Posts tagged ‘Nazi’

January 20, 2012

Hugo Boss | Fall Winter 2012/2013 Full Fashion Show

And let’s all remember that Hugo Boss was a supporter of the Nazis. Not just a supporter but he also designed the uniforms of the SS and other groups. So will I celebrate this show? Nope. Someone needs to throw blood over the entire Hugo Boss line.

Don’t believe me? Here is the Wikipedia entry.:

Hugo Boss started his clothing company in 1924 in Metzingen, a small town south of Stuttgart, where it is still based. However, due to the economic climate in Germany at the time Boss was forced into bankruptcy. In 1931 he reached an agreement with his creditors, leaving him with 6 sewing machines to start again. The same year, he became a member of the Nazi party and a sponsoring member (“Förderndes Mitglied”) of the Schutzstaffel.[11]He later stated himself that he had joined the party because of their promise to end unemployment and because he felt “temporarily” withdrawn from the Lutheran church.[11] He joined the German Labour Front in 1936, theReich Air Protection Association in 1939, the National Socialist People’s Welfare in 1941.[11] His sales increased from 38,260 RM in 1932 to over 3,300,000 RM in 1941, while his profits increased in the same period from 5,000 RM to 241,000 RM.[11] Though he claimed in a 1934/1935 advertising he had been a “supplier for Nazi uniforms since 1924”, such supplies are probable since 1928/1929 and certain since 1934, when he became anReichszeugmeisterei-licensed (official) supplier of uniforms to the SturmabteilungSchutzstaffelHitler Youth,National Socialist Motor Corps and other party organizations.[11] To meet demand in later years of the war, Boss used about 30 to 40 prisoners of war and about 150 forced laborers, from the Baltic States, Belgium, France, Italy, Austria, Poland, Czechoslovakia and the former Soviet Union.[11] According to German historian Henning Kober, the company managers were “avowed nazis”, “the Boss were all great admirers of Adolf Hitler” and Hugo Boss had in 1945 in his apartment a photograph of himself with Hitler taken in the latter’sObersalzberg retreat.[12]

Read the rest.  This fashion house needs to be taken down. 

It might be Valentino owned but I say boycott both Hugo Boss and Valentino. It is a hideous heritage and nobody has apologized or offered anything.

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October 18, 2011

Project Triangle

I remember reading Gore Vidal’s  excellent essay Pink Triangle and Yellow Star when I was much younger  and finding it such a revelation. I thought at the time that while some people despised me for one thing  , were I around in Germany in the Nazi era as someone also of mixed parentage I was a shoo-in for Auschwitz.  When my thoughts progressed from that I realized that if there was nothing wrong with being of mixed parentage  or just being fundamentally different because of who you are – I think you see where I am going with this.  This led me to know that civil rights are civil rights no matter what group you are talking about.  I see no difference between any of the struggles.

Apropos to that this evening I discovered Project Triangle in Merseyside.  Other than Ferry Across the Mersey I didn’t know much about Merseyside  but I am really impressed that the Merseyside Police were the first to fly the rainbow flag at their stations. Then to read that there was a five-day cultural exchange trip to Auschwitz and Warsaw for 12 young LGBT  and young  LGBT Polish people is just wonderful and tied everything together for me.   Welcome to Project Triangle.

In the words of the project:

In September 2009, 12 young Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender people from Merseyside took part in a five-day cultural exchange trip to Auschwitz and Warsaw working with a group of young Polish LGB & T people from the Campaign Against Homophobia (KPH).

The exchange provided the group with an appreciation of the Holocaust and fate of many LGB & T people and the impact on European and LGB & T social history as well as challenging past and present issues around hate crime.

The young people took part in making a short 30-minute film documenting their experiences and thoughts around the themes of the project, along with ideas and aspirations for the future.

The resulting film has been developed into an educational resource pack for schools and colleges, enabling teachers to tackle homophobia and all forms of hate crime in schools. The pack has been endorsed by NUT, Sir Ian Mc Kellern and Chief Constable of Merseyside Police. Since returning the group have provided hate crime workshops for teachers, pupils, youth workers, young people, housing associations and other employers. In the summer of 2010 they produced their own film “Sex Drags and Rock n Roll” documenting their efforts to raise awareness of homophobia and hate crime and promote equality and diversity. Directed by 19 year old Jess Wignall, the film has been chosen for the 2010 BFI London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.