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Polish Official Says ‘More Than 99% Probability’ German Treasure Train Exists

Last week the story of a hidden Nazi gold train in Poland generated a lot of excitement but also a fair amount of skepticism. It now appears that it might really be uncovered as a Polish official calls the chances of it being real “more than 99%,” per the LA Times:

A top Polish cultural official on Friday stirred already feverish excitement over claims of a legendary Nazi treasure train having been located when he told reporters he had seen ground-penetrating radar images of a massive armored transport.

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“This is an absolutely unprecedented situation,” Deputy Culture Minister Piotr Zuchowski told a news briefing in Warsaw. “There is a very high — more than 99% — probability that this train exists.”

The radar images showed the shape of a train platform and what appeared to be cannons mounted on the more than 300-foot stretch of military-type wagons, Zuchowski said.

His enthusiasm over the reported discovery signaled that the Polish government, to which any recovered wartime-era property would belong, has bought into the deal offered by the finders to lead authorities to the train in exchange for 10% of the value of its contents.

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Nazi Gold Train Attracts Hordes Of Fortune Hunters To Poland

Ah, the mythical Nazi gold train – the stuff of legend. A couple of likely lads are claiming they’ve found just such a train in Poland – and want 10% of the proceeds for revealing its exact whereabouts. The news media and fortune hunters alike are all over Wroclaw, Poland, reports BBC News:

Two people in Poland say they may have found a Nazi train rumoured to be full of gold, gems and guns that disappeared in World War Two, Polish media say.

A Polish armoured train, the Danuta, in 1939. From the left: artillery wagon, infantry assault wagon, armored locomotive, artillery wagon.

A Polish armoured train, the Danuta, in 1939. From the left: artillery wagon, infantry assault wagon, armored locomotive, artillery wagon.

The train is believed to have gone missing near what is now the Polish city of Wroclaw as Soviet forces approached in 1945.

A law firm in south-west Poland says it has been contacted by two men who have discovered the armoured train.

Polish media say the men want 10% of the value of the train’s contents.

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Outrage in UK Over ‘Royal Heilnesses’ Film and Story Shows Queen Elizabeth Giving Nazi Salute

Rupert Murdoch will never receive a knighthood now. His ultra-lowbrow tabloid The Sun has published a film and story depicting the British royal family giving Nazi salutes as a front page story with the blaring headline “THEIR ROYAL HEILNESSES” (see below).

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Needless to say the official response from Buckingham Palace is one of outrage and condemnation. The Sun describes the twenty-second film from Balmoral Castle in Scotland:

The film shows the then Princess Elizabeth, just seven, larking about in 1933.

Egging on her sister Princess Margaret, three, is their uncle Prince Edward, Prince of Wales. He was a sympathiser towards Hitler’s Nazi Germany and became King Edward VIII.

It’s unclear what Murdoch’s motivation may be, but considering the phone hacking scandal in which he and his heir apparent son James were roundly condemned and cast out by the British establishment, perhaps there’s more to the story than just selling newspapers.

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Why Are We Obsessed With the Nazis?

“The Nazis still have a strong hold on us – in daily news stories, in bookshops and cinemas, even on the streets of Europe. But how has thinking about the Third Reich changed over the decades? And does it exert such a grip because it represents racism in its most extreme form?” asks Richard Evans at the Guardian:

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Why are we still so obsessed with the Nazis? Hardly a day goes by without a television programme or a newspaper article about them. Movies featuring them continue to pour out of the studios, from Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds to Polanski’s The Pianist. The Nazis’ crimes continue to haunt us. One current manifestation is the vast number of artworks they stole or forced out of the possession of their original Jewish owners; thousands of these cultural objects remain in galleries and museums across the world, waiting for the heirs of those who lost them to turn up and claim restitution.

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Ben Carson Stands by Comparison of U.S. To Nazi Germany

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Gage Skidmore (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Interesting, considering the CIA torture report, recent police killings of unarmed African Americans, and our international flying robot death squads, that Carson mentions Obamneycare and the IRS.  Alexandra Jaffe writes at CNN:

Neurosurgeon Ben Carson stood by his controversial comparison of the United States to Nazi Germany in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Wednesday.

Asked by Blitzer whether he would amend or take back his comments, Carson said “Absolutely not.”

Carson made the comments during a March interview with conservative news outlet Breitbart.com. He noted that the Third Reich was “using its tools to intimidate the population,” and said that “we now live in a society where people are afraid to say what they actually believe.”

In elaborating on those comments Wednesday, he again suggested that the U.S. “government is using instruments of government, like the IRS, to punish its opponents.”

Pressed by Blitzer on whether the comparison was appropriate, Carson argued his focus on the specific words was “part of the problem.”

