Answer to Melanie Phillips: Studying only classics as the source of civilisation per se and the main reference point that matters is the problem.

Having read Melanie Phillips “How studying the classics became racists” is one of many works of her I read that are filled with arguments, that are simply unacceptable. This is a response to the comment she wrote in The Times on 9th of February 2021.

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“Classics” have indeed been quoted within the West as the main source of relevance. There is too much obfuscation of equal Chinese, Arab and wider Indian sources, and civilisations beyond that. That defines “civilisation” as a project supposedly owned by Europeans (though even that would be misreading Antiquity, as it was far more interwoven with the wider East and South than what is given credit).

Phillips parallelization of “white racists” vs “Black racists” and her mentioning that there were Black colonialists and Black slave states are arguments that are borderline to Nazi ideology. If you enter Nazi discourse, as I once have, you quickly hear how “Africans are just as bad”, “look they sold their own people,” and” look how they kill each other in war.” Is that how Phillips likes to argue? Firstly, one does not excuse the other.

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Secondly, many studies have shown that slavery in African societies, whilst no state of pride in any society, for sure, was mostly very different to the transatlantic system of slave trade, less brutal and less big in scale, and not so racially defined. For most, except in the trans-Sahel trade towards Arabia, slaves were not displaced on a scale as they were by the Europeans, nor were their lives as discardable as in the Transatlantic version. That, what some call the African Holocaust, was unique in its scale and its brutality.

Crucially, as in most slaveholding systems in human civilisation worldwide, slaves, usually captured in war, could become part of a group by integration into the family of the “winners” of that local war or conflict.

To take the other point Phillips made, whilst racism by some black people or black groups exists, there is an important difference between being in power for centuries and not being in power. The development per se of modern black anti-white racism can be ugly (just read former Black Panther Leroy Eldridge Cleaver as one example) but is usually directly responsive to systemic discrimination against Black people for many generations. It does not excuse it, but it clearly contextualises it. There can in many ways be hardly a comparison. Looking at the mass-incarcerations, the lynchings, the Jim Crow system, slavery, it is evident where we need to look for systemic perpetrators.

Further, to make a general point, British colonialism is not equal to other colonial states elsewhere (in history). That is because we live in an era where we can still see the effects of that last European colonial enterprise, and where many intentionally refuse to take account of it, (European) colonial history and slavery are brushed out of the public discourse and conscience and marginalised.

It is perverse to accuse those who want to talk about the legacies of the (European/British) Empire(s), colonialism and slavery by those who are supposedly offended as somehow being obsessed or wishing to rewrite or edit history. It is likewise perverse to answer the call for recognition and adequate mentioning of the crimes of European modern society with a brisk “but look at them.”

The “editing of history,” in fact, was performed for the last 200 years at least by those who hold power in the UK and other European nations, and who still control often the history books and lessons of or children in school, or the decisions over what statues people must honour day by day, despite strong evidence that some particular persons do not deserve such special honour, because their character was, simply put, nothing but criminal and evil. A person who willingly sold and profited from the sale of other human beings who involuntarily entered into the transaction, that is, they were forced to, does not deserve honouring by putting that person in the form of a statue in a prominent location (it does, however, deserve mentioning and not forgetting (of the crimes).

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The debate is one, where justice can be done, simply through acknowledging that human civilisations, knowledge and achievements go beyond just the shores of Europe and however remarkable, the philosophies of a Plato, Socrates, Aristotle, Cicero et cetera. In a global world that recognises this, we must count on equal terms the civilisations of Chinese speaking people, of the Arabic speaking Islamic world, of the Indian sub-continent, of the Incas and Aztecs, Ethiopians, of Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, the Horn of Africa, or the Turks, Mongols, Native Americans, and Hebrew Commentary, and so many other. To focus only on Greek and Roman classics, whilst a totally valid subject in its own right, and not to be discarded, is to narrow and shut down minds. We need to expand the sources of our knowledge beyond that. Again, I like to stress, this is not a call to abolish (the study of Classics), as so many falsely claim this would be. I think I made the point that Greeks and Romans are valuable to study, but not as the only or main source of civilisation and only or main valid philosophical debate within general education.

And I give Phillips a point in one area. When we engage in the exercise of looking at all of humanity, we will discover that both civilisation and human genius, as well as the potential for human evil, have been omnipresent and are universal human attributes (though there are questions regarding scale and degrees).

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We can then perhaps somewhat relativise the undertakings of European colonialism and slavery as coming out of the capacity of humans to engage in evil acts, though to start with, those crimes relating to the body of European inheritance must be acknowledged, if not atoned for first.
Of course, perpetrators and their descendants often have no interest to do so, especially not, if they never were humiliated for it (as the Germans were, who look inwardly over the Third Reich).

And that is the core of this debate in which the “glory of the nation” remains a largely untouched and unquestioned subject. The status quo is being defended in parliament, as if politicians were the guardians of history. They are only the guardians of simplified notions of nationhood, essentially footnoting the worst crimes. I tend to say these days, it was World War II that safeguarded British identity. The fact that they won the war against a vicious Nazi State is why it is so insisting on its memorialisation, because it also cleanses British conscience from that, which was before, or so they may think.

But true “glory” of humanness comes only from introspection and understanding clearly where previous generations have totally, offensively and murderously been wrong. It comes from the understanding that there has been an attempt to brush over this huge sore of history as if it never was as horrible, terrible and ferocious as it was. To refuse to acknowledge this means Black lost and infringed upon lives, other human beings’ lives, did not matter and continue to not matter, not even for the sake of chronicling these lives, the places from which these people came from as worthy for consideration as a source of study in human civilisation, as worthy as the study of the classics.

The upkeep of the focus of only a narrow vision and sources that keep a non-questioning identity that often carries non-entitled degrees of egocentric arrogance in place, is continuing with the structures of that era, which disable, not enable people to move on, grow and become more globally aware. It is a betrayal of who we really are as humans, which includes the obligation to understand human civilisation on Earth as a whole – all its people, contributions, achievements and failures. It is a pillar for a world beyond the narrow towards a world that serves all, perhaps with less conflict and less inequality in a wider sense.

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A Half Mast to what the British government made of the pandemic in honour of Captain Sir Tom Moore!

A Half Mast to what the British government made of the pandemic in honour of Captain Sir Tom Moore!

There is Captain Sir Tom Moore and what he did, and there is what many in the UK, and in particular in the English psyche want to see in him. The brave soldier who fought in WWII to save us from Covid-19 and from losing our minds and sense of identity.

