Anti-Semitic vandalism in Amsterdam

Dokwerker statue, daubed with ADO colours, NOS photo

Dutch NOS TV reports today that there has been anti-Semitic vandalism in Amsterdam, probably by far-right hooligans of ADO The Hague football club. This photo shows the Dokwerker statue. It commemorates the 1941 general strike by dock workers and other workers against the deportation of Jews by the German nazi occupiers. Green and yellow, the colours of the vandalism, are the ADO colours.

The, presumably, ADO hooligans have painted the slogan JHK at various places in Amsterdam. It is an abbreviation of ‘Jews have cancer’. It is against Amsterdam football club Ajax; according to anti-Semites, a ‘Jewish club’ as it has had some Jewish players and executive members.

Swastika in Amsterdam

This nazi swastika in Amsterdam was also daubed, probably, by ADO hooligans.


Manuel Valls, from French ‘socialist’ to Spanish fascists’ ally

This 11 February 2018 video, in the French language, shows a right-wing demonstration in Madrid, Spain, aiming to overthrow the social democrat PSOE minority government of Pedro Sanchez. The video interviews Manuel Valls, ex-Prime Minister of France; now a politician of the neoliberal right-wing Spanish Ciudadanos party.

That demonstration was organised by a coalition of three parties: Valls’ Ciudadanos; the Partido Popular, founded by ex-ministers of the Franco dictatorship, calling itself ‘Christian Democrat’; and the Franco fascism supporters of Vox. These same three parties have formed a coalition to govern the Andalusia region.

By Alex Lantier in France, 21 February 2019:

Thus [French Socialist Party] PS [former] Prime Minister Manuel Valls attended a rally in Madrid of the Spanish right-wing parties including the new fascist party, Vox. This demonstration aimed to install a right-wing coalition government that would include Vox—a party that defends the record of fascist dictator Francisco Franco’s army during the civil war, that is, the use of mass murder against left-wing workers.

Who exactly is Valls? Wikipedia describes him as belonging originally to the Blairite right wing of the French Socialist party.

As Minister of the Interior, he became infamous for anti-Roma racism. From 2014-2016, he was Prime Minister.

Then, he tried to become Socialist Party presidential candidate. However, he lost the primary unexpectedly to more left-wing and far less known Hamon.

Valls then promised to support Hamon’s candidacy. However, he broke that promise, supporting instead Big Business candidate Macron.

The Socialist Party said they might expel him. Valls then tried to become a Macron party politician. They did not want him.

Valls’ second wife divorced him. Valls burned his bridges to France and moved to Spain and the Ciudadanos party.

If I would be Ciudadanos, then I would be wary about Valls causing conflicts in the party, and maybe departing under a cloud, to join: the Partido Popular? Or Vox?

United States officer planned massacre of socialists, Democrats

This 20 February 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

White Nationalist Terrorist ARRESTED

The U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant targeted politicians, journalists, and stockpiled weapons. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.

“A U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant and self-identified white nationalist was arrested after federal investigators uncovered a cache of weapons and ammunition in his Maryland home that authorities say he stockpiled to launch a widespread domestic terrorist attack targeting politicians and journalists.

Christopher Paul Hasson called for ‘focused violence’ to ‘establish a white homeland’ and dreamed of ways to ‘kill almost every last person on earth‘, according to court records filed in U.S. District Court in Maryland. Though court documents do not detail a specific planned date for an attack, the government said he had been amassing supplies and weapons since at least 2017, developed a spreadsheet of targets that included House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and searched the Internet using phrases such as ‘best place in dc to see congress people’ and ‘are supreme court justices protected.’

‘The defendant intends to murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country,’ the government said in court documents filed this week, arguing that Hasson should stay in jail awaiting trial.”

By Eric London in the USA:

Feds arrest fascist Coast Guard officer who plotted to kill socialists and Democrats

21 February 2019

Last night, the George Washington University Program on Extremism reported that federal authorities have arrested a 49-year-old Coast Guard Lieutenant, Christopher Paul Hasson, who was plotting to carry out terrorist attacks against socialist groups, Democratic Party politicians and media personalities.

