Forgotten Fatherland: The Search for Elisabeth Nietzsche, by Ben Macintyre (1992).It sounded fascinating at the time, and still does, so yesterday I obtained the book from the library. If you've read it, please feel free to comment.
The intrepid Macintyre took a boat trip into the Paraguayan jungle in 1991 in search of the surviving inhabitants of Nueva Germania—an abortive "Aryan" colony founded in the late nineteenth century by the ghastly Elisabeth Nietzsche, racist sister of the philosopher. He found a weird village of unreconstructed white supremacists—inbred, half mad, many of them still speaking a kind of zombie German—and heard some curious and frightening stories about Josef Mengele. A true-life Heart of Darkness.
And yes, my TTD folder does have items 18 years old. Sigh...
Addendum: Hat tips to Hero for Hire and to Bub for leading me to this related video from Vice: Vice link.
Addendum #2: See also this link found by Mark.
Vice magazine filmed a short video about these sad folk, entitled "The Last Aryans of Paraguay"ReplyDelete
Yes, but the location has been renamed Inland Alabama.Delete
Wait a minute, I live in Alabama. That's not quite fair. We have plumbing now. And a Honda plant.Delete
This is a true story?ReplyDelete
Yes, it's a true story.Delete
I'll be damned... that is the most interesting bit of information I came across today. Now I really have to read the book.ReplyDelete
I know this will end up in the spam filter (it always does when I'm posting from my office) but that's ok.
It did. Is your office in Nigeria?Delete
Nope. Regina, SK.Delete
I hate to ruin the ending , but....they all moved to Washington, DC and became raving Republicans. sorry....very sorryReplyDelete
Whew! Checked into Hennepin County library and requested the second of 2 available in the system.ReplyDelete
I suspect I will be saddened and disgusted but also fascinated. I'll look for the above-mentioned video. Thanks!
bonus appearance by Johnny Knoxville
So many books, so little time...ReplyDelete
Well, this could be a refuge for the teabaggers to emigrate to if Obama is re-elected. Sounds like they'd fit right in, as long as they can learn to write their signs in misspelled German instead of misspelled English.ReplyDelete
Yeah, I mean, the fascist party that ruled the country since the WWII just ousted the first center-left president Paraguay ever had, with the help of the liberals. Paraguay is very likely resting as a racist society for the next fifty years.Delete
Almost done reading, Ben Macintyre does have a soft spot for scoundrels, and a marvelous sense of humor. My husband loves his books about Agent Zig-Zag, Operation Mincemeat, and the double-cross system. (All of which I now have to find as well.)ReplyDelete
When I came across the line about Edvard Munch painting Elizabeth Nietzsche, I had to see what that looks like.
Thank you, Zhoen.Delete
That is one scary lady - she looks like she's ready to take a ruler to someone's head.Delete
There is more to this story. An "artist" (David Woodward) from San Francisco living in the desert (Juniper Hills) tried to continue the colony. He actual hosted juniperhills.net for a long time (I own some property there) and was the bane of the Juniper Hills city council that wanted nothing to do with the whole affair.ReplyDelete
David Woodward also sold "dream machines" ... google for it. An interesting nut case.
Very interesting; I had not heard that part of the story. Thanks, Mark.Delete
I've finished the book, and was less than enthralled. It's less about the colony than it is a biography of Elizabeth Nietzsche and her relationship to her brother's legacy. (To be fair, that's what the subtitle of the book indicates). There were some very interesting sections, but I wound up skimming a lot.ReplyDelete