Slavic Inspirations

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Published in: on December 16, 2016 at 10:39 am  Leave a Comment  

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Online retailers team up with Jewish group to stop ‘hate’ products

Major online sales sites including eBay and Gumtree will meet with a Melbourne-based Jewish group that fights anti-Semitism to crack down on the sale of goods inciting hatred.

Next year’s roundtable with the B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission will respond to the “virus of hate” that has infiltrated some of Australia’s biggest retailers and online sales sites, according to the group’s chairman, Dvir Abramovich.

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“Where anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial flourishes, so will you find hatred for Asians, gays, women, Muslims, and other ethnic minorities that often leads to violence,” Dr Abramovich said.

Sites that have so far signed up to the cyber hate meeting include eBay, Gumtree, Booktopia, and Angus and Robertson.

Dr Abramovich said the group will develop guidelines to respond to hateful material sold online and mechanisms for customers to better report products that incite violence against minorities.

Many online listings feature racist, sexist and homophobic goods for sale. Holocaust denial books are widely available through online bookstores and eBay has an extensive range of Nazi paraphernalia, some of which is advertised as collectables.

On eBay, Nazi coins are listed for sale for up to $500 and a Nazi jacket is on sale in Western Australia for more than $1000.

Goods promoted by online classifieds websites include Ku Klux Klan memorabilia, items depicting black people that describes them as n—ers, Confederate flags, and golliwog-themed items.

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A Melbourne eBay seller who spoke to Fairfax Media had their listing for a golliwog doll pulled down last week because it was in breach of the company’s discrimination policy.

“We have made the decision to prohibit the sale of golliwog dolls and many associated products from our site globally,” eBay told the customer. “We believe this is the right thing to do and is consistent with our values as a business. Please do not relist.”

Dr Abramovich called for all online retailers to take a stand against goods sold on their websites that promote hatred and violence.

“Extremists engage in a wide variety of activities to promote their causes and recruit new members, and the tremendous growth of the internet and social media has allowed many of them to promote their violent ideologies inexpensively on legitimate platforms,” he said.

“The members of the group and I have recognised that digital hate represents one of the most serious threats to our freedom and democracy and that is why we are coming together to tackle this growing problem.”

An eBay spokeswoman said it had policies in place to combat hateful behaviour on its website while offering the widest selection of items possible.

“Keeping the site free of hateful and offensive materials is important to eBay because the platform is about connecting a diverse and passionate community of buyers and sellers,” she said.

“Online is a fast-evolving landscape and we always welcome input from third party experts who are heavily invested in issues like this one.”

Gumtree said it was looking forward to the discussions with other online retailers to combat cyber hate. A spokeswoman said its prohibited items policy was broad to ensure it captured the range of items that could be deemed offensive.

“We encourage the community to report any offensive ads, including those for Nazi memorabilia, so we can investigate and remove, if necessary,” she said.

Editor’s note- you can see for yourself, sites like the one linked below  offer high quality, made in US, cuff titles and arm bands at very low prices. When will this hate finally end.

http://murphsmilitaria.com

Published in: on December 16, 2016 at 10:25 am  Leave a Comment  

Rent-a-Jew service now available in Germany

The Telegraph UK

A Jewish community outreach group in Germany has hit on an eye-catching name for its program of educational seminars – Rent-a-Jew.

Group spokesperson Mascha Schmerling admitted that the title was deliberately provocative – but she hopes it will serve to promote conversation.

“We want to give people the chance to talk to the Jewish community,” Schmerling told German broadcaster Deutsche Welle. “We want them to see that we’re completely normal people. We don’t want to be defined purely by history and we don’t want to always be seen through this Holocaust len.

Set up by the European Janucz Korczak Academy, a Munich-based educational organisation, Rent-a-Jew seeks to counter anti-Semitism by sending ordinary Jewish people into German schools, colleges and universities to speak about their lives and experiences, and to dispel myths about Jews.

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The initiative has been launched against a backdrop of rising anti-Semitism. According to Deutsche Welle, 2015 saw a 34 per cent increase in reported anti-Jewish incidents from a year earlier.

The Rent-a-Jew website elaborates: “For hundreds of years, anti-Semites have claimed that Jews are less valuable than other people. We are tired of hearing such assignments. And we believe that humor mixed with a bit of chutzpah is the best way to refute old stereotypes and prejudices and show how absurd they are.

“There are 100,000 Jews in Germany, but few [Germans] know a Jew personally. We want to change this by allowing encounters between Jews and non-Jews – away from stereotypes.

“With Rent-a-Jew , it becomes possible to each other instead of talking over one another to answer questions on both sides and break down prejudices.

“Jewish participants are as colorful as Judaism. They are not professional speakers or experts for politics and religion, but people from next door with their own personal stories and opinions.”

Editor’s note- This is a rental , terms and restrictions apply *

Published in: on December 16, 2016 at 10:08 am  Leave a Comment  

Tapestry from Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest returning to Germany

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Editor’s note- It is quite curious and telling. Most American’s belive “The monuments Men” propaganda, that being that they where saving fine art that Germany had looted from Jews and elsewhere. Mike walsh recently wrote an article on this reversed narrative, which we published. One only needs to read David Irving’s book ‘Goering'(available for free in our books link) to know that works of art where purchased at a fair market value from Jewish collectors and galleries, but this article further proves this point. We read that a US  intelligence  officer actually looted the tapestry and it is now being returned to it’s rightful owner, the Bavarian state.

