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Does Waffen SS reenactments distort reality of Nazism? Rich Iott case in a wider view
The revelation that Rich Iott, a Republican candidate and a Tea Party favorite, has been wearing a Waffen SS uniform in WWII reenactments is just one more sign of the ignorance in the US. Iott explains that he is "fascinated by the fact that ... a relatively small country from a strictly military point of view accomplished incredible things." His argument is: While the Nazi regime was bad, its soldiers fought heroically for what they thought was a good cause. In reality, the SS fought for a Jew-free Europe - and the SS also disliked gypsies, blacks, Slavs, liberals, democrats, communists, and many more.

IG Farben - How the huge corporation supporting Nazi war machine was protected by John D. Rockefeller
After WW2 Nazi war criminals were prosecuted, and among the industrial prisoners charged with crimes against humanity were 24 managers of IG Farben, a company without whom, according to U.S. Chief Prosecutor General Telford Taylor, WWII would not have been possible. The IG Farben was crucial to the Nazi war effort by making synthetic fuel, rubber, and other chemicals like Zyklon-B. In 1938-1939 Luftwaffe needed tetraethyl lead for aviation fuel to start the World War II. John D. Rockefeller delivered the badly needed lead to the IG Farben - and he also used his influence to prevent Allied bombing raids against IG Farben's assets.

Panzer Divisions, Afrika Korps, Waffen SS, Blitzkrieg: Why Americans idolize the German war machine
I've always been interested in the German military, especially the Wehrmacht. As a boy I built scale models, not just German Panther and Tiger tanks, but also Luftwaffe planes. I also built American tanks and planes (Shermans, Thunderbolts and Mustangs) but the German models seemed cooler. The German military seemed tough and aggressive: hanging on against long odds - against the hordes of communists that we Americans were facing down after the World War II. As I taught military history to cadets at the Air Force Academy I noticed how the "Cult of Clausewitz" reduced American military thinking.

10 Absurd Holocaust remarks with informative and educative comments
(1) The only meaningful way to save the intended victims of Adolf Hitler's murder machine was to win the war as quickly as possible. (Answer) Ways to help: Use empty troop supply ships returning from Europe to bring refugees to the US. Bomb the Nazi death camps or the railway lines leading to them. Pressing the British to open Palestine to Jewish refugees. (2) The German army controlled everything after 1940. Nobody could get out. (Answer) 26,000 Jews escaped to Palestine 1941-1944. 8,000 escaped from Denmark to Sweden in 1943. Thousands were smuggled out of Vichy Francy in 1940-1941 by Varian Fry's network.

Should we use the unique data from Nazi medical experiments
Nazi doctors conducted medical experiments on prisoners in several Nazi camps. The subjects were forced or tricked into taking part in the procedures, which often ended in death or deformity. The experiments yielded reams of data on the genetics of twins, hypothermia, malaria, tuberculosis, the use of antibiotics, sterilization, poisoning, and low-pressure conditions. Such abuse of humans is unlikely ever to be repeated, therefore the data gathered is unique. Should it be ignored, having been obtained so objectionably - or should it be put to good use and thus render meaningful the ultimate sacrifices by the victims?

This name I carry: Not all Goerings were Nazis - Article by Laurie Goering
I have a notable last name, one that in my 20s sent me researching family history with some apprehension. Nobody wants to be related to a monster, and Luftwaffe chief Hermann Goering was surely that. After 45 years, though, I've gotten used to it. So used to it that I don't often stop to think about how it affects people. Occasionally there's a reminder: I remember Fidel Castro raising an eyebrow when I introduced myself in Havana. "A famous name!" he offered. Mostly the reaction to my name is a pause on the other end of the phone or a quickly swallowed question. Few dare to ask bluntly what plenty are probably thinking: "Were your ancestors Nazis?"

Switzerland's neutrality - like its cheese - is full of holes
After WWI Switzerland saw great angst about a Jewish influx, "Überjudung," over-Judaization. The Swiss penchant for marking documents with a "J" was born, and it kicked into high-gear when Jews started to flee the Third Reich. Switzerland's policy adhered to the Nuremberg Laws. Visas were required of "non-Aryans" and to erase any doubts Bern persuaded Berlin to stamp the passports of all departing Jews (even if they were Swiss) with a "J". After the Final Solution kicked off in 1942, Switzerland closed off borders, sending tens of thousands to cruel death. Swiss did well via exports of war materials to Nazi Germany and loot-laundering services.

How Americans Have Been Misled about World War II
The blame for WWII is not as cut and dried as Americans assume it to be. They often take the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor and the German declaration of war as evidence that Japan and Nazi Germany started the war. In truth, the U.S. had been at war for a long time before these events. The U.S. carried out "shoot Germans on sight" convoys, even though German U-boats refrained from attacks on American shipping. The U.S. and Great Britain had arrangements to pool intelligence, combine weapons development, test military equipment jointly, and undertake other forms of war-related cooperation.

