Mein Kampf sequel to be published in English

June 24, 2003

* Hamas' French funds? (Time magazine upcoming issue)
* "When a new bus comes in, I cry": What is left of bombed Israeli commuter buses

 

CONTENTS

1. "Mein Kampf sequel to be published in English" (Daily Telegraph, London, June 22, 2003)
2. "Malaysian officials hand out copies of 'International Jew'" (Jerusalem Post/Reuters, June 22, 2003)
3. "Israel acts to stop slide in immigration" (AP, June 24, 2003)
4. "Hamas' French funds?" (June 30, 2003 issue of TIME magazine)
5. "Garage a graveyard for bombed-out buses. 'When a new bus comes in, I cry,' mechanic says" (National Post, Canada, June 23, 2003)
6. "Israel calls Romanian Holocaust apology insufficient" (Jerusalem Post, June 19, 2003)
7. "British MPs compare Gaza to Warsaw Ghetto" (Jerusalem Post, June 19, 2003)


[Note by Tom Gross]

HITLER’S SECOND BOOK

I attach several articles, most of which relate to anti-Semitism or terrorism. There are summaries first.

1. "Mein Kampf sequel to be published in English" (By Michael Smith, Defense Correspondent, Daily Telegraph (London), June 22, 2003). The sequel to Adolf Hitler's book Mein Kampf is to be published in English later this year. The book, which has no title and will be published simply as Hitler's Second Book, was dictated during 1928 but never published. Instead, it was kept in the safe of the Nazi publishing house, where it was found by American troops in 1945. A German version was published in 1961.

2. "Malaysian officials hand out copies of 'International Jew'" (Jerusalem Post/Reuters, June 22, 2003). Officials of Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's party gave out translated copies of U.S. industrialist Henry Ford's anti-Semitic book The International Jew to delegates at the annual United Malays National Organization conference in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday. Tens of thousands of Muslim Malays attended the last day of the three-day conference. Delegates were handed free copies of an abridged version of Ford's book, translated into Bahasa Malay and published in Johannesburg, South Africa, and inspired by and contained sections from the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Ford paid for the first German translation of his work, which soon became a favorite of Adolf Hitler's.

The Malaysian prime minister has frequently used Jews as a scapegoat for political and economic setbacks... In a 1970 book outlining his view of the problems facing the Malay people, The Malay Dilemma, Mohamad wrote: "the Jews are not merely hook-nosed, but understand money instinctively."

Malaysia also banned Steven Spielberg's movie, Schindler's List, for being "too sympathetic to Jews," calling it "propaganda" against "the German race."

3. "Israel acts to stop slide in immigration" (The Associated Press, June 24, 2003). Immigration to Israel has fallen sharply this year, as the government took a step to try to reverse the trend by reinstating housing grants for new arrivals. Only 7,692 immigrants came to Israel in the first five months of the year, putting the country on track for a yearlong total far below the 35,168 of 2002.

4. The Jewish agency for Israel communications and information unit (June 19, 2003). During the coming week 346 immigrants are expected to arrive in Israel, Among these: 150 from Ethiopia, 89 from Russia, 27 from the USA, 25 from Ukraine, 21 from France, 16 fro the Asian republics of the Former Soviet Union and the southern Caucasus, 5 from Switzerland and the remainder from the UK, Australia, Canada, India and elsewhere.

5. "Hamas' French funds?" (June 30, 2003 issue of TIME magazine, By Massimo Calabresi, Jamil Hamad And Adam Zagorin). "As Secretary Of State Colin Powell traveled to the Middle East last weekend to try to get President Bush's road map back on track, U.S. frustrations with the stalled peace efforts have begun to focus on a familiar target: France. State Department and White House sources tell TIME the U.S. has lodged complaints that Paris is turning a blind eye to fund raising in France by front organizations for Hamas, the terrorist group..."

