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Lincoln Memorial vandalized with spray paint – The Hill (blog)

The Lincoln Memorial in Washington wasvandalized with red spray paint.

The graffiti found on a pillar at the monument appeared to say”f— law,” the National Park Servicetold local stationNBC 4 News.

A preservation crew is already working to remove the graffiti, which was discoveredearly Tuesday morning, the NPS said.

The crew is applying a “mild, gel-type architectural paint stripper” to remove thered paint without damaging the underlying stone, according to the report.

The park service is still investigating the matter.

The vandalism comes amid a public debate over Civil War statues and memorials honoring the Confederacy.

White supremacist groups converged on Charlottesville, Va., to protest the removal of a state of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee on Saturday, which led to violence.

One person was killed and at least 19 were wounded after a man who took part in the white supremacist rallies drove his car into a crowd of counterprotesters. The alleged driver, James Alex Fields Jr., was arrested and charged with second-degree murder.

Protestors toppleda Confederate statuein Durham, N.C., on Monday night. And in Boston, police arrested a suspect accused of vandalizing the citys Holocaust memorial.

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How to Tell If You’re a Neo-Nazi – Gizmodo – Gizmodo

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Internet personalities Baked Alaska and Millennial Matt had a lot of fun at this past weekends white supremacist rallies. Well, until Baked Alaska was maced, I guess. They used tools like Twitter and YouTube to bring their online followers into the heart of the racist action. But curiously, the two still insist that theyre not neo-Nazis. So what the hell is a neo-Nazi?

The rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia were the largest collection of white supremacists in the United States in at least two decades. It left one woman, 32-year-old Heather Heyer, dead and dozens more injured. So its curious to see both Baked Alaska (real name Tim Gionet) and Millennial Matt (real name Matthew Colligan) insist that theyre not neo-Nazis and that theyve never advocated violence. Im starting to think that maybe they dont know what words mean.

If youre in the same boat, and dont know if youre a neo-Nazi, Ive made a helpful guide to determine if you are. To be clear, the neo in neo-Nazi is simply meant to differentiate between Nazis who were around in the 1940s versus those who subscribe to Nazi beliefs today but werent alive during Hitlers time. Sadly, there are still old school Nazis around, like 98-year-old Michael Karkoc who massacred women and children and currently lives in Minnesota.

If you answer yes to any of the questions below, youre a neo-Nazi.

The so-called 14 Words were coined by the late white supremacist David Lane and became a slogan for neo-Nazis around the world. The 14 Words read, We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children. Its not exactly subtle as far as Nazi slogans go.

In 1984, David Lane helped plot to kill Alan Berg, a Jewish radio talk show host, and acted as the getaway driver when he and his fellow neo-Nazi scum shot and killed Berg in his driveway. Lane was sentenced to 190 years and died in prison in 2007.

Baked Alaska loves to tweet the 14 Words. He sends it to President Trump and he makes videos of it. Lots of videos of it.

Yesterday, Baked Alaska tweeted his defense of the 14 Words, saying that theres nothing wrong with the slogan and that just because others have used them doesnt change the meaning. Its unclear if he understands the origin of the phrase, but he certainly understands that it means white advocacy.

But even if he has no idea that it was coined by a murderous white supremacist thug, its still a poisonous idea that has no place in society.

If you tweet the 14 Words youre a neo-Nazi.

Some people insist that Baked Alaska and Millennial Matt cant be neo-Nazis because theyre simply saying outrageous things to get a rise out of people. One of those things is that Hitler did nothing wrong. But at some point youre no longer trolling and youre simply stating what you believe.

Millennial Matt has said Hitler did nothing wrong so many times that its become his catchphrase. He says it on radio, in tweets, and in videos.

But what the hell does such a phrase mean? Adolf Hitler systematically killed millions of Jews in concentration camps during the Holocaust. Saying he did nothing wrong is an endorsement of those deaths.

Amazingly, Millennial Matt says that hes never advocated for violence against anyone. In a weepy YouTube post he whined that people were now threatening his life after he attended the rallies in Virginia. Theres nothing funny about threatening peoples lives, he said.

But when you say that Hitler did nothing wrong you are explicitly advocating for violence against nonwhite people. Thats explicitly what Hitler did. Its kind of what hes known for. When you say Hitler did nothing wrong, and you say it so many times that people start to riff on it with jokes about other people who did nothing wrong youre advocating for violence. Thats kind of how this works.

If you say Hitler did nothing wrong, youre a neo-Nazi.

The salute goes by a lot of names: The Roman salute, the Hitler salute, and the Bellamy salute. But it only has one meaning since it was adopted by the Nazis in the 1930s. It means youre a neo-Nazi.

Baked Alaska documented his trip from his home in Los Angeles to Virginia on Twitter and YouTube for all the world to see. And one of his most frightening videos came from Friday during the infamous tiki torchlight riot. Baked Alaska shot video as his fellow marchers viciously assaulted non-violent counter protesters. They can be seen in the video beating people with their torches. The counter protestors later described fearing for their lives.

And when Baked Alaska pans around in the crowd, you can clearly see people giving Nazi salutes as they chant white lives matter.

If you attend a rally with people giving Hitler salutes, youre a neo-Nazi.

Did you see footage of people shouting hail victory at the rallies this weekend? Its the English translation of sieg heil, the notorious Nazi slogan. Baked Alaska shot video of himself saying just that.

They thought we werent going to stand up, Baked Alaska shouts into the camera. Guess what, were standing up for our rights! Were proud to be white!

Were proud to be white, brother, he continued while shaking hands with another white supremacist. Hail victory! Hell yeah! Thank you, love you guys.

If you shout hail victory while carrying a torch in public, youre a neo-Nazi.

Holocaust denial is pretty much textbook neo-Nazism. And Millennial Matt peddles in it constantly. At the 52-minute mark during the livestream from Virginia, Millennial Matt encourages viewers to look into revisionist history. Revisionist history often hinges on the belief that historians are lying about the fact that Nazi Germany executed millions of people.

The history that they taught you in middle school is not factually accurate, Millennial Matt tells his viewers. The reason that they teach you the civil rights movement and slavery in middle school is because you havent fully developed your brain yet.

If you wonder why people emotionally react when you talk about slavery, when you talk about the Holocaust, the reason people emotionally reaction is because they taught this to you before you were even old enough to realize what it is they were teaching you, he continued.

The history that they teach you about the Holocaust is not factually accurate whatsoever, he says.

The truth is, the Holocaust is one of the biggest hoaxes in world history, he said. Its one of the biggest lies ever perpetrated against the human race.

If you deny the Holocaust youre a neo-Nazi.

Aside from believing that the history of the Holocaust isnt accurate, Millennial Matt also believes that Nazi soldiers were treated more poorly than Jews during World War II. He goes so far as to compare Auschwitz, where an estimated 1.1 million people were systematically tortured and murdered, to a 5-star resort.

If you believe Americas treatment of Nazis was worse than the Holocaust youre a neo-Nazi.

Baked Alaska also enjoys publishing photoshopped photos of Jewish people he doesnt like in gas chambers. President Trump is often depicted as the one administering the gas, dressed in Nazi regalia. Baked Alaska was even temporarily banned for doing it, but insists hed do it all over again.

If you publish photos of Jewish people you disagree with in gas chambers youre a neo-Nazi.

Youre never going to guess what WWII-figure Millennial Matt has in his Twitter header. Yes, thats Joseph Goebbels, easily one of the most evil men in history and responsible for the deaths of millions of Jews.

Oh, and former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan David Duke is also in there. Ironically, no doubt.

If you have a photo of Joseph Goebbels in your Twitter header youre a neo-Nazi.

New footage has emerged overnight of the vicious assault endured by 20-year-old Deandre Harris at the hands of white supremacists in a parking garage. Its brutal to watch.

Me and about five of my friends were out protesting. We thought [the racists] left, but at one point they came back. Everyone was exchanging words with the group, but then the KKK and white supremacists just rushed us, Harris told The Root.

Harris is lucky to be alive. Judging by the video, it doesnt appear like Baked Alaska or Millennial Matt were anywhere in sight and had nothing to do with the beating. But if youre marching with these people, this is what youre marching for.

If you march with people who physically assault others because of their race youre a neo-Nazi.

Do you want to hear the good news? You dont have to be a neo-Nazi forever. What youve done in the past doesnt have to define your future if youd like to live a happier life. How do you stop being a neo-Nazi? Just stop doing all of the things above. You dont even have to join a new organization or donate to a nonprofit. Just stop being filled with irrational hate for people that are slightly different than you.

Its really as simple as that. Members of the alt-right have tried to rebrand their particular flavor of hate as new and stylish. But its the same old Nazi shit. If you do the thing above youre a neo-Nazi. If you stop doing the things above you can stop being a neo-Nazi.

So give it a try! I promise it wont hurt. In fact, it might give you time to pursue things that are more fun. Do you enjoy making memes? Try making anti-Nazi memes. Or you can forget about Nazism altogether. Watch a movie, or build a tree fort, or go jerk off. I promise that theyre all more fun than spreading the hatred of Nazism.

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America’s Far Right Has Global Roots – New York Magazine

The white supremacists who terrorized Charlottesville, Virginia, this weekend were in one sense a manifestation of the ghosts of the Confederacy, but they also borrowed heavily from another, more recent philosophy of racial superiority: national socialism. In its blending of neo-Confederate and Nazi rhetoric and ideology, our contemporary white-nationalist movement is both distinctly American and part of a frightening international phenomenon.

In its neo-Confederate garb, the alt-right reflects the specific history of racism in the U.S., steeped in the history of slavery, the Civil War, the failure of Reconstruction, the Ku Klux Klan, Jim Crow, segregation, and the Civil Rights Movement and the reaction thereto. In other words, it is a direct consequence of long-simmering tensions in American race relations and our national unwillingness to state unequivocally that the Confederacy was the villain of the Civil War, enabling revisionist histories that cast it as the victim. For all our protestations that this is not the America we know, this brand of racism and white supremacism is in our countrys very DNA.

The alt-rights Nazi imagery, rhetoric, and ideology, by comparison, are anything but American (though Hitler drew inspiration for his model of race-based lawmaking from Jim Crow). Indeed, Nazism is so un-American that, as Senator Orrin Hatch and others pointedly recalled, hundreds of thousands of young American lives were sacrificed within living memory in a war to eradicate it. To understand the neo-Nazi tendency in alt-right politics, one must look beyond the U.S. It turns out that the nationalism of the alt-right has an unmistakably international flavor.

