The Night of the Pen Knives – The Olaf Scholz Plot Exposed as Putz, Not Putsch

By John Helmer who has been the longest continuously serving foreign correspondent in Russia, and the only western journalist to have directed his own bureau independent of single national or commercial ties. Helmer has also been a professor of political science, and advisor to government heads in Greece, the United States, and Asia. Originally published at Dances with Bears

No German currently employed by the country’s mainstream or internet media dares to disbelieve that dawn raids last Wednesday by 3,000 armed police and  troops, capturing 130 premises and arresting 25 individuals – conducted in secret in front of dozens of press photographers and reporters – was a successful strike against the German state’s internal and external enemies. The official press release by the federal prosecutor adds that another 27 individuals have been targeted but not yet captured.   “In addition, premises of non-suspects are searched,” the federal government statement said.

Even the leftwing Berlin newspaper, Junge Welt,  reported its conviction that  the operation was “reminiscent of the 1920s: A nobleman, military personnel and a judge belonging to the AfD wanted to instigate a coup with a group of Reich citizens.”

The light of Hamburg has gone blind.

No one in Germany is remembering the operation of June 29-July 1, 1934: that’s when Adolph Hitler, already chancellor but not yet fuhrer,  with Heinrich Himmler of the SS,  and Goebbels, arranged the liquidation of his critics and opponents led by Ernst Röhm, who was accused of receiving a large bribe from France to replace Hitler in a coup. Operation Hummingbird, Goebbels called it, to remove several dozen of the “politically unreliable”. The Night of the Long Knives the operation has been called ever since.

Speaking for Scholz, the German federal prosecutor’s office has announced the plotters were a terrorist organization planning to overthrow the state “through the use of military means and violence against state representatives; this also included commissioning killings.” The German Interior Minister of Scholz’s Social Democratic Party said the arrests prevented an “abyss of terrorist threat”.  The Free Democratic Party in Scholz’s ruling coalition declared: “This is not about Germany at all, it is in truth about the destruction of parliamentary democracy.” The spokesman of Die Linke, the German left opposition, said the raid was “further evidence of the worrying presence of a militant, armed and internationally networked right-wing scene in Germany.”

Reported immediately by Financial Times, the Japanese propaganda organ in London, Scholz had struck against “the threat posed to western states by far-right extremism turbocharged by radical conspiracy theories such as QAnon”.  The Washington Post uncovered experts to reassure Germans who have received Covid-19 vaccinations or who are Jewish that they are now safe from the “alleged plot to topple the German government, led by a self-styled prince, a retired paratrooper and a Berlin judge, had its roots in a murky mixture of post-war grudges, antisemitic conspiracy theories and anger over recent pandemic restrictions.”

The New York Times uncovered not only a German plot but evidence of how farsighted the New York Times itself had been in advance. “Among the items uncovered was a list containing 18 names of politicians considered enemies, possibly to be deported and executed, among them Chancellor Olaf Scholz, people familiar with the raids told The New York Times, requesting anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the investigation. This was the latest of a series of plots discovered in recent years of extremist networks preparing for a day the democratic order collapses, a day they call Day X, the subject of a New York Times podcast series last year.”

In Warsaw the Poles are laughing.

Polish officials and independent analysts in Warsaw have judged the German government operation preposterous, incompetent, unoriginal. “It reminds me of the plot in Poland in 2015,” noted Stanislas Balcerac, “where an instable academician was propped up by Polish secret service agents to prepare a false-flag plot to attack the Polish parliament – the Brunon Kwiecien affair.”     The Polish media are editorialising that the Germans who have been sharply critical of the Polish government for its attempts to lift the immunity of bad judges, are now silent while the German police have just now arrested Brigit Malsack-Winkemann, who is still a judge in Berlin. “If the Poles did the same,” according to Balcerac, “there would be an immediate international outcry.”

In Moscow, Dmitry Medvedev, the former president and currently deputy secretary of the Security Council, also laughed.

“Evidently the Germans have a shortage of black pudding”, he said on his Telegram account.  “Everywhere there’s only baloney.   And this is a good reason to add live blood to the liver sausage of the current chancellor. Scholz clearly benefits from such a switch.  He is both a cook and a diner in the meal.  Naturally, they hint at a connection with the Russians. And how else? All the malicious conspiracies, world wars, devastating earthquakes, and deadly epidemics are from us. We can be proud of this even though we have not yet succeeded.  We will continue to test the strength of Germany. Maybe it will become a monarchy again? But seriously, this is a clear sign of a hereditary disease of the entire management model in Germany.”