Hasson is a neo-Nazi whose self-proclaimed idol is Anders Breivik, the Norwegian fascist terrorist who killed 77 people in a 2011 attack on a youth camp of the Norwegian Labour Party. A supporter of Donald Trump, Hasson was stockpiling a small arsenal of weapons and researching how to attack left-wing groups and how to prepare for civil war if the president is impeached.

Hasson is not a backcountry “lone wolf” but an officer who, until last week, was working at Coast Guard headquarters in the heart of Washington, D.C. According to court filings in the US District Court for the District of Maryland, Hasson was a Marine from 1988 to 1993 and then spent two years on active duty in the Army National Guard.

The first sentence of the filings reads, “The defendant intends to murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country.”

These initial court documents only provide a small window into Hasson’s plans. What they do show is that Hasson was performing Google searches for socialist groups that he wanted to attack.

Prosecutors included a list of groups and public figures who Hasson wanted to target in their filings. These include the “DSA”, a reference to the Democratic Socialists of America, as well as DSA-aligned Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN). Hasson also wrote that “Sen blumen jew” was on his hit list, an apparent reference to Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT). Hasson included a number of mostly African-American and Jewish politicians and media personalities on his list of targets.

Since 2017, Hasson had been stockpiling weapons. His Silver Springs, Maryland residence was raided on February 15 and federal agents recovered 15 firearms, over 1,000 rounds of ammunition and an extensive electronic library of fascist propaganda.

Hasson was inspired by the 2017 Nazi attack at Charlottesville, Virginia, when a fascist drove into a crowd of protesters, killing anti-fascist protester Heather Heyer.

At the time, the court filing says Hasson wrote a letter to an unidentified leader of the American neo-Nazi movement in which Hasson says, “I am a long time White Nationalist, having been a skinhead 30 plus years ago before my time in the military… I fully support the idea of a white homeland.”

He wrote that “liberalist/globalist ideology is destroying traditional peoples (especially) white,” according to prosecutors. Hasson added, “No way to counteract without violence. It should push for more crack down bringing more people to our side. Much blood will have to be spilled to get whitey off the couch. For some no amount of blood will be enough. They will die as will the traitors who actively work toward our demise.”

Hasson also made thousands of visits to Nazi websites from January 2017 to January 2019.

The federal filing notes that Hasson was inspired by the “manifesto” written by Breivik before he carried out the 2011 attack.

Among the “deadly mistakes” Breivik lists in his manifesto, cited by prosecutors, is “to select an overwhelmingly protected individual as a target for assassination. Twelve failed attempts on an extremely well-protected individual could have alternatively been 12 successful attacks on lesser targets executing more than 50 primary targets. Targets should be influential media personalities—multicultural politicians, journalists/editors, cultural Marxist professors, Marxist writers/artists… Obviously, focus on individuals who do not have armed guards.”

This fascist detritus is the social layer that Trump is whipping up with his anti-immigrant and anti-socialist rants. On Monday, Trump declared before a crowd of extreme right-wing Cuban and Venezuelan exiles that “communism and socialism” must be defeated. “The twilight hour of socialism has arrived in our hemisphere,” he said, reading words written by his fascistic advisor Stephen Miller.

Trump has also intensified threats of physical violence against public figures who have spoken out in opposition to his presidency. Last week, Trump tweeted that he wanted “retribution” against Alec Baldwin, the actor who parodies Trump on Saturday Night Live. This clear incitement to physical violence was downplayed by the corporate press.

On October 27, 2018, a Trump supporter opened fire at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, killing eleven people and wounding seven in the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in US history. The killer stated explicitly in online statements that he was motivated by Trump’s attack on immigrants and that he wanted to make the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), of which Tree of Life was a part, pay the price for helping migrants.

“HIAS likes to bring invaders in that kill our people,” he wrote. “I can’t sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics, I’m going in.”

