WWII German Graves Cause Uproar

This is a heavy topic for a Sunday morning, but after reading the story, I needed to comment on it’s rampant stupidity. Feel free to unsubscribe if you will, but I’m going to be honest here. A brouhaha has emerged after an “advocacy group” found three German POW gravesites in VA cemeteries. The headstones were adorned with a swastika inside the Iron Cross.

Three German soldiers’ gravestones etched with swastikas will remain in national cemeteries in Texas and Utah, the Department of Veterans Affairs said Wednesday, despite demands from an advocacy group to have them removed.

The irony of erasing history so it will never be repeated continues to astound me.

The soldier above, who died at the age of 19, received the Knight’s Cross, Germany’s highest military award during World War II. Now, maybe I’m mistaken, but not all German soldiers were Nazis, and not all German soldiers slaughtered Jews. I have no idea what these soldiers did or didn’t do, but lumping everyone in with Himmler seems to be a galactic leap.

The VA’s National Cemetery Administration released a statement Wednesday that it “will continue to preserve these headstones, like every past administration has.”

“All of the headstones date back to the 1940s, when the Army approved the inscriptions in question,” according to the statement.

Wow, that evil Republican president must have been a monster!

[T]he VA said in its statement that “the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 assigns stewardship responsibilities to federal agencies, including VA and the Army, to protect historic resources, including those that recognize divisive historical figures or events.” For that reason, the headstones will remain.

Rabbi Joel R. Schwartzman, a retired Air Force colonel and chaplain, said the concern is the headstones could become a rallying point for white supremacists.

With respect to the Rabbi, this wouldn’t be a problem if the media ignored the story. Also, with respect, the Rabbi decided to continue his rant by invoking Civil War monuments, so you know where his ideology lies.

My points here are simple. First, if you think all German soldiers were Nazi war criminals, have at it. I respectfully and completely disagree. Second, if a headstone emblazoned with a (small) swastika sends you over the edge, that’s okay. Personally, I try to have the actions coincide with the times. Americans weren’t so quick to clutch their pearls at seeing a swastika in the 40’s. Finally, if you think removing these headstones is a good idea, but removing Civil War references is an assault on history, you’re a hypocrite.

Of course, if you read through this and have come to the conclusion that “Wyatt loves Nazis,” you should probably read another blog.

22 thoughts on “WWII German Graves Cause Uproar

  1. Alot more important things to worry about than a headstone from 1943. Number one on my list is what happened to global warming? I’m tired of cold weather.

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  2. Cathy – The last two days here were 82 and 80 respectively. Got sunburned jogging the last two days, and we’ve had the a/c on. Then Wednesday we’re supposed to have five straight days of rain. :/

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  3. If the soldier earned the Knight’s Cross, he obviously fought valiantly. It was almost 80 years ago. Get over it.

    Maybe I should start wearing a KKK mask to the local grocery store because of all this Nazi hysteria. My plague doctor mask still hasn’t arrived. Sometime in the next few weeks it will be here. I will forward you a photo of me in the local grocery store once it arrives.

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  4. RG – Look, I get the outrage from certain people, but if it was okay for the Roosevelt administration, it should be okay for every Democrat in America. The man did his duty and fought for the wrong side. Leave it alone and let him rest in peace. Any malfeasance has already been addresses by the Lord.

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  5. My triple-great-grandfather fought for his country, the CSA. Wounded three times, the first two times he returned home and got well enough to rejoin his unit. After he recuperated from the third wound, he was en route back to his company when he got word it was all over.

    After the war, when asked if he ever swore an oath of allegiance to the US government, he always replied, “No sir. I have not and I will not.”

    He was fighting for his land and his country. Not for slavery. Back then, the states were individual countries, not federal provinces.

    Hopefully, if this country ever goes under, the government that takes over has a more enlightened understanding of history.

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    1. History today is whatever the SJW’s and leftist moroons say it is. They have an aversion to anything that is called “the truth.”
      Glad you made it back home.

