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20 September 2017

#Free Read Here: TheMasadaFaktor Prologue #Novel #MediterranianNoir


The Masada Faktor©
 A Mediterranean Noir by  
Naomi Litvin

The Cover Image

The cover image is a stained glass masterpiece that was created by the Maumejean Brothers in July 1941 at the Saint Jacques Church in Montgeron south of Paris, France as a visible sign of French Resistance during the Nazi occupation. It was not noticed for seventy years until January 2011. The stained glass depicts Adolph Hitler as King Herod. Hitler’s moustache is hidden behind his arm in order not to be noticeable but the black fringed hair clearly depicts Hitler as Herod, violently murdering Saint Jacques who represents the Jewish people. Jacques is French for James which is Jacob in Hebrew. Jacob, considered a patriarch, was the father of the twelve tribes of Israel.

Prologue

A group of six Schutzstaffel, SS German Nazis met in secret toward the end of World War II. It was the first week of May 1945 and they had gathered in their favorite location, a member’s home, in a downstairs hidden room, with access through a false wall built into the water closet next to the boiler.

The light was dim and yellowed and the chairs smelled musty. Several cases of German cognac that had been stashed there by German troops was available to fortify and bolster their courage and assuage the boredom while they waited for instructions.

Higher level SS operatives had organized these groups of four to six SS per cell. They called the overall group Odessa, the Organization of Former SS Members and it was secretly founded the year before as it became clear that Germany was losing the war.

The immense amount of stolen wealth from the Jews would finance their plan for the continuation of post-war mischief related to the annihilation of remaining Jews. With these monetary resources and technical and military Nazi experts they and the other groups organized and awaited their orders.

What this group finally received by messenger that night came in a worn grey leather pouch, and inside was a folder, the label handwritten with purple ink: The Masada Faktor. This group did not include technical experts, their value however, was in their dedication to the cause. They felt relief but trepidation as they opened the envelope which contained six sets of duplicate secret orders.

Their meetings so far had included speculation as to what their orders would be but they knew whatever it was, it would include the continuation of the destruction of the Jews worldwide. Their mission would be to strictly follow those orders.

They also drank freely. Sometimes Bruno would bring drugs that they would share.

“Tonight I have a special treat,” Bruno rasped.

The five others included Wilhelm, Erich, Gustav, Joachim, and Oskar. “I told you no more drugs,” Gustav growled, and pushed Bruno off his chair.

“Stop this immediately,” Oskar piped in with his bizarre high pitched voice. “From this moment on we will not use any more pharmaceuticals, only alcohol will be allowed.”

Oskar slapped first Bruno and then Gustav across the face as Wilhelm, Joachim, and Erich watched wide-eyed, nodding with a mixture of fear and disgust.

Silence ensued as they sat and read the plans for the operation. The Masada Faktor was a strategy that sought to tie a new fiasco against the Jews to an important historical event in Jewish history that was an obsession of Hitler’s.

Hitler had studied King Herod in depth and in his grandiose fanaticism he identified with Herod. This was obvious in the preface to the instructions. Hitler knew that seventy or so years after Herod’s death, Masada, which was Herod’s most ambitious fortress project in Israel, was where a three year siege by Romans ended in a mass suicide of Jews who would not be taken alive. And so Hitler used the seventy year mark of his death to plan a parallel siege in Israel.

Herod had been the ruthless King of Israel, a sexual pervert and psychopath who was appointed by the Roman Senate. His most ambitious project was building Masada between 37 BCE and 31 BCE with thousands of Jewish slave laborers moving gigantic limestone blocks weighing over ten tons. Hitler modeled policies of slave labor, murdering all opposition, and complete authoritarianism with King Herod in mind.

The Masada Faktor predicated the use of Nazis and their collaborators. They would train their children and their children’s children in the plan. This became a highly argued subject as to how the offspring would be recruited into this conspiracy.

Because the orchestration would take a long time they accepted that they would all be dead long before the event unraveled. Luckily they had unlimited monetary funds from liquidated Jewish property, which they could use to bribe their progeny, in case their dedication to Naziism weakened with time.

