“He was not particularly a well-educated man. He was someone who cared about making himself look like he was civilised and sophisticated and a man of culture, and that is what men of culture did, they collected art.”
(Nancy Yeide about Hermann Göring, in “The Rape of Europa“).
Herbert Gutjahr (1911-1944).
The nephew of the deputy Gauleiter of Berlin joined the NSDAP and the SA in 1931. He studied law since the summer semester 1930 in Berlin, put in his apprenticeship exam in April 1935 and later became assistant to Carl Schmitt. He led in 1932 and 1933 as head of the circle X (Berlin / Brandenburg) of the German student body, the Berlin student body. In 1933, Gutjahr was a leader in the book burning in Berlin. He gave a speech to the students present and to the crowd present before the beginning of the book burning.
Gutjahr said: “We have turned our actions against the un-German spirit. I turn everything un-German over to the fire!”
Gutjahr was from 1933 together with Kurt Jewan crucially involved in the reconstruction of the University of Berlin in the sense of National Socialist ideology and held various offices in the student body. With the foundation of the new National Socialist-led student body and its subgroups in the individual faculties, the German Student Union and the NSDStB under the leadership of Gutjahr and Jewan took decisive political influence. Thus Gutjahr played an essential role in whether scientists could continue their academic career in National Socialism.
Gutjahr later joined the SS. During his time as assistant to Carl Schmitt, he worked as an informer for the security service. Gutjahr was since 1939 a soldier in the Wehrmacht, last as a captain in an infantry division. He died on 12 March 1944 in Ukraine from a war injury.
What a life
Kaliningrad Oblast is a federal state of the Russian Federation that is located on the coast of the Baltic Sea and has the city of Kaliningrad as its administrative center.
Until 1945, Kaliningrad was known as Königsberg, the former capital of East Prussia, but after its World War II victory over Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union annexed the city and the surrounding area.
Kaliningrad’s ultimate strategic value to Russia is that it functions as a warm-water port as well as a staging area for military exercises. Russia has held frequent exercises in the region and Moscow has often threatened to place nuclear weapons in Kaliningrad, which borders multiple NATO states.
Strange, isn’t it?
“Verdun Tableau de guerre”, 1917, by Félix Vallotton, 1865–1925.
More about Félix Vallotton HERE.
Zabid is one of the oldest towns in Yemen and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993.
The Great Mosque of Zabid was built in 628 AD and the town was the capital of Yemen from 13th to the 15th century.
Zabid is under rebel control of Huthi rebels, which are backed by Iran. The government, backed by Saudi Arabia, has been closing in on it as it makes its way to Hodeida, an important port.
Zabid is under threat as the government military looms in on Huthi rebels.
Where beauty isn’t:
A monument to the Jews killed in 1941 in Jedwabne, Poland, which was erected in 2001 and vandalized with swastikas ten years later, September 2011.
from “Neighbors”, by Jan T. Gross.
A judge on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit by the great-grand-niece of a German Jewish businessman that asked the Metropolitan Museum of Art to return one of its most valuable Picassos, “The Actor.”
In court papers, Judge Preska described at length the persecution that the Leffmanns suffered and the desperation they must have felt. But she ruled that the estate could not show Mr. Leffmann had been forced to sell the painting under duress because any pressure he experienced was not the fault of the buyers or the party being sued, the museum, but rather the Nazis and their allies.
Read full article HERE.
in Koblenz, Germany.
One of the ugliest monuments (sorry) I’ve ever seen.
by Gabriël Metsu (1629-1667).
Next Thursday, a 356-year-old painting that once hung in the Munich residence of Adolf Hitler will be auctioned.
Formerly in the famed Rothschild Collection, this extraordinary picture was targeted and looted by the Nazis during World War II and recovered by the Monuments Men.
The Monuments Men returned art to countries, not individuals, which sometimes put the heirs of Holocaust victims at odds with their home governments.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) & Alfred Douglas (1870-1945).