Nazi murder of German politician


This 17 June 2019 German video says about itself (translated):

Nazi arrested for murdering Lübcke

The Kassel government president Lübcke has apparently been the victim of a right-wing nationalist assassination: this is suggested by media reports on the suspect. This man has probably tried to kill people before – and possibly announced his latest crime.

In Germany, a high-ranking politician has apparently been killed by a right-wing extremist because of his refugee-friendly views. This is suggested by the latest developments in the case of the assassination of the Kassel district president Walter Lübcke. The man arrested on Saturday is a 45-year-old with a relevant past.

According to information from “Zeit Online”, the suspect is supposedly Stephan E., who had been convicted for extreme right-wing crimes years ago. In 1993, at the age of 20, E. is said to have attacked an asylum seekers’ accommodation in Hohenstein-Steckenroth, Hesse, with a pipe bomb. The bomb had been in a car that E. had set fire to. However, residents of the building managed to extinguish the fire before the detonation of the bomb. The would-be assassin went to jail for this.

E. according to Die Zeit previously attracted attention with right-wing extremist motivated crimes: assault, arson and violations of the weapons law. According to the research network of NDR, WDR and “Süddeutsche Zeitung” E. had announced the attack [on Lübcke], at least by allusion: On his Youtube channel E. had said that if the government would not act soon [against refugees], there would be dead people. The search of his apartment found weapons …

The arrested man was engaged in the NPD [neo-nazi party]. The man is said to be from Lichtenfels in Bavaria and to have engaged in the environment of the Hessian NPD and a right-wing group called Autonomous Nationalists. As reported by “Spiegel Online”, E. was also sentenced to seven months probation for breach of the peace, because he is said to have attacked a trade union rally in Dortmund together with 400 Autonomous Nationalists.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

“It’s a shock. This case is very important for Germany”, said Holger Schmidt, an expert on terrorism at German broadcaster ARD, about the murder of CDU politician Walter Lübcke.

The German justice department assumes that suspect Stephan E. had an extreme right-wing motive. Today, the national public prosecutor’s office took over the case, which only happens in exceptional cases. If the suspicion turns out to be true, then it is the first post-World War II political murder in Germany with a right-wing extremist background.

No. Maybe it is the first post-World War II political murder in Germany with a right-wing extremist background of an establishment party politician. However, German neo-nazis of the NSU armed gang and other gangs had already murdered 152 people from 1991 until 2013.

The act by E. is celebrated online by neo-Nazis and the extreme right. “He himself is to blame, I have no empathy. This is how Merkel and the others will perish”, someone in a Facebook group writes. Another one writes: “Hopefully this dirty pig has suffered. Rest in peace, in hell.”

Lübcke received a lot of attention at the height of the refugee crisis. He supported the … asylum policy of Chancellor Merkel and was therefore threatened by the extreme right. Schmidt: “When people say something [positive] about refugees, they are attacked or killed. In 2015, during the mayor elections in Cologne, candidate Henriette Reker was attacked with a knife. She supported the same values ​​as the now murdered Walter Lübcke. Now for the first time, someone dies, that’s new.”

Not monitored

Recently, Lübcke was no longer under police security. At the same time, suspect E. was not being monitored by the authorities. This while it was known that he has extreme right-wing views, says Schmidt. Moreover, E. has a long criminal record. He was arrested in 1993 for an incident with a bomb at an asylum seekers’ centre … Before that, he had come to the attention of the police for assault causing bodily harm, arson and illegal possession of weapons.

In 2009, he participated in an attack by extreme right-wing supporters on a trade union meeting in Dortmund. Last year he reportedly threatened political murder on social media. “Either this government will resign soon or there will be deaths”, he is said to have written.

“Racism and neo-Nazi ideology were the motives for all the crimes for which he was convicted”, says Schmidt. “And he was probably still in contact with neo-nazis [eg, according to Der Spiegel, of the terrorist gangs Combat 18 and NSU] . Should the authorities have been keeping an eye on him? That is an important question in the coming weeks. His name was not on the list of the domestic security service.”

That is because, apparently, the domestic security service and the police are so busy spying on and intimidating pro-climate activists, Muslims and leftists that they don’t monitor the neo-fascist AfD party, people like Stephan E., and neo-nazi networks among German armed forces officers and among German police officers.

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Far-right German Professor Jörg Baberowski


This video by the German Left party shows a protest against a violent attack by nazis on Jewish restaurant Schalom in Chemnitz in April 2010.