They were nervous at this meeting. The news of Hitler’s death had been reported as suicide by gunshot and possible simultaneous ingestion of cyanide on 30 April 1945. His wife Eva Braun killed herself by swallowing cyanide. They all agreed that it was now up to them to continue the effort. Instinctively knew they had no choice.

The news that master propagandist Joseph Goebbels had killed all six of his children with lethal injections and planned out the fatal shooting of himself and his wife had shook this group of six faithful Nazis.

“We must vow that our children will have a different fate, a glorious fate, and should continue their mission to destroy the Jews wherever they live.” Oskar was the appointed leader of this group. “I want you all to stand and Sieg Heil to swear your allegiance!” They quickly jumped to their feet and in unison avowed commitment.

Despite the audacity and delusional proportions of this diabolical plan, they were convinced of it. No doubt fed by cognac and hatred, they were to enlist the other mortal enemy of the Jews, the Arabs.

Hitler had financially supported The Muslim Brotherhood and had enlisted Arabs in large numbers for the infamous all-Muslim Hanzer battalion divisions for the German military in the war. They had proven their skills in massacres and atrocities. These Germans knew that any future goal of The Muslim Brotherhood would include making the Middle East Judenrein, free of Jews.

They were given all the names and connections they needed, including propaganda wizards and were told that Hitler’s autobiographical manifesto Mein Kampf had been translated into Arabic to fuel the allegiance of the Arabs.

The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem had given his anti-Semitic propaganda skills in support to Hitler and was being housed and protected by the Fuerher himself, in a luxurious Jewish home that had been confiscated in Berlin.

The idea that the Jews could have sovereignty over their ancient homeland made it unquestionable that Zionism would continue to draw Jews to colonize Palestine. The Jews would multiply in that land and would be an easy target, vulnerable to their nefarious plot.

They had a small but faithful following within the German Tempelgesellschaft, Templar society in Palestine and could count on them for support. The Templars had established seven settlements in the Holy Land, with the biggest group in Haifa.

The men were pleased with the Fuerher’s choice. They vowed to abide by Hitler’s last written statement, known as My Political Testament and continue his work.

They were ready to flee utilizing the ratlines that were already set up as escape routes to South America, the Middle East, United States of America, Canada, and other countries in Europe.

In order to do this, they were to be assisted in their escape from Allied Forces by Catholic priests who had pledged to provide false papers and passports in an underground network through Switzerland and then Italy.

And they knew they could escape to Arab lands, convert to Islam, marry and have children while enlisting and fraternizing with those who felt the same hatred for the Jews. They had the option to join the Arab militaries, do their part with propaganda, and change to Arab names which would complete their assimilation.

Not many Nazis were left to stand trial at Nuremberg. They were going to be welcomed to Egypt, Syria, Turkey, and Jordan, all known to be havens for European Nazis, where anti-Jewish propaganda was in force thanks to the Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Al-Husseini.

Each packet of instructions included Hitler’s last statement:

My Political Testament by Adolph Hitler

More than thirty years have passed since I contributed my modest strength in 1914 as a volunteer in the First World War, which was forced upon the Reich.
                            
In these three decades only love and loyalty to my people have guided me in my thinking, my actions and my life. They gave me the strength to make the difficult decisions, such as have never before confronted mortal man. I have used up my time, my working strength and my health in these three decades.

It is untrue that I or anybody else in Germany wanted war in 1939....

But nor have I left any doubt that if the nations of Europe are once more to be treated only as collections of stocks and shares of these international conspirators in money and finance, then those who carry the real guilt for the murderous struggle, this people will also be held responsible: the Jews!

I have further left no one in doubt that this time it will not be only millions of children of Europeans of the Aryan peoples who will starve to death, not only millions of grown men who will suffer death, and not only hundreds of thousands of women and children who will be burned and bombed to death in the cities, without those who are really responsible also having to atone for their crime, even if by more humane means....

But before everything else I call upon the leadership of the nation and those who follow it to observe the racial laws most carefully, to fight mercilessly against the poisoners of all the peoples of the world, international Jewry.

Set down in Berlin, April 29, 1945, 4.00 o’clock.

