Cornelia Kerth protests against the planned lecture of the former major general of the German armed forces, Gerd Schultze-Rhonhof (Buxtehude), which he is supposed to give on July 5, 2004 at the Clausewitz-Gesellschaft (regional district southwest). The lecture with the title “On the outbreak of the Second World War – A political evaluation” is to take place in the Hotel and Ratshaus Seligweiler.
In the spring of 2003 Schulze-Rhonhof published a historical revisionist book “1939 – The War That Had Many Fathers”. The ‘Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung’ wrote under the heading “Abstruse about the prehistory of the Second World War” that the book is less in the field of research than in the old traces of ideology and propaganda. The only new thing is that something like this is publicly represented by a former leading officer in the Bundeswehr. And the ‘world’ sees historical myths published in the book that are widespread in right-wing extremist circles. The assertion that Hitler did not start the Second World War of his own will, but was “forced” into the war, also appears at Schultze-Rhonhof.
Considers the fact that the renowned Clausewitz Society, of all members of the Bundeswehr (retired General Ulrich de Maizìere, the former general staff / admiral staff officers), is particularly worrying. The president is retired General Dr. Klaus Reinhardt and the vice-president is the commander of the command academy of the Bundeswehr Major General Hans-Christian Beck), organizing such a historical revisionist event.
“Up until now, Schulze-Rhonhof has been particularly popular with neo-fascists from the NPD or the magazine ‘Nation & Europa'”, explains Kerth. “It gets bad, however, when influential active and passive command officers of the Bundeswehr adopt such a view of history and possibly even pass it on to young conscripts.
“That the Clausewitz Society immediately unloads the ex-major general. ” Otherwise, the command academy of the Bundeswehr in Hamburg, where the Clausewitz Society is based, is requested to review its relationship with the Clausewitz Society.