DALLAS — Growing up, Cathy Hinz and her five siblings would run up and down the stairs at their Minneapolis home, one hand on the banister, the other skimming a memento hanging on the wall that their father had brought back after fighting in World War II: a 16th century tapestry that once graced Adolf Hitler’s retreat perched high in the Bavarian Alps.

On Friday, that tapestry, purchased for Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest the year before the war began from a Munich art gallery owned by a Jewish family, will be formally returned in a ceremony in Germany. It will eventually be displayed at the Bavarian National Museum in Munich.

“The tapestry has been on a journey, and now it’s going home,” Hinz said.

The tapestry’s trip back to Germany began when Hinz gave it to the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. Enough was known about its past that Gordon “Nick” Mueller, president and CEO of the museum, and Robert Edsel, a board member and founder of the Dallas-based Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art, knew it needed to be returned to its rightful owner.

So Edsel began untangling the mystery.

Hinz’s father, U.S. Army Lt. Col. Paul Danahy, often told the story of taking the tapestry after being struck by the historical significance of the moment after his 101st Airborne Division made it to the Eagle’s Nest above Berchtesgaden and began interrogating German officers. Danahy, who served in the war as an intelligence officer, died in 1986 at the age of 71, and the tapestry eventually landed on the wall of Hinz’s dining room.

Seeing carefully preserved tapestries on a trip to Italy in 2000 gave Hinz pause about continuing to keep the 7-foot-by-7-foot tapestry depicting a courtly hunting scene. She knew it was time to let go of it, she just wasn’t sure how.

Edsel said the key was determining whether the September 1938 sale of the tapestry would have been considered forced. His foundation endeavors not only to honor but also continue the work of the Monuments Men, a group of art experts from more than a dozen countries who worked with Allied forces to protect cultural treasures during the war, and afterward to return works stolen by the Nazis.

Thomas R. Kline, a Washington D.C.-based attorney who specializes in art restitution, said multiple factors can go into determining if a sale was forced. For instance, some gallery owners decided to sell collections for fear the Nazis would confiscate them anyway.

It was the family of Konrad Bernheimer, a present-day Munich art dealer, who owned the gallery that sold the tapestry.

“My first reaction was, if you have the invoice then let’s have a look at how much they paid,” Bernheimer said. “There are two possibilities: Either it was sold below the actual value — then it would indicate that this was a false sale. Or it was sold at the full price — then I would not be able to say it’s a false sale.”

Bernheimer said he didn’t consider it a false sale because the full price — about $10,000 U.S. dollars at the time — was paid. “Not everything that was sold between 1933 and 1945 could be considered a false sale,” he said.

Bernheimer said that up until the Nazis’ attacks on Jewish synagogues, businesses, schools and homes on Kristallnacht in November 1938, his family was convinced they were safe. After that, family members were taken to a concentration camp, and the Nazis took over their gallery. They were eventually able to rebuild the business after the war.

So with Bernheimer not laying claim to it, the tapestry goes to the Bavarian State, the heir to items once belonging to Hitler. Bavarian National Museum official Alfred Grimm said the tapestry will be restored, studied and then displayed at the museum.

Edsel said the return is a reminder to family members of World War II soldiers to be aware of what items might be found in their homes.

“They’re going to inherit these things, and so this is going to be a good chance for us if we can make sure people are aware of the foundation to come forward without feeling any sense of concern about getting in trouble — that’s not what we’re about,” he said.

Edsel founded his group in 2007 and has written several books on the efforts to save art during WWII, including “The Monuments Men,” on which the 2014 George Clooney movie of the same name was based. Last fall he announced his foundation would likely be closing due to a lack of funds, but it was reinvigorated after a donation and the offer to participate in a television show called “Hunting Nazi Treasure” that will air next year.

Hinz, who is traveling to Munich for the return ceremony, said she’s been a bit nostalgic about seeing the tapestry go so far away, but says it feels right.

“My thought was, you know, it never was ours to begin with. It’s something that came into our lives as a result of a moment in history, but the tapestry itself is so much more than our history with it,” she said.

Published in: on December 16, 2016 at 10:01 am  Leave a Comment  

They’ve Finally Gone And Done It.

BBC:

After years of controversy, Austria’s parliament has passed a law allowing it to seize the house where Adolf Hitler was born in 1889.

Owner Gerlinde Pommer had repeatedly refused to sell the building in Braunau am Inn or allow renovations.

Mrs Pommer will now be given compensation. But it is still not clear what the government will do with the former guesthouse.

The authorities are keen to stop it becoming a draw for neo-Nazis.

The parliament’s decision puts an end to a long-running row between the government and Mrs Pommer, who is now retired.

For many years, the government paid Mrs Pommer a generous rent in an attempt to prevent the three-storey building being used as a site for neo-Nazi tourism.

In the past it was used by a local charity as a day centre and workshop for people with special needs.

But the charity was forced to move out several years ago when Mrs Pommer blocked renovations.

The building’s future has been widely debated, with opinion torn between razing it or changing its use.

Some people, including Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka, have said they want it to be knocked down.

A panel of historians, who have been asked to advise on the matter, say that would be tantamount to denying Austria’s Nazi past.

A number of cultural organisations have stressed that the building is part of the historic city centre and therefore under heritage protection.

These people are a bunch of fanatical kooks.

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It doesn’t have magical powers.

There was a time when there was magic in the air, but that time is over.

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The fact that they are scared to death of this building, just because Hitler was born there, shows the way this man’s image resonates through their psyche.

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