A number of Jewish leaders have come forward voicing concern over the recent spike in ebook sales of Hitler’s Mein Kampf.
The book, published in two volumes between 1925-1926, is Adolf Hitler’s pre-war autobiographical manifesto. The book covers the process by which Hitler developed increasingly anti-Semitic and militaristic views. A central theme of the book is “the Jewish peril” which argues for the existence of a Jewish conspiracy to gain world leadership. Hitler openly voices his hatred in the book for what he believed to be the world’s two great evils: communism and Judaism.
Publishing records show the book wasn’t much of a hit when it was first released. But the rise of the ebook has caused a small, but not irrelevant, spike in the book’s sales. A number of people suggest the increase in sales is due to the more covert nature of an ebook. Instead of being ashamed of the Mein Kampf book sitting on their coffee table, readers can store the book on their Kindle or iPad without worrying about others seeing there choice of reading. It’s impossible to know if this theory holds any water, but one thing is known here: Hitler’s book is being downloaded more now than in the past.
The book sat atop Amazon’s Propaganda & Political Psychology section as of yesterday. The book was also ranked 12th in the Politics and Current Events section of the Apple bookstore on Wednesday. Understandably, the Jewish community is troubled by the book’s recent spike in popularity.
Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles is concerned enough by the sales that he’s calling for publishers to only sell annotated versions of the book.
"We know that the facts of life are that you cannot censor any idea from the Internet, it's simply impossible," Cooper told Fox News yesterday. "But an annotated version is important for someone who doesn't know the context of the time and so that they're not reading pure genocidal hate."
The introduction of the book posted on Amazon tries to briefly frame the historical context surrounding on the book, but leaders in the Jewish community feel the short introduction alone is not sufficient. Here is an excerpt of the introduction from Amazon:
“Beyond the anger, hatred, bigotry and self-aggrandizing, 'Mein Kampf' is saddled with tortured prose, meandering narrative and tangled metaphors (one person was described as "a thorn in the eyes of venal officials")," the desceiption reads. "That said, it is an incredibly important book.”
In response to the book’s rising sales, the Anti-Defamation League has offered an introduction of their own to the book that they hope will help readers properly frame the material they’re about to read.
“We believe it is important for Mein Kampf to continue to be published as it does have value to historians and students of World War II and Holocaust history,” Holocaust survivor and Anti-Defamation League director Abraham Foxman said in a statement. “There is always the concern, however, that some people who are already infected with anti-Semitism will misuse the book in an attempt to glorify Hitler or reinforce their own warped views about Jews. We think the only constructive way for the book to be published is with an introduction that explains the historical context and the impact of the thinking behind Hitler’s words, which led right up to the murderous, racist Nazi regime.”
Walt Disney, the man, has had a squeaky clean reputation much like the entertainment empire that he founded.
While there have been reports of Disney being a union buster, racist and anti-Semitic, his name is still synonymous with wholesome entertainment and family values.
Actress Meryl Streep questioned his legacy at the National Board of Review dinner last night, noted Variety.
Streep was not there to accept an award, but rather to honor fellow actress Emma Thompson who played “Mary Poppins” creator P.L. Travers in the Disney film “Saving Mr. Banks.”
After praising Thompson, Streep slammed Disney for his reported sexist and anti-Semitic positions, which are not mentioned in “Saving Mr. Banks," noted Entertainment Weekly.
“Disney, who brought joy arguably to billions of people was, perhaps, or had some racist proclivities," stated Streep. "He formed and supported an anti-Semitic industry lobbying group and he was certainly, on the evidence of his company’s policies, a gender bigot.”
“Some of his associates reported that Walt Disney didn’t really like women,” added Streep, who quoted Disney animator Ward Kimball: “He didn’t trust women or cats.”
Streep then quoted a 1938 letter in which the Walt Disney company rejected a female animator and informed her that only men worked on their cartoons.
“When I saw the [Saving Mr. Banks], I could just imagine Walt Disney’s chagrin at having to cultivate P.L. Travers’ favor for the 20 years that it took to secure the rights to her work," said Streep. "It must have killed him to encounter in a woman an equally disdainful and superior creature, a person dismissive of his own considerable gifts and prodigious output and imagination.”
