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MP Martin Hohmann at the National Holiday:
"Justice for Germany"
By Andrea Livnat
Slightly more than a year ago the German Public
Broadcasting Company ARD televised in their magazine programme "Panorama" a
about radical right-wingers in one of the major German parties, the
conservative CDU. The show presented numerous CDU-members who hold speeches
in right-wing organizations, publish in right-wing publishing companies,
shortly speaking, CDU members who rub shoulders with people who are branded
"radical right-wingers" and are under surveillance by the German domestic
intelligence service "Verfassungsschutz" that watches activities that
endanger the constitution. CDU secretary general Laurenz Mayer at that time
knew nothing about it, but asked for information to be able to act if need
be. The mentioned persons, however, are still CDU-members.
One of the people named in the show was
Martin Hohmann, 55 year-old
major of the reserves, MP for the constituency Fulda since 1998. Before he
had been mayor in the city of Neuhof near Fulda for 14 years. After
finishing his law studies at the university he started to work as a jurist
at the BKA, the German central criminal agency, at the end in a leading
position in the terrorism department in Wiesbaden. Hohmann sees himself in
line with good conservative tradition. For him to be conservative means "to
look towards the future" as he stated in an interview with the journal of
the "Deutschland"-foundation. Basically all people are conservative, he
thinks, however, such statements don't find a place in the published
opinion: "The spirit of the times and the rather liberal media take care of
the fact that anyone who has an opinion that isn't in line with the
mainstream doesn't even dare to utter it any more."
Mister Hohmann never hesitates a second to say what he has
on his mind and to show where he stands. That was the case for example in
november last year when he called the decision of the British House of Lords
to give homosexual couples adoption rights a " denaturation of the idea of a
family", this development should be met with "active courage". Moreover he
held toleration of homosexuality responsible for the "biggest problem of
German society, the drop in population". As regards
speech of november 9, 2000, he advised the chairman of the Jewish
central committee in Germany to ask himself if he "doesn't cause lasting
damage to the relationship between Jews and Non-Jews in Germany". Spiegel
had asked in his speech "Is it German culture to chase strangers to torch
synagogues and to kill the homeless? ", for Hohman a "terrible gaffe" and a
false insinuation, just as false as "to imply that Spiegel was responsible
that in the last act of revenge of the Israeli army two innocent women were
In line with best antisemitic tradition
Just recently, october 3, at the German national holiday,
Hohmann seized the opportunity to lash out in a diatribe at the CDU Neuhof.
A speech full of vintage antisemitism that until recently was linked with
the website of the CDU Neuhof. The former mayor apparently may say whatever
he wants, either they don't dare to criticize him in Neuhof or they fully
agree with his train of thoughts.
In the meantime, the speech was deleted from the CDU page,
documented for example here.
So what is the speech all about? The German crisis is
featured, for Hohmann stemming from the fact that "Germans don't get
preferential treatment in Germany". He is proud to have asked three
questions to German parliament:
1. Is the government in the face of the economic development and the drop in
public income ready to decrease its payments to the European Union ?
2. Is the government ready to help German forced labourers, too, after
10 billion marks were shelled out to foreign and Jewish forced labourers ?
3. Is the government in the face of the economic development and the drop in
public income ready to adapt the compensation payments according to the law
"Bundesentschädigungsgesetz" ( mainly towards Jewish Nazi victims) to the
reduced solvency of the country of Germany?
The answers surely would have made it clear to Hohmann that things are just
like he had suspected all along: "The main thing is that the German payments
arrive on the foreign accounts on time and undiminished. The Germans will
just have to draw in their belts a little more."
The reason for all that of course lies in the German
history. Noone could in all seriousness try to make forget the German past,
"we all know ", says Hohmann "the devastating and unique crimes that were
committed in the name of Hitler." But- and there is of course a "but" , the
longer the Nazi-era lies behind us, the more it transcends the German
present. With that Hohmann doesn't mean the neonazi gangs that roam
democratic Germany. These people don't generate danger of any kind , after
all the German electorate "gives these morons a more resounding rebuttal in
the elections than the voters in comparable neighboring countries." No,
Hohmann is worried about the "destruction of national confidence" stemming
from the ever-present reproach that Germans are a "people of perpetrators".
Martin Hohmann is a man in favor of clarity and truth,
"things mustn't be concealed or glossed over." The question is, however, if
an excessive amount of truths about the criminal and doomed 12 years of the
NS-tyranny isn't a) instrumentalised and b) contrary to pedagogical
expectancy can result in an inner defense mechanism. The never changing
truth is practically bound to cause mental damage.
To sum it all up: The Germans are damaged by the fact that
they are confronted over and over again with their guilt, therefore they
sent their money abroad instead of investing it in their own ailing economy.
So far so good, one might think, the representative doesn't stand alone with
his views, writer Martin Walser stated something of the kind five years ago.
Yet even if you had tried to see Mr.Hohmann in a positive light thus far,
you were about to cringe when the CDU-member asks the provocative question
"Is there also with the Jewish people, that we only see in the role of
victims, a dark side in recent history or were the Jews without exception
victims and the ones to suffer?"