Thomas Röper ** is the only German journalist to have investigated the truth of the matter. In Germany he and his Anti-Spiegel blog, published in St. Petersburg, where he lives, are  considered a propagandist for Germany’s enemies.   Here’s his report.

The original report in German can be read here.  The following translation is verbatim, and has not been edited. The URL story links and references embedded in the text have been provided by Roper in his original publication. For the non-German reader brief translations or explanatory links have been added in square brackets.

Insider: Office for the Protection of the Constitution probably involved in alleged “coup attempt”

An insider has contacted Anti-Spiegel who knows information about the background of the alleged coup attempt and the people involved.

I have been contacted by an insider with whom I have been in contact for some time, who knows the people involved in the alleged “coup attempt” and their backgrounds. This is an AfD [Alternative for Germany party] insider, who, however, has had nothing to do with the party for some time.

At this point, I must note that over the years several politicians have contacted me who sit or have sat in the Bundestag or have otherwise held higher positions in their parties. These are exclusively members of the AfD and Die Linke. As a rule, I take what they tell me as background information, which I do not report on, but which helps me a lot in understanding different processes.

In this case, however, my source allowed me to report on what has been told to me  about the “coup attempt” and those involved. I therefore expressly point out that I could not verify most of what I write here, but I consider the source to be trustworthy. What I was able to verify, I have provided with sources.

The “coup attempt”

I have already written an article about the “coup attempt”, in which I came to the following conclusion: Either the version spread by the public prosecutor’s office and the media is not true, or the “putschists” are stupid.

The reason is obvious: every successful coup in history has had the leadership of the army on its side. The ultimate power in every state is the army, because it is the best armed. In the case of successful coups, therefore, the army either covered up the coup plotters by letting them do what they planned,  or it carried out the coup itself. If the army was against a coup attempt, it would suppress it violently if necessary. There is no example in history for which the simple rule “a coup cannot succeed if the army leadership is not on the side of the coup plotters” does not apply.

But since no members of the Bundeswehr leadership were arrested, the “putschists” – if the official version of the story is correct – are rather naïve Hanseln [slang, oddballs]. They might have been able to break into the Bundestag and even take a few politicians hostage, but they would have been quickly eliminated by the GSG9 [German police spetsnaz] or the KSK [Germany army special forces] if they hadn’t surrendered themselves first.

The media were informed in advance

Many German media were obviously informed in advance about the planned anti-terrorist operation against the “putschists”, because many media were present at various locations almost from the beginning of the operation and reported live from there. Their editors published articles with background information on the alleged “coup attempt” and the participants so quickly that to anyone who writes articles it was obvious these articles had been written in advance.  The media published information which was only mentioned later by the security authorities – this  also shows that the media received the information before the public announcements.***

It is unthinkable that the media will be informed before an anti-terrorist operation against what is  allegedly the largest conspiracy in history against the Federal Republic, because that would endanger the success of the operation against such allegedly  dangerous “terrorists”. In the past, the media were never on site when, for example, operations were carried out against the RAF [Red Army Faction].

All this suggests that this is a orchestrated show event intended to worry the public. Or, as Julian Reichelt put it on Twitter:

“Inconvenient truth: If almost all editorial offices in the country know in advance of a secret operation, it is not a secret operation, but a PR operation”
— Julian Reichelt (@jreichelt) 
December 7, 2022

You can think what you want of Reichelt, but as a former editor-in-chief of the Bild newspaper, he knows first-hand how the media rabbit runs.

My insider contacted me in writing about my article about the “coup attempt”, congratulated me on my article, which he said he found very accurate, and he told me that he had inside information about Heinrich XIII Prince Reuss and Birgit Malsack-Winkemann, both of whom he knew and whose motives he could assess accurately.  Then we talked on the telephone.

The insider describes Birgit Malsack-Winkemann as a “good-hearted woman who can’t hurt a fly, but who is quite chaotic and disorganized”. But first and foremost, she is simply a good-hearted person who was chosen as a scapegoat for the alleged coup. The fact that the media now portray her as a “dangerous and armed terrorist” is simply nonsense.

