Friday, August 22, 2008


This morning, at the corner of Friedrichstrasse and Jagerstrasser, I saw two men, SA men, unscrewing a red Der Sturmer showcase from the wall of a building. Der Sturmer is the anti-Semitic journal that's run by the Reich's leading Jew -baiter, Julius Streicher.
This time I went up to them and asked them what they were doing.

'It's for the Olympiad,' said one. 'We're ordered to take them all down so as not to shock the foreign visitors who  will be coming to Berlin to see the Games.'

from March Violets: Philip Kerr, the first in the Bernie Gunther series written in 1989.

'You can get big headlines back home for slating the repressive regime and there are some aspects that are profoundly repressive but there is a great risk of going too far.' 

Tessa Jowell, British Olympics Minister 22 August 2008 


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