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Charles Krafft, Hitler Idaho teapot, 2003

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In 2005, Seattle artist Charles Krafft won the revisionist Holocaust Historiography Project’s prize for the most absurd World War II atrocity tale.

In 2006, in an interview published on the blog The eXTra finGer, Krafft answered the question, “What else are you interested in besides visual arts?” as follows:

Travel, interbellic Romanian history, psychedelics, Holocaust revisionism, Brazillian transsexuals, prison architecture, sadhus, cemeteries, derelict buildings, abandoned houses, cheesy John Davis Chandler and Mimsy Farmer movies.

But Krafft’s interest in Holocaust revisionism never really surfaced as an issue in the art world until February 13, 2013, when Jen Graves published “Charles Krafft Is a White Nationalist Who Believes the Holocaust Is a Deliberately Exaggerated Myth,” in The Stranger, one of those urban “alternative” rags that make cultural Bolshevism profitable by selling advertising to prostitutes.

Even though the article is a loathsome attempt to destroy Krafft socially and economically by labeling him a “Nazi” and a “Holocaust denier” and then inviting his friends and associates to denounce him and his galleries and collectors to boycott his work, I couldn’t help but laugh as I read it, because it is such an inept piece of writing that it frequently comes off as a parody of PC hysterics and art scene hipsters. It also reveals a great deal about what actually drives political correctness — too much, really, for the comfort of the establishment.

The production of self-subverting propaganda is an increasingly common problem for the cultural and media establishment, which can no longer maintain centralized quality and message control because of the rise of  the internet and the blog, which allows anybody to become a journalist.

The article begins:

What Will Happen to One of the Northwest’s Preeminent Artists—Whose Nazi Imagery Has Always Been Considered Ironic—Now That His Views Are Not a Secret?

This is carefully constructed to elide Graves’ own agency and malice. An honest paraphrase would read: “How will people follow Jen Graves’ lead in socially and economically destroying Charles Krafft now that she has publicized views that were no secret to the broader art world, embroidering them with witch words like ‘Nazi’ and ‘Holocaust denier’ to minimize critical thinking and maximize real and feigned moral outrage, in order to inflict maximum damage?” Why, I wonder, does Jen Graves hate Charlie Krafft so much?

The Artist’s Intentions

Graves continues:

The question is hard to get your head around: If Charles Krafft is a Holocaust denier, what does that say about his revered artwork? What exactly does he believe happened, and didn’t happen, during the Holocaust? How should collectors and curators—or anyone who sees his work—reassess his art in light of what he’s been saying lately?

Krafft, an elder of Seattle art, is a provocateur. He makes ceramics out of human cremains, perfume bottles with swastika stoppers, wedding cakes frosted with Third Reich insignias. Up-and-coming artists continue to admire him. Leading curators include him in group shows from Bumbershoot to City Arts Fest. His work is in the permanent collections of Seattle Art Museum, Henry Art Gallery, and the Museum of Northwest Art, and it’s been written about in the New YorkerHarper’sArtforumJuxtapoz. It’s also appeared on the cover of The Stranger.

In 2009, I included his daintily painted ceramic AK 47  on a list of the 25 best works of art ever made in Seattle, and called him “the Northwest’s best iconoclast.” AK 47 is part of Krafft’s Disasterware series, injecting the homey crafts of European ceramic painting with violence and catastrophic events. At the time of its creation, pretty much everyone thought Krafft was being ironic—poking holes in the fascist and totalitarian ideologies of the 20th century. He said as much in an interview in Salon in 2002. “For some reason, art has to be this earnest, serious, even Freudian, exploration,” he told Salon. “But it doesn’t necessarily have to be that at all. Art that’s funny seems to get dismissed just because it is funny. But I’ve always had a knack and a penchant for going toward humorous irony.”

