In downtown Vienna under the Nazis, two members of the SA had decided to humiliate an old woman. A crowd gathered and jeered as the stormtroopers hung a sign bearing the words "I'm a dirty Jew" around the woman's neck. Suddenly, a tall man with a high forehead and thick mustache pushed his way angrily through the mob and freed the woman. "There was a scuffle with two stormtroopers, I hit them and was arrested immediately," the man later said in a matter-of-fact statement.
Despite this open act of rebellion, the man was released immediately. He only had to say his name: Albert Göring, brother of Hermann Göring, the commander of the German air force and Hitler's closest confidant. [more inside]
posted by daisyk
on Jul 22, 2012 -
Researchers found [.pdf]
, after a series of four studies that "husbands embedded in traditional and neo-traditional marriages (relative to husbands embedded in modern ones) exhibit attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors that undermine the role of women in the workplace." The potential resistors focused on are husbands embedded in marriages that structurally mirror the 1950s ideal American family portrayed in the “Adventures of Ozzzie and Harriet” sitcom. [more inside]
posted by ambrosia
on Jul 5, 2012 -
Those Americans who are familiar with the name Claude Lanzmann most likely know him as the director of “Shoah,” his monumental 1985 documentary about the extermination of the European Jews in the Nazi gas chambers. As it turns out, though, the story of Lanzmann’s eventful life would have been well worth telling even if he had never come to direct “Shoah.” In addition to film director, Lanzmann’s roles have included those of journalist, editor, public intellectual, member of the French Resistance, long-term lover of Simone de Beauvoir and close friend of Jean-Paul Sartre, world traveler, political activist, ghostwriter for Jacques Cousteau — I could go on, but it’s a good deal more entertaining to hear Lanzmann himself go on, and thanks to the publication in English of his memoir, “The Patagonian Hare,” we now have the opportunity to do so. (previously)
posted by Trurl
on Apr 16, 2012 -
Before Qaddafi, the closest thing to a national icon that Libya had was Omar Mukhtar
, the Lion of the Desert. Mussolini thought of Libya as the Fourth Shore of Italy
; the natives were not pleased with this idea, and under the leadership of Mukhtar, a school teacher, successfully resisted the Italians for twenty years with almost no resources. Italian rule in Libya was harsh: Libyans were rounded up into concentration camps
, tanks and aerial bombardment
were used against civilians, and half of the population of Cyrenaica - the eastern part of Libya - died. To stop Mukhtar from receiving supplies from Egypt, the Italians built a 168-mile long barbed-wire fence
essentially dividing the country in two. Mukhtar was finally captured and hung on September of 1931; he remains a symbol of Libyan independence
. [more inside]
posted by with hidden noise
on May 1, 2011 -
From 1864 to 1904, the Russian Empire tried to quelch the nationalism of Lithuanians by ordering all Lithuanian texts to be printed with Cyrillic characters instead of in the Latin-derived Lithuanian or Polish alphabets. But they didn't count on the Knygnešiai - the Booksmugglers
. [more inside]
posted by mdonley
on Jul 12, 2009 -
The Feel Tank.
"We are a feel tank, but this does not mean that we do not think. We are governed by outrage
that the desires and demands for a less bad life
and a better good life continue to go unrecognized."
posted by papakwanz
on Feb 7, 2008 -
A Teacher's Guide to the Holocaust
- an overview of the people and events of the Holocaust through photographs, documents, art, music, and literature. It is designed to prepare K-12 teachers to approach this sensitive topic. The content is presented from three perspectives: Timeline, People, and The Arts. Produced by the University of South Florida.
posted by netbros
on Aug 29, 2007 -
The Tax Man Cometh:
"They believe, in the face of all evidence to the contrary, that their citizen's understanding of the written law should, and in some Platonic sense does, trump the realities of dealing with the government. This makes them uniquely American rebels--more true, they maintain, to the nation's core values than those of us who follow the pragmatic advice . . . "You mess with that shit, you are going to jail." Brian Doherty
analyzes the tax resistance movement (from 2004). Meanwhile, another ugly confrontation
is brewing in New Hampshire, and violence
is in the air. Mr. Brown, of course, has his views.
posted by fourcheesemac
on Jan 21, 2007 -
A multimedia exhibit on the Nazi persecution of homosexuals, Wikipedia on gays under the Nazis
, Paragraph 175 - a documentary profiling gay survivors of Nazi era policies
, and memorials of the gay Holocaust
. A few Nazi-era gay and lesbian figures of note:
- A Berlin intellectual and pioneer in sexuality research, and an early advocate for gay rights, (controversial in part for his early support of outing
died in exile after Nazis destroyed his Institute of Sexual Science.
- The butch orchestra conductor Frieda Belinfante
and gay artist William Arondeus
were part of the same resistance group that first falsified papers for Dutch Jews, and then when Nazi's began to compare these falsified papers with city records, set fire to the Amsterdam Registry building.
- Lily Wust
, the wife of a German soldier, fell for a Jewish woman at the wrong time. Their story became the subject of a book and film
posted by serazin
on Dec 15, 2006 -
The Aesthetics of Resistance.
The first part of Peter Weiss
's 3-volume novel Die Ästhetik des Widerstands
(1975-81) has, after many delays, finally been published
in a Joachim Neugroschel’s English translation: a major, though largely-unheralded literary event. The book ‘stands as the most significant German novel published after The Tin Drum.’ [more inside]
posted by misteraitch
on Jun 28, 2005 -
Carlos Cortez, Rest in Peace. Carlos Cortez
, woodcut artist
, veteran wobbly
, WWII conscientious objector
, longtime contributor to The Industrial Worker newspaper
, longtime board president of working-class publishing house Charles Kerr Publishers
, passed away last week. In a time of dime-silly protests
, we lost a great man
(Chicago Tribune) who leaves behind
a simple, powerful example of sustained resistance.
posted by juggernautco
on Jan 24, 2005 -
Did America Walk Into A Trap?
In stories reported by Newsweek
and Fox News it appears possible that the armed resistance now being encountered by US/British forces was part of Saddam Hussein's plan all along. The documents that have been found essentially say that should Baghdad fall, the Baath party loyalists should fade into society and extract vengeance on the occupying soldiers bit by bit. The nightmare scenario before the war was urban combat, Mogadishu style
. But now it appears that Hussein may have upped the ante with this "guerrilla-type campaign"
posted by owillis
on Jul 16, 2003 -