Kristallnacht – Lest We Forget

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The 9th and 10th November mark an anniversary of a dark event that needs to be remembered as it stands as a warning from history.

On the 9th November 1938 Kristallnacht began – An attack on Jewish homes, businesses and people by the Sturmabteilung or “SA”, who were Hitler’s “Brownshirts”. This attack was in response to the shooting and killing of Ernst vom Rath in Paris, a German embassy official, by a 17 year old Polish Jew called Herschel Grynszpan.

The Nazi leadership were in Munich at the time on the anniversary of the Beer Hall Putsch. It was during this celebration that Joseph Goebbels announced to the gathering that the ‘World Jewry’ were involved in the assassination and that attacks against the Jews were not to be officially organised by the NSDAP (National Socialist German Workers Party)  but if they were to “happen” then nothing should be done to stop them. As soon as this information was given and passed out to the districts through German held territory, riots ‘spontaneously’ occurred. It is recorded that many members of military and SA units put on civilian clothes and went to carry out the actions so that the attacks were seen as outraged public reaction.

This event is classified as a pogrom, which is an uprising aimed to persecute and/or eliminate a group, normally because of their ethnicity or religion. As most people are aware, Hitler was rabidly antisemetic and this was his first ‘official’ act against the Jews on this scale. It took place in Germany, Austria and the Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia where German troops had been sent.

Members of the Sturmabteilung entered homes, hospitals and synagogues, demolishing them using pickaxes and sledgehammers. After causing as much damage as they could, they started fires to cause maximum devastation. Approximately 1000 synagogues were destroyed and more then 7000 Jewish businesses were wrecked or damaged to the point that they couldn’t open again.

In addition to the loss of buildings, many Jews themselves were killed. It was originally thought that 91 people were dead as a result of the attacks (as recorded at the time). However murder wasn’t the primary objective of what Hitler’s soldiers did over the course of the 2 days, instead they forced people to carry out humiliating acts and there are records of many rapes happening. Because of this, there were so many suicides that it’s thought that the toll on life could be in the hundreds. Fear, chaos and devastation were at the core of this act of hatred against Jewish citizens.

Part of the instruction handed out by Reinhard Heydrich as head of state police was that as many men as possible should be rounded up and arrested. 30,000 Jewish men were arrested, held in prisons and then transferred to concentration camps. At this time, Buchenwald, Dachau and Sachsenhausen camps were already running and they found themselves held there.

While most of the Jewish men were released from the concentration camps on the proviso that they leave Reich territory, many hundreds died before they had this opportunity.

Goering wasn’t happy following the break up of Jewish property as he felt that German insurance companies would have to foot the bill for repairs/compensation. So to stop this from happening, he brought in laws to remove Jews from the German economy. Further laws were then brought in which made it illegal for Jews to own property, made it illegal to hire Jews for work, required Jewish people to sell their businesses to “Ayrians” for a pittance and demanded the expulsion of Jewish children from schools.

Kristallnacht needs to stand as a lesson. When people say right wing policies are harmless, they need to remember how easy it is for things to be taken to ‘the next level’ and say NEVER AGAIN!

Halal Kitty is one of the founder members of Resisting Hate, and a regular contributor to the group’s activities on Facebook and Twitter.

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Cheerleaders of Terror

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 Another deadly, despicable terrorist attack takes place with Islamic extremist terror organisation ISIS the main suspects and the worldwide far right cannot hide their celebrations. Donald Trump is at his most shaky since his election as media attention is switched from the Trump administration’s alleged collusion with Russia towards Muslim bans and “extreme vetting”.

Whilst 99.99% of worshippers of the Muslim faith do not support ISIS, Islamophobes everywhere are logging onto Twitter and Facebook with the sole intent of spewing toxic hatred against every Muslim, no matter now liberal and peacemaking. Within minutes of the press announcement following the New York terrorist murder, death threats pumped out with vitriol against all Muslims. Every hater on the net was soon busy blaming an entire faith for the actions of a tiny minority.

All it takes to stir professional bigots such as Pamela Geller, Douglas Murray, Katie Hopkins, Paul Golding and Tommy Robinson into action, is a tragic report of a suspected terrorist incident. No sooner are ambulances on the scene, the extreme rightwing scapegoating begins in earnest, deliberate trolling from notorious haters designed to bully, harass and marginalise Muslim minority communities throughout the Western World and to drive a wedge between America, Europe and the Middle East. So ready is the anti-Muslim propaganda machine to swing into action, far right rabble-rousers have often turned up at scenes of non-terror related incidents wrongly believing them to be terror-related.

