|"If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine"|
- Adolf Hitler, secret letter to Joseph Stalin, April 1945
Printers at several universities across Germany produced anti-Semitic leaflets on or before Hitler’s birthday this week, after hackers appeared to break into their computer systems, according to university officials.
Universities in Hamburg, Lüneburg and Tübingen confirmed that printers connected to their computer networks had suddenly started churning out the leaflets, most of them on Wednesday, the anniversary of Hitler’s birth in Braunau, Austria, in 1889.
At least six other universities in Germany reported similar episodes, according to the German news agency DPA. The leaflet produced at the University of Hamburg carried the slogan “Europe, awake!” and alluded to the mass migration that brought more than one million people, many from the Middle East, to the Continent last year. “Europe is being flooded by enemy strangers,” it read, in part.
Without naming Hitler, the leaflet referred to “the words of a former European führer” who blamed the Jews for bringing non-Europeans to the Rhineland. Christian Matheis, a spokesman for the University of Hamburg, and Karl G. Rijkhoek, a spokesman for the University of Tübingen, said their institutions had filed formal complaints with the police and the judicial authorities after learning that their computer networks appeared to have been breached.
About 190 leaflets were printed on the Tübingen campus, Mr. Rijkhoek said, but fewer than 10 were printed at the University of Lüneburg, said a spokesman, Henning Zühlsdorff.
In the United States, several colleges reported similar breaches in March, according to The Star-Ledger, a newspaper in New Jersey, which reported an episode at Princeton, and to The Washington Post, which said several universities across the country had been affected. The leaflet that was printed out in Hamburg included the Twitter hashtag #dailystormer, a term also used on a website referred to in the leaflets in the United States, Mr. Matheis said. The term is an allusion to a Nazi publication.Source
"Network printers and copiers spat out racist and antisemitic pamphlets as if controlled by the hand of a ghost [wie von Geisterhand]," said the spokesman for Tübingen University, Karl Rijkhoek, on Thursday.Source
Does anyone have a copy of the leaflets that were printed? I'd like to read it. None of the German press reports I've seen reproduce it. That would probably be a crime in Germany anyway.