Götz Kubitschek is one of the leaders of LEGIDA, the Leipzig offshoot of PEGIDA (Patriotische Europäer Gegen die Islamisierung des Abendlandes, Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West). Rembrandt Clancy has translated a speech Mr. Kubitschek gave last week in Dresden, as a guest of PEGIDA at the group’s first rally after its recent reorganization. The translator includes an introduction, a subtitled video of the speech, and an important afterword.
Götz Kubitschek’s Speech in Dresden
“We want no new man. We know that every search after a new man is a reckless experiment. We know that these experiments always have devastating effects.”
9 February 2015,
PEGIDA Demonstration in Dresden
Introduction by Rembrandt Clancy
Below is the video and English transcript of the speech given by Götz Kubitschek on Monday, 9 February 2015 at the 14th PEGIDA rally in Dresden. For background on the speaker, please consult the section “About the Speaker” in the article “Our Population Must Not be Replaced” at Gates of Vienna.
The demonstration occurred after a one-week hiatus during which internecine strife plagued the leadership. Lutz Bachmann opened the rally in Neumarkt square near the Lutheran Frauenkirche (Church of our Lady) which apparently turned off its lights for the occasion. There was no walk (Spaziergang).
MOPO24, which ran a Liveticker of the demonstration, provided a brief statement about the reason for the interruption in the demonstrations. Kathrin Oertel, Rene Jahn and four other members of the team’s leadership left PEGIDA after a dispute about the role of Lutz Bachmann, the founder of the movement. On their own initiative, they started an organisation called “Direct Democracy for Europe”. The apparent cause of the disagreement was the emergence of compromising facebook remarks Herr Bachmann made about immigrants in September of 2014, before the start of the PEGIDA movement. A three year-old post of himself in the likeness of Adolf Hitler also emerged. Mr. Bachmann stepped down from the organisation’s leadership over the incidents, but the actual split occurred when he insisted on remaining with the organisational team. Please consult the Afterword for a translation of the screenshots of the aforementioned controversial facebook conversation followed by Mr. Bachmann’s brief explanation of the events during his opening remarks to last Monday’s PEGIDA rally in Dresden.
At Sezession im Netz, Götz Kubitschek writes the following in an introduction to the German transcript of his speech:
Yesterday evening 4,000 PEGIDA supporters presented themselves before the blacked-out Frauenkirche [Our Lady’s Church] in order to applaud Lutz Bachmann’s return to the leadership of the protest movement. The rally proceeded in a completely peaceful manner. In Leipzig on the other hand, it came to hunting scenes for alleged demonstrators: There the city had forbidden the LEGIDA-walk [LEGIDA-Spaziergang]. Antifa-thugs purged the city of possible spontaneous demonstrators. In Dresden I was able to speak, and at the beginning of my speech I went into the conditions prevailing in LEIPZIG.
Since Götz Kubitschek wrote these words it has come to light that the state of Saxony spent €105,496,68 to support the counter-demonstrators through a programme called “For Dresden, for Saxony — Openness to the World, Humanity and Dialogue with One Another” (Gates of Vienna reported).
In Leipzig, Chief Burgomaster Burkhard Jung (SPD, Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands, Social Democratic Party of Germany) ordered the LEGIDA demonstration to be cancelled for Monday 9 February on the grounds of a public emergency, meaning that there were insufficient police available for security (blu-News 8 February 2015).