Currently, Europe is also seeing an uptick in right-wing extremist activity, driven mainly by a backlash against the influx of migrants from Syria and other Middle Eastern conflict zones. Some of this activity ranges from the pointless to the silly: In July, thousands of literal Nazi punks descended on the tiny German town of Themar for a concert called Rock Against Foreign Domination, and this month, a group calling itself Defend Europe, made up of young right-wingers from Austria, France, Germany, and Italy, took to the Mediterranean Sea on a mission to block refugees and migrants from invading Europe with the help of humanitarian organizations that rescue them when their rickety crafts sink or they are set adrift by smugglers. In the end, the immigration vigilantes boat had engine trouble and they had to be rescued by one of those very same organizations.

Right-wing violence, however, is also on the rise. Germany recorded 3,500 attacks on asylum seekers and the places that house them last year, while in the U.K., the number of far-right and neo-Nazi extremists arrested for plotting acts of domestic terrorism doubled from 2015 to 2016. In Sweden, three members of that countrys neo-Nazi movement were recently jailed for a series of bombings targeting a left-wing bookstore and two asylum centers. Two of the perpetrators had previously traveled to Russia for paramilitary training with an ultranationalist organization that prepares civilians to fight in the all-consuming civilizational conflict they believe may be just around the corner.

The Russia connection is salient for the American far right as well. Russian President Vladimir Putin who styles himself as a defender of Christendom and traditional values against globalism, secularism, feminism, gay rights, and Islam has won as many fans among the alt-right as he has among their European counterparts. Steve Bannon, the chief ideologue of the Trump administration and a hero of the alt-right, has expressed sympathy for Putins national-hegemonic ideology of Eurasianism, and Alexander Dugin, the intellectual godfather of that philosophy, says the feeling is mutual. Alt-righters have also become fans of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, whom they see as a nationalist icon defending his country to the death against Islamism and Zionism.

This new wave of right-wing nationalism is definitely gaining strength, but so far, Western Europe has proven reassuringly resistant to backsliding into racism and xenophobia. Far-right candidates were defeated this year in national elections in France and the Netherlands, and the Euroskeptic, anti-refugee Alternative for Germany (AfD) party is pulling just 8 percent in the latest polls for Germanys upcoming vote on September 24.

A vivid memory of the original catastrophe of Nazism helps keep its 21st-century imitators at bay, particularly in Germany, where every schoolchild is required to visit a concentration camp, Nazi symbols are outlawed, and even vague, implicit valorization of the Third Reich or Holocaust revisionism is met with swift and universal condemnation. The AfDs inability to gain traction in national politics has much to do with it stepping too close to the red lines Germany has drawn around ideologies it never wishes to see in its political mainstream again.

In the U.S., however, we have no such red lines. As Ta-Nehisi Coates pointed out at The Atlantic earlier this month, whereas the ringleaders of Nazi Germany were put on trial, their crimes documented and adjudged in a public hearing, and most were jailed or executed, not one author of the Confederacy was convicted of treason. This weekends atrocious gathering in Charlottesville was billed as a coming-together not of the fringes of the American right, but of a movement so mainstream that its intellectual leaders work in the White House, where they have not only the ear of the president, but also the ability to put words in his mouth. Little wonder, then, that Donald Trump has had so much trouble uttering the words radical white-supremacist terrorism.

Kim Jong-un will observe the foolish and stupid conduct of the Yankees before firing missiles, according to state media.

The Donkey Party has been getting a lot more votes than expected.

After violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, more cities have announced plans to remove Confederate memorials.

As he dragged his feet on condemning racist violence this weekend, the president was thinking fondly of the nativist demagogue Joe Arpaio.

The 23-year-old would-be terrorist told an FBI informant that he wanted to start the next revolution.

Alabama GOP voters likely to vault the wheezing campaign of Trumps endorsee Luther Strange into a runoff with the grim celebrity theocrat Roy Moore.

In the White House on Monday, Trump said racism is evil and called out white supremacists by name.

Alt-right activists who would like to distinguish themselves from the white supremacists who rioted in Charlottesville will march against Google.

Blending neo-Confederate and Nazi ideology, our white nationalist movement is part of a frightening international phenomenon.

More than words are needed to absolve the GOP and Donald Trump of collaborating with racists. But very direct words are essential as well.

A far stronger response than the president has mustered.

Kenneth Frazier, who runs Merck, said leaders must reject expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy.

And helped its key player escape to the United States.

A former teacher said he expressed white-supremacist views throughout high school, and he was kicked out of the Army after four months.

We still dont know if Trump plans to sabotage Obamacare, which is whats driving up 2018 premiums.

Republicans need to do a lot more than say the right words about Nazis to atone for their role in the revival of the racist right.

Many sides are to blame for the haphazard defense of the presidents response to Charlottesville, but none more so than Trump himself.

The wounds are raw in the city.

It calls the media enemies of the president.

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How Germany responds to blood and soil politics – The Economist (blog)

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Ernst Zundel: a life on the altar of hate – NOW Magazine

I stepped through the black iron gate and walked up the path leading to the tall, century-old Victorian at 206 Carlton. Taking a deep breath, I pushed the doorbell. In the security camera bolted above the fortified door I eyed my reflection: a scrawny, 16-year-old girl with long red hair and torn Goodwill jeans.

The door buzzed open and I stepped into a reception area plastered with World War II-era Nazi propaganda posters. A powerful voice with a thick German accent commanded my attention. So youre Elisse. Welcome to the bunker!

Ernst Zundel was wearing fuzzy slippers and a knitted sweater. A balding, stout man in his 50s, with a ruddy face and the belly of an Oktoberfest gnome, he looked like he could be your favourite uncle.

Only he wasnt. He was the most notoriousHolocaust denier and publisher of anti-Semitic propaganda in the world. Zundel, a man who placed his life on the altar of hate, died last week in Germany, reportedly of heart failure. He was 78.

Whenever I think back to my turbulent teenage years, I remember theday I first met Zundel. That memory will stay with me forever as a reminder of how easily I could be seduced by hate, only because I wanted to be loved.

I was a high school dropout with no friends or future. It was the fall of 1991 and, after a two-year stint in group homes, Id run away from my last foster home and back to my abusive mothers apartment in Regent Park.

I had emigrated from Communist Romania when I was 11 and, like many kids who grow up in a country where they dont feel they belong, I felt alienated, lonely and hopeless just the incendiary mix that extremist groups are looking for in recruits.

Thats when I saw a TV program about the Heritage Front, a Toronto nationalist group that advocated pride for European culture and lobbied for a White History Month. I left a message on their hotline and within days was enlisted by the groups leader, ex-Klansman Wolfgang Droege, who became an instant father figure to me. Back then I was Elisse.

After learning about my volatile home situation, Droege arranged to introduce me to his close friend, fellow German expat Zundel, who needed help around the house. A five-minute walk from my roach-infested apartment block in Regent Park, Zundels Cabbagetown manse was a safe place to spend my afternoons and get away from my mothers rage.

The bunker was an extension of Zundel: shelves lined the living room walls stacked floor to ceiling with revisionist books like The Hitler We Loved And Why, and Did Six Million Really Die?, the booklet that had earned him his reputation and fortune.

I didnt hate Jews, not at first. But Zundel told me everything Id been taught about history was wrong. Canadas public school system brainwashes children with political correctness, he said, insisting that he would teach me the real truth, not the one crafted by the nefarious Zionist elites who he said controlled the world.

My new education started that first day. It involved watching Zundels collection of Third Reich propaganda films like Triumph Of The Will and Hitler Youth Quex, and grainy footage from the eugenics movement that depicted Jews as hook-nosed bankers and rats scurrying in city sewers.

Zundel also made me look at photos of concentration camp corpses until I couldnt feel anything anymore. By the second week, I was convinced the Holocaust had never happened and The Diary of Anne Frank was a hoax. Id also learned to pound out Horst Wessel Lied, the Nazi Party anthem, on the keys of Zundels basement piano.

At the bunker, I spent most of my days in the living room stuffing newsletters soliciting donations into envelopes addressed to anti-Semites across the planet. Hitlers beady eyes watched over me from ornate oil paintings hung on the wall. I collected newspaper clippings, folded pamphlets, mailed packages at the post office and ran to the corner store to fetch Zundels favourite liver pat.

He paid me in sandwiches and kind words. I finally had a place to hide from my mothers blows, a cot in the basement to sleep instead of the streets. For a girl whod never had anything, that was enough.

By the time I was 17, I had become the new, fresh face of the Heritage Front not an angry, tattooed skinhead but a girl-next-door who looked younger than my age. At home, a poster of Hitler hung above my bed.

Droege dragged me to press interviews and made sure I spoke at every rally. He and Zundel chose me to go on The Montel Williams Show in New York to represent the Canadian far-right. (We forged parental consent forms for that appearance.)

I threw myself breathlessly into the business of hate because it earned me Zundels grandfatherly affection and Droeges praise. They were my family. The movement needs smart kids like you, they told me. You are our future.

Nobody had called me smart before. Naturally, I loved them the way a stray dog loves its new master. Expressing hate made me feel powerful. Surrounded by skinheads, I was no longer alone or afraid. When passersby saw our bomber jackets and black combat boots, they crossed the street. It was the first time adults were afraid of me rather than the other way around.

Within a year, the Heritage Front had become Canadas largest white supremacist organization. Hundreds of angry skinheads attracted to the cause filled the Latvian House for a rally, moshed at RaHoWa rock concerts, paraded through the streets of Toronto and Ottawa giving straight-arm salutes. American white supremacists like Dennis Mahon and Tom and John Metzger were brought in to speak at rallies. Infamous Holocaust revisionist David Irving flew in to speak to Zundels Nazi fan base.

Between 1992-1993, several Jewish buildings, a bookstore and the Native Canadian Centre on Spadina were spray-painted with swastikas. A group home for runaway girls and a Jewish activists Kitchener home were firebombed. The Morgantaler abortion clinic blew up, the Fronts telephone number tagged on its wall.

Three South Asian men were attacked that summer two beaten to death and one left brain-damaged and paralysed. Street clashes between skinheads and anti-racists became the norm.

Heritage Front co-founder Grant Bristow instigated the It Campaign a Heritage Front terror onslaught against members of anti-Fa group Anti-Racist Action. ARA members were harassed, stalked and threatened with death.

The escalation of violence was a turning point for me. The more innocents who were targeted for harassment, the more my world fell apart. A seed of conscience had begun to sprout deep inside me. After Bristow asked me to terrorize an ARA activist who happened to be lesbian, I had to confront the reality that I, too, was gay.

But I didnt just want to drop out of the white supremacist movement.I wanted to shut it down. With the help of anti-racist activists, I spied on the Heritage Front for months, collected information on criminal activities and illegal weapons, and signed dozens of affidavits, which we turned over to police, along withpart of Zundels extensive mailing list.

