Publishers are hiring ‘sensitivity readers’ to flag potentially offensive content

Before a book is published and released to the public, it’s passed through the hands (and eyes) of many people: an author’s friends and family, an agent and, of course, an editor.

These days, though, a book may get an additional check from an unusual source: a sensitivity reader, a person who, for a nominal fee, will scan the book for racist, sexist or otherwise offensive content. These readers give feedback based on self-ascribed areas of expertise such as “dealing with terminal illness,” “racial dynamics in Muslim communities within families” or “transgender issues.”

“The industry recognizes this is a real concern,” said Cheryl Klein, a children’s and young adult book editor and author of “The Magic Words: Writing Great Books for Children and Young Adults.” Klein, who works at the publisher Lee & Low, said that she has seen the casual use of specialized readers for many years but that the process has become more standardized and more of a priority, especially in books for young readers.

Sensitivity readers have emerged in a climate – fueled in part by social media – in which writers are under increased scrutiny for their portrayals of people from marginalized groups, especially when the author is not a part of that group.

Last year, for instance, J.K. Rowling was strongly criticized by Native American readers and scholars for her portrayal of Navajo traditions in the 2016 story “History of Magic in North America.” Young-adult author Keira Drake was forced to revise her fantasy novel “The Continent” after an online uproar over its portrayal of people of color and Native backgrounds. More recently, author Veronica Roth – of “Divergent” fame – came under fire for her new novel, “Carve the Mark.” In addition to being called racist, the book was criticized for its portrayal of chronic pain in its main character.

This potential for offense has some writers scared. Young-adult author Susan Dennard recently hired a fan to review her portrayal of a transgender character in her “Truthwitch” series.

“I was nervous to write a character like this to begin with, because what if I get it wrong? I could do some major damage,” Dennard said. But, she added, she felt the voice of the character was an important one that wasn’t often portrayed, so she hired a fan, who is a transgender man, just to be sure she did it right.

For authors looking for sensitivity readers beyond their fan base there is the Writing in the Margins database, a resource of about 125 readers created by Justina Ireland, author of the YA books “Vengeance Bound” and “Promise of Shadows.” Ireland started the directory last year after hearing other authors at a writing retreat discuss the difficulties in finding people of different backgrounds to read a manuscript and give feedback about such, well, sensitive matters.

One reader for hire in Ireland’s database is Dhonielle Clayton, a librarian and writer based in New York. Clayton reviews two manuscripts per month, going line by line to look at diction, dialogue and plot. Clayton says she analyzes the authenticity of the characters and scenes, then points writers to where they can do more research to improve their work.

Clayton, who is black, sees her role as a vital one. “Books for me are supposed to be vehicles for pleasure, they’re supposed to be escapist and fun,” she says. They’re not supposed to be a place where readers “encounter harmful versions” and stereotypes of people like them.

Ireland underscores the value of sensitivity readers – both for authors and for readers. (She was a strong voice behind the push to get Keira Drake to make changes to the advance readers’ edition of “The Continent.”)

“Even if authors mean well, even if the intention is good, it doesn’t change the impact,” Ireland said. “It’s nice to be that line of defense before it gets to readers, especially since the bulk of people who come to me write for children.” Fees for a sensitivity readers generally start at $250 per manuscript.

Children’s book author Kate Messner has used sensitivity readers for many of her books, some of which deal with poverty, abuse and race.

“I wouldn’t dream of sending those books out into the world without getting help to make sure I’m representing those issues in a way that’s realistic and sensitive,” she said. Messner, whose works include “The Seventh Wish” and “All the Answers,” asks a reader for feedback on whether the experience she’s written reads realistically or whether anything stands out as problematic.

Her upcoming book, tentatively called “Breakout,” focuses on three girls coping with a prison escape in their small town. Messner has enlisted multiple sensitivity readers to help her work out the class and race issues affecting the town and her characters. A reader has called out when her language doesn’t ring true, and has questioned when her character does something that seems inauthentic and provides her perspective on why that is. Messner said it’s been encouraging to hear when she’s gotten something correct, but also she’s had to make adjustments.

Lee & Low Books has a companywide policy to use sensitivity readers. Stacy Whitman, publisher and editorial director of Lee & Low’s middle-grade imprint Tu Books, said she will even request a sensitivity reader before she chooses to acquire a book to publish.

“It’s important for authors to consider expert reader feedback and figure out how to solve the problems they point out,” Whitman said. “Everyone’s goal is a better book, and better representation contributes to that.”

