Nazi Pop Twins
is an eerie documentary
that debuted this year on BBC's Channel Four
about the neo-Nazi teen folk musicians, Prussian Blue
. The girls are managed by a neo-Nazi stage mom from hell, and the girls already seem to be more interested in shopping at the mall than singing white power lyrics. One of the creepiest scenes includes the twin girls on a phone call with their prison "pen pal," David Lane
, the Neo-Nazi convicted of the murder of radio talk show host, Alan Berg
. Lane refers to the twin girls as his "fantasy sweethearts," raising issues about whether an obsession with genetic "purity" leads to pedophilia on the Racist Right
. Watch the documentary on YouTube (Parts 1
, and 5
) (Warning: may be exposed to YouTube comments from racist asshats.)
posted by jonp72
on Aug 11, 2007 -
Dr. John K. Lattimer died earlier this week.
&nCThe fact that he was the former chairman of the urology department at Columbia University is the least
interesting fact about him. He was an expert in ballstics and became the first private citizen granted access to Kennedy's autopsy photos (he made this drawing
to explain the path of the bullet). He treated survivors of the Hindenburg
explosion and Nazi defendants at Nuremberg
. He was also a collector of some very odd items: a pair of Eva Braun's earrings, the cyanide ampule that Hermann Goring used to commit suicide [.pdf]
, the key to Lincoln's presidental box at Ford's Theater. Oh, and he bought Napoleon's penis
in 1977 for $3000. Some think it should finally be allowed to rest in peace
posted by scblackman
on May 19, 2007 -
A Nazi Christmas
Since its most ancient days, the Christmas holiday has been continually reshaped to serve commercial, social, and political ends. These Nazi-era Christmas materials, including an Advent calendar
and an essay
on how to turn Christian holidays into National Socialist ones, come from the German Propaganda Archive
of the Calvin College library. Of course, the Allies also enlisted Christmas in both pop culture and propaganda with cards
, and posters
posted by Miko
on Nov 29, 2006 -
Mildred Fish Harnack
was the only American woman
executed for treason during World War II. Born
, raised, and educated
in Wisconsin, she moved to Berlin
with her German husband Arvid
. Arrested by the Nazis in September 1942 for their pivotal role
in the Communist Red Orchestra resistance movement
, they were tried in December 1942: Arvid
was hung and Mildred
received six years hard labor. Reviewing her case (during the humiliating German defeat at Stalingrad
), Adolph Hitler ordered her retried in January 1943. This time, she was convicted, sentenced to death, and beheaded
in Plötzensee Prison
on February 16, 1943.
[Mildred's life is detailed in the 2000 biography Resisting Hitler: Mildred Harnack and the Red Orchestra.]
posted by cenoxo
on Jul 24, 2006 -
From cooperation to complicity.
In 1988, the German chemical giant Degussa commissioned a study (by American historian Peter Hayes
) on its collaboration with the National-Socialist regime. The corporation's involvement in the production of Zyklon B has been well publicised, due to the controversy over the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
, but it's only one chapter of a larger story that, according to the author
(PDF), "suggests that most people, when presented with opportunities or imperatives that they have every imminent or material reason to accept or accede to and only potential or moral grounds to reject, will choose the course of least resistance, internalize the arguments that legitimate it, and balk at admitting that one could or should have done otherwise
posted by elgilito
on Jul 11, 2006 -
Wanna Fanta? Don'tuwanna wanna Fanta? You don't support the Jews do you?
Once the U.S. entered World War II in 1941, German Coca-Cola head Max Keith
(pronounced Kite) was no longer able to get Coca-Cola syrup and so invented
out of cheese by-products and apple cider for the Nazis.
According to Snopes
who went with a report prepared by an investigator commissioned by
to examine Max Keith's actions, it was all quite noble. Of course that
doesn't address what was happening before
. But in all fairness that the Coca- Cola only in rare instances
posted by Smedleyman
on May 31, 2006 -
--he escaped from Auschwitz with another guy, Wetzler, in April 1944 and got to Slovakia and Hungary, telling the world of the atrocities in the Auschwitz Protocol. Some Hungarian community leaders, however (Hungary was the only country that hadn't had its Jewish population deported yet), were busy making deals with Eichmann
for safe passage away. In any case, the result was that about 1,700 Hungarian Jewish leaders, with their families and friends, ended up in Switzerland, while almost half a million unsuspecting Hungarian Jews ended up dead in Auschwitz.
