their profession, Mulleys book is a satisfying, rollicking read. But there is a great deal more nuance here than first meets the eye. Neither woman regarded herself as a feminist indeed, Melitta openly repudiated the very idea. Both worked in the service of a vile regime, and were well aware of the crimes it was committing. One wants to celebrate their achievements, but Mulley deliberately makes us uncomfortable about doing so.

Furthermore, she reveals that despite some superficial similarities, these were two very different women. Hanna was brash, impatient for change, and became a fanatical Nazi. She had private dinners with Gring, Himmler and Hitler, and even spent time with Hitler in his bunker during the final days of the Nazi Reich. She survived the war but kept the taint of her Nazi past until her death in 1979.

Melitta, by contrast, lived by the traditional values of the old German Junker class. She was also half-Jewish, and was only spared deportation to the camps because her pioneering work was worth too much to the regime. Before the war she married into the family of Claus von Stauffenberg, and wholeheartedly supported his plot to kill Hitler in 1944. She died in a doomed attempt to find her husband at the very end of the war when her plane was shot down by the Allies. Each woman in her way was therefore emblematic of a different facet of German society during the most turbulent years of the 20th century.

Mulleys biography is well researched, beautifully written, and gives a perspective on the war that even seasoned students will find refreshing. So do not be put off by the title: this is one book that should not be judged by its cover.

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Duterte compares Islamic State to Hitler – NEWS.com.au

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says he cannot guarantee that other parts of the country are safe from attacks by the Islamic State organisation, a group he likened to German dictator Adolf Hitler.

Hitler, said Duterte, killed millions of Jews “for nothing.”

Duterte said he could not even tell when a siege by hundreds of militants allied with the terrorist group in Marawi City, 800km south of Manila, would end, nor what to expect in the coming days.

“It if ends tomorrow, I’ll be the most happiest man in the country,” Duterte told reporters after receiving millions of dollars worth of rifles and ammunition donated by China.

When asked if he could guarantee that a similar attack in other parts of the country would not happen, the 72-year-old leader said, “I cannot give that assurance.”

“It’s bereft of ideology,” he said, referring to the Islamic State. “What they know is just to kill and destroy … It’s a mass insanity.”

“Every generation has that kind of [phenomenon]. During our parents’ time, Hitler was a madman, and yet he was able to contaminate a lot of people with his ideas about killing Jews.

“Killing by the millions for nothing. That’s just like ISIS.”

Troops have been battling the militants for more than a month in Marawi City, where rescuers on Wednesday recovered 17 decomposing bodies of civilians believed to have been killed by the terrorists.

The retrieval brought to 44 the number of civilians allegedly killed by the militants during the five-week conflict, said Brigadier General Restituto Padilla, a military spokesman.

Padilla said the number of civilians killed by the militants allied with Islamic State could still increase as reports of other executions are validated.

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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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Aidan Turner Joins Sam Elliott In ‘The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot’ – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Poldark star Aidan Turner has been set to co-star in The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot, the film already toplined by Sam Elliott from writer-director Robert D. Krzykowski and executive producer John Sayles. Shooting is now set to begin August 1 on the East Coast. The film tells the story of American soldier Calvin Barr (Turner), who leaves his true love behind to infiltrate enemy lines and kill Adolph Hitler in the heart of World War II. Decades later, Barr (now Elliott) is needed again, this time to hunt the legendary Bigfoot carrier of a deadly plague hidden deep in the Canadian wilderness. Krzykowski is producing with Lucky McKee, Patrick Ewald and Shaked Berenson; Ewald and Berensons Epic Pictures is financing and handling worldwide sales. The film features a loaded VFX team including Blade RunnersDouglas Trumbull, Richard Yuricich and Rocco Gioffre and Spectral Motion effects house which was behind Hellboy and Stranger Things among others. Turner played Kili in Peter Jacksons Hobbit movies and currently stars on BBCs Poldark which is airing Season 3 in the UK and airs on PBS Masterpiece on October 1. His film credits include Jim Sheridans The Secret Scripture and the upcoming Loving Vincent with Saoirse Ronan and Chris ODowd. Hes reppedby the Lisa Richards Agency and Principal Entertainment LA.