No-one is faster off the mark than Donald Trump. Not even Tommy Robinson (real name Stephen Yaxley-Lemon), who has a nasty habit of appearing at the scene of suspected terror incidents to thrust cameras in police and ambulance crews’ faces whilst bodies are still warm. Seeking to blame all Muslims for everything wrong in the world, Trump and belligerent bosom buddy Steve Bannon shamelessly capitalise on the anguish of victims with outpourings of vengeful bigotry.

Let us make absolutely no bones about this – The extreme right’s intent is every bit as deadly as ISIS. The end game of White Nationalists and Islamophobics alike is a “clash of civilisations” (the latest term for the far right’s lusted for race war) – A final battle of biblical proportions which will result in the mass slaughter of (mostly brown or black-skinned) Muslims living in Western societies, and deadly, possibly even nuclear warfare between the West and the Middle East. Such a battle (though most certain not to come to fruition) is the racial fantasist’s wet dream, the blood lust for genocide – the ultimate far right snuff fantasy.

For the extremist far right mindset, the “clash of civilisations” is God’s will, and will ultimately result in the death of Jews as well as Muslims, plus everybody else who does not repent and follow Jesus Christ at the eleventh hour. (The irony of course being that these bigots are as far from being Christians as it is possible to be.)

The first lie out of the traps, used by Islamophobic bigots after each and every ISIS-linked terrorist attack is that the far right are relatively peaceful compared to Islamic extremists. As if anyone has forgotten about Auschwitz…

In the revisionist cloud-cuckoo land of the alt right, today’s Nazis are nothing to do with yesterday’s Nazis, even though many Islamophobic Twitter profiles openly glorify the Waffen SS, and share phrases and memes venerating Adolf Hitler.

Just because ‘only’ one person was killed at Charlottesville, fascist defenders continually play the numbers game, trying to portray their deadly allegances to genocidal hate as “better than ISIS”. You do not need to be a first-class historian or mathematical wizard to understand that Islamic extremists have not, and will never match the total death toll of Adolf Hitler and his genocidal regime.

Stephen Yaxley Lennon is unashamably remunerated to troll hate – a fact that Twitter should be aware of, but refuse to take action on. At a time when paid Russian trolls fall increasingly under the spotlight, other, more racially-charged purveyors of hate such as the Luton Liar, continue to be shown the green light from @twittersupport no matter how false and inflamatory their dialogue is. Yaxley-Lennon has been temporarily banned in the past, not for bigoted content, but for personal harassment. Much like ex Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulus who lost his account for the same reason. Unfortunately it appears that once you receive the “blue tick” from Twitter, your extremist political output is beyond censor. The only way you will lose your account, is not for denying the genocide in Myanmar, or telling lies about the faith of Islam in regards to paedophilia, but purely and simply for engaging in personal abuse. (Fortunately a lot of the far right do this on a regular basis so still get suspended rather a lot).

Every so often, from time to time, Twitter management will go to press with a promise to get tough on hatred and extremism, and hardened optimists still get taken in by such false promises. It is amazing PR for the company to pretend they will get tough with haters, when in reality, for the greatest of offenders, it is always business as usual.

Even when Katie Hopkins tweeted about wanting a Hitlerite “Final Solution”, Twitter failed to remove her from the platform, despite thousands of complaints and a campaign by Resisting Hate members.

When push comes to shove, the most popular haters, be they Richard Spencer, Pamela Geller, Tommy Robinson, Paul Golding, or Katie Hopkins, will never lose their accounts because each time their fans log onto Twitter for updates, significant revenue is accrued by the company (similarly with Facebook). No matter how disgusting, prejudical, or hate-crime inspiring a prime user’s account is, controversy generates big money, which is the main reason why multiple “Terms of Service” breaches for the top verified accounts are deliberately ignored by website moderators.

Violent, or even deadly hate-crimes don’t happen within a vacuum. Especially not in today’s technological age. Whilst printed media is still a factor in nurturing destructive prejudice against minority groups (as is family-nurtured racism, peer pressure bigotry, and just hanging out with a bad crowd in the bar who loathe anyone who happens to be non-white) – the ubiqitous nature of online hatred, in particular via social media, most definitely shapes the mind of the hate-crime offender from any starting point, nurturing raw bigotry and intolerance, and shaping attitudes towards a siege mentality where violent action, (although rarely called for by the professional bigots themselves), becomes a self-justifying necessity in the paranoid mindset which has been successfully-programmed to believe Muslims, refugees, foreigners and non-white people are “swamping” and “taking over” unless “drastic action” is taken.

