Sign up now to receive our regular news briefs.

German Publisher Shuts Down Nazi Glorifying Magazine, SWC Questions Motive

September 15, 2013 3:22 pm 5 comments

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

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.

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.”


  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

    • 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.

Leave a Reply

Please note: comments may be published in the Algemeiner print edition. Comments written in all caps will be deleted.

Current day month ye@r *


  • Arts and Culture Israel Jerry Seinfeld to Make Comedy Debut in Israel

    Jerry Seinfeld to Make Comedy Debut in Israel – Famed Jewish-American comedian and actor Jerry Seinfeld is slated to make his comedic debut in Israel later this year. Seinfeld, who was born in Brooklyn to Jewish parents from the Ukraine and Syria, will perform in Tel Aviv’s Mitvtachim Menorah Arena on Dec. 19 as part of a world tour. The comedian is most known for his enormously popular NBC sitcom Seinfeld, which ran from 1989-1998 and is widely considered one of the greatest TV series of all time. […]

    Read more →
  • Food Israel New Video Shows American Kids Reviewing Israeli Food After Tasting Dishes for First Time (VIDEO)

    New Video Shows American Kids Reviewing Israeli Food After Tasting Dishes for First Time (VIDEO)

    A new video circulating online shows eight American children reacting — mostly positively — to their first taste of the famed Israeli eggplant salad/dip, known in Hebrew as “salat hatzilim” and in other parts of the Levant as baba ganoush. The clip, created by, features the youngsters trying a variety of exotic dishes from other countries as well, such as Hawaiian poi, Colombian pork belly and Russian borscht. The Israeli delicacies served include schnitzel, slices of pita, hummus and the baba ganoush salad. “If someone […]

    Read more →
  • Blogs Features Pioneers/Philanthropists ‘Start-Up Nation’ Israel to Host Forbes Magazine Young Entrepreneurs Summit

    ‘Start-Up Nation’ Israel to Host Forbes Magazine Young Entrepreneurs Summit – Forbes magazine announced Tuesday that it will host its Under 30 EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) Summit in Israel for the first time in April 2016. The conference is expected to bring together some 600 young entrepreneurs, with 200 from Europe, 200 from the U.S., and 200 from Israel. The summit has been hosted in Philadelphia for the past two years. It will include presentations, speeches, a pitch competition, and cultural immersion opportunities in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. […]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Beliefs and concepts What’s That Huge White Bridal Dress Floating Over the Tower of David?

    What’s That Huge White Bridal Dress Floating Over the Tower of David? –  “What’s that huge white bridal dress floating over the Tower of David?” That’s what visitors to Jerusalem’s Old City asked last week. The wedding gown, created by leading Israeli artist Motti Mizrachi, is part of the 2nd Jerusalem Biennale for Contemporary Jewish Art, an event that blew into town as the Sukkot holiday got underway. Mizrachi, who lives and works in Tel Aviv, created the dress that floats majestically over the Tower of David, the main exhibition site […]

    Read more →
  • Features Opinion The Top 10 Places to Visit in Israel

    The Top 10 Places to Visit in Israel

    Israel is a holiday destination on many travelers’ bucket lists. No matter the style of holiday you are after, Israel has the answer. Whether you prefer to relax by the beach, hike up mountains in the desert, visit religious and historical sites, eat your way through the country or just enjoy some retail therapy, your journey through Israel will be one to remember. While there are obviously so many things to see and do, here is a list of 10 of […]

    Read more →
  • Pioneers/Philanthropists US & Canada Jewish American Fashion Mogul Ralph Lauren to Step Down as CEO

    Jewish American Fashion Mogul Ralph Lauren to Step Down as CEO – Jewish American fashion mogul Ralph Lauren announced his plan to step down as chief executive officer of the renowned fashion brand. The head of Gap Inc’s Old Navy brand will take over the position. The 75-year-old Lauren, who founded Ralph Lauren Corp. in 1967, will continue to serve as executive chairman and will continue leading the fashion house’s design team, according to a statement by the company. After the announcement, Ralph Lauren shares rose 3.79 percent while Gap shares […]

    Read more →
  • Featured Sports US & Canada Jewish Boxer Dustin ‘White Tiger’ Fleischer Scores Fourth Knockout Victory

    Jewish Boxer Dustin ‘White Tiger’ Fleischer Scores Fourth Knockout Victory

    Jewish boxer Dustin Fleischer, who said his quest is to become the first world champion descended from a Holocaust survivor, stayed unbeaten with a first-round knockout. Fleischer, nicknamed “The White Tiger,” moved to 4-0 with the defeat of Ira Frank on Saturday night in Beach Haven, New Jersey, near his home, he reported after the fight on his Facebook page. The 26-year-old welterweight has won all his bouts by knockout. Read full story at JTA.

    Read more →
  • Featured Israel Pioneers/Philanthropists Meet Israel’s Santa Claus, the Trustee Tasked With Handing Out Leona Helmsley’s Billions (INTERVIEW)

    Meet Israel’s Santa Claus, the Trustee Tasked With Handing Out Leona Helmsley’s Billions (INTERVIEW)

    Renowned New York attorney Sandor (Sandy) Frankel, one of four trustees of the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, was in Israel earlier this month to look at additional philanthropic options and to observe the progress of those endeavors already funded – to the tune of multi-millions. Frankel, who recently joined the prestigious Park Avenue law firm Otterbourg P.C., met with Israeli politicians and other bigwigs to get a sense from them about which projects in the country […]

    Read more →