All was still right in the indulgence of an old soldier’s world, one of brave soldiers, brave nurses, spitfires in honour, and an eventual knighthood by the Queen, extinguish any critical thoughts you may ever have had, for who are you to compare yourself to one of the untouchable heroes of that war, that defined this nation to this day? So let’s splash out on the colours for his sake. And on that day, the day he died, the flag was lowered by the government to half-mast.

The fact that this unexpected hero’s life – don’t get me wrong, his initiative is still remarkable, even had he only raised 1000 Pounds – was in the end put at risk by a trip to the Caribbean in the midst of this last December, as I understand it, right in the growth period of the third wave of Covid-19, is then not surprising. That is because in many people’s minds, heroes are invincible. And it was the government let by the Über-Optimist Boris Johnson, that said, in those flattering optimistic tones, the nation can have X-Mass, which may have encouraged Moore’s family to take unnecessary risks. Optimism is not enough to run a government responsibly, we all now know. It is self-critical awareness and appreciating your and people’s vulnerabilities. For Moore on his return, it meant succumbing first to pneumonia and then Covid-19.

At the tender age of 100 years, Captain Sir Moore was as vulnerable as any person of his age, despite enjoying relatively good health. Precautions and shielding for a few more weeks would have seen him being amongst the first to get the vaccine due to his age. He was already too ill to stand for that ultimate reward and photo opportunity. And so Captain Sir Moore fell victim to the dissatisfying policies on Covid-19 as delivered by the government that saluted him so much as a hero, alongside many others of his generation in many care-homes, who may also have served during WWII but who were already forgotten and discarded in third class underfunded care homes. He sadly could not be saved by the NHS that he raised so much money for, starved of finances for decades, mostly under Conservative administrations.

If Moore’s passing is to be a victory, it is not his optimism or his patriotism that must stand out, but the simple fact that he knew in his heart to appreciate the NHS and those who work for it and took a strain upon himself to raise some money as a thank you for those who cared for him. And of course, one is grateful for his contribution to fight fascism. But he shall never be the tool of government to hide behind. In part, they are to blame for the misfortune that cost him his life, and no half-mast will change that.

In English Please!

Mein Kommentar zu Cameron und seine Englischklassen für Musliminen in Deutsch hier in der Taz!5269263/


Full English translation of my comment on David Cameron in taz today, just in case some Brits don’t speak other languages:

David Cameron wants to invest 20 Million Pound in order so that Muslim women can learn English. Yes that is right, only women, in fact only Muslim women. And should they come through a family unification to Britain, they will have to have to take language classes within two and half years of arrival.

This is because Cameron believes that these women are not to be integrated without an ability to speak English, and this condition causes radicalisation, FGM and forced marriages.

In fact there are locations in which 20 percent of female migrants from Pakistan and Bangladesh do not speak English. Womens’ organisations confirm that at times this is due to the control of their husbands. But also many non Muslim migrants may have deficits in the English language, and some even think that quite a few Brits by birthright are not in possession of good English.

So it is astonishing that out of all things the budgets of local colleges was highly cut, exactly the places where many learn English, and that since the beginning of the austerity era, 32 organisations who specialised in helping oppressed women , had to shut due to lack of funds.

In many of Cameron’s new measures one can see above all one thing: He is a true Tory, who without a coalition partner finds himself in a situation that is just as socially isolated and who acts just as ignorantly, as apparently these women.

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Jeremaine Baker: Tod durch die Met.

Ein Kommentar in der Feiertagstaz der letzten Woche zum Tod Jermaine Bakers durch Schüsse der Metroplitan Police in Wood Green London, und Camerons Aufforderung, dass das Fehlen von Schusswaffen bei der Polizei in England sich trotzdem ändern sollte.


A comment in the German festive days taz last week about the case of Jermain Baker in London.

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Daniel Zylbersztajn – 2015 Selektion

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Radio Feature DW Jewish Child Refugee  Martin Lubowski links und Frank Auerach mitte mit Kollegin (r)
 die-novemberpogrome-von-1938-gallerypicture-15_620x349 Reichskristallnacht und das Volk. (English Comment)
Interview: Die Überlebende: Marina Litvinenko, the survivor

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Cynthia McDonald im Hintergrund, im Vodergrund Landy Richmond, mit Toechtern waehrend seiner Theraphie Back To Eden, London Rastafari Hair Couture from the Roots
World Capital for the Rich

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Leitkommentar / Leading Comment Juedische Allgemeine  israel-flag
Sind heute beide tot. Der in Berlin geborene Hans Freund, und Enkel Jeremiah Duggan (damals 8 Jahre) am Sedertisch (Bild fuer J.A. mit freundl. Genehmigung der Familie)  Der Fall Jeremiah Duggan

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01 Staying Power Anzeige am Black Cultiral Archives in Brixton (c) Daniel Zylbersztajn
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Modell des Denkmals an die den transatlantischen Sklavenhandel. Mit freundlicher Erlaubnis (c)
Model of the slavery memorial that was planned for Hyde Park | Modellbüste des Sklavenhandeldenkmals
A Question of Remembering
Remembering Terror 1972


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 Ai Weiwei in London

Anish Kapoor & Ai Weiwei Selfie auf dem Marsch für Flüchtlinge (8 mile walk for refugees) ! (c) Daniel Zylbersztajn

Claridge’s Brook Penthousesuit, Bett Foto (c) Daniel Zylbersztajn 2015
London: Von Privatbuttler bus zur  Mausefalle  (from private buttler to a mat in a tent.
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Quite the country’s Christian tradition, Dave!

When the prime minister of Great Britain states,what religion the country has, you must wonder.  We heard such definitions before from his predecessor and yet he went to a war that reaped long-lasting injustice and chaos.

When Cameron now states that Britain was Christian from the beginning, you must wonder when one starts counting ?  Celts and early Romans were certainly not Christian.

It makes one remember the intensity with which some early colonialists imagined themselves as new keepers of Jerusalem, and talking of which those who sent in part brutal knights for similar causes hundred of years earlier. Or perhaps those who called for the Jews of York to be killed? They surely were all Christian? Or the wars fought and people killed, tormented and tortured during in the struggles of which Christian faith was in deed the correct one? The king and nation serving faith or the Rome serving faith? Once they assured themselves to have the correct version they went to force it upon the parts of the world they occupied and exploited. Stealing with one arm and preaching with the other. In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and the gracious King or Queen, long live he or she! Or the token Christianity that thrived on holding the poor of this country in deep misery for centuries?

Secondly him advising to talk about refugees is a bit of shoe polish on a partially rotten shoe. He is not the one who has a proud record on welcoming refugees when compared with all other European neighbouring countries, and then there is his governments appalling record on Calais, his inability and unwillingness to trash the right wing press and parties into the bin of bigots.

