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Re: [ox-en] Nazi in Debian Alert

Hi Tobias, it is not really Oekonux related, but since you asked for it:

--On Samstag, 24. Januar 2004 12:55 [PHONE NUMBER REMOVED] "Tobias C. Rittweiler" <tcr> wrote:

PS: In German we have abandoned the term Nazi, because a Nazi is
    someone who sticks to the nationalsocialist ideology but as well
    who is or was in the NSDAP. As this party doesn't exist anymore,
    there can't be any Nazis. Thus we created the term Neo-Nazi
    to describe someone who sticks to the ideology.

    (at least that's the logic I see behind that transition, the Germans
    on the list may correct if I'm wrong. :-))

I don't see a good reason to be so exact here any longer. The minimum age for party membership was 18, the last year you could become a member was 1945 (I guess only absolute morons became member in 1945), you do the math, the original Nazis (c) are dead or will die very soon.

In a way every Nazism is "Neo" after WW2. Adorno described this as "secondary antisemism", an antisemitism which has to deal with everybody knowing about Auschwitz.

Finally, there has been a long and arduous discussion in Germany on who the 'real Nazis' are/were. Especially right after WW2 it served as exculpation of the majority of Germans to define the 'real Nazi' solely through his/her party membership. That would be a reason for me not to stick with Tobias' distinction.

Best, Thomas

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