The Jews and Bolshevism
Hohmann digs up a number of skeletons that Jews have in
the closet. We are once again confronted with Ernst Nolte's way of thinking,
the nazi crimes and bolshevik crimes are set off against each other and the
uniqueness of the nazi genocide is veiled. Henry Ford's "The international
Jew" of all things must stand witness for Hohmann's argumentation. The Jews,
that's the central idea of Ford's collected essays, have gathered in
conspiratory circles in the intention of obtaining world power through
economic might, especially control over currencies. Ford's essays are based
on the infamous "Protocols of the Elders of Zion" that he quotes in parts in
his weekly newspaper "the Dearborn Independent". In 1927 Ford was forced to
apologize publicly, the only way for him to avoid a lengthy legal battle
detrimental to his image. Ford never changed his ways, though, and turned
into a great admirer of Hitler. 1938 he received the decoration "Adlerschild
des Deutschen Reichens" (eagle shield of the Third Reich). Hohmann also
brings up Jewish witnesses to back up his argumentation. The "Jew Felix
Teilhaber" allegedly has said in 1919: "Socialism is a Jewish idea...Our
elders have preached socialism for thousands of years." And the founders of
communism and socialsm, starting with Karl Marx, were Jews.
What follows in his speech is a detailed summary of how
many Jews were members of revolutionary bodies.
Four Jews out of seven in the Politburo of 1917. 28,6% members of the
Russian revolutionary central committee of 1917. Ferdinand Lassalle, Eduard
Bernstein, Rosa Luxemburg and so on, six of four leaders of the communist
party in Germany in 1924 were Jews, out of 48 people commissioners in
Hungary 30 were Jewish, the Sovietrepublic of Munich and so on and so forth.
And not to be forgotten, the murder of Czar Nikolaus II. and his family was
committed by the Jew Jacob Sverdlov "with his own hands".
From which sources has MP Hohmann obtained his detailed
knowledge, one might ask oneself, when he is able to tell that "Churchill
held a report in 1930 that a statistical investigation of a college
professor until 1924 the following number of people had fallen victim to the
Soviets: 28 orthodox bishops, 1219 orthodox clerics, 6000 profesors and
teachers, 9000 doctors, 12950 landowners, 54000 officers, 70000 policemen,
193000 workers, 260000 soldiers, 355000 intellectuals and businessmen,
815000 farmers." Hohmann refers to the book "Jewish
bolshevism, myth and reality" by Johannes Regalla von Bieberstein to
which Ernst Nolte contributes an enthusiastic foreword.
Even though the author emphasizes specifically in the
foreword that he distances himself from antisemitic prejudice, the reader
has to wonder how thoroughly von Bieberstein detects Jews. You don't get to
know what Trotzki has done and what he hasn't done, but that he was as a
matter of fact Jewish. Jews in a racial sense are the main characters of von
Bieberstein's book. His aim is to highlight Jewish "guilt" in the communist
context und in the end to contribute to the theory of Nolte that
Nationalsocialism was a sort of self-defense against the bolshevik threat
that was lead by Jews. Mr. Rogalla von Bieberstein let the editors of
haGalil know, in a different context, that he is an internationally
acclaimed scientist, "also and especially by Jewish scientists". For him
it's a fact that the minority of Jewish communist extremists that came to
light after 1917 damaged Jewry as a whole infintitley. In the spirit of
Hohmann Mr. von Bieberstein lets us know that the insight that one can
receive from his book is "kept from us by the media that teach us their
collectivist-moralising view of history".
Hohmann comes in his speech to the conclusion, one could
in view of the millions of dead of this phase of the revolution ask if the
Jews were "culprits". Jews were active in great numbers both in the
leadership and in the firing squads of the Tscheka. One could therefore
argue with some justification that the Jews are " a people of perpetrators".
That may sound terrifying. It would follow the same logic that labels the
Germans as a "people of perpetrators". Just like Rogalla von Bieberstein
Hohmann picks out religion as a central theme. The Jews that "have
subscribed themselves to bolshevism and revolution had severed their ties to
religion before." Something similar is discovered with the Nazis. To cut a
long story short the godlessness is the one element that both
Nationalsocialism and bolshevism have in common. Hohmann takes an
interesting turn when he concludes neither "the Germans" nor "the Jews" are
a people of perpetrators. The atheists with their godless ideologies are the
ones to blame. You can almost get the impression that Hohmann has become
entangled in his own argumentation. The solution is of course easy, Hohmann
advises to "fall back on our religious roots and committments. Only they can
save us from the catastrophes that the godless have brought upon us."
However, he only talks about the christian religion, the religion of life,
whose reference to God in his opinion should be included in the European
Martin Hohmann says nothing illegal in his speech, he
doesn't agitate with unconstitutional slogans. His reasoning is much more
cunning and deceitful. Even though he does claim that Jews can't be labelled
"people of perpetrators" as a whole , he gives a bunch of "proofs" of
exactly that. By means of a juxtaposition of nationalsocialism and
bolshevism, Germans and Jews, the holocaust gets trivialzed, the guilt of
Nazi-Germany diminished and antisemitic argumentation of the worst kind gets
warmed up and newly served. Jews pull the strings wherever the speaker likes
it of bolshevism, communism, socialism, capitalism. Mr.Hohmann is looking
for Jews in bolshevism, he will certainly find them, no doubt. And all that
backed by a historian respected "especially" by Jewish scientists, well,
that can't be wrong. Again and again it's nice to see that it is supposed to
be enough to list a couple of Jews to be able to acquaint oneself of any
reproach of using right-wing or antisemitic reasoning.
With a representative like Martin Hohmann the CDU really
doesn't have to worry about the election success of extremist parties like
the openly right-wing NPD. The CDU can cover the whole right side of the
electorate with people like Hohmann. Who needs the NPD ?
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