World War II

Will Putin follow Stalin's Katyn strategy on the airline shoot-down?

Published by carolyn on Mon, 2014-07-21 00:18

REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

In dealing with the tragedy of the downed Malaysian airliner MH17, the leader of the Russian Federation, President Vladimir Putin is behaving more and more like a throwback to Josef Stalin and his cover-up of the Katyn massacre. It was Stalin who approved the murder of thousands of Polish nationals in 1940, including military officers, dumping their bodies in mass graves hidden from view in the Katyn Forest near Smolensk, Russia.

If the Wehrmacht had not invaded Russia in Operation Barbarossa in June 1941, the evidence of this massacre would never have been found. Here is a recount of how the crime was discovered, taken from Wikipedia:

The government of National-Socialist Germany announced the discovery of mass graves in the Katyn Forest in 1943. When the London-based  Polish government-in-exile asked for an investigation by the International Red Cross, Stalin immediately severed diplomatic relations with it. The Soviet Union claimed the victims had been murdered by the Nazis, and continued to deny responsibility for the massacres until 1990, when it officially acknowledged and condemned the perpetration of the killings by the NKVD, as well as the subsequent cover-up by the Soviet government.

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"Hitler's Table Talk" Study Hour: Episode 19

Published by carolyn on Thu, 2014-07-17 22:27
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July 17, 2014

Ray Goodwin and Carolyn Yeager read and comment on the dinner table monologues by the German Leader from Jan. 8-13, 1942, as taken down by trusted legal aide Heinrich Heim. Included in this episode:

  • Hitler reminisces about schoolboy pranks and other youthful experiences;

  • More reminiscences about the dangers of airplane travel, plus campaigning by air vs motor-car in 1931-32, and building autobahns in the East;

  • Japan's sudden wealth, plus Britain's wealth is in India;

  • Discussion of following orders and supply problems on Eastern Front, plus better preparations for foreign conditions in the future;
  • Churchill's policies favor no one but Jews, and how the British rule India.

Click image to enlarge: The schoolboy Adolf Hitler - never a dull moment.

The edition of Hitler's Table Talk being used was translated by Norman Cameron and R.H. Stevens, published by Enigma Books, New York, and can be found as a pdf here.

The Heretcs' Hour: Traitors and Misfits - The Cambridge Five

Published by carolyn on Tue, 2014-07-15 00:34
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July 14, 2014

The Cambridge Five left to right: Anthony Blunt, Donald Maclean, Guy Burgess, Harold "Kim" Philby, John Cairncross

Five privileged young men of the British establishment are successfully recruited in the early 1930's while at Trinity College, Cambridge to seek careers in the Foreign Office and Military Intelligence for the purpose of passing sensitive information to Stalin's Soviet Union. Some highlights:

  • In the "misfit" category: two were homosexual, two (maybe three) were alcoholic, only two lived as married men;
  • They all remained productive on through the "Cold War" with Philby lasting the longest, until 1963;
  • Anthony Blunt, who was not as active, was outed in 1963 and confessed the following year, himself outing several others, for which he avoided prosecution;
  • British military intelligence did not want to advertise their weaknesses to the public, which benefitted Blunt and Cairncross;
  • Cairncross was able to pass decrypted commnication of the German High Command about the crucial battle of Kursk;
  • Philby was the most valuable of the five to the Soviet Union, but in the end he was not named a Hero of the SU, as Sorge was, only his image placed on a postage stamp. He died disappointed in the proletariat paradise.

"Hitler's Table Talk" Study Hour: Episode 18

Published by carolyn on Thu, 2014-07-10 22:21
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July 10, 2014

Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill face to face for the first time in 1941. Hitler despised them both.