Still, some sensitivity readers feel they are in part contributing to the problem. Clayton said she’s unsettled by the idea that she’s being paid for her expertise, but also is helping white authors write black characters for books from which they reap profit and praise.

“It feels like I’m supplying the seeds and the gems and the jewels from our culture, and it creates cultural thievery,” Clayton said. “Why am I going to give you all of those little things that make my culture so interesting so you can go and use it and you don’t understand it?”

Concerns about cultural appropriation have been around for years – think of William Styron writing as the slave Nat Turner in 1967. (“That’s what we’re paid to do, isn’t it?” Lionel Shriver said in a controversial speech last year. “Step into other people’s shoes, and try on their hats.”)

But sensitivity readers introduce a new twist in the debate. On the one hand they help a writer create the experience of a marginalized group more authentically. On the other, they legitimize the mimicking of marginalized voices by non-marginalized writers.

Why not just publish more books by black people, Latinos, Native Americans and others? some ask.

Despite the efforts of groups like We Need Diverse Books, “it’s more likely that a publishing house will publish a book about an African-American girl by a white woman versus one written by a black woman like me,” Clayton says.

“So until publishing is equitable and people are still writing cross-culturally,” Clayton points out, “sensitivity reading is going to be another layer of what’s necessary in order to make sure that representation is good.”

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Amazon selling books in US, UK online stores that deny the Holocaust

(JTA) — Amazon has removed books that deny the Holocaust from online stores in countries where Holocaust denial is illegal, but they remain available in the United States and the United Kingdom.

The British newspaper The Independent reported that the books were removed in some countries, including Italy, France and Germany, after Amazon was contacted about the sale of such books by The Sunday Times of London.

Among the books still available on Amazon’s U.S. and U.K. online stores are “Did Six Million Really Die?” by Richard Harwood; “The Six Million: Fact or Fiction?,” and “The Myth of the Extermination of the Jews.”

Gideon Falter, chairman of the British charity Campaign Against Antisemitism, told The Independent: “Every day, Amazon promotes a selection of literature advocating Holocaust denial and Jew hatred. Anybody searching Amazon for books about the Holocaust, including children working on school projects, will inevitably be shown Amazon’s squalid cesspool of neo-Nazi titles.”

One Amazon customer who complained to the company told The Sunday Times he received a message from Amazon saying, “If you feel this book constitutes hate speech and malicious lies, then please check out the other hundred thousand books we carry to find something you like. I hope this helps!”

Steven Goldstein, executive director of the U.S.-based Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, called for a boycott of Amazon until it stops selling the books everywhere.

“When Amazon sells Holocaust denial books and even offers readers an opportunity to ‘borrow’ Holocaust denial books on Amazon Kindle, Amazon is a repugnant accomplice to Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism of historic proportions,” Goldstein wrote in a statement. “This makes Amazon a worldwide embarrassment to human decency. We call on everyone to stop shopping at Amazon until all divisions of Amazon in every part of the world stop selling Holocaust denial books and other works immediately.”

Mein Kampf Continues Its Status as Bestseller In Germany

Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” has become a continued bestseller in Germany. Hitler’s book was banned in the country following World War II for 70 years. This new version is heavily annotated with Jewish propaganda but its continued popularity is encouraging.

From AFP:

The first reprint of Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” in Germany since World War II has proved a surprise bestseller, heading for its sixth print run, its publisher said Tuesday.

The Institute of Contemporary History of Munich (IfZ) said around 85,000 copies of the new annotated version of the Nazi leader’s anti-Semitic manifesto had flown off the shelves since its release last January.

However, the respected institute said that far from promoting far-right ideology, the publication had enriched a debate on the renewed rise of “authoritarian political views” in contemporary Western society.

It had initially planned to print only 4,000 copies but boosted production immediately based on intense demand. The sixth print run will hit bookstores in late January.

The two-volume work had figured on the non-fiction bestseller list in weekly magazine Der Spiegel over much of the last year, and even topped the list for two weeks in April.

The fact that Germans have been openly betrayed by their government is likely leading more to reevaluate the lies they’ve been told about Hitler and their ancestors. Anybody with an open mind will eventually come to the conclusion that Hitler was not the insane madman that he’s been depicted as. He was actually responsible for building what at the time the most advanced civilization of his era. If you look at archival footage from that time, it is easy to see how Germany in the 1930s looks much like America in the 1950s.