In deed, if this was a Christian country, what would Jesus do? And then there is his record on how he treats the poor and sick, his lack of sufficient policy to guard the environment and his selectivity into which causes he steers his lot to save. One wished Britain was a Christian country actually, the kind of deep philosophical, humble way of submitting oneself to do only good, help the poor, sick and needy and share the riches of society for the betterment of all. Token Christianity for the sake of cheap nation building is the tool of politicians who use religion to better their own ends. It has been abused to justify anything from slavery to war to hang people at the gallows of Tyburn and elsewhere. I don’t think the current prime minister fails that tradition.

Perhaps Mr Cameron would care to invite some Syrian refugees, some disabled and poor, some London homeless and impoverished students to his table this Christmas, and perhaps he could make permanent assurances to them and take the lead on what being Christian ought to mean?

Brexit sentiments are not “the genuine fears of hard working people!”

Half of Brits, according to latest polls, want to leave the EU. I shall not stay here, when the country crumbles to pieces and human rights get cut the way social services are cut at present. The problem is that both Tories and Labour bent down for too long to populist sensationalist ethnocentric phobia on the excuse that these expressions were “genuine fears of hard working people.” They are not! They are the misguided scapegoating of immigrants and the EU for the sell out of this country and all its inequalities from top down over centuries and decades. Does it hurt too much to point fingers at fine distinguised people just because of their position and because they are also Brits and above all English, or is it an inability to do so, because somehow the state of order here is accepted and people feel it is easier to blame outsiders? That attitude we know has amongst others let to decades of whitewashing of sexual abuse cases. You could not possibly blame the homegrown privileged, could you? But there is hope. Once Britain closes itself off, it will have to find new victims to blame. Perhaps this would induce a closer look at how power is divided here, given not by merit, but mostly by innate or economic advantage.

Reichskristallnacht und das Volk

die-novemberpogrome-von-1938-gallerypicture-15_620x349Germany became divided and occupied because of its self-boosting racially defined nationalist enthusiasm that wanted to rule over all others. Sadly it did not loose the war because of its singling out of people of the Jewish faith, using them as slaves and mass murdering them (this hatred had its first public culmination on the 9th of November 1938. The hatred had echoes in some of the countries it occupied or part-occupied too).

No, Hitler’s Germany was only defeated because of its expansion policy that ultimately was intolerable to the Allied Forces. In 1989 on the same day the wall that divided the East and the West of Germany fell, people shouted euphoric and demandingly “Wir sind das Volk (we are the people)!” Volk; herein lay and lies a self-defining error that is as large as the inscription “Dem Deutschen Volke” on the building of the German parliament in Berlin, the Reichstag. It was reinstated and renovated too after the wall fell. “Volk”, German for a people, was for a long time ethnically and racially defined.

It were the “German people” going to war with the world in 1939, it were the Jews who were slaughtered, because they were then not part of the “German Volk”, in fact they were said to threaten the racial purity thereof. “Völkisch” remains to be a word associated with Nazi ideology. There is no mistake as to why “Volkswagen” (the people’s car, originally intended only of the one and above all people, Germans) was called so, beside the name for a Radio set during the Nazi era – Volksapparat”.
Watch Leni Riefenstahl and you get an even better idea on what was meant by Volk.

These days when we hear PEGIDA members, that nasty far right movement that claims Germany is defined by European Christianity alone, especially those from East Germany, where the movement began, shouting “Wir sind das Volk!”, I remember my father’s lack of enthusiasm for the Wiedervereinigung, the reunification. Taking a simple definition of the separation, as a “punishment for what they had done,” my father a holocaust survivor, felt that Germans, in his mind, had not yet deserved this, as long as the original murderers were still alive. I think he pictured elderly SS servants opening the Sekt bottles (German sparkling wine). Of course this is increasingly not the case (the former murderes being alive). But the unification has brought about a frightful mass movement of young racist far-right German activists amongst whom some continue to murder (like those who were part of the NSA – the violent extremist far-right National Socialist Underground) human beings they regard non German foreigners. The German Democratic Republic always understood itself as not a part of Hitler’s Third Reich, on the grounds, that its leaders defined themselves as Communists. But this was a white-wash of course, most of the German people and regions occupied by Russia were ordinary Germans, the same that shouted for Hitler years before. There is evidence that even amongst some of the high office holding administrators and military men of the Communist East there were literal miraculous transformation from NS functionary to Communist ideologist. As long as you can wave fanatically one or the other flag, I suppose, absolutist ideologies are all the same.

Whilst in the West maBRDny Germans attempted serious soul searching, in the East there was no such attempt because there was no problem. And so my conclusion regrading the day of remembering the devastation German “Volkists” have caused back on the 9th of November 1938 can not be united with the happiness for the unification, until the torching down of refugee and asylum seeker homes in Germany ends, German Neonazis are totally silenced, and all those shouting for PEGIDA are forced to take in the bitter lessons and truths of the history of the country and its German nationalist racism.

The enthusiasm of taking in Syrian refugees was in part a very positive development in this regard, but it was not able to silence the far-right still. Volk, and I hear the German Chancellor Angela Merkel understands that, must never again be defined racially, religiously or ethnically in Germany. In spite of millions of Germans opposing PEGIDA and the far right, German conservative self-definitions are still widely spread. I am bothered by that because they are the weed bed on which Nazism can re-grow, and some in Germany take it further into the far-right realm in deed, a few violently so. And with these words I shall finish, though I like to be clear that I only mention the German dimension of it all. One must not exclude to consider worrying developments in other European countries in this regard too. We must remember that all of Austria was part of Germany then, half of France was Vichy-let, that a good part of Dutch and Danes, Ukrainians, Croatians, Lithuanians, went along with the National Socialist Germans and that Italy had adopted the race laws of Germany. Humble yourself Germany and Europe in the awe of history’s warnings.


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From the Jewish cartoon experience. Humanization, Dehumanization and Context and Specificity of Cartoons

Revised twice for improved clarity 10/1/15 15:40, 20:10

Much has already been said and written about taking offence to satire and cartoons.


Jewish people have been persistently dehumanized in cartoons. Depicted as the suckers of the blood of all that is living and greedy money minded bastards.

An example in case was a cartoon in the German Sueddeutsche Zeitung last year, which aimed to depict Facebook’s Zuckerman as an Octopus from the film Pirates of the Caribbean, but struck cords and similarity with German Nazi era.  The critical world was up in arms and the artist himself saw, he wasn’t at his best with this and apologised. Interestingly enough at the time the principle and first critique against this cartoon came from one of the writers of Germany’s main satirical magazine Titanic.