Birgit Malsack-Winkemann was a judge in Berlin and in the parliament term 2017-2021 she sat as a deputy for the AfD in the Bundestag. After her time in the Bundestag, she wanted to return to her position as a judge, whereupon the Berlin Senator of Justice filed an application to put her into temporary retirement. There was a court challenge which Malsack-Winkemann won on  October 13,  2022, but the judgment is not yet final. Although the state of Berlin has announced that it will appeal against the decision, anyone who reads the press release on the grounds of the judgment will realise that the appeal should have had no chance of success.

The Show Trial

It was a political show trial which was apparently intended to intimidate other AfD deputies. This is the opinion of my source; after researching the trial against Malsack-Winkelmann, I am inclined to agree with this opinion. In her lawsuit against Malsack-Winkelmann, the Berlin Senator of Justice even ignored the constitutionally protected rights of deputies of the Bundestag, as can be read in the court’s press release:

“The statements made by the respondent in the German Bundestag should be disregarded from the outset in the assessment. According to the Basic Law, members of parliament may at no time be prosecuted for a statement in the Bundestag in court or officially. This constitutional protection against persecution is maintained after the expiry of the mandate and also extends to the retirement procedure.”

Although the media portray Birgit Malsack-Winkemann as a “right-wing extremist”, the court could not find any evidence for this, because the press release continues:

“Something else applies to extra-parliamentary behaviour of a member of parliament, which raises doubts about standing up for the free democratic basic order. The respondent’s membership of the AfD alone does not allow such conclusions. In the specific case, neither the statements of the respondent on Facebook and Twitter nor the existence of photographs showing the judge with members of the so-called wing of the party were sufficient for this.”

The “guilt by association” which politicians and the media like to use when, for example, they interpret a photograph as a sin just because you were photographed there with the “wrong” people, works in the media politically to discredit someone and start a smear campaign. Legally, however, this is not tenable. This is clearly shown by the court ruling and this is likely to be confirmed by the higher courts, because there are no statutory provisions against photos with the “wrong” people. Whatever Malsack-Winkemann may have posted on Facebook and Twitter was enough to outrage politically correct politicians and journalists, but it was not justifiable, as the court also found.

Malsack-Winkemann was allowed to work as a judge again after the verdict. My source thinks it is unthinkable that she could have participated in a crime for two reasons: first, it doesn’t fit her character; and second, her goal was to work as a judge again. That she would get involved in an “operetta coup”, as my source put it, is impossible, because now she is threatened not only with the loss of her job as a judge, but also with the loss of her pension.

My source considers it impossible that she would have participated in anything illegal right now, while her case is on appeal and she is under special surveillance anyway. But for Malsack-Winkemann’s opponents, this is a development they could only wish for: after the accusation that she was a member of a “terrorist organization” which organized a “coup,” Malsack-Winkelmann is finished professionally, financially,  and socially, no matter how the story will end at some point.

And in addition, all insiders – for example in the AfD – are once again shown how dangerous it is to express oneself too critically of the government in Germany. Because again: the court found nothing justiciable in what Malsack-Winkelmann posted on social networks. Malsack-Winkelmann – before the new accusations of the “coup attempt” – has not been guilty of anything except to have criticised government policy.

This is a clear signal to all AfD deputies, so Malsack-Winkemann is probably intended as an example to them. This is the opinion of my source and based on the facts I was able to research, I can hardly disagree.

My source has known Heinrich XIII Prince Reuss for some time. They were therefore not friends, but in informal contact. Reuss is by definition a citizen of the Reich and – according to my source – “a duke who wants his title back.” According to my source, Reuss argues that there has been no valid constitution in Germany since 1919 because the revolution of 1918 was legally a putsch and since then no German constitution – neither the Weimar Constitution [1919] nor the Enabling Act of the Nazis [1933]  nor the Basic Law [1949] – has come into force by referendum. I only quote how my source describes Reuss’s point of view. I expressly do not adopt this argumentation as my own, nor does my source.

Reuss’s goal was to reach a peace treaty with the “great victorious powers” and to introduce a constitution in Germany which would come into effect by referendum. Whether Reuss dreams of a restoration of the monarchy, or how he wants to get back his title as duke (and probably also achieve the return of his ducal estates), we have not discussed.

Reuss wants a peace treaty and a new constitution

Reuss flew to the US some time ago and held talks “with Trump’s people” about a peace treaty and German sovereignty, my source said. This probably did not bring any concrete results. Subsequently, Reuss also tried to contact the Russian government, which, however, showed no interest.

