rounding up jews

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By 1940 it wasn't even a requirement to be a registered Nazi to join the SS. Only 10% of the German military of WWII were registered Nazis while around 50% of German and Austrian citizens were registered party members.

jesus you people are so dense—i don’t give a shit whether or not you pay dues to the party, if you participate in a war of extermination, if you execute POWs and jews on sight, if you provide logistical support to einsatzgruppen while they round up and execute jews en masse—you’re a nazi and deserve a bullet in the head. i couldn’t care less if that implicates your grandfathers ffs

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[Island at War. 2004]
Based on the invasion of the Channel Islands during WW2.

Firstly, yes, that is a very young Sam Heughan pictured. Incidentally here he is roughly about the same age that Jamie Fraser was supposed to be when he first met Claire in Outlander.
Anyways…
Winston Churchill, thought the Channel Islands held no strategic importance for Britain and decided to de-militarise them and leave them undefended.
“As the German army stormed through France in June 1940, some 30,000 Channel Islanders (one third of the total population) were evacuated. Once the initial panic was over, the rest decided to stay and tough it out, mainly on Jersey and Guernsey.
On 28 June, the Luftwaffe bombed Jersey and Guernsey, unaware that the islands were undefended. They killed 44 people.
The following day, a detachment of troops arrived on Guernsey and that afternoon the German flag was raised.” - BBC
Here is where we start the series. Looking at imposed curfews, deportation of British-born islanders to Germany and the hostile round up of Jews, Island at War gives a rare glimpse of Nazi invasion on British soil.

Great story of a righteous man: Chiune Sugihara, who saved 6,000 Jews from the Holocaust. He was a Japanese diplomat in Lithuania. When the Nazis began rounding up Jews, Sugihara risked his life to start issuing unlawful travel visas to Jews.

He hand-wrote them 18 hrs a day. The day his consulate closed and he had to evacuate, witnesses claim he was STILL writing visas and throwing from the train as he pulled away. He saved 6000 lives.

The world didn’t know what he’d done until Israel honored him in 1985, the year before he died.

If you’re first reaction to the events in Virgina is to try and redefine what fascism means or to try and use false equivalencies of ‘both sides are bad’ then we have nothing to talk about. You’re a coward, and a bigot, plain and simple.

I have ZERO patience for bootlicking and spinelessness in the face of fascists anymore. These people openly advocate for the death my family, friends, loved ones and the most vulnerable groups in society. Fascists and their sympathizers deserve no pity and they certainly don’t deserve to have centrists try and defend them with some weak ass free speech arguments. Sometimes both sides aren’t equal. THEY DON’T NEED DEFENDING. My right to exist isn’t a 'difference of opinion’, my life isn’t up for debate, the safety and right of a person to exist isn’t something we can have a discussion about. Fuck off with that bullshit.

Fascists are parasites. A cancer growth. They are leeches. They will always actively use the institutions of the society they are a part of to try and manipulate enough of the public to let them do what they want. They don’t really give a fuck about 'free speech’. They are a rouge fire that will consume itself in the end, but not without taking everything that they can get their grubby little hands on. It says a lot of a society to let get to this level.

Just imagine if the 100s of swatstika wearing, /pol/ assholes had been BLM or POC protesters. The police response would have been completely different. These pricks actively swung flaming torches at the inital peaceful counter protesters that chained themselves to the Robert E. Lee memorial. They chanted the same ethnic cleansing chants nazis used before rounding up jews and romani people during the inital stages of the Nazi party’s rise to power. THEY USED ISIS TACTICS to kill and maim others. Yet you have cops, right wingers and centrists try and justify their actions with nonesense. The sort of levity they would never in a 1000 years give leftists/POC.

It’s nearly always the people who don’t have anything to lose who defend these pricks. They either are so wrapped up in their own privilege to see what is happeneing around them or simply don’t care. And you know what? I have no room in my life for people like that anymore.


Chiune Sugihara. This man saved 6000 Jews. He was a Japanese diplomat in Lithuania. When the Nazis began rounding up Jews, Sugihara risked his life to start issuing unlawful travel visas to Jews. He hand-wrote them 18 hrs a day. The day his consulate closed and he had to evacuate, witnesses claim he was STILL writing visas and throwing from the train as he pulled away. He saved 6000 lives. The world didn’t know what he’d done until Israel honored him in 1985, the year before he died.

Hilde Levi

Hilde Levi was a German-Danish physicist. She was a pioneer of the use of radioactive isotopes in biology and medicine, notably the techniques of radiocarbon dating and autoradiography. In later life she became a scientific historian, and published a biography of George de Hevesy.

She was Jewish, and by the time she received her doctorate in 1934, the Nazi Party had been elected to office in Germany, and Jews were no longer allowed to be hired for academic positions. She went to Denmark where she found a position at the Niels Bohr Institute of Theoretical Physics at the University of Copenhagen. Working with James Franck and George de Hevesy, she published a number of papers on the use of radioactive substances in biology.

When the Nazis began rounding up Danish Jews in September 1943, Levi fled to Sweden, where she worked for the biologist John Runnström at the Wenner-Gren Institute for Experimental Biology in Stockholm. After the war ended, she returned to Denmark to work at the Zoophysiological Laboratory in Copenhagen. She spent the 1947–48 academic year in the United States learning about the recently discovered techniques of radiocarbon dating and autoradiography, which she introduced to Europe. She retired from the Zoophysiological Laboratory in 1979, but became involved with the Niels Bohr Archive, where she collected papers of de Hevesy, eventually publishing his biography.