Vrba's report first alerted the world (including the Vatican, Red Cross, and US and British authorities) to exactly what was going on, and helped prosecute some who were tried later. ...Knowing perfectly well that it was the secrecy surrounding their actions that allowed the Nazis to herd unsuspecting Jews and transport them like sheep to slaughter, Vrba and Wetzler — as soon as they got in touch with Jewish community representatives in their native Slovakia — compiled a detailed report. They wrote about Auschwitz and what awaited Hungarian Jews once they arrived: immediate death by gassing.
posted by amberglow
on Apr 11, 2006 -
Nazi swing music from the 30s.
FMU's terrific blog presents mp3s of songs by Charlie and His Orchestra, a big band assembled by Hitler's minister of propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, to spread the Nazi message abroad even while trying to stamp out jazz and swing domestically.
"Leave it to Goebbels to take the music of The Andrews Sisters, Paul Whiteman and Irving Berlin and fill it with venomous rants against Jews, America and the British." Vol. 1 is here.
And now I want to see this movie
about the band. via BB
posted by CunningLinguist
on Dec 10, 2005 -
"Romantic"...or "Neo-National-Socialist" Realism?
If the following representations
can whatsoever be called 'realist', then wherefore the campy ideological
vulgarity of their subject matter, which make Leroy Neiman's works
- yes, you may remember him accurately from the notorious Burger King collection
of the late 1970's - seem as profound as Salvador Dali (156 MB - and "obscene" - MPEG file
)? To wit:
"Romantic Realism, the movement which renews the high esthetic standards and techniques of pre-20th century ateliers, brings a rebirth of comprehensibility, beauty, romanticism and stylization to contemporary subject matter."
Linked from Instapundit. (Do political posts rendered as purely aesthetic questions merit "newsfilter" warnings? Consult
! And apologies for the question sounding like the title of a Paul Zindel
Qu'est-ce que c'est, le 'degenerate art', vraiment?
posted by objet
on Oct 11, 2005 -
Hitler's "fountain of life
." In 1935, Heinrich Himmer and the SS launched a network of Lebensborn maternity centers
to increase birthrates among Aryans, where German soldiers were encouraged to mate with genetically desirable local women in occupied countries like Norway. These women were given the option of raising their kids themselves or turning them over to SS-run homes where they would be "Germanized." The lives of these kids was hell after the war, when they were shunned and worse
by the Nazis' previous victims. To those who are nostalgic for the Reich, like this veritable eBay of Nazi memorabilia
, the Lebensborn program represented " wonderful social experimentation
posted by digaman
on Mar 20, 2005 -
Trading with the Enemy (Prescott Bush was a bad man)
- The mainstream press decides to bring up the Bush/Nazi connection
- Newly declassified documents shed new light on the shady beginnings of the Bush family's dynastic wealth: through GW Bush's grandfather Prescott Bush's work as a director of a US bank which was both controlled by the German industrialist Thyssen (who played a key role in bankrolling Hitler's rise to power) and which continued to launder Thyssen Group profits after the US declaration of war against Germany. But if you've been reading Metafilter closely, you would have known the facts almost
a year ago. ( * executes clannish, self/Metafilter congratulatory victory jig * )
. Will the mainstream press pick up the trail of the story, to the US government secret importation of Nazi scientists
immediately after WW2? (don't hold yr. breath)
posted by troutfishing
on Oct 18, 2003 -
The Nazi-Era Provenance Internet Portal
"...to provide a searchable registry of objects in U.S. museum collections that were created before 1946, and changed hands in Continental Europe during the Nazi era (1933-1945)." Families who had art confiscated by the Nazis can search US collections for it here.
posted by liam
on Sep 8, 2003 -
The Nazis are back
and this time they're green!
I can't seem to tell if it's real or not... which is kind of worrying.[Via memepool]
posted by knapah
on Aug 1, 2003 -
"Who is Adolf Hitler?
The man from the people, for the people! The German front soldier who risked his life in 48 battles for Germany! What does Adolf Hitler want?
Freedom and food for every decent working German! The gallows for profiteers, black marketeers and exploiters, regardless of religious faith or race! Why is Adolf Hitler not allowed to speak?
Because he is ruthless in uncovering the rulers of the German economy, the international bank Jews their lackeys, the Democrats, Marxists, Jesuits and Free Masons! Because he wants to free the workers from the domination of race! Working Germans! Demand the lifting of the illegal ban on his speaking!"
posted by the fire you left me
on Jun 25, 2003 -
What a bunch of little nazis.
