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Nazi-Era Soccer Program with Swastika Up for Auction

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Nazi lovers and sports fans now have chance to add a Nazi-era soccer poster, complete with a swastika, to their collections.

A Nazi-era poster of soccer game between Ireland and Germany, represented by a picture of a swastika, is going on sale at an auction in Dublin.The poster is expected to bring in up to $800.

“This is the second time we’ve offered these,” he said. “We sold them in 2010 to a man, but he has since died, and his son is selling them on,” said Ian Whyte, of Whytes auctioneers.

Likely bidders, he said, are sports fans and those interested in European history.

He didn’t mention that lots of neo-Nazis also are interested in beefing up their collection of hate.

“It’s quite chilling to see,” he said about the swastika. “In the past a similar program fetched up to £800 [$1,300]“

Artwork in German Parliament May Have Been Nazi-Looted

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Two artworks hanging in Germany’s parliament building in Berlin may have been confiscated or acquired at artificially depressed prices by the Nazis from the original owners, German newspapers reported.

The Die Welt newspaper suggested that one of the works coincidentally stems from a gallery owned by an uncle of Hildebrand Gurlitt, the Nazi-era dealer whose huge collection was discovered in the Munich apartment of his elderly son, Cornelius Gurlitt, in 2012 and revealed to the world two months ago.

The Bundestag has responded in a statement that it is looking into the matter. Meanwhile, Die Welt said the Bundestag’s eight-member art advisory council – which includes the German president – already had determined that neither work was so-called “Raubkunst,” art plundered from occupied countries.

The two works in question reportedly are a large-format 1905 oil painting by Georg Waltenberger titled “Chancellor Bülow speaks in the Reichstag,” and a 1918 Lovis Corinth lithograph, “A street in Königsberg.” While the former is hanging in a hallway, the latter is kept out of natural light.

Die Welt reported that the lithograph was printed by the Berlin gallery of Fritz Gurlitt, an uncle of collector Hildebrand Gurlitt.

Dieter Graumann, head of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, told the Bild newspaper that the Bundestag should make its collection public and assist investigators in reconnecting possible heirs with long-lost property. Over the years, the Bundestag has returned several works to heirs.

Of the 4,000 works in the German parliament’s collection, about 700 are said to date from before the end of World War II.

Bavaria Will not Reprint Hitler’s’ Mein Kampf’ In 2014

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Bavaria has decided to scrap its plans to reprint Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” with critical commentary when a legal ban by Germany on republishing it expires at the end of 2015. Germany owns the book’s copyright because Hitler, born in Austria, was registered as a resident of Munich.

He wrote the autobiographical “Mein Kampf” (My Struggle) while he was in prison after his failed Munich coup. Responsible for the Holocaust, the extermination of six million European Jews by the Nazis, Hitler was chancellor from 1933 until he committed suicide in 1945 at the end of WWII.

Bavaria had planned publish a new edition with critical commentary from the Munich-based Institute for Contemporary History but has changed its mind, according to the European Jewish Press.

“Many conversations with Holocaust victims and their families have shown us that any sort of reprint of the disgraceful writings would cause enormous pain,” said Bavaria’s Science Minister Ludwig Spaenle. He also warned that any publisher who tried to reprint the seditious” book will face criminal charges.

Anne Frank Sapling Cut Down, Stolen in Germany

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

A sapling that came from the tree that stood outside the hiding place of Anne Frank in Amsterdam was cut down and stolen in Frankfurt, German police  said.

Unidentified parties cut down the 8-foot tree outside the Anne Frank School sometime between last week and Monday, according to a report Tuesday by the Dutch public broadcaster NOS. Police have no information or leads on the identity of the thieves or their motives, the report said.

The cutting was planted in 2008 outside the school named for the Jewish teenage diarist who was born in Frankfurt in 1929. Anne was killed in 1945 during the Holocaust after her family was caught hiding in the Nazi-occupied Dutch capital, where they had moved to escape persecution in Germany.

“It was, obviously, more than just a tree for us,” a spokesperson for Frankfurt’s Anne Frank School told NOS. “We grew it with the help of a landscape architect and with the loving care of several classes.”

The tree is not easily replaceable, as the original chestnut tree that stood outside Anne’s hiding place, and which is featured in her diary, was cut down in 2010 following a storm.

German Soccer Team Boycotts Saudi Airline that Banned Israelis

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

A German soccer team withdrew from a sponsorship agreement with Saudi Arabia’s national airline because it refuses to ticket Israeli citizens.

The FSV Frankfurt team abrogated the contract with Saudia this week after criticism leveled by Jewish groups and other organizations, according to the Associated Press.

The airline’s director told The New York Post in July that it does not fly Israeli citizens because they are not allowed into Saudi Arabia. In the case of a delayed or rerouted plane, Jews could land in the country, which does not have diplomatic relations with Israel.

German Satirical Novel about Return of Hitler to Become Movie

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

A best-selling German satirical novel about the return of Adolf Hitler to modern-day Germany is being adapted into a film.

“Er Ist Wieder Da,” German for “He’s Back,” sold 1.3 million copies in Germany after its 2012 release. In the book, Hitler awakens in modern-day Berlin and garners enough attention to become host of his own comedy TV show.

The movie will be released by Munich-based Constantin Film, according to The Associated Press, and the book’s author, Timur Vermes, will write the screenplay. It is targeted for release in 2015.

An English translation of the book, “Look Who’s Back,” will be released in April.

French Firm’s Cleaning Product Name Sounds Like Nazis’ Zyklon B

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

The French-based “IPC – Sa” Firm said it will change the name of its deterging product from “Cyclone B,” almost the same as that of the infamous Nazi gas “Zyklon B,” after strong condemnation by European Jewish Association  General Director, Rabbi Menachem Margolin

The Nazis used “cyclone B”  gas to exterminate Jews in death camps during the Holocaust.

The European Union, which uses the French firm as its cleaning contractor, took measures to put it out of use when informed of the cleansing product’s notorious name.

Rabbi Margolin told German television Monday, “This is horrible ignorance at best, and a Guinness record in evil and cynicism if the company did know the history of the name of its product. No doubt that this is the most tainted name that a detergent can have.”

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/french-firm-markets-cleaning-product-with-name-of-nazis-zyklon-b/2013/12/02/

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