September 21, 2006, - 10:58 am
By Debbie Schlussel
Question: How do you know when the new Nazism is here?
Answer: When the old Nazis get our sympathy . . . or rather, the mainstream press’ sympathy.
Check out this L.A. Times article about Efriede Lina Rinkel, a Nazi S.S. Guard, who was just deported from the U.S. It gives new meaning to the phrase “Sympathy for the Devil.”
Rinkel, a guard at Camp Ravensbruck Concentration Camp, used a trained attack dog against the women there–10,000 of whom were murdered by Rinkel and the other Nazis present in the year that she worked there (92,000 total murdered there). They were gassed, tortured, and worked to death, and others were murdered through Nazi “medical experiments.” She volunteered for the job because it paid more than her factory work. America should not have deported her. We should have executed her. Instead, she was given until September 30th to leave, and the government will allow her to be buried on U.S. soil.
Unfortunately for us and fortunately for her, already 83 years old, she lived a full life in America, with a Jewish husband to whom she lied about her Nazi past. And now she gets to enjoy the rest of it somewhere else, laughing all the way while she lives out the rest of her life in G-d’s waiting room.
That’s bad enough.
Worse is the sympathy the L.A. Times tries to elicit from us for this active cog in the Nazi death machine. Start with the headline:
“Nice, Sweet Lady,” 83, Deported for Nazi Past
Hello? . . . She was a NAZI! We can’t wait for the headline that reads:
“Nice, Generous Man,” 6’4″ Bin Laden, Executed for Islamic Past
Instead of a focus on her vicious crimes against humanity, the L.A. Times first focuses on her looks:
a girl with blue eyes and striking red hair.
Incredible. What difference does it make what she looked like, if she helped murder 10,000 innocent people? If Christie Brinkley murders 10,000, will it be okay because she’s beautiful?
Then, the Times focuses on the Harlequin Romance between this hardened Nazi and her Jewish husband, a relationship based solely on fraud:
She lived alone in a tiny, top-floor apartment in one of the tougher sections of San Francisco. At 83, she was short and a bit stout. Diabetes took the sight in one of her eyes; arthritis left her leaning heavily on a cane. For long trips, she took a taxi.
Her husband had died. He was the love of her long life, a short, dapper man who had worked as a bartender and waiter at some of the city’s larger hotels and was active in Jewish activities. They buried him in a Jewish cemetery outside the city. . . .
On Tuesday, the Justice Department announced that the woman with the pleasant smile and the German accent had been deported to Germany. She admitted that she had lied on her U.S. visa application.
Her lawyer, Alison Dixon, said she never told Fred, her husband. Not during their romance after the war, on their wedding night in Germany, or their voyage to a new life in America. Always, she kept quiet.
“He did not know,” the lawyer said, “because all these years she was totally embarrassed.” [DS: Ya think?!] . . .
The government caught up with a woman in the dusk of her life who expected perhaps soon to quietly join her husband in the Eternal Home Cemetery in Colma, south of the city. The double gravestone was already there, with the Star of David above their names.
Why is any of this relevant to the fact that this woman is a Nazi conspirator in the murder of 10,000 at a concentration camp?
And why is it relevant whether or not she is nice? We don’t know but the L.A. Times felt is was so important, that they apparently asked Justice Dept. Official Eli M. Rosenbaum (who heads the Office of Special Investigations):
But wait, but wait, wasn’t she a pleasant and king, old and tired lady?
A question like that from the Times reporter is apparent in this:
He [Rosenbaum of the Justice Dept.] agreed that she appeared pleasant and kind, old and tired.
So, what? Many of her victims might have appeared “pleasant and kind, old and tired,” if they weren’t already dead decades ago, with her help.
She admitted being assigned to the camp, explaining that she had a less desirable job as a factory worker and volunteered to be a dog handler at the camp for better wages.
But she insisted she never used her dog as a weapon against the prisoners, never forced them into marches every morning to work or to die. She said she never joined the Nazi Party, just did its bidding.
Uh-huh. Same fricking difference. (I didn’t actually join Al-Qaeda. I just blew up people.)
Then, there’s her annoying liar, er . . . lawyer:
Dixon, her San Francisco lawyer, explained that it was all just too long ago. She said her client had tried to remake her life and never thought she would be tripped up so late in her years.
“She was trying to atone for actions in the past,” said Dixon. “She married a Jewish man, and she gave to Jewish charities.”
Sounds like, Some of my best friends are Black.
“And she always believed there was a certain coercion involved in what she did at the camp. She insisted that she had zero contact with the actual prisoners, that she just walked the camp perimeter.”
Uh-huh. Don’t blame me, I just worked there.
Then, there’s Gene Kaufman, director of the Sinai Memorial Chapel, where she and her husband had plots.
“She was just such a pleasant-looking lady and very small. Such a nice, sweet lady who seemed to have a very loving relationship with her husband.”
Disgusting. This guy is like those people who live next door to ax murders and serial killers: But he was such a nice man.
Ditto for neighbor Gunvant Shah.
At the apartment building on Bush Street, Gunvant Shah, who met the Rinkels in 1976, described a couple that sang German songs late at night, danced together and sometimes fought loudly, prompting complaints from neighbors.
They lived “a modest life,” Shah said, with no car, but often strolled together in the evenings, dressed elegantly. “Mr. Rinkel would hold her by the arm. They would walk together, proud and joyful.”
Imagine if this was an Islamic terrorist. No need to imagine, because that’s exactly the same way their neighbors, the press, and everyone else does react.
Sympathy for the Devil will be the death of us.
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