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Odd News: Glenn Beck’s Nazi Collection Goes on Display in Utah

I've no idea whether to feel offended by the fact that Beck saw fit to spend money on a sample of Hitler's blood.
Glenn Beck performs his Man in the Moon stage spectacle at USANA, Saturday, July 6, 2013.

Glenn Beck performs his Man in the Moon stage spectacle at USANA, Saturday, July 6, 2013.
Photo Credit: Rick Egan / The Salt Lake Tribune

Earlier this month, Glenn Beck, known for his comparisons between Nazi Germany and President Obama and liberals in the United States, rented a number of rooms in the Grand America Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, for an exhibition, among other things, of his personal collection of Nazi memorabilia.

The exhibition, which received little attention outside Salt Lake City, featured a hooded KKK cape, a swastika banner that was used at Nuremberg, a copy of Mein Kampf signed by Adolf Hitler, the love letters of Hermann Göring, a satin handkerchief with Hitler’s blood, and an early edition of Anne Frank’s Diary.

The Salt Lake Tribune’s Alexandra Karl commented that “the proximity of the bloody handkerchief with Anne Frank’s diary was deeply offensive, and insensitive to Salt Lake City’s Jewish community. Among them are Holocaust survivors and their descendants, including myself, who found this profoundly distasteful.”

“Just imagine exhibiting Osama bin Laden’s blood together with an item belonging to a 9/11 victim,” Karl added. “The thought turns the stomach and is the very zenith of ignorance.”

According to a comment by Renee Nal on gather.com, Beck responded to Karl’s criticism on his show, asking: “What was to the right of the ‘KKK’ and ‘Hitler’ stuff?” and explaining that Japanese Internment Camp memorabilia was also on display—which was not mentioned by Karl.

All of the above is related to Beck’s new “Man in the Moon” event, which he performed to a sold out audience of more than 16,000 at USANA Amphitheater outside Salt Lake City. According to Beck, the event used a mix of film, music, dance, fireworks and spoken word, to create an “immersive storytelling experience unlike anything that had ever been seen before at this scale.”

“Beck wanted to tell the story of America, good and bad, before history is ‘progressively sanitized,’” wrote Nal, adding in a style only a Glenn Beck fan would wield this skillfully: “Speaking of the Japanese Internment camps, they have something in common with ObamaCare. They were both deemed legal by the United States Supreme Court.”

I went looking for a comment from the Anti Defamation League website and found no reference to the Beck exhibit, so I’ve no idea whether to feel offended by the fact that Beck saw fit to spend money on a sample of Hitler’s blood. Having written extensively about the cloning of a great Jewish rabbi, I shudder at the “Boys from Brazil” implications.

It could also be that Glenn Beck is just this side of disturbingly odd, and that we shouldn’t be so uptight about his choice of a hobby. As to ObamaCare being modeled after Japanese internment camps—come to Israel and I’ll introduce you to a single payer plan—call it MaccabiCare—that works better than anything you’ll find in the vicinity of Salt lake City.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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13 Responses to “Odd News: Glenn Beck’s Nazi Collection Goes on Display in Utah”

  1. Robin Cecil says:

    Mr. Yori Hanover , why not do the decent thing and ask Glenn beck for his side of story before repeating alexandar Karl's dafemating , inaccurate opinions .

  2. Deborah B. Cecil says:

    Glenn Beck won't take this sitting down. Watch out.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Beck is an odd fellow.

  4. Roy Neal Grissom says:

    Beck truly is "an odd fellow"–very odd. He's also a member of a false religion, and, apparently, his own worst enemy.

    However, neither health insurance nor any other "compassionate" cause is an excuse to contribute to the war against Noachide morality by voting for Democrats. I notice that despite its "success" in places like Libya and Iran, our own left wingers never consider "theocratic socialism" to be an option. If they could have a politically correct system in those two countries without "gay marriage," why do we have to have it here? American liberals supported Qaddafi and Khomeini without any qualms. Shoot, Robert Mugabe is a "homophobe" by the western liberal definition. Why this insistence by the western left that there be no compassion without the sewer?

    The Jewish mission is to bring the world to G-d. Unfortunately, since the great tragedy known euphemistically as the "haskalah," much of western "Jewish leadership" has worked tirelessly to secularize the world and spread the teachings of Thomas Jefferson. Really…would worldwide Judaic Theocracy be such a bad thing to campaign for? It certainly beats enlightenment-style "religious freedom" all to blazes, and I'll bet Yeshoshu`a Bin Nun and Pinechas would have recognized it.

