By Volker Langbehn, Mohammad Salama
Greater than part a century prior to the mass executions of the Holocaust, Germany devastated the peoples of southwestern Africa. whereas colonialism may appear marginal to German historical past, new scholarship compares those acts to Nazi practices at the japanese and Western fronts. With one of the most vital essays from the prior 5 years exploring the "continuity thesis," this anthology debates the hyperlinks among German colonialist actions and the habit of Germany in the course of global battle II. a few participants argue the country's domination of southwestern Africa gave upward push to perceptions of racial distinction and superiority at domestic, construction upon a nascent nationalism that blossomed into nationwide Socialism and the Holocaust. Others stay skeptical and problem the continuity thesis. The members additionally learn Germany's colonial previous with debates over the country's id and background and examine its colonial crimes with different eu ventures. different matters explored comprise the denial or marginalization of German genocide and where of colonialism and the Holocaust inside German and Israeli postwar family.
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But Stone observed that though Curran was no genius, it would be a mistake to underestimate him—as the Reds discovered to their cost. It was folly to underestimate a labor leader whose “favorite reading,” in which he was absorbed “all the time,” was Robert’s Rules of Order. ” The Communists were to discover Curran’s procedural wiliness when he moved successfully to purge them as the Red Scare dawned. An only child born on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in 1906 of Irish American parents, Curran spent most of his boyhood in the home of a German baker in Westfield, New Jersey.
5 This fiery undercurrent was in stark contrast with the cool that characterized Smith. As a result of his upbringing in New Jersey, Curran “spoke fluent German” by the age of six. ” He “ran with a group of pretty tough little boys” there. ” As a result he and many others felt compelled to join the ISU, which ultimately led to the rise of the NMU. Curran vividly remembered the two leading Red leaders of the seamen: “Blackie” Myers and Smith. ” As for Smith, Curran’s mangled syntax makes it difficult to discern what he actually thought: “Ferdinand Smith, because he was a Negro, you see, was outstanding but not because of being articulate.
This was how the NMU sought to overcome the problem presented by a membership that was often scattered to the four corners of the globe. All dues payments went to the national headquarters in Manhattan; all bills and purchases and repairs were paid from there. ” When Stone met Curran in the spring of 1936, the latter was so broke that the party paid his rent. The party had good reason to believe that Curran was their man. ” Curran was more than willing to cooperate with the Communists at this juncture, for he had nothing to lose.
German Colonialism: Race, the Holocaust, and Postwar Germany by Volker Langbehn, Mohammad Salama