In August 2017, after the Charlottesville attack, Trump praised the neo-Nazi rioters as “very fine people” and denounced the “alt-left” for protesting the Nazis. “What about the alt-left that came charging at, as you say, the alt-right, do they have any semblance of guilt?”

The arrest also raises questions about the prevalence of fascist and far-right forces within the US military.

It is difficult to believe the Coast Guard was unaware of Hasson’s fascist sympathies considering he worked in Coast Guard headquarters, would have been subject to detailed background checks and held fascist views for decades. In September 2018, the Coast Guard was forced to respond to widespread criticism when a Coast Guard member flashed a neo-Nazi hand symbol on television during Hurricane Florence.

While there is not a mass base for such attacks, these revelations are an urgent warning for the working class. The ruling class is cultivating fascist forces who are preparing acts of violence against the political left. A powerful movement from below must be built to defend the working class from the threats of these fascist thugs.

WHITE NATIONALIST COAST GUARD OFFICER PLANNED ATTACK A lieutenant in the U.S. Coast Guard is a domestic terrorist and a white nationalist who was stockpiling weapons to “murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country,” federal prosecutors charged. [HuffPost]

Nazi SS officer gets monument in Ukraine

This tweet is by Eduard Dolinsky, the Ukrainian Jewish Committee Director. Mr Dolinsky has denounced neonazism in today’s Ukraine with Ukrainian government complicity before.

While this Hauptsturmführer officer in Adolf Hitler’s murderous SS gets a monument, also in Ukraine monuments to, eg, Poles massacred by nazis during World War II are destroyed.

Murdoch empire bans anti-nazi film

This 14 February 2019 video from the USA saays about itself:

Oscar-Nominated Film Shows Nazi Rally at Madison Square Garden

It’s an unlikely Oscar contender. Marshall Curry‘s “A Night at the Garden” has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short. The film, entirely comprised of archival footage, shows a 1939 rally of American Nazis at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. The rally drew 20,000 people on the eve of World War II. “The lesson of the film,” Curry told, is that “we are vulnerable to leaders who will stir us up against each other.”

By Ari Feldman in Jewish daily Forward in the USA, 14 February 2019:

Fox News Rejects Ad For Oscar-Nominated Short About American Nazism

Fox News will not air an ad for an Oscar-nominated documentary about American Nazism, the Hollywood Reporter reported.

The 30-second ad, called “It Can Happen Here”, is for “A Night At The Garden”, a documentary short about a 1939 meeting of the German American Bund, a pro-Nazi organization. That infamous meeting, which gathered 20,000 people in New York’s Madison Square Garden, was a dramatic show of American support for Hitler — and of American anti-Semitism. Banners hung up in the Garden read “Stop Jewish Domination of Christian Americans”, and “Wake Up America. Smash Jewish Communism”. The crowd yelled “Seig Heil!”

Click here to read the New York Times’ account of the rally.

“A Night At The Garden” is pieced together from archival footage of the event, recalls the shocking level of determination and organization achieved by American Nazis and their supporters.

But Fox News rejected the ad for the short, which is meant to warn that Nazism and fascism can happen in American. The ad, which Fox News’ leadership deemed “not appropriate,” was meant to be aired for [extreme right Murdoch-Fox employee] Sean Hannity’s show, historically the most-watched cable news broadcast.

“It’s amazing to me that the CEO of Fox News would personally inject herself into a small ad buy just to make sure that Hannity viewers weren’t exposed to this chapter of American history,” said Marshall Curry, the director of the short.

Holocaust survivors, new film

This 2016 video from the USA says about itself:

Surviving the Holocaust

“You don’t ever expect to be hauled out of your house, marched into a gas chamber, and be choked to death,” says Irene Fogel Weiss. Yet, that is exactly what happened to most of her family in the summer of 1944. Irene was thirteen at the time, and by several twists of fate, she survived. “There is a life force in all of us that you just want to live another day,” she says. “Let’s survive this. We have to survive this.”