For over a year, I lived in hiding all across Canada and subsequently testified against Droege and two other group members, leading to their convictions and jail sentences on hate-related charges. My testimony, coupled with Toronto Sun reporter Bill Dunphys explosive revelation that Grant Bristow was a paid CSIS spy, contributed to the end of the Heritage Front.

In the years that followed, I earned a university degree, wrote a memoir and converted to Judaism. In March 2017, more than 20 years after I last saw Zundel, I came across The Hitler We Loved And Why and other Holocaust-denying books in Chapters-Indigos online inventory. My complaint led to their removal. But The Turner Diaries, the book that inspired Timothy McVeighs Oklahoma bombing, continues to be sold by the bookstore online.

Zundels death, 12 years after his friend Droege was shot to death in Scarborough in a drug-related shooting, leaves behind a legacy of intolerance that still casts a long shadow on Torontos history.

For all his lies, Zundel taught me one hard truth: words are power. And they have the ability to inspire or destroy. By rewriting history to erase mass genocide, he created an ideologyused to justify violence against innocent people.

Elisa Hategan is an author, public speaker and journalist. Her memoir, Race Traitor: The True Story Of Canadian Intelligences Greatest Cover-Up, was published in 2014.

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Austrians tread carefully as underfoot Holocaust memorials remain controversial – The Times of Israel

SALZBURG, Austria Let the dead trip the people into remembering. That was the committees first proposal for how the Stolpersteine plaques should be installed into Salzburgs sidewalks.

They imagined the brass memorial plates would be slightly elevated in the concrete, causing pedestrians to stumble over the dedications to the individual residents of Salzburg who were murdered during the Holocaust. Stolpersteine translates to stumbling stone, and the committee was feeling quite literal.

Artist Gunter Demnig had introduced his Stolpersteine initiative at the end of the 1990s. Since then, cities across Europe have set tens of thousands of these commemorative plaques into sidewalks, allowing for individual victims of the Holocaust to have their names remembered a way, according to the Talmud, to keep them alive in peoples memories forever. Besides names, the plaques often list the reason the person was persecuted, along with the dates of birth, deportation, and murder.

As one would imagine, planting intentionally raised stones in the pavement was not approved by Salzburgs city council, but the project itself was green-lighted and the first stones were installed in 2007. Today, there are more than 350 stumbling stones set in Salzburg. Unlike erecting a single Holocaust memorial, the brass plates scattered about the city and placed at the victims last residences indicate how widespread the massacre was.

Salzburg had a small Jewish community just a few hundred whereas Vienna, in 1938, had a Jewish population of nearly 200,000. By the end of the war, 65,000 Viennese Jews had been murdered. In Salzburg, the number of Jewish victims was 101.

Despite this huge disparity in statistics, the plaques feel ubiquitous in the quaint city they are set on main pedestrian thoroughfares and cemented into bustling corners. Crossing a stumbling stone in vast Vienna, however, feels as likely as tripping over a tree root in the center of the Gobi desert.

The town of Salburg, Austria. (Noah Lederman/Times of Israel)

While pedestrians in Salzburg must constantly pass stumbling stones, how effective are these brass plates at memorializing the dead? And by laying these stones, have the people of Salzburg remembered the victims? Has the artist and committee appropriately honored the murdered?

Stan Nadel, a retired American history professor, member of the Stolpersteine committee in Salzburg, and author of Salzburg and the Jews: A Historical Walking Guide, celebrates Salzburgs effort to pay tribute to the victims.

Its a town with a university and liberal, educated people, Nadel explained, crediting that atmosphere for the success of the project.

Salzburgs locals more than three dozen were interviewed for this story evidenced a clear understanding that the stumbling stones were memorials for victims of the Holocaust, though most explained that they memorialized the Jews only. (Stones have been laid for all victim groups, including homosexuals, communists and Jehovahs Witnesses, to name a few.)

A stumbling stone near the entrance of an apartment building in Salzburg, Austria. (Noah Lederman/Times of Israel)

When asked about the brass plates, Peter Panasch, 56, said I think its good to remember the victims of the Nazis. He sometimes stops to read about the person who was murdered.

Other locals like Christa Gollner, who went to school just after the war and didnt learn about the Holocaust until she was in her 30s, do not stop to read the plaques. But I think [about the victims], she said.

Nadel contends that some residents he estimated 10 percent virulently object to having [Stolpersteine plaques] in front of their houses. In public, these individuals typically state that they do not want others to associate them with the crimes, Nadel explained, but at ceremonies, he has heard residents say filthy Jew.

One couple, who asked to remain anonymous, was pushing their infant in a stroller along Franz-Josefstrasse. They recalled the time when the stumbling stone was cemented into the sidewalk in front of their apartment and roses were laid down.

Its good to have them, said the mother and then signaled down to her young son in the pram. They should learn everything about it.

Sometimes I Google the name [on the Stolpersteine], said the father. He often found no information, unaware that the Stolpersteine website has biographies in both German and English, detailing the victims lives and deaths.

On the next block, 80-year-old Warner Rainer, returning from the market with his shopping bags, approached a stone. When asked about the efficacy of the project, he lifted his foot, stomped down upon Margarette Wraubecks memorial, and ground the stone with his foot as if crushing her identity like a lit cigarette.

Again, he said angrily, pausing for an uncomfortable moment.

Again what? She should die? Another Holocaust?

Again, we murder them with our feet

Again, Rainer repeated and added, we murder them with our feet. As he spoke about the victims, his neighbors, he nearly came to tears.

For this reason, Munich, Germany has no stumbling stones. Charlotte Knoblauch, the head of the Jewish community in Munich, leads an opposition to the Stolpersteine project, arguing that having people tread upon the names of the dead and allowing dogs to urinate on these plaques is no memorial at all, but an insult to their identities.

A few years back, stumbling stones in Salzburg were desecrated: sprayed with black paint or tagged with the number 1488. (The 14 represents fourteen words that white supremacists hold dear and the pair of eights stand for the eighth letter of the alphabet HH for Heil Hitler.)

A defaced Stolpersteine , or stumbling stone, in honor of victim Josefine Schneider, with the information scratched out. (Noah Lederman/Times of Israel)

With the rise of refugees fleeing war in Syria and Iraq, the Identity Movement an anti-immigrant, white nationalist group has been pasting stickers in Salzburg that read Faschtung Europa or Fortress Europe, a term used during World War II that advocates for sealing the border. Some of these stickers have ended up on the Stolpersteines.

But after passing more than 100 stones in the city, only one has been defaced: Josefine Schneiders identity, the concentration camp she had been deported to, and other scarred details were scraped away with, perhaps, a knife.

While nearly all the locals interviewed were aware of the Stolpersteine projects significance, the tourists were oblivious.

At one cafe, on the popular Linzergasse street, tables were situated between three commemorative stones that caught the sun. But in the two years that one waiter had worked at the establishment, he said that he had only ever been asked about the stones once. He had never noticed anyone else examine them.

Of the three dozen tourists who were shown a photograph of a stumbling stone on a smartphone, and asked if theyd seen the memorials around the city, only two visitors answered affirmatively. But the two were familiar with the project, as they lived in a German city that also had Stolpersteine plaques.

Each time a tourist was shown the photograph, they had either just passed a stone or were about to approach one. Of those in the latter group, not one tourist seemed to notice the shiny, golden plaque, even after seeing the photograph. They just stepped over it.

Three Stolpersteine , or stumbling stones, dedicated to the memory of Josef Geer and to the Hauslauers a married couple who were Jehovahs Witnesses in Salzburg, Austria. (Noah Lederman/Times of Israel)

Most disturbing was one tourist who was shown the photograph, took a dozen paces, stood upon three polished stumbling stones one to remember Josef Geer and the Hauslauers, a married couple who were Jehovahs Witnesses paused to bite into his gyro, dripped some sauce near the stones, and moved on.

Perhaps tourists are always looking up or devouring gyros. Or perhaps there are limits with every effort to memorialize the victims.

When a Chinese-speaking tour guide was asked if she told her groups about the stones, which she had recognized on the smartphone, she said, They are from Asia, so they dont know about this. I tell them only if theyre interested.

Of the more than 70 people interviewed for this article tourists and locals the only person to stop and read a stone was Konrad Xu, a German child of about 10 years old, of Chinese descent.

Hes curious about everything, the German man accompanying him said when asked about Xus interest in Julia Leitners memorial. I told him who lived here.

When asked if he told Xu about Leitners murder in 1941, the older mans smile disappeared. Oh, so its from then.

While Jews from Salzburg have the most memorial stones of any one group, the Sinti and Roma people, who lived in the city and its environs, were actually Salzburgs largest victim group. They were held in a camp near the city center. Most were exterminated in Auschwitz. But only about two dozen stones are set for the Sinti and Roma children born in the camp, who were murdered as infants and toddlers. The vast majority have no individual memorials.

A pedestrian walking by a Stolpersteine , or stumbling stone, dedicated to the memory of a Holocaust victim in Salzburg, Austria. (Noah Lederman/Times of Israel)

Forthcoming plans are centered around remembering homosexuals and resisters, but not without conflict. There is still a stigma attached to both groups. To this day, many families do not want their relatives remembered as such, for fear of shame or even reprisals, as some locals still consider those who resisted the Nazis to be traitors.

Peter Wilhelmstatter, one of the most educated locals on the history of the Jews in Salzburg, said that Austrians view themselves as the victims of the Nazis We forget about everything else People should be more aware and it should be part of the public knowledge.

Then he smiled, admitting, Im also a little ignoring. Ive never looked [the online biographies] up. I should probably do [that] now, now that youre asking about it.

Nadels earlier compliments of the citys assistance with the project were not without criticism.

Salzburg still praises infamous Nazis and known anti-Semites. For instance, Hans Prodinger, whom the city remembers as an anti-fascist and a victim of the Nazis, was also one of the first Salzburg state party chiefs of the Austrian Nazi party, as detailed in Nadels book. Prodinger was eventually considered a Nazi traitor, but opted instead to lead the Austro-fascist party and remained fueled by his anti-Semitism.

Back in the 15th century, the sculptor Hans Valkenauer was commissioned by the city to carve the Judensau an anti-Semitic feature in many Medieval cities that showed Jews suckling from the teats of a pig and eating its excrement. The marble frieze topped the Rathaus for centuries.

A Judensau. (Public domain)

After the Holocaust, the city named streets for both men. (Hans-Prodingergasse leads to the Jewish cemetery.) Despite Stolpersteine committee members complaints, the city, according to Nadel, responded that there was no evidence that the Judensau was an anti-Semitic sculpture.

While the Stolpersteine project keeps citizens cognizant of these past crimes and serves as a counter to the revisionist honors bestowed upon the citys historic anti-Semites, Nadel still views Austria as a country of progress.

