German Jewish leader backs publication of Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’
BERLIN – A ban in Germany on Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf should be lifted so the book can be published with editorial comments, a Jewish leader said on Friday.
“I’m basically in favor of the book being made publicly accessible with annotation,” Stephan Kramer, general secretary of Germany’s Central Council of Jews, told German radio.
Speaking on broadcaster Deutschlandfunk, Kramer said he believed such an edition should be made available online, where the book can already be read in most countries. (*)
Hitler dictated the work to his aide Rudolf Hess while in prison in Bavaria following the failed Munich “Beer Hall” putsch of 1923. It outlines a doctrine of German racial supremacy and ambitions to annex huge areas of the Soviet Union.
Kramer said the Central Council of Jews was ready to help with the annotating, and might even ask the Bavarian state government, which holds the rights to the book, to lift the ban.
In Germany, it is illegal to distribute the tome except in special circumstances. Nazi symbols like the swastika and performing the stiff-armed Hitler salute are also outlawed.
Published in 1925, Mein Kampf (My Struggle) became a school textbook after Hitler seized power in 1933. All German newlyweds also received a copy.
A number of historians have called on Germany to lift the ban in recent years, some of them Jewish.
Now, purchasers who can prove an academic purpose may secure an existing copy. Otherwise though, sales are banned and Bavaria, which was granted the German rights to the book by the postwar occupying powers, refused to authorize new copies.
Deutschlandfunk said Bavarian authorities had rejected the idea of loosening the restrictions on publication.
“[To do so] would get enormous political attention worldwide, and probably be met with incomprehension,” it quoted the Bavarian finance ministry as saying in a statement.
(*) An English-language, non-annotated version of Mein Kampf is available online at http://www.hitler.org/writings/Mein_Kampf/
LOS ANGELES – Helen Golay, 77, and Olga Rutterschmidt, 75, have been convicted of befriending two homeless men, taking out life insurance policies on them, and then collecting on those policies by killing the men in hit-and-run accidents.
Olga Rutterschmidt (pictured above) was convicted of the first-degree murder of Kenneth McDavid, 50, a day after she was found guilty of conspiring to murder him for financial gain. Her 77-year-old co-defendant, Helen Golay, was convicted Wednesday of murdering McDavid and Paul Vados, 73, and counts of conspiracy in both killings.
Vados and McDavid were run over by cars in dark alleys, incidents that authorities said were staged to look like hit-and-run accidents. The women collected $2.8 million on insurance policies they bought for the men.
“These two defendants are by their acts the worst of the worst,” said Deputy District Attorney Bobby Grace. “They didn’t need this money. They weren’t poor and destitute. … these men needed help and they gave them a noose.”
The verdicts so far carry life prison terms without possibility of parole for both women. Prosecutors chose not to seek the death penalty.
From the April 3, 2008 edition of The Gazette:
“Feminism marches on: The newest role model for young teen girls is Jenny Green, who takes a knife to boys who are mean to her. She’s the heroine — I guess — of Jenny Green’s Killer Junior Year, a teen novel due out this fall from Simon & Schuster. The N.Y Post found some publicity material that explains that Jenny is a ‘spoiled teen princess’ who ‘discovers just how despicable the male gender can be – with the lying, the cheating and the utter disrespect – (and) decides to make them pay… with their lives.'”
UPDATE (10-07-14): There’s now an expanded version of this post at:
The following comment, which I attempted to post but was deleted by a moderator, is an example of what Stormfront moderators call “woman bashing”:
Originally Posted by Lady Celtic:
“Some women were afraid to post in the main forum and were afraid to join because of the some of the males that bash women on here. Stormfront was created for all white people with White Nationalist ideals. But some men don’t see it that way and see it fit to bash women on here.”
My Unpublished Response:
“So instead women get their own forum from which they can bash men, but the men don’t get to respond. Typical feminist hypocrisy. Always whinging about ‘equality’ when what they’re really after are special privileges.”
Is there really any difference, as far as underlying principle, between Stormfront banning people for “sexist” remarks and Human Rights Tribunals prosecuting people for “hate speech”?
UPDATE (08-04-14): I have now been permanently banned from Stormfront. I tried accessing my account and was greeted with this:
Oh well. I didn’t enjoy posting there anyways. Stormfront has to be one of the most overmoderated message boards on the Internet, with your posts always at the mercy of the mods and their unpredictable, hormonally-induced mood swings.