The West understands that as far as Jewish caricature is concerned, there are limits as to how far one should go in the realm of acceptability. That does not mean that Jewish people in the political spotlight can not be caricatured and laughed about from the cynical angle, it is just how it is done. This case was unusual, because it regarded the internet tycoon Zuckerman and his Jewishness, accidental or not.

More usually the line is overstepped in the many conflicts between Israel and its neighbours some cartoonists overstep the line.

Draw as you see them or legitimate critique?

This is particularly so, in large sections of the Arab press, and that of Muslim dominated countries, from North Africa to Malaysia.  In fact if you are looking for newspapers in which the Third Reich caricature of Jewish people has an active second life, all you need to do is search there and you will find soon all the stereotypes confirmed, “the Jew” as the above mentioned blood sucking and child killing beast out for profit, or “rapist of Arab lands and women”.  There are some Jewish and anti-racist organisations like CIF and ADL and others that spend all their time skimming the press for such content and they are not getting less busy because the Arab spring came along. And, I like to argue, in the absence, for most, of real and meaningful encounters with real Jewish people, the cartoons become a self fulfilling prophecy. They are then not just the critique of Jews but the depiction of Jews, as imagined by many. There is no mistake that yesterday a second set of radicals took action upon that misrepresentation of Jewish people, and selected of all targets ordinary Jewish people in a Jewish grocery store as adequate and appropriate hostages to attempt the safe passage of the two infamous brothers offended by the cartoons of a French satire magazine.  Turning the dice around Arabs and Muslims suffer similar faiths by cartoonists.

Being able to draw on divine themes in satire and cartoons is part of what let to the end of what is labelled the dark ages of Europe, where the church determined and censured all.

Looking back, one has to admit that the critique here was principally of certain people and institutions, bishops, the Vatican, and kings and queens, often representatives thereof . That said, and looking at contemporary critical approaches to religions, people who believe in God are a diverse lot, whilst some in the bible belt of the USA will fight abortion and insist on creationism, there are others who believe in evolution and God.  There are many good people amongst people of faith, deeply humble and dedicated to help others.  There are those whose faith is an internal struggle and one of relations to others, and others who proselytize or kill others for God.  And there are those sad cases of rape and abuse behind the clerical curtains, or the starving of children born out of wed lock recently in Ireland.  Cartoons and satire must be specific in that sense and in every case.

Militant Secularism

I dare to go further.  Some secular voices can be as inflexible and extreme as religious fundamentalism, accepting nothing less, as those religious ones attacked.  To condemn all religion as Salman Rushdie did this week, in the wake of the events in Paris, that they are all medieval and have no game in modern society, is denying humanity as it is, namely that the majority of people on earth believe in God/s.  For most of its existence humanity needed religion, its existence whether true by scripture or a human invention, depending where you stand on the divide, is essentially human.  Rushdie and others are dishonest about religion denying its potential as a constructive and positive force too.  I have have seen and encountered many religious people who are nothing but kind good people, and who judge people and like to be judged likewise not by their faith but by their deeds.  I feel Rushdie’s pain, his life was made hell by political religious fundamentalism, perhaps we can not expect more from his pen.

Who speaks and where?

And then there is the context of where satire is applied.  A Jewish person criticising certain sections of Jewish Orthodox men in front of a paying Jewish audience shines in a different light, than somebody standing in front of a general audience and stating, “last week I went to a Jewish area, or last week I met a Muslim and starting a story from there.” Perhaps the most precise and accurate critique comes always from within. In the case of IS, the Egypt correspondent of the German newspaper taz quoted such a case in a Lebanese satirical show he saw recently: A Christian couple approaches a sudden make up IS check-point. The IS guards ask for a quote from the noble Quran to pass. Failing to do so would lead to instant execution. The husband quotes something in Arabic and the guards smile and lets the couple through. The wife asks the husband later, what it was, surely it wasn’t the Quran. No, answers the husband, it was from the bible, “who says those IS people know the Quran?” In the background one sees the IS guards waving save passage. Point made, specific and local context and not collectively against all Muslims or God.

Between Anti-Semitic cartoons that were used to oil the Nazi propaganda – still being used today in some Arab newspapers – down to legitimate critique, satire has to be therefore appropriate, precise in its target rather than general and daring. There is a fine thin line between critique and propaganda.

Monotone Critique equals Propaganda

The rules of the free society however, the one that people went on the streets for after Wednesdays massacre, states that in such a free democratic society there is also a right of reply and the general public consistently answers a daring sketch, it is a form of debate.  As said there is a balance to be struck. Consistent monotone critique of one side of an argument equals propaganda. A political satirical magazine, unlike some papers with a clear agenda (e.g. to blame all usually on Muslims or Jews) usually attacks and takes account of at all sides. From foreign policy of the West and NATO and the pope, to Islamists and Le Pen Fascists, simply all players in political society are subject to its daring focus. It is a platform of argument.

By all means cartoonists can and should be criticized, along with my profession of journalism, that class of knowers, writers and talkers, who pass quick judgement upon others and distribute it manifold to sell our papers. I am myself a member of it and as with the case of the Sueddeuscthe I have made my point about the cartoon there almost a year ago.  Personally I am always very careful to stay away from misrepresentations, but I can make mistakes.   Here in the UK, at least since News of the World, some of us have been receiving the cartoons they deserve, in fact some even sit in prison now. Democratic societies hence usually do work themselves out somehow. Not to say there are those who tend not to have a voice, and good newspapers and satire magazines alike have an obligation to address this. In Britain the victims of journalism were in part big wigs, hence the prosecutions.

No need to dishonour Mohamed

Creativity can avoid offending the majority whilst being specific to its intended target.  In this way, unless points on the debate between secularism and religion are made, one can probably do without depicting or offending other people’s holy figures, and if in deed one wishes to make points against religion, than one can address all religions in one stroke, rather than being selective.


In a time when Front National is one of the strongest French parties, and in large parts of the Muslim world fundamentalist religious parties have the upper hand we need to deal with both phenomena. And yet the economic interests of the world still divide nations and continents unequally, as was imagined at the height of colonialism almost 100 years ago in the age of Sykes and Picot who drew most of the borders of that contemporary unequal world to suite their interests.   This means that within all of that there are questions of control of access to power and justice.  The fact that fanatics did very wrong deeds last week should not obstrue the background of what upsets young people of migrant background in the West.  Algeria, the place of family background of the those terrorist brothers, well there is a country with a blood drained history with France and there are others. And with Mali, the country of background of the other assailant the French engagement is even more recent. The West likes to believe that somehow wars fought afar are inconsequential. In a globalised world with airplane passage how can it be.

