Nazism

New legal right for Nazi-looted art heirs

By Jessica Elgot, October 28, 2009

A new law has been approved to allow art looted by the Nazis and found in British museums to be returned to the heirs of the original owners.

Labour’s Andrew Dismore, MP for Hendon, sponsored the Holocaust (Stolen Art) Restitution Act, which has been approved by the House of Lords.

It will now be given royal assent before becoming law.

Before the law was passed, the spoliation panel would recommend pieces to be returned to their owners, but museums had no legal powers to carry out the recommendations.

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Army of Nazi gnomes invade Germany

By Jessica Elgot, October 15, 2009

The German town of Straubing is hosting 1,250 black garden gnomes, who are raising their right arms in a Hitler salute.

The 15-inch gnomes, who are part of an artwork called Dance with the Devil by Professor Ottmar Hoerl, are displayed in a military formation in the town centre.

The town in Lower Bavaria was chosen because of its Nazi connections. The square where the gnomes are displayed hosted Nazi parades. The town’s 42 Jews were all sent to concentration camps.

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'Nazi' policeman US deportation hearing begins

By Jessica Elgot, October 14, 2009

A retired engineer, who served in a Nazi police force, has appeared in court in the first step in an attempt to deport him from the US.

John Kalymon, 88, appeared at an immigration court in Detroit, Michigan. He denies personally shooting Jews, killing at least one, as a member of the Nazi-sponsored Ukrainian Auxiliary Police.

He also denies rounding up hundreds of Ukrainian Jews so they could be deported to gas chambers or labour camps, but admits that he was a member of the UAP.

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Nazi rallies and The Who - the art of destruction

By Julia Weiner, October 8, 2009

A plastic bag full of rubbish; piles and piles of newspaper; a vandalised car. No, not a street in a particularly blighted housing estate, but London’s Serpentine Gallery, which is currently hosting the work of influential Jewish artist, Gustav Metzger.

The exhibition marks the 50th anniversary of the date when Metzger decided to abandon painting to use everyday objects in his art as a critique of the terrible wastage of consumer society. Now aged 83, he continues to make new work that acts as a wake-up call to the public.

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Demjanjuk: date set for war crimes trial

By Jessica Elgot, October 8, 2009

The trial of alleged Nazi war criminal John Demjanjuk has been set for November 30 in Munich, where he will be charged with the murder of 27,900 Jews.

Demjanjuk, 89, is accused of having been a guard at the Sobibor extermination camp in Poland from March to September 1943.

He denies the charges, claiming he was captured by the Germans while fighting as a member of the Red Army in the Ukraine and was a German prisoner-of-war. He moved to America after the war.

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Tory calls for government to blacklist neo-Nazi group

By Leon Symons, October 8, 2009

Shadow Security Minister Baroness Neville-Jones has called on Home Secretary Alan Johnson to proscribe the extreme right-wing group Blood & Honour.

Last week the group was reported to the police for distributing racially offensive CDs which spread hatred against Jews, Asians and blacks. The Home Office confirmed that its status would be re-assessed.

Baroness Neville-Jones said: “This is a flagrant example of the kind of hate speech that should be dealt with. There is a danger that this is growing in extent and goes unchecked.

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Accused Nazi criminal loses extradition fight

By Jessica Elgot, October 8, 2009

An alleged Nazi criminal has lost his appeal against extradition to Hungary from Australia to face trial for the murder of a Jewish man when he served as a soldier.

Charles Zentai, 88, served as a soldier in the Nazi-allied Royal Hungarian Army during the war and is accused of beating teenager Peter Balzas to death in 1944.

Mr Balazs was allegedly beaten to death because he was not wearing the yellow star which marked him out as Jewish.

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CSC attacks Neo-nazi CDs

By Leon Symons, September 18, 2009

The Centre for Social Cohesion has said it will report the neo-Nazi group Blood & Honour to the police for distributing racially offensive music CDs.

CSC says the CDs would, encourage acts of hatred and terrorism against ethnic minorities that would infringe the Public Order Act 1986 and the Terrorism Act 2000.

A section of the lyrics of a song called “Murder Squad” by a group called Blue Eyed Devils says:

“Traitors are hung and others shot dead
Kill the Jew and cut off his head
Destroy the enemy and his lies
Send the filth to an early demise.”

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Human Rights Watch man suspended for Nazi collection

September 18, 2009

Human Rights Watch has suspended its senior military analyst after it was revealed that he is a collector of Nazi memorabilia.

The group initially stood by Mark Garlasco, saying he “has never held or expressed Nazi or antisemitic views”.

His work, according to Carroll Bogert, the New York-based organisation’s associate director, had been “extensively reviewed, lawyered, scrutinised, pulverised by our programme and legal staff, and we have not in six years ever had cause to question his professional judgment”.

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HRW suspends 'Nazi collector' analyst

By Miriam Shaviv, September 15, 2009

Human Rights watch has suspended its senior military analyst after it was revealed that he is a collector of Nazi memorabilia.

The organisation initially stood by Marc Garlasco, saying he “has never held or expressed Nazi or antisemitic views.”

His work, according to Carroll Bogert, the New York-based group’s associate director, had been “extensively reviewed, lawyered, scrutinized, pulverised by our programme and legal staff, and we have not in six years ever had cause to question his professional judgment.”

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