Wednesday, November 03, 2010

88-year-old alleged Nazi murderer, Samuel Kunz 'may be tried as minor'

From the BBC, 29 July 2010:

Mr Kunz is accused of being a guard at Belzec death camp in occupied Poland in 1942-1943

An 88-year-old man charged with taking part in the killing of 430,000 Jews at a Nazi death camp may be tried as a minor, officials say. Samuel Kunz is also charged with personally shooting dead 10 Jews at Belzec in occupied Poland in 1942-43.

The retired civil servant was 20 when he is alleged to have started working as a guard at the camp. ...Prosecutors brought charges against Mr Kunz at the adolescent chamber of Bonn's regional court earlier this month. ..."The prosecution decided to file the charges with the chamber because at the beginning of the period the accused was an adolescent," court spokesman Matthias Nordmeyer told the BBC.

Under German law, suspects aged between 18 and 21 can be charged as minors or adults; the maximum sentence adolescent courts can impose is life in prison.

Red Army
The Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Nazi-hunting organisation, puts Mr Kunz as number three on its most-wanted list. He had been questioned several times by German investigators, but not charged. However, his name emerged recently during the trial of another Nazi war crimes suspect, John Demjanjuk. Prosecutors say both men were born in what became the Soviet Union and became camp guards after being captured by the Germans while serving in the Red Army.

Mr Kunz has already been called as a witness in the trial of 90-year-old Mr Demjanjuk, who was deported to Munich from the US last May. Mr Demjanjuk is charged with participating in the murder of 27,900 people at the Sobibor death camp. ...Both men allegedly trained at the same SS camp, at Trawniki in Poland....

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Alice loves life

From YouTube, October 06, 2010: the story of a 107-year-old survivor in a 12-minute Trailer of an upcoming movie: "Alice Dancing Under the Gallows":

Anti-Christian Pogroms in Egypt

From (, 27 October, by Gil Ronen:
Egyptian Muslim mobs are seething against the country's Christians following a Al-Jazeera television report that the Christians were aligned with Israel and stockpiling weapons in preparation for attacking the Muslims.

Fears for the safety of the Christians are growing after a series of violent threats and mass demonstrations against them...In addition, the Barnabas Fund [a Christian advocacy and charitable organization based in Britain] reported, the anger is being fueled by rumors circulated by Islamist leaders that Christians are kidnapping and torturing women who had converted to Islam.

At least ten mass Muslim demonstrations by crowds numbering in the thousands have taken place against Christians this month. A previously unknown group called “Front of Islamic Egypt” vowed that the Christians would experience a “bloodbath.”

There are reports that Egyptian authorities are behind the demonstrations, which serve them for political reasons ahead of next month’s national election for the lower house of Parliament and the 2011 election for the country's presidency. Christian human rights activists said that the authorities may be trying to channel the country's growing social discontent into anti-Christian sentiment.

Egypt has the largest Christian population of any Muslim nation in the Arab world, estimated at six to ten million.

In a separate affair, Egypt's Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs compelled a senior church leader to apologize publicly after another church leader questioned a verse in the Qur’an that accuses Christians of being “infidels.”

Also see "Islamists Accuse Egypt's Christians of Behaving Like…Islamists?" by Raymond Ibrahim, Hudson New York, October 28, 2010.

Christian Dhimmis turn against Jews

From Jihad Watch, 26 Oct 2010, by Robert:

Recently two prominent Eastern Catholic bishops have made statements that are ...contradictory of their earlier statements ....indicative of a larger phenomenon regarding the difficulties that Christians in Islamic countries and non-Muslims in Muslim countries in general face.

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In 2006, Archbishop Cyril Salim Bustros, Eparch of Newton for the Melkite Greek Catholics in the United States, said:

"the doctrines of Islam dictate war against unbelievers ...the concept of nonviolence is absent from Muslim doctrine and practice ...peace in Islam is based on the surrender of all people to Islam and to God's power based on Islamic law. They have to defend this peace of God even by force."
And yet at the recently concluded Vatican Synod on Christians in the Middle East, he contradicted the teachings of the Catholic Church's Second Vatican Council and echoed Islamic supremacist propaganda by saying that 

divine promises made to Israel according to Jewish and Christian Scripture "were nullified by Christ. There is no longer a chosen people."
Dhimmi 2
In 2007, Emmanuel III Delly, the Patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans, head of the Chaldean Catholic Church, said this about the Christians in Iraq:

"Christians are killed, chased out of their homes before the very eyes of those who are supposed to be responsible for their safety." In 2008, he said: "The situation in some parts of Iraq, is disastrous and tragic. Life is a Calvary: there is no peace or security... Everyone is afraid of kidnapping."
But on October 15 he said this at the Vatican's Synod on Christians in the Middle East:
"The population of this country, crossed by two famous rivers, the Tigris and the Euphrates, is 24 million, all Muslims, with whom we live peacefully and freely....Christians are good with their fellow Muslims and in Iraq there is mutual respect among them."
(Quotes from Emmanuel thanks to Robert Moynihan of Inside the Vatican.)He made no mention of the Muslim imperative to bring about "the surrender of all people to Islam" as being a possible contributing cause in the plight of Christians in the Middle East; instead, he blamed Israel only.

Why these shifts?

...the statements ...are essentially identical to statements that so many Muslim leaders have made about Jews, Jerusalem and Israel. This is the way all too many Middle Eastern Christians have learned to view the world. is a reflection of the situation on the ground in Islamic countries: Christians who don't echo the Islamic political line face hard going.

Also, according to Islamic law, the "protection" contract between the Muslim community and the dhimmis is violated, leaving the dhimmi subject to execution, if he "mentions something impermissible about Allah, the Prophet, or Islam," ('Umdat al-Salik 011.10(5).)

... Christians generally know that if they speak out against the mistreatment to which they are subjected, they will only make matters worse. Historically, dhimmi communities were also kept apart and at odds with one another -- hence the animosity toward Jews. They were communities of fear, living under an ever-ready threat of death if they got out of line. And so mostly, they didn't....