Carolyn Yeager and Ray Goodwin read and comment on the Jan. 5th-7th, 1942 dinner table monologues by the German Leader, as taken down in shorthand by trusted aide, attorney Heinrich Heim. Some highlights of this episode:

  • Japan and the Jews, the stupid Americans, the Spanish soldier;
  • Stalin identifies with the Tsars and Pan-Slavism more than Boshevism - Slavs and Asians can copy but not invent;
  • Corruption in Freemasonry, fictitious wealth of gold, guilt of Jews;
  • Changes at Rome, Hitler removes Brauchitsch as Army chief;
  • Churchill's faults, the decline of England, the decay of America.

The edition of Hitler's Table Talk being used was translated by Norman Cameron and R.H. Stevens, published by Enigma Books, New York, and can be found as a pdf here.

Putin meets with world rabbis to denounce Hitler and anti-Semitism for the umpteenth time

Published by carolyn on Thu, 2014-07-10 14:42

Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) meets with a delegation of Rabbis from several countries at the Kremlin in Moscow, July 9, 2014. REUTERS (click to enlarge)

While he reportedly admitted during this meeting that Dr. Josef Goebbels was a "talented man" and maybe even that Goebbels had 'achieved some of his goals' (this has not been reported everywhere), these words were later removed from the published statement on the ITAR-TASS website.

ITAR-TASS also represented Putin as meeting with "representatives of international public and religious organizations" rather than with the black-hatted Orthodox rabbis we see in the photos taken. Pro-Putin websites have substituted a older picture of Putin alone with Russian flags behind him when running this story.

Kremlin.ru reported Putin discussed the fight of Jewish people during WWII and the struggle that still exists today regarding anti-Semitism. He recalled his visit to Yad Vashem in Israel – a "Holocaust" museum – and also mentioned the Museum of Tolerance in Moscow (which he was instrumental in having had built, even personally donating a month's salary to the cause).

Battle of the Architects, Part 2

Published by carolyn on Wed, 2014-07-09 02:25

Hermann Giesler on left; Albert Speer on right,

The Contradictious Speer

 From Hermann Giesler’s memoir Ein Anderer Hitler
Der zwiespältige Speer, pages 332-339
1977 edition, Druffel-Verlag

Translated  by Wilhelm Kriessmann and Carolyn Yeager
copyright Carolyn Yeager 2014

This section from Giesler's memoir Ein Anderer Hitler deals with his correction of Albert Speer’s insulting statements about the Fuehrer at occasions when Giesler was present or knew differently because of his own experience with Hitler.

To add some perspective to Giesler’s account, we remind you that Speer’s biographer Gitta Sereny titled her book, Albert Speer: His Battle With Truth.

In addition, Nicolaus von Below, Hitler’s Luftwaffe adjutant from 1937-45, wrote in his memoir At Hitler’s Side about an incident of seeing a striking red color appear in the sky while in the company of Hitler on the terrace at Obersaltzberg in Aug. 1939. He told Hitler it augured a “bloody war.” He said he “recounted this conversation to Speer in 1967 but later he (Speer) attributed my remark erroneously to Hitler in his book Erinnerungen.”1

The Heretics' Hour: Traitors and Misfits - Richard Sorge

Published by carolyn on Tue, 2014-07-08 00:44
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July 7, 2014

Called the best spy of all time for his "impeccable" work, Richard Sorge was a German national born in Russia of a German father, Russian mother who became a very successful intelligence agent for the Soviet Union against Weimar Germany following WWI. When Hitler rose to power, Sorge joined the National-Socialist party and made a convincing 'Nazi.' Other highlights:

  • Ernst Zundel writes to Ingrid that treason within caused Germany to lose the war in 1945;
  • Sorge's great uncle was a friend and associate of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, and a leading Socialist labor organizer in the U.S.;
  • Sorge became an avowed Marxist because of disillusion about the war and bourgeois political complacency;
  • As an secret agent of the Red Army's Fourth Department, he worked in Britain, Germany and Shanghai as an agricultural journalist/expert before being assigned to Japan in 1933;
  • Though he developed a useful network of informants, his greatest success came from gaining the trust and friendship of the German Ambassdor to Japan, and others in the embassy in Tokyo;
  • Sorge passed on the actual date of the Barbarossa invasion but was not believed, however his further information was and saved Moscow for Stalin;
  • Sorge was arrested in 1941 because he failed to heed warnings in time, perhaps due to depression and drinking;
  • Sorge was hanged by the Japanese in Nov. 1944 because the Soviet Union refused to recognize him as "one of theirs" when Japan 3 times tried to arrange a prisoner exchange.