But Islamic fundamentalism is a divisive force too that causes much pain, most of all to other Muslims.  It deserves to be subject to critical observations and yes cartoons.  How we apply critique and satire however must also be guided by the warning how some Arab media consistently depict Jews, and that it would never pass judgement and sensitivities in the West, because we know it came from the ultimate evil, the Nazi era, years ago.

Cartoonists have thus a difficult job. It really is in the balance and in careful assessments.  Interestingly in the responses to Wednesday  I have seen some quite welcoming examples, that were specific about religious militants and left aside Muslims, like Dave Brown’s depiction of the Eiffel Tower as a fountain pen on top of which is a militant.    This is how it should be.  Specific, local context, as specific as possible,  and not offending all Muslims to make a point on these extremists. But the homework is not just to be done in one place.  Perhaps we will see the dawn of an era of better satire and caricature and cartoons, less polemic and more to the point, not just in Europe from now on.

We must remember reactionary forces that adhere to Islamic fundamentalism have slaughtered more Muslim civilians than Europeans.  Their other victims are non Muslims in the Middle East and in Arab lands the West likes to confuse as Muslim Arabs, Christian minorities, Jews of North Africa and the Middle East, Zoroastrians and other smaller reigious and ethnic groups. The terror to our secure existences in the West may freak us out, but in the Middle East the price paid is much more heavy. The crisis has begun there long before shots were fired in Paris and the victims are ordinary Muslim men and women.  That  is why specificity is so important and making any group not per se subject to despotism but apply the pen carefully where it is most appropriate.

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Demokratieverständnis Rodelberg

Plan der olympischen Haueser und wo die einzelnen Nationalteams untergebracht waren  Sicht auf IsraelDemokratieverständnis Rodelberg

Daniel Zylbersztajn, wuchs im Münchner Olympischen Dorf auf. Eine Auseinandersetzung mit der Gedenkstättenkontroverse zu München 1972

Der ehemalige Münchner Olympiadorfbewohner Daniel Zylbersztajn ist freier Auslandskorrespondent in London. Er schreibt heute vor allen für die taz und die Jüdische Allgemeine @zylbersztajn

Eine Kurzversion dieses Textes erschien am 8.1. als Feuilleton in der Jüdischen Allgemeinen


An English translation is ready and available on request.  An English Summary can be found at the end.


StrassenschildAls 1972 die Mitglieder der radikalen palästinensischen Black Septemberbewegung den Großteil des israelischen Olympiateams in die Luft jagten, wollte man sich die “heiteren” Olympischen Spiele, trotz Rufen nach einem Abbruch nicht nehmen lassen, schon bald gingen die Spiele weiter. Auch heute soll der Spaß keinem genommen werden. Olympiadorfbewohner protestierten lauthals gegen die auf sie gedrängte permanente Gedenkstätte vom Konzept des Architekturbüros Brückner + Brückner. “Hier ist unser Rodelberg,” verteidigte sich das Dorf, und „man könne das alles ja nicht bewachen.“

Ich bin ehemaliger Bewohner des Olympiadorfes, und gleichsam jüdisch. 1973 zogen meine Eltern, ich war damals drei, in das Dorf. Die Pläne dazu hatten sie schon vor dem Attentat gemacht und mein Vater wollte wegen der Geschehnisse nichts ändern.  Er dachte sogar daran in der Connollystrasse, dort wo sich alles zugetragen hatte zu kaufen, den diese Wohnungen wollte nach dem Attentat niemand richtig und waren leicht zu haben.

Das Verhalten meines Vaters, einem Überlebender der Shoa, lässt vermuten, dass es ihm nun alles egal gewesen sein muss.  Das Versprechen auf Wohnungen an einem noch ungeschriebenen neuen modernen internationalträchtigen deutschen Wohnort erschüttert, war das Olympiadorf wohl nun das gleiche Deutschland, wie überall anders auch, mit Straßen in welchen man vom düstere Schicksal der Juden in Deutschland erfahren konnte (auch wenn es hier nicht direkt auf die Schuld der Deutschen zu führen ist).  Aber die deutsche Machtlosigkeit im September 1972 stand ja auch im Zusammenhang mit dem deutschen Selbstverständnis nach 1945, man musste erst wieder lernen mit Gewalt auch mit der Gefahr von Gewalt anderer umzugehen.

Das neue olympische Dorf hätte hier ein ungeschriebenes Blatt sein können, das Internationalismus feiert, so wollte man es als man sich das Konzept der Münchner Spiele ende der hippen 60ger ausdachte.  Vielleicht war es das, was meine Eltern anzog. Ein Versprechen auf ein neues moderneres leichteres Deutschland. Und dann bekam es am Ende doch alles anders.  mitverursacht durch fatale Fehlentscheidungen auf zahlreichen politischen und polizeilichen Ebenen deutscher Führungskräfte.

Der Connolly "Rodelberg" (c) Daniel Zylbersztajn
Der Connolly “Rodelberg” (c) Daniel Zylbersztajn

Die neuen nacholympischen Bewohner genossen und genießen das Leben im olympischen Dorf. Tatsächlich ist es eine Oase, in der auf der oberen Ebene keine motorbetriebenen Fahrzeuge stören, und Kinder ohne Gefahr spielen können. Auch ich tat dies. Und im Winter, da ging ich mit meinen Freunden auf vielen der Dämme tatsächlich rodeln. Der Hügel an der Connollystrasse, dort wo das Denkmal jetzt geplant ist, und von wo aus viele die Ereignisse 1972s beobachteten, war wirklich der höchste mit seinen etwa 20 Metern, mit Ausnahme eines noch besseren Rodelhügels, dem 15 Minuten weiter gelegenen Olympiaberg. So schlimm wäre der Bau einer Gedenkstätte am „Connollyberg“ dann doch nicht, höchstens weniger bequem, weil man ein bisschen weiter für mehr für den Spaß laufen müsste. Wenn man zusätzlich bedenkt, dass dieses Jahr gerade mal 10 Tage Schnee lag, sind Proteste zum Connollyhügel als geeigneter Ort für eine Gedenkstätte ziemlich fragwürdig.

Was da 1972 geschah, das vergaß man hier zumindest in den erste 20 Jahren einfach. Es wurde weder erwähnt, noch war es für die meisten sichtbar, mit Ausnahme jener, die im hinteren Teil der Connollystrasse lebten. Jeden fünften September pilgerten Funktionäre des Landes und der Stadt sowie der jüdischen Gemeinde zur Connollystrasse 31 und legten Kränze nieder. Nur kleine Steine fremder Besucher auf mehreren Ebenen häufen sich stets auf der steinernen Gedenktafel vor dem Eingang des Hauses.