Reality TV star Tila Tequila emerged from obscurity after she recently posted a picture of herself on Facebook wearing a swastika and an SS hat, while standing in front of the entrance to an Auschwitz prison camp.
The caption for the picture reads: “Tilisis is the Goddess of Love and War! Learn your facts!”
In response to the criticism she faced for the picture, the star responded that she is not anti-Semitic, but that others are close-minded about the so-called true history of Hitler.
Interestingly, Tequila has posted a number of Nazi images and references since her announcement two years ago that she was converting to Judaism.
“I just feel like the Jewish people have such a beautiful way about them,” Tequila wrote, “and I can’t wait to officially be Jewish. Shabbat Shalom.”
In a new song Tequila posted Sunday, she refers to herself as “Hitila”. She includes lyrics like “Jewluminati motherf*ckers hate me” and “Worldwide genocide, blame it on the Jews.”
In April 2012, Tequila entered rehab when suffered a brain aneurysm after an accidental drug overdose.
Kanye West was accused of anti-Semitism Monday after he suggested that President Barack Obama doesn’t have the same connections or wealth as Jewish people.
During a radio interview with New York station Power 105, West commented on Obama and oil money.
"People want to say Obama can’t make these moves or he’s not executing,” West said. “Black people don’t have the same level of connections as Jewish people.”
He added that black people also don’t have the same connections as oil people, and that rapping was created to form a community for black people to keep up.
The Anti-Defamation League called West out on his comment, submitting a statement about him to the group’s website. They have also called for an apology from West.
“There it goes again, the age-old canard that Jews are all-powerful and control the levers of power in government,” the statement read. “As a celebrity with a wide following, Kanye West should know better.”
West has been creating controversy since the beginning of his Yeezus tour, which he is still performing. He has received criticism for comparing himself to Jesus on the album, and selling t-shirts with the confederate flag on them.
Police Looking Into Attacks On Jews In New York; Assaults Might Be Part Of ‘Knock Out The Jew’ Game (Video)
A series of attacks on Jewish people have taken place in Brooklyn, N.Y., and they might be part of a disturbing new game called “Knock out the Jew.”
CBS New York reports that police have yet to connect all the incidents, but released surveillance video that shows one group attacking a Jewish man. The video shows from a few different angles the victim, a man in a hooded jacket, getting punched.
“It’s clearly anti-Semitism,” said one man, who claimed his 12-year-old son was attacked in similar fashion. “One, full strength with his fist, whacked him, punched him, on the side of the face, full force.”
Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind said the victims are being attacked because they are Jews and the attacks aren’t muggings and aren’t about money.
Rabbi Yaacov Behrman said he believes the assaults are part of a disturbing game by some African-American teens.
“And they’re playing a game: ‘knockout.’ ‘Knock out the Jew,’ maybe. And they’re going around the neighborhood punching Jews,” Behrman told CBS New York.
Three freshly sprayed swastikas have also been found in Brooklyn recently, suggesting that the attacks may indeed be hate crimes, according to Mail Online. NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the attacks and graffiti.
A California college security guard in Orange County was placed on leave this week after a report by CBS 2 in Los Angeles revealed racist and anti-Semitic images he posted on the Internet.
Carlos Vazquez, 31, is a parking officer for the University of California, Irvine, and a public safety officer at Golden West College in Huntington Beach. UC Irvine has not taken disciplinary measures against Vaquez, but Golden West College has put him on leave.
Two of the images from Vazquez’s Instagram uncovered by CBS2 investigative reporter David Goldstein showed pictures of his children Photoshopped with Adolf Hitler.
“Proud father moment when my daughter met the great fuhrer,” read one caption.
“I love how attentive my kids are when it comes to real WW2 history,” said another.
The caption for another picture of a black family read: “Mammy, when is daddy coming home from prison? I miss seeing him beat you and I miss how he made us hungry.”
“Waking up in juvenile jail,” he captioned the image of a statue of a young African American boy. “It’s in their blood.”
Another picture showed a Swastika taped on a baby’s diaper.
