Dutch royal family anti-Semitism?

This video says about itself:

Amsterdam “The City That Remembers”

22 May 2013

This DVD is digitally converted from the original broadcast tape master of a 30 minute documentary which I produced in Holland in 1997. This is a very personal project with one simple objective: to pass along to future generations awareness of the horrors of Nazi Germany’s systematic genocide in WWII … knowledge so easily lost and forgotten unless we keep it alive. After you have viewed this DVD, I hope you will place it in a school, library, church, synagogue, or other permanent place where it will be shown and viewed again and again for decades to come.

The idea for producing this documentary grew from my many trips to Amsterdam and the urging from a close friend there, Harry Moinat, that I interview Jewish survivors of the Dutch Holocaust before they all died. The more I learned the more I had to tell inspiring Amsterdam’s story of resistance and determination.

Harry introduced me to a contemporary of Anne Frank, Jaap van Velzen, who was just 12 years old when he escaped from his Nazi captors by brazenly slipping away from a kindergarten where he and other children were being held awaiting shipment to the death camps. After his escape he hid in the south of the Netherlands till war’s end. He was the only member of his family to survive. Jaap later became a successful businessman and noted scholar regarding the Dutch Holocaust.

His childhood recollections are woven into this portrait of the systematic roundup of Jews, gypsies, homosexuals and the mentally impaired and their shipment out of Amsterdam using the city’s own streetcars to deliver them at night to waiting Nazi freight cars at Amsterdam’s central train station. From there they were shipped to Westerbork concentration camp before being sent on to their deaths at Auschwitz and other German death camps.

I wrote, shot, edited and narrated this documentary to share with you an understanding of why Amsterdam is truly “The City That Remembers.”

Larry M. Ray

Translated from the Nieuw Israelitisch Weekblad (NIW) in the Netherlands:

June 26, 2015

Press Release: Jewish students removed in 1951 from the princesses’ school classes

With knowledge of Queen Juliana in 1951, Jewish students were preventively removed from classes at the Nieuwe Baarnsche School where the princesses Margriet and Irene were placed. This emerges from an article by historian Bart Wallet in the Nieuw Israelitisch Weekblad published today.

The initiative to remove Jewish students came from “a certain circle of [elite] Baarn town residents’, with the knowledge of Queen Juliana. The parents of the removed Jewish students approached the royal court. After that, Juliana in response stated that “the royal dynasty of Orange are not anti-Semitic.” Ultimately, the issue disappeared under the carpet.

The article was written by prominent historian Bart Wallet. He is research leader in religious history at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. He got exclusive access to archives, including the Royal Archives, the archives of the Dutch Jewish Congregation and various private archives.

NIW editor Maurice Swirc declares: “This is a potentially explosive history, especially since it took place six years after the Shoah. Further research will have to establish the exact chain of events. But for Jewish people in the Netherlands the attitude of Juliana – at least – causes questioning.”

The Jewish community has always been very pro-royal dynasty. Until today in the synagogue services there are standard prayers for the royal family.

Questions by the NIW to the Nieuwe Baarnsche School – to which the article had been made available beforehand – did not get any answers.

French National Front commits crimes, hoping immigrants will be blamed

This video from France is about French National Front leader Marine Le Pen and German ex-officer of Hitler’s SS and neo-nazi leader Franz Schönhuber, a political ally and personal friend of the Le Pen family.

By Kanda Gabriel in France:

French neo-fascists committed street crimes to stoke insecurity and fear

17 June 2015

Adrien Desport, a 25-year-old former member of the neo-fascist National Front (FN), and five other FN militants aged 19 to 25, face charges of torching cars on the night of April 8-9 in the Paris suburb of Mitry-Mory in the Seine-et-Marne district. They have also been accused of damaging private property and falsely reporting a crime.

Desport and other FN militants have acknowledged the wrongdoing. Deputy prosecutor Emmanuel Dupic said, “Adrien Desport seems to be the leader of the gang. The charges are serious, there were numerous victims. And they endanger democracy, according to which one must go through the ballot box to defend one’s ideas, not street raids.”

The FN militants used their own criminal activity to boost FN’s law-and-order campaign on insecurity and to blame impoverished immigrant youths for suburban riots. According to police sources, “They organized drinking parties with cocaine and then carried out punitive expeditions to stoke fears of insecurity and win votes for the FN.”

