German-Government

German pilots ground over 200 flights after refusing to deport asylum seekers

Flight crews did not want to help send people back to Afghanistan, local media report

German pilots have reportedly grounded more than 200 flights after refusing to be involved in the deportations of failed asylum-seekers.

Flight crews said they did not want to participate in sending people back to Afghanistan, where violence is still rife following years of war and occupation by Western forces.

Between January and September 222 flights were cancelled, according to German government figures, with most – 140 – coming at Frankfurt airport.

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At least one similar refusal is known to have taken place in the UK when British Airways pilot refused to take off while Samim Bigzad was on board earlier this year.

Mr Bigzad, an Afghan, faced deportation to the city where the Taliban had threatened to kill him before the pilot intervened, saying: “You’re not going to take him; I’m not flying. Someone’s life is at risk.”

Direct action! “Just following orders” is never an excuse! [article]

Most disturbing things on the deep web:

1.) Human Experiments- 

The people who run this particular page on the dark web believe that not all humans are equal and to prove their point they kidnap homeless people or get volunteers (yes, really) and do illegal and extremely painful experiments on them. Experiments range from starvation and water/fluid restriction to exposing infants to harmful radiation.

2.) Cannibal Cafe

This website, now banned by the German government, was used by literal cannibals: They would log onto the forum known as the Cannibal Cafe and share their fantasies, cooking tips, and even arrange to meet up for a meal. That’s what happened when Bernd Jürgen Armando Brandes, an engineer from Berlin responded to an advertisement written by Armin Meiwes, a computer technician with cannibalistic tendencies. The advert read “Looking for a well-built 18- to 30-year-old to be slaughtered and then consumed.” The pair met up and played out their fantasy, resulting in the discovery of the forum and the arrests of dozens of real-life cannibals.

3.) Pilots’ last words:

Someone somewhere has gone to the effort of finding the last words of pilots before their plane crashed. The words would have been recorded on the black box of the aircraft and the owner of the website would have had to go through high-security records to find them. The morbid website is updated frequently.

4.) Human Leather:

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any weirder. This company is dedicated to making leather made from real human skin. Their ideas were clearly too creepy for the mainstream web, so they have taken to the deep web to advertise their products.

5.) Hire a hitman:

Hitmen seem a thing of spy movies, but for a couple of grand you can hire one thanks to this website known as the Hitman Network. These assassins seem to have morals though, as they refuse to kill children or any major politicians.

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About the historical importance of Nazi punching

The above pictures show the most famous Nazi-punching in German history. On the 7th of November 1968 Beate Klarsfeld, a French-German journalist and professional Nazi hunter, punched (well, slapped, rather) a disgusting Nazi right on the eye.

And this particular Nazi was no other than Kurt Georg Kiesinger, the federal chancellor of Germany at the time (which is the German head of government). Kiesinger joined the Nazi party NSDAP in 1933 and from 1940 on was deputy director of the department of broadcast politics in the Nazi State Department / Foreign Office.

After 1945 he managed to cover up his Nazi career and was elected as the third federal chancellor of Germany in 1966. Naturally, he tried to enforce reactionary and elitist policies, proceeding violently against the many protests at that time.

With the help of a forged press card Beate Klarsfeld gained entry to the party convention of the CDU (German conservative party) in 1968 and, in front of hundreds of politicians and journalists, punched the chancellor on the eye while yelling: “Nazi Kiesinger, abtreten!” (Nazi Kiesinger, resign!). She had to be forcibly removed from the building.

Because of this incident Kiesinger’s Nazi past became widely known among the German citizens, which prevented his re-election in 1969. Instead the social democrat Willy Brandt was elected new chancellor of Germany, who until this day is known as Germany’s most progressive chancellor, and who - as a member of the social democratic party  - had been persecuted by the Nazis, had to flee 1933 from the Nazi regime and had lived in exile until 1945.

tl;dr: Try to be as bad-ass as Beate Klarsfeld and punch Nazis on the eye, always, even especially if they’re high ranking politicians!

Y’all want to come in my inbox defending the poor, defenceless Europeans in Nazi-occupied countries for willingly handing their Jews over to the Germans like their governments weren’t already involved in the systematic oppression of Jews and Roma well before Hitler ever rolled up in his Panzerkampfwagen. 

The truth is most Europeans were glad for the leg up in getting rid of us. 

Our Queer Ancestors: Das Institut Für Sexualwissenschaft

Hey so it’s October and October is traditionally the perfect time of year for getting sad about the past, so this is a thing I’m doing.  Expect lots and lots of posts in this series.


(CW: Mentions of Nazis and Nazi violence)

Das Institut Für Sexualwissenschaft was founded in Berlin in 1919 by Magnus Hirschfeld and Arthur Kronfeld. From their headquarters in Berlin’s Tiergarten, the Institut conducted and published research on sexuality, reproduction, and gender, and what they did was truly revolutionary:  They used science and rationality to lobby for reproductive health, gender equality, and queer civil rights, from 1919 until its destruction in 1933. The Institut employed transgender staff, operated on a sliding scale, offered free treatment to those unable to pay, and by 1930 was performing gender-affirming surgeries. Hirschfeld himself is credited with first coining the term “transsexual,” advocated strongly for the existence and autonomy of transgender children, and promoted literature describing the existence of more than two genders.