Horrific terror attacks, like the one that happened in New York, are outrages of absolute evil. The nihilistic slaughter of New Yorkers going about their every day business, cycling home from work or study to be mown down by fanatics, is horrendous beyond belief. If it hadn’t been for the quick-thinking actions of the security forces, the death toll could have been even greater, which is a deeply chilling thought.

Despite Neo Fascist lies that antifascists support terrorist organisations like ISIS, the truth could not be further from this. ANTIFA fighters pushed back Islamic extremists from Rojava and continue to have an impact in the fragile situation currently playing out in Syria. Everything that religious murderers stand for is rejected by anarchists and antifascists a hundredfold. The skewed philosophy of deadly intolerance towards anyone who doesn’t share their religious beliefs actually puts ISIS firmly into the same deadly dogmatic category as National Socialists. ANTIFA have proven to be up for the challenge of combating hate from any quarter, something that the beer-bellied drunken football hooligan bigots of the EDL have never once attempted to do.

Also quick to scream abuse at passing Muslim families the ‘soldiers’ of the “Taliban Hunting Club” would run a mile if they ever came face to face with actual extreme Islamists. As would the ‘hard football lads’ of the FLA.

In the spirit of unity and reconcilliation, aware of how far-right Twitter trolls always accuse ordinary Muslims of “doing nothing to stop terror” in the wake of any terrorist attack, a group of peace-loving female Muslims approached John Meighan (leader of the FLA) asking him for assurances of their welcome and safety if they joined in a future FLA march. This was an admirable overture of solidarity and highlighted by our own organisation, Resisting Hate. Sadly, this hand of friendship was overwhelmingly rejected by the FLA leadership who blocked all requests for unity on site. Instead they chose to ‘combat’ the ISIS threat by allowing far right speakers to deliver Islamophobic lectures on non-terror related rants such as the non-Islamic practise of FGM, and the equally non-religious extremist-inspired child abuse that occured in Rotherham.

Opposing terror, for the FLA, just as with the EDL, simply means the continued demonisation of all Muslims.

A previous Resisting Hate article highlighted the plans of senior FLA officials to create mayhem when crowd numbers reach a significant size.

Worldwide, the amount of Muslims who agree with, and support the actions of ISIS and Al Qaeda are miniscule. However it is always the ordinary, law-abiding vast majority who suffer for these events beyond their control. Ordinary Buddhists living in the west, with no allegiance to the Myanmar regime, are quite rightly not tarnished with the genocide against the Rohingya people, however it is always, without fail, the ordinary, everyday non-problematic non-white man or woman in the street who is confronted by racist bigots, and assaulted or abused for their (assumed) race or religion.

Walk through any American, European or British city, and you will struggle to find many, if any, apologists for Islamic State terror, and yet, if you read Twitter, follow Facebook, or listen to Donald Trump’s comments on TV, you would not believe this to be the case. Click on the White House-approved far right conspiracist site InfoWars, and they will tell a totally different story, as will Breitbart and Prison Planet (fake news organisations who create false facts to push their intolerant anti-Muslim agenda.)

In Britain Muslims wearing religious dress, or spotted in the close proximity of mosques or other Muslim religious buildings have been subject to hate crimes, especially in London and Manchester following a surge in far right activity related to the spike in terrorism. People just trying to go about their ordinary, everyday lives feel the brunt for acts of evil which they absolutely do not support.

Such people do not deserve to suffer fall-out from the actions of extremists whose tenuous faith link is condemned outright by British Imams.

When Tommy and Katie tweet far right lies about Western Muslims celebrating murderous terrorist attacks (lies no more grounded in truth than #pizzagate) the consequences can be deadly. The so-called “revenge attack” carried out by a van driver from Wales is a stark warning that radicalised far right terrorists can be just as deadly as ISIS.

For Western Muslims, discrimimination is becoming an everyday fact of life. Be it discrimination at work, abuse in the street, or being targeted for being non-white and in control of a vehicle (stop and search!) Settled Muslim communities collectively shudder each and every time a bomb goes off, or a vehicle ploughs into crowds, fully aware that they, as non-terrorists will be in the firing-line for hate. All these people want to do is live their lives free from the stigmatisation that comes with being members of a visible faith group. Instead they are constantly vilified by a rabid rightwing media and an increasingly toxic social media landscape.

The longer social media is allowed to spread hatred and lies, the more intense this discrimination becomes.

