Thursday, September 29, 2005

Where did the Nazis escape to? Some clues...

BBC World news carries this totally bizarre story about a German-language magazine published in Namibia. Why is there a German magazine in Namibia? Who reads it? Who is the local German population? The answer to the last question may shed light on the story - apparently the magazine carried an ad paid for from Germany celebrating Simon Wiesental z'l's death.

This reminds me of a conversation I once had with an otherwise charming gentleman (he was a genuine ohev Yisrael) who was the Head of a German-language school near Montreal. I asked him who his students were. Without a trace of self-consciousness he replied:"About a third are from old German families who settled in the area as farmers many years ago; about a third are the children of diplomats and businessmen; and about a third are the children of families who've moved up from South America." South America!!!!! I was stunned. Imagine morning roll-call: "Bormann - did you bring your math book? Mengele - you have lunch duty today ... etc"

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