This year, the nazis attacked that restaurant again, as part of a big violent riot in Chemnitz by the AfD and Pegida far-right organisations against all non-‘Aryans‘.

The racism of Hitler‘s nazis started against Jews; then, it spread to Roma, Africans, Slavs, etc. etc.

The 2018 Chemnitz riot started against refugees from Middle East wars. Then, it spread to Jews. Etc.

By David North in the USA:

A letter to the New York Times on the resurgence of anti-Semitism in Germany

8 June 2019

World Socialist Web Site International Editorial Board Chairman David North sent this letter to journalist James Angelos in response to his article “The New German Anti-Semitism,” published in the New York Times Magazine.

**

May 31, 2019

Dear Mr. Angelos,

I have read with interest your report, published in the New York Times Magazine and featured on the front page of the newspaper’s May 29, 2019 international edition, on the resurgence of anti-Semitism in Germany. You are apparently well-informed on the subject, which has been scandalously under-reported in the American press.

However, given the length of your article and the fact that you are based in Berlin, I could not help but be surprised that you omitted from your report any mention of the statements and activities of Professor Jörg Baberowski, the chairman of the Department of East European Studies at Berlin’s Humboldt University. It is an undeniable political fact that the resurgence of the neo-Nazi right, under the cover of the Alternative für Deutschland, has been facilitated by an on-going process of historical revisionism in which Baberowski now plays, since the death of the notorious Nazi apologist Ernst Nolte, the leading role.

The lack of any reference to Baberowski is all the more striking as you specifically, and correctly, call attention to the fact that “AfD politicians have often relativized Nazi crimes to counteract what some of them call a national ‘guilt cult.’” You also report the notorious statement of Alexander Gauland, an AfD leader, who described the Nazi era as “only a bird poop in over 1,000 years of successful German history.”

But Gauland’s statement is the product of a dangerous development among German academics, which is particularly advanced at Berlin’s Humboldt University. Professor Jörg Baberowski has led the contemporary movement to “relativize” the Holocaust, i.e., to portray it as merely one of many incidents of mass killings in the twentieth century. Veering into an outright apology for the crimes of the Nazis, Baberowski presents the Holocaust as an understandable response to the alleged barbarism of the Soviet Union. This virulently anti-communist version of history—thoroughly in line with the justifications offered by the Nazi leaders for their extermination program—was discredited in the 1980s in the course of the landmark “Historikerstreit”. But historical revisionism is now a major intellectual and political force in Germany.

In February 2014, Baberowski declared in an interview published in Der Spiegel: “Hitler was no psychopath, and he wasn’t vicious. He didn’t want people to talk about the extermination of the Jews at his table.”

Baberowski is not a fringe figure in German academic life. He is presently among the most prominent historians in Germany, a media celebrity invited frequently to appear as a guest on prime-time television programs. His views on history and politics influence and serve to legitimize the AfD and people like Gauland. Baberowski has an avid following among right-wingers all over the world, who publicize his denunciations of immigrants. His pronouncements have been reported by Breitbart News and DailyStormer, the vicious on-line Nazi publication.

Even though he was compelled to withdraw a libel suit after a German court ruled that the professor could be legitimately described as a right-wing extremist, Baberowski is intransigently defended by the Humboldt University administration, which has publicly declared that criticism of his views by students is unacceptable. The present government’s minister for education, Anja Karliczek, issued an official statement as recently as May 23 denouncing criticism of Baberowski as an attack on freedom of thought and opinion. In the context of German history and politics, this declaration by a government minister that Baberowski’s defense of Hitler represents a legitimate and even unchallengeable “opinion” that students must not be allowed to criticize effectively clears the path for a state-sponsored positive reevaluation of the Third Reich. The minister’s statement has been followed by a cover story published in the latest edition of the right-wing German magazine Cicero denouncing students and, in particular, the German Socialist Equality Party, for their exposure of Baberowski.

The case of Baberowski is not only a German matter. There seems to be an effort underway to provide Baberowski with international academic legitimacy. He has recently been the recipient of an extraordinary $300,000 grant by Princeton University to pursue his study of “Dictatorships in Transition”. Princeton University has refused to offer any explanation for its support for the work of a Nazi apologist.