Before moving to Salzburg, Nadel had worked at Southwest Oklahoma State University in Custer County, Oklahoma named for the general who, at dawn, infamously massacred a peaceful group of Cheyenne. Black Kettle, the chief, who had survived the earlier Sand Creek Massacre, tried to stop Custers troops, running into the massacre waving a white and an American flag. Custers men gunned him down all the same.

Theres no Eichmann County [in Austria], said Nadel. It puts it in perspective.

A man sitting with his foot near a stumbling stone; stumbling stones placed in the road, one near a pedestrian crossing marking. (Noah Lederman/Times of Israel)

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… value of the large collection at $5,000, said the only place for this type of Nazi memorabilia is the field of Holocaust education, and having it sit on a shelf for sale in a Pickering flea market gives it the potential to fuel distortion and

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Colby Cosh: Revisionism in a hard hat: how Ernst Zndel charmed the gullible – National Post

Ernst Zndel, the Zelig of Holocaust denial, died suddenly this weekend at his ancestral home in the Black Forest of Germany. If he had died sooner, before his 2005 deportation from this country, I am afraid he would have been widely described in obituaries as German-Canadian. He lived here from 1958 to 2000, unsuccessfully trying a couple of times to obtain official citizenship, and was visible for years as a self-styled opponent of Germanophobic stereotypes in the popular media.

Foreseeably, Zndel turned out to be the ultimate German stereotype himself: a war baby who used Canada as a refuge from conscription and anti-Nazi laws back home, all while obsessively re-litigating the Second World War in pseudonymous anti-Semitic pamphlets and books. Most ethnic Germans abroad wouldnt deny the Holocaust or complain of a worldwide Jewish conspiracy, as Zndel did, but well, if you have studied German history seriously enough to talk about it socially, you will have run into folks who have funny ideas and tiny chips on their shoulder about, say, First World War reparations or the bombing of Dresden.

In Germany, any sense of nationalist injustice over the 20th century must be carefully hidden. Over here, parents and grandparents are more free to make such resentment a family heirloom. This, perhaps, is how Zndel was able to gain a Canadian following for the notion that the murder of the European Jews was a propaganda fiction.

If Zundel had died before his deportation from Canada, I’m afraid he would have been widely described as ‘German-Canadian’

In retrospect, his industriousness and personal cheerfulness turn out to have played a significant part in the epic of Holocaust denial. In 1986, the amateur historian David Irving, then still somewhat admired in the profession as a document-digger and sort of useful devils advocate for Hitler, visited Toronto to kick off a North American lecture series. Zndel liked Irvings books and greeted him at the airport: Irving recoiled in horror and asked Zndel politely to steer clear.

But Irvings talks were poorly attended, and Zndel used the opportunity to convince Irving that there might be a bigger audience for more strident Holocaust-minimizing views. As Irvings life was devoured by ill-advised comments and self-destructive legal struggles in the 1990s, he came to speak of Zndel almost in the fashion of a disappointed paramouralternately crediting him with having convinced him the Holocaust was an exaggeration, and blaming him for transforming him into a social and professional pariah.

The University of Waterloo architecture historian Robert Jan van Pelt, a leading authority on the Holocaust, tells an amazing story in his 2002 book The Case for Auschwitz. It turns out he actually met Zndel before Irving did. A group of visiting historians had come to Ontario to meet van Pelt, and someone suggested visiting Zndel on a professorial lark. They were welcomed effusively at Zndels basement HQ.

In Germany, any sense of nationalist injustice over the 20th century must be hidden. Here, parents can make such resentment a family heirloom

Zndel talked and talked, van Pelt recounts, calling him, A large roguish fellow who could have been quite a pleasant companion during a night on the townassuming that one did not understand a word he said. After enduring Zndels harangue in near-silence for a while, van Pelt and the others left, passing posters for Irvings lectures on the way out.

In the picture Irving looked like a gentleman, van Pelt observes, and I wondered how he had gotten involved with Zndel, who seemed to relish his role as a lout and a buffoon.

The buffoonery was probably integral to the seduction. Canadians will remember that Zndel was rarely photographed in this country without a hard hat. Irving, who had contended throughout his career with effete British dons, seems to have had no natural defence against a strutting, brawny alpha male who was even more the outsider-amateur than himself.

Zundel could have been a pleasant companion during a night on the town… assuming one did not understand a word he said

It should be remembered that by 1986 Zndel was already well on his way to establishing his place in Canadian legal history. He had already been convicted once under the Criminal Codes spreading false news section, eventually struck down by the Supreme Court in 1992s R. v. Zndel. Free speech absolutists argued then that the legal and social pursuit of Zndel merely served to increase his notoriety.

As a purely empirical question of history, this is hard to resolve. But we know that protests and the exertions of the police failed to stop Zndel from winning over Irving, and thus acquiring international influence. It may have done nothing but enhance his credentials as a pseudo-intellectual grappler, defying social scorn and the force of law.

The authorities were eventually able to bundle Zndel off to Germany through a legal door that has since closed. He was deported as an undesirable alien on the basis of a ministerial security certificatenot long before the Supreme Court denounced the use of secret evidence in deportation proceedings, and made such certificates harder to obtain. After Zndels deportation, an apparatus of progressive opposition to security certificates was quick to materialize. One cannot help wondering: if he were still alive in Canada in 2017, and the state tried to banish him, who might be out marching on his behalf, defending him as an undocumented Canadian?

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Revealed: The Islamic Extremists ‘Advising’ The Muslims Who Called for Kassam’s ‘No Go Zones’ Book to be Banned – Breitbart News

The board acts as a guiding body to make sure The Muslim Vibe stays in line with Islamic values and principles and is made up of highly respected and learned individuals who help us make certain editorial decisions, according to its website.

Dawud Walid, Syed Abbas Ayleya, Zafar Bangash, and Sayed Asad Jafri are all hard-line figures, with links and sympathies to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Nation of Islam, and perhaps most dangerously the Islamic revolutionary theocracy which governs Iran.

Iran issued a fatwa against author Salman Rushdie like Kassam, a Brit of Indian heritage after his book The Satanic Verseswas deemed blasphemous by Grand AyatollahRuhollah Khomeini, the countrys late Supreme Leader.

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Dawud Walid is the Executive Director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and a leading Muslim in Dearborn a city which was being described as a Shariah enclave as long ago as 2011, and will be featured in Kassams book.

CAIR has been declared aa terrorist organizationby the United Arab Emirates, andwas named by U.S. federal prosecutors as anunindicted co-conspiratorin a Hamas terror-funding operation.

Walid himself hasspoken at length on how Islam sanctions violence specifically, by defending the mass execution of Jewish men and the selling of their women and children into slavery during the time of Mohammed in a speech he uploaded to YouTube.

He explained that the murdered Jews had broken an agreement with the prophet, and that committing treason during a time of war is punishable by death.

Jewish law says an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth, a life for a life, and a breach for a breach itself, Walid explained, adding: [Muslims] shouldnt be shy about defending this.

Speaking frequently on race politics and white privilege, Walid has indicated that his father was exposed to the teaching of the black supremacist Nation of Islam movement as a young man.

The groups leader is Louis Farrakhan, a controversial figure with a long record of anti-white and anti-Semitic public pronouncements.

These include such straightforwardly racist remarks as, White people deserve to die, White people are potential humans [who] havent evolved yet, and The Satanic Jews control everything and mostly everybody.

Farrakhan has also flirted with Holocaust revisionism, with the Jewish Virtual Library reporting a speech in which he claimed: International bankers financed Hitler and poor Jews died while big Jews were at the root of what you call the Holocaust Little Jews died while big Jews made money. Little Jews [were] being turned into soap while big Jews washed themselves with it.

While differing from the 84-year-old on religious doctrine, Walid has gone out of his way to praise the controversial figure as [one] of the few black leaders that HAS credibility among many black folk on both domestic & international issues and tweeted that his preaching [and] work is more relevant to the mass of Blackamericans[sic] than what imams on the Sunnah are preaching.

On still another occasion, the CAIR-MI director wrote: Farrakhan isntbeyond critique but give credit where its due. Hes [one] of few national Black leaders who isnt Uncle Tommin these days. [sic]

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Syed Abbas Ayleyais, like Dawud Walid, a frequent speaker at Al Quds Day events an annual call for the destruction of Israel first instituted by Irans late Supreme Leader, Ruhollah Khomeini.

A native of Pakistan with fifteen years of Iranian clerical training under his belt, Ayleya teaches at the Zainab Center in Seattle, Washington, and local media reports him as sharing a platform with Muslims deriding the shaytani [Satanic] character of the U.S. government and branding it Zionist occupied in Dearborn.

He is himself is reported to have said that There is no room for pluralism in Islam. It is un-Quranic.

At an English-languageKhomeinilecture in London in 2014, he railed againstpeople who [are] separating religion from politics, as if its not even part of Islam.

A proponent of Iranian-style Islamic revolutions worldwide, Ayleya demanded:Are you trying to reinvent the wheel? Are you here to make a new religion? The religion [of Islam] is the religion where Islam and politics is one! Islam and government are twins that means inseparable!

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Zafar Bangash, also born in Pakistan, is an imam based in Toronto, Canada.

He co-founded the Muslim Institute in London, England, and serves as Director of theInstitute of Contemporary Islamic Thought (ICIT) which describes itself as a hub for activists, journalists and academics in all parts of the world who share a common commitment to developing the social and political ideas of the Islamic movement, and promoting them as an alternative worldview to that of Western civilisation.

Like U.S.-based Syed Abbas Ayleya, Bangash is a fierce partisan for the Iranian regime, and has urgedMuslims to emulate Ayatollah Khomeini and strive to overthrow the oppressive systems in their societies through Islamic revolutions, and not by participating in fraudulent elections, according to reports in the Toronto Star.

Described as the unofficial spokesperson for the Iranian regime in Canada by detractors, the imam has denounced the United States in a Crescent International article,writingthat Ayatollah Khomeinis description of the country as Shaytan-e Buzurg (the Great Satan) was not an emotional outburst but an accurate understanding of the true nature of the U.S.

Bangash also told Iranian state radio to remember that Ramadan is a month for jihad as well as fasting in an interviewin 2010,citing Quranic battles and asking Muslims to observe Al Quds Day events at which, like Dawud Walid and Syed Abbas Ayleya, he is a frequent speaker.

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Syed Asad Jafri was born in Canada and remains based there, but received a technical education in the United States and a religious education at an Islamic seminary in Qom, Iran.

Like his rest of the quartet, Jafri is a regular at Al Quds Day demonstrations, telling attendees at a Toronto rally thatIsrael is led by a Zionist regime that sucks the resources, the blood, and everything that belongs to the people all across the world [to use] for themselves in 2011.

Lecturing at the Saba Islamic Center in San Jose, California, Jafri branded women in same-sex relationships and women who decline to wear the hijab willfully as leading a disgusting lifestyle.

