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January 7, 2016

“degenerate art” is now displayed on bus windows in Germany

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 9:06 am
My photo of the Dachau monument designed by Nandor Glid

My photo of the Dachau monument designed by Nandor Glid

 

My photo of a detail of the Dachau sculpture designed by Nandor Glid

My photo of a detail of the Dachau sculpture designed by Nandor Glid

A competition among artists, who were concentration camp survivors, was announced on New Year’s day in 1959 to find a suitable design for a monument at Dachau.

Forty-five of the 63 entries were exhibited in November 1959 at the Ministry for Health and Family in Brussels. The final decision to choose the entry by Nandor Glid was made by Albert Guérisse, who was imprisoned at Dachau after he was captured while working as a spy for the British SOE. Guérisse was the President of the International Committee which planned the Memorial Site.

The German people can never escape from accusations of guilt for perpetrating the Holocaust.  Now as they ride around on city buses, they have to look through windows that are decorated with images of the degenerate art done by survivors of the Holocaust.

Another monument at Dachau which has the slogan "Never again" in 5 languages

Another monument at Dachau which has the slogan “Never again” in 5 languages

One of readers of my blog, who has his own blog, sent me an e-mail which included a photo that he took while looking out of the window of a city bus.

Begin quote from the e-mail message:

Silhouette versions of Nandor Glid’s horrible sculpture now appear on buses that drive about Dachau town and the surrounding area. So now it’s not just visitors to the memorial that have to look at it.

I took this photo inside one of the buses in April 2014:

http://fotos.fotoflexer.com/960df59bd31dba9e0c91ed506c971286.jpg

7 Comments »

  1. Thanks FG.

    Here are a few pictures of Dachau buses I found on the web, the first one comes with this comment:

    “Rather than shy away from its evil past, the Dachau authorities have embraced it
    (see the Dachau monument on the side of the local bus for example), and what is
    an extremely difficult and painful topic has been handled intelligently and informatively,
    resulting in an outstanding and dignified memory of the lessons of the past for future generations.”


    http://www.total-munich.com/2015011069/blog/tourist-sites/a-visit-to-dachau-the-town-and-the-concentration-camp.html


    http://alwaystravelicious.com/2014/10/28/dachau-concentration-camp-germany/

    Comment by The Black Rabbit of Inlé — January 7, 2016 @ 10:52 am

  2. You write;- “The final decision to choose the entry by the Nandor Glid was made by Albert Guerisse, who was imprisoned at Dachau after he was captured while working as a spy for the British SOE”.

    So who appointed dear old Albert to sit on the Nandor Glid’s international committee in the first place. From a German wartime perspective, he was a foreign spy and fully deserved to be there. In fact, he ought to be grateful that he wasn’t executed for his actions, because who knows how many people died as a result of his undercover work.

    My goodness me! – how appropriate that sign is at Dachau saying “NEVER AGAIN”. Because, never again must we allow ourselves to be taken for complete and utter dummies by the continuing effects of WW2 propaganda, and the incessant wailing of the holocausters with their shrill cries about non-existent gas chambers etc.

    Comment by Talbot — January 7, 2016 @ 10:51 am

    • I wrote abut Albert Guerisse on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Natzweiler/History/AlbertGuerisse.html

      I blogged abut Albert Guerisse on this blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/09/06/albert-guerisse-and-noor-inayat-khan/

      Comment by furtherglory — January 7, 2016 @ 1:18 pm

      • I read your website and blog about Albert Guerisse. I’d never heard of him before, but apparently he was a British SOE spy who helped escaped airmen return through Belgium and France to England, but was betrayed by an informer to the Germans.

        He was incarcerated, first in Natzweiler, then Mauthausen and finally Dachau – where he arrived on 6th September 1944. Surprisingly, he was actually treated well in Dachau; didn’t have to work: and was soon leading an “international committee of communist prisoners” inside the camp (eh?). In fact, just before Dachau fell to the Americans, the commandant Martin Weiss, handed over the camp to Mr Guerisse and his communist chums.

        Albert Guerisse’s wartime career is certainly very odd, therefore, and it becomes even more strange when we find that several female SOE spies were executed for their espionage work, while Albert escaped this fate, and in fact seems to have enjoyed cordial relations with both the communists and the nazis (wow!)

        But I find it deeply hypocritical that Albert Guerisse should be on a committee awarding prizes to the kind of hideous artwork we see above, which depicts the alleged horror of Dachau – a horror that he himself didn’t share. In addition, he obviously forgot that he was instrumental in helping Allied airmen, who had spent night after night bombing German cities escape back to their air bases where they could carry out more of these terror raids. How many innocent civilians were killed by these men – well, no one will really know.

        Comment by Talbot — January 7, 2016 @ 3:35 pm

        • I was reading about the WW2 career of Albert Guerisse on Wikipedia, and to be honest it reads like “a boy’s own adventure story”. What to make of it all, I just don’t know – maybe other commentators can scratch their heads and make sense of the story.

          If we accept the narrative, then Albert was a Belgian Resistance fighter; an SOE operative working for British Imperialism; a secret agent smuggling allied airmen to safety: a communist cell leader; and a nazi collaborator who took over responsibility for the Dachau camp after the Germans couldn’t cope any more!

          Once the Americans arrived at Dachau, Albert immediately took them to see the non-existent gas chambers, and publicly announced that similar facilities existed at both Natzweiller and Mauthausen.

          After the war, Albert became a Major General in the Belgian army, and served in Korea, but this time, instead of joining the communists, he helped stop their advance!. But guess where Albert Guerisse died? Out of all the hundreds and hundreds of towns and villages in Belgium, isn’t is appropriate that he just happened to pass away in Waterloo – the scene of the great Battle of 1815. I’m surprised that Wikipedia didn’t have the brass nerve to say that he died in the very same house where Napoleon Bonaparte prepared his plans for the great battle.

          Comment by Talbot — January 8, 2016 @ 2:20 pm


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