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Nazi papers welcome biathlon guests

The Local · 9 Mar 2011, 08:13

Published: 09 Mar 2011 08:13 GMT+01:00

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Organizers thought they had a cute idea: liven up an event for the media by putting out a selection of old newspapers. Little did they know that among them were two pages from notorious Third Reich publications.

One was a reproduction from Der Angriff, or The Attack, a venomous Nazi Party journal published by propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels. The page was headlined "Reich Chancellor Hitler!"

The other, from a 1944 edition of the Deutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, told readers "The invasion has begun."

Once the gaffe was discovered, a slew of apologies came from the organizers at the Ugra-Classic Theatre Centre in the Siberian town of Khanty-Mansiysk, which has hosted the biathlon event for the past five years.

"There are no political reasons behind this," insisted centre director Irina Tashenko, who profusely apologized in a letter to the biathlon world governing body, IBU.

She said it was simply a mistake made by a designer who apparently did not know German or what kind of newspapers he was dealing with, the daily Bild reported.

More than 60 million people died in World War II, including as many as 24 million from the Soviet Union.

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09:47 March 9, 2011 by Landmine
Ooops, that is one big fubar....
12:55 March 9, 2011 by DOZ
Just can't hide from your History, can you all.
13:03 March 9, 2011 by idiot
rofl, nice one
18:45 March 9, 2011 by Expat IV
Doz--your comment is uncalled for.
22:14 March 9, 2011 by derExDeutsche
Those who don't know history, are doomed to repeat it. I always thought it was a shame how little is truly understood about the evil of the 3rd Reich. For a political movement that might well have invented 'social media', we know surprisingly little.

Media, industry, military, national identity, I mean, the Nazi ideology was an 'end-to-end' shop.

Wouldn't an honest and open discussion about the Nazi ideology be healthy? I mean, as a societal lesson on what to avoid?

As of right now, Germany is still too scared. Its a shame. We could really use insightful nations. Instead, we just get a bunch of Euros who would prefer Islam in Europe, as long as it means that the 'fighting will stop'. Little do they know...
23:42 March 9, 2011 by wenddiver
At least they acknowledged that you were there, at the event! No offence was ment and none should be taken. Hopefully, a good time was had by all.

One of the funniest things I have ever seen was a NATO Officer welcoming a large group of Louisiana National Guard Officers to a REFORGER exercise by calling them "Our Yankee Allies". A Colonel said in a whisper "that puts the turd in the punch bowl". Most of the men's Ancestors probably fought with the Louisiana Troops under Stowall Jackson in the Civil War. They took it in the good spirit it was ment and nobody told him that Louisiana troops think of themselves as Tigers not Yankees.
00:36 March 10, 2011 by rsrobbins
I was wondering how you couldn't read that headline even without knowing German but I guess a Russian may be completely unfamiliar with the Latin alphabet.
01:58 March 10, 2011 by derExDeutsche
I am 99% that this was not an accident. you would have to google search very specifically to come up with to come up 'der Angriff'. and in Russia, they know their history. somebody had a chip on their shoulder. That said, stay away from the 'Cold Cuts' they we're prepared 'Special'.
03:59 March 10, 2011 by wenddiver
@derEXDeutscher-You could always do like in the Movie "Fight Club" and ask for "clean food."
17:01 March 10, 2011 by Fritzi
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13:45 March 11, 2011 by mike_1983
another typical "local" article. nazi nazi nazi, let it go already!
16:03 March 12, 2011 by Curmudgeon

I agree with you on two points: there should be an open and honest discussion about Nazi ideology; and Germans are too scared.

Germans are too scared, because Germany is still occupied, both militarily and politically. Until Germans forge their own constitution or use the one legally in effect, rather than the one foisted on them by the allies, an open and honest discussion will never take place.

This is by design. The US seized millions of documents at the end of the war and have only recently allowed select few access to them. Why? Could it be that the official narrative of the victors doesn't align with the documents? After all, there were forged documents used in the Nuremberg trials to convict people and execute people, including the head of the central bank. A banker convicted of War Crimes? Yes, a war against the parasitic banking system that plagues all of us except Libya, Iran, North Korea, and a handful of other countries that have sharia banking systems.

All wars are economic wars.

13:15 March 13, 2011 by Stephen Goodson
The figure of 24 million Russians killed in World war II, of whom 17.5 million were apparently civilians, is an example of tired and exaggerated Soviet propaganda. In the last two years of the war, the wehrmacht was outnumbered 5 to 1 on the eastern front. How did it manage to kill all these millions of people and where are their mass graves, which have still not been found? We know that about 800 000 died in the siege of Leningrad and several 100 000's were killed in crossfire. Currently the only mass graves, which have been discovered are those of Germans in Croatia, Poland and Slovenia etc.
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