Now, a decade later, some of Krafft’s more than 2,000 Facebook friends would be hard-pressed to detect humor in his increasingly sinister posts. On January 14, for instance, Krafft posted, “Why amongst the monuments glorifying the history of this nation in Wash DC is there a museum of horrors dedicated to people who never lived, fought, or died here? The USHMM [United States Holocaust Memorial Museum] was erected before there was ever a monument to the 465,000 Americans who died in WWII. And no one did enough to save the Jews of Europe?”

Graves makes clear that she is entirely uninterested in the substance of Krafft’s question, even though it is remarkably revealing of the true nature and priorities of our rulers that a Holocaust memorial was built before a World War II memorial. It is even more revealing of our rulers’ intentions that every American has a ready answer to the question “How many Jews died during World War II?” but virtually no Americans know how many of our own people died in that war.

The purpose of remembering the Holocaust is to make sure that “never again” will Jews die because white nations wish to be free of them. The purpose of downplaying the casualties of World War II is to make sure that Americans will “always again” be willing to die in foreign wars where we have no vital interests — wars that, with increasing obviousness, are being stirred up by Jews who wish to benefit Israel at our expense.

The article continues:

When I wrote to Krafft back in May, letting him know that a reader had asked whether he was a Holocaust denier, I added, “I suppose you don’t have to answer that, but I guess I’d like to know.” This wasn’t the first time I’d heard the rumor, but I found it impossible to imagine that the swastikas on Krafft’s work might reflect genuine spite toward Jews—i.e., that there might not be so much difference between Krafft’s swastikas and Hitler’s. After all, that could mean this self-taught, former Skagit Valley hippie artist was using the guise of art and irony to smuggle far-right symbols into museums, galleries, collectors’ homes, and upscale decor shops like Far4 on First Avenue.

Krafft, of course, “smuggled” nothing into museums, galleries, homes, and boutiques. People willingly took his work and paid handsomely for it. The only thing that has changed is Jen Graves’ view of the artist’s intentions. If the swastikas were ironic attempts to shock the bourgeoisie, that is A-OK. But if they were meant in earnest, that is deeply troubling.

Of course Graves is quietly discarding one of the bedrock premises of postmodern art criticism: the “death of the author” or artist, i.e., the thesis that the meaning of an artwork is not determined by the intention of the artist but by the newly empowered interpreter: in theory, any viewer, but in practice, the gallery owner, the museum curator, and especially the art critic like Jen Graves.

Charles Krafft, "Von Dutch" windmills

Charles Krafft, “Von Dutch” windmills

If a Dutchman angrily protested one of Krafft’s Delftware swastika windmills, on the grounds that it is an intentional insult to his people, you can bet that Jen would readily dismiss the relevance of Krafft’s artistic intentions and assert her prerogative as a critic to tell us what to think.

(Besides, no right-thinking Dutchman would dare object to Krafft’s swastika windmills, because they all know that their people is under perpetual indictment for Nazi collaboration, a guilt which can only be expiated by importing Somali rape gangs and other vibrant hominids to exterminate the Dutch nation entirely.)

But Jen Graves knows that some people matter more than others. A disgruntled Dutchman can be high-handedly dismissed. But a disgruntled Jew cannot. So suddenly the artist’s intention really does matter, if it bears on the one people that really matters.

Consider the following:

In 2003, Krafft made a ceramic teapot in the shape of a bust of Hitler, with eerie holes for eyes. A Jewish collector named Sandy Besser, now dead, bought the Hitler teapot and added it to his overtly politically themed collection, which he later donated to FAMSF [Fine Art Museums of San Francisco], where it was exhibited in 2007. [Timothy] Burgard [of FAMSF] wrote about it in a catalog as explicitly and clearly antifascist. “These blind-looking eyes also evoke associations with . . . the world turning a blind eye to the horrors of the Holocaust.”

Reached by phone last week, Burgard said Krafft’s change of heart on World War II raises larger issues about artists’ intentions, “both expressed and concealed . . . and how those do or don’t dovetail with their public reception and interpretation.” As an experiment, Burgard showed the Hitler teapot to a colleague who had never seen it before and the colleague agreed with Burgard’s original interpretation. What does it mean that when Krafft made this portrait of a demonized Hitler, he was actually beginning to spread the word that the demonization of Hitler has been greatly exaggerated?