This is not surprising, since Russia is of the opinion that it should not interfere in the internal affairs of other states. Germany, like any other country in the world, must solve its own internal problems, is the Russian point of view. I assume that the Russian government would conclude a peace treaty with Germany, but the initiative must come from the German government — Russia will not take action on its own.

That Russia would conclude a peace treaty [with Germany] is shown by the fact that Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Abe, who has since been murdered in an assassination attempt, conducted negotiations on a peace treaty a few years ago, but they have remained inconclusive. As you can see, Russia has no objection to ending the Second World War legally by concluding a peace treaty.

Reuss and the “great victorious powers”

Reuss called my source last month [November 2022] after a long pause and complained that the Russian side had “slammed all doors.” Russia has never signaled any interest in Reuss’s ideas and certainly no support. But now Russia – as Reuss complained to my source – has broken off all contacts with Reuss. What contacts these may have been, my source does not know. Whether Reuss spoke directly to anyone from Russia, or whether his girlfriend (a Russian) did, my source does not know. The source merely stated that Reuss called and what moved him.

My source advised Reuss not to seek further contact with Russia. My source justifies this with the fact that in the West everything is intercepted and everything is read, which is why Russia has become very cautious with contacts, because it is above all those affected from the West who are in danger. They can very quickly be accused of high treason because of any talks with Russia – a “hostile power”. That this is indeed the case is shown by the conviction a few weeks ago of a German whose “crime” was to have transmitted information by e-mail to employees of the Russian embassy openly accessible on the Internet. That was enough to be convicted of espionage in Germany.

In this – and in other conversations with my source – Reuss never talked about coup plans. According to my source, he wanted to reach an agreement with the “great victorious powers” in talks. Reus is —  this is my impression after this information —  decidedly naïve, which my source has confirmed. In the US, neither a Trump administration nor any other administration has an interest in allowing Germany its independence. The US wants – this was also true under Trump – to strengthen its control over Europe, not to release Europe into independence.

The Office for the Protection of the Constitution had known for a long time

The telephone conversation between Reuss and my source may also have been intercepted, because Reuss was under observation by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution [Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz, the BfV]. This was announced by the head of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution today on ZDF. Der Spiegel reports on statements by the President of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution, Thomas Haldenwang:

“Accordingly, the security authorities were informed early on about the coup plans of the Reichsbürger group. The constitutional protection authorities of the federal and state governments had come to this group very early on the track, said Haldenwang on Wednesday in a ZDF “special”. We have been monitoring the group since the spring of this year and have had a fairly clear overview of its planning and development.”

The clear warning

The group was therefore under surveillance by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution and the Office for the Protection of the Constitution was aware of their plans. So the group never presented a real danger, everything was under control. If the statements of my source are correct, then the “group” did not even exist in this form, because Reuss had no plans for a coup and because the possibility that Malsack-Winkemann would have participated in something like a  terrorist group or even a coup attempt, my source rules out.

From my source’s point of view, the story was staged by the security authorities to intimidate other government or system critics. My source said:

“I’m sure they’re going to present some chat messages. But I know that from AfD chats. Some weirdo writes at one at night and after five beers: ‘You should hang them all’. Of course, he doesn’t mean that seriously, but from something like that you can then construct plans for a coup or murder in the media.”

The fact that the media hype surrounding the alleged “coup attempt” is likely to be primarily an action intended to intimidate other government critics is also shown by a statement by the President of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution, which can also be read in the Spiegel article:

“Haldenwang emphasized that the security authorities had a keen eye on the scene and knew what was going on there. He could only recommend everyone to keep their distance.”

A “PR operation” orchestrated by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution?

If one remembers the scandals of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution in recent years, then it is very likely that the Office for the Protection of the Constitution was also involved here. No matter whether in the case of the Celler Loch,  in which the Office for the Protection of the Constitution carried out a terrorist attack in Germany and attached to the RAF what came out in 1986, or in the case of Amri and the attack on Berlin’s Breitscheidplatz, in which the Office for the Protection of the Constitution wanted to conceal from the public that he had an undercover agent in the immediate vicinity of Amri – in practically every terror case in recent decades, the Office for the Protection of the Constitution has played a very questionable role. Not to mention the NSU [National Socialist Underground] and the documents of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution, which were classified as secret until St. Nicholas’ Day.

