Mar 12, 2007

Jacques Pluss: "I'm a Nazi." "I'm Not a Nazi." "I'm a Nazi."

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Dr. Jacques Pluss, addressing the NSM in 2005

(Toledo, OH) I interviewed Dr. Jacques Pluss last year after he was attacked by neo-Nazi groups. Pluss was once a member of the National Socialist Movement (NSM), and he left the group in a rather public fashion, claiming that he really joined in order to do research on the phenomenon of American neo-Nazism.

I thought at the time that Pluss was just another victim of the propaganda efforts of members and former members of the NSM, and believed him when he denied adhering to National Socialist philosophies. At no time during our one-hour telephone interview did I get the impression that Pluss was anything but an earnest academic trying to recover his reputation.

Now the History News Network is reporting that Pluss, indeed, is a Nazi, and that he simply used journalists like me to gain publicity. Pluss - who now uses the title SS-Obersturmbannfuhrer Dr. Jacques Pluss as the administrator of the group Stille Hilfe Amerika - actively calls for the extermination of Jews, blacks, and other "sub-human" groups. You can read his blog for more information on the genocidal beliefs of Pluss.

Pluss, in my opinion, is either a lunatic or a master of manipulation, assuming that this HNN revelation is not part of yet another elaborate cyber-ruse (one cannot discount the possibility that the "real" Jacques Pluss will reappear and deny the comments attributed to him). In either case, I would urge serious writers to stay away from Jacques Pluss, who has descended either into seeming insanity or an extreme locale on the margins of the political spectrum.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Gad - what a doofus!

microdot said...

Maybe a doofus, maybe not...
These guys play some pretty complex games to paint themselves as persecuted misunderstood martyrs.
Hitler did that, Jean-Marie LePen did that and continues to do that.
It's the publicity, good or bad that feeds them. 10 years ago, LePen couldn't make a speech in France with out causing a riot. Now? People ask him for his autograph. The banalization of evil...He is in the press constantly and is a celebrity.

Nikki said...

Well Mike, if this is, in fact true, he got to both of us. I agreemicrdot - they really do play some complex games.

Maggie Thurber said...

You've always seemed to me to be pretty astute and he 'fooled' you...

scary!

historymike said...

Good analogy, Microdot, although certainly Nazis aren't the only political liars.

historymike said...

Nikki: It was interesting that Pluss specifically mentioned Citizens Against Hate as one of the groups he fooled.

Y'all must be hitting the big time.

:-}

historymike said...

Maggie:

While wearing the "reporter" hat, it doesn't bug me that an interviewee turns out to be a liar. Reporters just record what is said and accurately transcribe the material. If they later prove themselves to be liars, it's just another new story.

But as a human being and an academic, I trusted Pluss. I, too, had been on the receiving end of some noxious Nazi propaganda, and thought I was dealing with a fellow victim of NSM lies.

Unfortunately, I trusted the wrong person, although my writings about Pluss were limited to this blog.

My pitches to national periodicals merited only a few tepid responses from the editors I contacted, so I moved on. The "Jacques Pluss is/is not a Nazi" story was mostly a collective yawner from the perspective of magazine editors.

Dariush said...

Mike: "It was interesting that Pluss specifically mentioned Citizens Against Hate as one of the groups he fooled.

"Y'all must be hitting the big time."

I can honestly say that I'm not the least bit surprised that any "anti-racist" group that's willing to embrace the Little Green Footballs crowd has "hit the big time."

I would only be surprised if that weren't the case.

Hooda Thunkit said...

Mike,

"...calls for the extermination of Jews, blacks, and other "sub-human" groups."

Would it be too much to expect reports of a Pluss suicide in the near future then?

I mean that,if Pluss is so gung-ho on exterminating those so-called "sub-humans," sooner or later he is bound to figure out what is already obvious to the rest of us. . .

Hooda Thunkit said...

And, why are all of the "nazi" nut cases so NOT Aryian/Arian (Nordic) looking???

nightgaunt said...

Study the history of the Nat'l Socialists to find the tangled web ofelites,thugs,occultists,martyrs,Ph.D's and at the bottom common working volk who wanted to be part of something "great." Under the tutelage of miester Ekhart,who called the tune for Hitler and the NSDAP to threaten the world. Lucky for us Hitler overruled his generals to lose the war.Despite what you hear the Nazis were right-wing socialists,see how the corporations like KRUPP were given full autonomy.Sound familiar?
This old Testament nordic christianity cum Holy Knight/Crusaders still evokes strong feelings,deleterious to those of us at the recieving end of the swords point.

SS Obersturmbannfuhrer said...

After some time, Mike: Of course I'm a National Socialist, a Nazi if you will, and I always was. It might interest you to note my latest news--from one of my recent research trips to Germany. Check out my comments on Yom Hashoah 2009 in my blog http:plussholocaustlies.blogspot.com/ or my colleague Walter Schellenberg's most recent thread on VNN Forum. Don't forget, of course, that I've been working for "Stille Hilfe" for years, and I've been loving every minute of it! auf Wiederhoren, Dr. Jacques Reinhard Heydrich Pluss, Leader, The New American National Socialist Party, ANNP, and Independent Scholar.