Posts tagged nazis
Posts tagged nazis
Martin Rogers of Yahoo! Sports on the history of German soccer club Bayern Munich, which I was woefully unfamiliar with as a stereotypical American who doesn’t follow soccer at all:
During the years leading up to the second World War, Bayern had developed a strong tradition of having senior administrators, sponsors, fans and coaches … who were Jewish. That status put the club and its leaders directly in the crosshairs of the Nazis, who were determined to stamp out any sign of Jewish success or positivity.
As the tentacles of Hitler’s racist and anti-Semitic doctrine spread and the seeds of hatred that would ultimately result in the Holocaust grew, Bayern, having won its first German title in 1932, became a readily available and high-profile target.
This 2012 piece for The Observer by Raphael Honigstein goes into a little more detail about the switch in the club’s attitude toward its past that’s happened under CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and some of the things it’s done recently in that vein.
Sarah Harman, writing for Deutsche Welle:
German skinheads who took home free T-shirts after a music festival on Saturday were in for a big surprise.
The shirts, which bore a skull and crossbones symbol and the word ‘Hardcore Rebels,’ faded upon washing to reveal a hidden message: “What happened to your shirt can happen to you. We can help you break with right-wing extremism.”
The T-shirts were the work of Exit Deutschland, a group that helps young people transition out of militant right-wing lifestyles.
I wonder if it worked. More coverage, and photos, here.
The remains of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler’s deputy Rudolf Hess have been exhumed from a grave in Bavaria after it became a pilgrimage for thousands of right-wing extremists.
A church official in the southern town of Wunsiedel said Thursday the tomb had been razed and its headstone removed after consulting with Hess’s family over how to handle the grave site.
"The bones were removed and brought to the crematorium, and the ashes are to be scattered at sea," Peter Seisser said.
I don’t really have anything to add to this. Apparently five thousand people gathered in Wunsiedel in 2004.
On June 21, The New York Times’s Lens blog and Der Spiegel’s EinesTages site posted photos taken during World War II from an unnamed album by an unknown photographer. In less than three hours, the internet had collaborated to identify the photographer.
This week the photographer was identified in less than three hours, thanks to the collective expertise of online readers. He was Franz Krieger, who joined — and then quit — a Wehrmacht propaganda unit known as the Propagandakompanie. Seventy years ago this August, when he was in his mid-20s, the unit sent him on a tour of the Eastern Front.
There was little to go on in the album itself. No name was scribbled inside the front cover.
The first clue came from Harriet Scharnberg of Hamburg, Germany, who spotted the photographs online, identified them as Krieger’s and said they were taken during his trip to Minsk, in what is now Belarus, in 1941. On the way back to Berlin, she said, he took the pictures of Hitler meeting with Adm. Miklos Horthy, the regent of Hungary, in Marienburg (now Malbork, Poland).
Ms. Scharnberg said that in her research for a Ph.D. dissertation on German propaganda photographs depicting Jews, she had come across Peter F. Kramml’s 2008 book, “The Salzburg Press Photographer Franz Krieger (1914-1993): Photojournalism in the Shadow of Nazi Propaganda and War.”
Dr. Kramml all but confirmed that the photographs were Krieger’s when he sent The Times a copy of a Krieger self-portrait taken in a rear-view mirror. It was identical to one in the album.
There’s a lot to love about this story. The pictures are fantastic. Krieger’s story is compelling. The power of the internet is awe-inspiring. It’s just a great piece that ties the past and the present together.