Holocaust Lesson: Genocide Always in the Name of ‘Human Rights’


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Every single act of genocidal aggression is couched in the language of human rights and the need for self-determination for minorities.   One of the most infamous began as a supposed struggle to defend the human rights of an oppressed minority group, as an innocent demand for self-determination.   All Hitler wanted was to achieve self-determination for the Sudeten Germans, to free them from oppression and mistreatment at the hands of democratic Czechoslovakia.

Never mind that the ethnic Germans living under Czechoslovak rule were being treated infinitely better than were Germans living under German rule. In fact, the Sudetens were arguably the best treated minority in all of Europe.  Never mind that Germans already had achieved self-determination in the form of nation states – ­ Germany and Austria – to which Sudeten Germans could freely move.  Never mind that the ONLY reason Germany was demanding self-determination and independence for the Sudetens was as a ploy to destroy all of Czechoslovakia and then to carry out genocide.  Sound familiar?

The modern Czechoslovakian state came into existence in 1918; in the first of many parallels with modern Israel, it was a country recreated after centuries, having been destroyed and absorbed by others over the years. In the Middle Ages, Bohemia and Moravia had been separate Czech kingdoms, enjoying varying degrees of independence, generally within the framework of the Holy Roman Empire.

Modern Czech nationalism emerged in the second half of the nineteenth century. During World War I, Czechs participated in resistance and espionage against the Axis powers, and their leaders lobbied in European capitals for independence. After centuries of persecution, the Czechs reestablished their sovereignty following World War I and linked up with their Slovakian cousins in the new state of Czechoslovakia.

Czechoslovakia contained a diverse and heterogeneous population, like the Habsburg Empire from which it emerged. In particular, about 23 percent of its citizens were ethnic Germans, concentrated in the Western section known as the Sudetenland. Most Sudeten Germans were violently opposed to incorporation within the Czechoslovakian state. Instead, they identified openly with larger neighboring countries and fundamentally opposed the very existence of the new state. On October 21, 1918, German deputies from all parts of the former Austrian Empire convened and issued a call for national “self-determination” for the Germans of Czechoslovakia, using the term President Woodrow Wilson had recently added to the international lexicon. In the following year, Sudeten Germans launched a wave of violent demonstrations and terrorism in opposition to the inclusion of their lands in the Czech state. In addition, thousands of Sudeten Germans fled from the new state to the neighboring countries of Germany and Austria.

The new Czechoslovakia thus included a large element with questionable loyalty to the state. Czechoslovakia was ruled by social democrats committed to social reform and egalitarianism; they made attempts to resolve this problem by winning over the hostile minority through economic integration, tolerance, freedom, and liberal social reform. The first Czechoslovakian president, Tomas Garrigue Masaryk, a powerful, strong-willed, charismatic, and progressive politician, proposed a comprehensive program of equality for all national groups in the new state.

Czechoslovakia quickly developed in the 1920s into a stable parliamentary democracy with protection for all the freedoms found in modern Western states. A large number of political parties contested elections and gained representation in the parliament.  The country passed legislative programs that were among the most progressive in the world. Trade union activism and power bloomed, and widespread experimentation with cooperative agriculture took place.

The German minority was permitted to operate its own schools in its own languages and control its own local affairs. German was an official national language in the German areas of Czechoslovakia. Sudeten Germans voted and were elected to parliament.  On the whole, the Sudeten Germans enjoyed better treatment than any other national minority in Europe.

However, by 1937 the Sudeten Germans found themselves at the center of escalating tensions. The radicalization of nationalist movements in neighboring countries, where power was seized by revolutionary and xenophobic leaders, led to growing international conflict. Specifically, the pan-German ideology and imperialist ambitions of the Third Reich inflamed the Sudeten conflict. Adolf Hitler saw Czechoslovakia as an integral part of the German national homeland, an area to be absorbed and integrated into the Reich.

As international tensions grew, Berlin complained more and more about discrimination and mistreatment of the Sudetens. In response, Sudeten Germans moved away from peaceful coexistence in favor of polarization and extremism. Their growing nationalist movement was anti-liberal, anti-democratic, and authoritarian. The Nazi Party was formally banned in Czechoslovakia but support for the Sudeten German Party (SdP), the Nazi surrogate party, soared; in 1935 it received 63 percent of the German vote in Czechoslovakia (a higher percentage than what the Nazis received in Germany in 1933), and 78 percent in 1938. The SdP never outlined a political or social program of nation-building beyond demanding “self-determination.”