Irene shares her story of survival with hundreds of high school students every year. In this program, we listen in on her presentation to Woodson High School students as she shares a personal account of the events that lead to the Holocaust. She discusses her life as a child in Hungary, the changes she witnessed as the Nazis took power, and all manner of degradations imposed on the Jewish people.

Irene describes how her family was ostracized from society and how the Jewish “ghettos” were created. She discusses what her family did and did not know about Nazi practices across Europe and how the deportation of Jews worked. She recounts her arrival at the worst of all Nazi death camps – Auschwitz-Birkenau – and shares historic photos, taken by the Nazis, which capture the very day that her family arrived.

She talks about the painful separation from her family and what it was like to be a prisoner at Auschwitz.

After sharing the story of her liberation and rebuilding her life in America, Irene examines the questions of propaganda and humanity that surround the Holocaust. She helps students understand the importance of critical examination of information and comparing sources. She discusses how a basic lack of empathy and humanity toward each other can lead to cruel, and ultimately horrific, behaviors. Irene uses her experience in the Holocaust as a lesson for us all.

By Margot Miller in Britain:

A documentary film by Arthur Cary, first shown on BBC Two

15 February 2019

The fascist right is once again rearing its ugly head, aided by a concerted attempt to falsify history and rehabilitate Nazism by minimising its crimes.

There will soon be no living survivors who can testify to the horrors of the Holocaust in which six million Jews were murdered. Director Arthur Cary has captured the testimony of some of the last generation who were children in the camps, most of whom saw the genocide of their parents, siblings, relatives and friends. Cary spent a year with the survivors making this unique documentary. His other credits include TV series American Justice.

When the camps were liberated at the end of the war, thousands made their way to Britain. But most remained silent for decades, unable or unwilling to speak about their experiences. The viewer is introduced to the octogenarians, some older, who are about to tell their stories. In 1945, Ivor Perl was a 13-year-old in Dachau, where he lost his parents and brother. “For 50 years I couldn’t talk [about it, but] you can’t reject the past, it has various ways of guiding your life,” he says.

All the participants in the film evidence a terrible level of trauma.

Ivor, now 86, shares the memories of his 13-year-old self in Auschwitz. It was time for his bar mitzvah. Looking through the barbed wire fence and seeing the birds fly by, he remembers thinking, “Please god, let me out of this hell hole.”

Grenfell Tower made a tremendous impression” on Ivor. “When I saw the flames, I could see my family burned in the camp.”

After more than 60 years, he returns to Auschwitz for the first time, accompanied by his daughter and grand-daughter. It is at his daughter’s instigation—an attempt at a deeper understanding. He clearly does not want to be there but is shown speaking to other visitors of his experience before making clear he has had enough. Talking doesn’t help.

Manfred Goldberg holds a picture of his brother, who was murdered by the Nazis (Credit: Richard Ansett Minnow Films BBC)

Ivor’s daughter explains how she felt she could not approach her father when she was upset, because of his childhood.

Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, 93, only escaped the gas chamber because she was a cellist and was enlisted to play in the camp orchestra. She is hardened by her experiences in the camps, uncommonly strong. But this has impacted on her relationship with her child, Maya, who she named “after my beloved elder sister. I wanted to recreate a family.”

Anita admitted she did not understand how to make her child happy, could not relate to the trauma felt by Maya and other children of survivors. Maya had parents and a roof over her head, so she “should be grateful.” She too found it problematic talking about what had happened in those dark days. When do you tell children why they have no grandparents, she wondered?

Maya felt “there was something wrong with me.”

We see Anita at the Memorial for the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin. For the “neo-Nazis this is a complete eyesore”, she says. We see her addressing the Bundestag (German parliament) in Berlin at the annual Holocaust memorial Commemoration. The fascist Alternative for Germany (AfD) now sits in the Bundestag as the official opposition. Last month, an AfD deputy denounced the Holocaust Commemoration in parliament—the third attempt this year to besmirch the memory of the victims of the Holocaust.

Manfred Goldberg, 87, struggled all his life to come to terms with the death of his little brother, Hermann, in the camps. He has a painting of Hermann—he paid an artist in English cigarettes to capture his likeness from a photograph. He gave it to his mother on her first birthday after they were liberated.

