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btw: There is a project right now to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust by something called "Stolpersteine" (German website of the artist) = "Stumbling Stones".

I think it's a very good project to deeply reach people in a simple, direct way beyond the usual education attempts. It's also stumbling stones for the mind in a way, whenever I see these stones here in Berlin (quite often). Here is an excerpt from an article in the Boston Globe about it (Link also contains pictures which self-explain the project):

Stumbling over the Holocaust

By Jefferson Chase, 4/11/2004

ON A BRIGHT, COLD afternoon in Berlin last month, some 100 people stood watching as sculptor Gunter Demnig dug up a bit of sidewalk in front of the elementary school at Admiralstrasse No. 14. Beside him was a 4-by-4-inch brass-plated cobblestone. Its inscription -- "Here lived Willi Hopp, born 1899, died Nov. 17, 1944 in Auschwitz" -- referred to an apartment house that once stood there.

The onlookers applauded as Demnig embedded the stone, its surface slightly raised from the pavement. Someone could come along and trip over it. And that's precisely the idea.

(Click on link for full article)

I had a good start of my day this morning, with this story. Thanks to Eric and David. That's why I am here: I am against terror in Israel. I feel my German responsibility for Israel. I learned at school what happened under Hitler. I learned to respect Israel as an answer to the holocaust. I learned what hatred can do to people, to the world. I learned to get up against hatred because the holocaust should never happen again and because hatred is always the first step. And weakness can be the second step when the hateful people are strong enough to frighten the weak people. I am for the peaceful people in the world, in Israel and in Palestine. I am not a pacifist. The peaceful people have the right and the duty to protect their peaceful community against terror.

And I see so much hate here in Germany against the USA and Israel and worry about it. And that's why I am here: To help a little, just a little to reduce the hate here in Germany.

FLUGBLATT (Deutsch): EU-Politik im Nahen Osten und die indirekte Finanzierung antisemitischer Terror-Attacken

FLUGBLATT (Englisch): EU-policy in the Middle East and the indirect funding of anti-Semitic Terror-attacs



Lesenswerte Informationen:

Notfalls gegen die Mehrheitsströmung - Zur Podiumsdiskussion über das Thema „Antisemitismus, deutsche Medien und der Nahostkonflikt“ am 26.6.2003 im Paul-Löbe-Haus, Berlin

If necessary against the majority - About the panel discussion regarding: "Anti-Semitism, the German Media and the Middle East Conflict" at the June 26th, 2003, conference in the Paul-Löbe-House, Berlin



Aufruf des Bündnis gegen Antisemitismus [BgA] Berlin: Kein Dialog mit dem antisemitischen Terror - Nein zum „Deutschen Weg“!

Call by the Alliance against Anti-Semitism [BgA] Berlin: - No dialogue with anti-Semitic terrorists - Stop the „German Way"!



This is incredible!
Leading Egyptian Journalist: The Jews are Behind Every Disaster or Terrorist Act

In an article in the Egyptian government daily Al-Gumhouriyya titled 'The Secret Israeli Weapon,' deputy editor Abd Al-Wahhab 'Adas accused the Jews of perpetrating all terrorism throughout the world, including the Madrid bombings. The following are excerpts from the article:(1)
'The Zionist Jews are Behind All the Violent and Terror Operations that have Occurred Everywhere In the World'

"If you want to know the real perpetrator of every disaster or every act of terrorism, look for the Zionist Jews. They are behind all the violent and terror operations that have occurred everywhere in the world. [They do this] first of all in order to slap [the label of the attacks] on the Arabs and Muslims, and second to harm them, distort their image, and represent them to the world as terrorists who endanger innocents. What is even more dangerous is that after every terror operation they perpetrate, they leave a sign, clue, or traces meant to show that the perpetrators are Arab Muslims.

"Their most recent operation was the bombings in Spain...
Read all here

Blind macht der Hass auf Bush und Scharon, der die politische Klasse Europas zwischen Malmö und Madrid über alle ideologischen Grenzen hinweg vereint.



Im Alleingang machen Bush und Scharon Tempo in Nahost

Von Josef Joffe


Ein Video über Ariel Sharon vom NDR Fernsehen:


Ich bin entsetzt! Soll das lustig sein?

David, the above story of yours reminds me on another one. I've heard only once about it, about 3 months ago, how's that? And I caught it about in the middle and can't recall any names, unfortunately. Anyway, it was about two Berlin police men around 1938. They sat in the Berlin Police headquarters, and everytime the GESTAPO called in for a razzia, those two guys would call that Jew who they knew personally (he was a doctor iirc). He then got into the suburbs and drove around under Berlin all day or all night. Station after station, and the whole thing back again, so that he would not get caught. As you might foresee, this however did not have a happy end. Not only did collegues of the two Police men get an idea about what was going on after a while (they were specifically looking for that Jew after some time), but also the Jew was caught and deported. The two Police men got dragged into the streets of Berlin, and were shot. They kept laying there wounded, asking passing people for water and help, but none of the passants would provide any of the kind. Horrifying.

Great stories; with the happy ending, with the poor, sad police and the intimidation fear.

There should be some mention of the mild racism of the Jews--their daughters were NOT to marry goys. By not assimilating, Jews kept their ethnic/ religious identity, but created some hate.

American racism is rapidly dwindling far more due to inter-racial marriage than to laws; maybe despite the laws.

Mild racism does not justify death camps, nor even US style internment camps (of Japanese Americans), but is an important puzzle piece in understanding. If Jews, themselves, claim some difference, the hate mongers will certainly (mis)use any difference claims.

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