Clippings and Commentary Tue, 14 Feb 2017 00:49:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Clippings and Commentary 32 32 108374260 New study casts doubt on theory Anne Frank was betrayed Sat, 17 Dec 2016 23:33:46 +0000 THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Anne Frank may not have been betrayed to Nazi occupiers, but captured by chance.

A new study published Friday by the Anne Frank House museum in Amsterdam says that despite decades of research there is no conclusive evidence that the Jewish diarist and her family were betrayed to the Netherlands’ German occupiers during World War II, leading to their arrest and deportation.

Ronald Leopold, Executive Director of the Anne Frank House museum, said in a statement Friday that new research by the museum “illustrates that other scenarios should also be considered.”

One possible theory is that the Aug. 4, 1944, raid that led to Anne’s arrest could have been part of an investigation into illegal labor or falsified ration coupons at the canal-side house where she and other Jews hid for just over two years.


The new research points to two men who worked in the building on Amsterdam’s Prinsengracht canal and dealt in illegal ration cards. They were arrested earlier in 1944 and subsequently released, Dutch records show. The arrests also are mentioned in Anne’s diary.

Such arrests were reported to an investigation division based in The Hague and the report says that, “During their day-to-day activities, investigators from this department often came across Jews in hiding by chance.”

Another possibility raised by the report is that the raid was part of an investigation into people being allowed to work to prevent them being called up as forced labor and sent to Germany.

“A company where people were working illegally and two sales representatives were arrested for dealing in ration coupons obviously ran the risk of attracting the attention of the authorities,” the report says.

It adds that, “The possibility of betrayal has of course not been entirely ruled out by this, nor has any relationship between the ration coupon fraud and the arrest been proven,” and says further research is necessary.

“Clearly, the last word about that fateful summer day in 1944 has not yet been said,” it adds.

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Court rules Nazi-era stolen art hoard to go to Swiss museum Thu, 15 Dec 2016 23:30:26 +0000 MUNICH (GERMANY) (AFP) – A German court Thursday threw out a challenge to the will of collector Cornelius Gurlitt, clearing the way for a spectacular Nazi-era art hoard found in his home to go to a Swiss museum.

The superior regional court in the southern city of Munich ruled that collection, including pieces by Cezanne, Beckmann, Holbein, Delacroix and Munch, could be inherited by the Museum of Fine Arts in Bern.

Gurlitt died in May 2014 aged 81 and named the museum as the sole heir of the hundreds of works, found in his cluttered Munich apartment and valued at millions of euros.


Gurlitt, described in media reports as an eccentric recluse, hid the paintings, drawings and sketches in his Munich home for decades and another 239 works at a house he owned in Salzburg, Austria.

His father was one of four art dealers during the Third Reich tasked by the Nazis with selling art stolen from Jews or confiscated as “degenerate” works.

Although German authorities discovered the collection during a tax probe in 2012, they kept it under wraps for more than a year until it came to light in a magazine article.

Gurlitt struck an agreement with the German government in April 2014 stipulating that any works that were plundered by the Nazis would be returned to their rightful owners and the Bern museum said it would honour that wish.

But the heirs of collectors stripped of their assets by the Nazis, many of whom would later be killed in the death camps, have complained that restitution has been woefully slow in coming.

German Culture Minister Monika Gruetters welcomed the court’s ruling, saying it provided needed “clarity” on the fate of the collection and would allow a planned joint exhibition of the works by the Bern museum and the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn next year to take place.

“This decision will help us to continue to clarify the provenance of the trove quickly and transparently,” she added.

Source: Breitbart Jerusalem

Italian schoolchildren put Hitler’s Mein Kampf in top ten favorite books Sun, 11 Dec 2016 23:25:56 +0000 TEL AVIV – A survey by Italy’s Education Ministry showed that students at Italian high schools all over the country included Nazi leader Adolf Hitler’s manifesto Mein Kampf in their list of their top ten favorite books.

Alessandro Fusacchia from the Education Ministry said the choice was a “particularly nasty case,” The Local reported. He added that the vote was not counted since students had been asked to pick from books by Italian authors that were published after 2000.

“We are looking into it, but we are convinced that it was not a bad interpretation of the request, but rather a free choice,” he said.


In June, Italian rightwing newspaper Il Giornale faced an outcry after it distributed free copies of an annotated version of Mein Kampf.


A 70-year-old copyright on Mein Kampf held by the German state of Bavaria expired at the end of last year, prompting the publication of a 2,000-page, two-volume annotated version of Mein Kampf by Munich’s Institute for Contemporary History in order to “thoroughly deconstruct Hitler’s propaganda in a lasting manner.”

Source: Deborah Danan,

Wife of Putin aide shocks with Holocaust-themed skating routine Mon, 28 Nov 2016 18:33:43 +0000 Moscow (AFP) – The wife of President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman faced a storm of criticism on Monday for performing a Holocaust-themed ice-dancing routine with striped costumes based on concentration camp uniforms.

Tatiana Navka, an Olympic ice dancing champion who is married to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, performed the pirouetting routine with actor Andrei Burkovsky on a prime-time celebrity skating show on Saturday.

