Some important lessons to be learned from the story of Helmut Roemer, the first German solider captured after D-Day.
He was treated humanely, offered correspondence courses bt Cambridge University, transferred to a Canada POW camp, and finally returned in 1947 to marry and have six kids.
Roemer and his two comrades spent more than a day hiding in their bush on the edge of the canal, drinking canal water. But after 36 hours they gave themselves up and witnessed the first British troops crossing the bridge accompanied by a piper.
“We were exhausted and we decided to hand ourselves over to the British, thinking, ‘Either they will shoot us or they’ll take us prisoner,’” he says. They took him prisoner and it was the start of two years in captivity which he describes today as “like a holiday camp”.
Roemer ended up appreciating Germany’s liberation from its insanity.
Contrast that to the American treatment of prisoners in Gitmo and Abu Ghraib. How successful have we been in winning over the hearts and minds of those captives?
Its really sad when a gesture like this causes outrage.
By William Booth, Published: April 12
JERUSALEM — Professor Mohammed S. Dajani took 27 Palestinian college students to visit the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland a few weeks ago as part of a project designed to teach empathy and tolerance. Upon his return, his university disowned the trip, his fellow Palestinians branded him a traitor and friends advised a quick vacation abroad.
Dajani said he expected criticism. “I believe a trip like this, for an organized group of Palestinian youth going to visit Auschwitz, is not only rare, but a first,” he said. “I thought there would be some complaints, then it would be forgotten.”
But the trip was explosive news to some, perhaps more so because it took place as U.S.-brokered peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians were in danger of collapse, and emotion surrounding the decades-old conflict is high.
Controversy was also heightened by rumors — untrue — that the trip was paid for by Jewish organizations. It was paid for by the German government.
The leading candidate for Austria’s far-right Freedom Party in European elections next month resigned on Tuesday after coming under fire for racist comments and comparing the EU to the Nazis.
Mr Andreas Moelzer unleashed a storm of controversy after Germany’s Sueddeutsche Zeitung daily reported him telling an event in February that the EU was in danger of becoming a “conglomerate of niggers, where everything is chaos”.
He announced his resignation on Tuesday, but remained defiant, saying that he had done “nothing dishonourable other than to formulate a non-conformist opinion in a politically incorrect manner.”
In a statement to the Austria Press Agency on Tuesday, he said his decision to resign was not due to the “politically correct” media or the “feigned outrage of the political establishment”.
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When a bank goes bust in Europe, it doesn’t just threaten depositors and shareholders. With no single agency to handle failing euro-area lenders, wobbly banks can drag down the national governments that try to rescue them. European Union leaders pledged to attack this vicious circle in June 2012, in the third year of a debt crisis that almost broke apart the euro bloc. They plan to centralize bank supervision and crisis management for the first time, an effort seen as the biggest transfer of sovereignty since the creation of the common currency. Policy makers are united in the goal of what they call the banking union: ending taxpayer bailouts and taking key decisions out of national hands. But first they had to agree on who decides when a bank has failed, who pays to clean it up and how to divvy up the losses. Plus they had to convince Germany that it won’t end up paying the bill.
The asylum procedure is an assessment of whether an asylum seeker is entitled to asylum in terms of Article 16a of the Basic Law (Grundgesetz), to refugee status in terms of the 1951 Refugee Convention or to subsidiary protection in terms of the German Residence Law (Aufenthaltsgesetz).
As Snowden is clearly not persecuted for reasons of “race”, religion and nationality or as a member of a particular social group, his claim for constitutional asylum would be assessed according to the same criteria as his claim for refugee status. In both cases, his application may be successful if he is persecuted for reasons of his political opinion or if his fear of being persecuted for such reasons is well-founded.
There is widespread misconception that the German executive has an almost unlimited discretion in assessing whether an individual is persecuted for reasons of his/her political opinion. This seems to be the view of those who invoke the transatlantic relationship as an obstacle to Snowden’s protection. In a distant past, this might have been a valid argument. Modern refugee law, however, has withdrawn asylum claims from the pure realm of arbitrary exercise of power and the outcome of the asylum procedure is subject to judicial review.
The 18-year-old, who was born in Tampa, Fla., played for Germany in three qualifiers for the 2014 European Under-19 Championship, making his debut last Oct. 10 against Belarus and getting assists two days later against Latvia and on Oct. 15 versus Scotland.
He made his professional debut for Bayern on Nov. 27 as an 88th-minute substitute in a Champions League match at CSKA Moscow.
FIFA since 2009 has allowed a one-time change in national team affiliation for a player who has appeared in an official match for a youth national team as long as the player had dual citizenship at the time.
“We are absolutely thrilled,” U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said in a statement Tuesday. “He is a very special talent. We wanted him to feel comfortable with our program and listen to his heart when making this decision.”
A German cartoonist has apologized for causing offense by depicting Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg as a hooked-nose octopus, after Jewish groups complained it resembled Nazi propaganda.
Cartoonist Burkhard Mohr says he had intended to make a point about Facebook devouring rival WhatsApp and didn’t realize the parallels to the Nazis’ anti-Semitic portrayal of Jews as hungry tentacle monsters.
The cartoon was published Friday in early editions of the Munich daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung. Later editions showed an empty hole where Zuckerberg’s face had been.
“I’m very sorry about this misunderstanding and any readers’ feelings I may have hurt,” Mohr said in an email to The Associated Press on Tuesday.
“Anti-Semitism and racism are ideologies that are totally alien to me,” he added.
Efraim Zuroff, the head Nazi hunter at the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Jerusalem, said he wasn’t convinced by the apology.
“He drew a caricature that is so reminiscent of Der Stuermer caricatures that it’s inconceivable to me he didn’t realize this,” said Zuroff, referring to the weekly propaganda paper that the Nazis used to whip up hatred against Jews. “Maybe he should pay a visit to their archives.”
A cute little educational video about several colorful holiday characters from around the world, other than Santa Claus, via, The New York Times