After the horrific Manchester concert bomb, bigoted Twitter users tweeted disgust that the Greater Manchester Police were making an effort to protect Muslims from hate crimes. A common fascist response was that the GMP were “taking the piss”, and that Manchester’s Muslims had brought physical attacks and mosque-burnings “on themselves” for the deadly bomb they had absolutely nothing to do with. The myth of culpability with extremists sadly persists for Muslims, and is likely to feature in the aftermath of the New York attacks also. The more Donald Trump pontificates about banning Muslims, the more ordinary law-abiding US Muslim families will suffer.

The overwhelming longing for Western Muslims everywhere, is to live lives free from hate, however, the antagonistic mindset of the ISIS terrorist perversely admires the Islamophobic far right for creating hate. Reciprocal anti-Muslim hatred stirred-up in response to terrorist acts is admired by the leadership of ISIS as much as the deadly acts of terrorist killing itself. Every Muslim hated and discriminated against following “revenge” for an ISIS killing, is ultimately viewed by the terrorist organisation as a possible future recruit. The goal of ISIS is to drive a wedge between multicultural communities.

When haters fight terror with hate they doing exactly what ISIS want them to do.

If a significant number of US or UK Muslims secretly supported ISIS, they would actually be encouraging their own persecution. Both ISIS and the fascist right oppose multiculturalism, people of different faiths living peacefully side-by-side, which is why ISIS have made a nasty habit of striking during election campaigns in the hope they could boost the fortunes of intolerant rightwingers. Remember back to the timely French and UK election bombs…

Any far right thug who thinks going on the rampage, ripping off headscarves, burning down mosques, beating-up and killing Muslims, is “revenge” against ISIS, think again. Besides becoming a category A criminal who will ultimately end up serving a predictably long sentence behind bars, you are also doing the terrorists’ job for them.

Actual revenge should be inflicted upon actual culprits, not innocent people who worship mainstream Islam.

By helping alienate otherwise peaceful and well-adjusted Muslims, you are encouraging disillusionment that ultimately prolonges the caliphate, and ensures terrorist attacks commited against the West will continue into the future. Not that Donald Trump, Katie Hopkins or Tommy Robinson care less about alienating whole Muslim communities, and any future repercussions to public safety. They are too busy cheerleading hate.

NO PASARAN!

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Impeach Trump the Nazi Supporter

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Our American Admin talks about Trump

Before the United States and other Allies went to Germany to fight Nazis and Hitler years passed and countless Jews were executed as the world watched from afar. When the Holocaust was over we vowed to never forget the senseless deaths of the millions of innocents murdered in the name of creating a ‘Master’ race and the genocidal fantasy of a madman that became the shocking reality of Nazi Germany.

It has become abundantly clear that “President” Donald J. Trump has embraced support from the White Supremacists and Nazis who carry their flags at his rallies.  When confronted with the facts, Trump (unscripted) said they were “very fine people“.

Trump receives letters of thanks and support from David Duke (previous leader of the racist hate organisation the Ku Klux Klan and he has allowed Mike Cernovich (Far right media figure linked to Alex Jones’ InfoWars and associated with promoting the Pizzagate Conspiracy theory) to visit the White House. Trump also has alleged links to Richard Spencer a known mouthpiece for the Alt-Right White Supremacist movement and has spent time in consolidarity with leader of right wing UK political party Nigel Farage of UKIP.

Does Trump not know we can tell the difference between political associates and far right extremists?

Trump has only been in office for nine months and will be known for being the most divisive President in American history. He attacks minorities on a regular basis, frequently referring to Mexicans as rapists and Blacks as Sons of Bitches.

Daily more and more psychiatrists and psychologists speculate whether this odious man is fit to serve as our President. His hateful rhetoric gets worse by the day and prompts myself and many many others to ask just how long we are going to sit by and let this happen to America.

Enough is enough. It is time to indict and impeach Trump NOW.

Millions were killed before America deployed the military for World War II.
I have to wonder what took us so long.

There is renewed outrage once again demanding that Trump be relieved of his duties. We saw similar demands and outrage after KKK rallies when a woman was killed at peaceful protest. For people who suddenly saw Trump for the White Supremacist he has always been (after the hate rally at Charlottesville), I have to ask –  WHAT TOOK YOU SO LONG?

As the days grow shorter with a new season upon us, I am shocked that Trump hasn’t been removed yet.

I don’t care if they drag him out of the White House in handcuffs or a strait jacket. Donald J. Trump is by far the most dangerous current threat to the American people and he needs to be removed from office by any and all means necessary so the rest of us can get on with the job of repairing our country and the devastation this man has left behind.