The Muslim Vibe has not yet responded to a series of questions from Breitbart London.

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Lincoln Memorial vandalized with spray paint – The Hill (blog)

The Lincoln Memorial in Washington wasvandalized with red spray paint. The graffiti found on a pillar at the monument appeared to say”f— law,” the National Park Servicetold local stationNBC 4 News. A preservation crew is already working to remove the graffiti, which was discoveredearly Tuesday morning, the NPS said. The crew is applying a “mild, gel-type architectural paint stripper” to remove thered paint without damaging the underlying stone, according to the report. The park service is still investigating the matter. The vandalism comes amid a public debate over Civil War statues and memorials honoring the Confederacy. White supremacist groups converged on Charlottesville, Va., to protest the removal of a state of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee on Saturday, which led to violence. One person was killed and at least 19 were wounded after a man who took part in the white supremacist rallies drove his car into a crowd of counterprotesters. The alleged driver, James Alex Fields Jr., was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. Protestors toppleda Confederate statuein Durham, N.C., on Monday night. And in Boston, police arrested a suspect accused of vandalizing the citys Holocaust memorial.

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How to Tell If You’re a Neo-Nazi – Gizmodo – Gizmodo

GIF Internet personalities Baked Alaska and Millennial Matt had a lot of fun at this past weekends white supremacist rallies. Well, until Baked Alaska was maced, I guess. They used tools like Twitter and YouTube to bring their online followers into the heart of the racist action. But curiously, the two still insist that theyre not neo-Nazis. So what the hell is a neo-Nazi? The rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia were the largest collection of white supremacists in the United States in at least two decades. It left one woman, 32-year-old Heather Heyer, dead and dozens more injured. So its curious to see both Baked Alaska (real name Tim Gionet) and Millennial Matt (real name Matthew Colligan) insist that theyre not neo-Nazis and that theyve never advocated violence. Im starting to think that maybe they dont know what words mean. If youre in the same boat, and dont know if youre a neo-Nazi, Ive made a helpful guide to determine if you are. To be clear, the neo in neo-Nazi is simply meant to differentiate between Nazis who were around in the 1940s versus those who subscribe to Nazi beliefs today but werent alive during Hitlers time. Sadly, there are still old school Nazis around, like 98-year-old Michael Karkoc who massacred women and children and currently lives in Minnesota. If you answer yes to any of the questions below, youre a neo-Nazi. The so-called 14 Words were coined by the late white supremacist David Lane and became a slogan for neo-Nazis around the world. The 14 Words read, We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children. Its not exactly subtle as far as Nazi slogans go. In 1984, David Lane helped plot to kill Alan Berg, a Jewish radio talk show host, and acted as the getaway driver when he and his fellow neo-Nazi scum shot and killed Berg in his driveway. Lane was sentenced to 190 years and died in prison in 2007. Baked Alaska loves to tweet the 14 Words. He sends it to President Trump and he makes videos of it. Lots of videos of it. Yesterday, Baked Alaska tweeted his defense of the 14 Words, saying that theres nothing wrong with the slogan and that just because others have used them doesnt change the meaning. Its unclear if he understands the origin of the phrase, but he certainly understands that it means white advocacy. But even if he has no idea that it was coined by a murderous white supremacist thug, its still a poisonous idea that has no place in society. If you tweet the 14 Words youre a neo-Nazi. Some people insist that Baked Alaska and Millennial Matt cant be neo-Nazis because theyre simply saying outrageous things to get a rise out of people. One of those things is that Hitler did nothing wrong. But at some point youre no longer trolling and youre simply stating what you believe. Millennial Matt has said Hitler did nothing wrong so many times that its become his catchphrase. He says it on radio, in tweets, and in videos. But what the hell does such a phrase mean? Adolf Hitler systematically killed millions of Jews in concentration camps during the Holocaust. Saying he did nothing wrong is an endorsement of those deaths. Amazingly, Millennial Matt says that hes never advocated for violence against anyone. In a weepy YouTube post he whined that people were now threatening his life after he attended the rallies in Virginia. Theres nothing funny about threatening peoples lives, he said. But when you say that Hitler did nothing wrong you are explicitly advocating for violence against nonwhite people. Thats explicitly what Hitler did. Its kind of what hes known for. When you say Hitler did nothing wrong, and you say it so many times that people start to riff on it with jokes about other people who did nothing wrong youre advocating for violence. Thats kind of how this works. If you say Hitler did nothing wrong, youre a neo-Nazi. The salute goes by a lot of names: The Roman salute, the Hitler salute, and the Bellamy salute. But it only has one meaning since it was adopted by the Nazis in the 1930s. It means youre a neo-Nazi. Baked Alaska documented his trip from his home in Los Angeles to Virginia on Twitter and YouTube for all the world to see. And one of his most frightening videos came from Friday during the infamous tiki torchlight riot. Baked Alaska shot video as his fellow marchers viciously assaulted non-violent counter protesters. They can be seen in the video beating people with their torches. The counter protestors later described fearing for their lives. And when Baked Alaska pans around in the crowd, you can clearly see people giving Nazi salutes as they chant white lives matter. If you attend a rally with people giving Hitler salutes, youre a neo-Nazi. Did you see footage of people shouting hail victory at the rallies this weekend? Its the English translation of sieg heil, the notorious Nazi slogan. Baked Alaska shot video of himself saying just that. They thought we werent going to stand up, Baked Alaska shouts into the camera. Guess what, were standing up for our rights! Were proud to be white! Were proud to be white, brother, he continued while shaking hands with another white supremacist. Hail victory! Hell yeah! Thank you, love you guys. If you shout hail victory while carrying a torch in public, youre a neo-Nazi. Holocaust denial is pretty much textbook neo-Nazism. And Millennial Matt peddles in it constantly. At the 52-minute mark during the livestream from Virginia, Millennial Matt encourages viewers to look into revisionist history. Revisionist history often hinges on the belief that historians are lying about the fact that Nazi Germany executed millions of people. The history that they taught you in middle school is not factually accurate, Millennial Matt tells his viewers. The reason that they teach you the civil rights movement and slavery in middle school is because you havent fully developed your brain yet. If you wonder why people emotionally react when you talk about slavery, when you talk about the Holocaust, the reason people emotionally reaction is because they taught this to you before you were even old enough to realize what it is they were teaching you, he continued. The history that they teach you about the Holocaust is not factually accurate whatsoever, he says. The truth is, the Holocaust is one of the biggest hoaxes in world history, he said. Its one of the biggest lies ever perpetrated against the human race. If you deny the Holocaust youre a neo-Nazi. Aside from believing that the history of the Holocaust isnt accurate, Millennial Matt also believes that Nazi soldiers were treated more poorly than Jews during World War II. He goes so far as to compare Auschwitz, where an estimated 1.1 million people were systematically tortured and murdered, to a 5-star resort. If you believe Americas treatment of Nazis was worse than the Holocaust youre a neo-Nazi. Baked Alaska also enjoys publishing photoshopped photos of Jewish people he doesnt like in gas chambers. President Trump is often depicted as the one administering the gas, dressed in Nazi regalia. Baked Alaska was even temporarily banned for doing it, but insists hed do it all over again. If you publish photos of Jewish people you disagree with in gas chambers youre a neo-Nazi. Youre never going to guess what WWII-figure Millennial Matt has in his Twitter header. Yes, thats Joseph Goebbels, easily one of the most evil men in history and responsible for the deaths of millions of Jews. Oh, and former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan David Duke is also in there. Ironically, no doubt. If you have a photo of Joseph Goebbels in your Twitter header youre a neo-Nazi. New footage has emerged overnight of the vicious assault endured by 20-year-old Deandre Harris at the hands of white supremacists in a parking garage. Its brutal to watch. Me and about five of my friends were out protesting. We thought [the racists] left, but at one point they came back. Everyone was exchanging words with the group, but then the KKK and white supremacists just rushed us, Harris told The Root. Harris is lucky to be alive. Judging by the video, it doesnt appear like Baked Alaska or Millennial Matt were anywhere in sight and had nothing to do with the beating. But if youre marching with these people, this is what youre marching for. If you march with people who physically assault others because of their race youre a neo-Nazi. Do you want to hear the good news? You dont have to be a neo-Nazi forever. What youve done in the past doesnt have to define your future if youd like to live a happier life. How do you stop being a neo-Nazi? Just stop doing all of the things above. You dont even have to join a new organization or donate to a nonprofit. Just stop being filled with irrational hate for people that are slightly different than you. Its really as simple as that. Members of the alt-right have tried to rebrand their particular flavor of hate as new and stylish. But its the same old Nazi shit. If you do the thing above youre a neo-Nazi. If you stop doing the things above you can stop being a neo-Nazi. So give it a try! I promise it wont hurt. In fact, it might give you time to pursue things that are more fun. Do you enjoy making memes? Try making anti-Nazi memes. Or you can forget about Nazism altogether. Watch a movie, or build a tree fort, or go jerk off. I promise that theyre all more fun than spreading the hatred of Nazism.

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America’s Far Right Has Global Roots – New York Magazine

