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So then imagine Alan Turingstein, mathematics genius, computer pioneer, and Nazi code expert. After the war, he messes around in the German electronics industry in some inconclusive way, and then he commits suicide in some obscure morals scandal. What would we think of Alan Turingstein today, on his centenary? I doubt we’d be celebrating him, and secretly telling ourselves that we’re just like him.

On the contrary, we’d consider him a sinister figure, somebody to be whispered about. He’d be a spooky, creepy villain, a weird eccentric with ragged fingernails and pants held up with twine. He would show up in World War II historical novels as a scary fringe character. As for the famous Turingstein Test, which I’m about to discuss at length, we wouldn’t see that as a fun metaphysical thought experiment. Those interesting ideas would also bear the taint of Nazi culture, and we’d probably consider the Turing Test some kind of torture chamber for intelligent machines.

Now, Turing had the good luck not to be born German, but he also had the bad luck of being a consistently eccentric, shadowy, obscure, cooped-up and closeted guy. Furthermore, I believe our world has many such people right now — few so brilliant as him, but many as isolated as him. Rather than apologizing to Alan Turing after his death, I’d be happier if we had some working way to reach out to other Alan Turings, ways to find people like him and to convince them to put down the poisoned apple and find good, sensible reasons to cheer the hell up and enjoy life.

We have no way to know which Alan Turings among us will leave a grand legacy like his: technological advance, the Allied victory and the persistence so far of liberty, racial tolerance and democratic capitalism. We do have plenty of geeks who are just as obsessive and hung-up on weird hacks as he was. While we’re somewhat more inclined to valorize them, I don’t think we meet their needs very well.

We’re okay with certain people who “think different” to the extent of buying Apple iPads. We’re rather hostile toward people who “think so very differently” that their work will make no sense for thirty years — if ever. We’ll test them, and see if we can find some way to get them to generate wealth for us, but we’re not considerate of them as unusual, troubled entities wandering sideways through a world they never made.

So, let me talk a little bit about Turing’s famous test for intelligence, the “imitation game.” Everybody thinks they know what that is: it’s a man talking to a computer, and the computer is trying to convince him that he’s not a machine, he’s a man. If he talks like a man and knows what a man knows, if he presents as a man, then we don’t have to get into the dark metaphysical issues of what’s going on in his black-box heart and spirit; the machine keeps up the façade, so therefore he’s one of us, he’s perfectly fine. That’s the Turing Test as it’s commonly described.

However, that’s by no means what Turing actually says in his original paper on the subject. The real Turing imitation game is not about that process at all. It’s about an entirely different process of gender politics and transvestism. It’s about a machine imitating a woman.

In the original Turing imitation game, you’ve got three entities: a judge, a woman, and a machine pretending to be a woman. Alan Turing says he can’t answer the question “can machines think” because he doesn’t want to waste time with the popular definitions of “machinery” and “thinking.” He wants a simpler, more rigorous test that’s more objective and reliable. So what he actually comes up with is a test for a machine with a woman’s sensibility.

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Turing Centenary Speech | www.wired.com via radar.oreilly.com 2012-06-27

November 16 2011

Egypt: Commemorating 40 Years of Pope Shenouda on Twitter

This post is part of our special coverage Egypt Revolution 2011.

Pope Shenouda III celebrated Monday the 40th anniversary of his ordination as Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt. The 40th anniversary coincided with the end of the 40 day mourning period after the Maspero massacre, where 27 Egyptians, mostly Coptic Christians, were killed.

In the Egyptian tradition, the 40th day after death is normally a mourning day, so many Coptic Egyptians did not expect Pope Shenouda to celebrate his ordination anniversary this year.

Naglaa Atef Beshay (@Nanyatef) wrote comparing the two events [ar]:

Pope shenouda iii, pope of alexandria and patriarch of saint mark episcopate. image by mahmoud khaled, copyright demotix (14/09/11).

Pope Shenouda III, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of Saint Mark Episcopate. Image by Mahmoud Khaled, copyright Demotix (14/09/11).

