THE SECRET LIFE OF EAST GERMANY’S WRITER ERWIN STRITTMATTER: VOLKER HAGE

http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/a-look-back-at-east-german-writer-erwin-strittmatter-a-845248.html

Erwin Strittmatter was one of the most successful and popular writers in East Germany. Now, on his 100th birthday, several new books dig deep into his past. The result is an unflattering picture of a man who was forced to find his peace with both the Nazis and the communists.

An appealing figure. An unconventional codger who devoted himself to writing and horse-breeding on a remote farm in Brandenburg. A successful author and one of the best known writers in East Germany.

His novels, “Tinko,” “Ole Bienkopp,” “Der Wundertäter” and “Der Laden,” were best-sellers in socialist East Germany, and one was even used in schools. Hundreds of thousands of copies were printed, and his readings attracted large crowds.

When it came to popularity, Erwin Strittmatter could hold his own with fellow East German writer Christa Wolf. He was also inundated with letters from enthusiastic readers seeking consolation.

He received the National Prize of the German Democratic Republic several times, and he was the first secretary of the Association of German Writers for a short while. At the same time, he surrounded himself with the aura of a misfit. And there were indeed confrontations with the leadership the East German communist party, the SED, which sometimes led to printing delays and publishers’ artificially restricting the size of the print runs. This made his books all the more appealing to readers, who read between the lines and felt as if they were reading underground literature.

His success continued after German reunification. In 1996, a respected high school was named after him in Spremberg, a town in the eastern state of Brandenburg. The 1998 TV adaptation of the trilogy of novels “Der Laden” (The Shop) received both the Adolf Grimme Prize and the German Television Award.

But Strittmatter was no longer alive to receive those awards, or to experience the 1996 revelations about his collaboration with the East German secret police, the Stasi, and the doubts voiced in 2008 about his own account of his participation in World War II. Strittmatter was buried in 1994 near his farm.

ROBERT SPENCER: HOMELAND SECURITY OFFICIAL MOHAMED ELIBIARY….

http://pjmedia.com/blog/mccarthyism-and-mohamed-elibiary/?print=1 McCarthyism and Mohamed Elibiary Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and four other representatives are now being accused of McCarthyism [1] over the letter [2] they sent to defense, diplomatic, intelligence, and law-enforcement agencies asking them to investigate Muslim Brotherhood infiltration in the U.S. government. The implication is that Bachmann, like McCarthy (at least according to […]

APPALLING! WHAT ARABS TEACH THEIR CHILDREN….PLEASE SEE THIS

Bulletin July 23, 2012 Israel is monster that eats Palestinian children, in Palestinian art on PA TV http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=7174 by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik A Palestinian Authority TV host asked an artist to discuss one of his paintings “dealing with the Palestinian nation’s problems such as the Gaza massacres.” This is the painting: The […]

DIANA MUIR APPLEBAUM: TIME FOR A POPULATION SEPARATION IN SYRIA ****

http://www.jidaily.com/54cb1?utm_source=Jewish+Ideas+Daily+Insider&utm_campaign=f1bf018c19-Insider&utm_medium=email If the international community wants to do something useful in Syria, it could assist an orderly population separation into ethnic nation states. A massive population separation is already underway; Kurds are fencing off their northeastern corner of the (erstwhile?) Syrian state, Alawites are fleeing to their historic coastal province, Armenians are fleeing to Armenia, […]

THE QUEEN’S JEWRY….TWO JUBILEES….BEN ELTON

http://www.jewishideasdaily.com/4538/features/the-queens-jewry/ In the history of the British monarchy, there have been only two Diamond Jubilees. Last month, Elizabeth II celebrated sixty years on the throne. In 1897 Queen Victoria marked the same milestone. To mark Victoria’s Jubilee the communal leader and scholar Lucien Wolf published an article entitled “The Queen’s Jewry” that set out the […]

Picture Worth 1,000 Words: Billions of Barrels of Oil and Thousands of Jobs : Tom Bonnette ****

http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/detail/picture-worth-1000-words-billions-of-barrels-of-oil-and-thousands-of-jobs

What do you do as president when faced with record-high gas prices, unemployment above eight percent and the Middle East sitting on a powder keg that could go off at any time?

