The Battle of Brest-Litovsk took place between 14 and 17 September 1939. After three days of heavy fights for the stronghold in the town of Brześć, the Germans captured the fortress and the Poles withdrew. According to the terms of the 1939 German-Soviet Nonaggression Pact the territory around Brest as well as 52% of the then Poland was assigned to the Soviet Union. The Soviet 29th tank brigade under Brigadier Semyon Krivoshein reached the area of Brześć on September 21st and took over the fortress from the Wehrmacht. During that event a joint German-Soviet parade was held in the town, after which the German forces left the area. The XIX motorized Corps of Wehrmacht and the 29th Tank Brigade of the Red Army participated in the parade.
The German-Soviet military parade in Brest-Litovsk was an official ceremony held by the troops of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union on September 22, 1939, during the invasion of Poland in the city of Brest-Litovsk.
It marked the withdrawal of German troops to the demarcation line secretly agreed to in the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact, and the handover of the city and its fortress to the Soviet Red Army.
Putin cast the Molotov-Ribbentrop treaty as a move the Soviet Union was forced into following nonaggression agreements some other European nations had signed with Hitler.
He cited a 1938 agreement reached by Germany, Britain, France and Italy that allowed Hitler to annex Czechoslovakia as an example of Western leaders’ alleged “collusion” with Hitler.
Total espionage doctrine was first defined by Kurt Riess in his 1941 book Total Espionage: Germany’s Information and Disinformation Apparatus 1932-40. German intelligence used Germans residing or travelling abroad, as well as foreign sympathizers, to collect all sorts of information – political, scientific, economic, etc. Tourists, scientists, actors, university professors, sailors, auto-mechanics, diplomats, journalists NGO’s and business corporations were instrumentalized to gather intelligence and to sabotage the enemy. One important instrument of intelligence gathering was The Organization of Germans Living Abroad, directed by Ernst Wilhelm Bohle, a special assistant to the German Counter-Intelligence (SD) Chief Walter Schellenberg. Vast network of spies was developed by Goebbels‘ Counter-Action (Abwehr) Department jointly with the War Ministry Intelligence Service. This department was also in charge of controlling German-language newspapers in non-German-speaking countries. According to Riess, „by 1937 Goebbels controlled some 330 German newspapers in non-German-speaking countries. This figure did not include the large number of newspapers in Switzerland, Alsace, and Czechoslovakia, nor the newspapers in other languages“
Each author focuses on one segment of the world that was falling apart. For Rein, it is a little group of dissidents – a young deserter, a heroic saboteur, a humanitarian doctor, a doctrinaire communist, and a kindly innkeeper – who work together clandestinely, attempting to save at least some of the people and buildings of Berlin by persuading German troops to accept defeat.
So, while the EU might well be the apogee of constrained democracy, constrained democracy has many facets. Moreover, the model of constrained democracy existed on a national level before the EU was created. Indeed, the EU can be seen as the grotesque extension of a flawed system that was first developed within nation states after the First World War. For instance, the model of independent central banking was pioneered in Germany before being transposed to the EU much later on.
the quandary that has plagued Holocaust-conscience Jews for the past 70 years – how could the world stay silent – is easier to decipher today. When a ruthless demagogue stirs up racial enmity in order to advance his political aims, when his base is swept away by fear and loathing, when political allies are enthralled by his rhetoric or fail to speak out for fear of retribution, when fair-minded groups are reluctant to draw attention or make waves and when the calculations of foreign countries are based on ruthless realpolitik with no regard or even pretense of moral judgment – that’s how it is made possible.
The sudden disaster that requires the end of checks and balances, the dissolution of opposition parties, the suspension of freedom of expression, the right to a fair trial, and so on—this is the oldest trick in the Hitlerian book. Do not fall for it. Modern tyrants are terror managers. Do not allow your shock to be turned against your freedom. When the terrorist attack comes, remember that aspiring tyrants exploit such events in order to change regimes and to consolidate power.
It would be a mistake to see this degeneration as a necessary, let alone inevitable, evil. It is the realization of merely one potential, however central, of identity in a national context. It is neither ordained by heaven nor a divine law. It is a choice, and one that ought to be changed.
Sobibor was founded in 1942 in occupied Poland, alongside Treblinka and Belzec. The insurgency at the camp erupted on October 14, 1943. The rebels, led by Ukrainian Jew Alexander Pechersky, killed a number of SS officers with knives and axes and led a mass escape. They broke through the fencing and fled into the forest around the camp.
Many were caught and executed by the Germans; some were captured and turned over by local villagers. Ultimately about 300 of the 600 prisoners in the camp escaped but only 50 would survive the Holocaust. Rozenfeld was one.
This poster advertises the novel ‘Der Untertan’ (‘The Subject’) by Heinrich Mann (1871-1950), the first part of his trilogy, ‘Das Kaiserreich’ (‘The Empire’). The novel was banned in Germany during the First World War, owing to its criticism of the militarism and conservatism prevalent in Imperial German society. It was finally published, to much acclaim, in 1918. Heinrich’s younger brother, the novelist Thomas Mann, initially wrote in support of the war but later agreed with Heinrich. Both brothers left for America in the 1930s following the rise of the Nazis.