In addressing the socialist (SPD) source of the recent totalitarian actions in the city of Leipzig, Michael Mannheimer writes, in so many words, that the Communist and Nazi parties of the twentieth century were hostile brothers, in that in Germany, they shared the same party roots with the SPD, and also the same spirit. With his observation, that Nazism and Communism in particular are socialist-collectivist children of a common spirit, and that they share that spirit with the socialism of today (marked by gender mainstreaming, removal of borders, globalised man), Michael Mannheimer anticipates the warning Götz Kubitschek derives from the recent history; namely, that if the latest mutation of the socialist new man is not overcome, another colossal bloodletting can be expected. Michael Mannheimer’s brief analysis of socialism’s history in Germany, also within the context of the events in Leipzig, provides a timely background to Götz Kubitschek’s remarks in Dresden on the new man:
No. The recent prohibition of the Legida demonstration does not represent the capitulation of the constitutional state, as the federal chairman of the German Police Union (DpolG), Rainer Wendt, said by way of criticism. The Legida prohibition is a putsch against the Constitution by the SPD, on whose behalf Chief Burgomaster Burkhard Jung (SPD) is acting. It is the SPD which has emerged as the fiercest and most militant critic of Pegida/Legida demonstrations. And it is the SPD which drives the Islamisation of Germany forward by their flooding the country with countless millions of refugees. And it is likewise the SPD, with their powerful media holding — making them the largest media empire of Europe, and reputedly in the world — who have criminalised and indeed have even Nazified the Pegida movement through their various newspapers, magazines and their influence in the diverse radio and television channels. By means of their media power Germans of all social strata, who become involved with Pegida/Legida, are branded as Nazis and anti-democrats. A dreadful process which brings to mind that it was likewise the SPD, who in their aggregate condition — (it is to be recalled that the SED [Socialist Unity Party of the GDR] was an amalgamation of a majority SPD with a minority KPD [Communist Party of Germany]) — terrorised and oppressed their citizens in the former GDR for years. And also in 1989, they criminalised the Monday demonstrations of the time and declared their participants to be “agents of the CIA”, “counter-revolutionaries” or “enemies of the GDR”. They are doing nothing differently today, and are revealing all over again their totalitarian spirit, out of which emerged, during the Empire of the Kaiser and in the Weimar Republic, radical Stalinist parties like the KPD [Communist Party of Germany] or the radical national socialist parties like the NSDAP [National Socialist German Workers Party]. Both of the named parties were spinoffs of the SPD, a well-kept secret of a party which, while presenting itself as democratic, has no problem demonstrating solidarity with the antifa, a clearly criminal and terrorist organisation of the Left: likewise a well-kept secret, the disclosure of which is circumvented and given a wide berth in the left-wing press. [8 February 2015. Translator’s emphasis]
Speech in Dresden by Götz Kubitschek
LEGIDA, 9 February 2015
Good Evening Dresden!
I am happy to be able to speak here today. For the Leipzig LEGIDA I was able to take the microphone on two occasions; and I must say the background conditions there are a little bit — special: I have been present here in Dresden five times as an ordinary walker. My wife was with me, and also some of my children. It was peaceful. It was a civic and serious protest about the accumulation of problems in our country and about our justifiable concern for the future.
The little bit of counter-demonstrating, the little bit of brawling on the part of the Left: that is something like traffic noise on a busy street — it is irksome, it belongs somehow to the city, and one gets used to it.
In Leipzig it is different: one cannot become accustomed to this leftist hatred of their own people, this hatred for one’s own country, this hatred for one’s own ancestors, one’s own culture and one’s own skin. The route to the demonstration is a gauntlet, and the way home is likewise a gauntlet. Policemen and LEGIDA participants are attacked and injured, railway equipment is damaged, containers burn, shop windows are devitrified and automobiles are demolished. “No more Germany” resounds from every street.
It is not the immigrants who stand there and rage — they are our own countrymen. So much self-hatred! So much intemperate contempt for one’s own people! — So that is how it is with the background environment in Leipzig; and we all know that the politics represented by the Chief Burgomaster Burkhard Jung, have now changed these contextual conditions in an amazingly brazen manner:
LEGIDA must not walk today! LEGIDA must not even hold a stationary rally today! No: the leftist goon squads have cudgelled into force the state of emergency. The state is no longer willing or is not in the position to enforce the right to demonstrate in Leipzig.
The politicians have accordingly surrendered to the radical leftist street terrorism. Fortunately, there are voices official enough, who hold this buckling before the mob to be a serious mistake. The coming days will show whether the state is willing to defend its monopoly on violence or whether it will relinquish it.
But what I have found missing over the weeks is a clear statement against those who stand behind the leftist mob. Many continue to regard this leftist violence as something morally legitimate; as a fight, necessary and good, to be waged against something or another which is evil in us Germans. These more or less silent supporters of the radical left-wing thugs gather together in churches or in vigils, sit in editorial offices and parliaments. They distort the facts; they distort what everyone can see for himself, who has been present even once at a LEGIDA or PEGIDA walk.