“THE SKELETONS OF BLOWN-UP BUSES REST THERE LIKE CRUSHED TOYS”

6. "Garage a graveyard for bombed-out buses. 'When a new bus comes in, I cry,' mechanic says" (By Stewart Bell, National Post, Canada, June 23, 2003). "On a broad plain of overgrown fields and industrial smokestacks, a gravel lot behind a maintenance garage has become the graveyard for the bombed buses of Israel's national transit company. The skeletons of blown-up buses rest there like crushed toys, looking much as they did months ago when Palestinian terrorists chose them and their unlucky passengers as targets for obliteration.

"When a new bus comes in, I cry," said Tsvika Lifschitz, 55, the stocky former Israeli soldier who runs the garage. "Three weeks after this, the smell of the dead, you can feel it in your nose. It's very tough for a man." Mr. Lifschitz has been busy lately. A month ago there were 10 buses here. Now there are three, and bus bombings on May 18 and June 11 mean two more are on the way. "This is our life in Israel," he said...

7. "Israel calls Romanian Holocaust apology insufficient" (The Jerusalem Post, June 19, 2003). This is a follow-up to one of the stories in one of last week's dispatches.

8. "British MPs compare Gaza to Warsaw Ghetto" (The Jerusalem Post, June 19, 2003). This is another follow-up story to one of my recent dispatches.

9. Here are details of two recent terror attacks on Israelis. I include these particular ones, since many international media did not cover them at all, and some that did, suggested that the attack in the grocery store took place in the West Bank, when in fact it occurred in northern Israel.

* June 20, 2003: Grocer slain by suicide bomber. The Palestinian suicide bomber who blew himself up at a grocery at Moshav Sde Trumot early Thursday morning, murdering owner Avner Mordechai, had apparently intended to carry out the attack at a bus stop or in a crowded place. Police said that Mordechai, 63, became suspicious of the terrorist and, by his actions, caused the terrorist to detonate his bomb prematurely outside the shop, thereby saving many other lives (including those of children waiting to go to school) but giving up his own. Avner Mordechai is survived by his wife, Shifra, their five daughters, and son, Dror. Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the murder.

* June 22, 2003: U.S.-born Zvi Goldstein, 47, of Eli, was murdered and his parents and wife wounded, when a terrorist shot up their vehicle north of Ofra on Friday afternoon. The family was heading for Jerusalem to celebrate the Sabbath with their son, David, who had been married the day before. His parents, Eugene and Lorraine, both in their seventies, came from New York to participate in their grandson's wedding, the highlight of their eight-day visit. Zvi and Michal were also celebrating their 27th wedding anniversary. Goldstein was buried on Saturday night at Jerusalem's Har Hamenuhot Cemetery.

-- Tom Gross


FULL ARTICLES

MEIN KAMPF SEQUEL TO BE PUBLISHED IN ENGLISH

Mein Kampf sequel to be published in English
By Michael Smith
The Daily Telegraph
June 22, 2003

The sequel to Adolf Hitler's book Mein Kampf is to be published in English later this year.

The book, which has no title and will be published simply as Hitler's Second Book, was dictated during 1928 but never published. Instead, it was kept in the safe of the Nazi publishing house, where it was found by American troops in 1945.

At the time, it was not recognised for what it was and taken back to America. There, it was stored along with many other German documents in an old torpedo factory at Alexandria in Virginia.

The manuscript was rediscovered there in the summer of 1958 by Gerhard Weinberg, now emeritus professor of 20th century history at the University of North Carolina.

Prof Weinberg, himself a Jew who lost members of his family in the Holocaust, was then a 30-year-old assistant professor at Kentucky University who had heard suggestions of the existence of a sequel to Mein Kampf.

"There had been a couple of references to it," he said. "One by Hitler's secretary to a French intelligence officer."

He was looking through the documents in the old torpedo factory when he found a typescript marked "draft of Mein Kampf" which was the sequel.

A German version was published in 1961 and Prof Weinberg planned to bring out an English version around that time. But an inaccurate and poorly translated bootlegged version was rushed into print by a rival publisher.

This pirate edition was criticised for its unreliability and soon went out of print but its appearance killed off the plans for a proper, fully annotated translation. Then, two years ago, an editor from Enigma Books, a small American publisher, met Prof Weinberg about another book. After learning of the sequel, he agreed to publish it.