In recordings aired by Israel’s Channel 13 News, Rabbi Eliezer Kashtiel, head of the Bnei David academy in Eli, is heard saying that „the Arab wants to be under the occupation because they have a genetic problem, they don’t know how to manage a country, they don’t know how to do anything,“ and that „we believe in racism.“ Rabbi Giora Redel was recorded saying that Hitler was „correct in his ideology“ and „is one hundred percent correct, except for the fact that he’s on the wrong side.“
He advances to the microphones with that same chromeplate of self-besotted, transparently over-emotive self-canonization, and tells the survivors how great they have it here, with him in power.
The Holocaust. Like everything else, it’s all about him.
This year, I will freely admit, his address to the aged survivors – “to the Holocaust survivors who, this evening, come before everyone and are above everyone” – stood out from the usual.
Moreover, identitarians on both the left and the right see human beings only through the prism of race, gender or sexuality, and fail to account for the primacy of the individual. As such, they are in direct opposition to the principles of Martin Luther King, who valued the content of one’s character over the colour of one’s skin. While collectivist rhetoric from the racist far right is easy enough to dismiss, it is far more difficult when it comes from those who claim to be advancing a progressive agenda.
Not only did he double down on his foul Holocaust relativism by continuing to compare the present political situation with the most criminal political regime in human history – he pushed it even further by saying his comparison of the ERG to the Nazis was ‘not strong enough’.
Not strong enough. Think about what is being said here.
If there are any parallels to be drawn with the nation’s current predicament vis-à-vis an overbearing and bullying European power, it is perhaps in the words of Baldwin’s cousin Rudyard Kipling: that if you keep paying the Danegeld, you will never get rid of the Dane. Or, as Churchill put it: ‘An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.’
Mix up fascist geopolitics, Pat Robertson’s LGBT hate, Bannon’s nationalism and Putin’s shills and you get Jair Bolsonaro, who’s nostalgic for the U.S.-backed dictatorship that tortured and killed thousands of leftists – and he’s about to come to power
The controversial Brazilian far-right leader made the comments Thursday night at a meeting with evangelical pastors in Rio de Janeiro. He was applauded by those who attended.
„We can forgive, but we cannot forget. That quote is mine. Those that forget their past are sentenced not to have a future,“ Bolsonaro said, adding that actions are needed for the Holocaust not to be repeated.
Brazil’s right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro said “there is no doubt” that Nazism was a leftist movement, just after visiting Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and museum.
Besides there being no evidence that Hitler said or wrote these words, in „Mein Kampf“ or otherwise, it also represents the opposite of his actions.
Instead of small changes that slowly eroded the rights of the German people, Hitler made large changes over a short period. Within a month of rising to power in January 1933 as Germany’s chancellor, Hitler used the Reichstag Fire (the assembly location for parliament) as an excuse to issue a decree that overrode individual rights and authorized mass arrests. A month later, he passed the Enabling Act that granted him full power without having to consult other government representatives.
His apology followed a radio interview on Wednesday in which he appeared to offer a positive slant on Mussolini’s dictatorship.
“I’m not a fascist, I was never a fascist, and I don’t share his political convictions,” Mr. Tajani told Radio 24, an Italian broadcaster. “But we have to be honest: Mussolini built roads, bridges, buildings, sports facilities; he has developed many parts of our Italy.”
„Mussolini? Fino a quando non ha dichiarato guerra al mondo intero seguendo Hitler, ha fatto delle cose positive“. Lo ha detto Antonio Tajani nel corso di un’intervista ai giornalisti di La Zanzara, su Radio 24, che ne hanno mandato in onda alcuni estratti.
Tajani is from the European Parliament’s centre-right federalist ‘European People’s Party’ grouping of Merkel, Varadkar, and Juncker. If a Eurosceptic had said what Tajani said there would be uproar…
Germany once greeted the extreme right with apathy and scorn. We’ve accepted ours with apathy and silence – a troublesome silence that makes a statement
I don’t think leaving the EU is the solution to the problems that led us here, but telling people who have finally had, and taken, the opportunity to vote for change that no, they can’t have what they voted for will inevitably lead to a rejection of democracy and the parties that have ‘stabbed them in the back’. And while some people would sink back into the resigned apathy they were in before, many would seek another way to find that change. Farage, Yaxley-Lennon, and Goddard etc are waiting for them.
Rotem was one of the dozens who survived, helped through the sewer system by Polish workers and on into surrounding forests.
He came back to fight with the Polish resistance in the 1944 Warsaw Uprising that was crushed by the Nazis after 63 days, with many accusing the advancing Soviets of failing to help.
Joachim Ronneberg in 2015. In 1943, as a World War II resistance fighter, he commanded a daring mission to blow up a heavy-water plant in Norway, helping sabotage Hitler’s nuclear program.
