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My comment to an article at the Telegraph where Daniel Hannan repeats an old canard:

Despite the claims you repeat here, Silvio Berlusconi did not compare Martin Schulz to a concentration camp guard, someone who was usually a member of the SS. He, instead, compared him to a military prisoner of war camp guard, specifically, to Sergeant Schultz of Hogan’s Heroes.

A very different concept.

That the media then went into a frenzy of misinformation is pretty much par for the course.


  1. John Galt says:

    Although true as you say, Cats, you are howling against the wind. The “concentration camp guard” narrative is the one the MSM wants to push and therefore that is the one which will be pushed regardless of the actual facts.

    I thought the Paxman interview was quite good, especially his comments regarding Angela Merkel:

    Jeremy Paxman stuns Silvio Berlusconi with Angela Merkel insult allegation

  2. Roue le Jour says:

    The fact that it’s only us old farts who remember Hogan’s Heroes doesn’t help.

  3. Sam Duncan says:

    I’m fairly sure it was re-run on Channel 4 in the UK back in the ’80s, RlJ. They had a bit of a thing for old – presumably, cheap – American sitcoms before they could afford to make their own rubbish. They definitely ran I Love Lucy, The Honeymooners, and Jack Benny. (Not to mention a whole load of Harold Lloyd, Buster Keaton, and Laurel & Hardy shorts. Especially, for some reason, Harold Lloyd. They must have bought a job lot. I’d have preferred more Stan and Ollie myself…)

    Plus the BBC was still regularly showing Bilko. Good times.

    Mind you, you’d have to be over 30 – at least – to remember that. Yikes.

  4. RAB says:

    Ah Bilko! (yes there is an Oldies pun in there) was the finest sit-com ever written. The template for all the rest.

  5. Yes it was actually the German socialist who shouted Nazi abuse at the then Prime Minister of Italy – the Prime Minister replied that the a film on German prisoner of war camps was being made in Italy and the German shouter (who had tried to shout down his speech) would be ideal for the role of a camp guard.

    The media (as always) twisted everything around 180 degrees – the German socialist (who had actually shouted the Nazi abuse) was presented as an innocent victim of nasty Mr B.

  6. RAB says:

    Doesn’t Ken (dead in the water but forever hovering in the Meeja) Livingstone have form for calling a Daily Mail reporter (who happened to be Jewish) no better than a Concentration Camp Guard?

  7. Roue le Jour says:


    I was, ahem, out a lot, in the eighties. I may have missed that. ;)

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