The SdP used violence to suppress other competing nationalist parties and asserted its own position as sole spokesman for the Sudeten Germans. It organized Sudeten refugees who had fled to Germany when Czechoslovakia became independent and recruited them into the Heimatbund, a paramilitary organization. This group later formed the basis of the Sudeten German Freikorps, a terrorist organization to which 34,000 Sudetens living in Germany were recruited. These terrorists raided Czech border areas and carried out atrocities until late 1938. The SdP and other Sudeten political organizations openly identified with the Nazi Party in Germany.

After coming to power, but especially beginning in 1937, Hitler turned the issue of Sudeten national rights into his main instrument for aggression against Czechoslovakia. Self-determination served him as a means to destroy and annex the country. The most important Nazi assault on Czechoslovakia was its propaganda machine’s denunciation of the supposed torture and physical abuse of Sudeten Germans at the hands of Czechoslovakia—this from the regime that had already built concentration camps.

By mid-1937, Hitler simultaneously pressured Prague to make concessions on the Sudeten issue and completed a military plan for the conquest of Czechoslovakia. In 1938 the SdP adopted the Carlsbad Eight Points, a manifesto that essentially called for the partitioning of Czechoslovakia and the secession of the Sudetenland to Germany.

The internal problem of minority “rights” quickly assumed international dimensions. Responding to Nazi protests, the Western powers received Henlein with an official welcome of a kind usually reserved for a head of state. In contrast, as Czech historian Radomir Luza notes, Czechoslovakia’s president Benes was treated “more cavalierly than if he had been the chief of a tribe in Africa.”

This symbolism revealed a deeper outlook as the Western states pressured Prague to accede to Sudeten demands. In July 1936, Britain’s Foreign Minister Anthony Eden urged Czechoslovakia to grant the Sudeten Germans full autonomy. Responding to these pressures, Czechoslovak leaders agreed to negotiate with the SdP and proposed a program for limited Sudeten autonomy. The SdP, acting under orders from Hitler, peremptorily rejected the plan. (Nazi foreign minister Joachim von Ribbentrop advised the Sudeten Nazis: “Always negotiate and do not let the thread break; but always demand more than the opposing side can offer.”)

Henlein escalated his rhetoric, denouncing the Prague regime as “Hussite-Bolshevik criminals,” even as threats from the Third Reich assumed a more ominous tone. Reports arrived of German troop concentrations near the Czechoslovak frontier. At the same time that Berlin prepared for war, it denounced the Czechs as “the real disturbers of peace in Europe.”

Prague from the beginning argued that the issue of Sudeten self-determination was a red herring, that the real cause of crisis was the Third Reich’s aggressive intentions. The few Western voices that agreed with this analysis were generally ignored.  Although Czechoslovakia had always maintained that the Sudeten problem was an internal affair and no business of the world community, in August 1938, London demanded and Prague had to accept a British mediator. Chamberlain and French prime minister Edouard Daladier accused Prague of ill-treating the Sudeten minority and so being responsible for conflict. The European press routinely painted Czechoslovakia prime minister Benes as a warmonger.

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  • http://www.resonoelusono.com/NaturalBornCitizen.htm Alexander Gofen

    The Western powers at at place have always betrayed the nations considered "a small change" to the crocodile of the time. The unfortunate Czechoslovakia was betrayed to cannibals twice: first to hitler, later to sovetskih… And mind: Czechoslovakia was a member of their club unlike Israel – a pariah! See 4.4 in

    http://www.resonoelusono.com/Imminent.htm

    In fact, now the situation in Eurabia is worse than in the 1930s. Now the entire nations like Norway (formerly 100% Christian) voluntarily self-liquidate themselves by letting in islamic piranhas and allowing them to multiply and proselytize. They have already capitulated themselves. How can one expect them to see Israel still refusing to capitulate?
    http://www.resonoelusono.com/DeclarationForIsrael

  • flomper

    If Germany had not been treated so brutally by the so called "Allies" at the end of WW1 there is a strong possibility that history would have been much different. These very same "Allies" resisted Germanys peace overtures in 1916/1917, going so far as to murder German emissaries. Your American government was closely involved in these machinations. The Second World War was born in the First World War.
    Hitler understood the danger the commies in the East posed to all of Europe. Later all of us in the West came to the same understanding. Is it not curious that 80 per cent of the Bolshevik commie revolutionary leadership were of Jewish extraction and is it also not curious that liberal/socialist Jews continue to form the backbone of the corps of idealogues driving multiculturalism and oneworlder ism/socialist dictatorship propelling the West ever faster to its destruction?