Beowulf: A Pagan and Christian Fusion?

http://www.renegadetribune.com/beowulf-pagan-christian-fusion/
By Aoife Moloney

The heroic elegiac poem, Beowulf, is a reflection of many Anglo-Saxon ideals and concepts. This work was written after the Anglo-Saxons were already Christianized, yet the pagan traditions that had dominated their lives were still present in their minds. Overall, Beowulf contains many pagan themes and concepts, but yet it also contains many clear references to Christianity. It is an Anglo Saxon work with a peculiar spiritual atmosphere.

In order to evaluate the fusion of Christian ideas and pagan-heroic characteristics, the development of religion in Britain must first be considered. Originally dominated by the Celtic faith, Britain’s belief structure underwent a significant change with the conquest of the Anglo-Saxons and their Germanic paganism.

In these and the following centuries, Britain was gradually converted to Christianity. The Anglo-Saxons’ Christianisation began in 597. This conversion and the expression of Christian ideas were founded on the existing pagan terminology and symbols, with pagan temples merely stripped of their idols and used as places for Christian worship. Christianisation involved the conversion of a king rather than the people themselves. It is in Beowulf, composed not more than approximately 50 years after this conversion, that we are able to find a vivid image of a society still struggling to establish their identity within a new belief structure.

The two major societies directly depicted by the narrator of Beowulf are the Danes and the Geats, of Southern Scandinavia, home to the epic’s hero, Beowulf. At first glance, the two societies seem completely converted to the Christian faith. Both Hrothgar and Beowulf, as representatives of their people, acknowledge the power and sovereignty of God in various instances. Regarding his people’s plight, Hrothgar tells Beowulf; “My household guard are on the wane, fate sweeps them away into Grendel’s clutches – but God can easily halt these raids and harrowing attacks!”

Christian terminology is found in the speeches of various characters throughout the poem even regarding the final burial of Beowulf himself; “then let us bring the body of our lord, the man we loved, to where he will lodge for a long time in the care of the Almighty.”

Moreover, the poet himself praises the divine supremacy on several occasions; “Almighty God rules over mankind and always has” while denouncing pagan traditions; “Oh, cursed is he Who in times of trouble has to thrust his soul in the fire’s embrace, forfeiting help; he has nowhere to turn.”

As Boris Kuhne argues in his essay, The Amalgamation of Christian Ideas and Pagan Heroic Characteristics in Beowulf, it is notable that the epic bears occasional reference to the Old Testament but none to the New Testament. This goes counter to our knowledge of Old English poetry such as The Dream of the Rood, which proves that the medieval Anglo-Saxon society was well acquainted with the New Testament. Nonetheless, both societies were intrinsically pagan; Denmark was Christianised during the beginning, Sweden close to the end of the 11th century. The poet acknowledges this fact most notably for the Danes: as they suffer under Grendel’s reign of terror, they turn to their heathen gods for help; “at pagan shrines they vowed offerings to idols, swore oaths that the killer of souls might come to their aid.” However, A.G Brodeur makes an interesting point in his book, The Art of Beowulf, that the poet was faced with a dilemma : on the one hand, he had to recognise his subjects’ idolatry and their resulting punishment, while he still wished to present them as good and noble men for whom a god-fearing attitude was crucial. Failing to give his characters a Christian background in their speeches would have made them appear sinful and proud to the poet as well as to his audience. Hence, the Danes’ dialogues exhibit a strongly Christian colouring, and the characters are related not as being heathens by choice but almost by innocent ignorance; “The Almighty Judge of good deeds and bad, the Lord God, Head of the Heavens and High King of the World was unknown to them.”

Pagan customs are vividly portrayed throughout the poem. The Danes and the Geats nations practice crematory rituals as can be seen in the funeral pyres of the former Danish King Hnaef and of Beowulf himself; “The Geat people built a pyre for Beowulf, stacked and decked it until it stood footsquare, hung with helmets, heavy war-shields and shining armour.”

As R.G. Owen argues in his book Rites and Religions of the Anglo-Saxons; the Anglo-Saxons held the belief that posthumous elevation and wealth was reflected in the funeral pyre.

The heroic individual in Beowulf is subject to two main factors, one stemmed from the Christian and one from the pagan-heroic world. First of all, the hero depends on the attributes God has embodied in him, his physical abilities and prowess; “Beowulf was mindful of his mighty strength, the wondrous gifts God had showered on him.”

In the relation of his fights, Beowulf always acknowledges the powerful influence of God, both favourable and adverse. Beowulf admits himself that he could never have defeated Grendel’s mother without the aid of God. “if God had not helped me, the outcome would have been quick and fatal.”

