Saturday, 30 April
1 May reflections from Walter Mueller
I have hoisted the German flag to honor tomorrow's
"Tag der Arbeit", a national holiday in Germany and
Austria. It's sort of Labor Day, but so much more.
With parades and music, people march to honor the
worker. Bratwurst stands are placed en route and I
remember, as a child, I couldn't wait to get a
Bratwurst with a Kaiser Semmel.
Of course, today, the unions have taken over again,
and no one wants to talk about the fact that on May
1st 1933, Adolf Hitler, Reichs Chancellor of Germany,
declared May 1st the National Day of Work and made it
a legal national holiday. He made this announcement at
the Tempelhofer Field in Berlin to a crowd of 1.5
On May 2nd, the same year, the Fuehrer liquidated all
public unions. The chancellor knew that unions were
the "joch" on workers necks, invented by communists
and Jews. An incredible foresight of Adolf Hitler. It
would be good to have today.
In the U.S., labor unions wield an incredible amount
of power. No one gets elected without the endorsement
of the major labor unions of the country.
Ever since I can remember in my activism activities, I
have fought the corrupt and criminal labor unions.
Unions are the termites of economy. They stop healthy
competition and ruin small businesses. Of course, the
worst ones are the city, state and federal employees
labor unions. The incredible abuse of tax dollars due
to unreasonable contract negotiations makes one sick.
Government workers are a necessary evil, however, when
organized by labor unions, they become demonic.
Pension plans, healthcare plans, childcare plans, and
a dozen other perks that you don't get when you work
in the private sector. Of course, this is all paid for
by the taxpayer.
California, in recent years, has fought the
corruptness and criminal behavior of labor unions. In
fact, a couple of years ago, a measure was placed on
the ballot to stop the forced deduction of campaign
contributions from union members. It didn't pass, and
the unions are now more than ever ripping off their
Unions are a threat to national security and the well
being of communities. They don't care about laws, or
the Constitution. America's largest union endorsed
illegal immigration, claiming that would give them
millions of new members. Unions are also violent
domestic terrorists. Just like the JDL, they do not
shy away using violence to get their way.
Leaders of unions are right out criminals. Department
stores, grocery stores and factories are experiencing
tremendous costs due to the labor unions. And, of
course, this is reflected in the sales price.
Government employees who are already on the taxpayers
payroll, have put now put their entire families onto
it too, due to the labor unions.
Adolf Hitler knew the danger of labor unions and put
an end to it in his first year of power, which
resulted in the highest renaissance for workers ever.
So, May 1st should remind the German people just what
a great leader Adolf Hitler was.
And now a view that re-educated Germans love to embrace
Monster who had to die
Bruce Wilson, London
30 April 2005
SIXTY years ago today, Adolf Hitler met a grisly end in a Berlin bunker.
Despite the time that has passed, Hitler and his tragic legacy have not been forgotten - they even cast a shadow over last week's election of Pope Benedict XVI, who was forced to be a member of the Hitler Youth.
Hitler remains an industry. The box office success being enjoyed by the brilliant and scary new German biopic of him, Downfall, is just part of it.
Bookshops dedicate shelves to Hitler and Nazism. On one of British TV's six history channels at almost any time, day or night, there will be something to do with the Third Reich.
The 1000-year Reich (it means Empire) lasted just 12 years, during which 50 million people died as a direct or indirect result of it.
Germany was ruined, as was much of Europe. Soviet communism was created as a world force. The British Empire was mortally wounded. The US became the world's leading power. And the word holocaust took on a new, terrible, meaning.
All this can be laid at the feet of Adolf Hitler, born near Linz, Austria, in 1889, the son of a minor customs official, who drifted into semi-bohemian Vienna in his teens.
He bummed around, really, for nine years, painting watercolours that were not good enough to get him into the Vienna Academy, but which are now enormously valuable. In 1914, he went to war.