جاء هذا الاحتفال متزامنا مع الذكري الاربعين ايضا و لكن لاستشهاد شهداء ماسبيو.. و هيهات ما بين هذا “الاربعين” و ذلك!
استشهد قبل حوالي 40 يوما 27 شهيدا في يوم دامي مورست فيه ابشع انواع العنف ضد متظاهرين سلميين خرجو تنديدا بحرق كنيسة.
في الوقت الذي ثار الثوار احتجاجا علي مذبحة ماسبيرو و ادانوا المجلس العسكري بشكل واضح و صريح، استقبل البابا شنودة و المجلس المقدس المدبر و القاتل و المحرض بالابتسامات و الترحيب في صفقة اعتادنا عليها بين السلطة و السلطة، السياسية و الدينية.
The celebration coincided with another 40th commemoration, but this time it's the end of the 40 days period after the death of the Maspero martyrs. And there is a huge difference between this 40th commemoration and that.
About 40 days ago, 27 martyrs died in a bloody day when one of the most brutal acts was committed on peaceful demonstrators, who went out to condemn the burning of a church, which happened earlier.
At the same time the revolutionaries demonstrated to clearly and directly condemn the Maspero massacre and SCAF (Supreme Council of Armed Forces), Pope Shenouda and the Holy Synod met with those who planned, instigated and committed the massacre with a welcoming smile, in a deal we are used to see between the two authorities - the political and the religious authorities.

She then compared the stance of Alaa Abdel-Fattah - an activist who is currently detained [ar] - to that of the Church:

دافع علاء عن مظاهرات المسيحيين ضد عنف و جرائم العسكر و تضامن معهم جسديا و معنويا… بينما عقد المجمع المقدس اجتماعات ودية مع القتلة
Alaa defended the Christian protesters against the violence and the crimes of the military and stood in solidarity with them with his body and soul, while the Holy Synod had friendly meetings with the murderers.

Seeing this Diana and Mina Zekri decided to create a new hashtag on Twitter to celebrate the Pope's 40th ordination anniversary in their own way:

@minazekri: @_TaMaTeM_ or #40fuckinyears

Diana started by criticizing how religious figures in Egypt want people to follow them blindly.

@_TaMaTeM_:مشيت شعب كامل وراك زى البهايم بدون تفكير بمبدأ “ابن الطاعة تحل عليه البركة” .. لدرجة اقنعتهم انها ايه فى الانجيل.. و صدقوا
@_TaMaTeM_: You lead the whole country to follow you without thinking, using the principle of “Blessed is the obedient son” … you even convinced them that it's a verse in the bible … and they believed you. #40fuckinyears

The Egyptian law makes it harder for Christians to build new churches, and that's why some people called for a unified law for building places of worship for all religions. But according to RunGeo, Pope Shenouda had a different opinion.

@RunGeo: ولما نقول قانون دور عبادة موحد،تقولوا لأ عشان الطوايف التانية ماتبنيش على كيفها وتتساوى بالأرثوذكس، أبو أم كده
@RunGeo: Whenever we ask for a unified law for places of worship, you refuse op that the other Christian sects are not able to build as many churches as the Orthodox. What the hell! #40fuckinyears

Mina Zekri added that sectarianism and hatred for other religions and sects in Pope Shenouda's era reached an unprecedented level. He then continued to explain to Rehab Bassam (@hadouta) what he means.

@minazekri: @hadouta انا اتعلمت في مدارس الأحد وانا في إعدادي أني ما اصاحبش مسلمين وبأدلة من الكتاب المقدس :D
@minazekri: @hadouta I studied in Sunday schools and in preparatory schools not to make friends with Muslims, and [my teachers] cited evidence from the holy book.

Nany Atef shared the same opinion with Mina about Sunday Schools [ar].

When it comes to the Pope's political role and relation with the regime, Hany George wrote that the Pope was against the Maspero protest. Wael El-Moghany described Pope Shenoda's era as 40 years of deals with the regime and Mina Samir criticized the Pope's preference for the Copts to be protected by the regime's politics and police instead of them being protected by the love of the people around them.

And Mina Zekri reminds us:

@minazekri: قداسته سنة ٢٠٠٩ اعلن تأييده لجمال مبارك فى سباق الرئاسة، وقال أنه أفضل مرشح لخلافة والده رغم انه لم يترشح اصلا
@minazekri: In 2009, His Holiness announced his support to Gamal Mubarak in the presidential elections and said he is the best successor to his father even though he wasn't even running for president yet.