Various characters in the poem perceive God’s will as being a direct result of their own actions, and it is therefore that both Hrothgar as well as Beowulf ponder over a reason for incurring the Lord’s wrath when they are afflicted by a supernatural menace; “the wise man thought he must have thwarted ancient ordinance of the eternal Lord, broken his commandment.”

On the other hand, it is courage and the resulting glory that governs the life of the hero and is celebrated in various speeches; after Aeschere has been killed and carried away by Grendel’s mother, Beowulf consoles the grieving king saying: “For every one of us, living in this world means waiting for our end. Let whoever can win glory before death.”

It has been argued that Beowulf conveys the attributes of a Christian saviour, a claim that is easily refuted if we inspect the hero’s deeds. Indeed there are several notable annotations to this throughout the poem. As Beowulf prepares to face the wrath of the dragon he is joined by twelve men (alike the twelve apostles) though in his struggle for life he is abandoned by all but one, Wiglaf.

However, although the means through which men gained fame may seem to conflict with certain elements of Christianity, the author reconciles this fame with many references to God. Although strength and heroism may not necessarily be Christian concepts or virtues, the author attributes both of these to God through the speech of his characters. Hrothgar states that Beowulf’s killing of Grendel was achieved with the help of God; “First and foremost, let the Almighty Father be thanked for this sight. The Heavenly Shepherd can work His wonders always and everywhere.” This ties Beowulf’s prowess and fame back to God, and reconciles a pagan concept to Christianity.

However, Beowulf is essentially a Germanic warrior whose actions, despite their Christian glossing, are not of a truly self-sacrificing character. He is concerned with the courage and honour that the heroic code demands of him; the reason for his voyage to Denmark is not primarily to avenge and protect Hrothgar and his people, but to extend his and his lord’s glory. Moreover, Beowulf’s death does not deliver his people or ensure their safety but rather the opposite, as the messenger of the hero’s death prophesies; “Now war is looming over our nation, soon it will be known to Franks and Frisians, far and wide, that the king is gone.”

The poem features various monstrous forces for Beowulf to overcome, Grendel, Grendel’s mother and lastly the bloodthirsty dragon. Monsters would generally be regarded as part of a pagan cult but the Old Testament bears note to similar demons. As Kuhne points out in his essay; Grendel clearly constitutes the direct opposite of the Christian spirit: he abhors the joy and warmth of the human community, especially enhanced through the scop’s song about the Creation. He glories in slaying and destruction for its own sake; and as a descendant of Cain he bears the curse of God. There are also pagan elements to be found here : Out of the curse of Cain’s exile “there sprang ogres and elves and evil phantoms and the giants too.”

Another such fusion is to be found on the sword hilt depicting he annihilation of the giants through the Flood as seen near the beginning of the story of Noah, Genesis 6.4. “They suffered a terrible severance from the Lord; the Almighty made the waters rise, drowned them in the deluge for retribution.”

Beowulf exhibits different pagan concepts such as wyrd and vengeance, each of which plays a central role in the narrative. These concepts, however, seem to be tied in with the elements of Christianity exhibited in the work. The author reconciles many pagan concepts with regard to elements of Christianity despite their sometimes obvious and direct contrast. Perhaps this was done to show the way in which both pagan concepts and Christianity were interrelated. As Thomas D. Hill states in his essay “The Christian Language and Theme of Beowulf”, the Beowulf poet is presenting a radical synthesis of pagan and Christian history- which is seemingly without parallel in Anglo Saxon or Anglo-Latin literature.


Works Cited

Brodeur, A. G. The Art of Beowulf. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1959.
Kuhne, Boris; The Amalgamation of Christian ideas and pagan heroic characteristics in Beowulf. boriskuehne.net/boriskuehne/up/material/Beowulf.PDF
Owen, G. R. Rites and Religions of the Anglo Saxons. Newton Abbot: David & Charles, 1981.

Truth Books

http://www.renegadetribune.com/truth-books/
Suggested Book Listing for Truth Seekers

A general note on book reading

As much as I would encourage the Truth community to read qualitative books such as these, I can also see an element of danger. As I have expressed before, many people who wake up never seem to get beyond just browsing endless hours of videos and spend all their time as spectators. We have to get beyond viewing the Truth as just scary, stimulating entertainment. We have to contribute ourselves.

Therefore reading books could be just another (subconscious) diversion. It is an alternative to watching hundreds of hours of youtube videos, another form of procrastinating, and not doing anything to wake up new blood. We must be very careful we don’t just slip into bookworm mode. We will not beat this beast by cosy reading under the duvet. Of course we need to be educated on the Truth, especially at the beginning, but just being a bookworm will not bring about our peace and ultimate victory – it will only help to bring on tyranny.