Desport was also charged with making false complaints to police on March 28, when he claimed that he was attacked with tear gas while putting up campaign posters in Châtelet-en-Brie ahead of local elections. “They gassed themselves to make people believe there was an attack,” said the police source.

At the time, Desport reported the fabricated event on his blog, complaining of the “indifference of the media and of certain elected officials.”

During a police search at Desport’s house, Le Parisien reported, “investigators found a police flashlight, a rubber-bullet pistol declared at local police headquarters, tear gas grenades, and a pair of handcuffs.”

Police investigated the matter for two weeks after an FN activist filed a complaint denouncing the actions of some of his colleagues in Seine-et-Marne at the end of May. On June 9, police arrested the FN members, including Desport. Desport has been placed in police custody, while the other FN militants were placed under judicial supervision until a trial which will begin July 15.

A few days after torching the cars, Desport reported the incident on his blog, condemning the arson, in order to fuel FN’s hysterical law-and-order campaign. On April 11, he published an open letter to the inhabitants of Mitry-Mory denouncing “increasingly pervasive” criminality and the “sense of insecurity” in the city.

Desport wrote that the FN “has proposed for years maintaining police services in Mitry-Mory, which has lost its police station; the installation of security cameras in dangerous zones in the city, which everyone is aware of; the creation of an armed municipal police to eliminate the feeling of insecurity that affects our citizens. We must have personnel and material resources, not subsidies for a few NGOs. Security is for everyone.”

Desport joined the FN in 2009, at the age of 15. He was the FN candidate in the 2011 cantonal election in the Paris area. Between 2013 and 2014, he was appointed FN deputy secretary and press attaché in the Seine-et-Marne region. In 2014, he was awarded with the medal of honor by the FN’s current national leader, Marine Le Pen.

Since the incident, the FN has distanced itself from Desport. FN official Nathalie Pigeot told VICE News that Desport and his associates had been “suspended from the party,” adding that she expected them to be expelled permanently.

In line with moves in the French ruling elite to present the FN as a “normal” party, official media and parties—from the ruling Socialist Party (PS) to the right-wing The Republicans (LR), as well as pseudo-left allies of the PS such as the New Anti-capitalist Party—largely glossed over or dismissed the incident.

Reporting on the incident, Le Monde sought to downplay Desport’s significance, writing that he “is not an elected official and never was. The young militant does not have a top position in the FN, which he joined in 2011. He was only a deputy regional secretary, for a time, of the Seine-et-Marne region, … This citizen of Mitry-Mory saw himself as a leading political figure, however. A few burned cars and a simulated assault could stymie this plan, which was already not off to a good start.”

The FN members’ criminal offenses raise an obvious question: what was the social atmosphere in which deceit and petty crime could serve to advance a political agenda? This is bound up with the turn of all France’s capitalist parties, from the mainstream PS and LR to the pseudo-left parties, to support police repression and law-and-order hysteria. They used these policies as a way of diverting social anger over austerity, while strengthening police powers to monitor and repress rising social anger in the working class.

During his presidency, former UMP President Nicolas Sarkozy championed law-and-order sentiment, appealing to neo-fascist voters. After coming to power in 2012, the PS government of President François Hollande largely took over these policies, poisoning the political atmosphere and making militaristic and law-and-order appeals to FN voters.

While destroying the living standards of the working class, Hollande’s government is stoking up pro-FN sentiment, including expelling undocumented immigrants and rounding up and deporting members of the Roma community. At the same time, it constantly advocates reactionary security measures, including broadening the use of surveillance cameras and drones in cities. Recently, the PS adopted a surveillance law allowing the police and the intelligence services to spy on the entire population.

All these measures were based on the hyping of manufactured statistics, lies and the targeting of vulnerable populations. Under these conditions, no one in the political establishment wanted to examine the social roots of Desport’s attempt, on a somewhat smaller scale, to stoke law-and-order hysteria based on faked reports of street crime.

Croatian neo-nazi swastika vandalism on international football pitch

This 12 June 2015 football video is called Nazi swastika pattern seen on the field during Croatia vs. Italy Euro qualifier.

