This is written with deep concern introspection and sadness over the state of our world and as well a fear for our civilization. I am setting aside the corrupt and inhumane as well as lunatic U.S. President Donald R. Trump who that is very difficult to take who cannot be taken seriously anymore. He has distributed and displayed his disgusting hate messages globally and thanks to fake news, the corruption of the creepy digital landscape, and intolerance of other people’s values and beliefs. This has resulted in the global acceptance of lunacy, deception, and injustice and made it acceptable globally.
His bigotry sets an unjustified stage does do not justify for the evolution of inhumane totalitarian regimes in once respectable nations such as Hungary, Poland or Turkey. It is incomprehensible that Trump encourages the murderous “elite” in China. Trump has emboldened Russian (shall I say Soviet?) President Vladimir Putin to drop any pretense that there is a democracy… and the radical right media organizations have no mercy in drenching their audience with a curated and misconstrued message that justifies this behavior and portrays his actions as heroic and necessary. Putin just murders opponents (as do the Chinese). Mr. Trump has not progressed that far… yet!
But now we must look, sadly, at Germany. The Trump idiocy should not be used as an excuse for the rapid growing extreme right to say that the Nazi era is “just a speck of bird shit in more than 1,000 years of successful German history.” This disgusting comment came just a few days ago from Alexander Gauland, the head of Germany’s far-right, nationalist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party. Other AfD politicians – now with over 12 percent in the German Parliament – are now poised to gain a major victory over the conservative Christian Socialist Union in the Bavarian election this coming October. Recall here that Hitler’s first major successes where in Bavaria.
Prussia – so maligned – never voted for Hitler and German Chancellor Angela Merkel is a moral leader fully supportive of the racial, political and cultural tolerance’ that was a Prussian hallmark for hundreds of years. Tolerance is where we can gain hope for a better tomorrow. “In my state, every man can be saved after his own fashion,” said Prussia’s great ruler, King Frederick II. He – in stark contrast to today’s sentiments – also said:” If Turks and heathens were to come to populate the land, we shall build mosques and churches.'”
The vicious hate for migrants (shared by a large percentage of Trump Americans, Hungarians, Bavarians, Austrians and others globally) is raw racism. The states of the German federation welcomed – and yes invited – immigrants for hundreds of years. It also makes economic sense: struggling with a rapidly graying population such as the federation on German tribes, need young people. This is one key argument for hope.
Bavaria is where the hate for Jews, liberals, gays, Gypsies, or Muslims is barely covered up under a veneer of shiny lederhosen and pretended joviality.
Beatrix von Storch is a senior leader of the AfD who showed her true “brown’ colors in hateful messages. She tweeted that Muslim men are “gang-raping’ and “barbaric.” Alice Weidel, the party’s joint leader in the Bundestag, stated: “Our authorities submit to imported, marauding, groping, beating, knife-stabbing migrant mobs.” These are unfair broad accusations on entire groups of people.
Storch serves as Deputy Leader of the Alternative for Germany. This woman was born as Beatrix Amelie Ehrengard Eilika, Duchess of Oldenburg. Her grandfather, Johann Ludwig Count Schwerin von Krosigk, was. convicted, as a war criminal in Nuremberg and was the last chancellor of Nazi Germany. Note that at least one Count Schwerin died trying to kill Hitler. Ulrich-Wilhelm Count von Schwerin von Schwanenfeld was hung for his role in the failed plot on September 8, 1944 – next to my own grandfather (I guess – to quote a U.S. Secret Service officer, Prussian nobles are not that good at coups.)
Not only Muslims are targeted by the AfD – so is the LGBTQIA community, the Jews and the other cohort in the gas chambers the “unassimilable” Gypsies.
The Storch grand-grandfather
This woman – among men and women in that party – of most questionable ethics is believed to try to rehabilitate many Nazis. AfD supporters have gone so far to question whether Germany was even guilty for World War II and claim that the Holocaust of the Jews, gays, and Gypsies was caused by the victims themselves.
Germany’s honor – so hard fought for over the past 70 years – is at risk. Now we must fight back. The AfD must be demolished fast and a return to basic human values is imperative to build a future. All should support such a goal of tolerance.
My next report will list companies (such a Dr. Wick Chemie, Wahl-Bau GmbH, senior BMW executives as well as major Bavarian beer producers to name a few) that finance this right-wing extremist group. Ethical global consumers the world over should boycott their products.
It is time to take a stand and lead by example. Let us fight now. Please! There is hope.
Agostino von Hassell
Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) was a prominent Protestant pastor who emerged as an outspoken public foe of Adolf Hitler and spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps. Niemöller is perhaps best remembered for the quotation:
First, they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.