In 1933, though, it all came to an end. In late February of that year, following the Reichstag fire and the rise of the Nazi Party, state and paramilitary forces began systematic purges of all facets of Berlin’s queer movement. In May, the ultranationalist Deutsche Studentenschaft stormed the Institut’s Tiergarten headquarters, seized its libraries and archives, piled them in Berlin’s Opernplatz, and burned them.

And this is at once the most iconic and most forgotten part of the Nazis’ destruction of German culture:  The most widely recognized photographs of Nazi book-burnings, the pictures that fill the first page on Google Images, are all from the Opernplatz burnings of Institut documents, a decade and a half of feminist, sex-positive, trans-inclusive scientific and cultural research and literature.

But that wasn’t the end of it. The Nazis destroyed the research, but kept the patient registries. The Deutsche Studentenschaft set up the ransacked Institut headquarters as their own base of operations, to spread the names and addresses of queer Berliners. Many, many of them disappeared into the camps during the war, never to be heard from again. In the 1950s, the executors of Hirschfeld’s will were unable to recover any of his assets because the new West German government declared that the Deutsche Studentenschaft’s actions were legal. The erasure was so complete that it would take decades for the queer community to be recognized as victims of the Holocaust.

Today, the story of the Institut Für Sexualwissenschaft, what it was, what it did, and what we lost, isn’t very widely known. People can spend a lifetime studying the Second World War, see pictures of the Opernplatz burnings a thousand times, and never really know what they’re looking at. But this is a part of our history, an important part, and before the end it was a beautiful part–a vibrant, trans-inclusive queer movement, three decades before Stonewall. It’s up to us to keep that memory alive; remember what we had; never forget what we’ve lost.

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Keith Haring painting a mural on The Berlin Wall. October 23, 1986. Photos by Tseng Kwong Chi.

Keith Haring had been invited by the Director of the Checkpoint Charlie Museum to paint the mural. He began shortly after 10 A.M., Since the first six feet of land on the Western side belong to the East, he was not just defacing property of the East German Government, he was entering that country without a visa. A West Berlin policeman used a megaphone to warn him of the fact. But Haring continued, sporadically leaping back onto Western soil when East German border guards looked as if they were about to arrest him.

After 90 minutes, he had completed a third of his mural. He painted an interlocking chain of red and black human forms on a bright yellow background. The colors were those of the East and West German flags.

The artist gave interviews to West German television and radio reporters as he worked and signed autographs. “It’s a humanistic gesture, more than anything else,” said Haring, who called his work “a political and subversive act - an attempt to psychologically destroy the wall by painting it.’‘Asked whether the event was merely a publicity stunt to draw attention to himself, he said, ’'The main objective here is that it is not an insignificant act that goes unnoticed. The entire world should know that it happened, reinforcing its political significance.”

Haring completed the mural shortly after 4 P.M., He denied that it was aimed specifically against East Germany. “It’s for people and it doesn’t matter which side of the wall they’re on. It’s about both sides coming together.”

By the next day, however, someone painted large sections of the mural grey and quickly, other artists painted graffiti on the hundred-metre section that Haring had used. Within months there was very little left to see.  

(Source: New York Times)

Remember how the West German government was overwhelmingly comprised of former Nazi Party officials, many of which escaped prosecution by collaborating with Western intelligence in the aftermath of the war? Remember how 25 cabinet ministers, 1 president, and 1 chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany were fairly high ranked members of Nazi organizations? Remember how Minister of Justice (and later President of the European Documentation and Information Centre) Richard Jaeger was a member of the SA from 1933 onwards, how SPD Finance Minister Karl Schiller was an SA member as well, how Chancellor Kurt Kiesinger was a party member from 1933 into 1945 and during the war was Deputy Head of the broadcasting department of the Nazi Foreign Office Broadcasting Department and liaison with the Propaganda Ministry?

Remember how from 1949 to 1973 90 of the 170 leading lawyers and judges in the West German Justice Ministry had been members of the Nazi Party? How 34 of those 90 were SA members? How in 1957 there was higher percentage of Nazi Party members in the Ministry of Justice than there were during the time the Nazis were actually in power? How between 1949 and 1970, 54% of all Interior Ministry staffers were former Nazi Party members, with 8% having been members of the Nazi Interior Ministry? Remember how heavily whitewashed the actions of all of these figures were and still are?

Remember how the West German intelligence agency was headed from it’s creation in 1956 until 1968 by former Nazi intellgience officer Reinhard Gehlen, who before its foundation but after the war was a CIA employee who headed a covert anti-communist organization (which involved a sizable Nazi spy network within the USSR, and later grew to include 4,000 members, largely former SS and SA, which had built close ties with Eastern European expat communities in the West and anti-communist groups within the USSR) from 1946 to 1956 which directly supported ODESSA in their smuggling of Nazi officers wanted for war crimes into Spain and Rome in order for them be smuggled into Argentina by Catholic Priests and the Spanish government? Remember how Reinhard Gehlen was the highest ranking reserve-officer of the Bundeswehr until 1968 as well? Remember how he retired with a hefty pension and lived a comfortable life until his death? Haha me either (:

The USSR and DDR were just being Paranoid™ about fascist saboteurs from the West…silly tankys…..

