May 24th 2012 02:08:50 PM
I couldn’t help noticing this news item a few weeks ago:
Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ to be reprinted in Germany for first time since 1945
By Klaus Tscharnke
April 24, 2012
BERLIN— dpa (MCT) Local authorities in Germany are to reprint “Mein Kampf'’ (”My Struggle'’), Adolf Hitler’s hate tract, for the first time since the death of the Nazi dictator in 1945.
Tuesday’s decision by the state of Bavaria, which controls the copyright, means the book will be available again in three years, when its German copyright expires, but with content warnings throughout.
It follows years of agonized debate about whether Germans remain susceptible to Nazi ideology and how to stop it reviving. The book is available in many other countries.
After meeting anti-Nazi activists in Nuremberg, the city that once hosted Nazi Party rallies, Bavarian Finance Minister Markus Soeder said a complete edition, with annotations throughout by historians warning against Hitler’s errors, would help demystify the book.
A separate edition for schools also would be issued, with historians already at work writing the commentary.
“In all the editions, we want to make clear what nonsense the book contains as well as its fatal consequences,” Soeder said.
Bavaria also will fund scholars to analyze Hitler’s speeches to the Nazi Party rallies in Nuremberg to see how he recycled his ideas.
Hitler published “Mein Kampf'’ in two volumes, in 1925 and 1926, seven years before he was elected German leader in 1933. The book set out race theories, claiming the Germans were superior Aryans, whereas Jews and others were inferior.
Nearly 10 million copies were printed in the Nazi period. A free copy was given to every German couple when they got married.
Bavaria took over all of Hitler’s assets, including his copyrights, after his 1945 suicide. It has since blocked all attempts to republish his writings.
A change of approach is necessary because copyright in Germany expires 70 years after an author’s death.
I can’t tell if this is harmless or ominous. Nonetheless it’s a sign of the times. I also couldn’t help noticing the date of the article, just four days after Hitler’s birthday on April 20th. Clearly, someone in Bavaria was reminiscing about the man on his birthday and realized his copyright would be in jeopardy in a few years.
What the hey — they might as well reprint it, since Germany has finally won WWII.
Aside from Hitler’s vision of a unified Europe under Germany having come to fruition, and aside from the Free World-enforced ascendance of Hitler’s Muslim accomplices, I must excerpt most of Nebojsa Malic’s May 9th article on this point, with emphasis added:
Sixty-seven years ago, Nazi Germany officially surrendered to the Soviet forces in the ruins of Berlin…The war that had devastated Europe for a second time in a generation was officially over.
But who won? Oh, we’re supposed to believe it was the “good guys,” the noble Allies who bravely sacrificed millions of lives to stop the unprecedented evil of Nazism and its genocidal plans. Yet the cold hard truth is that no one but the Jewish resistance fought Hitler because of what he was doing to the Jews. British, French, Soviet or American governments couldn’t have cared less. They all entered the war for entirely selfish reasons: London and Paris to keep their empires, Washington to make America into one, and Stalin to stay alive.
Of all the major Allied powers, only the people of the Soviet Union actually had a legitimate reason to fight: they were being invaded and murdered en masse. Perhaps that is why only the Russians still commemorate the victory today.
The West doesn’t dwell on the actual facts of WW2. It prefers useful myths, such as that D-Day and the campaign in France equaled the struggle on the Eastern Front (which was 90% of the actual war effort against Germany). Or that the war was about stopping the “Final Solution.” Or that the Nuremberg trials were about the genocide ([what] the Nazis were actually condemned for [was] starting the war)…Hypocritical cries of “Munich!” and reductio ad Hitlerum are used against the ruler of any country the American Empire wishes to invade.
Yet when you look at the EU, it resembles nothing so much as what Nazi slogans described as the “European family of nations” working together for the prosperity of all. The whole endeavor has roots in National-Socialism. Modern managerial state lives up to Mussolini’s definition of fascism…”Everything in the State, nothing outside the State, nothing against the State.” All demands to retain national sovereignty, or stop social engineering through the flood of immigrants and the tyranny of diversity, are branded “fascist”…
Then there is the bizarre situation that the map of Europe today looks suspiciously like the one from 1942, and all of Hitler’s allies in the Balkans are now the staunchest allies of the American Empire. In that corner of Europe, at least, WW2 is still being fought. Only this time, the Luftwaffe and the panzers are supposedly the “good guys”.
In April 1941 Hitler made it a personal mission to obliterate a country called Yugoslavia. Partly to make an example of anyone attempting to weasel out of surrendering to his demands, and partly to indulge grudges from the previous war. Remember, WW1 started with an Austro-Hungarian invasion of Serbia. After two failures, the Austrians and their German and Bulgarian allies finally thought they’d crushed the Serbs, only to have them return in 1918 and win a decisive victory that collapsed the Central Powers’ southern flank.
So Hitler wiped Yugoslavia off the map. Parts of its territory were annexed directly to the Reich, others given to Italy, Hungary, Bulgaria, and Albania (an Italian protectorate until 1943, a German ally thereafter). An “independent” Montenegro was set up as an Italian protectorate, while most of today’s Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina became the Independent State of Croatia (NDH). The remainder was dubbed Serbia and placed under German occupation.
While the Serbs in the NDH faced wholesale extermination (the visceral brutality of which appalled even the Nazis), the brutality of the occupation forces in “Serbia” rivaled that of the Eastern Front. In June 1941, royalist guerrillas (commonly mislabeled “chetniks”) launched an uprising against the Germans. With Germans executing up to 100 civilian hostages for every one of their soldiers killed, and 50 for every soldier wounded, the royalists were quickly compelled to adopt a lower profile. Soon they were engaged in a shooting war with the Communists, who launched their own insurrection in June, after Hitler invaded the USSR. While the royalists expected an Anglo-American landing, the Communist waited for the Soviets, meanwhile slaughtering each other and occasionally raiding German supplies.
