Rudolf Steiner’s anthroposophy and racism


This 2015 video is called Ursula Haverbeck: The Panorama interview, with English subtitles.

Ms Haverbeck is an infamous German neonazi. In this interview, she is in denial about Adolf Hitler’s holocaust of Jews.

Ms Haverbeck was convicted several times, as Holocaust denial is illegal in Germany.

Her late husband Werner Georg Haverbeck was also a neonazi. Before that, he was a prominent official of Hitler’s NSDAP party and, after World War II, a priest in the The Christian Community church. The Christian Community church was founded by Rudolf Steiner, also the founder of the Steiner schools. Werner Georg Haverbeck wrote a biography of Steiner, praising him as a fellow German nationalist and racist.

By Peter Frost in Britain:

Rudolf Steiner, clairvoyant, educationist and racist

Saturday 9th December 2017

PETER FROST first discovered the weird ideas of Austrian occultist Rudolf Steiner in Watford 45 years ago. Now Steiner schools are back in the headlines

THE Rudolf Steiner School, in Kings Langley near Watford, has been ordered to close after a totally unsatisfactory Ofsted inspection.

The Secretary of State for Education has issued a notice for the school, which charges between £3,405 and £8,370 a year in fees, to be deregistered and closed.

The school is currently appealing against the decision and will continue to operate until a final decision has been made, probably before Christmas.

It is not allowed to take in any new students but it has appointed a new head and completely changed its board of trustees.

The school has also issued a public apology to children and their families for “real and serious failings going back several years”, acknowledging that it had failed to act on “repeated concerns raised by parents” over safeguarding, bullying and other issues.

The decision comes after Denis McCarthy, a senior staff member who was also a leading figure in Britain’s Steiner school movement, was sacked from the school for gross misconduct.

The Sunday Telegraph has reported that McCarthy was also a senior figure in the Steiner-inspired movement called anthroposophy.

The school, it seems, did everything that they could to protect him: minimising or dismissing concerns and deleting emails.

About 45 years ago, my wife Ann and I moved out of London to Watford in Hertfordshire. Watford was then well known as a centre of the glossy magazine printing industry.

We soon met up with the large and active Communist Party in the town. As well as the local branch, there was also an industrial branch for printers in the huge Sun Printers and Odham’s print works in the town.

There were also a good few printers working at the Communist Party’s own national print works, Farleigh Press, which was located in the town. (Indeed, the Morning Star is printed in Watford today, by Trinity Mirror.)

All this communist activity encouraged many other progressive organisations, including the Woodcraft Folk, the Workers Music Association and the Co-operative Women’s Guild too.

All in all it was an active and interesting cultural left-wing community but one aspect of it always surprised and troubled me.

Many of the better-off communists in the town choose to send their children to a private fee-paying school — that very same Steiner school that has just hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons.

All those years ago Watford and its district still had single-sex grammar schools, a co-educational mixed grammar school, faith schools, as well as a good selection of secondary moderns, both mixed and single-sex. Things have changed little today.

As I have already said, it also had the Steiner school offering what seemed like a very liberal kind of education, albeit at fees of many hundreds of pounds a year.

The school seemed to offer laid-back and liberal education with an emphasis on art and culture rather than science but also with a few rather curious features.

From pupils at the school I learnt that they didn’t allow black paint in the art studios and didn’t allow younger pupils to even start to learn to read until they were seven years old.

More recent pupils have told me other disquieting things. Parents of a left-handed pupil were advised to tie the youngster’s left hand behind his back to encourage more common right-handed behaviour.

Other recent pupils have told me that they hated the stroking some staff used as a disciplinary measure.

On the pastoral side the schools discouraged vaccinations and used homeopathic first aid and healthcare. The lack of vaccinations means that some Steiner schools have received health warnings as measles danger spots.

The schools also taught a Steiner-invented therapeutic dance and movement technique called eurhythmy.

They encouraged really close relationships between staff, pupils and their families. This included home visits and even staff going on holiday with pupils and their families.

This obviously continues and was one of the criticisms in the recent Ofsted report. Staff took older pupils to lunch and there was no reliable mechanism to check if the pupils returned to school in the afternoon.

These curious features of Steiner education made me keen to find out more about Rudolf Steiner, the Austrian-born clairvoyant and occultist, who died in 1925.

Steiner, I soon discovered, seemed to have written about just about everything. He had weird ideas about almost everything, including the occult, alternative medicine, agriculture, racial superiority, even the lost continent of Atlantis [where he claimed there were already airplanes ten thousands of years ago] and, of course, education.