Another question: Will the museum get rid of the Krafft? That’s unlikely, Burgard said, explaining that he values the perspectives brought by artworks, maybe even more so when they’re reminders of attitudes we’d forget at our own risk of repeating them. The label on the wall will probably have to change. Burgard said that if Besser—the original collector of the Hitler teapot—had thought the sculpture rehabilitated Hitler’s regime, he’d probably have smashed it.

Not only does the artist’s (possible) politically incorrect intention now trump the interpretations of the collector and curator, but it is ludicrously asserted that Krafft’s impure thought might even “rehabilitate” the Hitler regime. But how, exactly, might that happen? Who, outside of a madhouse, can believe that a teapot shaped like Hitler can rehabilitate his regime just because the artist might have wished it? And can such a subtle, potent, numinous evil truly be exorcised merely by smashing the pot? Either Burgard is mad, or he is merely playing it safe by assuming that Jews are completely nuts when it comes to the topic of Hitler (assuming Burgard is not Jewish himself).

Of course neither Graves nor Burgard is concerned what the people of the great state of Idaho think about the whole thing. They’ll tell you what to think.

One certainly has to hand it to Krafft, though: he knows his market. If you asked any Jew what state pops into his head when he thinks of Hitler, Idaho would probably be right up there with Utah, even though the sons of both states fought and died in World War II, which should earn a little gratitude and respect.

Jillian Steinhauer, in her “What Do You Do with White Nationalist Art Once the Irony’s Gone?” at the Hypoallergenic blog, also finds Krafft’s intentions terribly important:

 . . . the real question is: now that Krafft is outed, what happens to his art, especially the works owned by museums? The San Francisco curator told Graves the museum would likely keep its piece — “he [the curator] values the perspectives brought by artworks.” In other words, we need to parse the art from the artist, at least to the point where we can still display and engage with it. On the one hand, I want to be open-minded enough to agree with this, and some of Krafft’s work is undeniably powerful, for instance, his Delftware guns. On the other hand, the whole “the creator isn’t the work” thing strikes me as pretty flimsy here, since the art seems to be very much a representation of the artist’s skewed views. How do you show a Nazi teapot now, knowing that its creator is a Holocaust denier (and that the man who bought it didn’t know)?

“The line on separating the man from the art feels to me in this case like a diversionary tactic our brains do to us to make the simple less simple because simple is dull and in this case kind of horrible,” Graves wrote to me. “The fact is, he’s selling World War II satire portraits where the satire turns out to be a tactic to fool a world full of dumbshits.”

Yet another arts blogger, Phil Campbell, agonizes over Krafft’s intentions in “When a Good Artist Turns Nazi Sympathizer” at The Huffington Post. He and his wife apparently had kind words for Krafft in the past, so I suppose he felt the need to weigh in to absolve himself of suspicion in the eyes of the people who matter.

In 2003 I attended the opening of a performance-exhibition of Krafft’s. I was with my wife Emily Hall, who was writing an arts piece about it for The Stranger. Instead of the usual art gallery, the show was held at a columbarium in Seattle’s Mount Pleasant Cemetery. No Nazi symbols were on display, nothing so polarizing or so cruel. Krafft instead brought out his sense of humor and irony with objects like a cremains bulldog and a cremains bottle of Absolut — to quote Hall, the Absolut bottle was “created for and of someone who died of liver disease (a commission, it turns out, from his friends).”

A former Catholic, I was at once delighted and moved by the strangely irreverent reverence in Krafft’s art that day in the cemetery. I think everyone else who attended the opening that afternoon was. For me, Krafft had thrown open a door to the liberating idea that death didn’t have to be so stuffy or so ceremonial. Death just is, so why not have some fun with it?

