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Czech Town Upset That Porsche Museum Overlooks Namesake’s Nazi Past

PIC: Hitler and Ferdinand Porsche at right (PD)

PIC: Hitler and Ferdinand Porsche at right (PD)

Ferdinand Porsche may be celebrated as the designer of the Volkswagen and for the car line that still bears his name,  but there are some who would prefer to forget that the engineer joined Hitler’s SS in 1937 and served as the head of  the Fuhrer’s tank commissioner. He knew Hitler personally and used slave labor to build the Volkswagens requested by the dictator.

Veterans and Jewish groups say that an “exhibition” (formerly designated as a memorial) built in Porsche’s birth place (Vratislavice nad Nisouto, Czech Republic) to honor his legacy has brushed over his SS past and relationship with Hitler.

Via RawStory:

But not everyone in this modest locality of nearly 8,000 residents northeast of the capital Prague felt comfortable trumpeting their native son.

Last year, a new team voted into city hall could no longer ignore growing protests that Vratislavice — in an area annexed by Nazi Germany in the late 1930s — was “memorialising” a man who had worked for Adolf Hitler.

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U.S. Government Report Confirms America As ‘Safe Haven’ For Nazis

nazi reportA fascinating front page story in the New York Times today details some of the more outrageous instances of the United States harboring refugee Nazis following World War 2, including scientists recruited for the notorious Operation Paperclip. Read the whole thing: it’s eye-opening for those who might think the “land of the free” would never do something like this:

A secret history of the United States government’s Nazi-hunting operation concludes that American intelligence officials created a “safe haven” in the United States for Nazis and their collaborators after World War II, and it details decades of clashes, often hidden, with other nations over war criminals here and abroad.

The 600-page report, which the Justice Department has tried to keep secret for four years, provides new evidence about more than two dozen of the most notorious Nazi cases of the last three decades.

It describes the government’s posthumous pursuit of Dr.

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‘Jew Süss’: The Most Notoriously Anti-Semitic Movie Ever Made

Living in downtown Manhattan, I regularly go by the peerless Film Forum cinema, which is currently playing Harlan: In The Shadow Of The Jew Suss. I was curious to know what it was about and conveniently Larry Rohter obliges in the New York Times (I've also included a clip from Harlan's film, Jud Süss):
In the history of the cinema, the German director Veit Harlan occupies an especially ignominious position. It is his name that is attached to “Jew Süss,” perhaps the most notoriously anti-Semitic movie ever made, a box office success in Nazi Germany in 1940 that was so effective that it was made required viewing for all members of the SS. But what motivated Harlan to write and direct such a film? Was he a Nazi true believer, an opportunistic careerist or just a filmmaker too fearful of retribution to say no to Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi propaganda chief...
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Trial of Nazi Hit Man Opens in Germany

From the Wall Street Journal:

AACHEN, Germany — An 88-year-old former member of Adolf Hitler’s Waffen SS went on trial Wednesday for the wartime hit-style killings of three civilians in the Netherlands.

While in captivity after the war, Heinrich Boere admitted to the killings to Dutch authorities. But he has managed to avoid prosecution for decades — first escaping from the Netherlands before he could be brought to trial, then successfully eluding the courts in Germany.

Teun de Groot, the son of one of Mr. Boere’s victims and a co-plaintiff, said before the trial he hoped Mr. Boere would be convicted on the three counts of murder.

“I feel like it will go to a good result,” he said.

Inside the court, cries of “Nazis get out, no fascists here” broke out as two skinheads wearing black neo-Nazi-styled garb took seats in the back.

Mr. Boere faces the possibility of life in prison if convicted of the 1944 killings of a bicycle-shop owner, a pharmacist and another civilian while part of an SS death squad codenamed “Silbertanne,” or “Silver Pine.” …

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