This vast and diverse collection of his ideas had become part of both a philosophy and a movement known as anthroposophy.

Strangely, I discovered that, although it seemed all the staff at the Steiner schools were enthusiastic anthroposophists — indeed it seemed to be an essential qualification for the job — the actual philosophy was never openly taught or indeed even mentioned by name within teaching at the school.

It was only when I started to study Steiner’s incredible racist ideas I realised why they would be reluctant to make them public.

Steiner believed that black people had an instinctive approach to life while white Caucasian people approached life intellectually.

Every race, he believed, had a natural geographical homeland where they should live — black people in Europe were a nuisance, he wrote.

Steiner argued there was also what he called a hierarchy in races. Inferior races were at the bottom of an evolutionary staircase he helpfully sketched out in one of his books.

There were a number of racial groups with “negroes” at the bottom and “white Aryans” and particularly Nordic Germanic Aryans at the top of the pile. In between there were various “brown” and “yellow” inferior races.

When a person of any race died they were reincarnated. If they had good karma they would come back as what Steiner saw as a superior race until after a number of satisfactory lives they would achieve a top-of-the-pile white Aryan existence. Others would move down in the pecking order.

Recently, it has been reported that when four white Steiner teachers taking part in a survey were asked to tick a box giving their ethnicity, they ticked every box, explaining that over their many lives and reincarnations they had moved up through the races.

Steiner saw skin colour and race as central to understanding a person’s spirituality. No wonder Hitler and his nazis were so enthusiastic in accepting and promoting Steiner’s ideas on race.

Steiner also often pronounced his strong anti-semitic views. Here is just one quote which will give you a flavour of his thinking. “Jewry as such has outlived itself for a long time. It does not have the right to exist in the modern life of nations. That it has survived, nevertheless, is a mistake by world history, of which the consequences were bound to come.”

Another strong but strange basis of anthroposophy was Steiner’s version of organic farming, called biodynamism. This included more than its fair share of myth, muck and magic.

Among the techniques used was the burying of cattle horns filled with either cow dung or crushed flint.

After many months the horn’s contents were dug up and dissolved in water to create a liquid manure of microscopic homeopathic-type dilution.

Practitioners were carefully instructed that this must be done by stirring for exactly 30 minutes in a clockwise direction and then another half an hour in an anti-clockwise direction.

Today one of the few strongholds of biodynamism is, perhaps predictably, among California’s wine growers.

Another area of study for Steiner was anthroposophic medicine, including drugs, art therapy, rhythmic massages, special exercises and anthroposophic nursing.

His anthroposophic drugs are based on ancient alchemy and homeopathic notions, far removed from modern medical science.

For example, Steiner’s intuition convinced him that mistletoe might help treat cancer because, like cancer, mistletoe is a parasitic growth that eventually kills its host.

Today, mostly in Germany, the sale of mistletoe remedies for cancer produces enormous funding for the entire Steiner anthroposophy movement.

So with such a bunch of unlikely beliefs, how has it been possible that Kings Langley and other Steiner schools have got away with such serious failings and not been uncovered by the inspection regime?

Over the years the Steiner movement successfully lobbied the government that their schools should be inspected not by normal Ofsted inspectors, but by a special, much more sympathetic body, the School Inspection Service.

Steiner schools tended to get glowing reports from these inspectors. However, it would appear at Kings Langley that persistent complaints from parents have resulted in Ofsted stepping in and producing a more accurate and critical report.

A number of years ago the Steiner schools campaigned to have some of their institutions directly funded by the Department for Education. Three actually achieved state funding.

One of the leading lobbyists on behalf of the Steiner schools movement was the novelist Emma Craigie, better known as Emma Beatrice Rees-Mogg.

She is none other than the sister of the arch-right-wing Tory and Dickensian villain lookalike, Jacob Rees-Mogg MP.

Craigie had a word with her brother’s fellow Tory MP, Michael Gove, when he was still in opposition, even showing him round a Steiner school.

Three Steiner schools got their state funding in 2012 when Gove was education secretary. Others are still working towards state funding.

So will the Steiner school in Kings Langley survive? That is important to nearly three dozen other private Steiner schools which also dream of getting state funding.

Or will the school close and the resulting post-mortem and enquiries help shine a bright cleansing light on the nasty, nutty, racist beliefs of Rudolf Steiner and end the scandal that allows state funding for this awful education system and the racist and superstitious philosophy that is at its root?