I would suggest we consider obtaining these books whilst we still can, thereby keeping them for posterity. Please read the post at the end under Related Posts titled ‘Truth Stash’. I personally feel we all should have at least a dozen key books. Please see these books as investments. I would personally suggest we obtain physical books to read, rather than pdf/electronic formats.

Top tip – please try not to lend these precious book out. You will be very disheartened. You either won’t get them back or will have an argument about getting them back. And if you do get them back, with a bad vibe, they will be in a pitiful state. Just send the pdf files to people and titles for them to buy; but DON’T LEND THEM OUT unless you can 100% trust the individual.

A personal thank you to my good friend Tom for his canny ability to source excellent reading material. Much of this book list is credit to Tom.

I have divided this listing into three subjective categories:

1 – Essential — A must read for newbies. These books are not necessarily the best books, but as a collection they will fast track new comers to have a comprehensive overview of the Jewish problem. After reading this essential list of books, one will have a full understanding of the jewish mind, the jewish satanic elements and the jewish agenda on humanity.

2 – Primary — Very important books. A deeper understanding. Reinforcing the Essential list. Perhaps this list could be shared with other trusted Truth seekers you physically know. Collectively, within your small group of Truth friends you could have a T-book library in order to save on costs. Book lending within trusted, reliable, respectful friends should be fine.

3 – Additional — Further understanding of this incredible agenda. It is only when one reaches this intense research that one can have a full understanding of what we are facing. The tactics, the repetitive nature, the levels of parasitism, the sickness on society, how history repeats itself, the psychology of the jew, how the masses have been mass mind controlled at every level. These books will provide this complete understanding, which no video, article or even personal experience can provide.


1 – Essential

Hellstorm – The Death of Nazi Germany – Thomas Goodrich

The Myth of German Villainy – Benton. L. Bradberry

https://diggerfortruth.wordpress.com/2015/01/01/book-recommendation/

The Jews and their Lies – Dr Martin Luther (a book which educated and engaged Hitler)

The International Jew – Henry Ford

The Jewish Problem – Louis Golding

The History of The Jews – Cecil Roth

The Talmud Unmasked – Rev. I. B. Pramaitis

The Jewish Onslaught – Tony Martin

My Irrelevant Defence – Jewish Ritual Murder – Arnold. S. Leese

Associated article by Miss V https://diggerfortruth.wordpress.com/2015/01/04/blood-libel/

The Protocols of The Learned Elders of Zion – Victor E Marsden

The Hoax Of The Twentieth Century – Butz Arthur R


2 – Primary

For My Legionaries (The Iron Guard) – Corneliu Zelea Codreanu

http://www.pdfarchive.info

Twilight Over England – William Joyce

https://diggerfortruth.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/william-joyce.pdf

The Original Mr. Jacobs: A Startling Expose – Telemachus Thomas Timayenis

The American Jew – Telemachus Thomas Timayenis

SS Culture Book Series 

The Synagogue of Satan – Andrew Carrington Hitchcock

The Riddle of Jew’s Success – F Roderich-Stoltheim

The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine – Ilan Pappe

1984 – George Orwell (read in conjunction with Brave New World)

Brave New World – Aldous Huxley (read in conjunction with 1984)

Behind Communism – Frank L Britton

Hitler’s War – David Irving

The Jewish Onslaught –  Tony Martin

The Secret Relationship between Blacks and Jews – 2nd Edition (Vol2) – Historical Research Department of The nation of Islam

https://diggerfortruth.wordpress.com/2015/01/02/jewish-involvement-in-the-black-slave-trade/

The Devil and the Jews – Joshua Trachenberg

Mike Walsh his collection

http://spinfreehistory.com

Mein Kampf – Adolf Hitler

Culture of Critique – Dr. Kevin MacDonald

Nature’s Eternal Religion – Ben Klassen P.M.

Usury in Christendom – Michael Hoffman

http://revisionisthistorystore.blogspot.co.uk/2010/03/michael-hoffmans-online-revisionist.html

The Track of the Jew Through the Ages – Alfred Rosenberg (can this source be trusted??)

https://diggerfortruth.wordpress.com/2015/01/06/the-track-of-the-jew-through-the-ages/

My Irrelevant Defence – Arnold Leese

https://archive.org/details/dudeman5685_yahoo_MID


3 – Additional

Most of these books I have not read. I am not suggesting they are any less important than the previous listings, it’s just having not read them I cannot really recommend them.