So sah ich mich gezwungen, 1984 war es, glaube ich – ich war gerade inmitten der Pubertät und Identitätsbildung – mehrere Wände im Dorf mit schwarzer Farbe zu beschmieren. “Vergesst nicht 5.9.1972”!, schrieb ich in schwarzen Großbuchstaben unter anderen an das damals orange Wachhäuserl der Hochschulsportanlagen und beim Aufgang zum Dorf von der U-Bahn-Haltestelle.

Vergesst nicht 5.9.72!  ZHS Anlage Einfahrt Connollystrasse München, c.a. 1984
Vergesst nicht 5.9.72! ZHS Anlage Einfahrt Connollystrasse München, c.a. 1984

Meine Kindheit, mein Aufwachsen, Teil meiner jüdische Identität waren in den Worten, die ich an die Mauer schrieb, mit einbegriffen, ganz im Gegenteil zu den meisten anderen Bewohnern, denen dies nicht sehr kümmerte. Wie viele andere jüdisch waren, weiß ich nicht, zumindest dachte ich lange, dass wir die einzigen jüdischen Bewohner des Olympiadorf waren. Als ich so die Wände beschmierte, hat mich einmal sogar jemand erwischt und ich bekam den Topf schwarzer Farbe, wie Pech auf meinen Kopf geschüttet, er war wütend dass ich schmierte, ich schimpfte zurück mit der Frage, wer denn hier nicht recht schaffend sei, „denn ich versuche nur die Leute an den 5. September 1972 zu erinnern, den sie vergessen wollen“.

Ein vermummter dürrer Mann steht im Obergeschoss der Connollystrasse 31. Männer schauen hinter ihm seltsam und ängstlich aus dem Fenster. Die Szenen der Übertragungen des Dramas während der Olympiade liegt tief in in meiner Erinnerung. Erst später wurde mir bewusst, dass die Familiarität auf Erinnerungen zurückgeht, was meine Eltern damals am Fernseher stundenlang bis in die Nacht fesselte. Wie enttäuscht und verunsichert sie sich damals fühlten, wo sie sich gerade dazu entschieden hatten, genau dort hinzuziehen, oder soll ich sogar sagen, wo sie sich vor 25 Jahre vorher entschieden hatten, Deutschland, und München, trotz allem was ihre Familien erlebt hatten, wieder zu ihrer Wahlheimat zu machen, kann ich nur vermuten. Kinder merken so etwas, auch im Alter von zwei bis drei Jahren, und die vielen Dokumentationssendungen und Filme darüber, machten sicher, dass es sich in mir vollkommen einprägte.

Bei späteren Besuchen meiner israelischen Verwandten begleiteten wir sie oft in die Connollystrasse und standen minutenlang vor der Gedenktafel. Es waren für sie belastende Momente dort. Ich wusste schon früh, dass hier etwas geschehen ist, was diese Familienangehörige sehr bewegte, auch wenn ich den Zusammenhang erst viel später verstand. Man diskutierte oft darüber, ob es richtig war, dass wir hier leben. Viele Jahre später, und selber aus dem Dorf ausgezogen, sollte bei jeden Besuch in München den Gang zur Gedenktafel in der Connollystrasse nahezu obligatorisch wiederholen.

Sportschiesser Olympia 1972 Poster im Durchgang eines der Häuser (c) Daniel Zylbersztajn
Sportschiesser Olympia 1972 Poster im Durchgang eines der Häuser (c) Daniel Zylbersztajn

Aber es wäre gelogen, wenn ich nicht bestätigen könnte, dass es meist sehr gute Kinderjahre im olympischen Dorf waren, modern, mit vielen Spiel-und-Sportmöglichkeiten, und guter Grundschule, und wäre ich nicht jüdisch, so würde mich auch das 1972 Originalposter der Olympischen Sportschießer, dass man vor 10 Jahren in einen der Durchgänge im Dorf der Nostalgie wegen aufhängte, nicht stören. Ich denke dann immer, wie ironisch das ist, war es doch gerade das Fehlen von kompetenten Schafschützen unter dem bayerischen Sicherheitskräften, welches das Disaster mittrug. Vielleicht würde ich auch gegen das Aufstellen eines Denkmals protestieren, dass Kindern den Rodelberg nimmt, oder den Studentenberg und die Bewohner stets an den Terrortag 5.12.1972 erinnert?

Der Olympiapark und alles, was dazugehört, ist, heute gut in München integriert. Hier ist der Austrageort vieler Aktivitäten und Stunden der Freizeit und des Sportes. Aber wer durch die Welt reist, ich lebe seit 1991 in London, der weiß, dass Olympia 1972 für nichts anderes mehr bekannt ist, als das Attentat, und

(c) Daniel Zylbersztajn Olympiadorf Initiative. Ladenstrassen Ankauf
(c) Daniel Zylbersztajn Olympiadorf Initiative. Ladenstrassen Ankauf

das Olympiastadion bestenfalls noch als ehemaliges Heimstadion des F.C. Bayern München. Engagement ist den Dorfbewohnern wichtig. Auch gegen den Bau des neues Bayernfußballstadions, im Ursprung geplant auf dem Gelände der Zentralhochschulsportanlagen am östlichen Rand des Olympiadorfes, protestierten die Olympiadorfler, genau, wie gegen eine magnetische Flughafentransrapidbahn, deren Strecke an der alten Olympiapressestadt entlang gehen sollte. Die Einwohnerinteressengesellschaft (E.I.G.) machte sich außerdem stark, Anteile der Ladenstrasse des Olympiadorfes selber aufzukaufen, um mitbestimmen zu können, welche Geschäfte es im Dorf gibt.  Von solchem exemplarischen  Bürgerbewusstsein können eigentlich viele lernen, dass bedeutet aber nicht, dass die kollektive Stimme immer die moralisch richtige ist.

Was viele Münchner Olympidorfler wohl nicht merken (wollen?), ist, dass die gesamte Welt auch wahrnimmt, dass hier im olympischen Dorf und dem Olympiagelände etwas fehlt, eine Gedenkstätte. Olympisches München und Terror laufen parallel zu Mexiko City 1968, Moskau 1980 und Los Angeles 1984. Es sind nicht die Medaillen und sportlichen Erfolge, nicht einmal das gute Leben im Olympischen Dorf, was weltweit im Vorschein steht.

Obwohl es trotz Prozess und dem Entschädigungsabkommen an die Familienangehörigen der Ermordeten im Jahr 2003 noch einige rohe Punkte in der Aufarbeitung des Massakers von 1972 gibt, vor allen persönliche Stellungnahmen der Verantwortung der bayerischen Polizei und des Geheimdienstes auf höchster Ebene (ex-Polizeichef Manfred Schreiber beispielsweise), kann man aber durchaus nicht mehr sagen, dass das Vergessen, so wie ich es einst auf die Wände des olympischen Dorfes verzeichnete, so besteht, wie einst.

