Today in History for November 9th

Highlights of this day in history: Germans dance on top of Berlin Wall as communism crumbles in Eastern Europe; Nazis target Jews during ‘Kristallnacht’; A massive blackout hits the Northeast; Poet Dylan Thomas and Actor Art Carney die. (Nov. 9)

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Renia Spiegel, ‘Poland’s Anne Frank’, gets her due | AFP

Stowed for several decades in a bank safe, the diary of Renia Spiegel, a young Polish Jew who was murdered at the age of 18 by the Nazis in 1942 and nicknamed “the Polish Anne Frank”, has now been published and adapted to the big screen. The Polish premiere of the film “Broken Dreams”, telling the story of Renia Spiegel and her sister during the Nazi occupation, took place this month in Warsaw, attended by members of Spiegel’s family.

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Today in History for September 12th

Highlights of this day in history: America faces the aftermath of the Sept. 11th attacks; Nazis rescue Italy’s Mussolini; JFK confronts critics of his religion; Student leader Steven Biko killed in South Africa; Singer Johnny Cash dies. (Sept. 12)

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Polish and German heads of state commemorate WWII 80th anniversary | AFP

The Polish and German Presidents, Andrzej Duda and Frank Walter Steinmeier, together commemorate the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the Second World War in Wielun, the first city bombed by Nazis on 1 September 1939.

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Today in History for August 23rd

Highlights of this day in history: Nazis and Soviets sign a non-aggression pact on eve of World War II; Sacco and Vanzetti executed; Defrocked priest John Geoghan killed; Movie star Rudolph Valentino and Broadway’s Oscar Hammerstein die. (Aug. 23)

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The Bootcamp Where Students Are Trained To Be Pro-Life Foot Soldiers

The circle of students sat quietly, scribbling down answers to the prompt they’d just been given: “Write down three similarities between the Holocaust and abortion.”

After a minute or two, they launched into discussion. Innocent people were, and are, being killed, they said. The Nazis discriminated against the Jews, just as “the unborn” face discrimination today. Bystanders aren’t doing enough to stand up against injustice.

Sarah Ruiz, the Texas A&M University senior leading the group, added another idea. Sometimes, she said, people who support abortion rights will say they wouldn’t get an abortion but they don’t want to stop anyone else from getting one.

“You can draw parallels … to slavery, to child abuse, to animal cruelty,” she told her students, as other clusters of students debated the same topic nearby. “‘Well, I wouldn’t kill my neighbor. But what you do is up to you. I wouldn’t beat my child. But what you do is up to you. I don’t like slavery, don’t own a slave.’

“You can plug in literally anything into that.”

As Ruiz spoke, her voice soft and solemn, her pupils nodded along, their faces determined. This was, after all, very serious business: If they could convince someone that abortion in the United States is a holocaust, they might be able to keep them from getting one — and save a life.

Welcome to pro-life boot camp.

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Malick’s “A Hidden Life” questions political climate, says star

German actor August Diehl, the star of Terrence Malick’s World War II drama, “A Hidden Life”, about an Austrian conscientious objector guillotined by the Nazis in 1943, says he hopes the film would inspire people to question the current European political climate, rather than “jumping on a train heading in the wrong direction.”

Today in History for May 10th

Highlights of this day in history: A golden spike completes America’s first transcontinental railroad; Nazis burn books in Germany; Rudolf Hess parachutes into Scotland; Nelson Mandela takes office in S. Africa; U2’s frontman Bono born. (May 10)

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‘Eat Nazis, not animals’: Protest against far-right party held in Slovakia

Protesters held an anti-fascist rally in Bratislava to denounce the Supreme Court’s decision to not dissolve the far-right political party ‘Kotleba- People’s Party Our Slovakia’ (LSNS).

Hundreds of protesters marched towards the SNP Square in central Bratislava with banners and signs reading: ‘They will not pass’ and ‘Eat Nazis, Not Animals’

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Slavoj Žižek on demonization of leftists, Julian Assange & Yellow Vests

#SlavojZizek on demonization of leftist movement after #Boslonaro’s ‘Nazis no doubt were #leftists’, WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange & populism.