The Barnes Review Books

http://www.barnesreview.org

An Empire Of Their Own – Neal Gabler

SS Panzer Grenadier – Hans Schmidt

Germany’s Hitler – Heinz A Heinz

Courier Adolf Hitler – Heinz A Heinz

Chosen People from The Caucasus – Michael Bradley

Adolf Hitler – William Joyce

SS Creed Jews – Arnold S Leese

Hitler’s Priestess – Nicholas Goodrick Clarke

Archive pdf books

http://www.pdfarchive.info

J R Books

http://jrbooksonline.com

Hitler Democrat

http://www.barnesreview.org/hitler-democrat-p-564.html?cPath=80_48

Book site

http://www.pzg.biz/books_schmidt.html

Book shop

http://nsm88records.com/theshop/index.php?cPath=23

The American Jew – an expose of his career

https://katana17.wordpress.com/2015/02/13/the-american-jew-an-expose-of-his-career-part-1/

The French Connection [Daryl Bradford Smith’s original collection]

http://web.archive.org/web/20160125145453/http://iamthewitness.com/books/index.php?

Hitler’s Sweedes – Lars. T. Larsson

The Leese Collection

ISBN: 978-0-906879-74-0

Campaign In Russia – Leon Degrelle

Ending White Slavery – Matthew Hole

Jewish Domination of Weimer Germany – Eckart Verlag

Fur Volk and Fuhrer – Erwin Bartman

Epic: The Story of The Waffen SS – Leon Degrelle

Facts are Facts – Bridger House Publications Inc

ISBN: 978-0-9799176-6-0

March of The Titans – Volume I – Arthur Kemp

March of The Titans – Volume 11 (two) – Arthur Kemp

The Gruesome Harvest – Ralph Fraklin Keeling

The Negros In Negroland The Negros In America And Negros Generally – Hinton Rowan Helper

The Programme of The NSDAP – Black House Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 978-1-908476-88-3

The Jews – Hilaire Belloc [Forgotten Books]

Bolshevism from Moses To Lenin – Dietrich Echart

Julius Streicher – Randall L Bytwerk

Hatemail – Sald Alzenberg

This is a collection of anti-semitic (Truth) postcards, collated by a jew, showing how society throughout the ages, throughout the world viewed the jew. Incredible colour images of blatant Truth. An observation on how our ancestors were so jew-wise and not filled with political correctness.

Kevin MacDonald’s books

http://www.kevinmacdonald.net/books.htm

4 Free books – just click on the links and download, after scrolling down to the last chapter, all books have 9 chapters

Book 1         https://yukonjackbook.wordpress.com/

Book 2         https://writingleadership.wordpress.com/

Book3          https://revolutionmetaphysics.wordpress.com/

Book 4        https://thegoddesslisaspeaks.wordpress.com/

Book 5         https://yukonjackbookfive.wordpress.com/    

Please feel free to make suggestions to this list. I plan to keep updating it.


Related posts

Truth Stash

Original list with further articles

1-2-3

Book crediting Hitler as Germany’s savior may have been self-written

 

A biography published in 1923 on Adolf Hitler listed under the author Baron Adolf Victor von Koerber may have actually been penned by Adolf Hitler himself, The New York Times reported.

Published before Hitler rose to power, “Adolf Hitler: His Life and His Speeches,” credited him with being Germany’s savior, comparing Hitler to Jesus.

Scholars have said that Hitler went to Von Koerber for the book hoping that as a conservative who had no Nazi Party ties the war hero would legitimize Hitler.

Though Von Koerber did originally support Hitler he soon shifted his views and was even arrested for attempting to assassinate Hitler.

Recently discovered documents from Von Koerber, which were uncovered by University of Aberdeen history and international affairs professor, Thomas Weber, revealed a statement from the publisher of the book’s widow leading him to believe Hitler himself wrote the book.

“It’s 1923, and Hitler suddenly decides he needs to boost his national profile,” Weber told the Times.

“He brings out a book in anticipation of revolution,” Weber stated, “and we see here a political operator who understands the political process extremely well and knows how to produce a narrative for the kind of leader only he feels he can be.”
“So he does not have to expressly say, ‘I want to be leader.’ He creates the expectation that others will call him to become the leader.”

Sven Felix Kellerhoff, a senior editor at Die Welt, a German newspaper and recent author of a book discussing Hitler’s “Mein Kampf,” also spoke with the Times.

“I’m convinced from the presented sources that Hitler himself wrote this short text or gave at least the basic information to an editor,” Kellerhoff stated.