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Why National Socialism Was NOT Socialism

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National socialism (Nationalsozialismus) which also goes by the name Nazism is associated with the leadership and governance of WWII Germany, but has also been applied to political parties after the war including the New British Union

Following the end of WWI, there were major problems within Germany caused by economic and social pressures. Hitler managed to gain support – as people were struggling day to day – by depicting the Jews as being at the root of all society’s problems. (Hence the oft repeated statement on social media –  Replace the word Muslim with the word Jew and see if you sound like a Nazi…).

The development of Nazism was propagated by –

1. German Nationalism – The Nazis emphasised the ethnic German identity and German “greatness”. This idea of a superior race was taken during Hitler’s leadership to the extreme by exterminating Jews, Gypsies, and other peoples in the Holocaust.

2. Pan-Germanism – When Hitler came to power, the Treaty of Versailles greatly limited Germany’s power. This included ensuring Germany was distinct from Austria. However, during Hitler’s election campaign he promoted the idea to Austria for the Anschluss (the annexation of Austria to Germany) using the slogan Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Führer (“One people, one Reich, one leader”).

3. The Völkisch movement – Simply put, this is the populist movement. There was a focus on German community and being “one people” and unified. It also had roots in the idea of German folklore, essentially promoting all that is good within the land when the focus is on the German people.

4. Freikorps – These were people who fought against communism/left wing members of society in the run up to the war. They could be of any nationality and later, during the war, they included people from Britain who fought alongside the Germans.

5. Social Darwinism – Essentially this was the concept of survival of the fittest within society. To keep their bloodlines pure the Nazis kept the pure Ayrian race away from “tainted” Gypsy, Socialist and Jewish blood and also gave rise to the T4 program where there was enforced euthanasia of people with mental of physical health issues .

6. Volksgemeinschaft – Simply put, this included “Blood and Soil” where, for example, the land owner and peasant who works on his land were one and the same and all tied up within the good in Germany.

The German Workers’ Party formed at the beginning of 1919 and was dissolved in February 1920. It was called the Deutsche Arbeiterpartei or “DAP” for short. Adolf Hitler was employed as an intelligence agent and was asked to infiltrate the DAP and keep tabs on what was happening during their meetings and who was involved. During these sessions he became attracted to Anton Drexler’s views on Jews, anti-capitalism and anti-Marxism. Hitler was invited to join the DAP after an argument in the beer hall where the meetings were held.

Given his aptitude for public speaking and his ability to drill into propaganda to get people to buy into what he was saying, Hitler eventually became leader of the DAP. However, there were not many members at this time and Hitler needed to expand the organisation if he was to get the power he wanted. To achieve greater publicity he changed the name of the group from Deutsche Arbeiterpartei to Deutsche Nationalsozialistische Arbeiterpartei, (the German National Socialist Workers’ Party). The NSDAP had a 25 point program to achieve the ends desired by Hitler, clearly documenting their right wing ideas.

The 25-point Program of the NSDAP

1. We demand the unification of all Germans in the Greater Germany on the basis of the people’s right to self-determination.

2. We demand equality of rights for the German people in respect to the other nations; abrogation of the peace treaties of Versailles and St. Germain.

3. We demand land and territory (colonies) for the sustenance of our people, and colonization for our surplus population.

4. Only a member of the race can be a citizen. A member of the race can only be one who is of German blood, without consideration of creed. Consequently, no Jew can be a member of the race.

5. Whoever has no citizenship is to be able to live in Germany only as a guest, and must be under the authority of legislation for foreigners.

6. The right to determine matters concerning administration and law belongs only to the citizen. Therefore, we demand that every public office, of any sort whatsoever, whether in the Reich, the county or municipality, be filled only by citizens. We combat the corrupting parliamentary economy, office-holding only according to party inclinations without consideration of character or abilities.

7. We demand that the state be charged first with providing the opportunity for a livelihood and way of life for the citizens. If it is impossible to sustain the total population of the State, then the members of foreign nations (non-citizens) are to be expelled from the Reich.

8. Any further immigration of non-citizens is to be prevented. We demand that all non-Germans, who have immigrated to Germany since 2 August 1914, be forced immediately to leave the Reich.

9. All citizens must have equal rights and obligations.

10. The first obligation of every citizen must be to productively work mentally or physically. The activity of individuals is not to counteract the interests of the universality, but must have its result within the framework of the whole for the benefit of all. Consequently, we demand:

11. Abolition of unearned (work and labour) incomes. Breaking of debt (interest)-slavery.

12. In consideration of the monstrous sacrifice in property and blood that each war demands of the people, personal enrichment through a war must be designated as a crime against the people. Therefore, we demand the total confiscation of all war profits.