A scout leader in Denmark has been reprimanded for leading the kids (ages 11-14) in a theme based game of tag, with the theme being Nazi's vs. Jews. This included dressing the Jews in yellow Star of David outfits and a sign with the words "Arbeit macht frei". Danish Metafilter members, explain yourselves!!
posted by jonson
on Jan 24, 2003 -
From the secret world of the "black budget"
comes the story of a man who wants to know the truth about the army's research into anti-gravity technology and zero-point energy ("There's enough energy in your coffee cup to evaporate the world's oceans many times over."
). Is he a lunatic
? A "Ufologist
"? Nope, he's an award-winning defense and aerospace reporter for Jane's Defence Weekly
, the highly respected magazine on international military and policy issues. In fact, he says, the loonies may be right! He thinks there probably are saucerlike flying objects, but they're not alien, they're made in the USA (who got the technology from the Nazi's - who else?). He even goes so far as to suggest that the CIA has a program to discredit people who see UFO's. I like my stories rich, and this one is very
rich. (via Atlantic Unbound
posted by NekulturnY
on Sep 17, 2002 -
From the jawdropping-stupidity-in-advertising dept:
Target recently pulled
its "eight eight" line of clothing upon learning of its neo-Nazi undertones. At the same time, British sneaker pimp Umbro got spanked for naming a new line of kicks "Zyklons" — which may seem like a meaningless Decepticon-esque fake word unless you happen to remember that the Nazis used Zyklon B (hydrocyanic acid) in their death chambers. But, OK, still, some marketing twerp that doesn't know his world history, working for Umbro — fine. Pull the sneakers, no harm, no foul.
But Umbro is not the only manufacturer trying to get some play out of the Zyklon name. Turns out that Siemens — a German
manufacturer — wanted to have a new, Zyklon-branded line of appliances
. Among the to-be-branded Zyklon products?
posted by blueshammer
on Sep 6, 2002 -
Did you know "88" means "Heil Hitler"? Neither did a buyer at Target.
"August 27, 2002 -- Target, the nationwide department-store chain, said today it will pull shorts and baseball caps emblazoned with neo-Nazi hate symbols from its shelves.
" After dithering for a few weeks, Target responded to tolerance.org's campaign, but is now shooting themselves in the foot again by being less than accomodating of returns of the offending (and I do mean offending!) product. The link above is to the original story, the Aug. 27 update is linked at the bottom of that page. Howcum I never saw this on CNN? 8
posted by BGM
on Aug 27, 2002 -
Neo-Nazi movie reviews,
because neo-Nazis need culture, too. It's not all slurs against Jewish and black people (although there is a lot of that); there's also deep cultural insight, like:
- "Having odd sex or sex with odd things or odd people is very, very likely to make you not-ordinary" (American Beauty review)
- "Rage Against the Machine, which, if you're unfamiliar, is screechy Mexican supremacist noise." (American History X review)
- Kids are "quart-sized creeps: greedy, selfish, stupid all-consuming egomanaical tyrants who will drive adults crazy if they they let them" (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory review)
- Lord of the Rings is "a glimpse, here and now, of the kind of White culture we are working to create in the future"
[Via the April 2002 Esquire
, not online]
posted by kirkaracha
on Mar 16, 2002 -
What can The White Rose teach us today?
59 years ago..."February 22, 1943, 9am... three students from the University of Munich are brought to trial for treason. The trial lasts until 1 pm and by 5 o’clock all are dead...Why are their voices silenced? And how many more innocent people will have to die before they are heard?" Their executioners maintained "It was not a time for tackling theoretical problems, but rather for grasping the sword
, yet [they] sowed doubt among our youth. [They] nourished doubt instead of dispelling it..."
In memory of Hans Scholl, Sophie Scholl, Christoph Probst, Alexander Schmorell, Willie Graf, Kurt Huber, and untold others whose terrible crime has been to speak truth to power.
posted by fold_and_mutilate
on Feb 22, 2002 -
We all have AIDS
Yet another article on global AIDS, but it includes Nazi's and the holocaust.
The writer suggests that the CEO's of pharmaceutical companies that reduced the price of anti-viral medication should receive a Nobel Prize because they "save the lives of more human beings than died in the Holocaust."
posted by nonharmful
on Jun 26, 2001 -
The Norwegian neo-nazi organization Vigrid is suing
* on behalf of Nordic-looking women
seeking damages after suffering from blonde jokes. Are blonde jokes racial slurs?* Sorry, link only available in Norwegian, but you get the idea
posted by frednorman
on Apr 28, 2001 -
And you thought Microsoft was evil.
There appears to be pretty significant evidence that IBM was involved in automating the persecution of Jews by the Nazis
. Read more about it here
And since we haven't even settled the question of when a nation has atoned for its sins, what exactly is
the statute of limitations for a company's sins?
posted by anildash
on Feb 11, 2001 -