Prof Weinberg said: "It seems to me remarkable that one of the most central figures of the 20th century wrote all of two books and one hasn't been published in a reliable English-language edition."

The book, which deals with Hitler's vision of Nazi foreign policy, makes it clear that he was not simply content, as some have argued, to reoccupy German lands lost after the First World War.

He envisaged the German people becoming involved a series of wars for Lebensraum, culminating in an epic battle against America.

A complete chapter on "Germany and England" makes clear his admiration for the British and his hope that they might prove to be an ally.

 

MALAYSIAN OFFICIALS HAND OUT COPIES OF 'INTERNATIONAL JEW'

Malaysian officials hand out copies of 'International Jew'
Jerusalem Post/Reuters
June 22, 2003

Officials of Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's party gave out translated copies of US industrialist Henry Ford's anti-Semitic book The International Jew to delegates at the annual United Malays National Organization (UMNO) conference in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday.

Tens of thousands of Muslim Malays attended the last day of the three-day conference to see Mahathir deliver his final speech as party president before stepping down in October.

According to media reports, delegates were handed free copies of an abridged version of Ford's book, translated into Bahasa Malay and published in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Ford's book, first published in Ford's own newspaper, The Dearborn Independent in the 1920s, was inspired by and contained sections from the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

The Protocols purports to be the secret transcription of a Zionist Congress that met in Switzerland in 1897, as taken down by a Czarist spy and first published in St. Petersburg in 1903.

At the meeting, Jewish leaders allegedly discussed their plans to establish Jewish "sovereignty over the entire world." The Protocols includes their boasts of being "invincible" and plans to establish a "Super-Government Administration" that will "subdue all the nations." In fact, the Protocols is a fabrication created by the Russian Czarist secret police, the Okhrana, in about 1898-99. Henry Ford endorsed the book, and his own variation on it, and saw to its propagation in media outlets owned by his Ford Motor Company.

In his book, Ford wrote that the Jews were "a people that has no civilization to point to, no aspiring religion, no universal speech, and no great achievement in any realm."

Ford paid for the first German translation of his work, which soon became a favorite of Adolf Hitler's.

The Malaysian prime minister has frequently used Jews as a scapegoat for political and economic setbacks, including his country's 1997 financial meltdown. "We do not want to say that this is a plot by the Jews, but in reality it is a Jew who triggered the currency plunge, and coincidentally [George] Soros is a Jew," Mohamad said at the time.

"It is also a coincidence that Malaysians are mostly Muslim. Indeed, the Jews are not happy to see Muslims progress. If it were Palestine, the Jews would rob Palestinians. Thus this is what they are doing to our country."

In a 1970 book outlining his view of the problems facing the Malay people, The Malay Dilemma, Mohamad wrote: "the Jews are not merely hook-nosed, but understand money instinctively."

Mohamad's government has long been an adversary of Israel in international forums, particularly in the United Nations, and actively advocated an economic boycott of the Jewish nation. Throughout the 1980's, Mahathir spoke of international newspapers critical to his regime as being controlled by Jews, and of Zionist plots to undermine his government.

Malaysia also banned Steven Spielberg's movie, Schindler's List, for being too sympathetic to Jews. The censor wrote that "its seems the illustration is a propaganda with the purpose of asking for sympathy, as well as to tarnish the other [German] race." Malaysia also banned Spielberg's cartoon The Prince of Egypt, the tale of Moses.

 

TZIPI LIVNI: “IT’S IMPOSSIBLE TO REMAIN INDIFFERENT TO WHAT’S GOING ON”

Israel acts to stop slide in immigration
The Associated Press
June 24, 2003

Immigration to Israel has fallen sharply this year, a Cabinet minister said Monday, as the government took a step to try to reverse the trend by reinstating housing grants for new arrivals.

Only 7,692 immigrants came to Israel in the first five months of the year, putting the country on track for a yearlong total far below the 35,168 of 2002, according to the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption. Immigration is in a "tailspin," said the head of the ministry, Tzipi Livni. "It's impossible to remain indifferent to what's going on."