Jewish boys save American nazi from drowning


This 12 March 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

Teens Come Forward as Nazi Salute Whistleblowers

Two teenagers blew the whistle on the Orange County, California, high school students seen giving the Nazi salute at a party while posing with beer cups lined up in the shape of a swastika. Kaitlyn Turner and Joey Sable, who are Jewish, said enough is enough. Kaitlyn and Joey posted a screenshot of the anti-Semitic photos, which was taken at a party for high schoolers in Newport Beach. Their outrage triggered a viral national response.

Cuban doctors restored the eyesight of the murderer of Che Guevara … after Syrian refugees in Germany saved a nazi politician’s life

By Marcy Oster in the USA:

A group of teenage yeshiva boys saved a man from drowning in the Chestnut Hill Reservoir in Boston.

The man they saved, it turned out, has a tattoo of a Nazi swastika on his hand.

The incident occurred last week, NBC10 Boston reported.

The teens, who study at a yeshiva high school in Brighton, Mass., saw the body and then ran to the police car of Boston College Police Officer Carl Mascioli.

Mascioli pulled the body out of the water. He told NBC Boston that the submerged man did not have much time left and would have died if the teens had not spotted him and taken action.

Mascioli said that he told the man with the swastika on his hand that it was a group of Jewish teens who saved his life. “I kind of let the gentlemen know sometimes some deeds have a funny way of turning around,” he told NBC10. “Their good deed had a little bit of a twist to it.”

The teens asked the police officer to tell the man that it was Jewish teens who saved him and that they had no regrets about helping a man with an anti-Semitic tattoo.

He is expected to make a full recovery.

German neonazi London university lecturer protested against


This German language video says about itself (translated):

Neo-Nazi Demonstration in Dortmund – Speech by Bernd Schreyner (AfD) 21.12.2018

On 21.12.2018 neo-Nazis of the party “The Right” demonstrated for the release of the prisoners Siegfried “SS-Siggi” Borchardt, Steven Feldmann and the Holocaust denier Ursula Haverbeck [convicted for her Holocaust denial] in front of the JVA [prison] in Dortmund.

Among the speakers was Bernd Schreyner, member [and ex-local chairman and election candidate] of the AfD Dortmund, who criticized the detention of the neo-Nazis in his speech. In the run-up to the demonstration, the right-wing extremists had announced on their website the speech by the AfD representative.

From daily News Line in England, about London:

SACK AfD LECTURER, DEMAND STUDENTS

18th May 2019

‘STAFF and students will stand together and we will not stand down until he is gone,’ Jo McNeill from the lecturers union UCU said yesterday.

The candidate for the union’s position of General Secretary was speaking on the steps of SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) yesterday, where a rally of three hundred students and lecturers were demanding that SOAS Law lecturer Gunnar Beck is sacked.

Over 300 students and lecturers rallied outside SOAS in London yesterday afternoon demanding that law lecturer Gunnar Beck is sacked

Gunnar Beck is not only a member of the far right Alternative fur Deutschland party (AfD), but standing as a candidate for the party in the EU elections.

Nita Sangera, UCU vice President at SOAS told the rally: ‘I am glad you students are out in force standing up against this and saying never again. Shame on this institution. Why has this individual been allowed to peddle his hate on campus? The fact that he has got away with it for years means that this institution is complicit.’

Student Lin Primo spoke to News Line. He said: ‘I came out on this protest today because Gunnar Beck is one of my tutors. It is one thing having freedom of speech but when you start to incite hatred it creates a hostile environment.’

‘Comparisons to Hitler no taboo’, Mike Godwin says


This 17 April 2017 video from the USA says about itself:

Yale professor: Why it’s useful to compare Trump to Hitler

Timothy Snyder is the author of “On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century” and the Levin professor of history at Yale University. Snyder explains how comparing Trump to Hitler can be useful despite the differences.

Translated from Dutch daily De Volkskrant, 3 May 2019 (re-translation from Dutch into English, so maybe different from English original):

Godwin’s Law was never intended to ban comparisons with Hitler and the Nazis, writes the inventor, Mike Godwin. However, be careful, do not equate lightly. …

Part of the reason why discussions about Hitler, Godwin’s Law etc. go wrong is people not differentiating between equating and comparing. In a comparison, one may find both differences and similarities.