I’m trying to write an ending to this post, and I just can’t. I can’t make sense of any of it. We should be able to judge art apart from the personal politics of the artist, but Krafft’s work doesn’t allow for that, especially when he worked with human remains to make art. We literally trusted him with our bodies, and the idea that his intentions about all of it — the entire corpus — were not entirely pure corrupts everything, past the ashes of our bones and into our very souls.

Again, the reason that “we” can’t judge Krafft’s work apart from his intentions is not that his work might offend the Dutch or the Idahoans, but that his ideas offend Jews.

Now, lest my own intentions be misunderstood, I think that of course an artist’s intentions must be taken into account in determining the meaning of his work, postmodernism be damned. And the clearest proof of this truth is that Graves, Steinhauer, Campbell, and countless others will never be able to look at Krafft’s work the same way again.

My dispute with Graves is her overly simplistic assessment of Krafft’s intent, based on sloppy scholarship and reasoning. As I argued in “The Persecution of Charles Krafft,” his use of the swastika and associated images predates his interest in Holocaust revisionism by a decade and his serious engagement with White Nationalism by two decades. I also point out that Krafft uses many conventional American symbols of evil in his work, e.g, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Kim Jong-Il, Vladimir Putin, etc. But one can’t plausibly argue that he endorses all of these figures, so something else must be going on here.

The Revelation of the Method

Graves has a tendency to reveal too much. For instance, she quotes a number of statements by Krafft on the Holocaust and White Nationalism, statements that she found “just by doing a little googling.” She also quotes Krafft’s responses to her emails. Moreover, she quotes many of Krafft’s friends, for whom all this is old news. (Some “secret.”)

Graves, of course, is not interested in discussing the truth or falsehood of Krafft’s views. She mentions offhand that “Krafft’s friends say it’s exhausting to argue with him because of his ability to cite everything he’s read.” But she’s having none of it. She just knows that Krafft’s views are preposterous on the face of them, so she is merely inviting us all to be appalled, like Victorian ladies at the mention of sex.

Unfortunately for Graves, Krafft’s statements, even out of context, seem like the product of a lucid, level-headed fellow, and it is possible that quite a number of people reading them in the privacy of their home porn theaters might actually think that Krafft has a point.

Again, this is rather inept from a propaganda point of view. One should never let reasonable statements from the enemy to get into print, only crazy ones. But to do that, one must know the difference.

Another passage that reveals far too much deals with Fred Owens, who took advantage of Krafft’s long journey to India, where he could not easily get online, to stir up some drama on his Facebook page. Graves writes:

On Facebook earlier this month, when a friend named Fred Owens unfriended Krafft and called him a bigot [. . .]

Owens was motivated to speak on Facebook after playing online chess with a close Jewish friend from Boston, who simply asked Owens why he had a friend like that. “I realized that I could not continue playing chess with Harvey unless I did something about Charlie—it became simple for me,” Owens wrote to me in an e-mail.

This is a very eloquent confirmation that political correctness is ultimately driven by Semitical correctness. Graves and Owens are probably not Jews, but their thoughts and actions orbit around their understanding of what Jews want. And what do Jews want? Intolerance, censorship, the social and economic destruction (at minimum) of anyone who might challenge their power. Graves continues:

Owens made another, broader, important point, too: We should “not just blame Charlie for this but the entire arts community of Seattle which has proven to be soft-headed. As I said when I wrote about this, it would never happen in Brooklyn or Boston—people would just kick his ass down the block. But Seattle has a misguided kind of false tolerance going on here, so there is a lesson for all of us in this.”

This “false tolerance” is, of course, real tolerance, something that does not exist in Brooklyn and Boston and other points closer to the great Jewish hives and their millions of lidless, ever-watchful eyes. Graves echoed Owens when Steinhauer asked her about the response to her article:

“Lots and lots of response,” [Graves] wrote. “Kara Walker, Jerry Saltz chiming in. Plenty of people on all sides. Was the art ever good? Could this have happened on the East Coast? ‘The natural outcome of white Seattle irony,’ a friend said to me last night.”

