December 25, 272 AD
First official public celebration of Dies Natalis Invicti Solis, a pagan Roman holiday that was later co-opted by Christians to celebrate the birth of their favorite Jew. Turning the holiday into “Christmas” (in 336 AD) was part of a pattern of the church stealing various pagan festivals and feast days
The Voice of the White House
Washington, D.C. December 1, 2011: “ In August of 2009, this site began to run a series of articles on the hijacking by Somali pirates of the MV Iran Deyanat on August 21, 2008. .It turned out that this cargo container ship, owned by the Revolutionary Guard of the government of Iran, was loaded with cargo containers filled with highly radioactive waste onloaded in Nanjing, China. The containers had explosive devises concealed beneath them with radio operated controls. This ship, with its very lethal cargo, was siezed as he was heading up into the Red Sea, the Suez Canal and the eastern end of the Mediterranean next to the coast of Israel. We ran this story and it was also run in reputable European papers but never, ever inside the United States. All together, counting its appearance on many Internet sites, over 2 millions viewers saw this story. There still was never any comment by the American media.
In our last issue, we ran what we thought was an interesting niche story about neo-Nazis and counterfeit German relics.
To our suirprise, over 35,000 viewers looked at this article in three days and thousands downloaded it! We got so intersted in the subject that we contacted the webmaster of the site, Arthur Royster email@example.com, and received a massive return email with all kinds of highly entertaining information on this subject.
We also received a significant number of emails from apparent collectors of militaria which we referred to Mr. Royster.
The basic thesis of his posting was that very expensive fake pieces were being manufactured and sold for very high prices. Much, if not all, of the monies raised by these sales were being forwarded to militant anti immigration groups in Europe. That in itself is not particularly surprising. These groups want their dark-skinned neighbors sent back where they came from and are not only very outspoken in their attitudes but often very deadly in their actions. One thinks about the man in Norway who shot nearly a hundred young immigrants at a political outdoor gathering. His connections with British groups was discussed and then quickly dropped by the European media.
One of the persons mentioned in the article was a George Petersen. Subsequent to the appearance of the article concerning his activities in this field, we understand that Mr. Petersen has denied any connection with the WAF group that is partially responsible for funding the anti immigrant movements, both in the United States and the EU.
In searching the WAF site on the Internet, we found an interesting posting by a Mr. Bianchi, the head of that group.
‘It is my pleasure to introduce George Petersen (http://www.nchsinc.com/) and Craig Gottlieb (http://www.craiggottlieb.com) as the new sponsors of Wehrmacht-Awards.com. You will begin to see their banners rotating and their links added as I modify the templates.
I’m sure many of you are familiar with Craig, who is now venturing deeper (and almost exclusively) into dealer world. He is very enthusiastic and I am confident he will be bringing us high end, high quality militaria for years to come. His bio may be found here – http://www.craiggottlieb.com/catalog.htm.
George Petersen hardly needs an introduction! George is a legend in our hobby, and if I may I will defer his biography to his website (which says it best); http://www.nchsinc.com/shop/petersen.htm. George is mostly concentrating on U.S. Militaria these days and will be sponsoring the U.S. Militaria forum in particular.
I would like to thank these two fine gentlemen for their support of this website.
Sebastián J. Bianchi ‘
Mr. Petersen who runs something called National Capital Historical Sales out of a drop address in northern Virginia, claims on his site that he travels a good deal and is seldom available. We looked a bit further into him and discover that he indeed travels a good deal and mostly to China where he facilitates the manufacture, for export, of counterfeit German militaria. Mr. Petersen’s co-worker in these projects is a Mr. Chen (about whom more later). We understand that Mr. Petersen takes original pieces, like German parachutists’ boots or steel helmets, to Hong Kong and Mr. Chen finds firms in China who can replicate them.
These are then marketed to a select circle of dealers who, in turn, pass them off to their customers as genuine pieces.
Parallel with items soldiers would wear in combats, there is another business involving very expensive personality items from the Third Reich. Mentioned are the elaborate, hand made cassettes for holders of the German Knights Cross of various grades. As these cost about US 500 to make and, if for a recognized German war hero, worth $50,000, the profit is obviously immense and one can clearly see where the anti-immigrant groups are getting their funding.
An interesting sidelight brought to our attention concerns a very unique set of papers presenting the Grand Cross of the Knights Cross to Hermann Goering. These were copied from color pictures in a German wartime magazine, purported to have originated with a prominent American dealer in such objects and, on paper, sold to Mr. Chen in Hong Kong. Armed with this rigged provenance, the papers were then offered to sale to a very wealthy Chinese collector for a sum in excess of a million dollars!
This has proven to be so interesting, and often entertaining, a subject that we have asked Mr. Royster to keep us abreast of this fascinating fraud.
He sent us a copy of a very informative and also very entertaining book by Gregory Douglas, author of the books on the head of the Gestapo, Mueller, who survived the war and was an asset of the CIA. This is such an entertaining book that we are serializing it, with permission, and the first chapter can be found below.” Continue Reading »