13. We demand the nationalisation of all (previous) associated industries (trusts).

14. We demand a division of profits of all heavy industries.

15. We demand an expansion on a large scale of old age welfare.

16. We demand the creation of a healthy middle class and its conservation, immediate communalization of the great warehouses and their being leased at low cost to small firms, the utmost consideration of all small firms in contracts with the State, county or municipality.

17. We demand a land reform suitable to our needs, provision of a law for the free expropriation of land for the purposes of public utility, abolition of taxes on land and prevention of all speculation in land.

18. We demand struggle without consideration against those whose activity is injurious to the general interest. Common national criminals, usurers, profiteers and so forth are to be punished with death, without consideration of confession or race.

19. We demand substitution of a German common law in place of the Roman Law serving a materialistic world-order.

20. The state is to be responsible for a fundamental reconstruction of our whole national education program, to enable every capable and industrious German to obtain higher education and subsequently introduction into leading positions. The plans of instruction of all educational institutions are to conform with the experiences of practical life. The comprehension of the concept of the State must be striven for by the school [Staatsbürgerkunde] as early as the beginning of understanding. We demand the education at the expense of the State of outstanding intellectually gifted children of poor parents without consideration of position or profession.

21. The State is to care for the elevating national health by protecting the mother and child, by outlawing child-labor, by the encouragement of physical fitness, by means of the legal establishment of a gymnastic and sport obligation, by the utmost support of all organizations concerned with the physical instruction of the young.

22. We demand abolition of the mercenary troops and formation of a national army.

23. We demand legal opposition to known lies and their promulgation through the press. In order to enable the provision of a German press, we demand, that:a. All writers and employees of the newspapers appearing in the German language be members of the race; b. Non-German newspapers be required to have the express permission of the State to be published. They may not be printed in the German language; c. Non-Germans are forbidden by law any financial interest in German publications, or any influence on them, and as punishment for violations the closing of such a publication as well as the immediate expulsion from the Reich of the non-German concerned. Publications which are counter to the general good are to be forbidden. We demand legal prosecution of artistic and literary forms which exert a destructive influence on our national life, and the closure of organizations opposing the above made demands.

24. We demand freedom of religion for all religious denominations within the state so long as they do not endanger its existence or oppose the moral senses of the Germanic race. The Party as such advocates the standpoint of a positive Christianity without binding itself confessionally to any one denomination. It combats the Jewish-materialistic spirit within and around us, and is convinced that a lasting recovery of our nation can only succeed from within on the framework: The common good before the individual good. (Gemeinnutz geht vor Eigennutz).Has also been translated as “The good of the state before the good of the individual.”

25. For the execution of all of this we demand the formation of a strong central power in the Reich. Unlimited authority of the central parliament over the whole Reich and its organizations in general. The forming of state and profession chambers for the execution of the laws made by the Reich within the various states of the confederation. The leaders of the Party promise, if necessary by sacrificing their own lives, to support by the execution of the points set forth above without consideration.

Hitler and the Nazi party, like other fascist movements, had a populist political style which means their propaganda relied on phrases and appeals that had a certain popularity with the disaffected. In Germany Socialism had acquired a lot of popularity within the masses of ordinary people by World War 1. Hitler and his group adopted some of the language of Socialism and popular programmatic points in their drive for power. However, they defined Socialism as state power, and the primacy of the collective-nation. This is not how the traditional Socialist movement defined Socialism. The traditional Socialist movement defined Socialism as democratic social ownership – usually under the control of the workers. By this definition Hitler and the Nazis were not Socialists. It should also be noted that once in power the Nazi party ignored many of the politically left elements of their original program, and in 1934 the Nazi party purged its party of those identifying as left wing.

Even more importantly, Socialism arose as a labour political perspective, grounded in unions and other mass democratic organizations, and rooted in the struggle against employers. Autonomy from employer control was part of this political perspective. All of these things are fundamentally at odds with Hitler and the Nazis. As soon as they took power the Nazis crushed the unions in Germany. Nazism like other forms of fascism arose at a high point of class conflict, and a central point to both Nazism and other forms of fascism was to protect Capitalism by smashing the radical labor movement. And that’s exactly what the Nazis did. So they were fundamentally Anti-Socialist.

Emphasis on National –

The party was all about Nationalism (and its own power), everything else was a means to an end, including the word Socialism in the name.

Socialism as propaganda –

Socialism was a popular phrase at the time, made people feel like the state cared about the people and not just about its own power.