Re-examining the Darwin-Hitler Link
In the struggle over the teaching of evolution in Florida, some have hinted that Darwinism is dangerous, making ideologies like Nazism. Michael Ruse has castigated those trying to connect Darwinism and Nazism in "Darwin and Hitler: A Not-Very-Intelligent Link." Hitler’s ideology was not built only on Darwinism, but it was a key principle of Nazi ideology and Hitler’s own world view. Historian Richard Evans: "The real core of Nazi beliefs ... Hitler proclaimed in his speech of Sept. 1938 in science as the basis for action. Science demanded the furtherance of the ... German race ... by ineluctable laws of Darwinian competition between races..."
(Richard Weikart)

World War II games are popular, but is this a good way to learn history?
It's Sept. 17, 1944. You're behind a pile of debris in Nijmegen, hiding from a German sniper. You reload your submachine gun and hope that your 3 grenades are enough to take down the tank lurking up ahead. As a member of the 82nd Airborne, you're one of 34,000 paratroopers dropped behind enemy lines as part of Operation Market Garden in a offensive to bypass the stalled western front and storm into Nazi Germany. You've been in heavy combat from the moment you hit the ground, fighting with an elite German battalion and Panzer division. Your regiment has taken heavy losses, and the British armored division that was meant to relieve you still hasn't arrived.

High-profile historian Guido Knopp likens Cruise speech to Goebbels
The hostility between Germany and the Scientology intensified when a high-profile historian compared Tom Cruise's performance in a video with the style of the Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels. Guido Knopp, who has authored a number of books on Hitler and his inner circle, said the video "inevitably" recalled Goebbels' speech in a Berlin sports stadium when he asked "Do you want total war?" and the crowd roared "Yes!" The footage shows Cruise, wearing a large medallion and speaking from a podium: "So what do you say, we gonna clean this place up?" He is greeted by avid cheers. Germany considers Scientology as a commercial organisation.

Denmark and World War II: Waffen-SS and closed borders revealed
After the WWII, Denmark basked in the glory of the most successful attempt to save Jews. Sept 28 - Oct 9 1943, 7000 Jews were ferried to safety in neutral Sweden. But why there were so few Jews in a country bordering Nazi Germany, an evident destination for Jewish refugees from 1933-1939 Nazi persecution? Because at the height of the refugee crisis in 1938, the Danish authorities closed the border. In April 1940 the Waffen-SS began recruiting in Denmark. With the start of the anti-Bolshevik "crusade" in June 1941, 13,000 volunteered. Of these, the Waffen-SS picked out 7,000 most fit, who fought mainly in the Waffen-SS Viking, "Death's Head", and Nordland divisions.

TV presenter Eva Herman sacked for praising Hitler's family policies   (Article no longer available from the original source)
Eva Herman, a prominent talk show host, has been courting controversy over the last year by saying women should stay at home and bear children. Now she has been fired by the TV network for praising Adolf Hitler's policies on promoting motherhood. Herman had referred to the Nazi era during a news conference to promote her new book on child-rearing: "It was a gruesome time with a totally crazy and highly dangerous leader who led the Germans into ruin as we all know. But there was at the time also something good, and that is the values, that is the children, that is the families, that is a togetherness - it was all abolished, there was nothing left."

Opinion: Hitler: was he really so bad?
I have my suspicions that, if Adolf Hitler hadn't topped himself, he'd still be in some pretty deep trouble. A man who manages to make people still cranky, Hitler at least had some popular support back in his day, with Henry Ford, Charles Lindbergh and the Queen Mother. One of the most enduring motor vehicles ever built, the Volkswagen "Beetle" was the product of Hitler having way too much time on his hands while in prison in 1924. And so dripping in taboo is the swastika that one tends not to notice what a nifty design it really is. Hitler was the first to devote public funds to the rocket research that took us beyond the bounds of our planet.

Iwo Jima's Lesson in Empathy
On March 9, 1945, 346 B-29s left the Marianas, bound for Tokyo, where they dropped 1,858 tons of incendiaries that destroyed one-sixth of Tokyo, killing 83,000. It has been debated how much indiscriminate killing of civilians really was "required." Even during the war there was empathy for civilian victims, at least European victims. Attitudes about the Japanese soldier were harsh during the war and have been less softened by time than have attitudes about the German soldier. During WWII, it was acceptable for a billboard at a U.S. Navy base in the South Pacific to exhort "Kill Japs, Kill Japs, Kill More Japs."

Mailer's young Hitler angers Germans - The Castle in the Forest
Council urges artists to leave history alone: Writer says factual books fail to explain dictator. Norman Mailer has walked into a maelstrom in Germany with his novel, which depicts a young Adolf Hitler. "One can't forbid artists from dealing with Hitler but art will never achieve an understanding of the phenomenon - it will rather serve as a distraction." 467-page tome traces 3 generations of Adolf Hitler's family in late 19th-century Austria. The first-person narrator, a former Nazi intelligence officer who reveals he has been sent by the devil, starts the book with the claim that he understands Hitler.