The dancers wore black-and-white striped outfits with numbers and yellow stars for the routine, which ends to the sound of gunfire.

The routine was set to a song from 1997 Oscar-winning Italian film “Life is Beautiful,” a tragicomedy about a father trying to hide the horrors of concentration camp life from his son.



Russian Holocaust ice-skating routine slammed as ‘unbelievably tasteless’ Sun, 27 Nov 2016 18:30:27 +0000 (CNN)A Holocaust-themed ice skating routine on a Russian reality television show, involving the wife of a high-level aide to President Vladimir Putin, has sparked outrage around the world. The act was based on the award-winning 1997 Italian film, “Life is Beautiful,” which tells the story of a Jewish father who tries to hide his son from the horrors of the Holocaust through humor and games. In the routine, set to Israeli singer Noa’s “Beautiful That Way” from the film’s soundtrack, former Olympic ice skater Tatiana Navka and her dance partner Andrei Burkovsky dance in the striped pajamas and yellow six-pointed stars which Jewish victims of Nazi concentration camps were forced to wear. Navka married President Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov in a large ceremony in August 2015.



NPR’s Hinojosa: The phrase ‘illegal immigrant’ is comparable to the Holocaust Sat, 29 Oct 2016 18:38:58 +0000 Saturday, Maria Hinojosa, anchor and executive producer of NPR’s “Latino USA,” responded on MSNBC’s “AM Joy” to Donald Trump surrogate Steve Cortes saying “illegal immigrants” by comparing the phrase to the Holocaust Jews being labeled as “illegal people.”

“What you can do is you can say it is an immigrant living illegally or an immigrant living without papers or without documents in this country,” Hinojosa said while interrupting Cortes. “But what you cannot do is to label a person illegal. And the reason why I say this is not because I learned it from some radical Latino or Latina studies professor when I was a college student. I learned it from Elie Wiesel, who survived the Holocaust, who said, ‘You know what, the first thing they did was that they declared the Jews to be an illegal people.’”


For Holocaust scholar Deborah Lipstadt, a movie adaptation with some of-the-moment lessons Mon, 10 Oct 2016 17:43:35 +0000 The historian Deborah Lipstadt — fertile of mind, digressive of conversation — was walking through the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Lower Manhattan on a recent afternoon when she came across a magnificent vista of the Hudson River outside one window.

Lipstadt, 69, a Holocaust scholar who teaches at Atlanta’s Emory University, had just finished looking through an exhibit on the murdered American innocent Leo Frank — “they pulled him right out and lynched him” — but was suddenly taken with the view.

“It’s so beautiful. Look at the water,” she said, then, motioning to some of the difficult exhibits behind her and the neighborhood of the 9/11 attacks in which the museum sat, added: “Right near all this. It’s poignant. Really poignant.”



Your Holocaust cartoon contest Wed, 22 Jun 2016 12:08:39 +0000 Hello and good morning,

Looking at your range of Holocaust cartoons I find all of them quite lame and listless. Not really snappish.

Want a really evil and snappy one, which turns the stomach of every Jew in the world?
Please, here you are. Welcome to Auschwitz-Birkenau:

Die Auschwitzluge

To be honest, I have no idea how western societies would react on that!



Microsoft builds new AI bot to ignore Hitler Thu, 14 Apr 2016 21:17:34 +0000
  • Microsoft is trying to avoid another PR disaster with its new AI bot.
  • The company’s latest program can describe what it “sees” in photos.

    “CaptionBot,” as it’s called, does a pretty decent job at describing simple everyday scenes, such as a person sitting on a couch, a cat lounging around, or a busy restaurant. But it seems to be programmed to ignore pictures of Nazi symbolism or its leader.

    CNNMoney gave CaptionBot several photos of Adolf Hitler and variations of the swastika to analyze, and it often came back with “I really can’t describe the picture” and a confused emoji. It did, however, identify other Nazi leaders like Joseph Mengele and Joseph Goebbels.

    Microsoft (MSFT) released CaptionBot a few weeks after its disastrous social experiment with Tay, an automated chat program designed to talk like a teen.

    Shortly after putting Tay to work on Twitter, it began to tweet incredibly racist comments like “Hitler was right I hate the jews.”

    The company blamed the bot’s behavior on a “coordinated effort” by online trolls to teach and trick the program into saying hateful things, and it took Tay offline after less than a day.

    Related: Microsoft ‘deeply sorry’ for chat bot’s racist tweets

    In addition to ignoring pictures of Hitler, CaptionBot also seemed to refuse to identify people like Osama bin Laden. But the program had no problems identifying Mao Zedong, Pol Pot, or Saddam Hussein.



    ‘It’s not clear if the Holocaust is a reality or not’ Thu, 28 Jan 2016 02:09:03 +0000 Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei discusses the Holocaust on Holocaust Remembrance Day.

    “It is not clear whether the core of this matter is a reality or not. Even if it is a reality, it is not clear how it happened … This is the ignorance that exists in today’s world. We should be awake. [Muslims] should know that we can stand up against the ignorance.”