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Sunday, January 12, 2014

January 2014 Bits and Bites

This past Friday the "Toronto Star" published a story about the discovery of Klan documents dating to the 1920s that were found in an old barn. The journalist who wrote the story had contacted us before publication and we provided some information concerning the history of the movement, though we're sure he likely already had that covered. That said, the story reminded us that we had something to contribute as well. One of our friends had found an Ontario Klan handbook dating to 1927 (the dying days of the Ontario Klan as it turned out) at a used book store. He sent us some scanned shots of the publication, though unfortunately the images turned out to be really too small to read. Here are a few pages of the publication:

A story published on the same day in the "Toronto Sun" provided details in a family feud over the estate of former Canadian Nazi leader Martin Weiche:

Ont. Nazi's Hitler-inspired house at centre of family feud

Jane Sims, QMI Agency
Friday, January 10, 2014, 12:00 AM

LONDON, Ont. -- The stately home guarded by two Third Reich-style eagle statues was once the sanctuary for Canada's most radical and reviled Nazi.

It's a place where a giant swastika was cut into the lawn out back, a place where Ku Klux Klansmen were allowed to burn their crosses.

Inside, lived a man who not only modelled the spread after Adolf Hitler's Bavarian mountain home, but who also fought for Germany and spouted some of the Nazi regime's most disturbing beliefs after finding new life in Canada following the Second World War.

"I am a Nazi, I am not a lunatic," the late Martin Weiche once told a divorce judge.

Now, Weiche's sprawling property west of the city is in the middle of another controversy -- a nasty family squabble, being played out in court, over his estate.

His widow, Jeannet, lives in the house the old Nazi designed and called "The Berghof" after Hitler's own home in the Alps.

More than two years after he died of kidney failure at age 90, two of his sons, Jacob and Alan, are suing their father's estate and Jeannet for control of the 474-sqare-metre house and its five hectares of land.

Two weeks after their father died in 2011, they discovered the property -- their father's only asset -- had been left in his widow's care.

All his furniture and personal things were left to her -- except those in the living/dining area, styled after a room in Hitler's retreat, and a portrait of the genocidal dictator himself.

Those, were decreed to stay permanently with the property.

The sons, two of Weiche's nine children, claim their late father and stepmother committed a fraud by transferring ownership of the property from the family's Weiche Estates Inc. to a company they didn't know about and which was left under Jeannet's control.

They also say they didn't know their father dissolved the original family company in 2009.

At stake is the property the sons say is worth $1.2 million that should be developed as their father said he wanted in the 1980s.

The brothers want the court to declare the 2004 property transfer was "fraudulent." In their statement of claim, they're seeking an injunction to stop the defendants from doing anything with the property and want a court declaration that Berhof Estate Inc. holds the title in trust for the family.

The case is still before the courts, and none of the allegations has been proven.

Jeannet, Weiche's fourth spouse and partner since 1991, in court documents has denied all the allegations.

She maintains the property is worth about $477,000. She claims it was her husband's wish to cut out his kids and leave her to manage his beloved estate.

"I completely and utterly reject any allegation that Martin or I have participated in or perpetrated or knew of any fraud," she wrote in her affidavit filed in court.

"What Jacob and Alan Weiche are attempting to do is to participate in or benefit from the property accumulated and maintained by their father, Martin Weiche, when it was Martin Weiche's desire that they not benefit or participate in the estate."

The squabble over the deceased Nazi's possessions comes as no surprise to lawyer and commentator Warren Kinsella, a QMI Agency columnist who's written books about Canada's far right.

He said Nazis "are telling a lie about history about the Holocaust and about race and about Jews and gays and people that they hate.

"They tell lies about all of it, so it shouldn't come as a surprise to anybody that they get convoluted and dishonest about the disposition of their personal affairs," he said.

Kinsella, who's written about Weiche, said the London Nazi was seen as "the bankroller of the far right in Ontario."

The paranoia and distrust in the Nazi movement often extends to their inner circle.

"Basically, they try to continue their hateful life in death," Kinsella said.

Jeannet Weiche and her lawyer declined to speak to QMI Agency.

Alan Weiche was contacted. "Everything is in the court right now, so there should be no comment at this time," he said.

Jacob Weiche, and the lawyer for the two brothers, couldn't be reached for comment.
Twitter: @JaneatLFPress

Weiche had a been a figure of some significance in the racist movement, though that influence declined as he aged. He had at one time been a relatively frequent character in the media; some of those appearances more humerous than others

And finally, this would not be a Bits and Bites segment without the presence of Paulie. Here he continues to show his real colors:

By the way, "Akhilleus Ontarion" (aka: "Odin TheCelt" aka: "Yordi Jewkiller" aka: "David Lawson"), we're close to figuring out who you are.... buddy.

In other Paulie news, he posted a message crowing about the charges being stayed against Badrock who, along with McKee and Miller, had been arrested for assault. One of his friends suggested that Badrock might still bare some responsibility for the encounter, resulting in McKee's response:

Given Paulie's own homophobia and transphobia, perhaps we shouldn't be surprised McKee felt it was okay to make this comment:

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