In addition to this, Hitler makes very clear arguments against Socialism in the very first pages of Mein Kampf. In chapter 1 of the first volume he explicitly states that he discovered as a child that Marxism was extremely bad and,  promoted by the Jews. In another quote early in the book Hitler clearly states that he did not like Socialism: “If Social Democracy is opposed by a doctrine of greater truth, but equal brutality methods, the latter will conquer, though this may require the bitterest struggle“. Hitler uses the terms “Jew,” “Marxist,” “Social Democracy,” “Communist” and “Socialist” pretty much interchangeably to describe a group of people whom he blames for the weakness and downfall of Germany. He considers them all traitors. Hitler doesn’t bother defining what a Jew is but instead makes it a very broad classification of people, even stating at one point that people can be Jewish merely by being born of parents who had Jewish parents and that a Jew is not necessarily defined by believing in the religion of Judaism.

Hitler also stated that through his supposedly endless research (which he, strangely, never offers any evidence of in Mein Kampf ), he found that the heads of all the Socialist groups, all the trade unions, and all the other leftist networks were headed by Jews. So, essentially, Communists, Socialists, Marxists, etc., in Hitler’s eyes, were all Jews. “Only a knowledge of the Jews provides the key with which to comprehend the inner, and consequently real, aims of Social Democracy“. Hitler pretty much defines the entirety of “leftist” ideology as being a Jewish conspiracy that he and the Nazi party would fight against.

In summary – National Socialism is about as socialist as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) is democratic.

Halal Kitty is one of the founder members of Resisting Hate, and a regular contributor to the group’s activities on Facebook and Twitter.

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Banning Muslims On Holocaust day

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I found it incredible that on a day intended to think about the holocaust, that Trump didn’t know his own history enough to see that not only was his anti-immigration Executive Order a bad thing to do, but to do it 2 days before Holocaust Memorial Day was plain thoughtless.

Now, for those of you on Twitter, there is an account named St. Louis Manifest (@stl_manifest). The MS St. Louis was a German ocean liner, which contained 937 Jewish refugees who were escaping the Nazi regime. They are tweeting the names and photos of those who perished following the so called “Voyage of the Damned”.

They attempted to dock in Cuba but they only allowed 29 passengers to disembark of which 22 were Jewish. They then went on to try to enter America however they were not given permission to do so and the US Coastguard shadowed the ship to ensure that the ship didn’t try to drop anyone off. Finally they tried to enter Canada but a Canadian immigration official called Frederick Blair who was hostile to Jewish immigration persuaded the Prime Minister not to intervene and provide help.

They then went back to Europe where Britain took 288 of them, and on arriving in Antwerp, the remaining passengers disembarked where 224 were taken by France, 214 by Belgium & 181 by the Netherlands.

As you can imagine, the Jews entering Britain were safe as the Nazis didn’t manage to invade here. However the Jews in Europe were mostly captured and sent to various camps including Auschwitz-Birkenau, Sobibor, Belsen and others. Of the 619 passengers who were dropped in continental Europe, only 365 survived the war. The captain of the ship, a German called Gustav Schröeder was named as Righteous among the Nations at the Yad Vashem memorial in Israel.

Now, back then it was Jews escaping the Nazi regime and if they didn’t then they’d be sent to suffer in concentration camps. Today it is different, it is Muslims who are being persecuted, but to them the results are no less deadly. They are escaping, on the whole, from war torn countries where there is both governmental corruption and control which is turning them against the people or they are being chased by the Islamic State “troops”. The end result is the same as for the Jews. You either run, taking your families and whatever possessions you have with you……or hide and risk capture or being bombed by the government, America or Russia.

It is true that countries do need to safeguard borders, to take on a proportionate response to the crisis, there isn’t any way that every single refugee could be taken in by Britain alone however, in addition to the refugees taken by Islamic countries in the Middle East (for example, Lebanon is a small country with a population of 4.5million……but they have taken in 4.8 million refugees…..let that number sink in…..they have taken in so many refugees that there are actually more refugees then Lebanese people in Lebanon!) we need to do our bit and assist these poor people.

Now, this has been a long rant and I bet you’re glad that it’s nearing its end……this is the point that I have been making.

Trump has signed an order effectively removing the ability for Muslims who are being persecuted to take shelter. He has only done this for the Muslim countries that his businesses don’t get trade from. He took this action on a day where people were mindful of the holocaust and fate of Jewish people at the hands of aggressors……effectively making the same mistake and condemning those people that America could help as his predecessor did 78 years previously.