The white supremacists who terrorized Charlottesville, Virginia, this weekend were in one sense a manifestation of the ghosts of the Confederacy, but they also borrowed heavily from another, more recent philosophy of racial superiority: national socialism. In its blending of neo-Confederate and Nazi rhetoric and ideology, our contemporary white-nationalist movement is both distinctly American and part of a frightening international phenomenon. In its neo-Confederate garb, the alt-right reflects the specific history of racism in the U.S., steeped in the history of slavery, the Civil War, the failure of Reconstruction, the Ku Klux Klan, Jim Crow, segregation, and the Civil Rights Movement and the reaction thereto. In other words, it is a direct consequence of long-simmering tensions in American race relations and our national unwillingness to state unequivocally that the Confederacy was the villain of the Civil War, enabling revisionist histories that cast it as the victim. For all our protestations that this is not the America we know, this brand of racism and white supremacism is in our countrys very DNA. The alt-rights Nazi imagery, rhetoric, and ideology, by comparison, are anything but American (though Hitler drew inspiration for his model of race-based lawmaking from Jim Crow). Indeed, Nazism is so un-American that, as Senator Orrin Hatch and others pointedly recalled, hundreds of thousands of young American lives were sacrificed within living memory in a war to eradicate it. To understand the neo-Nazi tendency in alt-right politics, one must look beyond the U.S. It turns out that the nationalism of the alt-right has an unmistakably international flavor. Currently, Europe is also seeing an uptick in right-wing extremist activity, driven mainly by a backlash against the influx of migrants from Syria and other Middle Eastern conflict zones. Some of this activity ranges from the pointless to the silly: In July, thousands of literal Nazi punks descended on the tiny German town of Themar for a concert called Rock Against Foreign Domination, and this month, a group calling itself Defend Europe, made up of young right-wingers from Austria, France, Germany, and Italy, took to the Mediterranean Sea on a mission to block refugees and migrants from invading Europe with the help of humanitarian organizations that rescue them when their rickety crafts sink or they are set adrift by smugglers. In the end, the immigration vigilantes boat had engine trouble and they had to be rescued by one of those very same organizations. Right-wing violence, however, is also on the rise. Germany recorded 3,500 attacks on asylum seekers and the places that house them last year, while in the U.K., the number of far-right and neo-Nazi extremists arrested for plotting acts of domestic terrorism doubled from 2015 to 2016. In Sweden, three members of that countrys neo-Nazi movement were recently jailed for a series of bombings targeting a left-wing bookstore and two asylum centers. Two of the perpetrators had previously traveled to Russia for paramilitary training with an ultranationalist organization that prepares civilians to fight in the all-consuming civilizational conflict they believe may be just around the corner. The Russia connection is salient for the American far right as well. Russian President Vladimir Putin who styles himself as a defender of Christendom and traditional values against globalism, secularism, feminism, gay rights, and Islam has won as many fans among the alt-right as he has among their European counterparts. Steve Bannon, the chief ideologue of the Trump administration and a hero of the alt-right, has expressed sympathy for Putins national-hegemonic ideology of Eurasianism, and Alexander Dugin, the intellectual godfather of that philosophy, says the feeling is mutual. Alt-righters have also become fans of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, whom they see as a nationalist icon defending his country to the death against Islamism and Zionism. This new wave of right-wing nationalism is definitely gaining strength, but so far, Western Europe has proven reassuringly resistant to backsliding into racism and xenophobia. Far-right candidates were defeated this year in national elections in France and the Netherlands, and the Euroskeptic, anti-refugee Alternative for Germany (AfD) party is pulling just 8 percent in the latest polls for Germanys upcoming vote on September 24. A vivid memory of the original catastrophe of Nazism helps keep its 21st-century imitators at bay, particularly in Germany, where every schoolchild is required to visit a concentration camp, Nazi symbols are outlawed, and even vague, implicit valorization of the Third Reich or Holocaust revisionism is met with swift and universal condemnation. The AfDs inability to gain traction in national politics has much to do with it stepping too close to the red lines Germany has drawn around ideologies it never wishes to see in its political mainstream again. In the U.S., however, we have no such red lines. As Ta-Nehisi Coates pointed out at The Atlantic earlier this month, whereas the ringleaders of Nazi Germany were put on trial, their crimes documented and adjudged in a public hearing, and most were jailed or executed, not one author of the Confederacy was convicted of treason. This weekends atrocious gathering in Charlottesville was billed as a coming-together not of the fringes of the American right, but of a movement so mainstream that its intellectual leaders work in the White House, where they have not only the ear of the president, but also the ability to put words in his mouth. Little wonder, then, that Donald Trump has had so much trouble uttering the words radical white-supremacist terrorism. Kim Jong-un will observe the foolish and stupid conduct of the Yankees before firing missiles, according to state media. The Donkey Party has been getting a lot more votes than expected. After violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, more cities have announced plans to remove Confederate memorials. As he dragged his feet on condemning racist violence this weekend, the president was thinking fondly of the nativist demagogue Joe Arpaio. The 23-year-old would-be terrorist told an FBI informant that he wanted to start the next revolution. Alabama GOP voters likely to vault the wheezing campaign of Trumps endorsee Luther Strange into a runoff with the grim celebrity theocrat Roy Moore. In the White House on Monday, Trump said racism is evil and called out white supremacists by name. Alt-right activists who would like to distinguish themselves from the white supremacists who rioted in Charlottesville will march against Google. Blending neo-Confederate and Nazi ideology, our white nationalist movement is part of a frightening international phenomenon. More than words are needed to absolve the GOP and Donald Trump of collaborating with racists. But very direct words are essential as well. A far stronger response than the president has mustered. Kenneth Frazier, who runs Merck, said leaders must reject expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy. And helped its key player escape to the United States. A former teacher said he expressed white-supremacist views throughout high school, and he was kicked out of the Army after four months. We still dont know if Trump plans to sabotage Obamacare, which is whats driving up 2018 premiums. Republicans need to do a lot more than say the right words about Nazis to atone for their role in the revival of the racist right. Many sides are to blame for the haphazard defense of the presidents response to Charlottesville, but none more so than Trump himself. 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How Germany responds to blood and soil politics – The Economist (blog)

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Ernst Zundel: a life on the altar of hate – NOW Magazine

I stepped through the black iron gate and walked up the path leading to the tall, century-old Victorian at 206 Carlton. Taking a deep breath, I pushed the doorbell. In the security camera bolted above the fortified door I eyed my reflection: a scrawny, 16-year-old girl with long red hair and torn Goodwill jeans. The door buzzed open and I stepped into a reception area plastered with World War II-era Nazi propaganda posters. A powerful voice with a thick German accent commanded my attention. So youre Elisse. Welcome to the bunker! Ernst Zundel was wearing fuzzy slippers and a knitted sweater. A balding, stout man in his 50s, with a ruddy face and the belly of an Oktoberfest gnome, he looked like he could be your favourite uncle. Only he wasnt. He was the most notoriousHolocaust denier and publisher of anti-Semitic propaganda in the world. Zundel, a man who placed his life on the altar of hate, died last week in Germany, reportedly of heart failure. He was 78. Whenever I think back to my turbulent teenage years, I remember theday I first met Zundel. That memory will stay with me forever as a reminder of how easily I could be seduced by hate, only because I wanted to be loved. I was a high school dropout with no friends or future. It was the fall of 1991 and, after a two-year stint in group homes, Id run away from my last foster home and back to my abusive mothers apartment in Regent Park. I had emigrated from Communist Romania when I was 11 and, like many kids who grow up in a country where they dont feel they belong, I felt alienated, lonely and hopeless just the incendiary mix that extremist groups are looking for in recruits. Thats when I saw a TV program about the Heritage Front, a Toronto nationalist group that advocated pride for European culture and lobbied for a White History Month. I left a message on their hotline and within days was enlisted by the groups leader, ex-Klansman Wolfgang Droege, who became an instant father figure to me. Back then I was Elisse. After learning about my volatile home situation, Droege arranged to introduce me to his close friend, fellow German expat Zundel, who needed help around the house. A five-minute walk from my roach-infested apartment block in Regent Park, Zundels Cabbagetown manse was a safe place to spend my afternoons and get away from my mothers rage. The bunker was an extension of Zundel: shelves lined the living room walls stacked floor to ceiling with revisionist books like The Hitler We Loved And Why, and Did Six Million Really Die?, the booklet that had earned him his reputation and fortune. I didnt hate Jews, not at first. But Zundel told me everything Id been taught about history was wrong. Canadas public school system brainwashes children with political correctness, he said, insisting that he would teach me the real truth, not the one crafted by the nefarious Zionist elites who he said controlled the world. My new education started that first day. It involved watching Zundels collection of Third Reich propaganda films like Triumph Of The Will and Hitler Youth Quex, and grainy footage from the eugenics movement that depicted Jews as hook-nosed bankers and rats scurrying in city sewers. Zundel also made me look at photos of concentration camp corpses until I couldnt feel anything anymore. By the second week, I was convinced the Holocaust had never happened and The Diary of Anne Frank was a hoax. Id also learned to pound out Horst Wessel Lied, the Nazi Party anthem, on the keys of Zundels basement piano. At the bunker, I spent most of my days in the living room stuffing newsletters soliciting donations into envelopes addressed to anti-Semites across the planet. Hitlers beady eyes watched over me from ornate oil paintings hung on the wall. I collected newspaper clippings, folded pamphlets, mailed packages at the post office and ran to the corner store to fetch Zundels favourite liver pat. He paid me in sandwiches and kind words. I finally had a place to hide from my mothers blows, a cot in the basement to sleep instead of the streets. For a girl whod never had anything, that was enough. By the time I was 17, I had become the new, fresh face of the Heritage Front not an angry, tattooed skinhead but a girl-next-door who looked younger than my age. At home, a poster of Hitler hung above my bed. Droege dragged me to press interviews and made sure I spoke at every rally. He and Zundel chose me to go on The Montel Williams Show in New York to represent the Canadian far-right. (We forged parental consent forms for that appearance.) I threw myself breathlessly into the business of hate because it earned me Zundels grandfatherly affection and Droeges praise. They were my family. The movement needs smart kids like you, they told me. You are our future. Nobody had called me smart before. Naturally, I loved them the way a stray dog loves its new master. Expressing hate made me feel powerful. Surrounded by skinheads, I was no longer alone or afraid. When passersby saw our bomber jackets and black combat boots, they crossed the street. It was the first time adults were afraid of me rather than the other way around. Within a year, the Heritage Front had become Canadas largest white supremacist organization. Hundreds of angry skinheads attracted to the cause filled the Latvian House for a rally, moshed at RaHoWa rock concerts, paraded through the streets of Toronto and Ottawa giving straight-arm salutes. American white supremacists like Dennis Mahon and Tom and John Metzger were brought in to speak at rallies. Infamous Holocaust revisionist David Irving flew in to speak to Zundels Nazi fan base. Between 1992-1993, several Jewish buildings, a bookstore and the Native Canadian Centre on Spadina were spray-painted with swastikas. A group home for runaway girls and a Jewish activists Kitchener home were firebombed. The Morgantaler abortion clinic blew up, the Fronts telephone number tagged on its wall. Three South Asian men were attacked that summer two beaten to death and one left brain-damaged and paralysed. Street clashes between skinheads and anti-racists became the norm. Heritage Front co-founder Grant Bristow instigated the It Campaign a Heritage Front terror onslaught against members of anti-Fa group Anti-Racist Action. ARA members were harassed, stalked and threatened with death. The escalation of violence was a turning point for me. The more innocents who were targeted for harassment, the more my world fell apart. A seed of conscience had begun to sprout deep inside me. After Bristow asked me to terrorize an ARA activist who happened to be lesbian, I had to confront the reality that I, too, was gay. But I didnt just want to drop out of the white supremacist movement.I wanted to shut it down. With the help of anti-racist activists, I spied on the Heritage Front for months, collected information on criminal activities and illegal weapons, and signed dozens of affidavits, which we turned over to police, along withpart of Zundels extensive mailing list. For over a year, I lived in hiding all across Canada and subsequently testified against Droege and two other group members, leading to their convictions and jail sentences on hate-related charges. My testimony, coupled with Toronto Sun reporter Bill Dunphys explosive revelation that Grant Bristow was a paid CSIS spy, contributed to the end of the Heritage Front. In the years that followed, I earned a university degree, wrote a memoir and converted to Judaism. In March 2017, more than 20 years after I last saw Zundel, I came across The Hitler We Loved And Why and other Holocaust-denying books in Chapters-Indigos online inventory. My complaint led to their removal. But The Turner Diaries, the book that inspired Timothy McVeighs Oklahoma bombing, continues to be sold by the bookstore online. Zundels death, 12 years after his friend Droege was shot to death in Scarborough in a drug-related shooting, leaves behind a legacy of intolerance that still casts a long shadow on Torontos history. For all his lies, Zundel taught me one hard truth: words are power. And they have the ability to inspire or destroy. By rewriting history to erase mass genocide, he created an ideologyused to justify violence against innocent people. Elisa Hategan is an author, public speaker and journalist. Her memoir, Race Traitor: The True Story Of Canadian Intelligences Greatest Cover-Up, was published in 2014. news@nowtoronto.com | @nowtoronto