    Any death panels in Israeli health care, Yori?

  5. I say that you're a member of a "false religion."

  6. Anonymous says:

    Glenn Beck doesn't want us to forget the bad parts of our history. He wants us to learn from mistakes. He wants us to seek the TRUTH! There are people who believe the Holocaust didn't even happen! Don't you think that displaying these things is important to make us remember?

    I live in Salt Lake and I'll tell you honestly that the majority of people here see the Tribune as a hateful rag of a paper. I went to the Glenn Beck events while they were here and can testify that almost everything that Karl wrote in her article is completely false, even down to the venue of the events! It was an amazing event with people of every color uniting to promote love, peace, commitment to conservative principles and to restoring the faith and greatness that our nation was founded upon.

    The author of this article hasn't educated himself at all about Glenn Beck and the causes close to his heart. Such as the fact that GB just donated $100,000 to CUFI and was their key note speaker. He promotes Jewish businesses. He has Rabbi Lapin on his show on a regular basis. He loves the Jewish people and doesn't want us to forget what happened to them throughout history. These things are so easily researched. Learn for yourself and ask from a place of love if things are true.

  7. John Abbott says:

    You don't have to ask Beck to to visit Israel. He's been there several times already. Mostly, as a visitor (one that was welcomed by authorities, there). But also – if you've ever listened to his show – to re-enforce Israel's right to be a nation.

    Every time he comes back from Israel, he's shown a respect for the nation and an awe that (I thought) most Jewish people would find agreeable at the very least.

    Yet, every once in a while a far left Jewish figure will try to suggest that Beck is anti-semetic in order to paint him as a racist. The greatest irony of this is that Beck – as an amateur historian – has repeatedly called out the fact that American did not respond quick enough to the Holocaust. And its been Beck that has had several Rabbis on his program to talk about what different faiths have in common. (He once referred to his favorite times of having breakfast, as those that he has with his rabbi friend. Go figure.)

    Before you burn someone at the stake, actually go to the source:
    Them.
    Don't read something that they said, out of context, and believe that you're getting the real deal. Alexandra has already been called out on several factual inaccuracies. Suggesting that Beck is anti-sematic is an opinion. But it is a an opinion that this agnostic has a genuine disagreement with. He shows a respect for most religions that I wish all people had.
    If you want to argue that Beck has a definitive problem with any religion? Start with hard core Islamism…

  8. John Abbott says:

    You don't have to ask Beck to to visit Israel. He's been there several times already. Mostly, as a visitor (one that was welcomed by authorities, there). But also – if you've ever listened to his show – to re-enforce Israel's right to be a nation.

    Every time he comes back from Israel, he's shown a respect for the nation and an awe that (I thought) most Jewish people would find agreeable at the very least.

    Yet, every once in a while a far left Jewish figure will try to suggest that Beck is anti-semetic in order to paint him as a racist. The greatest irony of this is that Beck – as an amateur historian – has repeatedly called out the fact that American did not respond quick enough to the Holocaust. And its been Beck that has had several Rabbis on his program to talk about what different faiths have in common. (He once referred to his favorite times of having breakfast, as those that he has with his rabbi friend. Go figure.)

    Before you burn someone at the stake, actually go to the source:
    Them.
    Don't read something that they said, out of context, and believe that you're getting the real deal. Alexandra has already been called out on several factual inaccuracies. Suggesting that Beck is anti-sematic is an opinion. But it is a an opinion that this agnostic has a genuine disagreement with. He shows a respect for most religions that I wish all people had.
    If you want to argue that Beck has a definitive problem with any religion? Start with hard core Islamism…

  9. John Abbott says:

    Its amazing to me how easily someone can be defamed by one article quoting another article quoting…
    …and it goes on.

    In college, I found myself writing for a newspaper. I suddenly realized that as the editor of the newspaper, I had a greater responsibility to not just try to be right, but to get it right every time.
    I wish the author of this article had the same instinct.

  10. John Abbott says:

    It would seem like the wise thing.
    Or at least to listen to Beck occasionally, and see if you can find the anti-semetic overtones that he supposedly puts in all of the time.

  11. The Salt Lake Tribune piece you are referencing is full of lies and character defamation. The "author" has been discredited and even admitted she did not attend the event…

  12. This is grade-A fake outrage material. Beck should be able to milk this for weeks. Everyone rally around this poor, persecuted media figure. He does not benefit from this in any way whatsoever.

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