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Hitler’s glamorous high flyers – Spectator.co.uk

It is conventional wisdom in the publishing industry that, despite the old adage, readers do indeed judge books by their covers. So, it seems, do passengers on the No. 29 bus. For a middle-aged man reading Clare Mulleys The Women Who Flew for Hitler, some of the looks I got made me so uncomfortable that I took to hiding the cover behind a newspaper. So lets get one thing straight from the beginning: this is not a niche book for Third Reich enthusiasts, nor a seedy excuse to fantasise about women in Nazi uniforms. Do not be put off by the awful title: it is in fact a serious double biography of two of the most remarkable women in the history of aviation. The first of Mulleys subjects, and the more famous of the two, is Hanna Reitsch. Reitsch was the darling of the prewar German press and one of the most giftedfliers of her generation. At the age of 21, this extraordinary woman flew a glider through storm clouds to set a new world altitude record for unpowered flight. In 1937 she became the first woman ever to fly a helicopter, and during the second world war she flew every plane going, including manned versions of the V-1 flying bomb. Her physical courage seemed to know no bounds. In 1942, she crashed in a jet plane prototype she was testing; but despite breaking her back in several places, and having her nose torn from her face, she was back flying again within a year. She was the first German woman to be made a Flight Captain, the first to receive the Military Flying Medal, and the first to receive the Iron Cross, First Class. She was the one and only Hanna Reitsch, as one of her male colleagues put it, a symbol of German womanhood and the idol of German aviation. The second woman in Mulleys book, though less well known, is perhaps even more impressive. Melitta Schiller was a military test pilot whose determination to stress her planes to their very limits seemed almost suicidal. According to one contemporary, taking a plane into even a moderate nosedive was something many male pilots already regarded as an act of heroism. Melitta insisted on flying her planes almost vertically towards the ground, only pulling out at the very last moment. On one such dive the canopy of her plane blew off, leaving her exposed to the elements as she tried to bring her plane back under control. On another occasion her windscreen exploded. She was forced to crash-land several times, and once had to bail out when her plane caught fire. Yet she remained undeterred: during the course of her career she completed more than 2,000 nosedives in the name of research. The half-Jewish Melitta Schiller, who supported the plot to kill Hitler. However, what made Melitta Schiller so exceptional was that the equipment she was testing during these dives was often also designed by her. The research of this talented aeronautical engineer gave rise to scores of innovations, especially in night-fighter technology. Thus, not only did she become the second woman to be awarded the Iron Cross, First Class, but towards the end of the war she was also appointed head of her own research station. She would spend her mornings performing death-defying manoeuvres in the air and her afternoons at the drawing board, perfecting her designs. As a story of two women bursting through the very low glass ceilings of their time and rising to the pinnacle of their profession, Mulleys book is a satisfying, rollicking read. But there is a great deal more nuance here than first meets the eye. Neither woman regarded herself as a feminist indeed, Melitta openly repudiated the very idea. Both worked in the service of a vile regime, and were well aware of the crimes it was committing. One wants to celebrate their achievements, but Mulley deliberately makes us uncomfortable about doing so. Furthermore, she reveals that despite some superficial similarities, these were two very different women. Hanna was brash, impatient for change, and became a fanatical Nazi. She had private dinners with Gring, Himmler and Hitler, and even spent time with Hitler in his bunker during the final days of the Nazi Reich. She survived the war but kept the taint of her Nazi past until her death in 1979. Melitta, by contrast, lived by the traditional values of the old German Junker class. She was also half-Jewish, and was only spared deportation to the camps because her pioneering work was worth too much to the regime. Before the war she married into the family of Claus von Stauffenberg, and wholeheartedly supported his plot to kill Hitler in 1944. She died in a doomed attempt to find her husband at the very end of the war when her plane was shot down by the Allies. Each woman in her way was therefore emblematic of a different facet of German society during the most turbulent years of the 20th century. Mulleys biography is well researched, beautifully written, and gives a perspective on the war that even seasoned students will find refreshing. So do not be put off by the title: this is one book that should not be judged by its cover.

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Duterte compares Islamic State to Hitler – NEWS.com.au

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says he cannot guarantee that other parts of the country are safe from attacks by the Islamic State organisation, a group he likened to German dictator Adolf Hitler. Hitler, said Duterte, killed millions of Jews “for nothing.” Duterte said he could not even tell when a siege by hundreds of militants allied with the terrorist group in Marawi City, 800km south of Manila, would end, nor what to expect in the coming days. “It if ends tomorrow, I’ll be the most happiest man in the country,” Duterte told reporters after receiving millions of dollars worth of rifles and ammunition donated by China. When asked if he could guarantee that a similar attack in other parts of the country would not happen, the 72-year-old leader said, “I cannot give that assurance.” “It’s bereft of ideology,” he said, referring to the Islamic State. “What they know is just to kill and destroy … It’s a mass insanity.” “Every generation has that kind of [phenomenon]. During our parents’ time, Hitler was a madman, and yet he was able to contaminate a lot of people with his ideas about killing Jews. “Killing by the millions for nothing. That’s just like ISIS.” Troops have been battling the militants for more than a month in Marawi City, where rescuers on Wednesday recovered 17 decomposing bodies of civilians believed to have been killed by the terrorists. The retrieval brought to 44 the number of civilians allegedly killed by the militants during the five-week conflict, said Brigadier General Restituto Padilla, a military spokesman. Padilla said the number of civilians killed by the militants allied with Islamic State could still increase as reports of other executions are validated.

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