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Austrians tread carefully as underfoot Holocaust memorials remain controversial – The Times of Israel

SALZBURG, Austria Let the dead trip the people into remembering. That was the committees first proposal for how the Stolpersteine plaques should be installed into Salzburgs sidewalks. They imagined the brass memorial plates would be slightly elevated in the concrete, causing pedestrians to stumble over the dedications to the individual residents of Salzburg who were murdered during the Holocaust. Stolpersteine translates to stumbling stone, and the committee was feeling quite literal. Artist Gunter Demnig had introduced his Stolpersteine initiative at the end of the 1990s. Since then, cities across Europe have set tens of thousands of these commemorative plaques into sidewalks, allowing for individual victims of the Holocaust to have their names remembered a way, according to the Talmud, to keep them alive in peoples memories forever. Besides names, the plaques often list the reason the person was persecuted, along with the dates of birth, deportation, and murder. As one would imagine, planting intentionally raised stones in the pavement was not approved by Salzburgs city council, but the project itself was green-lighted and the first stones were installed in 2007. Today, there are more than 350 stumbling stones set in Salzburg. Unlike erecting a single Holocaust memorial, the brass plates scattered about the city and placed at the victims last residences indicate how widespread the massacre was. Salzburg had a small Jewish community just a few hundred whereas Vienna, in 1938, had a Jewish population of nearly 200,000. By the end of the war, 65,000 Viennese Jews had been murdered. In Salzburg, the number of Jewish victims was 101. Despite this huge disparity in statistics, the plaques feel ubiquitous in the quaint city they are set on main pedestrian thoroughfares and cemented into bustling corners. Crossing a stumbling stone in vast Vienna, however, feels as likely as tripping over a tree root in the center of the Gobi desert. The town of Salburg, Austria. (Noah Lederman/Times of Israel) While pedestrians in Salzburg must constantly pass stumbling stones, how effective are these brass plates at memorializing the dead? And by laying these stones, have the people of Salzburg remembered the victims? Has the artist and committee appropriately honored the murdered? Stan Nadel, a retired American history professor, member of the Stolpersteine committee in Salzburg, and author of Salzburg and the Jews: A Historical Walking Guide, celebrates Salzburgs effort to pay tribute to the victims. Its a town with a university and liberal, educated people, Nadel explained, crediting that atmosphere for the success of the project. Salzburgs locals more than three dozen were interviewed for this story evidenced a clear understanding that the stumbling stones were memorials for victims of the Holocaust, though most explained that they memorialized the Jews only. (Stones have been laid for all victim groups, including homosexuals, communists and Jehovahs Witnesses, to name a few.) A stumbling stone near the entrance of an apartment building in Salzburg, Austria. (Noah Lederman/Times of Israel) When asked about the brass plates, Peter Panasch, 56, said I think its good to remember the victims of the Nazis. He sometimes stops to read about the person who was murdered. Other locals like Christa Gollner, who went to school just after the war and didnt learn about the Holocaust until she was in her 30s, do not stop to read the plaques. But I think [about the victims], she said. Nadel contends that some residents he estimated 10 percent virulently object to having [Stolpersteine plaques] in front of their houses. In public, these individuals typically state that they do not want others to associate them with the crimes, Nadel explained, but at ceremonies, he has heard residents say filthy Jew. One couple, who asked to remain anonymous, was pushing their infant in a stroller along Franz-Josefstrasse. They recalled the time when the stumbling stone was cemented into the sidewalk in front of their apartment and roses were laid down. Its good to have them, said the mother and then signaled down to her young son in the pram. They should learn everything about it. Sometimes I Google the name [on the Stolpersteine], said the father. He often found no information, unaware that the Stolpersteine website has biographies in both German and English, detailing the victims lives and deaths. On the next block, 80-year-old Warner Rainer, returning from the market with his shopping bags, approached a stone. When asked about the efficacy of the project, he lifted his foot, stomped down upon Margarette Wraubecks memorial, and ground the stone with his foot as if crushing her identity like a lit cigarette. Again, he said angrily, pausing for an uncomfortable moment. Again what? She should die? Another Holocaust? Again, we murder them with our feet Again, Rainer repeated and added, we murder them with our feet. As he spoke about the victims, his neighbors, he nearly came to tears. For this reason, Munich, Germany has no stumbling stones. Charlotte Knoblauch, the head of the Jewish community in Munich, leads an opposition to the Stolpersteine project, arguing that having people tread upon the names of the dead and allowing dogs to urinate on these plaques is no memorial at all, but an insult to their identities. A few years back, stumbling stones in Salzburg were desecrated: sprayed with black paint or tagged with the number 1488. (The 14 represents fourteen words that white supremacists hold dear and the pair of eights stand for the eighth letter of the alphabet HH for Heil Hitler.) A defaced Stolpersteine , or stumbling stone, in honor of victim Josefine Schneider, with the information scratched out. (Noah Lederman/Times of Israel) With the rise of refugees fleeing war in Syria and Iraq, the Identity Movement an anti-immigrant, white nationalist group has been pasting stickers in Salzburg that read Faschtung Europa or Fortress Europe, a term used during World War II that advocates for sealing the border. Some of these stickers have ended up on the Stolpersteines. But after passing more than 100 stones in the city, only one has been defaced: Josefine Schneiders identity, the concentration camp she had been deported to, and other scarred details were scraped away with, perhaps, a knife. While nearly all the locals interviewed were aware of the Stolpersteine projects significance, the tourists were oblivious. At one cafe, on the popular Linzergasse street, tables were situated between three commemorative stones that caught the sun. But in the two years that one waiter had worked at the establishment, he said that he had only ever been asked about the stones once. He had never noticed anyone else examine them. Of the three dozen tourists who were shown a photograph of a stumbling stone on a smartphone, and asked if theyd seen the memorials around the city, only two visitors answered affirmatively. But the two were familiar with the project, as they lived in a German city that also had Stolpersteine plaques. Each time a tourist was shown the photograph, they had either just passed a stone or were about to approach one. Of those in the latter group, not one tourist seemed to notice the shiny, golden plaque, even after seeing the photograph. They just stepped over it. Three Stolpersteine , or stumbling stones, dedicated to the memory of Josef Geer and to the Hauslauers a married couple who were Jehovahs Witnesses in Salzburg, Austria. (Noah Lederman/Times of Israel) Most disturbing was one tourist who was shown the photograph, took a dozen paces, stood upon three polished stumbling stones one to remember Josef Geer and the Hauslauers, a married couple who were Jehovahs Witnesses paused to bite into his gyro, dripped some sauce near the stones, and moved on. Perhaps tourists are always looking up or devouring gyros. Or perhaps there are limits with every effort to memorialize the victims. When a Chinese-speaking tour guide was asked if she told her groups about the stones, which she had recognized on the smartphone, she said, They are from Asia, so they dont know about this. I tell them only if theyre interested. Of the more than 70 people interviewed for this article tourists and locals the only person to stop and read a stone was Konrad Xu, a German child of about 10 years old, of Chinese descent. Hes curious about everything, the German man accompanying him said when asked about Xus interest in Julia Leitners memorial. I told him who lived here. When asked if he told Xu about Leitners murder in 1941, the older mans smile disappeared. Oh, so its from then. While Jews from Salzburg have the most memorial stones of any one group, the Sinti and Roma people, who lived in the city and its environs, were actually Salzburgs largest victim group. They were held in a camp near the city center. Most were exterminated in Auschwitz. But only about two dozen stones are set for the Sinti and Roma children born in the camp, who were murdered as infants and toddlers. The vast majority have no individual memorials. A pedestrian walking by a Stolpersteine , or stumbling stone, dedicated to the memory of a Holocaust victim in Salzburg, Austria. (Noah Lederman/Times of Israel) Forthcoming plans are centered around remembering homosexuals and resisters, but not without conflict. There is still a stigma attached to both groups. To this day, many families do not want their relatives remembered as such, for fear of shame or even reprisals, as some locals still consider those who resisted the Nazis to be traitors. Peter Wilhelmstatter, one of the most educated locals on the history of the Jews in Salzburg, said that Austrians view themselves as the victims of the Nazis We forget about everything else People should be more aware and it should be part of the public knowledge. Then he smiled, admitting, Im also a little ignoring. Ive never looked [the online biographies] up. I should probably do [that] now, now that youre asking about it. Nadels earlier compliments of the citys assistance with the project were not without criticism. Salzburg still praises infamous Nazis and known anti-Semites. For instance, Hans Prodinger, whom the city remembers as an anti-fascist and a victim of the Nazis, was also one of the first Salzburg state party chiefs of the Austrian Nazi party, as detailed in Nadels book. Prodinger was eventually considered a Nazi traitor, but opted instead to lead the Austro-fascist party and remained fueled by his anti-Semitism. Back in the 15th century, the sculptor Hans Valkenauer was commissioned by the city to carve the Judensau an anti-Semitic feature in many Medieval cities that showed Jews suckling from the teats of a pig and eating its excrement. The marble frieze topped the Rathaus for centuries. A Judensau. (Public domain) After the Holocaust, the city named streets for both men. (Hans-Prodingergasse leads to the Jewish cemetery.) Despite Stolpersteine committee members complaints, the city, according to Nadel, responded that there was no evidence that the Judensau was an anti-Semitic sculpture. While the Stolpersteine project keeps citizens cognizant of these past crimes and serves as a counter to the revisionist honors bestowed upon the citys historic anti-Semites, Nadel still views Austria as a country of progress. Before moving to Salzburg, Nadel had worked at Southwest Oklahoma State University in Custer County, Oklahoma named for the general who, at dawn, infamously massacred a peaceful group of Cheyenne. Black Kettle, the chief, who had survived the earlier Sand Creek Massacre, tried to stop Custers troops, running into the massacre waving a white and an American flag. Custers men gunned him down all the same. Theres no Eichmann County [in Austria], said Nadel. It puts it in perspective. A man sitting with his foot near a stumbling stone; stumbling stones placed in the road, one near a pedestrian crossing marking. (Noah Lederman/Times of Israel)

