Hitler's Bookbinder


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“Hugh Johnston”? LOL.

Hugh Johnston, Heywood Jablowme and Buster Hymen walk into a bar…

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That was kind of unfortunate. It was an interesting story, but when I read that all I could think of was “I have a vewwy gweat fwiend in Wome…”


While her motivation could have been pragmatic in working with the German Nationalist Socialists she appears to be of the German university educated class which for the most part, obviously excepting the unfortunate large number of Jews in that group, supported the rise of Hitler.
Unfortunately we have over the years reimagined the rise of Nazism as being based in the familiar to us thug disenfranchised classes we now associate with Anglophone and Euro racist neo-nazism but this class was also ostracised in Germany in the 30’s. This was not the case as there was a scientific eugenic basis for the ideology which was imported whole from the US but only fully implemented in the Reich, in addition to the realistic economic, industrial, and pseudo-science wackado aspects of Nazism beyond the racism and radical greater nationalism.

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I moved a post to an existing topic: Bugs with the new BBS system

Say what you want about the Nazis, they sure had some nice things.


I have a fwiend you know… his name is Biggus Dickus…

Edit: Ah, beaten to it by @Marktech :smile:

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That was a very interesting article. What a grim picture is paints of this unfortunate life.

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Godwin! Godwin! Why do you internets have to compare everything to the Nazis?

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Frieda Thiersch bound a number of the presentation certificates for the Iron Cross. There’s an example at Yale (red morocco), and another in a private collection known to me. The binding is, as one might expect, supremely proficient although also (with its predatory eagle in gilt) unpleasing to the eye, especially to one who knows how fine Thiersch’s work could be. The calligraphy (not by Thiersch, who did no work in this medium so far as I am aware, but possibly Anna Simons, d. 1951, who worked for the Bremer Presse also), is excellent…except for the nasty little squiggle at the bottom that was Hitler’s signature. She, Ignatz Weimeler and a handful of others in Germany were doing bindings in the twenties and early thirties that were on a par with the best of what the London binders were doing. Paris? The 1920s and 1930s were so abundant with bookbinding geniuses like Legrain that I’m not sure I can stretch quite that far!

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I used to work for the Department of Work and Pensions helping process Pension Credit Applications. People had to send in their Birth Certificates. We got one from the Channel Islands issued during the German Occupation. It was really weird seeing the Nazi eagle and swastika stamps on a British Document. How close they got; 25 miles further and Ich hätte nicht zu sein mit Google ins Deutsche übersetzen in.

Section 2, paragraph 3 of Godwin’s rule specifically excludes conversations about actual Nazis.

Sheesh, don’t people read their internet manuals any more?


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