As the man who came up with Godwin;s Law almost thirty years ago – I can say with certainty that my Law was never intended to prevent anyone from making meaningful comparisons between current events and events of the last century associated with Hitler, the Nazis or the Holocaust. …

In the US, Godwin’s Law has been referred, not entirely unjustifiably, in response to the Trump government immigration policy, which has led to the traumatic separation of prospective immigrants from their children. The unnecessary cruelty of this policy is not only crystal clear, but it also clearly serves a purpose – our government acts so cruelly to discourage refugees. It came as no surprise that the CIA and NSA former director, Michael Hayden, made the comparison on Twitter in June last year between this policy and how the Nazis treated children in German concentration camps (also an example of intentional cruelty as a policy). …

Some on the right are accusing me of political correctness because I said on Twitter that it is OK to compare the white nationalists who rampaged in Charlottesville in 2017 with Nazis. …

Take the argument that the treatment of asylum seekers, including children, on the US American border is not as monstrous as institutionalized genocide. That may be true, but it is not exactly a strong argument. The (insincere) argument that the government only enforces immigration laws also looks suspiciously like “Befehl ist Befehl“. That is a defense that did not apply in the 1940s, and still does not today. …

Feel free to call in the Law if you think that some comparison with the Nazis is unfounded, unnecessarily inflammatory or highly exaggerated. But the Godwin’s Law has never been intended to prevent us from protesting against policies of cruelty, and against heartlessness of officials who claim that they are merely implementing the law. And certainly not to protect our leaders against strong criticism when they try to sell untruths as facts. Such disturbing behavior – seen with figures such as Trump, Putin, Duterte, Orbán, Salvini and Bolsonaro – may not be a prelude to a new Reich, but I am still concerned that it could be the “embryonic form” of a horror that we hoped was behind us. …

I think the best way to avoid a future Holocaust is not to avoid Holocaust comparisons. We had better ensure that such comparisons are meaningful and make sense.

Neo-nazi networks in United States armed forces


This 18 March 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

White Nationalists Infiltrating Military

Seven active military members have been discovered to belong to a white nationalist group. John Iadarola and Brooke Thomas break it down on The Damage Report.

Then, still just seven ones had been discovered …

By Jacob Crosse in the USA:

Neo-Nazi networks exposed across US military

4 May 2019

Over the past two months investigations published by Unicorn Riot and the Huffington Post have exposed eleven members of Identity Evropa, an American neo-Nazi organization, operating freely within the US military. The latest exposure reveals the depth to which reactionary forces are allowed to cultivate, fester and recruit within the United States armed forces across all branches and ranks.

In March 2019, independent media outlet Unicorn Riot published more than 770,000 Discord chat messages from chat servers associated with Identity Evropa. Discord is a messaging service popular with computer video game players. Combing through the chat logs, Huffington Post reporters have so far been able to identify eleven members from the white nationalist organization who are currently serving in the US military.

The chat logs reveal that all of the participants are well versed in fascist ideology and are actively recruiting throughout the United States. Members of the group frequently shared anti-semitic memes and glorified Adolf Hitler. Photos posted in the chat logs and on Twitter show members postering on college campuses with racist slogans telling potential recruits that “It’s ok to be white”.

United States snipers pose in front of Nazi SS flag in 2012 (source: Wikimedia Commons)

One fascist exposed in the logs is currently a Master Sergeant in the Air Force named Cory Allen Reeve. Reeve lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado where he was outed by anti-fascist activists in a flyer that was distributed throughout the community. Reeve frequently posted in the chat, encouraging members to pay more than the $10 monthly membership dues. He also shared photographs of himself at the Aurora Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Processing Center & Detention Facility in Aurora, Colorado, where he posted signs thanking the American Gestapo “…for all that you do for our country.”

Two Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) college students were also exposed in the chat. Jay C. Harrison, 20, is currently enrolled at Montana State University at Bozeman and is a member of the Army National Guard. In the logs, he espoused anti-semitic lies, discrediting the veracity of the Holocaust, commenting, “I wish the Holocaust was real.” Another ROTC recruit, 23-year-old University of Rochester student and Army reservist Christopher Hodgman was identified as a member of the group. In the fall of 2018 Hodgman was responsible for posting Identity Evropa flyers and stickers throughout Brighton, New York, including on the Brighton Memorial Library and Town Hall.

The highest ranking soldier exposed as a member of Identity Evropa in the chat logs is 44-year-old Christopher Cummins, a lieutenant colonel physician in the Army Reserve. Cummins has also registered with the Military Order of Stars and Bars, a neo-Confederate organization. In the log, Cummins extolled the virtues of living in Tennessee because it is “conservative & Christian -implicitly white.”