So the real enemy is not White Nationalism, but West Coast white tolerance and white irony, i.e., white liberalism. These are all fine when they coincide with Jewish interests. But when something subversive slips through, they have to be brought into line with East Coast (read: Jewish) standards of “true” tolerance.

Owens and Graves have learned their lesson. They will be more vigilant in rooting out and squelching independent thought in the art world.

Let’s hope that West Coast white liberals will learn a lesson from the Krafft case as well. White liberals see their values as universal, but their enemies see them as merely “white,” and they hate whites.

Liberals think that their values will triumph, even if the white race is sublated into the “tan everyman” of globalist dreams. But far from conveying the light of liberalism to the farthest corners of the world, multiculturalism is actually destroying white liberalism, even in its own homelands, even in strongholds like Seattle.

Thus the only future for liberalism is to abandon its universalism and reinvent itself as a racially conscious Left, which is not a contradiction in terms or a pure fantasy, but something that actually existed in the past, exists today in the West-Coast White Nationalist milieu, and can always return, in force, if whites decide to reassert control of our destiny.

 

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32 Comments

  1. Bobby
    Posted February 27, 2013 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

    Hardhitting article Greg, and a great defense against the attacks that another person supposedly living a free life in this freest of all nations must endure. Yeah, sure.

    • Greg Johnson
      Posted February 27, 2013 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

      Thanks!

      • Gregor
        Posted February 27, 2013 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

        ” … This “false tolerance” is, of course, real tolerance, something that does not exist in Brooklyn and Boston and other points closer to the great Jewish hives and their millions of lidless, ever-watchful eyes…”

        Priceless phrasing Greg!

  2. Sandy
    Posted February 27, 2013 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

    Poor old Charlie! Here is a guy just trying to get by in this crazy old world and when he finally finds a niche market all the nuts come out of the woodwork and try and ride on his coat tails of his modest success.
    On the bright side I imagine that the late Lord(Toby Jug) Kitchener would sympathize with all the evil ones in their tea pots. I can just hear Lord Kitchener and Herr Hitler moaning to each other, wherever they are, about their respective fates.
    I think that Charlie’s critics are just jealous that us ordinary people can recognize his art work without the need of an interpreter. I rather like the windmills although I fancy one of his ceramic grenades which I could throw at my cats next time one of them pees on the curtain.

  3. Vacant Serif
    Posted February 27, 2013 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

    The guy is an artisan, a craftsman, and I cant help but think that there isn’t some resentment from the “draw a dot on a canvas” and explain the lack of beauty and skill with a bunch of dialectical horseshit crowd. He is truly open minded, unafraid to explore culturally taboo subjects and that is something to be admired in my world.

  4. bluegrass
    Posted February 28, 2013 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    What has surprised me about this whole Krafft affair is that the inquisitors lack the antifa puritanism and ardor that they usually show in these personality assassinations.

    In fact, many come across as fundamentally perturbed and confused by the whole affair. Culturally, Krafft has struck a blow that may pay dividends for us in the future.

    I’m always fascinated by the squalor of perceptions progressive’s live in. “Wait, you’re interested in holocaust revisionism? But you like……wash your hands, have hair, and wear a dress shirt. I need to rethink my own cultural prejudices.”

    At least that’s how it goes through in my head.

    This is what’s so fun about White Nationalism: it takes very, very little input to rock the whole boat and watch people have complete mental breakdown.

    • Izak
      Posted February 28, 2013 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

      Well, it took the “input” of an entire career characterized by hard work, discipline, and openness towards people from divergent ideological perspectives. That’s why people are so unsure of what to think, even though the obvious answer should be something like, “Well, I simply don’t agree with everything he says, that’s that” or something similar.

      I think if anyone takes away anything from this whole debacle, it’s that no matter what you do, you have to be open to life, and open to cooperating with people who disagree with you on things, and do more than obsess over one or two verboten subjects as you move forward in life. You have to be tolerant of real flesh-and-blood people and intolerant of their invisible taboos and other abstractions. You’re right to say that shaking things up is as simple as thinking now. Literally. You just have to think things through, announce what you’ve thought about, and you have officially “shaken things up.” But you have to have good works behind you to make that possible. If all of Krafft’s artwork had been sculptures of cute kittens, the response would have been something like, “But are they NAZI kittens????”

