A World War II Nazi tank discovered in a retiree’s basement leads to legal spat. There was also a torpedo and an anti-aircraft gun.

The World War Two era Panther battle tank being made ready for transportation from a 84-year-old's property in Heikendorf, Germany, 02 July 2015.
The World War Two era Panther battle tank being made ready for transportation from a 84-year-old’s property in Heikendorf, Germany, 02 July 2015.

  • An 84-year-old German man is the focus of a legal debate after a raid found a Panther tank in his basement.
  • Prosecutors say the retiree broke the German War Weapons Control Act.
  • A US museum is interested in buying the tank.
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A German retiree is at the center of a legal wrangle after police found World War Two Panther tank, an anti-aircraft gun, and a torpedo in his basement in 2015.

A team of prosecutors and lawyers is working to negotiate a penalty for the 84-year-old, which could include a suspended sentence and a fine of up to €500,000 ($594,050).

A debate has arisen whether the military collector has broken Germany’s War Weapons Control Act. The defense argues that the weapons are no longer functional, therefore not in breach of this legislation, and would accept a lower fine of €50,000, according to an RT-DE report.

However, this is contested by prosecutors, who argue that the weapons could still be used.

A horde of Nazi memorabilia

he 84-year-old accused of possession of a tank (M) and his lawyer Gerald Goecke (l), wait in the courtroom for the start of the trial.
he 84-year-old accused of possession of a tank (M) and his lawyer Gerald Goecke (l), wait in the courtroom for the start of the trial.

According to his lawyer, a US museum wants to buy the war-era Panther tank, with militaria collectors interested in the 70 assault rifles and numerous pistols owned by the defendant, Die Welt newspaper reported.

The armaments were discovered in the retiree’s basement in 2015 after local authorities were informed of its war-time contents after the property was searched for Nazi-era art, according to the BBC.

It took 20 soldiers nine hours to remove the trove of military hardware from the unnamed man’s home in Heikendorf, a suburb of Kiel, in Northern Germany.

There was also a horde of Nazi memorabilia, including a bust of Hitler, mannequins in Nazi uniforms, swastika pendants, SS rune-shaped lamps, and a statue of a naked warrior holding a sword in his extended hand that once stood outside Hitler’s Chancellery in Berlin, by the dictator’s favorite sculptor, Arno Breker, reported War History Online.

At the time of the raid, the mayor of Heikendorf, Alexander Orth, told Suddeutsche Zeitung that the man once drove the tank in 1978.

When asked his thoughts on the ownership of the tank, the mayor replied, “One loves steam trains, the other old tanks.”

The case is set to conclude in August 2021.

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Trump claims he’s ‘not into coups’ and wouldn’t want to do one with Gen. Mark Milley anyway

General Mark Milley testifies in front of Congress.
General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

  • Trump said he’s “not into coups” and wouldn’t want to do one with Gen. Mark Milley anyway.
  • A new book reports that Milley was afraid Trump would cause a coup in the aftermath of 2020.
  • The book, “I Alone Can Fix It,” also says that Milley likened Trump to Hitler.
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Former President Donald Trump on Thursday said he’s “not into coups,” further clarifying that even if he was, he wouldn’t want to commit one with Gen. Mark Milley.

An excerpt of the book “I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump’s Catastrophic Final Year” by Washington Post reporters Phillip Rucker and Carol Leonnig and published by CNN on Wednesday said that Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and other top US generals were afraid that Trump could take his desire to overturn the 2020 election to the point of leading a coup. Some top officials even prepared to resign en masse if necessary, the authors wrote.

“I never threatened, or spoke to, anyone about a coup of our government. So ridiculous! Sorry to inform you, but the election is my form of ‘coup’, and if I was going to do a coup, one of the last people I would want to do it with is Mark General Milley,” Trump said in a lengthy statement. In it, he also blamed Milley’s appointment on Gen. James Mattis, who he described as “the world’s most overrated general.”

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The former president went on to criticize Milley for apologizing for accompanying Trump in a June 2020 walk across Lafayette Square to St. John’s Church, after the area was cleared of people protesting racism and police brutality. Shortly thereafter, Milley said he “should not have been there,” and called the episode “a mistake.”

“I saw at that moment he had no courage or skill, certainly not the kind of person I would be talking ‘coup’ with,” Trump said of Milley. “I’m not into coups!” he added.

Trump took a now-infamous photo holding a Bible upside down in front of the church, leading some to conclude that the park had been cleared for the photo op. The inspector general for the Interior Department determined in June 2021, however, that the US Park Police and Secret Service did not clear the park for Trump’s photoshoot, but to install fortified anti-scale fencing.

