Peaceful Nazi still a Nazi

Peaceful Nazi still a Nazi

What is a peaceful Nazi?

Is it some new-aged, enlightened individual whose beliefs somehow deviate from those of traditional Nazism, an ideology founded in a violent, fascist movement that espoused racial superiority and antisemitism?

Is it one who prefers runners to jackboots, loose-fitting khakis and white polo shirts to crisp, grey Hugo Boss uniforms,and marching as a random mob over goose-stepping in military precision?

Some involved with the recent Unite the Right rally that took place in Charlottesville, VA, to protest the removal of a statue, have claimed the event was intended to be peaceful. Even though some were seen brandishing weapons or flags with swastikas, and chanted, “Jews will not replace us,” rally participants were somehow not entirely responsible for the violence that broke out against counter-protesters or the death and injuries that occurred in the process.

It should be noted not everyone who took part in the rally was a peaceful Nazi. Some were peaceful members of white nationalist organizations such as the Ku Klux Klan, as well as various militias.

Some at the rally, such as torch-wielding Ted Von Nukem, were simply enthusiastic historians wanting to preserve their heritage. Formerly Teddy Landrum, Von Nukem said the rally was not about race, but about saving “our history.” This would refer to the statue of Robert E. Lee that Charlottesville city council planned to remove. Apparently, the city no longer felt it proper to continue honouring a man who was willing to see thousands of his own countrymen die in order to preserve his right to keep people as property.

But I digress. This column isn’t about those who marched to preserve their non-specific, often mixed but supposedly predominant Anglo Saxon heritage. Well, maybe it is, the peaceful ones anyway.

Perhaps my view of Nazis is both naive and dated. You see, as a kid, I developed the perception that Nazis equated to “bad guys.” They were the grey plastic soldiers who were always causing trouble for the green. In the movies, they were the ones who, when not smoking cigarettes between their index and middle fingers (despite the anti-tobacco stance of the Third Reich), kept the good guys pinned in a trench or behind a crumbling wall, at least until the American hero of the story turned things around and helped win the day.

Nazis were also the reason my grandfathers and godfather served in the military. They’re no longer with us, but I can’t imagine they’d find the peaceful Nazi convincing. Regardless of what one is wearing, calls himself or claims to be doing, if they are waving swastikas and shouting racially oppressive slogans, or supporting those who do, they have no respect for the sacrifices made on their behalf and waive all right to the freedoms they are abusing as a result.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A medical worker prepares vials of the COVID-19 vaccines, Chinese Sinopharm, left, Sputnik V, center, and Pfizer at a vaccine centre, in the Usce shopping mall in Belgrade, Serbia, Thursday, May 6, 2021. Serbian authorities are looking for incentives for people to boost vaccination that has slowed down in recent weeks amid widespread anti-vaccination and conspiracy theories in the Balkan nation. The government has also promised a payment of around 25 euros to everyone who gets vaccinated by the end of May. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
38 new COVID-19 cases, more than 335k vaccines administered in Interior Health

Interior Health also to start targeted vaccinations in high transmission neighbourhoods

Darren Landy stands next to his six-by-10-foot trailer that he uses to haul yard waste to the Columbia Shuswap Regional District landfill in Salmon Arm. Because the trailer is tandem axle, he is charged for disposal. There is no fee for yard waste dropped off by car or single-axle trailers. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
Resident caught in tandem-axle dilemma at Salmon Arm landfill

Darren Landy argues larger single-axle trailers loaded with yard waste are being dumped for free

FILE PHOTO
Second doses of COVID-19 vaccine will be available, as AstraZeneca supply runs low: Interior Health

Province expecting large volumes of Pfizer BioNTech as age-based cohort immunization program ramps up

Firefighters stand near the railway tracks near the Narcisse Street NW crossing in Salmon Arm about 11 a.m. Friday, May 7. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
UPDATE: Smouldering sulphur residue prompts Salmon Arm firefighter call-out

Water and foam mixture used to make sure everything extinguished

An application for the proposed subdivision and related zoning and Official Community Plan amendments proposed for 222 Temple St. will go to public hearing. (District of Sicamous graphic)
Subdivision, rezoning of large lot near Sicamous’ downtown going to public hearing

Applicant seeks to rezone portion for single family residence

(The Canadian Press)
Trudeau won’t say whether Canada supports patent waiver for COVID-19 vaccines

‘Canada is at the table to help find a solution’

A sign indicating face coverings are required by the establishment is pictured on the front door of a business in Vancouver, B.C., Friday, April 9, 2021. COVID-19 cases have been on a steady increase in the province of British Columbia over the past week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A sign indicating face coverings are required by the establishment is pictured on the front door of a business in Vancouver, B.C., Friday, April 9, 2021. COVID-19 cases have been on a steady increase in the province of British Columbia over the past week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C. to start releasing neighbourhood-specific COVID numbers after data leak

Documents obtained by the Vancouver Sun show cases broken down by neighbourhoods

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix update B.C.’s COVID-19 situation at the B.C. legislature, April 29, 2021. (B.C. government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 case count creeps up, seven more deaths

445 people in hospital, 157 in intensive care

Summerland’s positive test rate is much higher than surrounding local health areas, according to internal BC CDC documents. (BC CDC)
Summerland 3rd behind Surrey, Abbotsford in daily per capita COVID-19 cases

Interior Health is rolling out additional vaccine availability to the community

Cops for Kids riders will be spinning 30 feet in the air on scissor lifts at SaveOn Foods locations in Kelowna, Lake Country and West Kelowna Saturday, May 8, 2021. (File photo)
Cops reach new heights for Okanagan kids

Nor-Val Rentals is doing the heavy lifting Saturday in Kelowna, West Kelowna and Lake Country

Interior Health nurses administer Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines to seniors and care aids in Kelowna on Tuesday, March 16. (Phil McLachlan/Kelowna Capital News file)
People aged 30+ in Summerland, Rutland offered vaccine amid high transmission risk

Interior Health offers residents of Rutland and Summerland aged 30 and up chance at vaccine

Amazon is pausing its Prime Day marketing event in Canada this year amid ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks at its facilities in Ontario. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Amazon Prime Day halted in Canada due to COVID-19 outbreaks in warehouses

The event was postponed to protect the health and safety of employees and customers, the company says

Ally Thomas, 12, seen in an undated family handout photo, died on April 14 from a suspected overdose. Her family says they are frustrated more public supports weren't available when they tried to get her help. THE CANADIAN PRESS
Minister says suspected overdose death of 12-year-old pushing B.C. to ‘do better’

Minister Sheila Malcolmson of Mental Health and Addictions says the government is working ‘as hard as we can’ to build a system of care for youths

Lake Country firefighters assisted the RCMP on Kalamalka Lake Tuesday, May 4. (Fire Department file photo)
Okanagan RCMP interrupt houseboat break-in

Pair in their 30s arrested but no charges laid after alleged Kalamalka Lake incident

Most Read