A group of Jews have threatened to buy and shred all copies of a comic book, describing the authors’ mocking of Hitler and hipsters as “anti-Semitic” and “sick”.
Members of London Stands with Israel, a campaign group set up to defend Israel and Jews from attacks, have threatened to boycott and protest outside stores selling the comic Hipster Hitler, and have specifically targeted a Jewish-owned comic store in Camden Town. The book, which contains a series of cartoon strips taking a light-hearted look at both hipster culture and the exploits of the Third Reich, has proved popular.
The New York authors insist it is “not written with the intent of offending people” but provides “a new way of disliking Hitler and laughing at the ‘lazy dictator’ he was [while] taking a few digs at a contemporary subculture of urban, middle-class youth that fetishise the ‘authentic’ and conform to non-conformism”.
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The comic depicts the Führer wearing ironic T-shirts with slogans like “Death Camp for Cutie” and “Aryan Microjewery”, and show the tyrant struggling with his advisers as a constantly miffed and sulking hipster.
Shania Angel, 23, of London Stands with Israel, accused the authors of “making Hitler cute” and said they should be “ashamed”. She said: “The book is a disgrace and should be banned.
“T-shirts are now being sold of Hipster Hitler – it’s turning Hitler into a cute and trendy character.
“Anti-Semitism has skyrocketed recently and we shouldn’t be selling books like this.
“We should boycott shops that sell it, we should protest outside their stores and do everything we can to make sure these aren’t being sold.”
Ilana Katz, also of London Stands with Israel, said while the group would probably not burn the books, it would take drastic action to make sure people don’t read them.
The 23-year-old singer from Northwood told the Ham&High: “If we can’t get shops to stop selling copies we’ll buy and shred them all.
“Since when was it okay to promote Hitler as a cool person?”
The activists say they plan to protest outside Mega City Comics in Inverness Street – a Jewish-owned comic book store and one of Camden Town’s longest running independent shops.
Amazon, Waterstones and other book stores also stock the comic.
Martin Kravetz, owner of Mega City Comics, said: “While it’s perhaps close to the knuckle, I don’t find Hipster Hitler offensive.
“I’m Jewish myself and if it was in any way making light of the Holocaust I would remove it.
“I’m not in the business to cause people offence, but any book shop will carry books that some people may find offensive.
“The book doesn’t contain references to the Holocaust. It’s a satirical piece, making jibes at the expense of both Hitler and hipsters.
“Our customer base is predominantly adult, and I think they can identify a satirical piece for what it is.”
Art World Shakeup: Painting by Adolf Hitler Sells for Three Times a Picasso
Further proof that World War II and NS artifacts are on fire in the collectors world, a watercolor painted by Adolf Hitler before he became Germany’s Führer sold at auction for $35,235, three times the winning bid of an original Picasso drawing.
The watercolor of one of Vienna’s oldest Gothic churches, Maria am Gestade, sold for nearly twice the expected bid prior to the auction at Alexander Historical Auctions in
Chesapeake City, Md., an international seller of historical artifacts and autographs. The painting was signed “A. Hitler.” It sold for more than three times the $9,500 winning bid for an original Picasso sketch, a whimsical signed drawing in red crayon on the cover of catalog of his works printed in 1931. Alexander Historical Auctions President Bill Panagopulos told Secrets that the painting is headingto England.
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In his auction catalog, he described the painting: “Hitler took great liberties in this work, straightening the alleyway, narrowing the church’s exterior walls, and placing buildings closer together. The human figures are virtually identical to those often seen in Hitler’s paintings: elongated or amorphous figures poorly represented in every respect. Hitler painted this now de-consecrated church several times, from different perspectives.”
Hitler and Third Reich artifacts have been jumping in price recently, even as the dollar gets stronger, he said. For example, the Hitler watercolor was the latest Panagopulos has sold in recent years, with each winning a higher bid that the previous.
Eager buyers are in China, Australia, New Zealand and Thailand where the new fashion rage is “Hitler chic.”
Waffen-SS Veterans March in Latvian Capital to Honor Fallen Comrades
Former Waffen SS members marched through the Latvian capital to mark Legion Day, an unofficial holiday in the Baltic country that honors those who died fighting on the German side during World War II.
The veterans, along with hundreds of nationalist supporters, gathered at the Cathedral of St. John in Riga before marching to Dome Square and then on towards the Freedom Monument, where they commemorated the Latvian Legion’s deployment against the Red Army near the Russian town of Pskov in 1944.
Officially, the Latvian government opposes the march, but, nevertheless, allows it to take place annually on the grounds of free speech. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova condemned the “glorification of Nazi-era war crimes” and sharply criticized both the march and the Latvian authorities.
“Latvian authorities continue indulging these marches year after year, which is shameful for a contemporary country that is a member of the EU,” she said in a statement.
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“Particularly cynical in this context appears to be the official desire from Riga to present the legionnaires as ‘tragic victims’ and ‘defenders of the freedom’ of the Latvian people during the war. Russia has repeatedly come out against these shameful gatherings that glorify the soldiers of the SS Latvian volunteer legion,” Zakharova said. “We believe that any attempts to rewrite the ending of the Second World War and cast doubt on the verdict of the Nuremberg Tribunals are unacceptable.”
Later in the day, a much smaller gathering of around 20 people set up a vigil, featuring pictures of jews, candles as well as a wreath, to denounce the glorification of the Waffen-SS.
The Latvian Legion of the Waffen-SS was created in 1943 on the orders of Adolf Hitler, and almost 150,000 Latvians served in its two divisions. On March 16, 1944, the Latvian Legion was deployed against the Red Army near the Russian town of Pskov and since 1998, the date of the battle has been commemorated with the annual march.
The Latvian SS was among the last of the National Socialist forces to surrender in 1945.