A main factor quashing immigration is nearly three years of Palestinian-Israeli violence. Many potential immigrants have thought twice because of terrorist attacks in Israel, and the unrest has contributed to a recession with high unemployment.

In 2001, there were 44,633 new arrivals in Israel. During the peak years of 1990 and 1991, almost 377,000 immigrants arrived, most from the former Soviet Union.

Mike Rosenberg, director of the Jewish Agency, the body responsible for bringing Jews to Israel, said that besides Israel's economic and security situations, measures such as cutting housing grants have discouraged immigration. On Monday, Israel reinstated those grants, the prime minister's office said.

 

346 IMMIGRANTS THIS WEEK

The Jewish Agency for Israel Communications and Information Unit
June 19, 2003

During the coming week 346 immigrants are expected to arrive in Israel, Among these: 150 from Ethiopia, 89 from Russia, 27 from the USA, 25 from Ukraine, 21 from France, 16 fro the Asian republics of the Former Soviet Union and the southern Caucasus, 5 from Switzerland and the remainder from the UK, Australia, Canada, India and elsewhere.

 

HAMAS’ FRENCH FUNDS?

Hamas' French funds?
ByMassimo Calabresi, Jamil Hamad and Adam Zagorin
From the June 30, 2003 issue of TIME magazine

As Secretary Of State Colin Powell traveled to the Middle East last weekend to try to get President Bush's road map back on track, U.S. frustrations with the stalled peace efforts have begun to focus on a familiar target: France. State Department and White House sources tell TIME the U.S. has lodged complaints that Paris is turning a blind eye to fund raising in France by front organizations for Hamas, the terrorist group that has claimed responsibility for most of the recent wave of suicide attacks. The U.S. also claims France is blocking European Union efforts to restrict these front groups elsewhere. "There's a lot of intelligence to suggest that the French have become increasingly a conduit for funds to Hamas and that they're just not taking the steps that are necessary," says a State official. Some Administration hard-liners suspect the French of positioning themselves to influence the Arab-Israeli peace process by leveraging Hamas' European funding. France says it has found no evidence of such funding. "We fight against any terrorist groups who might have bases in France or find financing from France," says embassy spokeswoman Natalie Loiseau.

The pressure is also on Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas to crack down on Hamas. He's getting some much needed behind-the-scenes help from the head of Egyptian intelligence, Omar Suleiman, who dispatched assistants to the Gaza Strip to push the terrorist group into talks on a cease-fire with Israel. But those talks are dragging on, and Abbas continues to have his own problems. Last week his security chief, Mohammed Dahlan, met with Abbas' rival Yasser Arafat, a senior Palestinian official tells TIME, and assured him that "I am loyal to you. I am willing to implement your orders." Dahlan seems to be playing both sides of the Abbas-Arafat feud to protect his interests. It's another sign that Abbas' hold on power is weak - and his chances of helping the road map by reining in the terrorists may be slipping away.

 

GARAGE A GRAVEYARD FOR BOMBED-OUT BUSES

Garage a graveyard for bombed-out buses
'When a new bus comes in, I cry,' mechanic says
By Stewart Bell
The National Post (Canada)
June 23, 2003

On a broad plain of overgrown fields and industrial smokestacks, a gravel lot behind a maintenance garage has become the graveyard for the bombed buses of Israel's national transit company.

The skeletons of blown-up buses rest there like crushed toys, looking much as they did months ago when Palestinian terrorists chose them and their unlucky passengers as targets for obliteration.

Each time a bus is bombed, it is loaded on to a flatbed truck and brought to this out-of-the-way property in northern Israel's industrial heartland to be dismantled by company mechanics and laid to rest.

"When a new bus comes in, I cry," said Tsvika Lifschitz, 55, the stocky former Israeli soldier who runs the garage.

"Three weeks after this, the smell of the dead, you can feel it in your nose. It's very tough for a man."