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Italian Lazio football hooligans’ anti-Semitism escalation


This video from Italy says about itself:

SS Lazio supporters: antisemitism

25 October 2017

Anti-semitic graffiti: the backdrop for pictures of Anne Frank, which have been doctored to show her wearing a Roma football jersey. Anne Frank was a Dutch Jewish child who died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945.

This is how some SS Lazio fans chose to express their dedication to their club – and their antagonism to the Italian capital’s rival team – during a recent league game against Cagliari. …

Flirtations with fascism

In a country where “il calcio” is a passion rather than a hobby, [some of] Italy’s most fanatical football supporters, the “ultras”, have long-standing links to fascism. As if to underscore the point, outside Rome’s Stadio Olimpico, home to both Lazio and Roma, stands an obelisk which still bears the inscription “Mussolini, leader”.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Lazio chairman calls synagogue visit after Anne Frank row ‘theater’

Today, 20:41

The Italian football club Lazio is in a controversy again. The club’s chairman, Claudio Lotito, visited a synagogue in Rome after the row about [anti-Semitic] Anne Frank stickers from Lazio fans. During that visit he is said to have qualified it as “theater that is part of routine”.

Lotito went to the synagogue because Lazio came under fire after the anti-Semitic acts by supporters last week. He told the press that the club was working on a new campaign against anti-Semitism. But in the synagogue, Lotito said according to bystanders that the visit had been imposed on him.

The chairman denies the accusations and wants to sue people who maintain that he has made these statements. Evidence against him is that after the visit, the Roman newspaper Il Messaggero published a recording on which he actually appears to speak about a theater play.

Outraged

The Jewish community in Rome reacted furiously to the words the chairman is said to have spoken. A wreath that Lotito brought for his visit to the synagogue was thrown into the water [of the river Tiber].

The question now is how the Italian football federation and authorities will respond to Lotito’s words.

Stickers displaying Anne Frank wearing football jerseys have appeared in Germany as an anti-Semitic provocation by neo-Nazi fans. Dortmund and Leipzig hooligan groups appear to be copying their Italian counterparts: here.

Italian Lazio football hooligans’ anti-Semitism


Paolo Di Canio makes fascist salute

From this blog on 22 May 2011:

Club loses GMB sponsorship after signing football fascist

Sunday 22 May 2011

by Adrian Roberts

The GMB said today that it has decided to end its sponsorship of Swindon Town football club in protest at the appointment of Paolo Di Canio as manager.

GMB said the Italian former player who was named as the new manager of Swindon Town on Friday had previously voiced right-wing views of which it strongly disapproved. …

Mr Di Canio has spoken freely about being a fascist and an admirer of Mussolini. He has faced bans and fines for making the fascist straight-arm salute while playing for Italian club Lazio.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV, 23 October 2017:

Fans of the Italian football club Lazio Roma have left anti-Semitic slogans and stickers depicting Anne Frank in their stadium. The statements were aimed at supporters of city-mate and arch rivals AS Roma, with whom they share the Olympic Stadium of Rome.

The Lazio fans included stickers depicting Anne Frank in an AS Roma shirt and wrote in graffiti ‘Roma fans are Jews’. …

The stickers and slogans were put there during last Sunday’s match, in the part of the stadium where AS Roma’s fanatical supporters always sit at their home matches.

Lazio’s fans never come there. Last weekend they were sitting there because their “part” of the stadium was closed because of racist shouting aimed at some non-white opponent players during a match a few weeks ago.

Lazio Roma’s fanatical supporters are notorious because of their fascist and extreme right-wing sympathies. This season, the UEFA football league already ordered the club to play a European contest without spectators as a punishment for racist sceaming during a European game of a few seasons ago.

From Associated Press, 23 October 2017:

ROME — Images of Anne Frank wearing a Roma jersey were among the anti-Semitic stickers and graffiti left by Lazio fans that were discovered at the Stadio Olimpico on Monday.

It was the latest in a long line of racist or anti-Semitic incidents involving Lazio supporters.

The northern curva (end) of the stadium where Lazio’s “ultra” fans sit was closed on Sunday for the match with Cagliari due to racist chanting during a match against Sassuolo this month.

As a result, Lazio decided to open the southern end and let the ultras in where Roma’s hard-core fans sit for their home matches.

Stadium cleaners found the anti-Semitic stickers a day later.

The Italian football federation is likely to open an investigation, which could result in a full stadium ban for Lazio. …

Lazio’s ultras have long been known for their far right-wing political stances and fascist leanings. During a 1998 derby, Lazio ultras held up a banner directed at their Roma counterparts that read, “Auschwitz Is Your Country; the Ovens Are Your Homes.”