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Nazi memorabilia at Pickering flea market concerns Jewish group – Toronto Sun

Toronto Sun Nazi memorabilia at Pickering flea market concerns Jewish group Toronto Sun … value of the large collection at $5,000, said the only place for this type of Nazi memorabilia is the field of Holocaust education, and having it sit on a shelf for sale in a Pickering flea market gives it the potential to fuel distortion and … and more »

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Colby Cosh: Revisionism in a hard hat: how Ernst Zndel charmed the gullible – National Post

Ernst Zndel, the Zelig of Holocaust denial, died suddenly this weekend at his ancestral home in the Black Forest of Germany. If he had died sooner, before his 2005 deportation from this country, I am afraid he would have been widely described in obituaries as German-Canadian. He lived here from 1958 to 2000, unsuccessfully trying a couple of times to obtain official citizenship, and was visible for years as a self-styled opponent of Germanophobic stereotypes in the popular media. Foreseeably, Zndel turned out to be the ultimate German stereotype himself: a war baby who used Canada as a refuge from conscription and anti-Nazi laws back home, all while obsessively re-litigating the Second World War in pseudonymous anti-Semitic pamphlets and books. Most ethnic Germans abroad wouldnt deny the Holocaust or complain of a worldwide Jewish conspiracy, as Zndel did, but well, if you have studied German history seriously enough to talk about it socially, you will have run into folks who have funny ideas and tiny chips on their shoulder about, say, First World War reparations or the bombing of Dresden. In Germany, any sense of nationalist injustice over the 20th century must be carefully hidden. Over here, parents and grandparents are more free to make such resentment a family heirloom. This, perhaps, is how Zndel was able to gain a Canadian following for the notion that the murder of the European Jews was a propaganda fiction. If Zundel had died before his deportation from Canada, I’m afraid he would have been widely described as ‘German-Canadian’ In retrospect, his industriousness and personal cheerfulness turn out to have played a significant part in the epic of Holocaust denial. In 1986, the amateur historian David Irving, then still somewhat admired in the profession as a document-digger and sort of useful devils advocate for Hitler, visited Toronto to kick off a North American lecture series. Zndel liked Irvings books and greeted him at the airport: Irving recoiled in horror and asked Zndel politely to steer clear. But Irvings talks were poorly attended, and Zndel used the opportunity to convince Irving that there might be a bigger audience for more strident Holocaust-minimizing views. As Irvings life was devoured by ill-advised comments and self-destructive legal struggles in the 1990s, he came to speak of Zndel almost in the fashion of a disappointed paramouralternately crediting him with having convinced him the Holocaust was an exaggeration, and blaming him for transforming him into a social and professional pariah. The University of Waterloo architecture historian Robert Jan van Pelt, a leading authority on the Holocaust, tells an amazing story in his 2002 book The Case for Auschwitz. It turns out he actually met Zndel before Irving did. A group of visiting historians had come to Ontario to meet van Pelt, and someone suggested visiting Zndel on a professorial lark. They were welcomed effusively at Zndels basement HQ. In Germany, any sense of nationalist injustice over the 20th century must be hidden. Here, parents can make such resentment a family heirloom Zndel talked and talked, van Pelt recounts, calling him, A large roguish fellow who could have been quite a pleasant companion during a night on the townassuming that one did not understand a word he said. After enduring Zndels harangue in near-silence for a while, van Pelt and the others left, passing posters for Irvings lectures on the way out. In the picture Irving looked like a gentleman, van Pelt observes, and I wondered how he had gotten involved with Zndel, who seemed to relish his role as a lout and a buffoon. The buffoonery was probably integral to the seduction. Canadians will remember that Zndel was rarely photographed in this country without a hard hat. Irving, who had contended throughout his career with effete British dons, seems to have had no natural defence against a strutting, brawny alpha male who was even more the outsider-amateur than himself. Zundel could have been a pleasant companion during a night on the town… assuming one did not understand a word he said It should be remembered that by 1986 Zndel was already well on his way to establishing his place in Canadian legal history. He had already been convicted once under the Criminal Codes spreading false news section, eventually struck down by the Supreme Court in 1992s R. v. Zndel. Free speech absolutists argued then that the legal and social pursuit of Zndel merely served to increase his notoriety. As a purely empirical question of history, this is hard to resolve. But we know that protests and the exertions of the police failed to stop Zndel from winning over Irving, and thus acquiring international influence. It may have done nothing but enhance his credentials as a pseudo-intellectual grappler, defying social scorn and the force of law. The authorities were eventually able to bundle Zndel off to Germany through a legal door that has since closed. He was deported as an undesirable alien on the basis of a ministerial security certificatenot long before the Supreme Court denounced the use of secret evidence in deportation proceedings, and made such certificates harder to obtain. After Zndels deportation, an apparatus of progressive opposition to security certificates was quick to materialize. One cannot help wondering: if he were still alive in Canada in 2017, and the state tried to banish him, who might be out marching on his behalf, defending him as an undocumented Canadian? National Post

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Revealed: The Islamic Extremists ‘Advising’ The Muslims Who Called for Kassam’s ‘No Go Zones’ Book to be Banned – Breitbart News

The board acts as a guiding body to make sure The Muslim Vibe stays in line with Islamic values and principles and is made up of highly respected and learned individuals who help us make certain editorial decisions, according to its website. Dawud Walid, Syed Abbas Ayleya, Zafar Bangash, and Sayed Asad Jafri are all hard-line figures, with links and sympathies to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Nation of Islam, and perhaps most dangerously the Islamic revolutionary theocracy which governs Iran. Iran issued a fatwa against author Salman Rushdie like Kassam, a Brit of Indian heritage after his book The Satanic Verseswas deemed blasphemous by Grand AyatollahRuhollah Khomeini, the countrys late Supreme Leader. YouTube Dawud Walid is the Executive Director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and a leading Muslim in Dearborn a city which was being described as a Shariah enclave as long ago as 2011, and will be featured in Kassams book. CAIR has been declared aa terrorist organizationby the United Arab Emirates, andwas named by U.S. federal prosecutors as anunindicted co-conspiratorin a Hamas terror-funding operation. Walid himself hasspoken at length on how Islam sanctions violence specifically, by defending the mass execution of Jewish men and the selling of their women and children into slavery during the time of Mohammed in a speech he uploaded to YouTube. He explained that the murdered Jews had broken an agreement with the prophet, and that committing treason during a time of war is punishable by death. Jewish law says an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth, a life for a life, and a breach for a breach itself, Walid explained, adding: [Muslims] shouldnt be shy about defending this. Speaking frequently on race politics and white privilege, Walid has indicated that his father was exposed to the teaching of the black supremacist Nation of Islam movement as a young man. The groups leader is Louis Farrakhan, a controversial figure with a long record of anti-white and anti-Semitic public pronouncements. These include such straightforwardly racist remarks as, White people deserve to die, White people are potential humans [who] havent evolved yet, and The Satanic Jews control everything and mostly everybody. Farrakhan has also flirted with Holocaust revisionism, with the Jewish Virtual Library reporting a speech in which he claimed: International bankers financed Hitler and poor Jews died while big Jews were at the root of what you call the Holocaust Little Jews died while big Jews made money. Little Jews [were] being turned into soap while big Jews washed themselves with it. While differing from the 84-year-old on religious doctrine, Walid has gone out of his way to praise the controversial figure as [one] of the few black leaders that HAS credibility among many black folk on both domestic & international issues and tweeted that his preaching [and] work is more relevant to the mass of Blackamericans[sic] than what imams on the Sunnah are preaching. On still another occasion, the CAIR-MI director wrote: Farrakhan isntbeyond critique but give credit where its due. Hes [one] of few national Black leaders who isnt Uncle Tommin these days. [sic] YouTube Syed Abbas Ayleyais, like Dawud Walid, a frequent speaker at Al Quds Day events an annual call for the destruction of Israel first instituted by Irans late Supreme Leader, Ruhollah Khomeini. A native of Pakistan with fifteen years of Iranian clerical training under his belt, Ayleya teaches at the Zainab Center in Seattle, Washington, and local media reports him as sharing a platform with Muslims deriding the shaytani [Satanic] character of the U.S. government and branding it Zionist occupied in Dearborn. He is himself is reported to have said that There is no room for pluralism in Islam. It is un-Quranic. At an English-languageKhomeinilecture in London in 2014, he railed againstpeople who [are] separating religion from politics, as if its not even part of Islam. A proponent of Iranian-style Islamic revolutions worldwide, Ayleya demanded:Are you trying to reinvent the wheel? Are you here to make a new religion? The religion [of Islam] is the religion where Islam and politics is one! Islam and government are twins that means inseparable! YouTube Zafar Bangash, also born in Pakistan, is an imam based in Toronto, Canada. He co-founded the Muslim Institute in London, England, and serves as Director of theInstitute of Contemporary Islamic Thought (ICIT) which describes itself as a hub for activists, journalists and academics in all parts of the world who share a common commitment to developing the social and political ideas of the Islamic movement, and promoting them as an alternative worldview to that of Western civilisation. Like U.S.-based Syed Abbas Ayleya, Bangash is a fierce partisan for the Iranian regime, and has urgedMuslims to emulate Ayatollah Khomeini and strive to overthrow the oppressive systems in their societies through Islamic revolutions, and not by participating in fraudulent elections, according to reports in the Toronto Star. Described as the unofficial spokesperson for the Iranian regime in Canada by detractors, the imam has denounced the United States in a Crescent International article,writingthat Ayatollah Khomeinis description of the country as Shaytan-e Buzurg (the Great Satan) was not an emotional outburst but an accurate understanding of the true nature of the U.S. Bangash also told Iranian state radio to remember that Ramadan is a month for jihad as well as fasting in an interviewin 2010,citing Quranic battles and asking Muslims to observe Al Quds Day events at which, like Dawud Walid and Syed Abbas Ayleya, he is a frequent speaker. YouTube Syed Asad Jafri was born in Canada and remains based there, but received a technical education in the United States and a religious education at an Islamic seminary in Qom, Iran. Like his rest of the quartet, Jafri is a regular at Al Quds Day demonstrations, telling attendees at a Toronto rally thatIsrael is led by a Zionist regime that sucks the resources, the blood, and everything that belongs to the people all across the world [to use] for themselves in 2011. Lecturing at the Saba Islamic Center in San Jose, California, Jafri branded women in same-sex relationships and women who decline to wear the hijab willfully as leading a disgusting lifestyle. The Muslim Vibe has not yet responded to a series of questions from Breitbart London. You can pre-orderNo Go Zones: How Sharia Law is Coming to a Neighborhood Near Youon Amazon.

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