Shut down oil drilling along about 85 percent of the U.S. coastline, of course.

You might have already heard about Interior Secretary Ken Salazar’s five-year leasing plan for offshore drilling. Maybe you didn’t hear about it, since it was released the same day as the U.S. Supreme Court’s Obamacare decision to be able to fly under the media radar as stealthily as possible.

Every five years, the Department of the Interior must create a drilling and permitting plan for the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), which has to go through 60 days of congressional review before approval.

Here is what the plan looked like under the Bush Administration:

PAM MEISTER: POLITICIZING A TRAGEDY

http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/detail/aurora-colorado-politicizing-a-tragedy The horrific attack by (alleged) gunman James Holmes at an Aurora, Colorado movie theater last week was naturally big news – and naturally, media outlets rushed to cover the tragedy as it unfolded. As of this writing, 12 people are dead, including several children, and 59 were wounded, many in critical condition. Most Americans […]

DIANA WEST: THE FORTY-FIVE PERCENT THAT DOUBT THE AUTHENTICITY OF THE POSTED BIRTH CERTIFICATE

http://www.dianawest.net/Home/tabid/36/EntryId/2189/Forty-Five-Percent.aspx From YouGov polling: Polling conducted last week suggests that whatever remaining effect of the release of the birth certificate that persisted through January is completely gone today. From June 30-July 2, 2012, YouGov surveyed 1000 Americans and asked whether “Barack Obama was born in the United States of America.” In the table below, I […]

ANDREW BOSTOM: HUMA ABEDIN’ S MOTHER AND THE MOSLEM SISTERHOOD

http://www.andrewbostom.org/blog/2012/07/22/saleha-abedin-and-the-muslim-sisterhood/ Saleha Mahmood Abedin is intimately associated with Muslim educational, cultural, and charitable organizations that represent dangerous simulacra of their Western counterparts, and are designed to promulgate liberty-crushing Sharia supremacism, not free, objective inquiry, genuine respect for cultural differences, or even unfettered charity for the needy, regardless of creed. The extent of Dr. Abedin’s influence […]

FRENCH PRESIDENT FRANCOIS HOLLANDE ON THE OCCASION OF THE VEL D’HIV….PLEASE READ …SEE NOTE

In French at: http://jssnews.com/2012/07/22/hollandehistorique

IT MAY SUFFER A BIT IN TRANSLATION BUT IT IS A MAGNIFICENT SPEECH…NEVER MIND LEFT OR RIGHT….

ALSO PLEASE READ RITA KRAMER’S COLUMN ON VEL D’HIV PUBLISHED TODAY IN OUTPOST ONLINE:

France’s Shame: Rita Kramer

http://www.mideastoutpost.com/archives/frances-shame-rita-kramer.html

We gather this morning to recall the horror of a crime, expressing the grief of those who lived through the tragedy, evoking the dark hours of collaboration, our history, and therefore the responsibility of France.
We are here also to transmit the memory of the Shoah, which the raids were the first step, to lead the fight against oblivion, to testify to the new generations of barbarism that is capable of doing and what humanity may itself contain resources to defeat it.

70 years ago, July 16, 1942, at dawn, 13,152 men, women and children were arrested at their homes. Childless couples and singles were interned in Drancy, where the fall will amount to the museum created by the Shoah Memorial.

Others were taken to the Velodrome d’Hiver. Crammed for five days in inhumane conditions, they were transferred from there to the camps of Pithiviers and Beaune-la-Rolande.

Clear direction was given by the Vichy administration: “Children should not be dispatched in the same convoy as the parents.” So, after agonizing separations that parents on one side, the other children, went to Auschwitz-Birkenau where deported from Drancy had preceded them a few days.

They were murdered. Simply because they were Jews.

This crime took place here in our city, our streets, in our current building, in our stairwells, in our school yards.