Wisconsin Monument to Adolf Hitler Draws Nazis and Trouble
Theodor Junker says he doesn't want any trouble. The ex-Waffen SS soldier just wants to tend quietly to his Adolf Hitler memorial. But trouble is what he got in August, when 5 carloads of neo-Nazis visited Junker. He has invested 3 years and $200,000 in the memorial: including a granite pedestal holding two portraits of Hitler. He has been a repeat guest on the NSM radio program "Nazi America," on which his shrine is referred to as "America's Feldherrnhalle," a reference to the "Hall of Commanders" that honors German military leaders in Bavaria. Junker discussed his proud service in Nazi uniform during WWII and why Hitler should be remembered fondly.
Former Waffen-SS soldier cited for gathering at Hitler memorial (Article no longer available from the original source)
Officials have fined a former Nazi Waffen SS soldier $2,000 for allowing about 25 people to gather at his memorial to Adolf Hitler. But Theodor Junker can get his money back if he avoids any such gatherings for the next year. National Socialist Movement Commander Jeff Schoep was one of the attendees at Junker's memorial on Aug. 25. He said the cars stopped by to say hello to a friend who invited them over. They left within an hour.
Trouble for Hitler backer Waffen SS soldier Theodor Junker
Walworth County says Theodor Junker, a former Nazi Waffen SS soldier, had 20 to 25 people at his memorial to Adolf Hitler. That many people created a public gathering on land not zoned for such an event, prompting the county to file a $2,000 civil suit against Junker. "They were there for over an hour," Michael Cotter said, referring to the members of the National Socialist Movement who Junker acknowledged were on his property. Had Junker invited each person who attended, there would have been little the county could do.
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"Unity Under the Swastika" meeting at Hitler shrine called off? (Article no longer available from the original source)
Officials say a planned meeting of the National Socialist Movement at the Adolf Hitler Museum built by a former Nazi Waffen-SS veteran would violate a court order. The county filed a motion contending that Ted Junker is in contempt of court for violating the agreement he reached not to hold public assemblies on his property. The National Socialist Movement, a Minnesota-based Nazi organization, was planning a national rally. The organization also planned to hold a "Unity Under the Swastika" conference at Junker's meeting room.
Nazi group to meet at Adolf Hitler shrine (Article no longer available from the original source)
Nazi group plans to gather at a shrine to Adolf Hitler in Walworth County. Jeff Schoep, commander of the National Socialist Movement, said members will assemble at a shrine to Hitler on the property of Ted Junker, who describes himself as a veteran of the German Waffen SS in World War II. Junker said that he did agree to allow the movement to hold a small meeting at his property on Aug. 25.
No problems at Waffen-SS soldier's Adolf Hitler memorial (Article no longer available from the original source)
A handful of people came to see Ted Junker's memorial to Adolf Hitler during the week, but nobody came Sunday, which was supposed to be the public grand opening of Junker's homemade shrine to the infamous German fuehrer, but authorities asked him to cancel the event and monitored Internet trying to gauge any activity that might arise. The former Nazi Waffen-SS soldier still is allowed to invite people to see his creation. He agreed to keep the property closed to the public until his land is rezoned.
On Ted Junker and Waffen SS (Schutzstaffel) soldiers (Article no longer available from the original source)
Ted Junker is an old man, and a delusional one. One who is easy to dismiss. He says that he was a member of the Waffen SS. He even still has his SS tattoo. That would make him very different than other SS members like Josias Kumpf: Who at the end of World War II discarded his SS uniform and had his SS blood-type tattoo taken off with acid in order to avoid being identified as SS. Junker says that German soldiers were good men and "never times were they bad." Aaron Breitbart from the Wiesenthal Center: "And, it is true, there were Waffen SS members who did nothing but fight on the battlefield." Junker says he told the truth, and maybe he did in that instance.
Hitler shrine won't go public - threats from Nazi-hunters (Article no longer available from the original source)
Former Nazi Waffen SS officer Ted Junker has told that he will not open his Adolf Hitler shrine to the public. He had planned an opening of the memorial June 25, but he seemed overwhelmed by the mostly negative attention. The Sheriff's Department was monitoring threats to his life that were coming from groups Sheriff Graves described as Nazi-hunters. Junker never sought the kinds of permits that would be needed to run a museum. Unless he applies for and is granted such permits, public events would not be allowed. He would still allow visitors into the shrine: "On your property, you can invite anybody on you want."
Former Waffen SS officer building Shrine to Adolf Hitler (Article no longer available from the original source)
Ted Junker seems like an ordinary farmer until he starts to talk about Adolf Hitler. Junker, who says was an SS officer, believes Hitler was a great leader who was misunderstood, so he built a memorial to the Führer. It's a beautiful location for a concrete structure memorial to a man, who most believe started World War II, in which 50 million people died. He paid $200,000 to build the memorial. His father spoke highly of Hitler and that left an impression on Junker. He volunteered to join the German Waffen SS, in 1940 and he served in Russia, where he said he and his countrymen worked to liberate Russians from communism.