Michael Makary added:

@iMakary: #40FuckinYears of not perusing prosecuting anyone who killed Christians in cold blood. #fact

Zekri then noticed that almost all those who are participating in the hashtag are Christians, so he called on Muslims to participate too [Ar]. So Mahmoud Kassem compared the Coptic Church's ideology to that of the Salafists.

@Ma7moudkassem: نفس المعركه الفارغه مع الانجليين هي نفس المعركه الفارغه بين السلفيين و الصوفيين والشيعه معاده كل ما هو مخالف و تكفيره
@Ma7moudkassem: The battle with the Evangelists is the same silly one the Salafists have with the Soufis and Shiaa. Standing against anything different and calling it infidel. #40fuckinyears

Mohamed Fouda added his two cents to the hashtag:

@mohamedfouda: We should learn that no man is above criticism even those who call themselves clergy men, as no man is divine #40FuckinYears #Salafis

Finally, Dalia Ezzat called it “an amazing courage by some Egyptian Copts criticizing their religious leadership”, while Sotsoy - like many other users - found it “distasteful”. Peter Gamil said he is against ordination celebrations now, but he is also against the way people criticized the Pope in the hashtag. He also added that they Pope did not forget the Martyrs of Maspero, however in the Christian traditions they should be happy for the martyrs and celebrate their martyrdom instead of mourning it. Beshoy Naeem called it “social hypocrisy” and Fadi Mckean sees it as a way for some Christians to prove how secular they are.

@fadimck: الهاشتاج ده ابسط مثال لناس مسيحين بيمثلوا انهم علمانين و علشان يثبتوا ده هاتك شتيمة متدنية في البابا ، بطلوا دين ام التمثيل
@fadimck: This hashtag is a simple example of some Christians who act as if they are secular and to prove that they are cursing the Pope. Stop acting.

And Heba Khafagy added:

@HebaKhafagy79: #40FuckinYears I really feel that this hashtag is uncalled for..plz u guyz show some respect..criticize but i must draw a line for cursing

This post is part of our special coverage Egypt Revolution 2011.

I removed the hashtags from some of the above-mentioned tweets for better readability. Also most of the links above are for tweets in Arabic

May 24 2011

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Ministère de l'économie, des finances et de l'industrie

Centenaire de l'AGEFI

Christine LAGARDE a participé, à la Sorbonne, le 19 mai 2011, à la célébration du centenaire de l' AGEFI et rappelé qu’en 100 ans, « l’AGEFI n’a pas cessé d’être une source fiable et respectée ».

L’AGEFI a été créée en 1911 et est devenu en 2005 le 1er quotidien économique entièrement électronique.

Devant Patricia BARBIZET, présidente de l'AGEFI, Jean-Pierre JOUYET, président de l’Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF) ou encore Gérard MESTRALLET, président-directeur général de GDF-Suez et président de Paris Europlace, Christine LAGARDE a défendu une « régulation raisonnée » pour une finance « mieux régulée, et plus orientée vers le développement des entreprises, la création d’emplois ».

Cinq axes importants ont structuré son discours : un plaidoyer pour « une régulation raisonnée », l'encadrement des bonus, les résultats du plan bancaire, la convergence des normes comptables, la protection des consommateurs au cœur de l’agenda G20.

May 14 2011

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On the 63rd Israeli Independence Day, Israelis defy the ban on mourning the Nakba in the heart of Tel Aviv

May 12 2011

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Anziehung und Astoßung zugleich" | dradio.de - 2011-05-12

Verleger Schirmer über den Künstler Joseph Beuys

Moderation: Susanne Führer

Filz, Fett und Visionen: Vor 90 Jahren wurde Joseph Beuys geboren. Warum seine Kunst und seine Persönlichkeit so viele Menschen fasziniert haben, erklärt der Sammler und Verleger Lothar Schirmer.

Susanne Führer: Heute wäre er 90 Jahre alt geworden, Joseph Beuys, einer der bedeutendsten Künstler des 20. Jahrhunderts. Der Mann in Hut und Mantel, wie auch sein Werk faszinieren ja bis heute das Publikum. Was für ein Mensch steckte unter dem Filz? Was hat es mit dem Fett auf sich? Und wie wichtig waren Beuys eigentlich seine Visionen? Darüber spreche ich nun mit dem Beuys-Sammler und Beuys-Verleger, der gerade zwei neue Bücher über Beuys herausgebracht hat, mit Lothar Schirmer nämlich. Schönen guten Morgen, Herr Schirmer!



