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The above graphic (Das Jahr 1989) is [was] on the first page of the Gauck officials homepage website, the BStU. The federal commissioned agency in charge of researching the files of the state security apparatus of the former GDR - commonly called the Gauck-Officials, since it is led by Joachim Gauck, an ardent anti-communist Christian. Mr. Gauck claims that already as a 9 year old boy he realized that socialism was an unjust system. The graphic says it all. One is reminded of scenes from Schindler's List, or any of the pictures that bring home the horrors of the Holocaust. The cold faced guards at night on one side are presented facing the innocent threatened masses on the other side. While this was the rule in Nazi Germany, aside from the border regime, it was not the rule in former East Germany. It is, however, indicative of most Germans to overstate the inhumanities of the East German regime in order to play down or "relativize" the horrors of the Holocaust. The overstating of the inhumanities of the East German regime serves not only the desire to play down, but even to "justify" Nazism (Nazism serving as a counterweight to "Jewish Bolshevism") as this recent article in the New York Times illustrates:

"Relativizing" the Holocaust


June 21, 2000

Hitler Apologist Wins German Honor, and a Storm Breaks Out


The Associated Press

The historian Ernst Nolte on June 4, making his acceptance speech.

BERLIN, June 20 -- The award of one of Germany's most prestigious literary prizes to a historian who has sought to justify the Holocaust has ignited a fierce dispute here at a time of conservative and reactionary intellectual stirrings in Europe.

The historian, Ernst Nolte, has argued that Hitler's anti-Semitism had a "rational core" and that Nazism was in essence a riposte to Bolshevism. He received the Konrad Adenauer Prize for literature this month, causing an uproar that has filled newspapers with invective and divided one of the country's leading historical institutes.

The prize, whose past recipients include former Chancellor Helmut Kohl, is given for works that "contribute to a better future" by the Munich-based Deutschland Foundation. The organization is conservative and close to the right wing of the Christian Democratic Party but had not been considered reactionary or revisionist.

Accepting the prize, Mr. Nolte said, "We should leave behind the view that the opposite of National Socialist goals is always good and right." He added that because Nazism was the "strongest of all counter forces" to Bolshevism, a movement with wide Jewish support, Hitler may have had "rational" reasons for attacking the Jews.

The timing of the prize was particularly delicate because this is a period of some intellectual ferment in Europe. The success of the Austrian rightist Jörg Haider in steering his Freedom Party into government has emboldened the right.

In Germany and France, a conservative reaction is evident against what the French call "the angelic left," which is accused of imposing a stifling political correctness on debate and of backing a multicultural tide that will sweep away the European nation state.

In this context, Mr. Nolte has emerged as an iconoclast with apparently growing conservative appeal. A few days after receiving the prize, he was widely applauded at a conference in Paris where he again explored his thesis about Hitler and the Jews.

"The award of the prize to Nolte was a clear political statement intended to promote the view that there is no particular stigma to Nazism in the light of what some Germans now call the 'Red Holocaust' in the Soviet Union," said Charles Maier, a Harvard historian. "It's exculpatory in the German context. It's also really scandalous."

The unease and anger in Germany over the prize has been accentuated by the fact that another prominent historian, Horst Möller, the director of the disinguished Institute for Contemporary History, chose to make the speech honoring Mr. Nolte.

The institute was established after the war in Munich with a clear educational mission directed largely toward researching Nazism.

In his speech, Mr. Möller said he did not agree with all of Mr. Nolte's views, but went on to praise a "life's work of high rank" and to make a vigorous attack on the "hate-filled and defamatory" attempts to stop open debate in Germany.

The reaction was overwhelming. Newspapers have been filled with letters from other historians at the institute calling on Mr. Möller to resign. In an open letter to Die Zeit, Heinrich A. Winkler, a professor of history at Berlin's Humboldt University, said, "Mr. Möller allowed himself to become party to an intellectual political offensive aimed at integrating rightist and revisionist positions in the conservative mainstream."

Mr. Möller's secretary said he was traveling and not available for comment.


With Haiderism thriving in neighboring Austria, the ground has become fertile in Germany for a nationalist and right-wing intellectual awakening. It is fed by weariness, even anger, at what is seen as Germany's eternal victimization for the Holocaust, and irritation at the multicultural message from a Red-Green government.

Mr. Nolte took up these themes in his speech. He attacked those who argue for "an unstoppable transition toward world civilization." He bitterly denounced the "collective accusation" continuously leveled at Germany since 1945.

The historian, the author of books including "Three Faces of Fascism" and "The European Civil War," has been well known for his argument about Hitler and Stalin since the 1980's.

But never before has a center-right institution like the Deutschland Foundation moved to embrace him in such a formal way, intimating that at least the right of the Christian Democratic Party may be ready to countenance the view that the crimes of the Nazis were not unique and have been unfairly singled out.

Mr. Haider has made a lot of headway in Austria precisely by questioning the "intellectual tyranny" of the left.


Copyright 2000 The New York Times Company


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East Germany was not!

No amount of degrading humiliation is spared in a constant act of comparing the former East Germany with Hitler's Third Reich! Particularly repugnant have been the comparisons that were made comparing the Jewish leader of the PDS (the reformed totally democratic former ruling East German Party), Gregor Gysi, with Nazi criminals such as Joseph Göbbels, Hitler's propaganda minister, and Hans Globke, the official commentator to the Nuremberg race laws (in the case of Joseph Göbbels by none other than the then practicing finance minister Theo Waigel).

The attempt by the "Gauck-Officials" to assassinate Mr. Gysi politically by struggling to denounce him as a "Stasi spy" led me to acquire the domain name as a means of documenting the Gauck-Officials relentless attempts at destroying him politically. As a result, the German court in Berlin has forbade me to register or use ANY TOP LEVEL domain with "Gauck" in it. Since, I will not voluntary relent my right to protest in this way, I am forced to carry many thousands of Marks of lawyer's fees, and face penalties from the state and possible imprisonment. The ruling by the court effectively sets a precedent that would allow Hitler (if he were living today) to outlaw a critique of his politics using a domain name such as,,,, (domain for Israel), or any possible combination of or This ruling is not only a violation of my intellectual property rights, but an attempt to curtail dissent and free speech.

Here the court ruling