Mr. Lifschitz has been busy lately. A month ago there were 10 buses here. Now there are three, and bus bombings on May 18 and June 11 mean two more are on the way. "This is our life in Israel," he said.

Buses are a favourite target of such Palestinian terrorist groups as Hamas. They offer a concentration of civilian victims in an enclosed space where the force of the explosives is magnified, and they have little security.

Suicide bombers are trained to strap an explosive charge to their body, surround it with a layer of metal shards, nails and ball-bearings, then board a crowded bus, perhaps disguised as a woman or an Orthodox Jew.

It happens so often, it is difficult to understand why ordinary Israelis still use public transit, but many have no other way to get to school or work.

The most recent strike came 12 days ago, when Hamas sent an 18-year-old student from Hebron to Jerusalem to retaliate for the attempted assassination of Abdel Aziz Rantisi, a radical Hamas leader.

Seventeen Israelis were killed. Last Thursday, a suicide bomber blew up a convenience store, killing the shopkeeper, but police believe he was intending to board a bus across the street.

Once the police are finished with the buses, they are trucked here to this bleak, blue-collar city near Haifa, where flares from a gas plant light up the sky above a grassy plain ringed by mountains.

At the bus graveyard, the vehicles are scoured by volunteers who remove every spot of flesh, blood and bone so it can be buried with the body, as is the Jewish custom.

The crews working for Mr. Lifschitz then slice the buses into pieces, which are placed in a blue dumpster and sold abroad as scrap metal.

Mr. Lifschitz, a veteran of the 1967 Arab-Israeli War, the Yom Kippur War of 1973 and the war in Lebanon in the 1980s, has become a sort of undertaker for the bombed buses of Israel.

He knows the stories behind each of them.

"This driver was hit two times," he said, standing next to the chassis of one bus, lying on its side. "First five years ago in Jerusalem and again seven months ago."

He walked across the yard to the rusted shell of another bus, this one hit by a car bomb, and pointed to a dent in the left rear. "It hit here," he said. "Twenty people were killed on this bus."

Next to it was bus No. 97915, blown up by a suicide bomber last year. There was an outward bulge in the metal frame where the bomber was sitting when he pressed the trigger. The windows were gone, the seats shredded.

The exterior still had the red-and-white colours of Israel's public transit system, but inside, the apocalyptic force of the explosion had transformed the familiar layout of a bus into something unrecognizable.

There were also what look like bullet holes, made by the ball-bearings packed around the charge. One of those wounded was a Palestinian who worked at the garage.

"Now he is on pension. He is retired," Mr. Lifschitz said.

"This is a beautiful country. In this one garage, we have 120 people -- Jews, Muslims, Christians, Druze, Arabs. When someone has a wedding, everybody comes."

But the radical Palestinian groups do not share that desire to live together in peace. They want to fight a holy war, he said, adding such groups as Hamas are afraid to fight fair.

While the Israeli forces target such known terrorist leaders as Rantisi, Palestinian groups deliberately try to kill civilians. If they want to have Israel, Mr. Lifschitz said, they should fight against the Israeli armed forces.

"Cowards. Why are you killing the children and the old people on the buses? If you want to fight, come and fight.

"I am a soldier."

But he said he knows they will not do it, so he does what he can to help keep buses out of graveyard. Aside from taking apart bombed buses, Mr. Lifschitz's garage also installs bulletproof glass in bus windows in case they get sprayed with bullets.

 

ISRAEL DISSATISFIED WITH ROMANIAN HOLOCAUST APOLOGY

Israel calls Romanian Holocaust apology insufficient
By Amir Efrati
The Jerusalem Post
June 19, 2003

Israel appeared dissatisfied with the Romanian government's lack of action one day after it retracted a statement that denied its involvement in the Holocaust.

On Wednesday, government officials in Jerusalem stated that while the Romanian government's retraction and corrected statement released Tuesday is a "positive step in the right direction," Israel still expects a public response from the Romanian leadership "in the spirit of the corrected statement."

The recent episode, they said, attests to the fact that although the Romanian government has recently taken "welcome actions" regarding the lessons of the Holocaust, it is a long process that has only just begun.