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- ich glaube, es war Leverkusen - war diese Badewanne in einem Depot gelagert, wo auch Stühle standen einer Veranstaltung …

Führer: … der Sozialdemokraten …

Schirmer: Ja, es hätte jede andere Partei auch sein können, nehme ich mal an. Es war jedenfalls der SPD-Ortsverein Leverkusen-Alkenrath, der sein Sommerfest im Schloss Morsbroich im Museum feierte, und die hatten die Stühle für die Veranstaltung im Museumsdepot gelagert. Und dann, im Laufe der Feierstunde, sagte dann einer: Das Bier ist zu kalt, lass es uns rasch kaltstellen, und da …

Führer: … das Bier ist zu warm.

Schirmer: … Bier zu warm, ja, lass uns kaltstellen, und dann sagte einer: aber wo? Und der andere hat dann gesagt: Weißt du, ich habe was gesehen, und dann, da ist so eine Badewanne im Depot. Und dann haben die die Badewanne aus dem Depot geholt und haben die erst mal sauber gemacht, also alles, was der Beuys dran gemacht hat, haben sie zielstrebig entfernt, dann ist, glaube ich, der Museumswärter gekommen, um Gottes willen, macht das nicht, das ist Kunst, und dann haben sie es wieder weggeräumt. Der Schaden war dann eingetreten, zum Bierkühlen ist es offensichtlich nicht mehr gekommen und das war es dann. Das war der Anfang! Dann ist es allerdings noch unerfreulicher weitergegangen, weil die Museumsleitung mir das Objekt dann ohne Kommentar nach Ende der Ausstellung ins Haus geschickt hat …

Führer: … gereinigt?

Schirmer: … gereinigt, also jedenfalls von Beuys' Zutaten gereinigt, und ich hatte plötzliche eine aus dem Trödelladen stammende alte Badewanne.

Führer: Herr Schirmer, wie hat denn Joseph Beuys eigentlich reagiert?

Schirmer: (...) Als er dann mal in München war, hat er sie in einer Nachtaktion wieder nach Fotos hergestellt. Ich musste also Margarine kaufen und Mullbinden und Pflaster verschiedener Farben, und da es ein Farbpflaster, ein farbiges Pflaster nicht mehr gab, hat er diese Pflastersorte mit Malerei, also mit Emaillefarbe eingefärbt. Da ist noch Malerei dazugekommen, sozusagen.



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  • @Kahonii This film is legit. Actually it contains footages from > 10 different documentaries. But comments are complete BS. Shevchenko was NOT a camera man and DID NOT die in a week, but an year after filming. Both cameramen Shevchenko (who was a director) had in his crew survived and are stil alive.

  • Amazing video. How crazy the cameraman and all the crew members of that helicopter are not even considered casualties of Chernobyl! Makes no sense!

  • @ararat123457 you are right...video and picutres of Russians basically giving their lives to stop the disaster at any cost pale in comparison to the misinformation and almost secretive repsonse Japan is showing(not showing) the world.


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November 10 2009

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Nun kann endlich alles, alles losgehen


Von Kathrin Schmidt | Die Welt - 9. November 2009, 04:00 Uhr

Zwanzig Samthutjahre: Die Buchpreisträgerin Kathrin Schmidt erinnert sich an ihren Herbst 1989

Im Spätsommer 1989 bekommen wir eine neue Wohnung, die im September zu beziehen ist. Sie ist in Berlin-Hellersdorf, vorletzte U-Bahn-Station, kein Baum, kein Strauch, bei Regen nur lehmiger Matsch beidseits der provisorischen, trapezförmigen Betonplatten. Die haben an beiden Enden dicke Eisenschlaufen, um sie eines Tages wieder hochnehmen zu können. Ich ertappe mich dabei, mir vorzustellen, dem Herrgott gefiele es, diese Betonplatten, dünne Seile durch die Eisenschlaufen gezogen, als Straße weit über den Häusern verlaufen zu lassen. Ich schwanke manchmal etwas mit geschlossenen Augen, wenn ich auf das Haus zulaufe. Dabei trage ich einen großen bunten Samthut, den eine Freundin genäht hat. Er fällt der Stasi als hippiemäßige Bekleidung ins Auge. [...]

