EVENT NUMBER ONE
The first was a march last weekend by the National Socialist Movement, an American neo-Nazi white-supremacist group who marched Saturday in downtown Los Angeles waving swastikas and sieg heiling. The called it their "Reclaim the Southwest" rally. Having received a parade permit from the city, they were separated and protected by the LAPD from the much larger crowd of counter-demonstrators.
Judging by their website (nsm88.org), these people came here from a long distance. They chose LA because we have so many illegal aliens who, back wherever they came from, are taking their jobs. You can just imagine what they think about Jews.
Here's what I read in this article:
The United States is a free country and every one has the right to say what they think even if it's hateful. People did not have that same right in Hitler's Germany. Making sure there is strong First Amendment protection for people with nutty, contrary opinions means our protection against developing our own fascist government is also strong.According to NSM leaders, the rally was being held to remember the birthday of Adolf Hitler, the former German leader of the Nazi Party. Hitler's actual birthday is not until the 20th of April.
EVENT NUMBER TWO
It's called Invisible Siegfrieds Marching Sunset Boulevard and it's part of Ring Festival LA. Here's a description I found at the website of Villa Aurora, the event's sponsor:
Nussbaumer’s Invisible Siegfrieds Marching Sunset Boulevard is a passage opera that processes Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen through the respectful distance of time, marking both obvious and obscure references.Huh? Here's the idea as I understand it: People are going to put on heavy metal Wagnerian-style helmets, possibly including those with horns, and march and sweat their way down sections of Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, starting downtown and ending four days later at the ocean and there's going to be a woman singing Wagner and we are assured that there will be drinking and who knows what else.
Preceding the first complete performance of his four evening cycle in Los Angeles, Wagner’s “Gesamtkunstwerk” — which ignores the presumed boundaries of opera, theater, music, stage and audience — was conceived contemporaneously with California’s gold rush and is therefore completed by the invisible Siegfried’s journey from downtown Los Angeles to the Pacific Ocean across Sunset Boulevard, featuring alto Christina Ascher.
The artist who conceived of all these conceptual concepts is named Georg Nussbaumer. I bet there has been drinking.
The description of Invisible Siegfrieds Marching Sunset Boulevard which really pushed my buttons comes from this LA Times article by :
It's no coincidence that the event concludes on the birthday of Adolf Hitler, the best known and most notorious Wagner lover of all. Nussbaumer said he consciously chose the date to defy Hitler by transforming this historical day into something "new, bright, excessive, peaceable and lively."Transform Hitler's birthday into something "new, bright, excessive, peaceable and lively"? It's like a traditional Hitler birthday party but with beer instead of cake. In my opinion that's just plain sick. In reality Nussbaumer's event is not defying Hitler, it's calling attention to him. It's positive publicity for Hitler.
Has no one at Ring Festival LA noticed that this is one small step in the exculpation of Adolph Hitler? Maybe they don't care about this aspect as long as the event involves Wagner in some way. Maybe there's been drinking at RFLA as well. Maybe they're ROFL.
Nobody who is actually from Los Angeles whom I'm aware of celebrates Hitler's birthday, at least in public. If there is any notice of Hitler's birthday, it should be a sober affair with somber, temperate reflection on the anguish of Hitler's victims.
Jews already have a holiday to remember Hitler's evil deeds. It's called Yom HaShoah, it's the Holocaust memorial day and it just happened last week. It is not a bright or lively day. Nor should it be.
COMPARING THE TWO EVENTS
It's easy to see how they're different, but how are Invisible Siegfrieds Marching Sunset Boulevard and the National Socialist Movement's Reclaim the Southwest Rally alike?
- Both events happened in Los Angeles.
- Both events observed Hitler's birthday.
- Both events involved people marching.
- Both events have people wearing helmets.
- Both events displayed Nazi symbols: swastikas in one, Wagner's music in the other.
Read all of Mixed Meters articles concerning Ring Festival LA
Looking for a different holocaust holiday? Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day is April 24. It's widely observed in my part of Los Angeles.
The story behind the Washington Holocaust Memorial door with bullet holes is here and ends here. The picture came from here.
The picture of the guy with the helmet and the swastika flag and the picture of the guy with the watering-can helmet on a beach which is not in Santa Monica came from the LA Times. My apologies for swiping the pictures. More pictures are here.
The picture of the coin showing an all-American Richard Wagner panning for gold in the California Gold Rush with the words "Liberty" and "In God We Trust" came from the Invisible Siegfrieds Marching Sunset Boulevard website which also contains a picture of a supposedly all-American-Indian cast of Wagner's Ring and also George Nussbaumer's bank account numbers so you can make a contribution, presumably in honor of Hitler's birthday.
Here's one of several pictures of ISMSB on Flickr. One Flickr user, Larry Gassan, wrote this about the straggle of Invisible Siegfrieds he encountered:
This had to to be the loneliest subset of devotees I've ever encountered. The three Siegfrieds, with the fourth inside the mylar-shrouded buggy, complete with loudspeaker, commence Day 2 of their March to the Sea on Sunset Blvd. This is singular, and heroic in the face of overwhelming indifference by the world at large.
Here's another one taken by Mr. Rollers and it seems to show that all the helmets were identical.
As pointed out by MM reader MarK, here is an Invisible Siegfrieds review from the L.A. Times which uses the one adjective "innovative" to describe the project. Here's a quote from the article:
Participation was less than expected. “I’m a bit surprised about the low number of 'Invisible Siegfrieds' we were able to recruit,” Nussbaumer said. “About 50 people said they would come, but none of them appeared. I thought that in a metropolitan city we would find at least ten people marching with us, because then the interplay between silence and singing would have been more effective. It’s also a pity, because artists could have had a truly unique and interesting experience.“
Helmet Tags: white supremacist. . . Invisible Siegfrieds. . . Holocaust. . . Adolph Hitler. . . Richard Wagner. . . George Nussbaumer