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Israeli cops drag ultra-Orthodox Jews during protest, dozens arrested

At least 30 ultra-Orthodox Jews have been arrested after police cracked down on hundreds of Haredi men blocking the streets of Jerusalem, with some demonstrators insulting the officers by calling them Nazis. ​

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Vandals damage memorial stone at Strasbourg’s Old Synagogue

A memorial stone marking the site of Strasbourg’s Old Synagogue, which was destroyed by the Nazis in World War II, is damaged once more after it was knocked down from its plinth vandals overnight. France is currently grappling with a surge in anti-Semitic violence and hate speech. IMAGES

Today in History for February 27th

Highlights of this day in history: Germany’s Reichstag burns, giving the Nazis under Adolf Hitler a pretext to seize absolute power; A cease-fire ends the Persian Gulf War; Actress Elizabeth Taylor born; Children’s TV host Fred Rogers dies. (Feb. 27)

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Today in History for November 9th

(9 Nov 2018) Highlights of this day in history: Germans dance on top of Berlin Wall as communism crumbles in Eastern Europe; Nazis target Jews during ‘Kristallnacht’; A massive blackout hits the Northeast; Poet Dylan Thomas and Actor Art Carney die. (Nov. 9)

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Renoir stolen by Nazis returned to owner

(12 Sep 2018) The granddaughter of a Jewish art collector whose paintings were stolen by the Nazis has been reunited with one of the works, an Impressionist piece by Pierre-Auguste Renoir. (Sept. 12)

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Today in History for September 12th

(12 Sep 2018) Highlights of this day in history: America faces the aftermath of the Sept. 11th attacks; Nazis rescue Italy’s Mussolini; JFK confronts critics of his religion; Student leader Steven Biko killed in South Africa; Singer Johnny Cash dies. (Sept. 12)

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Nazis May Have Founded Sweden’s Rising Political Party (HBO)

Sweden’s far-right populists won their biggest ever share of the vote in Sunday’s general elections, underlining how immigration has reshaped politics even in one of Europe’s most tolerant democracies.

Although the Sweden Democrats largely set the agenda during the campaign, the far-right party made more modest gains than once feared, coming in third behind the two mainstream parties who are now scrambling to form the next government.

But while the populists may consider their 17.6 percent disappointing, after earlier polls had predicted they would finish in at least second place, analysts say the nationalist surge represents an alarming change in Sweden’s political landscape.

The populist party still won their largest ever share of the vote – up from 12.9 percent in 2014 – and successfully shifted both mainstream parties closer to their position on key issues of immigration, integration and identity.

“The mainstream has certainly moved closer to their positions,” Matthew Goodwin, visiting senior fellow in the Europe programme at the Chatham House think tank told VICE News.

Both the governing center-left Social Democrats and the center-right Moderates recorded among their worst results in modern history, with the rival blocs led by both parties left in virtually a dead heat.

With nearly all votes counted Monday, the Social Democrats, together with their allies the Greens and the Left Party, had won 40.6 percent of the vote, while the opposition centre-right Alliance was on 40.3 percent. With overseas votes yet to be counted, the center-left bloc holds 144 seats, and the center-right 143.

The country now faces weeks of uncertainty as both blocs engage in frantic horse-trading to try to form the next government.

Both of the main blocs have said they will not work with the Sweden Democrats, a party with roots in fascism and neo-Nazism, as part of a tactic to isolate the group and its populist politics.

The far-right party commanded strong polling numbers during the campaign as it hammered home its core issues of immigration, crime and integration to a voting public anxious over the arrival of 163,000 asylum seekers during the height of the migration crisis.

But after surging to first-equal in polls in mid-July, support for the populists slackened in recent weeks, as other issues gained attention — including climate change, following a summer of record high temperatures and raging wildfires.

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Today in History for September 8th

(8 Sep 2018) Highlights of this day in history: Galveston hurricane kills thousands; President Gerald Ford pardons Richard Nixon; Nazis begin Leningrad siege during World War II; Comedian Sid Caesar born; Original ‘Star Trek’ premieres on TV. (Sept. 8)

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‘Migrants out, support for Hitler’: Outrage at group running for election in Sweden

Earlier on Saturday, a party called the Nordic Resistance Movement, held a rally in Sweden. They were met with an opposing crowd objecting to – quote – the Nazis marching in central Stockholm. The leader of the movement has been open in his praise for Hitler.

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Today in History for August 23rd

(23 Aug 2018) Highlights of this day in history: Nazis and Soviets sign a non-aggression pact on eve of World War II; Sacco and Vanzetti executed; Defrocked priest John Geoghan killed; Movie star Rudolph Valentino and Broadway’s Oscar Hammerstein die. (Aug. 23)

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