Witnesses:
Dr. Joseph Goebbels
Wilhelm Burgdorf
Martin Bormann
Hans Krebs

Introduction

I thought back to Mother’s last day. She was whispering into my ear as I laid next to her knowing this was the end of her life. Urging her to conserve her strength was unproductive.

25 August 2017

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12 August 2017

Updates to WANTED NIGERIAN WAR CRIMINALS LIST #BiafraExit #BiafraReferendum

Last year on September 7, 2016 , I published a list of Biafra's Most Wanted Nigerian War Criminals. I did this in response to Nigeria posting a list of Wanted Biafrans while the leader of the IPOB (Indigenous People of Biafra,) Nnamdi Kanu was still being held in Kuje Prison in Abuja, Nigeria. My list is not completely inclusive of the current genocidal terrorist butchers at large. Many that have made the Biafrans' life hell since the amalgamation of Nigeria in 1914 by Lord Lugard, British colonialist are thankfully dead. But new ones arise from the pits of Hell daily.

I had the names of twenty of those that IPOB considers MOST wanted for their war crimes. I had help from Biafra Intelligence and other well informed Biafrans that shall remain anonymous for their own safety.

Today I will add six more wanted Nigerian war criminals which brings my total to twenty-six. Today I had help from one of my sources. I will begin with the new additions:

PRESIDENT OF OHANEZE NDIGBO: CHIEF JOHN NWAODO
This guy is actually an Igbo but is a perfidious turncoat to his Biafran people. Nwaodo is against self-determination for Biafra and preaches restructuring Nigeria. His level of betrayal is especially despicable as he is of the same tribe as many other Biafrans. His group, the Ohaneze are considered "The Elders." In my opinion, since many Ohaneze witnessed the pogroms, genocide, and starvation of millions of people (reported between 2.5 million to 6 million) during the Civil War of 1966-1970, they are the worst. They are kapos. According to an article in the Biafra Herald, the Ohaneze are political prostitutes.

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John Nwamdo

POLICE COMMISSIONER OF ANAMBRA STATE MR GARBA UMAR
Appointed as a new police commissioner of Anambra, which was the scene of the very recent massacre at St. Phillips Biafran Catholic Church in Ozubulu, Anambra, where worshippers were gunned down and scores killed at a 6:30 A.M. service. IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu attributes the massacre to the Ohaneze. Police Commissioner Garva Umar ruled out terrorism. In May 29 and 30, 2016 unarmed, peaceful Biafran protesters were killed by Nigerian police.


Anambra CP, Garba Umar
Garba Umar
PRESIDENT OF AREWA YOUTHS YERRIMA SHITTIMA
A group called the Arewa Youths (Hausa Muslims) and led by Yerrima Shittima issued an ultimatum, known as The Quit Notice to all Biafrans residing in Northern Nigeria. Much chaos has been caused by this demand promising retaliation if all Biafrans do not vacate the Northern Region. They gave a three month notice and October 1, 2017 is the day to "Quit the region."
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Yerrima Shattima


FORMER ABIA STATE GOVERNOR ORJI UZOR KALU

Orjo Uzor Kalu

EBONYI STATE GOVERNOR DAVE UMAHI
The Governor of Ebonyi State is angry that Indigenous People of Biafra say that he is committing crimes against humanity. Not only have the Biafran traders had their goods destroyed in the marketplace, Biafrans believe there is a plot to arrest all IPOB principal officers by Umahi. Umahi is also reported to be ready to ban social media in Ebonyi State. among other nefarious schemes.

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Dave Umahi
FORMER LAGOS STATE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE ABUBABAK TSAV
Composer of an anti-Igbo song calling for a genocide of all of Biafra, Tsav is said to be instigating an all out war in entire Nigeria. Tsav puts all blame on Nnamdi Kanu. 

Stay tuned for new additions.