There was a picture of a hamburger with a Swastika drawn on it using mustard that said: “I will have the Nazi burger easy on the Jew sauce.”
Melissa Carr of the Orange County Anti-Defamation League told CBS 2 that her biggest concern is the photoshopped pictures of his children.
“To me, the pictures of his children, presumably, being exposed to this hate is troubling. That brings up the issue of hate being learned,” Carr said. “Hate comes from home.”
The following video from CBS 2 was uploaded to YouTube by USNationalistNews, which believes “[r]acism was an ideal invented by the Left, during the 20's and 30's for the sole-purpose of combating Nationalism.”
While Cathy Lawhon, a spokeswoman for UCI, said she was against the “abhorrent and hateful” images, they were posted on a personal account. Thus Vazquez did not violate school policy.
“As ill as it may make us to look at some of these things, we do have freedom of speech in this country,” Lawhon said.
The public safety director at Golden West College, Don Arnold, immediately took action against Vazquez, when the images were brought to his attention.
Arnold said “prejuce and racial bais” are “not acceptable at all” on their campus.
Vazquez offered no comment to Goldstein when confronted. Shortly after speaking to Vazquez, his Instagram was reportedly changed to private, and several minutes later the user was deleted.
The following video from CBS 2 was uploaded to YouTube by USNationalistNews, which believes “[r]acism was an ideal invented by the Left, during the 20's and 30's for the sole-purpose of combating Nationalism.” Viewer discretion is advised.
Deliveryman Adam Wiercinski Wins $900K Jury Award For Suffering Anti-Semitism At Midtown NY Eatery Mangia 57
A deliveryman for an upscale midtown Manhattan eatery endured 16 years of anti-Semitic abuse because he was afraid he was unqualified and too old to find another job. But now his perseverance looks like it will pay off. Adam Wiercinski won a $900,000 verdict in his lawsuit against the restaurant.
In a city where more than 1.5 million residents are Jewish, the largest Jewish population in the world outside of Israel, Wiercinski (pictured) says he was frequently called a “dirty Jew” and subjected to repeated “jokes” about the Holocaust by supervisors at the restaurant Mangia 57, on 57th Street just off of 5th Avenue, one of New York’s toniest shopping and tourist districts.
“They would call him a ‘dirty Jew,’ and when he would say, ‘But I took a bath,’ they would laugh and say, ‘No, you still smell like Jew,’ ” his lawyer, Matthew Blit, told the New York Post.
Blit said that his own father lost four siblings in the Holocaust.
The abuse directed at the restaurant’s Jewish deliveryman came from three supervisors who would withhold his tips, throw pennies at him, call him a “Jewish pederast,” and worse.
Wiercisnski singled out night-shift manager Artur Zbozien as especially crude and offensive.
“How can I explain to you — he passed wind, loudly,” Wiercinski said. “Everybody laughed, and then he said, ‘See, this is your Zyklon B, you stupid Jew.’”
Zyklon B was the name of the cyanide gas used to kill the Jewish prisoners of Nazi concentration camps in mass gas chambers.
“I had to explain to the members of the jury, what is Zyklon B,” said Blit. “Because they were very young. They do not know. When I explain how it was used in the gas chambers, they were very serious. Everybody was silent.”
Though three of Wiercinski’s co-workers corroborated his accounts in courtroom testimony, Mangia 57 has denied that any such abuse occurred and according to the Post, plans to ask a judge to throw out the jury award or at least cut it down.
Sources: New York Post, Jewish Telegraph, Wikipedia
During a rally on Tuesday, John Whitbeck, the chairman of Virginia’s 10th Congressional District Republican Committee, told a joke about the “head of the Jewish faith” presenting the pope with a “bill for the Last Supper.”
According to Whitbeck, no one should be offended by the joke because he heard it at church. He said, “[I] did not tell an anti-Semitic joke. I told a joke I heard from a priest at a church service.”
He added: “Any alleged outrage over this joke has been wholly manufactured by American Bridge, an organization founded by Democrat activist David Brock and funded by Georg[e] Soros. American Bridge, which has the sole purpose of electing Democrats by attacking Republicans, has repeatedly demonstrated its commitment to defeating Ken Cuccinelli by any means they deem necessary.”