Three Germanys
TIME, 31 August 1953

WHEN Americans think of German unification, they are apt to think only of joining together the East and West zones, split by the Iron Curtain. West Germans, however, even on their official maps, look beyond to a third Germany severed at Potsdam in 1945. At that time, Britain and the U.S. reluctantly agreed that Russia and Poland were entitled to territorial compensation at Germany’s expense. The final determination of Germany’s borders was to come later, in the Big Four Peace Conference that has never been held. At Potsdam, Russia annexed the northern half of East Prussia, including its ancient capital of Koenigsberg (now Kaliningrad). Poland took the rest of East Prussia and all German territory east of the Oder and Neisse rivers. An area the size of South Carolina, this included part of Brandenburg, most of Pomerania and all of German Silesia (coal, steel, potatoes). Millions of Germans were thrown out; Polish settlers moved in. The East German Communist government has been forced to sign away its claims on this territory, but West German Chancellor Adenauer has given notice that Germany will never accept the Oder-Neisse line as its eastern frontier. Thus Germany is the one European nation that is even more determined than the U.S. to roll back the Iron Curtain.

(West) Germany did end up accepting the Oder–Neisse line, by signing the Treaty of Moscow in 1970.

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But perhaps worst of all, the Duke told the German government that resolve in the United Kingdom in the face of the German aerial bombardment was weakening and that continued bombing that is, the continued slaughter of his fellow countrymen and former subjects, would, I quote, “soon make Britain ready for peace.”

Elspeth Ebertin was a German astrologer and the mother of Reinhold Ebertin. Ebertin was widely published in the early 1900′s and became a trusted and renowned figure of astrology in Germany. In 1924 she published an almanac with an overview of Hitler’s chart containing dire warnings. She raised alarm regarding his capacity to catalyze ‘overwhelming chaos’ that should be taken ‘very seriously’. Nazi opposition to astrology later halted Ebertin’s publications, where astrology became prohibited practice by the German government. She was subsequently killed in an air raid. Her son however, continued to study in secret, and opened the School of Cosmobiology after the war. 

America’s involvement in World War I began with the sinking of the British civilian cruise ship Lusitania by a German torpedo in 1915. The German government had warned Britain to suspend tourism during the hostilities, because German ships weren’t going to discriminate between civilian and military vessels when they got trigger-happy. Nevertheless, the Lusitania embarked from New York to Britain on May 1, under the captain’s naive impression that the Germans wouldn’t really blow up a cruise ship full of innocent tourists. Over a thousand people died when Germany called that particular bluff.

As with Pearl Harbor, 9/11, and basically any tragedy ever, there are conspiracy theories that say the American government allowed the attack to go ahead because they wanted an excuse to enter the war and start whooping German ass. But when it comes to the Lusitania, that idea is a little more plausible.

For one thing, the official story at the time was that two torpedoes launched by a German submarine sank the ship, but it’s since been proven that only one torpedo was launched. The cause of the well-documented second explosion remains a mystery, which is like Viagra for the kinds of people who Google jet fuel temperatures on their lunch break.

5 Insane Historical Theories That Actually Make Sense

Let the German Government Socialists cry that the rule of the Bolsheviks in Russia is a distorted expression of the dictatorship of the proletariat. If it was or is such, that is only because it is a product of the behavior of the German proletariat, in itself a distorted expression of the socialist class struggle. All of us are subject to the laws of history, and it is only internationally that the socialist order of society can be realized. The Bolsheviks have shown that they are capable of everything that a genuine revolutionary party can contribute within the limits of historical possibilities. They are not supposed to perform miracles. For a model and faultless proletarian revolution in an isolated land, exhausted by world war, strangled by imperialism, betrayed by the international proletariat, would be a miracle.

What is in order is to distinguish the essential from the non-essential, the kernel from the accidental excrescencies in the politics of the Bolsheviks. In the present period, when we face decisive final struggles in all the world, the most important problem of socialism was and is the burning question of our time. It is not a matter of this or that secondary question of tactics, but of the capacity for action of the proletariat, the strength to act, the will to power of socialism as such. In this, Lenin and Trotsky and their friends were the first, those who went ahead as an example to the proletariat of the world; they are still the only ones up to now who can cry with Hutten: “I have dared!”

This is the essential and enduring in Bolshevik policy. In this sense theirs is the immortal historical service of having marched at the head of the international proletariat with the conquest of political power and the practical placing of the problem of the realization of socialism, and of having advanced mightily the settlement of the score between capital and labor in the entire world. In Russia, the problem could only be posed. It could not be solved in Russia. And in this sense, the future everywhere belongs to “Bolshevism.”

—  Rosa Luxemburg, The Russian Revolution - Democracy and Dictatorship