Swedish millionaire said to be behind Auschwitz sign theft
Confronting the "immigration Holocaust":
A European neo-Nazi (Source: Wiki)
THE SIGN OVER THE gateway to Auschwitz concentration camp bearing the infamous slogan “Work sets you free,” which was stolen by three Polish men last December 18, may have been purloined on behalf of a Swedish millionaire. (I already wrote about the Auschwitz theft here and here.) According to today’s edition of the Polish newspaper Rzeczpospolita, Lars-Göran Wahlström, a familiar figure in the Swedish neo-Nazi movement, had asked his friend Anders Högström to arrange the theft for money. Högström, a former neo-Nazi who until recently had been working to educate young Swedes about the evils of right wing extremism, was later arrested and admitted to having hired the three Poles to do the job. They have since received jail sentences of between one and a half and two and a half years. Högström is still awaiting trial in Poland.
Högström revealed Wahlström’s name during recent questioning in Poland. He already made similar comments upon his arrest in Sweden last January, but Wahlström told the Swedish press at the time that his involvement was merely a figment of Högström’s imagination. Another story that appeared in the newspapers back then, namely that proceeds from the stolen sign would be used to finance a violent overthrow of the Swedish government, turned out to be a hoax.
Wahlström is a familiar figure in the Swedish neo-Nazi scene and has been a member of virtually every far-right, white supremacist movement that country has brought forth since the 1990s. While neo-Nazi parties vary in their brutality, their demands usually include the expulsion of Jews, Gypsies and foreigners, the introduction of racial biology classes in schools, autocratic leadership, the suppression of the political Left, and an aggressive foreign policy. Between the 1920s and 1940s, the Italian Fascists and the German National Socialists together with their allies across Europe murdered upwards of ten million people and started a World War in the pursuit of their vision.
Swedish real estate magnate and neo-Nazi
Lars-Göran Wahlström (on the right)
The Wahlström connection – assuming it is genuine – is just another reminder of the far-flung network of neo-Nazis and white supremacists in Scandinavia and across Europe, Russia, and North America. Far right movements are alive and well throughout the continent. In Sweden alone (as researched by the late journalist and crime author Stieg Larsson in his investigative magazine Expo), skinheads and other right wing radicals have been responsible for numerous assaults on immigrants, particularly Muslims, and have intimidated thousands of others in recent years. The goal, according to the racist Swedish "Folkfront," is "an ethnically homogeneous living space." Just like their role models from the first half of the twentieth century, Europe's white supremacists are always victims and never perpetrators. One consistent meme is that the "white race" is facing its own "Holocaust" and must defend itself accordingly. Just three days ago, a speaker at a far right conference in the Swedish town of Södertälje proclaimed:
This mass immigration that we have, which is politically motivated, is leading to the Swedes' physical extermination. It might not happen tomorrow, but it will happen soon if we do not turn this ship around.Whether a Nazi-like movement ever makes it back into real political power depends as much on economic and social developments in Europe as on the response of its opponents. The Muslim immigration debate is fueling the fire. As Nordic temperatures rise over the headscarf issue and the seemingly endless Mohammed caricature controversy, let me suggest that for the moment at least, when it comes to actual violence the real “Muslim threat” – just like the “Yellow Peril” and the “Jewish World Conspiracy” that preceded it – is still occurring to Muslims and not coming from them. They understand that even if their European neighbors don’t.