10 August 2017

Exclusive! Conversations With Naomi: Adam Gordon, English As A Second Language Teacher #TheRaiseAct #ESL

Adam Gordon, BA, MA
ESL Teacher


I have known Adam Gordon online for many years and continue to appreciate his presence and support on Twitter. His profession as a teacher of English as a Second language has interested me. The Raise Act  (Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment, the bill introduced earlier this year by Sens. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and David Perdue, R-Ga.) was publicly backed last week by President Donald Trump 

Naomi: AdamWelcome to Conversations With Naomi. Thanks for lending your expertise. I want to get a true perspective on immigrants learning English. The Raise Act might be a negative for immigrants wanting to come to America that do not speak English. It brings the humanitarian versus economic issues of immigration to the forefront. I believe your opinion and experience is crucial to discussion of this topic.  First, I have questions about your background as it applies here. Your views as an expert on immigrants learning English is crucial. Please tell our readers what led you to pursue your profession as an English as a Second Language teacher?

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Adam: I got my BA in history. At first, I wanted to be a history teacher. Before I got my MA, I wanted to spend some time traveling. I applied to the Peace Corps and I also applied to a job teaching English in Japan. I decided on the job in Japan. A one year contract turned into three years in Japan and one year in South Korea. I enjoyed that experience a lot. When I returned to Texas, I decided that English as a Second Language was the field I wanted to teach.

Naomi: How did teaching English in Japan and South Korea impact you? What did you enjoy the most?

Adam: I enjoyed seeing new places and meeting new people. People who actually live in a country get to have a view that short term tourists don’t get. I gained a better world view by living in these countries and making friends from many countries. People who live in a new country have to learn to be adaptable. It impacted me because I know what my students go through when they try to learn a new language in the United States. I also understand what it means to move to a new country alone.

07 August 2017

The Vortex

Shalom! I have not been back to Israel in over a year. What happened? Oh, the Vortex. The Vortex is a private joke between me and a good friend. It's about what happens when you say, I'm leaving the Holy Land for just a little while to go back to the old country to earn some money. And the next thing you know, a year has gone by. Sucked in by the Vortex.

Naomi Litvin, self portrait 
Many of you know that I returned to the USA during the Gaza War and then returned two times to try again to get settled. What was actually more harrowing for me than the war, was my attempt to get settled: four moves, four cities, three roommates. I have been both excoriated and congratulated for leaving Israel. No, I did not 'give up' but do admit that settling in Israel by myself is harder that I could have imagined.

And much to my chagrin, I had fallen in love with Tel Aviv, the most expensive city in Israel to live in.

A side note: I was happy to read that the Knesset voted to allow Olim (those of us who have immigrated to Israel, made Aliyah, to receive Israeli Passports immediately. When I made Aliyah in March of 2014 the rule was that I'd get a temporary passport after five months. That I did but it has already expired. So now when I go home, I will get my full passport. Hooray!

Funny thing about me... many would describe me as a secular Jew. I tweet and carry a purse on Shabbat, and even eat treif (Yiddish for un-kosher) if I feel like it. But where that rebellion ends is in how I feel about appeasing the Reform Jews in Orthodox settings. Lets all face it. The Kotel is Sacred Orthodox Ground. Just because you attend a synagogue which you call a temple, and may listen to an organ at services and have women on the bimah, don't think that I agree with you. You are starting a new religion. That's ok, enjoy. Build your temples! But leave our holy spots holy! And boycotting Israel because you can't have your way?

You see, I grew up in a dichotomous atmosphere as an American Jew. My Russian-American Zeide was the Mechitzah Warrior of Mount Clemens, Michigan who fought the Reform that wanted mixed seating of men and women and sought to change our synagogue. He was Baruch Litvin and he took it all the way to the Supreme Court of Michigan and won. The majority did not have the right to change a synagogue from Orthodox to Reform if there were those that wanted to keep it Orthodox. The founders made our little shul Orthodox and as long as the elders were alive it would stay that way.

We need to keep our traditions and honor the Orthodox even if they are in the minority. Israel does not need to be watered down.


21 June 2017

A Holocaust is a Holocaust is a Holocaust: Laura's Story from Biafra War Memories



The story below is so similar to my mother's and her family's in the
Holocaust in Europe. At the end Laura tries to discourage Biafra from trying for their independence from Nigeria again. It is unimaginable for her that it will happen again. The killings, the starvation, the Death Marches, rape, pillage... more than we can imagine although all of that visits us in our nightmares from our parents' stories. My mother used to say, "If there is a G-d in heaven, WHY?" The reason Biafra must try again is because the genocidal butchers are bottomless in their thirst for blood; they will revisit you whether you agitate or not. Eventually they will come for you. You must go. And if they don't want you to? Then the horror will visit them, and their families.