  5. Jaego
    Posted February 28, 2013 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    I have a hard time with modern art – far too much irony, irrelevance, nihilism, and mockery. And great skill does not excuse it. But he seems like a fine Man – and your defence of him rises to the level of pure Eloquence. And yes, that Americans know the six million number and not the number of American dead is both reavealing and damning.

  6. Izak
    Posted February 28, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    Well, the attitude of the “art fans” is predictable. They’re gutless cowards who cling to their precious spoon-fed morals at the expense of art and aesthetics, because the artistry doesn’t matter half as much as posturing and looking cool or smart. No big surprise there.

    It’s far more disturbing to read about how Krafft’s friends (some of whom apparently knew him for over 30 years?) have all eagerly thrown him under the bus for petty and trifling ideological reasons. I’ve been friends with strong leftist types who believe in things I find horrifying and I wouldn’t ever say anything bad about them if you paid me. My views on art in America are vindicated. American artists and art connoisseurs are a bunch of spoiled and sensitive little children with no honor or loyalty at all.

    I listened to both parts of his interview on this site, and he seemed like a really decent, down-to-earth person with no pretentiousness or arrogance about him at all.

    In “Ride the Tiger,” Julius Evola approvingly quoted the Marxist Georg Lukacs in his estimation that art in the modern world is pretty much about class distinction and rootless capital-driven elitism, nothing else. Hard to disagree, there. The managerial state and its unwitting cretins has spoken: Charles Krafft is now an evil scary bad man who should be locked away forever because white privilege! Or something!

  7. Greg Johnson
    Posted February 28, 2013 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

    These people, at least, are not up to “East Coast” standards:

    http://www.inlander.com/spokane/blog-7925-is-charles-krafft-a-holocaust-denier-should-that-m.html

  8. Vick
    Posted February 28, 2013 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

    You make a lot of great points, Mr. Johnson, nicely done. And a big thank you for using Counter-Currents to draw attention to this situation. I probably wouldn’t have heard about it if you hadn’t.

    One of the things that strikes me about this case is that the things that Krafft has said that Graves cites as evidence of his evilness are just so…. well, not evil.

    Has he ever said he wanted to see jews exterminated? Has he ever said that he approved of the fact that so many jews were killed in WW2? Has he ever said he hates non-whtites? Has he said that whites are superior to all other races?

    In a certain sense, there’s no point in arguing with the PC thought police. Once you’ve crossed some line they’ve arbitrarily drawn and they have you in their cross hairs, there’s no going back. I’ve never heard of the zealots pursuing these witch hunts being persuaded to change their minds. Just doesn’t happen.

    On the other hand, maybe it’s worth pointing out that the shit they’re freaking out about doesn’t amount to much at all.

    Some people (correctly) believe that the 6 million dead number is wrong, and that the real number fluctuates all over depending on the historian. Some say a lot more, some say a lot less. Why is pointing this out so scary? Big deal.

    Some people believe that racially homogeneous society’s are preferable to diverse ones. Big deal.

    Can’t speak for anyone else, but for me, my response to the hysterical Jen Graves and others like her isn’t to run from what Krafft has said, or even to point out their hypocrisies.

    My answer is, “so fucking what?”

    • Sylvanus Carpenter
      Posted February 28, 2013 at 11:43 pm | Permalink

      I was thinking of much the same thing today. It gets to the point where it would be nice just to be able to have an opinion and not be denounced or threatened because of it. Of course, that’s the point of political correctness. There can be no tolerance for ideas beyond the pale. That would legitimize them. And legitimacy is very dangerous.

      That’s one of the missions of CC, I imagine. Lending legitimacy to ideas that the liberal establishment otherwise does not allow into normal every day discourse. Having intelligent, articulate people transgress these boundaries in thoughtful ways will, hopefully, lead to an eventual breakdown in the system holding all this together. All their huffing and puffing is a good thing. It’s ridiculous on the face of it. Many will recognize this.