November 09 2009

Video: The world commemorates the fall of the Berlin Wall

Berlin wall by natalie maynor

Berlin Wall by Natalie Maynor

Today is the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, a complex security structure that once divided East and West Berlin in Germany. Today we are showcasing some of the videos from throughout the globe that are being uploaded to commemorate this date and what it meant to barriers not only in Germany, but throughout the world.

In Germany, a series of giant domino pieces crafted out of foam were erected, to be toppled down to mark the end of the Cold War. This video by NoCommentTV shows the dominoes, which were painted by children in Germany and also by artists living in other areas where there are divisions and walls, being set up. This other video's embed option has been disabled, but you can view how the dominoes were toppled by clicking this link to see it on its YouTube page.

In Colombia, students reenact the fall of the wall, by taking turns to demolish a concrete slab:

From Germany, domino toppling fan Annodomino2007 has uploaded his own domino tribute to the fall of the wall, and also to the 10 year anniversary celebration which kickstarted his passion for dominoes:

In the USA, college students erected a replica of the Berlin Wall that could be written on, as a way to raise awareness:

From Mexico, VarinVxx uploads a video featuring another wall that is still standing, in: Is not Berlin, is not Palestine is US Mexico border The Wall of Shame in USA :


Krista Schyler
also makes the comparison between the Mexico/US wall and the Berlin wall, in this case, not only focusing on the impact on human migration, but from a wildlife conservation angle as well:

This pilot for a documentary by Ziashere showing s other walls that are still standingIn this pilot, one in Ireland:

This last video is 2 years old, but is still relevant: adamfilmaker interviewed youth both from the North and South of the Nicosia wall in Cyprus, a green zone patrolled by UN blue helmets that divides Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots, earning the distinction of being the last divided capital of the world.

Image by Natalie Maynor used on post according to Creative Commons Attribution License.

Russia: Bloggers Discuss 20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Berlin wall in front of brandenburg gate - 1989, by romtomtom on flickr

Berlin Wall in front of Brandenburg Gate - 1989, by romtomtom on flickr

Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall not so numerous Russian bloggers remember, celebrate and discuss the historical event that some call “the most important event in the history of the 20th century.” For most of the Russian bloggers ‘The Fall' is a memory from childhood/adolescence, an act rather mythical than real.

Some bloggers use the date to remind their readers about the current political situation, some practice their cynicism, but most of the bloggers ask themselves: “Why no one talks about this date? Why it is not publicly celebrated?”

Former Counselor of the President Andrei Illarionov (aka LJ-user aillarionov [RUS]) writes [RUS] on his blog:

Today, 20 years after, the world celebrates “the most important geopolitical event” of the end of the 20th century - crash of the totalitarian communist dictatorships in Europe. It is celebrated in many countries.

But not in Russia. And not in the dozen of other post-Soviet states that are not only stuck but also got deep into new authoritarianism.

Russia's demonstrative neglect of this very important event of the whole epoch emphasizes the scale of the new wall that took a place of the destroyed one.

This wall is invisible but nonetheless effective in trying to isolate citizens of our country and our brothers in grief from the rest of the world.

Ilya Faibisovich (aka LJ-user faibisovich [RUS]) is also surprised [RUS] by the lack of publicity:

It's really incredible […] that “Echo of Moscow” [a liberal radio station], “Lenta.ru”, “Gazeta.ru”, or any decent Russian “news portal” (even “RIA Novosti” or “Interfax”) did not have “something” that is present on the Web sites in the rest of the world. And this mysterious “something” has a lot to do with Russia. And now it seems that it doesn't have anything to do with it. But there is lots of news (depending on your taste) like “dead Soviet actors”, “how much trains does Kim Chen Ir have,” some cop who learned how to use a videoblog [link to GV material [ENG]], and Ginsburg's [Nobel Prize winner] obituary.

Another blogger, SynthThesis, considers the event as a loss rather than a win:

As someone “born in the USSR,” I have a pretty specific attitude toward this topic. I think there are lots of people to “spit around” about it even without me.