Today I wish to make unambiguously clear exactly what is obvious: for the protection of our walks in Dresden or Leipzig, two dozen traffic police would be sufficient! For there is no violence stemming from us. From the very outset that was PEGIDA’s commitment; and from the outset, that has been the commitment of LEGIDA.
That we presently require, however, 1,000 to 2,000 or even more police on the streets, is due solely to leftist violence. The police must assemble with combined forces for our protection. The police are standing here with their backs to us, because they know that we will not fall upon them from behind. The police must face toward those who hate us. Every film report shows that, as does every photograph.
It is no particular consolation to any of us here, that we recognise the moderating power of living: almost all of those bawling and swearing people who stand in opposition to us will in ten years time be leading a fairly normal life, even a rather middle-class life.
Why is that no consolation for us? It is no consolation, because these people will bring a particular ideology into their profession and into our society. In essence it is this ideology which PEGIDA and LEGIDA and all the other protesting cites have been opposing in the streets for months. This ideology says: “We do not like man as we know him. We want a new man.”
When we think carefully about why we are standing on the Neumarkt square today, then many specific points come to mind. One can summarise these specific points in one sharp contrast to the leftist ideology of the new man. We oppose the following principle to it:
“We want no new man.” We know that every search after a new man is a reckless experiment. We know that these experiments always have devastating effects.
I do not have to cite the great catastrophes here: the communist, socialist and the National Socialist experiments on a new man. All of these experiments ended cataclysmically; one and all they ended in bloodbaths and bone-mills; and which city knows that better than the devastated city of Dresden?
Suffice it for today to enumerate the present-day catastrophes:
|1.||The ideology of our times will not recognise that there is any longer a difference between man and woman. That means there are not just two genders, but fifteen or twenty. What kind of a sordid experiment is that; what kind of an expensive phantasm? Is that what we want?
|2.||The ideology of our time considers education and training superfluous. Education is oppression, training is torture. Where is that supposed to lead? It leads to the superficiality of entire generations of students, it leads to a complete ignorance about history and about the identity of our homeland. Is that what we want?
|3.||The ideology of our time is besotted with the enrichment of Germany [hat an der Bereicherung Deutschlands einen Narren gefressen] through unbridled mass immigration: every new arrival is a potential skilled worker, every immigrant makes our grey, gloomy country more multi-coloured [Bunt] and merrier. What a dreadful mistake!
Bautzen, Hamelin, Lüneburg — those are only three place names from recent weeks. There, the merry experiment has veered into a nightmare for Germans, and the examples from recent years number in the hundreds. Is that what we want?
|4.||The ideology of our time — and this is the last example — is being concocted and implemented by a political class which is miles from the everyday reality of citizens.
We have every right not to see ourselves represented any longer by people who have never in their lives pursued anything other than the rather dirty business of party politics: haggling over positions, defaming opponents, and thinking in terms of election periods. Is that what we want?
No, we do not want any of that. An orientation toward people’s welfare and the welfare of the state looks different! A good policy does not experiment. A good policy must not overextend us. A good policy must keep the slow change of our country under control. The great experiment of the new globalised man, without a homeland and replaceable at any time, has escaped the control of our politicians.
Open borders, the burden of European debt, foreign infiltration: our politicians no longer have control of our country. At the very least we demand the following: an end to this frantic re-structuring, an end to this frantic acceleration into hopelessness, an end to this experiment in which we serve as the guinea pigs.
All of us need time to recover from the new man. We need time to tidy up in this lunatic asylum. We need time to come to ourselves. For our people have almost forgotten their own. This contempt for our own people must come to an end. We must pin our colours to the mast. All of us here are prepared to give our best, as the same, good-old-German man!
We are prepared to defend our own people!
Afterword by Rembrandt Clancy
On 19 September 2014 Lutz Bachmann took part in a verbal exchange on facebook with a woman whose identity remains anonymous. In the course of the argument, which was about a refugee camp, he characterised the “refugees” as “trash”, “scum bags” and “cattle” [Gelumpe, Dreckspack and Viehzeug].