Während ich 1990 noch telefonisch im Kontakt mit Ankie Rekhess-Spitzer, der einstigen Gattin des ermordeten israelischen Sportler Andre Spitzer stand – wir diskutierten die deutsche Mitschuld

Wegweiser zur Connollystrasse 31bei der U-Bahnhaltestelle (C) Daniel Zylbersztajn

und das Fehlen einer angemessenen Erinnerungsstätte schon damals – wurde bereits fünf Jahre später ein großes Denkmal vor dem Olympiastadion aufgestellt, auf dem die Namen der Ermordeten, darunter auch ein deutscher Polizist, auf Hebräisch und Deutsch stehen. Seit ein paar Jahren gibt es auch einen Wegweiser mit Bild und Text, beim nördlichen Ausgang aus der U-Bahn, die auf die Gedenktafel vor dem Haus in der Connollystrasse hinweist. Dies ist besonders wichtig, denn an ihm müssen alle die ins Olympiadorf gehen, vorbeigehen. Es gleicht in diesem Sinne meinem Graffiti aus dem Jahre 1984. Aber es gibt auch noch Punkte die falsch scheinen.

Teil der Wohnungen, in denen einst die israelischen Athleten lebten, gehört schon lange dem Max Planck Institut, “als deren Münchner Gästewohnung.” Wer tatsächlich in diesen Räumen ruhig schlafen kann, dem fehlt es wohl am Wissen oder Moral. Neben der Max Planck Gesellschaft fanden auch andere Menschen hier ein Zuhause, bei meinem letzten Besuch zur Weihnachtszeit, flickerte ein Weihnachtsmann in der Paterrewohnung rechts vom Eingang. Hier wurde am Fenster öffentlich frohe Weihnachtlichkeit an einem Ort des einstigen Terrors an Juden gefeiert. Ich erinnere mich, wie vor vielen Jahren hier einst ein handgeschriebener Zettel auf Hebräisch israelische Besucher aufforderte hier nicht Blumen zu pflücken. Anteilnehmende als Pest der Nachbarn. Und trotzdem ist es gut, dass das Leben im olympischen Dorf weiterging und weitergeht.

In Israel, gibt es viele Straßen in denen Terrorattentate verübt wurden und wo mit entschiedener Kraft das Leben weitergeht. Israelis sind geradezu berüchtigt dafür, dass sie nach schlimmen Ereignissen wieder aufstehen können. Nicht mehr als höchstens eine kleine Gedenktafel erinnert an besonders grausame Ereignisse. Warum also soll es mehr im olympischen Dorf in München geben, wenn es um israelische Sportler geht?

Die Ermordung der israelischen Athleten 1972 hat in der olympischen Geschichte inzwischen besondere Relevanz, genau wie 1968 ein symbolischer Wendepunkt für African Americans war. Olympiaden sollen nicht politisch sein, sind es aber immer, zuletzt bei Sotschi für LGBT Rechte. Was alles jedoch übergreifen soll, ist, dass sich Menschen verschiedener Nationalitäten, Identitäten, Hautfarben, Religionen und Ethnizitäten, auch wenn sie miteinander im Konflikt stehen, im olympischen Sportkampf gemäß sportlichen Regeln gegeneinander gegenüber stellen. Jüdische Athleten und die des Staates Israels werden aber immer noch boykottiert, obwohl es viele andere Staaten gäbe, mit deren politischer Ausrichtung man nicht einverstanden sein könnte und deren Athleten man dann wohl auch boykotieren müsste. Und gerade der Boykott und die Attacke von Juden ist geschichtsträchtig, nirgendswo mehr als in Deutschland. Somit gilt, dass es nie wieder toleriert werden darf, dass eine Organisation aus politischen Gründen bestimmte Athleten als politisches Druckmittel betrachtet, deren Leben deshalb bedroht oder gar gewaltsam beendet.Wir haben das seit neuestem mit dem Geschehnissen in Paris wieder mal direkt vor Augen.


(c) Daniel Zylbersztajn
(c) Daniel Zylbersztajn

München 1972 ist deshalb zumindest olympisch gesehen ein riesengroßes internationales Wahnmahl. Deshalb soll man es nicht vergessen, deshalb ein Plan für eine große Gedenkstätte, welches sich mit den Dimensionen des olympischen Dorfes und des Olympiageländes messen kann. Sicherlich wichtiger als die neue gigantische Raumschiffselbsthuldigung des Autohersteller BMW die auf Teilen des alten Parkplatz im Süden der U-Bahn-Haltestelle Olympiazentrums genehmigt wurde.

Und genau deshalb sollte man die Wohnungen, die einst vom israelischen Olympiateam bewohnt wurden, dem Max Planck Institut abkaufen und in eine Gedenkstätte verwandeln. Die Groteske des “Gästehauses” eines wissenschaftlichen Institutes im Haus des ehemaligen Terrors sollte ein für alle Mal ein Ende nehmen. Aus

Tauben der Hoffnung?  Verlassen Olympiazentrum Busbahnhof (c) Daniel Zylbersztajn
Tauben der Hoffnung? Verlassen Olympiazentrum Busbahnhof (c) Daniel Zylbersztajn

denkmalschutzrechtlichen Gründen mag ein großer Umbau dort jedoch schwer sein, denn das Dorf und die Olympiastätten sind seit 1998 geschützt. Hier deshalb ein Alternativvorschlag: Wie wäre es, wenn man die ehemalige und seit einigen Jahren brachliegende Bushaltestelle des Olympiazentrums in eine Erinnerungs- und Mahnstätte verwandelt? Über der U-Bahn-Haltestelle Olympiazentrum gelegen, kann man sich eigentlich keinen besser gelegenes Zentrum vorstellen, auch wenn man von dort aus nicht Aussicht auf die Wohnungen des ehemaligen israelischen Teams hat. Dazu reicht jedoch ein kleiner Spaziergang.

Keiner kann die Toten wieder zum Leben erwecken, doch die Namen der israelischen Sportler werden ewig auf dem olympischen Dorf lasten und die Bewohner können nur durch aktive Anteilnahme an dieser Geschichte beweisen, dass sie sich dessen bewusst sind. Statt Poster der olympischen Sportschießer, sollte man Bilder der Ermordeten aufhängen. Mehr als ein Museum, das nur auf Vergangenes verweist, könnte eine Stiftung den Sport zwischen Menschen aus sich im Konflikt gegenüberstehenden Zonen der Welt fördern und neue Brücken erschaffen.