On Friday, the Romanian Ministry of Public Information claimed that "within the borders of Romania between 1940 and 1945 there was no Holocaust." The government's "corrected" statement released four days later acknowledged that the government "was guilty of grave war crimes, pogroms, and mass deportation of Romanian Jews in territories occupied or controlled by the Romanian army, with methods of discrimination and extermination that are part of the sinister mechanism of the Holocaust."

Since Friday, the office of Romanian ambassador Valeria Mariana Stoica has been deluged with e-mails, letters and phone calls from Holocaust survivors, Jewish organizations, and concerned citizens around the world. "They asked, 'What is the true position of the Romanian government?' " said Stoica. "The real position of the Romanian government is the one communicated on Tuesday... and assumes responsibility for what happened in the Holocaust."

She called last week's mistake by the Ministry of Public Information a "stupidity, a stupid sentence" that may have been caused by miscommunication within the ministry. She also defended shirking Tuesday's invitation by the Knesset Immigration and Absorption Committee to attend a hearing on the matter because she had not yet received a full mandate from Romania to speak at the Knesset a protection she obtained only on Wednesday.

A letter sent to Stoica by Dr. Efraim Zuroff, director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Israel, urges the Romanian government to face the past through action rather than words and "to identify, locate, and bring to trial any unprosecuted Holocaust perpetrator living in Romania."

It says that the organization was prepared to assist Romanian authorities in achieving that objective. Regardless, it will soon extend "Operation Last Chance," a program that awards $10,000 for information leading to the capture of Nazi criminals, to Romania. It currently operates in Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia.

Stoica said a government-appointed task force for Holocaust Studies will convene with Zuroff in September to discuss Romania's collaboration with the Nazis. She added that the Romanian government will coproduce a Romanian-language Holocaust exhibition with the Wiesenthal Center to display across the country.

"We're calling upon the Romanian government to take steps to bring the unprosecuted Nazi war criminals to justice," Zuroff said in an interview, "because they haven't done a damn thing yet."

 

BRITISH MP’S COMPARE GAZA TO WARSAW GHETTO

British MPs compare Gaza to Warsaw Ghetto
By Douglas Davis
Jerusalem Post
June 19, 2003

Two British legislators, one of them Jewish, have compared the situation of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip to the treatment of Jews by the Nazis in the Warsaw ghetto.

Oona King, a Labor legislator who had a black West Indian father, a Jewish mother and identifies as Jewish, described Gaza as being "the same in nature" as the Warsaw Ghetto.

"No government should be behaving like that least of all a Jewish government," she told a press conference organized by the Christian Aid charity in London on Thursday.

A visit by King to Gaza, sponsored by the charity, has prompted King to call for a boycott of Israeli products.

In an article published by the London-based Guardian newspaper shortly after her return earlier this month, King said she had "sadly come to the conclusion that, given the scale of the atrocities and collective punishment waged by the Israelis against the Palestinians, I have no choice but to boycott Israeli products. On reflection, whether Jewish or not, you might decide to do the same."

King, a member of the Jewish Council for Racial Equality, said Thursday that the visit had opened her eyes: "I recognize the terror many Israelis live with as a matter of their daily lives," she said.

"I was more surprised perhaps by the everyday terror that Palestinians live, the detail and nature of which I had not understood. We must support the moderate voices as opposed to strengthening extremists."

Referring to the Warsaw ghetto, King said: "It is the same in nature but not extent." Noting the "very, very big difference" between Gaza and the Warsaw Ghetto, she acknowledged that "Palestinians are not being rounded up and put in gas chambers." But, she said: "What makes it similar is what happened to the Jewish people in that time which was the seizing of land, being forced from property, torture and bureaucracy control used in a demeaning way over the smallest task.

"On top of that building a wall around them and that is precisely what the Israeli government is doing. In doing so it is building a political ghetto. I don't think it can escape that conclusion." King added that, "as a Jewish person, I hoped I would never live to see the day I was ashamed of the actions of the Jewish state."


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