Joining a Bavarian regiment, he had what might be called a decent war, mainly as a frontline dispatch-rider. He made corporal, won a lower grade of the Iron Cross and was temporarily blinded by a gas attack.
The surrender of Germany and the abdication of the Kaiser left him and millions of Germans embittered.
Drifting back to Munich, in 1919 he joined a small political party that in 1920 he started to run, renaming it the National Socialist German Workers Party. It would become the Nazi Party. Its power grew among the disaffected in a nation virtually destroyed by the war and inflation in which, famously, a bread basket of banknotes bought a small loaf.
I N 1923, Hitler wrote: "We are the least-loved people on Earth. A world of foes is raged against us, and the German must still today make up his mind whether he intends to be a free soldier or a slave."
It was rhetoric that would become all too familiar and it found a ready audience. Overestimating his power, Hitler tried a coup that year with a march on Berlin.
It was a farcical failure. He was arrested and spent nine months in jail.
In jail, he dictated Mein Kampf (My Struggle), a rambling political testament still in print in which his anti-Jewish policies took shape. Once freed, this rabble-rouser began to find a niche in respectable German politics. He expanded his party and had significant wins in Bavarian elections and then nationally in 1930 and 1932.
Though he failed to win the 1932 presidential election, losing to 85-year-old Field-Marshall Paul von Hindenburg, Hitler had momentum behind him. In 1933 von Hindenburg, old and frail (he died the next year) made Hitler chancellor, or prime minister, and Germany was doomed.
Yet the Germans themselves made this situation. Hitler did not seize power, he won it, and he was popular even after he almost immediately suspended the constitution and gradually silenced all opposition.
In 1934, he showed what he was made of by purging his own party in the Night of the Long Knives, ordering the deaths of many of his oldest associates. He was still just 45.
All that followed is well known. The persecution of Jews began almost immediately, as did the rearming of Germany and the disregard for international opinion or pressure and the useless League of Nations.
He had formed the Berlin-Rome Axis with Benito Mussolini, fascist dictator of Italy, and from 1936 had Spain's Generalissimo Francisco Franco as a silent ally.
He helped Franco win the Spanish Civil War, which he saw as a test for his new air force, the Luftwaffe.
His conquests started with the bloodless invasion of Austria, a willing victim, the annexation of Czechoslovakia and, finally, the invasion of Poland that led to World War II.
It took six years and two mighty armies -- the western Allies and the Red Army of Russia -- to destroy this monument to ambition and evil. What remains puzzling is the way not just the German mobs but the German people took to Hitler.
In Mein Kampf, he wrote that the public is mainly stupid and not capable of recognising the real instigator of the quarrel. He meant the Jews, but calling the electorate stupid is not usually an election-winning ploy, and Hitler won elections.
W ILLIAM Shirer, the American journalist who witnessed Hitler's rule, and who wrote the definitive The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, described the German people as a race of carnivorous sheep, but he wrote that when the world was still recovering from World War II.
Hitler himself never understood why Britain, especially, took him on, believing that eventually he would be seen as the saviour of the West from Russian bolshevism.
And don't think that there were not those, some very powerful, who agreed with him. There were strong and wealthy pro-Hitler movements in the US, Britain and France and the man who nearly became King Edward VIII undoubtedly supported Hitler.
Under him, the German people enjoyed prosperity and, for a time, all the spoils of empire. They also enjoyed revenge for World War I.
It was his passion to destroy Russia that did for him in what were the most terrible, ruthless battles times in the history of warfare.
The movie Downfall was criticised in Germany for making Hitler seem a member of the human race, moved by the heroism of the children recruited into his dying army, kind to his secretaries and the tragic Eva Braun, who married him and committed suicide with him on the same day.
Yet it makes clear through Bruno Ganz's amazing performance as the raging, doomed Fuehrer, that here was a genuine monster, not mad at all, driven by beliefs of world dominance through acts he saw as right and just.
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