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Outcry over German university release of renowned anti-Semitism Professor

The German University of Göttingen has unleashed a firestorm of criticism from scholars, students and Jewish organsations by not extending the employment contract of Dr. Samuel Salzborn – one of the most prominent academic experts in German anti-Semitism.

“It is a scandal! It shows that critical research on right-wing radicalism/anti-Semitism is not desired in Germany,” wrote Julius Schoeps, a leading German Jewish historian and a descendant of the 18th century philosopher Moses Mendelssohn, according to The Jerusalem Post.

An open letter supported by scores of academics, student groups, and human rights NGOs was sent to the university’s administration in late April titled, “Retain the chair of Professor Salzborn.”

Dr. Samuel Salzborn
Dr. Samuel Salzborn

The letter states, “Prof. Salzborn is one of the most distinguished anti-Semitism researchers in the German-speaking area. Considering the Presidential Board’s focus on continuously being nominated as a ‘university of excellence’ (granted by a Federal research program) the decision not to extend the contract is highly inconsistent, to say the least. Prof. Salzborn is also a renowned expert on right-wing extremism, who has published many studies on the subject.”

Salzborn also has expertise in contemporary anti-Semitism – the loathing and de-legitimization of the Jewish state.

Göttingen is a major university city in the state of Lower Saxony. During the widespread outbreak of anti-Semitism, including violence, amid Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in 2014, Salzborn told The New York Times, “There is a startling indifference in the German public to the current display of anti-Semitism.”

“In times of PEGIDA, arsoned refugee homes, the rise of the right-wing populist party AfD, and nearly five years after the neo-Nazi terrorist group NSU was discovered (the scope and support networks of which are yet to be fully examined) the Presidential Board’s decision to not extend the contract also sends a dubious political signal,” the open letter reads.

When asked about the reasons for terminating Salzborn’s contract, a university spokesman said it does not comment on “personnel matters.”

The university was engulfed in an anti-Semitic scandal in 2008 for teaching hatred of Israelis and a wild conspiracy theory about Jews.

The professor of sports, Arnd Krüger, argued in his lecture on “Hebron and Munich: How do we communicate sports history without getting caught in [the] snare of anti-Semitism?” that the 11 Israeli athletes and coaches who died at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich essentially committed suicide “for the cause of Israel.”

Krüger also said Israel had a high abortion rate compared with other industrialized nations, and that the Jewish state went to great lengths to prevent “living with disabilities.”

Ilan Mor, the then chargé d’affairs at the Israeli Embassy, said at the time, “This is the worst form of dehumanizing the State of Israel.”

The university refused to dismiss Krüger.

Salzborn has taught at the university since 2012. His contract will end in 2017.

Holocaust denier and White supremacist gets VIP funeral

Willis Carto, one of the United States’ most prominent Nazi sympathizers, anti-Semitic hatemongers, Holocaust denier and white supremacist thought leader was laid him to rest in the United States most famous military cemetery, Arlington National on Wednesday.

cartoCarto, who died at age 89 in October, was wounded as an Army soldier in the Philippines during World War II, earning him a Purple Heart medal.

Purple Heart recipients are among those veterans and family members of veterans who may be interred at Arlington’s military burial site — as long as they were subsequently honorably discharged, and not convicted of a state or federal crime.

The Huffington Post reported on a request to bury Carto in Arlington in November. Jennifer Lynch, a spokeswoman for the cemetery, said at the time that a person’s political views did not have any bearing on their eligibility for burial.

After World War II, Carto even renounced the cause for which he’d fought, “Hitler’s defeat was the defeat of Europe. And of America,” Carto wrote in a letter published in 1966.

Through a number of initiatives — including the Liberty Lobby, a white supremacist organization Carto founded, and the Institute for Historical Review, a group he started to promote Holocaust denial — Carto enjoyed influence among a marginal but significant population of American bigots especially motivated by anti-Jewish hysteria.

At the height of the Liberty Lobby’s popularity in the 1980s, there were 400,000 subscribers to its newsletter, according an obituary for Carto in The New York Times.

Todd Blodgett, who managed advertising for the Liberty Lobby and spied on Carto for the FBI from 2000 to 2002, said the deceased anti-Semitic leader wanted to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery because of the “irony,” given his pro-Nazi views.

“He was laughing about it: ‘I’m probably America’s biggest Hitler fan, but I’ll be buried alongside all these World War II vets,’” Blodgett told HuffPost in November.

Ironically, while people gathered to remember Carto on one floor of the cemetery’s administrative building, right above them, a much larger crowd was memorializing Dorothy Goldstein, the recently deceased wife of a retired career Army officer. Goldstein was Jewish.

One mourner, a retired career Army officer who was a classmate of Goldstein’s husband at West Point, said it “disappointed” him to learn that a famous Nazi sympathizer was being memorialized in the same building as his friend.

Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, called Carto’s burial in Arlington National Cemetery a “national disgrace.”

“For a person who supported a man responsible for the greatest mass murder in the history of mankind to be buried in the sacred ground where service members who fought to do everything to defeat this man, it profanes the cemetery,” Hier said.

“If Hitler had won the war, defeating first Britain and then the United States, Willis Carto would have been a perfect candidate to be a cabinet member in Hitler’s government,” he added.

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