The latest partial stadium ban stemmed from derogatory chants directed at visiting Sassuolo players Claud Adjapong and Alfred Duncan.

“This is not a curva, this is not football, this is not sport. Keep the anti-Semites out of the stadiums,” tweeted Ruth Dureghello, the president of Rome’s Jewish community. …

Also this season, Lazio beat Belgian side Zulte Waregem 2-0 in a Europa League match behind closed doors due to punishment from UEFA for racist chants aimed at a Sparta Prague player in the Roman side’s last continental appearance two seasons ago.

Ukrainian anti-Semitic killer gets monument


This 14 October 2017 video from Ukraine is about the unveiling of a monument for anti-Semitic mass murderer Symon Petliura.

From daily Haaretz in Israel:

Ukraine Unveils Statue Honoring Nationalist Leader Behind Regime That Killed Up to 50,000 Jews

Symon Petliura’s regime killed between 35,000 and 50,000 Jews in pogroms during his reign that lasted from 1918 until 1921

JTA, Oct 17, 2017 7:59 AM

Ukraine unveiled a statue for a nationalist leader who guided a regime that killed tens of thousands of Jews in pogroms during the Russian Revolution.

The memorial for Symon Petliura was unveiled Saturday in Vinnitsa, a city in the western part of the nation, on Defender of Ukraine Day, a national holiday, the RT news site reported. It is located in an area once known as Yerusalimka, or Jerusalem, and located next to a small synagogue that is still in operation.

The statue, which RT calls the first official monument to Petliura, though there is a bust of the early 20th-century leader in the capital, shows him sitting on a bench with a map of the country in his hands.

During Petliura’s time as head of the Ukrainian People’s Republic, 35,000 to 50,000 Jews were killed in a series of pogroms between 1918 and 1921.

Petliura was killed in 1926 by a Ukrainian-born Jewish watchmaker, Sholom Schwartzbard, who was acquitted by a French court that ruled he was acting in the heat of the moment after 15 of his relatives were killed in the pogroms.

Nazi violence in Gothenburg, Sweden


This video says about itself:

29 September 2017

The Jewish community of Gothenburg, Sweden, is celebrating their biggest holiday of the year, Yom Kippur, on Friday amid concerns over an upcoming rally, called by the neo-Nazi Nordic Resistance Movement (NMR) on Saturday.

Originally planned to be held in the heart of Sweden’s second largest city and pass by Gothenburg Synagogue and Jewish community centre, the rally’s route was changed on Monday, bringing relief to the concerned members of the Jewish community. Gothenburg’s Administrative Court has significantly shortened the original route, preventing it from passing near the synagogue where Yom Kippur celebrations will be taking place on Saturday after appeals from the leaders of the Jewish community.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

50 arrested after nazis march through Gothenburg

Monday 2nd October 2017

Counter-protesters outnumber tooled-up fascists

AROUND 50 people were arrested on Saturday as hundreds of neonazis marched through the streets of Gothenburg in Sweden.

Extremists of the Nordic Resistance Movement (NRM) paraded under the slogan “Revolt Against the Criminals,” carrying pictures of the so-called “criminals” they meant — including mixed-race Culture Minister Alice Bah Kuhnke, 93-year-old Holocaust survivor Emerich Roth who is a prominent anti-racism campaigner and Jewish journalist Peter Wolodarski.

Thousands of counter-demonstrators outnumbered the NRM, which organises in Sweden, Finland and Norway and had attracted far-right militants from around Europe to its rally. Police prevented the two sides clashing directly.

The provocation was timed to coincide with Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, although police altered the route to stop the fascists marching past a synagogue.

This prompted march spokesman Par Oberg to threaten not to bother getting police permission for marches in future.

NRM thugs tried to break past police lines, throwing stones, bottles and sticks. Most marchers were in black and many wore helmets and carried shields.

At the counter-protest Gothenburg Teachers Union chairwoman Ulrika Mossberg said she was on the streets “for human rights and against nazism.

“Humanity has learned from World War II that nazism is not an opinion — it is slaughter”, she said.

Israeli Prime Minister’s son propagates anti-Semitism


Netanyahu's son promotes anti-Semitism

From the Washington Post in the USA:

Netanyahu’s son removes anti-Semitic meme from Facebook following outcry

By Ruth Eglash, September 10 at 8:14 AM

JERUSALEM — Yair Netanyahu, the son of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, removed an anti-Semitic meme from his Facebook page on Sunday after an outcry from Israeli politicians and Jewish community leaders in the United States.

