National Conference on Reconciliation, Multiculturalism,Immigration and Human Rights

Alan David Gold
President, Anti-Defamation Unit, B'nai B'rith, Sydney, NSW

Hitler's Grandchildren - Jackboots in Cyberspace

The concept that Adolf Hitler spawned grandchildren should horrify us all. But in a metaphorical sense, this is precisely what has happened. Because Hitler's jackbooted armies are on the rise once again. This time, though, they're not marching through the cities and towns and villages of Europe, but are stomping in cyberspace, unfettered by boundaries, unconstrained by police, unconfronted by armies. The lies and distortions propagated by Dr. Goebbels in the 1930's and 40's are being heard once more, this time, though, using the most sophisticated communications media the world has ever seen. Just as Goebbels used film, radio and the press in the 1930's and 40's to promote his god-like Fuhrer in ways which previous propagandists never considered possible, so today's evangelists of hate are spreading their word at the speed of light around the world; are reaching a global audience that has never before been available to them.

Alan Gold is President of B'nai B'rith's Anti-Defamation Unit. He is a Human Rights Orator and an internationally published novelist.

Presentation Type
30 min paper

University of Technology, Sydney, 1-2 December 2000

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