The New German Nazism -- Adolf-Hitler-Strasse
I live in a town outside of Munich on a street that until May of 1945 was named Adolf-Hitler-Strasse. I work in Munich, a city of a little over a million inhabitants whose Bavarian charm tends to obscure the fact that this city was the capital of the Nazi movement. Every day when I go to work I pass by the apartments Adolf Hitler lived in. --- I'm on a bus and a school boy passes around Grandpa's red leather-bound Mein Kampf to his friends who respond "coooool!" He then takes out a VCR tape of "The Great Speeches of Joseph Goebbels." Maybe it's because I have blond hair and my last name is of German origin that the Germans feel that I am "one of them."

Historical Amnesia: The Romani Holocaust
Our consciousness of holocaust is seared by the stark images of freight cars transporting Jews to the death camps of Belsen, Auschwitz, Buchenwald and Dachau. In popular cinema, such as Schindler's List and The Pianist, it is represented as the tragedy befalling the Jewish people. There is growing dissent among liberal scholars such as Norman Finkelstein that other holocausts have been suppressed in favour of the dominant discourse of Jewish suffering as being "the only Holocaust". "Were Jews the only victims of The Holocaust, or did others who perished because of Nazi persecution also count as victims?"

Spinning Yamamoto
Here is how the press of today might have reported on the WWII US mission to kill Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, the master mind of the attack on Pearl Harbor. This operation made use of an American secret weapon, a team of code breakers that had deciphered the secret codes Japan used to send military messages via the radio. Admiral Yamamoto was known to be a brilliant commander, and it was felt that killing him would make it easier to defeat the Japanese, and save American lives. At the time, taking down Yamamoto was considered a major victory. But attitudes towards such operations, government secrets and killing people, have changed.

Whatever you do, don't mention the birthday of Adolf Hitler
The date April 20 has always been a millstone around my neck: not because it's my birthday but because one name dominates famous people's birthdays on April 20. Adolf Hitler. In the midst of the WWII mayhem, my mother was pregnant and hoping for a royal birth: The Princess Elizabeth was due to turn 16 on April 21. But no, in true Aryan (oops, Freudian slip, Arian) style, I showed all the traits of my star sign by turning up one day early. When I came to live in Australia I thought it was all behind me. But my mother-in-law, on learning of my birthday, said: "How marvellous, that's Hitler's birthday. We'll never forget that." And she never did.
(theage-Denise Gadd )

Why German authorities have the wrong end of the swastika   (Article no longer available from the original source)
Few people would argue with Germany's ban on Nazi symbolism. But two recent cases involving a Nigerian footballer and left-wing anti-fascists show that public prosecutors are going after the wrong people. While opinions differ between Germany and, say, the US about where the limits should lie, one German restriction on freedom of expression seems uncontroversial: the ban on Nazi symbols under Article 86a of the German Strafgesetzbuch (criminal code).

POW group from WWII honors shy mystery benefactor
For 30 years, a group of former WWII prisoners of war has been getting together for a monthly breakfast at Bunny's Restaurant. And for the last few years, someone has been anonymously picking up the tab. On Wednesday, the men finally met their patron, an area businessman who was just a boy when WWII came to an end. To thank shy benefactor William Blair, the gray-haired veterans, all in their 80s, gathered in a dining area of the USS Bataan, and presented him with an American flag that was flown by the amphibious assault ship earlier this week.

No-one in this world has a monopoly on victimhood
Even though European Jewry bore the brunt of the Third Reich's crazed blood-lust, and the word "holocaust" has become synonymous with the premeditated extermination of their millions of innocents. Holocaust Memorial Day is an annual service to honour the victims of the holocaust "and other genocides" - of which there are tragically all to many. The European Holocaust alone included, apart from some six million Jews, hundreds of thousands of Roma and Sinti (Gypsies), Russians and other Slavic peoples, Poles, Communists and political dissidents, the mentally or physically disabled, random intelligenzia, homosexuals, Jehovah's Witnesses, Lutherians and even Catholic clergy.

Nazi Photo Trips Up Confidence Campaign
The "Du Bist Deutschland" media campaign was intended to inspire Germans to feel positive about their country. A photo showing Nazis using a similar slogan in the 1930's has caused more than a few red faces. -- Picture shows a public National Socialist party convention from 1935 where a poster with the face of Adolf Hitler is suspended, supported by a long banner stretched between two groups of soldiers which bears the slogan: "Denn Du bist Deutschland" ('Cause you are Germany) in big bold letters.

Dictators' Homes
Volume provides campish critiques next to photographs, of the most remarkable examples of "tyrant kitsch" taken from the homes of 16 notable 20th-century autocrats. There is the sentimentality of Hitler's mock 18th-century porcelain figurines and his undemanding landscapes. When Tito occupied the palace occupied by King Peter II, his concession to communism was to remove the royal emblems and replace them with red stars. Lenin (who stands out as one of the more aesthetically adjusted dictators) had his Moscow quarters, sparse and ascetic, as well as his home at Gorky, "the kind of place you could see Tolstoy living in rather than the father of Marxism-Leninism".