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Monday, September 24, 2007

Columbia Invited Hitler to the University

Many protesters at Columbia complained that inviting Ahmadinejad was like inviting Hitler to speak. Hitler did not speak but Hans Luther the German Ambassador to the US did speak. Notice the difference. The German speaker was welcomed warmly with open arms. In fact there was a continuing student exchange with Germany for years in the thirties. But there is no comparison of the situation now. Iran is not threatening world domination. There is no student exchanges or friendly relations between the US and Iran. In fact of course the US did not join the battle against Fascism until Japan bombed Pearl Harbour.
Whoever looked up this stuff obviously thinks that there is some similarity between the events but there are more differences, differences that apparently escape the authors. The real Nazis were welcomed by Columbia. Ahmadinejad is a radical Islamist and not a Nazi at all but he is called one because the term is a catchall pejorative term that is used to create negative attitudes to someone. By the way Nazi Germany in the thirties was certainly not an enemy of the United States.This is extracted from this site.
Columbia University Cozied up to Hitler and Nazis in the 1930s

It turns out that Columbia University has a long history of antisemitism and aligning itself with the enemies of the United States. Seventy years ago the University made headlines by inviting Adolf Hitler to speak at the University.

Columbia Invites Hitler to Campus

Seventy years before this week’s invitation to Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Columbia rolled out the red carpet for a senior official of Adolf Hitler’s regime. The invitation to Iran’s leader may seem less surprising, but no less disturbing, when one recalls that in 1933, Columbia president Nicholas Murray Butler invited Nazi Germany’s ambassador to the United States, Hans Luther, to speak on campus, and also hosted a reception for him. Luther represented “the government of a friendly people,” Butler insisted. He was “entitled to be received … with the greatest courtesy and respect.” Ambassador Luther’s speech focused on what he characterized as Hitler’s peaceful intentions. Students who criticized the Luther invitation were derided as “ill-mannered children” by the director of Columbia’s Institute of Arts and Sciences.

Columbia also insisted on maintaining friendly relations with Nazi-controlled German universities. While Williams College terminated its program of student exchanges with Nazi Germany, Columbia and other universities declined to do likewise. Columbia refused to pull out even after a German official candidly asserted that his country’s students were being sent abroad to serve as “political soldiers of the Reich.”

In 1936, the Columbia administration announced it would send a delegate to Nazi Germany to take part in the 550th anniversary celebration of the University of Heidelberg. This, despite the fact that Heidelberg already had been purged of Jewish faculty members, instituted a Nazi curriculum, and hosted a burning of books by Jewish authors. Prof. Arthur Remy, who served as Columbia’s delegate to the Heidelberg event, later remarked that the reception at which chief book-burner Josef Goebbels presided was “very enjoyable.”

Did you read that? That’s outrageous. I suppose the effete elite was as deranged then as they are now. They still don’t understand the realities of the world. Columbia sent a delegate to an anniversary celebration at the University of Heidelberg even after that institution had been purged of Jewish faculty members, instituted a Nazi curriculum and burned the books of Jewish authors. The Columbia University delegate enjoyed the company of Josef Goebbels.

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