      • Greg Johnson
        Posted March 1, 2013 at 1:38 am | Permalink

        Thank you. This is very well put. Our aim is to raise the visibility, status, and reach of White Nationalism in the intellectual realm. Our main focus is on the positive, but sometimes I cannot resist trolling the mainstream, especially when it offers such target rich environments like the Krafft affair.

  9. Verlis
    Posted February 28, 2013 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

    In 2009, I included his daintily painted ceramic AK 47 on a list of the 25 best works of art ever made in Seattle, and called him “the Northwest’s best iconoclast.”

    “Iconoclast,” tee hee hee, taking on the all-powerful, antisemitic, fascistic establishment, for sure. But now that she realizes he’s doing something genuinely iconoclastic — gulp — what choice does this lolzy twit have but to revoke the laudation.

    After all, some things even iconoclasts just don’ f**k with.

    “‘Oh, Aslan! Can’t we do something about the Deep Magic? Isn’t there something you can work against it?’

    ‘Work against the Emperor’s Magic?’ said Aslan, turning to her with something like a frown on his face. And nobody ever made that suggestion to him again.”
    ―The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

    On the off chance there’s a truly determined iconoclast in her ranks, provoked by suicidal feline curiosity to check out what the opposition is thinking, let me offer this challenge: do it! Take on the big boys. Dipping crucifixes in urine is old hat, and they don’t fight back anyway. Oh, and there’s no official government task forcededicated to stymieing your efforts.

    See, the Holocaust isn’t about the Holocaust. The Holocaust is about power: the power to advance Jews and the power to crush anyone uppity enough to question the ethnic power relations that govern the United States and — in this globalizing world — Planet Earth; namely, Jews unquestionably good, everyone else questionable.

    You take that on and you’ve earned your right to call yourself an iconoclast.

  10. Greg Johnson
    Posted March 1, 2013 at 6:20 pm | Permalink
    • kennewick man
      Posted March 2, 2013 at 10:30 pm | Permalink

      The article has some interesting comments. Someone who doesn’t particularly question the 6 million figure finds it odd that a person could be sent to prison in Germany for doubting this historical proposition, and a Weinberg says that “true Nazis would have hated this work favoring romantic images for their propaganda.”

      And Greg, I enjoyed your title. Freude I recognize from Beethoven’s 9th, and for other non-German-speakers, if you use Google translate it asks if you meant “kraft” with a single f, which then translates to “Joy by virtue.” Then I tried an online German-English dictionary, and the main choices for kraft are power, force, strength, and then virtue. Then I realized “Strength through Joy,” the state-sponsored recreation program in the Third Reich, in German is Kraft durch Freude.

  11. Greg Johnson
    Posted March 2, 2013 at 10:47 pm | Permalink

    A defense (sorta) of Krafft in the Toronto Globe and Mail.

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/art-and-architecture/nazi-themed-artwork-monstrous-art-or-art-about-a-monster/article9132957/

    This is surely the most intelligent thing written on this issue, aside from my own pieces, that is.

  12. Junghans
    Posted March 3, 2013 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

    My, my, what a real ‘anguished’ and obviously flummoxed liberal tempest-in-a-[Hitlerian, of all things]-teapot! The normally gushing, White liberal tribunes of “tolerance”, such as Ms. Graves and company, have shown their true, irreverent, ‘Brutus-like’ lack of character, and their eager propensity to gutter snipe a fellow White, when they think that they can score a kosher brownie point or two.

    The two-faced hypocrisy of these White liberals, regarding ‘free speech’, is symptomatic of their warped, amorally base, delusional fantasy world. They are dishonest at best, and perniciously destructive at worst. When their multi-racial illusions explode in their faces someday, as Gregg correctly alludes, White liberalism will receive its deserved comeuppance in spades, if I might so ironically use that trite, but appropriate expression. While they recklessly tear down one of their own recalcitrant former icons, they have no idea what’s bearing down on them, and what a real hole they are digging for themselves.