Reading reviews on Race, I’m seeing exactly what I was worried about, which is the exact same set of things that might get the movie an Oscar (aside from it being a black triumph over struggle with the invaluable help of a white guy that’s literally called Race).

  • The whole “the US was uncomfortable with Nazi Germany” myth. The US had plenty of supporters of Nazi Germany, including major businessmen and political figures. I mean, IBM’s machines were integral to the Holocaust, and the dude directly responsible for the supply and maintenance of those machines, who went over there in 1933 right after the Nazis took power to help them prepare for the census whose purpose he knew was to round up Jews and other “undesirable groups” and put them in the concentration camps that were already sparking some level of international outrage, and who got a medal from Nazi Germany in 1937 but didn’t even feel uncomfortable enough to send it back until 1940 (both dates, you’ll notice, being after the 1936 Olympics that provide Race’s backdrop). There was a plot for a fascist coup in the US that reportedly involved a lot of prominent businessmen. The US was only nominally anti-fascist as a country until entering the war, and the US didn’t enter the war because of fascism or the Holocaust.
  • The whole “Jesse Owens was a symbol of anyone-can-make-it American exceptionalism triumphing over Hitler’s white supremacist views, which America totally didn’t have” myth. Apparently the film shows him facing racism in the movie (which I’m sure is Hollywood Racism, always overt and always solved by friendship or courage), but still plays into the idea that it was just Hitler that pushed the idea of the Aryan ideal rather than being the leader of a movement that sought to achieve it through genocide. We had our own eugenics movements here, including state-sponsored programs that lasted into the 1970s and 1980s. They didn’t include rounding up any ethnic groups–at least not for genocide. But “at least we didn’t gas anyone” doesn’t play as well in a feel-good America Beats Racism film. This whole mythology also fed the gas-inducing thinkpieces on why Sam Wilson should never have been made Captain America in the comics (that Steve Rogers’ Cap represented the Aryan ubermensch kicking the Reich’s ass, rather than the Western ideal generally, which is ridiculous and ahistorical). Jesse Owens did confront by virtue of his victory the ideas of white supremacy, but the overall ideas and not simply those of the Nazis.
  • The whole “Leni Riefenstahl was fighting Hitler on racism” mythology, which Hollywood loves because it helps explain why her films are shown in film schools and why she’s regarded for her technical prowess without anyone having to feel conflicted about it. She did have a complicated history with the Nazis, with her role as a propagandist, and with racial stuff, certainly, but the whole apparent subplot in the film of Hitler–who, unlike FDR, shook Owens’ hand and congratulated him on the victory and sent him an autographed picture–angrily demanding she cut the Owens footage and her refusing, which is ahistorical. Which is obviously not to say that Hitler was better than FDR or that he was not Literally Hitler, just that this line of mythology serves America and Hollywood but simplifies that era in a way that hurts our understanding of it.
  • The whole “America treated black people bad, but you should have seen how black people were treated in Germany!” mythology, which simply serves to excuse American racism and place us way farther along on our imagined road to Our Current Post-Racial Society™ than we could be depicted as with the remotest bit of honesty. The policies regarding black people in Nazi Germany were more or less the same as the ones in the US, except that Jesse Owens was allowed to stay in the same hotel as the white people when he went to Berlin but had to take a freight elevator in the Waldorf Astoria to his own reception in New York after he won.

It irks me how much we minimize and whitewash this country’s past even as we attempt in these vain and self-serving ways to atone for that past.

The Last Man at Nuremberg

Benjamin Ferencz was 27 when the Einsatzgruppen trial began in 1947. There were 22 defendants, all men, all members of the German SS. “One of the counsel has characterized this trial as the biggest murder trial in history,” the military tribunal wrote. “In this case, the defendants are not … charged with sitting in an office hundreds and thousands of miles away from the slaughter.… These men were in the field actively superintending, controlling, directing, and taking an active part in the bloody harvest.” Put simply, the Einsatzgruppen were exterminators: Their squads traveled to towns throughout Eastern Europe, rounding up Jews and shooting them with mechanized efficiency. Some mass graves were filled with hundreds of bodies; others, thousands.

Otto Ohlendorf, Paul Blobel, and almost two dozen others led these divisions of Hitler’s army; after the war, they were indicted for crimes against humanity. Benjamin Ferencz was 27, and he was the chief prosecutor responsible for convicting 22 men on trial for murdering 1 million men, women, and children.

In the nearly 70 years since he took part in the trials at Nuremberg, Ferencz has lived a remarkable life.

Read more. [Image: Reuters]

If you want to know what Drumph really means when he says he wants to identify and “round up” certain groups “humanely,” just remember that the last time Nazis ruled a country, they told everyone they were just rounding up the Jews to “relocate them” to areas that needed repopulating.

And if you think it can’t happen here, it HAS happened here. Not death camps like the WWII Nazis ran, but concentration camps, nonetheless. And ironically, this was while we were fighting Nazis in Europe. If you don’t want to take my word for it and don’t want to research it yourself, ask someone like George Takei, who can tell you first-hand about how the US government seized the property of Japanese Americans, and stuck them in concentration camps.