Identity Evropa was founded in 2016 by Nathan Damigo, a former Marine who participated in two tours of Iraq. The Marines are the least racially diverse branch of the military with over 80 percent of its recruits identifying as “white.”

During Damigo’s two tours in Iraq he became radicalized and suffered from PTSD following the loss of three close friends during his deployments. In October 2007, one month after completing his second tour, Damigo, severely inebriated after celebrating the anniversary of the death of one his fellow soldiers, robbed a taxi driver at gunpoint of $43 for “looking Iraqi”. Damigo was discharged from the military and convicted of armed robbery. He was then sentenced to five years in prison where he was introduced to white supremacist literature including Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke’s My Awakening.

Upon his release from prison in 2014, Damigo began attending classes at California State University at Stanislaus. While attending college he affiliated with various white supremacist groups before forming his own organization, dubbed Identity Evropa in 2016.

Borrowing the reactionary language and methods of identity politics promoted on campuses by post-modernist professors and the pseudo-left, Damigo was able to cultivate a following with a small membership. He also began to affiliate with prominent racists including neo-Nazi and white supremacist Richard Spencer.

This relationship bore its terrible fruits in the culmination of the fascist riot in Charlottesville, Virginia in August 2017, during which 32-year-old Heather Heyer was murdered by a 20-year-old Hitler admirer who rammed his car into a crowd of counter-demonstrators.

Following the fascist rampage in Virginia, Damigo stepped down from his leadership position within the group, which has since passed on to current leader Patrick Casey. In a rebranding attempt following the disclosure of the chat logs, the group is seeking to rebrand itself as the “American Identity Movement”.

The exposure of this latest group of fascists within the military exemplifies an upwards trend in reactionary elements across all branches.

In November 2018, Pro Publica in conjunction with PBS exposed another neo-Nazi network with members who are either active in the military or previously served. This militant fascist organization calls itself the Atomwaffen Division and has focused its recruitment on college campuses and on online message boards. The group gained prominence in 2016 by distributing flyers urging students to “Join Your Local Nazis!”

The Atomwaffen Division has been implicated in five murders dating back to 2017. Its members have also been tied to plots to bomb synagogues and nuclear power plants.

One member of the group, Joshua Beckett, is a former combat engineer with the army from 2011 to 2015. As with Damigo, Beckett’s deployment in the service of US imperialism radicalized his political beliefs. “The army itself woke me up to race and the war woke me up to the Jews,” Beckett wrote online. Upon returning from Iraq, Beckett, who has admitted to suffering from PTSD, put his training to use by offering to build weapons and explosives for fellow fascists.

Finally, this week saw the Marines open another investigation—the second this year—regarding Marines posting Nazi iconography and slogans. Private First Class Anthony D. Schroader posted a picture on Instagram of him and at least four other soldiers forming a swastika with their combat boots. Earlier this year Lance Corporal Mason Mead was put under investigation by the corps after he posted images of himself in blackface along with a swastika he had formed with C-4 plastic explosives.

It is unknown exactly how many of the 2.3 million soldiers currently enlisted in the US military hold fascist sympathies or are active members of a far right organization. However, a 2017 poll conducted by the Military Times found that nearly 25 percent of service members surveyed stated they had encountered white nationalists within their ranks. That same poll found that 30 percent of those surveyed viewed “white nationalism” as a bigger threat to the United States compared to wars in Syria, Afghanistan or Iraq.

The abundance of fascists within the US military verifies what white nationalist terrorists such as Brenton Tarrant had alleged earlier this year in his now censored manifesto. Tarrant travelled throughout Europe and Asia, openly meeting with neo-Nazis. In his travels, Tarrant estimates that there are “hundreds of thousands” who hold similar views as he throughout the police and armed forces.

The cultivation and promotion of far right forces within American society by President Trump, who hailed the rampaging white supremacists in Charlottesville as “good people”, marks a conscious and violent shift of the ruling elite to the right. Similar to disaffected German soldiers following World War I, American veterans and active duty soldiers returning from war who are physically and psychologically broken are being cultivated from the top to serve fascistic interests in the name of preserving bourgeois class rule.

The multi-billion dollar US spy apparatus is more than capable of identifying and rooting out public and private communications. The fact that so many of these fascists have been outed by independent reporters speaks to the complicity of the US government in shielding these forces from exposure.