It seems that every time September 11 comes around there is a flurry of 9/11 Truther activity in Germany. This past September 11 the influential left-oriented "critical" Web site NachDenkSeiten promoted a Telepolis piece by Super-Truther Mathias Bröckers (Terror und Tabu) where he stated that the WTC attacks had to have been carried out as an "inside job" ("9/11 nur als "inside job" durchführbar war"). Prominent Truthers routinely appear in magazines, or are invited by German universities to speak to packed auditoriums. To be sure, there are plenty of conspiracy theorists in the United States - indeed, most of the "theories" originated here in the aftermath of September 11, 2001. But the "9/11 Truth Movement" has for the most been been marginalized in the US and is confined to extreme right-wing groups that hardly anyone here takes seriously. In Germany, on the other hand, 9/11 Trutherism is mainstream, and is considered gospel on both the right and left. Trutherism is just a component of pervasive anti-Americanism, which- as the sociologist Andrei Markovits has written - is the flip-side of anti-Semitism.
I have started to keep a list of the Web sites that routinely publish 9/11 Truther content; the list is just a start and I welcome any suggestions to make it more complete:
The proliferation in Germany of these Web sites is upsetting to me personally. I worked for ten years on in lower Manhattan, five of them at 222 Broadway directly across from the World Trade Center. Each morning I rode the PATH Train to the underground stop at the World Trade Center, or would take the Hoboken Ferry across the Hudson and walk through the South Tower to my office. I had countless business meetings at offices in both towers, and had many breakfast meetings, luncheons and attended presentations at Windows on the World on the 107th floor of the North Tower. On September 11, 2001 75 employees of Windows on the World were killed. I knew several of the bond traders at the investment firm Cantor Fitzgerald two floors down from Windows of the World. They were killed along with every one of their colleagues. Most of the people I knew in the South Tower managed to escape - but one, a 33-year-old woman, was trapped on the 93rd floor and died a horrible death. Altogether, 2,762 people were killed that morning in the terrorist attack. Many others were severely injured; all were traumatized. Hundreds of first responders and recovery workers are suffering and dying today from exposure to the toxic environment at Ground Zero.
It angers me to no end that people like Mathias Bröckers or Daniele Ganser make a living with their books and speeches from the deaths of those victims of terror. It disturbs me that universities in Germany would invite them to speak on their campuses; it saddens me that so many people would choose to attend those presentations and applaud them.
And make no mistake: nearly all of these conspiracy theories somehow involve Jews.
Willkommen in der Welt der Verschwörungstheoretiker: Juden haben vom Einsturz des World Trade Centers finanziell profitiert. Der israelische Geheimdienst Mossad war in die Anschlagspläne eingeweiht. Neokonservative Drahtzieher in der US-Regierung haben die Sache angezettelt, um eine neue Weltordnung durchzusetzen....Die Thesen der Verschwörungstheoretiker lauten: Nicht islamistische Terroristen haben die Anschläge auf dem Gewissen, sondern die US-Regierung und ihre Helfer. Das World Trade Center etwa sei von innen gesprengt worden. Kaum überraschend, dass auch "die Juden" ins Fadenkreuz geraten. "Da werden immer wieder Zusammenhänge hergestellt", sagte Marilyn Mayo von der amerikanischen Anti-Defamation League (ADL) der Jüdischen Allgemeinen. Mayo hat die kursierenden Theorien untersucht und sagt: "Antisemitismus ist ein wichtiger Teil in diesem Puzzlespiel".So ist von Larry Silverstein die Rede, der im Sommer 2001 den Hochhaus-Komplex gepachtet und eine Versicherung abgeschlossen habe, die verdächtigerweise auch terroristische Akte einschließe. Silverstein sei Jude und habe Verbindungen nach Israel. Merkwürdig sei auch, dass vor den Anschlägen angebliche Kunststudenten aus Israel verhaftet wurden: Mossad-Spione.
At least one in ten of the 9/11 victims were believed to have been Jewish.
I urge anyone traveling to New York City to visit the 9/11 Memorial Museum; it is a moving experience and gives a sense of what the people of New York and all Americans went through that terrible day.