Image: Cover of the brilliantly executed 'graphic novel' (like a comic book) about Richard Sorge by award-winning German cartoonist Isabel Kreitz.

"Hitler's Table Talk" Study Hour: Episode 17

Published by carolyn on Thu, 2014-07-03 22:19
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July 3, 2014

Hitler calls Heinrich Himmler "our Ignatius de Loyola" who "with intelligence and obstinacy forged the instrument of the SS" to become "that extraordinary body of men."

Ray Goodwin and Carolyn Yeager read and comment on the dinner table monologues by the German Leader from Jan. 1st to 5th, 1942, as taken down by trusted aide Heinrich Heim.  Included in this episode:

  • The importance of that which transcends understanding and the inspiration received at Obersalzberg

  • The sacrifice demanded of the SS and other elite forces and the extraordinary qualities of Heinrich Himmler;

  • The personality of Sepp Dietrich and the leadership of Goering and Viktor Lutze;

  • The importance of optimism and comparison of the American, English and Russian soldier;

  • The meaning and importance of the title "Fuehrer";

  • The three great mistakes of the Italian High Command and the future of tank warfare.

The edition of Hitler's Table Talk being used was translated by Norman Cameron and R.H. Stevens, published by Enigma Books, New York, and can be found as a pdf here.

The Heretics' Hour: Traitors and Misfits - Albert Speer, ambitious disloyalist

Published by carolyn on Mon, 2014-06-23 19:40
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June 23, 2014

Carolyn goes for a three-hour show because Speer is such an interesting character! Some highlights:

  • How Architect Speer found work with the NS Party, came to the attention of Hitler and designed the Zeppelin Field Stadium;
  • After the death of Fritz Todt; Speer becomes Reich Minister of Armaments in 1942;
  • Speer's Final Statement at the Nuremberg Tribunal reveals his strategy of total cooperation with his captors
  • Former assistant and friend Rudolf Wolters disapproves of Speer's increasing harshness toward Hitler and insistence on piling guilt upon himself, and breaks the relationship;
  • Speer goes out of his way [scroll to June 15, 1977] to support the Jewish fable of extermination of Jews in concentration camps;
  • Hermann Giesler points out lies and/or total contadictions told by Speer about Adolf Hitler in times when he (Giesler) was present;
  • Speer seemed totally bent on regaining the respect of the world by professing total disrespect for everything about the Third Reich he had served.

Image: Albert Speer enjoys the confidence of Adolf Hitler during a walk at Wolf's Lair military headquarters in East Prussia. Enlarge

The Heretics' Hour: Traitors and Misfits - July 20th Conspirators

Published by carolyn on Mon, 2014-06-09 18:04
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June 9, 2014

Carolyn looks at the members of the anti-Hitler faction in Germany, dominated by high-level military officers, and asks how they got away with their assassination plots for so long. She also asks: Can a consensus of opinion ever be reached, even among similar people? Some ideas covered:

  • What makes a traitor?
  • Of 30 top leaders, 20 held high military rank (Colonel or above) and 10 were diplomats and Chiefs of Police;
  • It's all in how you view it -to them, they were the loyalists and Hitler was the traitor;
  • While they didn't want the Jews around, they also didn't want to harm them;
  • They believed Germany's enemies were only against Hitler, and wanted the same things they, as Germans, did;
  • Their efforts to remain undetected may have hampered their success in achieving their goal.

Image: At Rastenburg on 15 July 1944. Stauffenberg at left, Hitler center, Keitel on right. The person shaking hands with Hitler is General Karl Bodenschatz, who was seriously wounded five days later, by Stauffenberg's bomb. Enlarge

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