Finally, after 72 years, he is able to return to his hometown Kassel to place a memorial plaque to his family. Deeply moved, he says his loss has “now been publicly and officially, incontrovertibly and indisputably confirmed,” but questions how many people will stop and truly look.

Lydia Tischler recounts how she used to fantasise that her mother had survived. She was not unique in this. She wrote a short poem when “at a low point”:

Mummy, who held your hand when you were dying? Who closed your eyes when you were dead?

Frank Bright, who now lives in leafy Martlesham Heath, Suffolk, was a child inmate in Belsen. He has an old class photograph, and on each pupil is placed either a red or blue sticker. “It’s red for dead,” he tells the camera.

Frank Bright 1942 Prague school photo - those marked red died

We follow his finger on a spreadsheet where he has recorded the fate of all his classmates who died in the camps—“otherwise like all the rest they disappear into oblivion.”

Frank describes his world after liberation. “There was no home, no class mates, all was gone. I was completely on my own.”

Frank Bright

At 79, Maurice Blick attends the launch of an exhibition of his sculptures. His wife tells us that the models’ faces all portray his father, who died in Auschwitz. He has peopled his spacious garden with these larger than life statues, rough-hewn yet with grace and beauty. He says he “feels the need to bring his father back to life,” to give life to the mountain of corpses his young eyes bore witness to.

Maurice says creating does not come easily, describing his first effort—the little model he made for his sister for her first birthday in the camp. “I’d found a carrot, a bit bent. I made it into a boat, I put sticks in for masts. I was 5 and a half. I couldn’t give her this.” One morning, before her birthday, she was found dead. His older sister just placed her outside on the heap of other corpses who had passed away in the night. His work has “always been a struggle, never a lovely experience, always a torment.”

Painter Sam Dresner, who lives in Harrow, London, says he realised a year or two ago that his “hang-ups from the days in the camp seem to be getting stronger.” His mother and sister were sent to the extermination camp Treblinka, in occupied Poland, where they were gassed.

We see a beautiful acrylic sketch from memory of his mother. She looks very sad. But he cannot picture his sister and he has no photograph of her. This frustrates him. He has made an abstract collage in memory of her.

Another “obsession” he has is with forests, which he recreates on canvass. “The bigger, the darker the forest the better, for smaller exterminations like 500,” he recalls. The sick were disposed of there—“some were still alive when buried.”

Sam is consumed with anger, he has “dreams of revenge.”

Despite experiencing unimaginable horrors, every one of the survivors featured in the film are remarkable. The sorrow that they carry with them still has not given way to despair. They are, however, as bewildered today as they were so many years ago as children as to why this happened to them.

Manfred considers “those events we went through, which we cannot comprehend.”

Zigi Shipper worries about the future. “Europe, America, the Middle East, things are brewing everywhere. We could live in peace and we don’t even attempt to.”

Anita asks herself, “Who can make sense of it? There is no sense in anything that happened. We’re really talking about a 1,000-year-old virus called anti-Semitism.”

The heart-rending testimony of the last survivors underscores the monumental scale of the crimes committed by the Nazis and the fact that there is still much confusion about fascism and its rise to power. A powerful milestone in understanding these critical events from the 20th century was the publication last October by Mehring-Verlag (Mehring Books) of an examination of the current day resurgence of fascism in Germany. Why Are They Back? Historical Falsification, Political Conspiracy and the Return Of Fascism in Germany is authored by Christoph Vandreier, the deputy-chairperson of the Socialist Equality Party (Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei–SGP).

The English edition of the volume will be launched on March 17 at Foyle’s bookshop in London. Vandreier and David North, the national chairperson of the Socialist Equality Party in the US and chair of the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site, will speak at the event.

This vital publication will provide an important weapon in arming the working class against the return of fascism and war, so that future generations do not have to go through the agonies related by the survivors in Arthur Cary’s remarkable film.

The Last Survivors can be accessed on BBC iPlayer until February 26.