In the end, the Communists prevailed. By 1944, they had secured British backing, and successfully lobbied the Allies for massive air strikes against cities in Serbia, which did little damage to the German war effort but caused great loss of civilian life in royalist strongholds. In September 1944, Soviet forces – reinforced by Bulgarian troops, who had switched their allegiance from Hitler to Stalin – entered Serbia and drove out the Germans.
Think about that for a second: the territory of Nazi-occupied Serbia had to deal with four years of brutal repression, a civil war [Royalists vs. Communists], tens of thousands of refugees fleeing Croatia’s genocide, heavy bombing by the Allies, and a Communist takeover. Having been thus despoiled, Serbia was then ground into dust by the Communists, who in the true tradition of victim politics claimed the principal problem had been the old kingdom’s alleged “Greater Serbian hegemony”, rather than alliances of other groups with Axis powers, and the atrocities they committed.*
After the war, the Communists made Hitler’s dismemberment [of Yugoslavia] more or less official. Parts annexed by Germany ended up the “republic” of Slovenia. The NDH was split into Croatia and Bosnia, with Croatia getting the entire Adriatic coast. Montenegro remained separate, while the territories held by Bulgaria became Macedonia. The stump Serbia created by Hitler became the “Republic of Serbia”, while the Hungarian- and Albanian-occupied areas in the north and the south became its “autonomous provinces” of Vojvodina and Kosovo. The borders didn’t correspond exactly, but the spirit of the division was what counted.
Future generations were taught that “Yugoslavia” had been among the victors in WW2. Official history claimed that Tito’s multiethnic Communist partisans were the only real resistance movement, fighting the very few Croatian Ustasha, the Albanian Balli Kombetar, and the worst of the lot - the bloodthirsty Greater Serbian nationalist “chetniks”. Any suggestion that the royalists had actually helped the Allied war effort was suppressed - and the West went along with it.
Ten years after Tito’s death, the myths collapsed under their own weight, no longer propped by Western credit and Eastern markets. The newly reunited Germany, the nascent European Union and the rising American Empire all saw an opportunity in dismembering Yugoslavia.
What followed was an eerie re-run of the 1940s carnage. Croatia’s “democratic” president, Franjo Tudjman, led [an] NDH revival - but because he was allied with the U.S. and not Hitler this time around, he succeeded where his predecessor [Croatian Fuehrer Ante Pavelic] failed. In Bosnia, Alija Izetbegovic had Washington’s support to make a bid for an Islamic state, causing a bloodbath when both Serbs and Croats objected. Albanians were likewise armed and supported to re-establish the “Natural Albania” of 1941-45.
But the cruelest twist was that these Imperial allies accused the Serbs of Nazism - and their PR flacks used Communist propaganda to do so. And they are still at it, even today. The Serbs, for their part, reacted with utter confusion. They didn’t create a grievance lobby, as is common in modern politics. Rather, they followed their instinct and history and reached for their guns - fighting first for Yugoslavia, then for independence, then for survival, but all the while unable to understand what was happening. That confusion is also an enduring condition, unfortunately.
Even though they were the principal victims of Nazi aggression, and the overwhelming majority in both the Communist and the royalist resistance movements, the Serbs first became second-class citizens in Yugoslavia (which they allegedly “dominated”) and then got smeared as Nazis reborn - by actual Nazi heirs, people who had their own Waffen-SS, two-time winners of WW2. Who would have ever thought to see American bombers, German tanks and Communist propaganda working together towards a goal Hitler once had: to crush Serbia as an example to others.
When Hitler invaded, Yugoslavia had been rotten already. Croats actually greeted the Wehrmacht with flowers. Few have dared ask how Tito could have put Yugoslavia back together, after all that. Yet the answer is very simple: he allowed many of the Nazi collaborators to change their uniforms at the last moment, defecting to the winning team, while smearing the Serb royalists as traitors and quislings, thus imposing moral equivalence. The laundering process was completed in the 1990s, by projecting the stigma of Nazism onto the Serbs.
No wonder only Russia still celebrates Victory Day. In the rest of Europe, it’s Hitler’s ghost that rejoices.
* I asked for clarification on a few points, and Nebojsa added the following:
The Communists, arguing from the standpoint of victim/identity politics, claimed that Yugoslavia’s problem (in general) was the alleged “Serbian hegemony”, in effect absolving everyone else for their WW2 behavior (as it would be a “reaction” to the Evil Serbs). The same script was recycled in the early 1990s, with blaming everything on Milosevic. So the breakup of Titoslavia was blamed on the phantom “Greater Serbian hegemony” of the Kingdom, rather than the unchecked chauvinism of groups that were allied with Hitler in the 1940s, and with the Atlantic Empire today.
You know how to liberals everything is ultimately about “racism”? To Communists, everything was ultimately about how evil Serbs evilly oppressed everyone else. Even when that oppression was largely fantasy, and the horrific atrocities perpetrated against Serbs were very real. But no — the Ustasha state and its extermination policy that predated the “Final Solution”; the pogroms in Kosovo and Metohija; the butchery in Montenegro; the Hungarians throwing Serbs and Jews into icy rivers; the Waffen-SS — NONE of that was important, or rather got mentioned solely as the backdrop for the glorious goodness of Tito.
The point I was trying to make is that the Communists KEPT the Nazi partition of Yugoslavia, in principle if not exactly in lines on the map.