“This is important because it shows that Hitler thought about himself as the ‘German savior’ as early as 1923. So I think this is a small but important advance in researching Hitler’s biography.”

Not everyone received the research with such excitement. Harvard Professor of European and international history Charles S. Maier said that though the research was “plausible” it was not so sensational.

Mair Told the Times that, “Koerber essentially became a type of ‘as-told-to author’ without acknowledging the sketch. But surely this sort of coaching for political biographies must be relatively common in one form or another.”

Mair stated that usually when a memoir is ghostwritten the subjects often want the credit on it, unlike in this case.

Baron Adolf Victor von Koerber died in 1969 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

New edition of Hitler speeches book slaps Trump on cover

Two new compilations of speeches by Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler feature photos of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on their covers, the Guardian reported Monday.

My New Order: Volumes One and Two cover Hitler’s speeches from 1918 to 1941. Volume One’s back cover features a picture raising his hand in a gesture similar to a Nazi salute.
In a blurb about the book published on Amazon, publisher Ishi Press International claims “There are clear similarities between the speeches of Trump and the speeches of Hitler.

“Here are examples: They repeat themselves constantly, saying the same things over and over again. They never admit they have made a mistake nor do they ever take anything back. To any criticism, they respond by insults and name calling. They use a low form of language, with simple sentences even a person with the lowest level of education or with no education at all can understand,” the blurb continues.

Trump’s ex-wife Ivana once claimed her husband kept a book of Hitler’s speeches by his bed, the Guardian noted.

In a Vanity Fair piece, by Marie Brenner, Trump said the book was a gift from “my friend Marty Davis from Paramount who gave me a copy of Mein Kampf, and he’s a Jew.” But Trump also denied reading the book. “If I had these speeches, and I am not saying that I do, I would never read them,” Trump said at the time.

Brenner noted in the Vanity Fair piece that “Trump is no reader” nor is he a history buff. “Perhaps his possession of Hitler’s speeches merely indicates an interest in Hitler’s genius at propaganda,” she wrote at the time.

David, the man who gave Trump the book, later told Brenner: “I did give him a book about Hitler. But it was My New Order, Hitler’s speeches, not Mein Kampf. I thought he would find it interesting. I am his friend, but I’m not Jewish.”

According to the Guardian, head of Ishi Press International’s US arm Sam Sloan said that when My New Order was published in 1941, there was “nothing on the back cover… so I decided to use that empty space for an advertisement for the book.”

The photograph used by Ishi is taken from the 10 December front page of the Philadelphia News, which used the headline “The New Furor” to refer to the presidential candidate’s “latest hair-raising idea… to keep out all Muslims” from the US.

Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf is Now a Best-seller in Germany (VERY GOOD!!!)

Adolf Hitler’s legendary book Mein Kampf has become a best seller in Germany.

(InfoStormer)

The book has been banned for sale in Germany since the end of World War II but an annotated version was made available a short time ago. The good news is that with this foreign invasion taking place, more and more Germans are rediscovering their roots. There is no question Hitler was right about the Jews when you see what the Jews are doing to our world today. They have subverted nearly every White European nation through usury and devious scams.

From Washington Post:

Reprinting Hitler’s autobiography “Mein Kampf” (My Struggle) was long prohibited in Germany — a country that considered the book too dangerous to be read.

Now, it’s a German best-seller.

An annotated version currently ranks second in nonfiction on the German weekly Der Spiegel’s bestseller list, which is considered an authority in German literature circles.

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It’s almost certainly not because of anything German bookstores are doing: In fact, most had virtually hidden the book from customers, according to a BBC report in January. Some had refrained from advertising it, while others ordered only a single copy. But online sales picked up, and in-store sales soon followed.

The German copyright for “Mein Kampf” was held by the state of Bavaria, which upheld a ban on reprinting the book for 70 years. Bookstores as well as federal regulators and historians were worried that Hitler’s autobiography could be used for right-wing propaganda.

“This book is too dangerous for the general public,” library historian Florian Sepp told The Washington Post last year.

German authorities kept official copies of the book like a state secret. Access was granted only to professionals who formally requested it. Critics had claimed that banning the book from being reprinted added to the mystery surrounding it and did more harm than good.

The secrecy ended when the copyright expired in December.

However, the book that is currently topping the German bestseller lists is far different from Hitler’s original version. The new 2,000-page edition is heavily annotated with remarks by experts to help put Hitler’s comments into context.

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The publishers think that this solution exposes Hitler’s destructive and violent ideology.

