February 2012

February 29, 2012

Much of what we’re told about the how World War II began is misleading, distorted or just plain untrue. It’s often claimed, for example, that after taking power Hitler moved quickly to build a large army and air force to conquer Europe. In fact, and as reputable scholars have quietly acknowledged, Third Reich rearmament in the years before the outbreak of war in 1939 was remarkably modest. Hitler neither wanted nor planned for a major war. He sincerely sought peace with Britain and France. His main motive in attacking Poland was to secure freedom and basic rights for the Germans of the city-state of Danzig, and safety and freedom for the increasingly dispossessed and persecuted minority ethnic Germans of Poland. The British and French declarations of war against Germany, which were secretly encouraged by US President Roosevelt, transformed the limited German-Polish conflict into a major, European-wide war.

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February 22, 2012

Paul Fromm, director of the Canadian Association for Free Expression, joins the IHR director in this look at the battle for free speech in Canada, a struggle with important implications for the US and the western world. Recorded during a speaking tour of three cities in western Canada. The two discuss the Ernst Zundel “Holocaust trials, “Human Rights Commission” hearings, efforts of major Jewish-Zionist groups to suppress freedom, and more, as well as encouraging news in the continuing struggle for free expression on the internet.

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February 15, 2012

The “standard” biographies of Adolf Hitler are inadequate and fundamentally flawed, says American historian Russell Stolfi in his remarkable new book, Hitler: Beyond Evil and Tyranny. The mass media, and even supposedly scholarly works, portray the German leader as a monstrous, criminal demagogue who was driven by irrational hatred and lust for power. In fact, contends Stolfi, Hitler was a prophetic, messianic and visionary figure, who should be understood and appreciated along with such towering personalities as Julius Caesar, Napoleon, Mohammed and Jesus. Stolfi’s important book not only provides much-needed historical perspective. It is itself an expression of an inevitable trend toward a more valid and truthful understanding of an extraordinary historical figure.

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February 8, 2012

Winston Churchill, Britain’s premier during World War II, is honored for his stubborn “bull dog” hostility toward Hitler and Nazism, and his important role in ultimately destroying Third Reich Germany. He pressed for war against Hitler’s Germany “at all costs,” repeatedly rejecting opportunities for peace. His policies brought death and destruction on a mass scale, Soviet domination of central and eastern Europe, a shattered British empire, and Britain itself exhausted and bankrupt. The iconic, well-polished image of Churchill as a courageous and principled defender of freedom is based on a deceitful and ultimately dangerous narrative of twentieth-century history. In our own era, the enduring Churchill “cult” encourages policies that are as harmful as they are short-sighted.

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February 1, 2012

In spite of a basic hostility between Third Reich Germany and international Jewry, German National Socialists and Jewish Zionists shared similar views about ethnicity and nationhood, and worked together in the years 1933 through 1940-41 for what each group believed was in its own best national interest. The Hitler government vigorously promoted Zionism and Jewish emigration to Palestine. Indeed, no nation did more during the 1930s to substantively further Zionist goals than Third Reich Germany. In collaborating with the Zionists for a mutually desirable and humane solution to a complex problem, Hitler’s Germany was willing to make foreign exchange sacrifices, impair relations with Britain, and anger Arabs. The essence of Zionism, or Jewish nationalism, is that Jews everywhere — regardless of their citizenship, religious outlook or place of residence — are members of the Jewish “people,” to whom all Jews owe a primary loyalty and allegiance.

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