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September 15, 2013 3:22 pm
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German Publisher Shuts Down Nazi Glorifying Magazine, SWC Questions Motive

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Image from the cover of an issue of Der Landser magazine. Photo: landser.de.

A German publisher said Friday it would cease publication of a pulp magazine notorious for its heroic portrayals of Germans in World War II, The New York Times reported.

Simon Wiesenthal Center dean and founder Rabbi Marvin Hier, whose organization was instrumental in pressuring the Bauer Media Group to make the decision, welcomed the news but expressed skepticism over the publisher’s motives.

“The only reason that Bauer group made this decision is because if they didn’t the authorities would have,” he told The Algemeiner.

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According to The Times, the magazine, Der Landser, “had survived numerous challenges since being founded in the 1950s by a veteran of the Luftwaffe, the German air force before and during World War II.”

“The Simon Wiesenthal Center presented overwhelming detailed proof that this publication glorified not only ‘ordinary’ German soldiers but also members of the SS, totenkopf and concentration camp guards,” Hier said, adding,  “It is a scandal that it took the research from the Simon Wiesenthal Center to make the case and finally force the issue.”

The Bauer Media Group, based in Hamburg, had contended that Der Landser was simply offering tales of ordinary soldiers who fought during World War II.

It said in a statement that the magazine did not violate German law, but that the company decided to close the publication anyway because of  its “portfolio strategy.”

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  • john

    National Socialist Germany did not seek world dominance in WWII either. That is merely a lie among the large pack of lies perpetrated on Germany during this period and ever since. Hitler and the NSDAP wanted freedom for Germans and the National Socialist movement was for the German nation and the German Volke. She was baited and pressured into war by a powerful cabal that set out prior to 1939 to destroy Germany, her people, and her culture. The reason it is illegal to question the past in Germany today is to stifle debate on what truly took place. Those who have fabricated historical lies about National Socialism and Germany, and have passed it off as truth actually fear the TRUTH. Thus it is illegal to question what has been told, taught, and indoctrinated upon the masses and passed off as the truth. Many people however are awakening to the lies told on Germany to.
    destroy her. Again. The group that perpetuates this “unquestionable” “history”fear debate because the TRUTH will illuminate this group. The truth shall indeed set us all free!

  • The pressure from The Simon Wiesenthal Center places on spotlight on hate the glorification of mass murder. That light contributes to reason and debate — and, ultimately, one can hope it leads to widespread education, civility and tolerance.

    But I cringe when any goal–even an honorable one–is attained by exploiting the German law which prohibits a free press. Germany has enacted repentance by telling its citizens what NOT to do and how they must behave. By forbidding citizens to trade historical symbols of hate on Ebay or gaze on the twisted cross in a school room, they contribute to ignorance and limit discussions which might guide a postwar generation to better appreciate the sins of their ancestors.

    A sister law to the press prohibitions forbids Holocaust denial any platform, public or private. Is this supposed to limit hate or ignorance. It does not! It does even reign in denial; it simply drives it underground where it can continue to fester. Why doesn’t the German government recognize this? Hate and intolerance require a bright light: Exposure, explanation, evidence and rebuttal.

    In retrospect, I am not too surprised that the German government fails to understand the mechanisms of hate, but I expect more from The Simon Wiesenthal Center. They should not, themselves use a restricted press and an intolerant government as tools of education & outreach.

    Ellery Davies is editor of
    AWildDuck (d0t) com

  • Bruce Sherman

    While it is undoubtedly a good thing that this shameful publication has been terminated, the reality is that today’s enemies of the Jews are not the Germans but, instead, the Islamic world with Iran, in particular, presenting the most immediate existential threat.

    Clear-minded people fight the current war and not the last one.

  • R

    They can shut down their Jew-hatred publications all they want; it won’t matter in the least. Libraries public and private,the world over, are full of “Mein Kampf” and the rest of Germany’s DEGRADED past -over which it glorified its great (murderous) “heroes”.

    Will Germany try again, or have they finally given up on world domination and the eradication of world Jewry?

    Only time will tell. Weapons are “better” than ever…and Germany already has two failed attempts in its history. Who knows? Maybe they’lL try again

    • DAS1951

      Regrettably R shows substantial ignorance of the Germany of today (and history). There are several other countries that constitute real menace to the Jewish people.

      And AFAIK Germany did not try for world domination in WW1.

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