Valin Posted June 4, 2018 Share Posted June 4, 2018 National Review Jay Nordlinger June 4, 2018 In Germany, the AfD is the literal alt-Right, the Alternative für Deutschland (Alternative for Germany). Its co-leader, Alexander Gauland, spoke to its youth wing on Saturday. He said something interesting about Germany and the Third Reich: “We have a glorious history and it, dear friends, lasted longer than those blasted twelve years. Hitler and the Nazis are just a speck of bird poop in more than 1,000 years of successful German history.” According to a report, he said this “to applause” (naturally). Do you applaud it? It’s true that the Nazis’ rule was brief — the flash of an eye. But, in that time, they started a world war (with their Soviet partner) and murdered two-thirds of European Jewry. Also, as David Pryce-Jones remarked yesterday, they turned Germany into a totalitarian state. (Snip) The AfD man may be a perfectly good Joe, or Fritz, and he may have meant his remark innocently. But, frankly, it reminded me of Jean-Marie Le Pen — who spoke of the Holocaust as “a detail of history.” (Mark Helprin borrows this phrase for the ending of his stunning recent novel, Paris in the Present Tense.) (Snip) One task for this day: Try not to let them minimize the Third Reich and the Holocaust. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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