Whitbeck told the joke at a rally for aforementioned Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli. The candidate’s spokesperson quickly said that Cuccinelli didn’t even “know who the guy is,” The Atlantic Wire reported.
Cuccinelli also called the joke inappropriate. “I wasn’t there, but I heard about it that night,” he said. “And obviously I think it was inappropriate and certainly unfortunate — something if I had heard it at the time, I would have spoken to right there. It’s certainly not an appropriate thing to carry into public discussion we’re having.”
Despite Whitbeck’s claim that his humor was on the level, a writer for the Jewish Telegraphic Agency explained why the joke anti-Semitic.
“It’s about Jews presenting the pope with the bill for the Last Supper,” the writer said, “so it packs two of the most toxic anti-Jewish stereotypes into a single punchline: God-killers! Cheapskates!”
Ron Halber, the Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington, added: “Tenth District Republican Chairman John Whitbeck’s anti-Semitic joke at the opening of an event for Gubernatorial Candidate Ken Cuccinelli has no place in civil political discourse and it was inappropriate and offensive.”
A video of the joke is below:
Residents of Danville, Virg., were upset to find fliers on their lawns last week telling them if they’re fed up with “racial mixing” and “black welfare” to support the local Ku Klux Klan’s “white revolution.”
Danville police say the local branch of the KKK, the Loyal White Knights, distributed the rolled up hate literature overnight under the cover of darkness.
“Had enough race mixing? Had enough minority tyranny?” the fliers ask.
Some of the fliers found Thursday morning also contained anti-gay and anti-lesbian rhetoric.
A flier on the group’s website says, “Stop Aids — Support Gay Bashing.”
The group also subscribes to an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory that Jews secretly control the U.S. government, referred to as the Zionist Occupation Government or ZOG. “Everything we cherish is under assault by ZOG,” the group claims.
A total of about 500 fliers were distributed, in violation of the Danville Code of Ordinances.
“If we can determine who threw the note, we will make a charge, absolutely,” Danville Police Chief Philip Broadfoot told the Register & Bee.
“I resent it,” an 86-year-old woman who found a flier told The Register & Bee. “It just aggravated me. I picked it up and put it in the trash where it belonged.”
“There’s always going to be radicals,” she added, “I would tell my neighbors to just throw this thing in the trash, too.”
In the last 10 years, Chief Broadfood said the KKK has distributed hate literature two or three other times in the area.
MSNBC host Alex Wagner and former Republican congressman Ron Paul engaged in a heated debate Thursday regarding Paul’s scheduled appearance at a summit organized by an admittedly anti-Semitic catholic group.
Rep. Paul is scheduled to share his thoughts on foreign policy at the Fatima Center’s “The Path to Peace” conference in Canada. The Fatima Center is a catholic organization that’s been described as a “hard-core anti-Semite group,” and references on some of their websites "the duty incumbent upon Catholics of combating valiantly for the integral rights of Christ the King and opposing Jewish Naturalism" and to "Satan's plans against the Church," among which is "the granting of full citizenship to the Jews."
When Wagner called Rep. Paul out on the accusations, and asked him if he would reconsider speaking at the conference, he said, "No…I'm going to a conservative, Catholic group that is pro-peace, and wants to hear my foreign policy and my take on economy," he said. "I wouldn't be on this station if I had to have a litmus test.”
Then, Wagner and Rep. Paul briefly quibbled over the partisan divide before Wagner explained her line of questioning and provided evidence of the Center’s anti-Semitic views. Rep. Paul then postulated he was brought onto the show to bash Catholics, to which Wagner responded she was raised Catholic.
A spokesperson for the Fatima Center told Raw Story that the conference has nothing to do with anti-Semitism, asserting, “All speakers share one thing in common: a keen understanding that the nations of the world suffer profound disorder, that evil and shocking immorality are on the rise, that war and violence steadily increase, that the stability of our entire social order is at stake, and that a solution to the present chaos is of utmost necessity,” in a statement.