    • UCSPanther

      Go back to Stormfront, freak.

    • reader

      Really? So how many Jews were sitting in the first Bolshevik government Sovnarkom? Let me help you: just one of 19 members. I wonder what extraction you are.

    • Banastre Tarleton

      RUBBISH…..the second world war was indeed born of the first…..Imperial Germany was saved by the bell…the Allies , led by Ameriica , should have refused a German armistice and occupied Germany in 1919 like they eventually did in 1945 …..Weirmar Democracy would have worked if it had been midwifed by Allied force of arms ….nov 1918 was indeed the ''hinge of fate ''

    • aspacia

      flomper,

      Revisionist history is boring, stick with the facts, not what ifs.

  • Schlomotion

    This article is a fancy way of saying that "Only Jews know what human rights are. All other human rights movements, unless they have been approved by a Zionist committee, are antisemitic." Israel is deciding, that not only is it too good for the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, too good for the World Court, too good for the Neutrality of the Seas, to good to respect borders and embassies, NOW Israel is too good for Human Rights.

    • stern

      Best way to deal with this nonsense is not to engage. Ignore, please.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Schlock,

      This URL is for you.

      Winston Churchill announcing Germany's unconditional surrender http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efvwJjzqKUk

    • Zionista

      remember – just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're NOT after you!!!! (actually hon, you're WAY too irrelevant for anyone to give a rat's butt about)

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    Schlockmoron,

    You seem to be upset that the Israelis are NOT the unarmed Jews of WW2 national Socialist infested Europe or the Jews of Medina.

    That's the we way we like it.

    Here is partial list of the actions of the followers of the self proclaimed "Religion of Peace".
    - 9/11
    - 1993 truck bombing of the WTC
    - Bombing of Pan Am 103
    - 7/7 2005 London transport bombings
    - Madrid train bombing
    - Bali bombing
    - Beslan school hijacking massacre
    - Mumbai India massacre
    - 2012 Toulouse France massacre
    - Saddam Husseins poison gas attack on the Kurds – 5,000 dead
    - assassination of US Senator Robert F. Kennedy
    - richard reid sneaker bomber
    - Nigerian underwear bomber
    - Times Square SUV bomber
    - Death fatwa on writer Salman Rushdie
    - Death threats on Danish cartoonists over pen and ink drawings
    - Near nuclear war between the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and India
    - Beheading of journalist Daniel Pearl
    - Various other kidnapping and video taped executions
    - $100 per barrel Oil – Thanks OPEC
    - $4 per gallon gasoline – Thanks OPEC
    - 8 year Iraq / Iran war
    - Genocidal death threats by the Islamic Republic of Iran
    - Death threats against Europe by Muslims living IN Europe – see British Muslism
    - Honor killings of Muslim girls over "family honor" in the US too
    - Murder of Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh
    - Fort Hood massacre
    - Assad kkklan of Syria murder of over 9,000 Syrians AND the absence of "anti-imperialist", "anti-war" protests outside the Syrian consulate
    - attack on the 1972 Olympics and murder of atheletes
    - hijacking of the Achille Lauro and the murder of a wheelchair bound innocent
    - Current Day Slavery in Sudan (Darfur) and Mauritania
    - Empire State Building observation deck murders
    - Muslim-Only city of mecca in saudi arabia
    - wahabbi / salafi fascism
    - Luxor Egypt massacre of tourists
    - murder of Coptic Christians in Egypt
    - synagogue bombings in Turkey
    - church bombings in Nigeria
    - church bombings in Pakistan
    - mosque bombings in Iraq

    • aspacia

      Schlock dances around facts.