"My father…they butchered him"
"My name is Laura Nwando Onwualu.  I was born 1954 in northern Nigeria, Plateau State, Kura Falls"
I don’t remember much about the Nigerian Biafran War but I remember then I was in primary 6, 1967 or 66. Yes, 66 -67 No, then, there was a time – they started teaching us a song, you know, it says it is going to be our new anthem for our new country, Biafra. So we were learning the song. What we are going to do with it we don’t know but then we started noticing people in the north – because then I was staying with my grandmother in Onitsha [in the Southeast] – we started noticing our family members in the North coming home [to the Southeast] you know. We don’t know they came back telling us stories of killing in the North about how they will come to the house. The Hausas will come to the houses, kill them you know especially the men and my father came home with my mother because they were in the North. My family came home. Though my father wasn’t killed. He was on leave [from work]. He came home and they were telling me stories. One afternoon my mother was in the market. We were home and people started running and I was very young then. I didn’t know why they were running. They said the Hausas have crossed the bridge and that they are coming into Onitsha.
We were hearing gun shots and bomb blasts and all that so I gathered my brothers and started running with the neighbors. We didn’t know where we were going. We left the house and we were just trekking and people were falling and people were crying you know because they couldn’t see their loved ones. My mother came home looking for us you know. Eventually she found us. Then my father had gone back to the North because after his leave he had to go back and we didn’t see him again so.
“We were hearing gun shots and bomb blasts”
Yes, after his leave, he decided to go back because then he was working with the white men. He was persuaded not to go back because of the killings [there in the North] but he said no. He just wants to get there, take permission from his work place and come back [to join us in the Southeast in Onitsha] so he left one morning and then we never see him again and that was it. So eventually somebody came to tell us that he was killed. He was killed actually with some people that, they were to board the train, that was September 29, 1966, they were to board the train coming back to the Southeast from Jos, Bukuru precisely. They were waiting for the train at the station that night to come to the Southeast so these Hausas, they came and killed all of them there. That was how we never saw him, my father, again till date.

07 June 2017

Judith Bergman: Why Don't All Black Lives Matter?


My friend, Judith Bergman, a writer, columnist, lawyer and political analyst



Why Don’t All Black Lives Matter?

Western social justice warriors couldn't care less about Biafra


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A man points at a Biafran flag painted on a wall on Old Market road in Onitsha on May 30, 2017, during a shutdown in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Nigerian civil war. Stefan Heunis/AFP/Getty Image
Fifty years ago, on May 30, 1967, Biafrans seceded from Nigeria, and declared their own state. The Nigerian government refused to accept the secession and responded by launching a war on Biafra in July 1967. The assault included a blockade of the nascent state, and resulted in the genocide of more than two million Biafrans, many of whom were children who starved to death because of the blockade. After three years of war, the nascent state of Biafra ceased to exist. 
Biafrans are an indigenous African people, who are ethnically predominantly Igbo. The territories that constitute present-day Nigeria became a British colony in 1914, merging a number of different indigenous African peoples in the artificial construct of Nigeria, among them the Biafrans. In 1960, Nigeria became independent, retaining the artificial shape left over from British colonization. 
Most likely, you will have heard nothing about this Biafran anniversary, nor about the peaceful efforts of Biafrans today to bring about an independent Biafra and the Nigerian government’s brutal suppression of those efforts. The media is not covering it, universities and think tanks are not hosting conferences about it, the United Nations Human Rights Council is not passing resolutions about it, and human rights activists and social justice warriors are not marching in the streets for Biafra. The world community is universally and shamefully silent on the plight of the Biafrans. 

#Free Read Here: TheMasadaFaktor Prologue #Novel #MediterranianNoir

The Masada Faktor©  A Mediterranean Noir by     Naomi Litvin The Cover Image The cover image is a stained glass masterpiec...