The fact that the prohibition proceedings against the NPD failed because the leadership of the NPD [National Democratic Party]  was so infiltrated with informants of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution that the judges could not distinguish who was responsible for the NPD’s hostility to the constitution – the “real” NPD members or the infiltrated informants of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution – this fact must also be added to the context for understanding.

Since the President of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution [Haldenwang] has announced that the Office for the Protection of the Constitution has been monitoring the group for a long time, and since the group officially wanted to actively recruit members from the security services, it would have been easy for the Office for the Protection of the Constitution to infiltrate informants into the group. And it can be assumed that the Office for the Protection of the Constitution did the same, because infiltrating “opposing” groups is its task as a domestic intelligence service.

The scandals of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution – above all the example of the NPD – give rise to the suspicion that the Office for the Protection of the Constitution exerted influence on the infiltrated group through informants. Whether the legal proceedings for the “coup attempt” will bring insights we shall have to follow closely.

It is obvious that the media were informed in advance about the police operation against the alleged putschists. This supports the theory that it was a staged operation.  Reichelt put it well, so I’ll repeat his tweet here:

“If almost all editorial offices in the country know in advance of a secret operation, it is not a secret operation, but a PR operation”

All this supports my suspicion that the “coup attempt” is more of a media show – or, as Reichelt put it, “a PR operation” – but not a real coup attempt by a terrorist organization.

I repeat that I cannot verify most of my source’s statements. What I was able to check, I have linked to sources. Overall, however, the things that can be checked fit well with what my source told me. Whether all the conclusions of my source (and also my conclusions) correspond to the truth is not guaranteed.

But since this story looks like a “PR operation,” I have decided to report on what my source told me.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email


  1. GramSci

    The second time as farce?

    The other day in Links Stephen distinguished N@zis from fascists by the former’s embrace of social darwinism, a definition I endorse. Unfortunately, I fear there are many meritorious Good Germans who this “coup attempt” has panicked into goose-stepping like good, meritorious Murikans. I await reports from the commentariat in Germany.

    1. New reader

      Goose-stepping Americans? That’s a pretty large stretch. Was it hyperbole or did a reference get missed?

    2. Old Sovietologist

      There could be some people who have plotted something illegal but we dont actually know and wont know until they go to court.

      Also even if there are some criminals here, the bigger issue is the political system is at risk of losing legitimacy. Regardless of what has happened here, a very consistent pattern is that governments clear out possible opposition when they are about to implement higher levels of oppression on the masses.

      Which is the case: Germany’s government has just betrayed its own masses, by undercutting its supply of cheap energy, which will result in loss jobs and higher cost of living permanently. That’s a recipe for mass uproar.

      So there is a very easy tendency to then try and associate this reduced faith of the people with possible illegal actions – and the two things are not the same.

  2. The Rev Kev

    I’ll just drop a quick comment here first. The post says that Dmitry Medvedev, the former Russian President and currently deputy secretary of the Security Council said: ‘Evidently the Germans have a shortage of black pudding. Everywhere there’s only baloney. And this is a good reason to add live blood to the liver sausage of the current chancellor.’

    That was a nasty dig that. The former Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany – Andrij Melnyk – use to mock Scholz and the Germans almost daily and became infamous for referring to Scholz as acting like a ‘sulky liver sausage.’ And Scholz just stood there and took it when he should have kicked Melnyk out of Germany the very next day. So for Dmitry Medvedev to insult him with the very same term must have made Scholz grind his teeth.

  3. Verbrannt

    No German currently employed by the country’s mainstream or internet media dares to disbelieve that dawn raids last Wednesday … was a successful strike against the German state’s internal and external enemies.

    The Berliner Zeitung already ran a piece making many of these same points on Thursday (translated from German origin):

    “Why the foiled Reichsbürger putsch was primarily an amusing PR coup by the authorities”

    The raid against the prince and his pensioner revolt is said to have been the “largest anti-terror operation in the history of the FRG”. In the process, only 25 senile lunatics were arrested.

    However, anyone who followed the reporting of the past day as a silent observer was somewhat alienated and also amused by the interaction between the authorities, the media and the so-called Twitter public. Because the whole operation does not look like the thwarting of an imminent coup d’état that could have shaken the Federal Republic to its foundations, but rather like a well-orchestrated PR stunt by the Federal Ministry of the Interior and the security authorities.

    I’ve not done a survey, so I don’t know if this is an exceptional counterexample to the assertion that this view of events is anathema in the German press. That said, it’s certainly a minority share of the coverage, with far more breathless, hyperbolic takes in evidence. So the gist of the “no one dare disbelieve” characterization here is valid, but not entirely accurate.