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    As everyone knows, Islamic Republics are paragons of enlightenment and freedom.

    /sarc

    - Killing for "family honor"
    - taqiyya to advance islamofascism
    - cry "islamophobia" every 9/11 anniversary
    - Islamic Republics sitting on UN "Human Rights Councils" and passing judgement on other countries

  • flomper

    Sieg Heil! I hate dem joos because I have such a tiny pecker!

  • Schlomotion

    Sieg Heil! I hate dem joos because I have such a tiny pecker!

    • flomper

      It seems there was a lot of killin' goin' on back in the last century. "Ilya Ehrenberg – The Man Who Invented The 'Six Million'
      In one leaflet entitled "Kill," Ehrenburg incited the simple Russian soldier to treat the Germans as subhuman. The final paragraph concludes:
      "The Germans are not human beings. From now on, the word 'German' is the most horrible curse. From now on, the word 'German' strikes us to the quick. We have nothing to discuss. We will not get excited. We will kill. If you have not killed at least one German a day, you have wasted that day … If you cannot kill a German with a bullet, then kill him with your bayonet. If your part of the front is quiet and there is no fighting, then kill a German in the meantime …

    • flomper

      …….If you have already killed a German, then kill another one – there is nothing more amusing to us than a heap of German corpses. Don't count the days, don't count the kilometers. Count only one thing: the number of Germans you have killed. Kill the Germans! … – Kill the Germans! Kill!"
      And in another leaflet: "The Germans must be killed. One must kill them … Do you feel sick? Do you feel a nightmare in your breast? … Kill a German! If you are a righteous and conscientious man – kill a German! … Kill!"

  • Bartimaeus

    Oh that man would learn something from history! But it seems we are going through yet another repeat, different name, different people, but the same sin and same blindness. However, "Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom the one which shall not be destroyed.” See Daniel 7:13-14. We are approaching the final repeat of history before the kingdom of God is come.

  • Ghostwriter

    I'm amazed that Schlobrain still posts here,because time and again,he's demonstrated a poor grasp of history. He's also an anti-semitic monster who wants to see Jews slaughtered like sheep.

    • Schlomotion

      That's not true. I would give them to the Kohen to redeem some donkeys.

  • Ghostwriter

    Also,don't forget the photo at the top of the article of a child holding a placard that says "For World Peace,Israel Must Be Destroyed." That sums up Schlomotion's feelings about Israel nicely.

  • Peter

    PART 1: A lot of half truth and one sided information on Czechoslovakia making the "Sudeten Germans" the collective evil and the Czechs the "born democrats". The reality is that Czechoslovakia never existed before 1918, it was an invention of the time to weaken Germany and Austria. Woodrow Wilson himself initially supported for the German speaking areas of Bohemia and Moravia to become part of Austria in line with his principal of self determination. The French under Clemanceau were the greatest supporters of incorporating large German and Hungarian speaking areas into Czechoslovakia and got their way with some British and strong Italian support. Edward Benes promised a Swiss style multi lingual democracy at the preace negotiations in St Germain. After the war he made Czech and Slovak the only official languages with German and Hungarian regional "minority languages". Instead of Swiss style federalization he centralsed the state, abolished the old provinces and moved all power to the Czech capital Prague. Nothing Swiss about it.

    • Nazis, heraus

      Peter prefers the autonomy arrangements within teh Third Reich

    • gene

      Oh those poor, poor krauts

  • Peter

    PART 2: One of the many lies of Benes, who later masterminded the expulsion of 3 million native Germans, among them many Jews, from their century old homeland branding them collectively guilty for Nazism. In reliaty he was playing with the idea of a mass expulsion already after WW I.
    Very few Jews today know that the Jewish population of Bohemia and Moravia was mainly German speaking in 1918 and supported the status quo under Austria rather than a Czechoslovak state. This only changed when the Nazis emerged as a strong force in the early 30s.

    • Nazis, Heraus

      Peter prefers the autonomy arrangements within the Third Reich

    • New Yorker

      The Sudeten Germans may not have all been guilty of nazism, but as a large German speaking minority within the Czechoslovak state they proved themselves being incapable living as citizens of the state and overwhelmingly (the key word!) sided with the aggressor, in fact becoming indistinguishable from him. They wanted to be part of the uniform ethnic German state – they got their wish, only by somewhat different means. As for the German speaking Jews – there were hardly any left courtesy of the these same Sudeten Germans and their nazi brethren from Austria and Germany who came there to "liberate". Your distortion of the historic events and twisting of the facts to suit your revisionism is nothing new.