Another excerpt of “I Alone Can Fix It” published in New York Magazine revealed that Milley likened Trump to German dictator Adolf Hitler, who oversaw the Holocaust. Milley described Trump’s refusal to accept the result of the 2020 election and his blatant efforts to subvert it as “the gospel of the Führer.”

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Trump said ‘Hitler did a lot of good things,’ horrifying his then-chief of staff John Kelly, book says

Donald Trump John Kelly
Then-President Donald Trump and John Kelly.

  • The Guardian obtained a copy of a new book about Trump by WSJ reporter Michael Bender.
  • In it, Bender writes that in 2018 Trump told John Kelly that “Hitler did a lot of good things.”
  • Trump made the comments while visiting Europe to mark 100 years since the end of WWI, Bender said.
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Former President Donald Trump remarked in 2018 that “Hitler did a lot of good things,” according to a new book, leaving his chief of staff John Kelly reeling.

Trump made the comments during a November 2018 tour of Europe taken to mark 100 years since then end of World War I, the Wall Street Journal reporter Michael Bender wrote in his upcoming book, “Frankly, We Did Win This Election,” a copy of which was obtained by The Guardian.

Kelly was “stunned” by Trump’s assertion, according to Bender, and when Kelly told him he was wrong Trump “was undeterred,” praising Hitler’s efforts to revive the German economy in the 1930s.

Kelly outright disagreed, saying Germans would have been “better off poor than subjected to the Nazi genocide,” Bender wrote, according to The Guardian.

Kelly then told Trump: “You cannot ever say anything supportive of Adolf Hitler. You just can’t,” according to Bender.

Trump denied making the comment, Bender’s excerpt said. Representatives for Trump did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

Trump’s comment about Hitler was prompted by Kelly giving Trump a brief history lesson about who fought on whose side during the Great War, Bender reported, according to The Guardian.

Kelly “reminded the president which countries were on which side during the conflict” and “connected the dots from the First World War to the Second World War and all of Hitler’s atrocities,” Bender writes, per The Guardian.

That 2018 trip to Europe was also controversial for Trump for another reason.

The Atlantic reported that ahead of a visit to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery, a US military graveyard in France, Trump called the dead American soldiers resting there “losers.”

On the same trip, Trump said the some 1,800 marines who died at Belleau Wood, France, in World War I were “suckers” for getting killed, The Atlantic reported.

Trump repeatedly denied making those remarks on the trip.

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A 5th-grade student gave a first-person speech dressed as Hitler. The teacher and school’s principal are now on administrative leave.

Adolf Hitler, left. Maugham Elementary School, right.
A student at Maugham Elementary School dressed as Adolf Hitler for a school project.

  • A fifth-grade student dressed as Adolf Hitler and gave a speech titled, “Accomplishments.”
  • The speech was part of a “Character Development project” organized by his teacher, Fox News said.
  • The school’s principal and the student’s teacher have been placed on administrative leave.
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Two staff members have been placed on administrative leave after a fifth-grade student at a New Jersey elementary school gave a first-person speech as Adolf Hitler to his class, according to a statement by Tenafly Public Schools Superintendent Shauna C. DeMarco.

The student at Maugham Elementary School dressed as the Nazi dictator while reading out his handwritten report that was titled, “Accomplishments,” Fox News reported.”My greatest accomplishment was uniting a great mass of German and Austrian people behind me,” the student wrote, according to the media outlet.

“I was pretty great, wasn’t I?” the report continued. “I was very popular, and many people followed me until I died. My belif [sic] in antisemitism drove me to kill more than 6 million Jews.”

The speech, part of a “Character Development project” organized by their teacher, who is Jewish, was displayed in the school’s hallways. It was later shared on Facebook by Lori Birk, an Englewood resident, but has since been deleted.

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DeMarco confirmed in a statement on Thursday that an investigation is underway as the project violated the district’s curriculum and that the teacher and principal of the school have been placed on administrative leave.

“They will remain on leave pending the conclusion of my investigation, recommendations to the Board, and the Board’s further action,” DeMarco said. “I also have recommended that the Board appoint an acting principal and replacement teacher at Maugham immediately.”

The superintendent added that the incident has been stressful for many people. “This has had a devastating impact on the student involved and their family, who have been thrown into turmoil through no fault of their own. It has also been incredibly painful for our Jewish community members in the face of increasing instances of antisemitism around the country.”

DeMarco referred to the incident as a “failure” in the statement. “The events that have unfolded represent a failure in both providing the safe learning environment that all our kids need to learn and grow, as well as a failure in the school’s initial handling,’ she said.

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