Friday, September 30, 2016

I'm Speaking in New York on October 14

If you live near New York City and are curious about what I look like, I’m giving a lecture on the evening of Friday, October 14. 




I’ll be looking at the trans-Atlantic rhetorical duel betweeen Franklin Roosevelt and Adolf Hitler between 1937 and 1939.


  

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Thieves at Ostara Publications Lose

I have temporarily, at least, been the victor in my battle against Ostara Publications, which shamelessly stole my material.

Both amazon and lulu.com have removed their plagiarized publications.

I shall see if they behave after this.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Progress against the Crooks at Ostara Publications

My last post mentioned that I had filed a complaint with amazon against Ostara Publications, which has shamelessly stolen my work.  Amazon is good at dealing with plagiarism and has removed the publication that steals from my translation of Wolfgang Diewerge’s nefarious Nazi pamphlet The War Goal of World Plutocracy, as well as two other Ostara publications.

That leaves only lulu.com, where for some reason Ostara published a second version of the stolen material. I’ve filed the appropriate complaint and expect lulu will remove it soon.

For the benefit of those curious, here are the e-mails from Ostara that makes the astonishing claim that their alleged ”translators in Germany” somehow came up with translations identical to mine:

All e-mails dated May 10, 2016:
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Dear Sir, 

Thank you for the quick response, 
We must however confirm that all our Third Reich-era translated works -- which, we point out, are far more extensive than the two items you mention -- have been acquired and prepared by ourselves, and that nothing has been taken from your website. 
For example, we note, upon looking at your website, that our translation of the series of "Unser Hitler" speeches contains all the texts, whereas your website's collection is incomplete. 

You will therefore appreciate that we cannot remove our legitimate work from sale. 

Yours sincerely,Richard WilliamsSenior Editor

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I responded:

It is remarkable that your “paid-for” translator in Germany translated things in exactly the same way I did.  For example, compare “The Art of Propaganda” which is the first item in your Europe in the Year 2000” with this page that has been on my web site for years:


They are identical.  The chance of two people translating the same passage in an identical way is vanishingly small.  

Compare what you wish. You have reprinted large amounts of my material.  If you do have a translator in Germany, he or she cheated you by providing you with my material.

Please remove it from sale.

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Ostara’s response:

 Dear Sir,
Thank you for your email.

We are unaware of which website to which you refer, but whatever it may be, please be assured that we have taken nothing from it and used our own paid-for translators in Germany.

Kind regards
Richard Williams
Senior Editor

Rather amusing, no?

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Ostara Publications Steals Again

Back in May I noted that Ostara Publications had stolen my material and republished it without any credit to me.  When I wrote to them, they made the astonishing claim that they had hired a translator in Germany who just happened to translate things in exactly the way I did.

What does one say about such effrontery?

Well, amazon removed those items, apparently, since they are no longer for sale.

I broke down and bought a copy of another of their books.  Sure enough, it plagiarized my translation of  the Nazi propaganda pamphlet The War Goal of World Plutocracy. 

I filed the appropriate complaint with amazon.  If they follow their policies, they will remove the item.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

More Directives for Propagandists

Thanks to the Landesarchiv Nordrhein-Westfalen I’ve added four new issues of the Redner-Schnellinformation, an irregular newsletter for the Nazi Party’s speakers.  There is no complete collection of these anywhere that I have been able to find, so I am always happy to discover new ones.  These deal with a variety of topics and provide interesting insight into the focus of the propaganda system at various times.



 The new material includes one issue of the successor to the newsletter, the Redner-Schnellbrief, which contained much less material.  I suspect it was because the staff at party propaganda headquarters had been reduced (and sent to the military), so there was less time to prepare material.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

One of Goebbels’s Less Effective Articles?

Goebbels wrote a weekly essay for the prestige publication Das Reich.  Most articles (and speeches) were later reprinted in one of three collections published during the war.  Goebbels was very careful in what he wrote and rarely had to eat his words.


Still, there were essays that didn’t get reprinted.  Sometimes he may simply have thought them not up to his usual standards.  Other times, they might prove uncomfortable given developments.  Today I’m adding one of the essays omitted from his books.  Titled “Where Do We Stand,” it may have seemed a tad too optimistic four or five months later when the book appeared.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

A Goebbels Article from March 1945

Today I’ve added a March 1945 essay by Goebbels titled “Look Confidently to the Helmsman!” The war situation was dreadful and Goebbels had nothing to say but empty words that Germany would somehow gain victory if only Germans kept fighting.  It is not one of his better efforts — but then there was little he could say.

He does recycle his marathon runner image used a few weeks before in a major speech.  Other nations were as exhausted as Germany, he claims.  The war is like a marathon, and if only Germany can keep up the pace other nations will fall by the wayside.