To me this is not acceptable and it has filled me with rather a massive amount of anger.

I don’t think people are aware of the parallels that are being drawn and I would be grateful if you could share this information so that the story gets out there.

Halal Kitty is one of the founder members of Resisting Hate, and a regular contributor to the group’s activities on Facebook and Twitter.

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Question Holocaust Deniers Cannot Answer

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There are many factually proven arguments which entirely eradicate the Holocaust Denial which is perpetuated by self styled “revisionists”. I have provided some good quality links to the discussions at the bottom of this article and urge any interested parties to fully educate themselves with the facts before forming an opinion.

Holocaust Denial takes the form of several key arguments but most notably the denial that the Nazi concentration camps were used for intentional mass genocide. For the purpose of this article this simplified definition is the definition I am using.

The purpose of writing this is to address one key point of discussion that no supporter of Holocaust Denial has ever been able to explain successfully. The question why after the Second World War the Nazis themselves never attempted to deny the Holocaust.

As a starting point l am going to suspend belief and pretend that the Holocaust Deniers are correct and the Holocaust never happened (it did – but bear with me).

Ok so it is 1946. I’m a Nazi. In this alternative reality I have spent the war years running labour camps with the focus of segregating Jewish people and others from mainstream society. I have acted in good faith on the orders that have come down from the German government and my immediate superiors. I have believed that my work in the camps has been for the benefit of my country and my people.

At the end of the war I was captured, tortured into revealing my real identity and incarcerated.

My imprisonment has been an ordeal, I have been beaten and abused by guards. The world’s press are clamouring for my story. I am awaiting trial which will likely end in my execution. I am frightened for my life.

My family are being harassed by the media and vigilantes from the general population. I am frightened for their safety.

My country is disgusted at the actions it believes I have undertaken, namely my alleged involvement with the concentration camps that are believed to have been death camps responsible for the mass slaughter of millions of people.

I am accused of having committed atrocities that few sane human beings could undertake without descending into madness. I am accused of direct involvement in the systematic organised murder of hundreds of thousands of people.

I wait nearly a year for my trial. I wait for the chance to vindicate myself, to refute these allegations, to defend my name to my friends and family.
I wait for the opportunity to defend my country from the lies of the death camps.

I wait to defend humanity itself from the horror of the atrocities of which I am accused.

At the Nuremberg trials I have the chance to speak out. I am asked about Auschwitz, about Madjanek.

I am aware that if I am convicted I will be executed.

I am aware that if people know I am a Nazi guilty of war crimes my family will not be safe.

I am aware denial is my best chance of defence.

Yet when I take the oath at Nuremberg I fully confess to playing an active role in the death camps. I describe in detail the specific practises of the death camps. The only defence I offer is that I was acting under orders. I admit fully the existence of the death camps and the Nazi party involvement in them.

Even knowing my confession will lead to my execution I still readily admit my guilt for crimes that never took place.

A likely story?

(I’ll stop suspending belief now. We can go back to the correct factual understanding that the Holocaust is a genuine historical event.)
The story above played out in one form or another every time a Nazi took the stand at Nuremberg. With notably few exceptions (some historians interpret the Nuremberg trial transcripts to say no exceptions) all the Nazis on trial acknowledged the death camps existed.

“Revisionists” cannot explain this. They try to allude to the Nazis on trial being too frightened to speak out. This is plainly implausible. Conviction of war crimes carried a death sentence. If the death camps were a myth the Nazis on trial would have had every reason to deny their existence in an attempt to save their own lives. If the Holocaust was a lie they had nothing to lose by saying that and they had everything to gain by denying it ever happened.

“Revisionists” also make the claim that Nazis lied about the war crimes because they were frightened of the consequences for their families. This too is implausible. A Nazi admitting war crimes placed his family at far greater risk. He would highly likely be executed and therefore be unable to protect his family. A Nazi convicted of war crimes would also leave his family at risk of revenge crimes or vigilante justice. Had the Holocaust been a lie it would have made far more sense for a Nazi who wanted to protect his family to deny the existence of the death camps.

The level of detail across those on trial at Nuremberg was corroborated between accounts. Nobody has ever offered a compelling argument as to why an organised and orchestrated lie as complex as the invention of systematic mass genocide would be offered to the world.

Until Holocaust Deniers can address this question with more convincing arguments than the ones I have debunked above then their position will continue to be untenable and academically worthless.

Roanna is one of the founder members of Resisting Hate. She is the author of the majority of our articles, and also publishes a blog on Huffington Post UK

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