From weekly The Observer in Britain:

Croatian president calls for swastika perpetrators to be punished

• Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic: ‘This act has inflicted immeasurable damage’
• Large symbol appeared in the turf before Euro 2016 qualifier with Italy

Saturday 13 June 2015 13.18 BST

The president of Croatia, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, has called for a swift investigation and punishment for the people who imprinted a swastika cross on the pitch in Split, where Croatia drew 1-1 with Italy in a Euro 2016 qualifier on Friday.

“This act has inflicted immeasurable damage on the reputation of Croatian citizens and their homeland all over the world. Therefore, we must finally put a stop to such things,” Grabar-Kitarovic said in a statement released on Saturday. “I condemn in the strongest possible terms the swastika on the pitch. I demand an urgent investigation and a decisive response from the relevant institutions to find and process the perpetrators.”

Croatia played Italy behind closed doors at Split’s Stadion Poljud having been handed a one-match ban for racist chants by their fans in March’s 5-1 home win against Norway in Zagreb. That followed incidents during a 1-1 draw against Italy in Milan last November when flares were hurled on to the pitch.

The swastika sign impregnated in the grass through a chemical agent days earlier became visible during the match. The incident left Croatia players and the national governing body, the HNS, fearing drastic punishment from the Uefa.

“This is a clear attack on football and we will without a doubt be severely punished,” the HNS’s secretary-general, Damir Vrbanovic, said on Saturday. “We have all been slapped in the face by hooligans and it was not an accident, it was a calculated move. The cameras will identify the perpetrators, but the shame will stay,” he said.

The result against Italy left Croatia top of Group H with 14 points from six games, two ahead of Italy and four clear of Norway.

Ukrainian neo-nazis attack gay pride march

This video is about neo-nazis of the Svoboda party attacking Jews in Ukraine.

If Ukrainian neo-nazis are not murdering political opponents … or are not busy with their well-paid jobs as advisers to the minister of defence war … or with attacking Jews … then they will be attacking others, like LGBTQ people daring to march for their rights.

From daily The Guardian in Britain:

Violent clashes at Ukrainian gay rights march

Several people on march and police officers injured as far-right groups attack parade in Kiev

Saturday 6 June 2015 13.18 BST

Dozens of unknown assailants have attacked a gay rights march in Kiev, injuring several marchers and police officers.

The attackers hurled teargas and smoke bombs at the 300 marchers as they walked along the Dnipro river bank in the Ukrainian capital on Saturday morning.

The Interfax news agency reported that five police officers were injured, while other local media reported four marchers were hurt.

Several hundred riot police formed a cordon to keep marchers and opponents apart, following a warning that the event was threatened by far-right groups.

Some opponents to gay rights tried to break through the cordon. Some demonstrators were attacked after the march dispersed.

On Friday, the organisers for KyivPride2015 said the march would go ahead despite warnings from the mayor, Vitaly Klitschko, who advised that the event be cancelled because of a threat of violence from far-right groups.

Nazi criminals, paid by United States taxpayers

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Buchenwald Nazi Concentration Camp Liberation footage

Warning: Uncensored actual footage of Nazi atrocities. Some footage may be disturbing to some viewers.

By Thomas Gaist in the USA:

US government paid millions in Social Security benefits to ex-Nazis

4 June 2015

The US government paid more than $20 million worth of retirement benefits to at least 133 former Nazis over a period of more than 50 years, according to an internal auditing report released by the US Social Security Administration (SSA) last Saturday.

Many of the recipients of the federally administered retirement benefit checks were directly involved in the extermination camps and other atrocities, serving as guards, commandos, administrators and executioners with the SS and other Nazi units.

The volume of payments grew rapidly from the 1990s onward, rising from at least $1.5 million in 1999 to at least $20 million by 2015, according to the Associated Press. Some of the ex-Nazis were induced to leave the country by the Department of Justice (DOJ), which quietly made known that those who left the country voluntarily would continue to receive their benefit checks. At least $14 million was dispersed to Nazis who were never forced to leave the US at all, according to the SSA.

The SSA payments were apparently continued in order to maintain good relations between Washington and its ex-Nazi clientele, while also avoiding an unnecessary public airing of the matter. The benefits payments allowed the DOJ “to skirt lengthy deportation hearings,” the Times of Israel noted in a recent report.