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Now the illusion that everyone can really decide for herself is put into [our] brains by the actions of all those paid truth-lovers better than in any computer game.

Some bloggers used pictures to commemorate the event. LJ-user Amelito posted a collection of photos [RUS] of the dismantlement of the Wall. LI-user Sotvoryaushij Miry [RUS] shared 17 photos [RUS]. Privet-user Gernov51 [RUS] posted the chronology of the events of 1989 that led to the end of the Cold War [RUS].

Additional Info
According to the survey taken by Levada Center on October 2009 [RUS], 63% of respondents consider the Fall of the Wall as a positive/rather positive event while 11 percent see it as a negative one. The Fall of The Wall is the second popular answer (24 percent) to the question “Which events of 1989 you find the most important”; 50 percent of the respondents name the withdrawal of the Soviet troops from Afghanistan as “the most important” event of that year.

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Iran, 30 years after occupying the US Embassy
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DPA am 9. November 1989

Tel Aviv (dpa) - Die Zeitung "Jediot Acharonot" betitelte ihre Kommentare zur dramatischen Entwicklung in beiden deutschen Staaten mit dem "deutschen Wunder" und den Worten: "Ein Traum, der hinausplatzte." Bundeskanzler Helmut Kohl habe davon gesprochen, dass die Gründe für eine weitere Trennung zwischen beiden deutschen Staaten schrumpften. "Diese Bemerkung verursacht nicht nur bei den Juden Gänsehaut; Der Gedanke über ein vereinigtes, reiches, starkes Deutschland mit 80 Millionen Bürgern, reicht, um jeden Europäer zu erschrecken. Vielleicht muss diese Entwicklung kommen, aber, um Gottes willen, nicht in unserer Generation", so "Jediot Acharont".
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Berlin: 20 Years Later

The Daily Beast remembers the night the Berlin Wall came down-Peter Beinart writes on the myth of Reagan, Ana Finel Honigman on the art of the wall, former Ambassador Robert Kimmitt on German reunification, Tim Mohr on a government plot to bring down...
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November 07 2009

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Hans Wallow: Der stille Held (via Nachdenkseiten)

"... Die Schergen des Regimes, SS und Gestapo, hielten Elser für einen primitiven Wichtigtuer ohne weltanschauliche Basis. Hitler aber hatte – wie häufig bei Bossen von Gangstersyndikaten – ein gut entwickeltes Gespür für Charaktere. Nach den Erinnerungen seines Kammerdieners Heinz Linge deutete er gegenüber Himmler ein Foto des Attentäters: 'Sehen Sie sich einmal die Physiognomie an, die Augen, die intelligenten Gesichtszüge, das ist kein Blender, kein Schwätzer. Der weiß, was er will. Stellen Sie fest, welche politischen Kreise hinter ihm stehen. Er ist vielleicht ein Einzelgänger; aber ohne Weltanschauung ist er nicht.' ....

.... Der mit dem militärischen Widerstand um Admiral Canaris verbundene Konservative Hans-Bernd Gesevius zitiert Dr. Arthur Nebe, der zwar ein Kriegsverbrecher war, aber lose Verbindungen zum Widerstand unterhielt: 'Nimm diesen Elser – das ist ein Kerl. Das ist der Einzige unter uns, der es erfaßt hatte und dem gemäß handelte. Das ist ein Held unserer Zeit und deswegen werden die Nazis, nein, gerade deine feinen Leute alles tun, um jede Erinnerung an ihn auszulöschen… Dieser Mann aus dem Volke liebte das einfache Volk. Er legte mit leidenschaftlich und in simplen Sätzen dar, Krieg bedeute für die Massen aller Länder Hunger, Elend und millionenfachen Tod.' ....

....Auch in der Nachkriegszeit blieb dem stillen Helden die Anerkennung für seine Tat bis heute versagt. Darum schlug der Dramatiker Rolf Hochhuth dem Regierenden Bürgermeister von Berlin, Klaus Wowereit, vor, zum 70. Jahrestag des Attentats im Regierungsviertel ein Denkmal für Georg Elser zu errichten. Obwohl der Zigarettenerbe Philipp Reemtsma sofort anbot, das Projekt zu finanzieren, wurde Hochhuths Vorschlag bis jetzt ignoriert."

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