  13. Charles Krafft
    Posted March 4, 2013 at 7:57 am | Permalink

    “Charles,

    As you suggested, I gave this whole idea a rest, but since your name had been bantered around the campus a month or so ago, today the Dean of Arts called me into his office and handed me printouts from Facebook, Stormfront, and other websites that you’ve posted on during the past several years. He received them from The Association of Collegiate Conference and Events Directors, who have suggested banning you from as many colleges as possible. Not sure what else to say, but thought you might like to know.

    Scott ”

    https://www.acced-i.org/

  14. Greg Johnson
    Posted March 5, 2013 at 8:26 pm | Permalink
  15. Greg Johnson
    Posted March 7, 2013 at 2:11 am | Permalink

    More on Krafft. It is intersting that the NY Daily News and the Forward actually sought out and published quotes from the artist.

    https://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/artist-charles-krafft-holocaust-skeptic-white-nationalist-article-1.1280512

  16. Greg Johnson
    Posted March 7, 2013 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

    Now the SPLC jumps on the bandwagon. Aren’t they the ones who collect millions to be out front on these matters?

    http://www.splcenter.org/blog/2013/03/06/famous-seattle-ceramicist-exposed-as-holocaust-denier/

  17. Lew
    Posted March 7, 2013 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    I was wondering when they would roll out the heavy artillery. The ADL is probably next.

    The presence of a well-respected thought criminal in rarefied milieu of art must be setting off every alarm in NY-DC-Hollywood.

    An artist can influence people in a cultural mode. They understand the potential power of that.

    • Greg Johnson
      Posted March 7, 2013 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

      It is interesting that Krafft is being interviewed and quoted by these people. I would not expect that. He is not getting the “enemy of humanity” treatment like David Irving does, although maybe Irving provokes that.

      • Lew
        Posted March 7, 2013 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

        I’m surprised too. Could be they’re blind to how reasonable he sounds, or maybe because he is so respected they can’t portray him as the devil without looking foolish.

        I don’t follow this cultural front at all and don’t have an intuitive grasp of how significant this is. Krafft’s art, modern and post-modern art in general are not for me. Although, after initially scoffing at that tea pot, the more I look it, the more intriguing it seems.

        Is this the equivalent in the art world of Tom Wolfe or Peter Jackson coming out as a skeptic, or a person well respected but not quite at that level?

        • Greg Johnson
          Posted March 7, 2013 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

          Krafft is not as famous in the art world as a Wolfe in literature or a Jackson in directing. He’s more like a Michel Houellebecq or a Whit Stillman. Reviewed, respected, and collected but not a household name.

  18. NBG
    Posted March 7, 2013 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    Jen (the Stranger author who wrote the initial hit piece) was a guest today on the comedy podcast improv4humans. She discussed the article and Krafft with host Matt Besser, who is the son of the jewish original owner of the Hitler tea pot sculpture. She comes off as pretty dim-witted, along with her Huffington Post pal who is also a guest.

    If you want to hear it, the discussion starts at around 36:50.

    http://www.earwolf.com/episode/ironic-hitler-teapot/

    • Greg Johnson
      Posted March 7, 2013 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

      Jen has a rather, err, Armenoid appearance herself and is apparently married to an Ethiopian from Israel.

  19. me
    Posted March 8, 2013 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    Wow, his name is certainly getting around! May the publicity bring him good omens. He might have increased art sales because all this publicity.

  20. Greg Johnson
    Posted March 11, 2013 at 4:22 pm | Permalink
    • me
      Posted March 11, 2013 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

      Well, Greg, it’s easy for you to post this because you can understand French. I suppose we non-French readers have to use google translate that French article in order to read it in English?

  21. Vacant Serif
    Posted March 27, 2013 at 1:14 am | Permalink

    And the New Yorker jumps aboard. They certainly are not what they used to be. http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/culture/2013/03/charles-krafft-and-the-conundrum-of-nazi-art.html

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