Responding to the initial exposure of the payments by an Associated Press report published in October 2014, the US Congress passed the “No Social Security for Nazis Act’ last December. Nonetheless, another round of pension checks was reportedly sent to some of ex-Nazis this January, an “accident” the US government has promised will be the last of its kind.

The US government has refused to release a list of recipients’ names. Research by the Associated Press, however, has uncovered details concerning a small number of the recipients:

* John Avdzej became military governor of portions of Belarus during the Nazi invasion of the USSR, directing mass roundups and executions against the local Jewish population. Avdzej agreed to leave the US for West Germany in 1984, where he continued to receive SSA checks until his death in 1998.

* Nazi rocket scientist Arthur Rudolf was granted asylum in the US on the grounds that he possessed valuable technical skills, despite overseeing the use of slave labor at a Nazi V-2 rocket production factory during the war. Rudolf signed a “settlement agreement” with the US government in 1983 after his involvement with the regime’s use of slave labor was exposed, and he left the US for West Germany the following year, where he formally repudiated his US citizenship at an American diplomatic facility in Hamburg

Rudolf continued to receive checks from the SSA until his death from heart failure in 1996.

* Former Nazi SS member Jakob Dezinger, who served with a Death’s Head battalion, the special units tasked with running the extermination and forced labor camps, after joining the SS in 1942. Dezinger moved to Ohio after the war, where he enjoyed a prosperous career as an executive at a plastics producer.

* Martin Hartmann, also a member of the SS Death’s Head battalions, was a guard at the Sachsenhausen concentration camp, enjoyed US citizenship until 2007, when he moved to Berlin as part of a deal to keep his SSA benefits. Official records show that Hartmann had informed the US government about his membership in the SS immediately after the war.

* Elfriede Rinkel, a guard at the Ravensbrueck concentration camp who settled in California after the war, was the only female ex-Nazi ever prosecuted by the DoJ. She continued to receive SSA checks after agreeing to leave the US in 2006.

These examples, merely the tip of the iceberg, once again confirm that despite decades of fraudulent anti-Nazi posturing by the US political establishment, active and enthusiastic Nazis were allowed to continue living and working comfortably on American soil for decades after the war’s end, before enjoying a secure retirement at US government expense.

Anything but accidental, this outcome was produced by policies orchestrated over decades by the US government. The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) routinely shielded, employed and financially supported known and suspected Nazi war criminals for decades after the end of World War II. At least 10,000 former Nazis entered the US between 1948-1952, according to investigations by the DOJ.

Such routinized and systematic support can only be explained as the product of the common interests of US capitalism and Germany’s Nazi regime.

While rivals for domination of the world market, US and German imperialism were united by common hatred and fear of the USSR, the first workers’ state that had emerged out of the 1917 October Revolution. Though not without anxieties about unconstrained German domination of Europe, the US ruling class still viewed the Nazis and their backers as a useful bulwark against the threat of further seizures of power by the working class.

After the war, the US became a leading refuge for former Nazis. State agencies, including the CIA and FBI, recruited Nazis into the government while systematically concealing their presence from the public.

Washington recruited former Nazi spymasters to create an anti-Soviet espionage network, originally known as the Gehlen Organization, named after chief of military intelligence for the Eastern Front, Reinhard Gehlen.

After being packed with former Nazi cadres, including entire units of former Nazi SS men, under American supervision, the Gehlen Organization went on to become the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), which remains the official West German intelligence service up to the present.

The US government relied heavily on former SS troopers as it sought to assemble anti-Soviet paramilitary and intelligence units known as “stay behind” forces. Nazis who participated in the clandestine units were later rewarded by the CIA with bonus checks and arrangements that allowed them to resettle in Canada and Australia.

The $20 million in SSA checks was pocket change for the many other ex-Nazis and their descendants who continue to occupy positions of power and privilege within the German corporate and political establishment.

Nonetheless, the latest exposure of US benefit payments to Nazis starkly illustrates the longstanding fraternal relations between US imperialism and fascism. Abetted by Wall Street and Washington DC, the perpetrators of the worst crimes against humanity in history have largely gotten off scot-free, with US government pensions thrown in to boot.