“What you were doing is allowing words to affect you more than listening to what was actually being said.

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Hitler’s Legacy: The Skorzeny Syndrome

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Otto Skorzeny

“Terrorism, the Skorzeny Syndrome, is flourishing in the modern world, a reminder that Hitler and Nazism are still taking their toll more than three decades after the Third Reich collapsed.”—Glenn B. Infield115

The above quotation is from Infield’s biography of Otto Skorzeny, published in 1981, and the facts are as true today as they were then. Infield writes of the relationship that existed between Skorzeny and Yassir Arafat, for instance, and reminds us how Skorzeny advised the PLO and Al-Fatah from his base in Cairo. Infield knew and interviewed Skorzeny, and his biography of “Hitler’s Commando” is relevant to any contemporary study of the origins of modern terrorism.

What the world has been experiencing since at least 2001 and certainly for years earlier than the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon has been what analysts refer to as “asymmetrical warfare” conducted by “non-state actors.” This is a technique that was developed to perfection by Skorzeny and the other leaders of what we have called ODESSA.… Read the rest

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In Cold War, U.S. Spy Agencies Used 1,000 Nazis

Most disinfonauts will be aware of Operation Paperclip and the United States Government’s recruitment of prominent Nazi German scientists, but now it appears that the CIA was recruiting way more Nazis than previously suspected, revealed in the New York Times:

In the decades after World War II, the C.I.A. and other United States agencies employed at least a thousand Nazis as Cold War spies and informants and, as recently as the 1990s, concealed the government’s ties to some still living in America, newly disclosed records and interviews show.

At the height of the Cold War in the 1950s, law enforcement and intelligence leaders like J. Edgar Hoover at the F.B.I. and Allen Dulles at the C.I.A. aggressively recruited onetime Nazis of all ranks as secret, anti-Soviet “assets,” declassified records show. They believed the ex-Nazis’ intelligence value against the Russians outweighed what one official called “moral lapses” in their service to the Third Reich.

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One of America’s Most Famous Architects Was a Nazi Propagandist

Philip Johnson.2002.FILARDOThat would be Philip Johnson, who once said “[t]he people with money to build today are corporations – they are our popes and Medicis.” Matt Novak details Johnson’s fascist beliefs, his Nazi sympathizing and hatred for Jews, whom he described as “a different breed of humanity, flitting about like locusts,” at Gizmodo:

American architect Philip Johnson designed some of the most iconic buildings of the 20th century. Johnson, who died in 2005, has long been hailed as one of the greats. But there’s one fact about the man that many people in the architecture community don’t like to talk about: Johnson was a fascist who openly supported Adolf Hitler and the Nazis for nearly a decade.

Today is the 50th anniversary of the 1964 New York World’s Fair opening, so special attention is being paid to one of Johnson’s most beloved buildings: the New York State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows.

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93 Year-Old Former Auschwitz Medic Arrested For War Atrocities

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PIC: Jochen Zimmermann (CC0

Nearly 70 years after the liberation of the infamous Auschwitz death camp, Germany’s Central Office for the Investigation of Nazi War Crimes continues its efforts to find and prosecute those who oversaw the deaths of millions of Jews, gays, Roma, Poles, political dissidents, and anyone else the Hitler regime considered immoral, defective or troublesome. The latest to be arrested is an 93 year-old former medic. In accordance with German privacy laws, his name has not been released to the public.

Via The Guardian:

The 93-year-old, who was arrested at his home near Neubrandenburg, north of Berlin, underwent a medical checkup before he faced a judge and was then taken into pre-trial detention.

The former SS member allegedly assisted in the mass murder of prisoners who arrived on eight transports from Germany, Austria, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Slovenia in September 1944.

Of the arrivals, 1,721 were killed in gas chambers after they were deemed unfit for forced labour at the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp in Oswiecim, southern Poland, prosecutors said.

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Did The Nazis Have a School for Talking Dogs?

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“Milkbones, mein Fuhrer.”

Someone should have investigated David Berkowitz‘s neighbor’s dog, “Harvey”.

Via IO9:

Just when you think you’ve gotten to the end of the bizarre by-products of World War II, you learn about talking Nazi dogs. The question is: How official were they? We’ll look into the school — or possibly the con game — of talking dogs.

Here’s what we know. In 1930, Margarethe Schmidt lived with her mother in a relatively large house, and kept Asra, a Great Dane. Asra gave birth to five puppies, and the Schmidts took in a terrier. Somewhere along the line, all the dogs began learning to talk. And at some later point along the line, reports went out that these talking, spelling, and “reasoning,” dogs, would go out into the battlefields and the villages and start working for the Nazis.

The idea that dogs could talk was not unprecedented in Germany.

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