Today’s right-wing movements, which include the Alternative für Deutschland party, whose leadership recently advocated for shooting refugees at the German border to stop them from entering the country, have so far refrained from using Hitler’s brutal ideology to justify their contemporary goals.

Most of today’s right-wing politicians acknowledge that “Mein Kampf” laid out a violent vision that would lead to the Holocaust and World War II.

The German right recently has made gains as it condemns an influx of refugees that has led to frustration in some parts of eastern Germany in particular. In the city of Bautzen, locals cheered as an asylum home that was under construction burned down last weekend. Only dozens of miles away in Clausnitz, angry protesters surrounded a bus of refugees arriving in the village Thursday. Chanting “We are the people,” the crowd made children cry — a situation that ended in a chaos that the German government later described as “shameful.”

The best reason for reading? Book lovers live longer, scientists say

Good news on National Book Lovers Day: A chapter a day might keep the Grim Reaper away  — at least a little longer.

A recent study by Yale University researchers, published online in the journal Social Science & Medicine, concluded that “book readers experienced a 20 percent reduction in risk of mortality over the 12 years of follow-up compared to non-book readers.”

The data was obtained from a longitudinal Health and Retirement Study sponsored by the National Institute on Aging. The study looked at 3,635 subjects, all older than 50, whom the researchers divided into three groups: those who didn’t read books, those who read up to 3.5 hours a week and those who read more than 3.5 hours a week.

The findings were remarkable: Book readers survived almost two years longer than those who didn’t crack open a book.

Accounting for variables such as education level, income and health status, the study found that those who read more than 3.5 hours weekly were 23 percent less likely to die during that 12-year period. Those who read up to 3.5 hours — an average of a half-hour a day — were 17 percent less likely.

In other words, just like a healthy diet and exercise, books appear to promote a “significant survival advantage,” the authors concluded.

Why or how that’s the case remains unclear; the research showed only an association between book reading and longevity, not a causal relationship. But the findings are not so surprising. Other recent research showed that reading novels appears to boost both brain connectivity and empathy.

Book buying has increased annually during the past few years. At least 652 million print and electronic books were sold in the United States in 2015, according to Nielsen BookScan, the main data collector for the book publishing industry.

The bad news: Americans barely crack the top 25 when it comes to which countries read the most books. India, Thailand and China are ranked one, two and three by the World Culture Index, while the United States comes in 23rd, behind countries such as Egypt, Australia, Turkey and Germany.

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The better news is that 80 percent of young adults in America read a book last year, compared with 68 percent of those between the ages of 50 and 64, according to a Pew Research Center survey.

Unfortunately, the Yale researchers said longevity was not increased by reading newspapers.

US sales of ‘Mein Kampf’ will benefit Holocaust survivors in Boston

(JTA) — The U.S. publisher of Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” says it will donate all revenues from the infamously anti-Semitic book to a Jewish organization that helps Holocaust survivors in the Boston area.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, which is based in Boston, had initially planned to donate proceeds from the Nazi leader’s tract to several non-Jewish cultural organizations, but changed plans after Jewish leaders criticized it, The Associated Press reported Thursday.

The publisher worked with Boston’s Jewish federation to determine “how best to provide aid directly to the victims of the horrific events of the Holocaust,” Andrew Russell, the publisher’s director of corporate social responsibility, said in a statement, according to the AP.

Proceeds will be directed to Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Boston for “direct support of the health and human services needs of (Holocaust) survivors,” Russell said.

From 2000 until last year, proceeds from “Mein Kampf” had gone to various organizations that fight anti-Semitism. However, according to the AP, last year Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announced plans to use the money for cultural organizations as well, prompting an outcry from Jewish critics.

“JF&CS will direct the grant money exclusively to support the needs of the Holocaust survivors we meet with every day,” the Jewish agency’s CEO, Rimma Zelfand, said in a statement. “As Holocaust survivors grow increasingly frail, many of our clients have a far greater need for care than is covered by our existing funding.”

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt declined to say how much money “Mein Kampf” brings in each year.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has published a version of the book continuously since 1933, according to the AP. During World War II, proceeds went to the U.S. Justice Department. From 1979 until 2000, the publisher kept the proceeds for itself, and has since donated it.

The New England branch of the Anti-Defamation League applauded the decision to donate all the proceeds to JF&CS.

“It’s a reminder that efforts need to be put into combatting anti-Semitism, educating the next generation about the Holocaust and, of course, supporting the victims,” Trestan said.

“Mein Kampf” recently was re-published in Germany for the first time since World War II, and a new annotated edition sold out on the first day it was available in January.