The German intelligence service and neo-nazis

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Neo Nazi Killers of Germany (SHOCKING Crime Documentary)

9 March 2014

The Bosphorus serial murders also known as Döner murders, the term often used by the media, were a series of attacks that took place in Germany between 2000 and 2006, leaving ten people dead and one wounded. The attackers called themselves National Socialist Underground (NSU) (German: Nationalsozialistischer Untergrund). The primary targets were ethnic Turks, but one Greek and one German policewoman were also killed.

The victims were mostly small business owners, including doner kebab vendors and greengrocers. They were murdered in daylight with gunshots to the face at close range with a silenced CZ 83 pistol. According to the parents of a Turkish victim who worked in an internet café, the police originally suspected foreign organised criminals. A German policewoman, Michèle Kiesewetter, was also shot and killed and the police officer on patrol with her was critically wounded. Other crimes, including a bomb attack, may have been committed by the group. German authorities identified three suspects, Uwe Böhnhardt, Uwe Mundlos, and Beate Zschäpe as responsible for the murders. According to the acting Attorney General of Germany, Rainer Greisbaum, the suspects had Neo-Nazi links. Böhnhardt and Mundlos were found dead by police after they robbed a bank on 4 November 2011. Police said they killed themselves. Zschäpe surrendered on 11 November 2011. She will probably face charges of murder, attempted murder, arson, and belonging to a terrorist organization. Zschäpe said she was only willing to testify if she was considered a state witness, with mitigation of sentence. The police discovered an alleged hit-list of 88 names that included “two prominent members of the Bundestag and representatives of Turkish and Islamic groups”.

By Dietmar Henning in Germany:

New details on connections between German intelligence and neo-Nazis

1 June 2015

Thomas Richter, who worked for the German federal intelligence agency (BfV) in the far-right milieu under the alias of Corelli for 18 years, is emerging as a key figure in the intimate relations between the country’s security authorities and neo-Nazis.

Corelli was unmasked as a spy in 2012 and has since lived under a false identity as ward of a witness protection programme run by the national intelligence agency, which continued to meet with him on a regular basis. In April 2014, the 39-year-old was found dead in his apartment, the day before the Federal Prosecutor General was to interrogate him a second time in relation to the right-wing National Socialist Underground (NSU) terrorist group. Allegedly, he died of a severe sugar imbalance due to a previously undiagnosed diabetic condition.

Since Corelli’s exposure, a great deal had been revealed about him. Operating under the nickname of “Tommy HJ”, he had played a key role in the extreme-right milieu and was regarded as a leading informant of the BfV. He came into contact with the Nazi underground on numerous occasions.

It therefore seems very unlikely that the security authorities were totally ignorant of the NSU until late 2011, when Uwe Böhnhardt and Uwe Mundlos allegedly committed suicide, and the surviving member of the group, Beate Zschäpe, set fire to the group’s flat and then sent video film to several media outlets, claiming responsibility for the arson.

Corelli had already been in contact with Mundlos before the NSU went into hiding and began its killing spree. The authorities are sure that at least one meeting between the two occurred, because evidence emerged that Corelli had passed on information about Mundlos to the secret service in 1995. In 1998, his name was found on Mundlos’ contact list, along with the names of 30 other people connected with the neo-Nazi Thuringian Homeland Security (THS) group. The THS, to which the later NSU members also belonged, was led by Tino Brandt, an undercover agent of the intelligence service in the eastern German state of Thuringia.

The NSU was first mentioned in public on the neo-Nazi The White Wolf web site, run by Corelli in 2002. “Thanks to the NSU, it has borne fruit. The struggle continues …”, read a posting on the web site. By that time, the terrorist cell had committed four murders. Six more were to follow over the next five years. The White Wolf had previously received a donation of €2,500 from the NSU.

In 2005, Corelli handed over to the BfV a CD with thousands of files, labelled with the abbreviation “NSU/NSDAP” (National Socialist Underground/German Nazi Party). It is alleged that this CD was never closely investigated by the BfV and only discovered by the federal criminal police agency in 2014. Corelli died before the federal criminal agency (BKA) was able to question him. Some of the files on this CD, consisting of right-wing extremist propaganda, were also found on the NSU terrorists’ hard drives in their Zwickau apartment.