What follows is a full translation of the screen shots of the conversation posted by FreiePresse 20 January 2014. Presumably it was Lutz Bachmann’s anonymous female interlocutor who caused the screenshots to surface.
19 September 2014 at 08:01
Lutz Bachmann ah, and you believe the press when they feign pity for the trash [Gelumpe]? You should talk with people who see it every day because they work at the social welfare office and see how these scum bags [Dreckspack] behave, what demands they make and what happens when they don’t get everything! Instead of 2 security people the social welfare has 7! In order to protect the employees from the cattle [Viehzeug]. AND NO, THERE ARE NO GENUINE WAR REFUGEES! Whoever can manage the crossing/transport to Europe VERIFIABLY does not belong to those who are threatened! Wake up please and stop spreading and believing in the propaganda of the standardised media! Good God!
19 September 2014 at 08:03
[Woman’s identification removed] Woman:…they do not receive anything from the social welfare, they receive food stamps from the Asylum Application Office. They have to report there once a week in the company of a security person so that they cannot take off etc, and I have seen how it is there. As I said, my mother’s live-in works there with the security personnel.
19 September 2014 at 08:07
Lutz Bachmann Right, then he should know what kind of cattle [Viehzeug] are actually arriving here.
19 September 2014 at 08:09
Lutz Bachman and that is a GOOD REASON why there must be guards.
19 September 2014 at 08:10
In his preliminary remarks at the Dresden PEGIDA rally, and after a critical comment about the lights of the Lutheran Frauenkirche (Our Lady’s Church) having been turned off, Lutz Bachman addressed the incident of his Hitler impersonation as well as the facebook conversation. Here is the translation:
“… I would like to comment briefly on the things that have surfaced about me. It was a three-year-old photo with a toothbrush moustache… that was one of the reasons why I had to step down; the second was that screen shots appeared, which were partly edited and abridged, in which I simply used a few words, which every one of us… EVERYONE… I am certain, has already used at the Stammtisch [table reserved for regulars in casual conversation, often at a pub]…” [Source: PEGIDA-Demo, YouTube video, @ 0:43 seconds]
Mr. Bachmann concluded his remarks with a statement saying that the investigations against him for incitement to hatred (Volksverhetzung) pursuant to an exchange which took place in a private chat session will come to nothing. He called it “absolute nonsense”.
|1.|| MOPO24 report a police estimate of “only 2,000” participants at in the PEGIDA rally in Dresden on Monday, 9 February 2015.
In a posting dated 13 February 2015, Politically Incorrect places the number at just short of 5,000. The previous demonstration of two weeks earlier, had reportedly reached 17,000 PEGIDA supporters.
|2.||hat an der Bereicherung Deutschlands einen Narren gefressen, lit., swallowed a fool for the enrichment of Germany: “to swallow a fool” is literary in origin. Depending on context, its original meaning, its strongest sense, is “to be under the compulsive influence of a vice”, or in its milder version, to take a fancy to someone, or fall for someone etc. This interesting, history-laden figure of speech comes from an allegorical carnival play by Hans Sachs (1494 — 1576), Das Narrenschneiden, The Foolectomy (1557). A surgeon operates on a man removing seven fools (Narren) from his stomach, each fool representing one of the seven deadly sins. Hence in its fullest sense the expression, “to swallow a fool”, represents a state of possession. A short summary with a few quotations from the play and an analysis may be found at German Literature (Madeleine Brook).
|3.||Bunt means coloured or multi-coloured. Unlike its English equivalent, however, layers of socio-political meaning have accrued to the adjective. It has become a standard expression in Germany for open-mindedness, or Weltoffenheit, (lit.: openness to the world, hence unlimited cosmopolitanism). It is the unofficial trademark for the new multicultural paradise, the removal of boundaries, borders and pretty much the acceptance of everything except what is German. But in the face of the reality of what appears to be, in effect, deliberate population dilution or replacement of ethnic Germans, the term has become the source of much bitter mirth and satire among Islam critics.
For links to previous articles about PEGIDA (Patriotische Europäer Gegen die Islamisierung des Abendlandes, Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West) and related movements, see the PEGIDA Archives.