      1. NoFreeWill

        It’s a little bit weird that Helmer uses Nazi comparisons when the actual far right is the target… it is certainly being played up for the press, but fascists all tend to look silly while failing constantly until they finally succeed and take over the country.

        You could make the point that the center right neoliberals who benefit from this raid are using the nazis as scapegoats to excuse their own right-wing agenda, but that’s not what Helmer is arguing.

        And his “former AFD” source is uh, helpfully minimizing the threat of the far right he was (or still is) part of

        It should also be noted that Germany recently dissolved a whole special ops team because it was full of Nazis, so there is no shortage of military support, and I believe at least some of those arrested in these raids had military background.

  4. Candide

    The satirical comedy groups in California in the 60s brightened the radio waves. One skit by The Committee depicted a political meeting that was broken up when one of those attending showed his ID and said, I’m from the FBI and you’re all under arrest! One by one all those attending showed their IDs variously declaring Military Intelligence, etc, etc, etc.

    Former CIA Soviet bureau chief and cofounder of VIPS (Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity) Ray McGovern has repeatedly wondered out loud how Germany’s political class could remain so completely tied to the US policies to the detriment of their own population. And military analyst Brian Berletic has on his Youtube channel offered history of National Endowment for Democracy (sic) projects to make southeast Asian countries into battering rams against their neighbor China.

    This exercise in Germany has come at an important time for the country’s need and desires for independent economic choices.

    1. Tom Pfotzer

      Ray McGovern has repeatedly wondered out loud how Germany’s political class could remain so completely tied to the US policies to the detriment of their own population.

      The situation in Germany may be a lot like the one here in the U.S. Our political system is captured, and it most definitely isn’t functioning in the interests of the bulk of the population.

      But even with all the Gov’t’s wonderful tools for information-flow management, a great deal of leakage is occurring, and it’s resulting in some fairly hard to manage grass-roots attitude-shifts.

      Consider Trump’s supporters. A lot of them are just fed up with the top-down stupid, and decided he was a valid stick to whack the existing structure with. Once he got momentum, and shocked everyone by getting elected, look at all the witch-hunting that’s occurring to warn off new would-be sympathizers.

      If Trump wasn’t such a galactic jerk and would occasionally leaven the bread with some truthful statements, there’d be a lot more people in the U.S. that would support him.

      I think the same thing is happening in Germany, hence the Keystone Kops criminal round-up operation.

      Gov’ts don’t bother with that stuff unless there’s been some erosion / leakage.

  5. B.F.Finlayson

    ‘One skit by The Committee depicted a political meeting that was broken up…’ Candide

    After dipping into 1969 I suggest readers then go back 61 more years to 1908 and G.K.Chesterton’s political satire, ‘The Man Who Was Thursday’. A quick Wiki synopsis:
    In a surreal turn-of-the-century London, Gabriel Syme, a poet, is recruited to a secret anti-anarchist taskforce at Scotland Yard. Lucian Gregory, an anarchist poet, is the only poet in Saffron Park, until he loses his temper in an argument over the purpose of poetry with Gabriel Syme, who takes the opposite view. After some time, the frustrated Gregory finds Syme and leads him to a local anarchist meeting-place to prove that he is a true anarchist. Instead of the anarchist Gregory getting elected, the officer Syme uses his wits and is elected as the local representative to the worldwide Central Council of Anarchists. The Council consisting of seven men, each using the name of a day of the week as a code name; Syme is given the name of Thursday…
    PS: Audio book readings, dramatised plays and even a condensed Orson Wells version available on you tube for the hard-pressed-for-time

    1. Jokerstein

      And the terrorists in “Indecent Exposure” by Time Sharpe all turn out to be BOSS operatives in SA.

  6. Bugs

    I have a hard time reading Helmer. The sarcasm is so thick and provincial that it’s enough just to skim and get to the point, which here seems to be that the idea that this was a coup is laughable but the government response shows deep weakness and moreover the US can call the FRG to the mat anytime it wants. Since it’s still an occupied country, what can they expect. Maybe someday, Germany will send the GIs home.

  7. kam

    It seems that the nature of Germany is to be led by a Boss. No discussion, no debate, just obedience. And the New Boss, same as the Old Boss. No discussion, no debate, just obedience.

Comments are closed.