Corelli was a co-founder of a Ku Klux Klan group in the state of Baden-Württemberg, which also had connections with the NSU network. Two members of the group were officers from the 10-member police unit of Michele Kiesewetter, who was to become the NSU’s last murder victim.

Because the federal intelligence agency repeatedly refused to comment on the role played by Corelli, the parliamentary control committee (PKGr), which is responsible for the federal parliament’s monitoring of the country’s various intelligence agencies, engaged former legal policy spokesman of the Green parliamentary faction Jerzy Montag as a special investigator.

Montag was permitted to examine files made available to him by the BfV. It is doubtful, however, that he had access to the complete record. The federal intelligence agency itself decided which files to release for inspection, and thousands of records were shredded after the NSU’s cover was blown in 2011. Nevertheless, Montag’s 300-page report revealed some new insights. Although the report is classified as secret, the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper and NDR and WDR broadcast journalists have been able to view it.

Montag discovered that the BfV had paid Corelli an agent’s wage totaling almost €300,000. In 2002, he received a monthly sum of €1,000. He thus earned three times as much as Tino Brandt, who was paid a total of 200,000 marks (€100,000) by the secret service.

Like Brandt, who financed the establishment of Thuringian Homeland Security with money from the intelligence service, Corelli also invested a portion of the state funds into the development of neo-Nazi structures, such as the “National Demonstration Monitors” web site which he managed.

Whenever the police seized computers in raids, the secret service immediately stepped in. According to special investigator Montag, it was conspicuous that Corelli was able to benefit from the fact that “special bonuses were often paid, when his extensive computer system was completely or partially seized or confiscated.”

Corelli also received money from the secret service to buy a car and pay off debts. In addition, the agency took over the costs of “accommodation in the service of friendly foreign parties” and “fees for a language training course abroad.”

Corelli was extremely active in the neo-Nazi scene. “Whenever right-wing extremists gathered anywhere in Germany, Corelli was usually not far away”, writes the Süddeutsche Zeitung. Over the years, he supplied the secret service with a lot of material about neo-Nazi groups, right-wing forums, individuals and events, according to the paper.

Montag has recorded the history of Thomas Richter, alias Corelli, in detail. Richter came from Halle in the Saale region of eastern Germany and had already offered his services as a 19-year-old to the intelligence agency in the state of Saxony-Anhalt, which passed him on to the federal agency in 1994.

According to the Süddeutsche Zeitung, Richter had then fallen out with the far-right Nationalist Front, of which he was a member. He claimed he worked as an informer because he needed the money. He wanted to eventually get out of the business. But he was never able to do so, apparently because the intelligence agency was reluctant to lose him.

Summarising Montag’s report, the Süddeutsche concludes: “No consideration was ever seriously given to bringing the man into an opt-out programme and helping him to break away from right-wing extremism.” The paper then quoted Montag’s own view of the situation: “The authorities seemed to be unconcerned about the fate of a dropout, and only interested in (retaining) a potential secret service double-agent.”

The intelligence service was said to have protected its agent from prosecution. The report declares that Richter was repeatedly guilty of offences under German law, including driving without a license and exhibiting images of swastikas on the Internet. Investigations into his activities had “frequently” been opened but left unpursued. It is clear then that a large number of the offences he committed must “be attributed to” the federal intelligence agency.

While Montag does not actually draw this conclusion, when one observes Corelli’s “hyperactive” role and importance within the network of the extreme right, on one hand, and the efforts of the secret service to retain his operations in the neo-Nazi milieu and protect him from criminal prosecution, on the other, then it becomes obvious that the intelligence agency was instrumental in building up right-wing political extremism and helping it to thrive. In addition to this, Corelli was just one of about two dozen undercover agents from various German intelligence services who were proven to have operated in the NSU milieu.

The extent to which public authorities actually knew about the NSU’s murderous activities, concealed their knowledge, or were even involved in the crimes are issues of increasing political importance. Montag was able—or preferred—to find very little in his investigation. Concerning the death of Corelli/Richter, he told the Tagesspiegel newspaper that “in all probability” there was no foul play though he was unable to completely rule out the involvement of a third party.