Blitzed: how the Nazis’ conquest of Europe got a chemical boost

BY VIC ALHADEFF

The Australian
July 1, 2017

“I demand that you do not sleep for at least three days and nights if that is required,” General Heinz Guderian is said to have told the thousands of German troops who had massed to cross the Meuse river and push into Belgium and France in 1940.

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Greek tragedy and tales of heroism during Holocaust remembrance

BY VIC ALHADEFF

The Australian
March 18, 2017

At 11.30am tomorrow, Yiannis Boutaris will lead a march through Thessaloniki. Sporting tattoos on his arms and a tiny diamond earring, the fiercely independent mayor of Greece’s second largest city brazenly wore a symbolic yellow star — which the Nazis forced Jews to wear during the Holocaust — to protest against the election of neo-Nazi Golden Dawn members to his city council.

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Taking the fight to combat brazen bigotry: Law must call the shots to stamp out hate

BY VIC ALHADEFF

The Daily Telegraph
September 12, 2016

WHAT if the leader of a religious group addressed a public rally in Sydney and openly called for the murder of people of another faith?

Unlikely in our democratic society where we abide by the rule of law?

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Legal notes

BY VIC ALHADEFF

The Spectator Australia
September 10, 2016

What if the leader of a religious group addressed a public rally in Sydney and openly called for the murder of people of another faith?Unlikely in our democratic society, where we abide by the rule of law? Wouldn’t or couldn’t happen in the greatest country on the planet where 200 cultures live side by side in peace and tranquillity, embracing diversity and respecting each other’s right to be different? Think again. It does and it did. Right here in Sydney. A virulent outpouring of hatred. A chilling torrent of bile and abuse from a religious leader. All the while warning the targets of his venom about the fury and wrath – and violence – which would be heaped upon them, all supposedly in the name of truth and justice. The hate preacher’s version of truth and justice. And the most disturbing aspect of this appalling display of bigotry and blatant incitement to listeners to unleash acts of violence against the target group? Here was a prominent community leader, in a vicious harangue dripping with vitriol and condemnation, publicly whipping up a crowd to do his bidding and carry out violence against fellow-Australians, and the law turned its back. Worse yet – by completely failing to act, it effectively told him he was free to do it all over again the next morning. Which he and his colleagues have done. More than once.

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Rio Olympics: Unsung sprinters’ dreams died to keep Hitler happy

BY VIC ALHADEFF

The Australian
August 20, 2016

The headline in New York’s Kingston Daily Freeman was unambiguous: “Named to carry baton in Olympic sprint relay”. The date was July 24, 1936 and it accompanied photographs of the four athletes selected to represent the United States in the 4×100 relay at the Berlin Olympics.

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Bastille Day marks a new low in French anti-Semitism

BY VIC ALHADEFF

The Australian Financial Review
July 14, 2016

Ten years ago, a young woman entered a mobile-phone store on Boulevard Voltaire in Paris. She flirted with the salesman, Ilan Halimi, 23, a French Jew of Moroccan descent, asked for his number and suggested they meet the next day.

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The Revelation on Mt Sinai – as it might be reported today

BY VIC ALHADEFF

The Times of Israel
March 18, 2016

My name is Nudnik Shpilkes, reporting from the foot of Mount Sinai.

Apple took the world by storm last night when one of its sales representatives unveiled two unique tablets. The revelation of the tablets had been long awaited as the sales rep — who answers only to the name of Moses — had taken stress leave for 40 days and 40 nights.

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