Ob nun auf dem alten Busbahnhofgelände, auf dem Connollyrodelberg, oder ein paar hundert Meter östlich davon, wie es seit neuestem heißt, es wird richtig sein etwas mehr zu leisten als nur eine Gedenktafel oder ein Denkmal. Die Leichtigkeit und Heiterkeit des Olympiadorfes ist nun mal mit dem Ernst der Welt vermischt, das gehört genauso zur Erziehung der Kinder, die dort im Dorf aufwachsen, wenn sie älter sind, wie ihr sorgenloses Rodeln im Winter in jungen Jahren.

Bewusst sollen sie weiterleben, und gut leben im Dorf, und dürfen auch zeigen, dass es im Konzept1 Buergerversammlung Einladung und Realität ein ganz besonderer menschenfreundlicher Ort ist, weil ohne Autos, mit Ladenzentrum und künstlichen Springbrunnenanlagen, und viel grün. Doch auch mit klarer Sicht, für was das olympische Dorf in München für viele andere gilt, der Ort eines schrecklichen unvergesslichen historischen Ereignisses.

Demokratie bedeutet mehr als Unterschriften sammeln, sondern auch Geschichte und Zusammenhänge über lokale Begebenheiten hinaus verstehen und demnach handeln.

Am 15.1.2015 will man in einer öffentlichen Einwohnerversammlung des Bezirks München Milbertshofen, zu dem das olympische Dorf gehört) dieses Thema diskutieren und wahrscheinlich darüber im Kirchenzentrum des Olympiadorfes abstimmen.

(c) Daniel Zylbersztajn, All Rights reserved.

Background: In autumn 2014 the inhabitants of the Olympic Village in Munich rejected the proposal for a memorial site to commemorate the slaughter of almost the entire Israeli Olympic team. Signatures were collected to prevent the winning design to be erected on a hill near the former Israeli team house. Many journalists and camera teams followed the unfolding drama in 1972 from precisely that hill which gives full view of the Israeli house in Connollystreet 31. Nearly half of the village’s inhabitants, mostly private owners of the many flats in which once the Olympic teams lived, argued, that the memorial site would destroy the hill on which their children engage in snow fun activities during the winter months (see The Bavarian State has now proposed to erect the memorial slightly more to the East and yet again there was hostility. This, it was argued, was the „students hill.“ On the 12th of January 2015 the city of Munich is now hosting a civic meeting in which residents can make decisions about the memorial site. Amongst the invited guests are Bavarian Minister for Culture, the Munich Jewish Museum, and the chosen architects Brueckner and Brueckner whose design was chosen as the best amongst a handful of independent international proposals.

Journalist Daniel Zylbersztajn, now based in London, grew up in the Olympic Village, when his parents moved there in 1973. As far as he knows his was the only Jewish family there. He writes about the controversy concerning the memorial site and growing up Jewish there.


Part of this text was the lead commentary of the German Jewish Juedische Allgemeine on 8//1/15

Ready and available in English on request

Auch Churchill hilft nicht : Churchill doesn’t help either! Nationalist undertones during England – Germany match on Tuesdays

DEUTSCH: Auch Churchill hilft nicht Das Fußballspiel zwischen England und Deutschland von mir anders beobachtet, und historisch bis 1940.

Link zum Bericht

Military band plays German anthem during the England - Germany Game whilst Soldiers hold gigantic flags!
Military band plays German anthem during the England – Germany Game whilst Soldiers hold gigantic flags! All Rights Reserved, (c) Daniel Zylbersztajn 2013

ENGLISH: Churchill fails to help!  A different look by me at the England-Germany Game on Tuesdsay, identifying the old feud between Germans and English supporters going as far back as 1940. Please use googletranslate to get a translation of the German original here.

Link to my report in the newspaper Taz:

Den Schal kann man übrigens hier sehen:

By the way you can view the schal I discuss in the piece here WE-WILL-FIGHT-THEM-ON-THE-BEACHES-

Volles Verzeichnis meiner olympischen und paralympischen Berichterstattung (Full paralympic and olympic report index of) Daniel Zylbersztajn

Ich habe meine nahezu 50 Berichte der Londoner Olympiade und der Paralympics sortiert.

Gleich vorne ran findet man die besten acht Berichte (meine Wahl).

Siehe auch Liste London 2012 oben

I have organized my nearly 50 reports from the Olympic and paralympic games. Right in front are the best eight (my choice). One is in English.


Kolumne, Die Tageszeitung London Eye: Angeln + Sex = Glück (Commentary / column: fishing + sex = happiness)

The clock tower of Big Ben at dusk. The north ...
Photo: Wikipedia

Meine letzte Kolumne der London Eye Serie


In ihr beschreibe ich Wege die Londoner vorschlugen, um Glücksgefühle auch nach der Olympiade anhalten zu lassen.   Die Kolumne erschien in Der Tageszeitung am Dienstag 14. August 2012.

My last commentary ending my Olympic series “London Eye!”

Its theme was what measures Londoners advised in order to keep the buzz of happiness after the Olympics going, based on on real encounters between Londoners and myself the preceding day.

Die Tageszeitung (TAZ): Kolumne: Londone Eye Ernüchtert und erleichtert – Column / Commentary. Back to real life



Meine Kolumne in der Tageszeitung gestern:  Londons Nacholympiade Feelings Teil  1  Ernüchtigung!99464/


My commentary in Die Tageszeitung yesterday:  London’s postolympic feelings. Part 1  Back to real life (German language)!99464/



‘London Eye’ ist Commentarist Platz 39. Einer der meist gelesenen Kolumnen in deutsch. ‘London Eye’ One of the most read columns / commentaries in German!

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taz taz (Photo credit: ☃)

Ich bin mit London Eye (Die Tageszeitung) heute die 39 meistgelesene Kolumne im deutschsprachigen Raum. wenn man glaubt.

Die Idee einer Kolumne über London welche die Olympiade begleitet war allerdings der brillante Einfall vom Auslandsredakteur der TAZ Dominic Johnson

P.S. Leider war ich 7 Tage später, und zwei Tage seit der letzten Veröffentlichung der Serie London Eye,  am für meinen Nachnamen gewohnten Platz.  Am Ende mit Listenplatz 3644.

My commentary “London”  in Die Tageszeitung (TAZ) about Londoner’s views  during the Olympics is today 39th most read daily commentary in the German speaking areas.  See

The brilliant idea to write about London outside the Olympic park  originally came from TAZ foreign desk editor Dominic Johnson, who has family roots in the UK.

Ed. Sadly seven days later, and two days after the last comment lines appeared I was once again where my surname that starts with ZY always kept me.  Near the end 3466 on 17th Aug. 2012.