  • Dispozadaburka

    All of this division actually dates back to the Sumerians.

  • Banastre Tarleton

    This was a very good description of the Sudaten crises ''……..the Sudaten germans were indeed agitating to create a pretex for nazi invasion ….their slogan was ''home to the Reich'' …..ironically , after the war that's EXACTLY what they got …deported to germany , as the Czhecs correctly saw them as instigators and a Fifth Column …they were well rid of , as were the Volkdeutch in Poland …never again would these type of aggresive minorities be used as a pretex for invasion …..it's just a pity that Israel could not get rid of her hostile minorities in a similar way

  • flomper

    It seems there was a lot of killin' goin' on back in the last century. "Ilya Ehrenberg – The Man Who Invented The 'Six Million'
    In one leaflet entitled "Kill," Ehrenburg incited the simple Russian soldier to treat the Germans as subhuman. The final paragraph concludes:
    "The Germans are not human beings. From now on, the word 'German' is the most horrible curse. From now on, the word 'German' strikes us to the quick. We have nothing to discuss. We will not get excited. We will kill. If you have not killed at least one German a day, you have wasted that day … If you cannot kill a German with a bullet, then kill him with your bayonet. If your part of the front is quiet and there is no fighting, then kill a German in the meantime

  • flomper

    …….If you have already killed a German, then kill another one – there is nothing more amusing to us than a heap of German corpses. Don't count the days, don't count the kilometers. Count only one thing: the number of Germans you have killed. Kill the Germans! … – Kill the Germans! Kill!"
    And in another leaflet: "The Germans must be killed. One must kill them … Do you feel sick? Do you feel a nightmare in your breast? … Kill a German! If you are a righteous and conscientious man – kill a German! … Kill!"

  • gene

    And kill anti-Semites while you are at it

  • Bat Shlomo

    The story about one Ilya Ehrenberg supposedly inventing the Six Million datum is an old Nazi myth being proliferated on Stormfront and Rense and similar Holocaust Denial Neo-Nazi web sites and obviously "Flomper" got his "idea" from such vermin.

  • flomper

    And Wikipedia and plenty of other sources. A guy who would write a piece like "Kill" is a guy l wouldnt place a lot of faith in. And if one raises these matters one is automatically dismissed as an anti-Semite or Jew-hater. That is how they shut people up. No mortal or group of mortals here on Earth enjoys such exulted status that they cannot be examined or questioned – including Jews. Jews dont get a free pass despite the unfortunate aspects of their "history". No one gets a free pass. For whatever reason you care to nominate a great many Jews have had an uncomfortably close association with communism – and to this very day still do. That is a very good reason to wonder about the enormous influence they wield throughout the West.

  • Felek

    Greetings from Poland! As a native-speaker of not only Polish but also German I can attest to the claim that such accusations were lanced by the Germans (f.e in the Bund deutscher Maedel magazines).Also, against Poland-when Hitler attacked us he only wanted to "protect the poor Germans from the brute Polacks". 6 Mio.Poles (Jewish and Christian) were thus murdered in German "self-defence".So,of course, after the war no one wanted to live next to people who had voted/supported/murdered for Hitler-they had to go.Unfortunately Israel was not allowed to have such a solution of the problem. The simple truth being- if You give them a little finger (like in Munich in 1938) they will bite of your arm, kick you in the -censored- spit in Your face and make fun of You. The Palestinians could have had peace and their own state like 3-4 times,had they wanted (the son of Hamas founder even attests to that!) but they DONT.They want the Jews dead.As Hitler had wanted not only Jews but also Poles,Czechs,Slavs,homosexuals,Gypsies and many more dead. Personaly I would like to see all the countries ushering Israel to the conference table with people who want them dead asap to have to negociate with them themselves.Would be interesting to see what they would do in Israels shoes.Perhaps just send the army and dont give a hoot about "world opinion".

  • Unflomp

    Flomper is a lying neo-nazi with a very tiny pecker