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  6. Y’know what’s really funny/sad? Pre WW2, was used here in the good ole USA in advertisements. Back in the mid ’90s, one of our cities demolished a building & found a wall mural that was for soap with the king of either spades or clubs & where the symbol would’ve been was the swastika. There was some uproar, but the historical society came in to study it & said what it was really all about. I don’t know if it’s still there.

    Personally, since some of the states are barreling towards being a version of Nazis, I don’t really know what all the pearl clutching is all about.

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  7. Political correctness is ridiculous these days. I am afraid to say ‘hello” for fear of offending someone. I would think people have more important things to concentrate on instead of decades old tombstones.

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  8. TX Nick – I love how they want to erase Robert E. Lee because he fought for the South, conveniently ignoring his heroism in the Mexican-American War.

    MelP – Leftists need to be enraged about something miniscule because their lives have no meaning.

    Ronni – Lauri Allan Törni, a Finn who fought against the Soviets for Finland, fought for a Waffen SS unit for Germany, and emigrated to the U.S. and became a Green Beret. He received two Purple Heats and a Bronze Star in Vietnam. TTorni is the only former member of the Waffen SS buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

    TX Nick – Drive through Lancaster, PA – Amish country – you’ll see many of them on barns and homes.

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    1. Funny you mentioned the Amish. The last week on my job, while waiting to get a flight booked, there was nothing for me to do during the shift but look busy. I was as bored as an Amish electrician.

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  9. The swastika, according to the infallible wikipedia, is “used as a symbol of divinity and spirituality in Indian religions, including Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism”.
    I have also seen representations of it in old Native American art. If the Nazis had used a cuckoo bird as its symbol, it would not justify the destruction of every cuckoo clock in existence.

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  10. Mike – I could almost be on board if the swastika was two feet high on top of the tombstone, but it’s inside the iron cross and is what, an inch or two? Cathy’s right; aren’t there more important things to worry about in America now?

    BTW, I told Kevin the other day Wikipedia is trash. Never trust a site where any average Joe can edit the content.

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    1. There’s only 2 really good things about Wiki:

      1) reading the plot of a movie so I know if I want to waste $ & time watching it.

      2) if there’s a movie that I can’t remember the name of, but I can remember the name of any annoying actor that was in it, then I can usually find the name of the movie that way.

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      1. I sometimes use wiki to jump start my memory on things I have known but forgotten. Certainly never use it as a sole source for anything of importance. As Wyatt has said, the editing is far too casual!

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  11. Maybe I should destroy my antique, hickory shafted mid iron since it has a swastika stamped on it. I certainly don’t want to offend anyone. Nah, that ain’t gonna happen. My dad gave it to me when I was a kid. In a bit of irony, my dad received it when he caddied as a kid. It was given to him by a Jewish gentleman as a tip. If I recall correctly it was made in the USA somewhere, circa 1920………..

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  12. Tam – My English professor – a Jesuit – at St. Joseph’s University was given a Hitler Youth army knife after the war. He brought it in to class one day and passed it around. Just an amazing piece of history, and I don’t remember anyone clutching their pearls then. (It was the late 80’s.)

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  13. Back in the 1980’s I did a service call on a paper mill in Texas. While doing a walkabout on the equipment, I noticed some very old electric motors still running some pumps. The motors had nameplates stamped with swastikas. One of the plant techs working with me explained the motors came from Germany after WWII and were war reparations. Still humming along after 40 years, too!

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  14. I remember reading a book when I was a kid that talked about swastikas being a symbol that was used by American Indians. I guess we knew the difference back then between Americans and Nazis.

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  15. TX Nick – It’s why their tanks were so vastly superior at the beginning of the war. Engines were almost infallible because they were manufactured so well. What killed them was the diesel engines during Barbarossa. The Russian tanks had pre-heaters, but the German engines froze.

    Ingineer – Hell, now leftists can’t distinguish between conservatives and Nazis.

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