‚Why are you nervous?‘ she asked. He replied, ‚B/c you’re applying pressure’…She said: “Maybe you’re nervous because you’re a criminal”
“Don’t lie to us, because we already know everything anyway, and we can see when you lie too. We have a lot of video footage of you, we know where you went and what you did,” a second interrogator reportedly told him.
Nadim Sarrouh, a 34-year-old German citizen, says he’s accustomed to short detentions and questioning. But this time was different
(1.8.2018) Indeed, the ‘special relationship’ between Netanyahu and Orban is only the tip of the iceberg. For years, Netanyahu’s Israel has been ‘flirting’ with radical right movements in Europe.
The unmistakable Israeli strategy, of course, has its own logic. Israeli leaders feel that Europe’s move to the far-right is irrevocable and are keen to benefit from the anti-Muslim sentiment that accompanies this shift as much as possible.
Moreover, the EU’s resolve to label illegal settlement products and refusal to heed calls for moving their embassies from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is pushing Netanyahu to explore these new routes.
Similar quotes positing the idea that fascism would come to America disguised by a different name can be traced at least as far back as 1936 (although they weren’t attached to Churchill’s name until decades later). On 18 March 1936, for example, the Cincinnati Inquirer reported on words delivered by Norman Thomas, an American Presbyterian minister who was running for president as the Socialist Party of America’s candidate, at an informal luncheon: “Fascism is coming in the United States most probably, but it will not come under that name.”
Even die-hard American Jews were forced to admit this week that something is rotten in their favorite Jewish state
(21.7.2018) Steven Wernick says ‚infuriating‘ detention of Dov Haiyun for performing weddings outside Rabbinate ‚gives the impression of a religious police‘.
November 15, 2017 C-SPAN News http://MOXNews.com Former Trump administration chief strategist Steve Bannon spoke at a dinner of the Zionist Organization of America in New York City. He praised President Trump on his support of Israel and his leadership in the fight against ISIS and radical Islamic terror.
(18.11.2016) But some Jewish thought leaders and rabbis aren’t as willing to accept the argument that being pro-Israel, or the commitment to protecting the state of Israel rigorously, automatically absolves someone from being anti-Semitic.
In fact, these leaders argue, it’s absolutely possible for people to support the state of Israel and the same time, to support networks that promote hatred towards American Jews.
I STILL recall when I first used the word “apartheid” to describe the State of Israel’s policies towards Palestinians. It was more than a decade ago now during a reporting stint in Jerusalem and after an Israeli colleague had told me of the Hebrew word, hafrada, which refers to the concept of separation.
Netanyahu also referred to the ideological tie linking the two governments: „Both of us understand that radical Islam presents a true threat“ to Europe, Israel and Arab countries.
„Iran is the greatest threat and we are the front-line protecting Europe as well,“ Netanyahu said.
President Reuven Rivlin, who represents the liberal part of the Israeli right wing and has publicly criticized parts of the nation-state law, also understands this link.
„After my colleague in Haifa is pulled out of bed, arrested and summoned back for officiating at a non-Orthodox wedding and the passage of the nation-state law, I do not believe we can talk about a ‚gap‘ between Israel and the Diaspora,“ Wernick wrote in a letter to the Israeli government. „It is now a ‚canyon.'“
„These are the actions of Iran and Saudi Arabia,“ Wernick wrote, a rare choice of words for the leader of a movement which overall is considered very supportive of Israel.
The American Jewish Committee, a prominent mainstream Jewish advocacy group, said it was „deeply disappointed“ by the law.
(9.7.2018) He has some passionate fans there: A long list of anti-democratic movements and governments that consider Bibi’s Israel an optimal partner. The Israeli government has no problem with these entities, because they are essentially quite similar. The basis of the connection derives from overlapping interests and ideological closeness.
Immigration is a prominent example.
(10.7.2018) Benjamin Netanyahu has a message for you. ‚Jewish‘ is not what this state is. Our message, our mission has become something else. And it starts with an F.
Some 7,000 demonstrators in Tel Aviv march from Rabin Square to an ‚emergency rally‘ to protest the bill ■ New Israel Fund CEO: ‚This is tribalism at its worst‘
62 MKs vote in favor of the bill after a stormy debate and changes to problematic clauses ■ Arab lawmakers tossed out of Knesset after they tear bill in protest, call it ‚apartheid law‘
(5.Juli) Last month a freelance journalist named Joshua Cohen published an article in The Washington Post about the Ukraine’s growing neo-Nazi threat. Despite a gratuitous swipe at Russia for allegedly exaggerating the problem (which it hasn’t), the piece was fairly accurate.
What religious and nationalist indoctrination in schools means for Israel’s future
As the prime minister spoke, however, as a war-anxious nation and an attentive, approving White House hung on his every word, a little over 30 miles up the road, in Jerusalem, a mortal threat to Israel was being assembled under our very noses. In the Knesset, no less. A set of three time bombs, complex, deadly, radioactive.
Each of them a step toward annihilating Israel as we have come to know it. Each of them a step toward dictatorial rule, toward fascism. Each of them approved by – spurred by – Netanyahu himself.