1 in 6 Canadians is a visible minority: StatsCan
South Asians top Chinese as largest visible minority group
One out of every six Canadians belongs to a visible minority group, thanks largely to the country’s growing South Asian population, the latest census figures show.
Statistics Canada, which released its 2006 numbers on visible minorities on Wednesday, said the number of people considered visible minorities topped five million (5,068,100) for the first time in census history. They made up 16.2 per cent of the total Canadian population, which was 31,612,897 in the 2006 census.
In the 2001 census, there were 3,983,800 people considered to belong to a visible minority, making up 13.4 per cent of the population.
The numbers were even lower in 1981, the year statistics on visible minorities were first counted as required by Canada’s Employment Equity Act. At that time, there were only 1.1 million visible minorities, representing 4.7 per cent of the total population.
Not only are visible minority numbers increasing, they’re increasing at a fast pace. Between 2001 and 2006, the visible minority population rose by 27.2 per cent, while the population as a whole only increased by 5.4 per cent.
Statistics Canada said that, at this pace, members of visible minority groups could account for roughly one-fifth of the total population by 2017.
Statistics Canada attributed the rising visible minority numbers to the high level of immigrants who have recently entered the country from non-European countries.
Sociologist Monica Boyd agreed with the theory.
“Immigration accounts for quite a bit, the vast majority, of that growth we see today,” said Boyd, a professor at the University of Toronto.
“Immigration counts for two-thirds of the population growth in Canada and if you have increasing intake of immigrants from countries other than Europe, you’re simply adding more and more diverse people into the Canadian population.”
Statistics Canada said that in 2006, 83.9 per cent of immigrants who landed in Canada in the five years prior to census numbers being collected were from regions outside of Europe. In 1981, the number was 68.5 per cent.
While not all recent immigrants who came from non-European countries are visible minorities, many are. When looking at all the recent immigrants in Canada in 2006 who hailed from both non-European and European regions, 75 per cent were visible minorities.
In 1981, only 55.5 per cent were from a visible minority group.
Statistics Canada defines a visible minority as “persons, other than Aboriginal Peoples, who are non-Caucasian in race or non-white in colour.” The definition is the same as that used by the Employment Equity Act.
South Asians, Chinese have biggest numbers
South Asians became Canada’s largest visible minority group in 2006, surpassing the Chinese.
According to the 2006 census, there are 1.3 million Canadians who identify themselves as South Asian, which includes countries like India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. They represent 24.9 per cent of the visible minority population, and four per cent of the total Canadian population.
The 1.2 million Chinese make up 24 per cent of the visible minority population, and 3.9 per cent of the population in general.
The other large visible minority groups are:
- Black (15.5 per cent of the visible minority population).
- Filipino (8.1 per cent).
- Latin American (6.0 per cent).
- Arab (5.2 per cent).
- Southeast Asian (4.7 per cent).
- West Asian (3.1 per cent).
- Korean (2.8 per cent).
- Japanese (1.6 per cent).
I am Canadian
The census asked Canadians to identify the ethnic and cultural origins of their ancestors, with people allowed to pick multiple answers. Respondents gave a total of 223 different answers, the most frequent being: English, French, Scottish, German, Italian, Chinese, North American Indian, Ukrainian and Dutch.
But the most popular answer of all was Canadian. A total of 5.7 million Canadians said they were only Canadian, while 4.3 million said that part of their origin was Canadian.
In total, 32 per cent of Canadians called themselves Canadian, a decrease from the last census, when 39 per cent listed themselves as Canadian.
Mixed marriages rise by one-third
The census also found that the number of interracial marriages and unions rose by a third between 2001 and 2006.
Most of the mixed unions (85 per cent) counted in 2006 involved a person who is from a visible minority group and a person who is not, while 15 per cent involved two people from different visible minority groups.
“It’s a sign of the fact that those barriers, those social barriers between racial groups, are being chipped away at a little bit,” said sociologist Wendy Roth of the University of British Columbia.
“The rate of increase of mixed unions is not huge, but it’s steady, and the fact that it continues to be steady in different censuses suggests that those barriers are diminishing.”