The image, posted by Yair Netanyahu on Friday, appeared to be a local take on a classic anti-Semitic cartoon suggesting that Jews control the United States. It has appeared widely on extreme alt-right websites.

In this instance, it depicted his father’s perceived foes: American Jewish billionaire philanthropist and investor George Soros, outspoken former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak, activist Eldad Yaniv, and Meni Naftali, a former housekeeper for the Netanyahus who successfully sued them for mistreatment.

Yair Netanyahu, who goes by the name “Yair Hun” on Facebook, had captioned the meme “the food chain.”

Over the weekend, his actions drew praise from neo-Nazi groups in the United States as well as from Holocaust denier David Duke, a former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.

“Yair Netanyahu is a total bro[ther],” wrote Andrew Anglin in the neo-Nazi Daily Stormer. “Next he’s going to call for gassings.”

Duke tweeted about it.

But many in Israel and the United States condemned it, expressing shock that the prime minister’s son would share such an image.

The Israeli office of the Anti-Defamation League tweeted in Hebrew that “the cartoon posted by Yair Netanyahu blatantly contains anti-Semitic elements.”

Former prime minister Barak suggested that the younger Netanyahu see a psychiatrist.

“Is this what the kid hears at home?” Barak wrote on Twitter. “Is it genetics, or a spontaneous mental illness? It doesn’t matter. In any case, we should fund his psychiatrist instead of security guards and a driver.”

Yair Netanyahu responded to Barak by telling him to get a geriatric nurse: “I hope Ehud Barach [a play on words meaning “Ehud ran away”] didn’t tweet about me from his seat in Boston (between one shady deal or another) while drunk on whiskey (as I well recall). Time to get a geriatric nurse, Ehud.”

He also responded to an article about his post in the left-leaning newspaper Haaretz, calling the publication anti-Semitic.

“It’s a particularly sad day for Israel when a caricature endorsed by the head of the KKK emerges from the home of the prime minister of the Jewish state,” wrote recently elected Labor leader Avi Gabbay on Twitter.

“Every Jew should feel a sense of shame that a Der Stürmer-style cartoon has come out of the Israeli Prime Minister’s residence and was embraced by one of the great anti-Semites. Erase, apologize and condemn!” opposition chairman Isaac Herzog wrote on Twitter.

“This post was not put up by mistake, this is in keeping with the views of his father”, activist Eldad Yaniv told The Washington Post. “He wants to set Israeli society on fire, pitching people against each other, so he can hide the suspicions that are against him.”

On Twitter, Yaniv shared the image posted by Yair Netanyahu together with the original, which he called the inspiration behind a post from “the son of the prime minister of the Jewish people.”

United States anti-Semitic cartoon which inspired Yair Netanyahu

Yaniv and former housekeeper Naftali have been leading weekly protests against the prime minister and the attorney general over what they see as a failure to issue indictments against the prime minister in at least two cases of alleged corruption.

Three weeks ago, Yaniv and Naftali were violently arrested and held overnight by police for Facebook posts calling on the public to join them. Last week, in a speech to his supporters, Benjamin Netanyahu publicly attacked the two men, calling them anarchists and criminals.

On Friday, the prime minister’s wife, Sara, was informed by the attorney general that she will probably face charges for excessive spending, ordering — against protocol — ready-made food and hiring private chefs to the prime minister’s residence in Jerusalem.

“If that wasn’t clear then along came this cartoon to demonstrate that something bad, very bad, is happening in the [prime minister’s] residence on Balfour Street. When an anti-Semitic cartoon gets posted there, that is no longer just the problem of the people who reside in the residence. It is the State of Israel’s problem,” he wrote.

Last month, at the time of the neo-Nazi march in Charlottesville, Yair Netanyahu also caused controversy by equating neo-Nazis with activists from the far-left anti-fascist movement antifa.

“I’m a Jew, I’m an Israeli, the neo nazi scums in Virginia hate me and my country. But they belong to the past. Their breed is dying out,” the 26-year-old wrote on Facebook. “However the thugs of Antifa and BLM [Black Lives Matter] who hate my country (and America too in my view) just as much are getting stronger and stronger and becoming super dominant in American universities and public life.”

Unfortunately, this behaviour by Yair Netanyahu is not totally surprising; if we know that Yair’s Prime Minister of Israel father, helping Holocaust deniers, has exculpated Adolf Hitler from blame for the World War II mass murder of Jews; supposedly, it was the Palestinians’ fault.

Crime in Israel: here.