January 19, 2006

The Nazi who never was

"The strange story of Jacques Pluss just got stranger.

In March, Pluss was fired from his position as an adjunct professor of history at Fairleigh Dickinson University shortly after it became known that he had become a leader of the National Socialist Movement of the United States, which is also known as the American Nazi Party. Students and colleagues at the New Jersey institution were stunned, but Pluss could be heard on Nazi radio broadcasts and made racist and anti-Semitic comments to reporters covering his dismissal.

Today, in an article being published on the History News Network, Pluss explains that he was never a real Nazi, but pretended to be one and outed himself so that Fairleigh Dickinson would fire him — all to collect material so he could write a book."

Wow. There certainly will be more -- much more -- to this story, but in the meantime it surely is quite interesting to read Pluss' account of how incredibly fast the college moved against him when he wrote a letter "outing" himself:

The letter itself, noting that I was a dangerous member of an international neo-Nazi group and also probably a member of the Irish Republican Army (nonsense, of course), was posted by me and mailed simply to “Editor, University Newspaper, Fairleigh-Dickinson University, 1000 River Road, Teaneck, NJ, USA.” What gave the whole affair a true “punch” was that the letter was posted from the Republic of Ireland (it was composed in Galway and posted in the village of Spital) while I was in that beautiful land on a Spring Break vacation with my grown daughter!

Apparently, the Monday morning following Spring Break (March 21, 2005), a completely panicked Faculty Cabinet met in secret session, my letter was read aloud by the President of the Cabinet, and it was decided that I be “removed from the classroom with pay” for the remainder of the term. I was notified of that action via a cell phone call from my School Director, Professor Faremarz Fatemi, at 5:30 pm that Monday, at my home. I was not told of any Faculty Cabinet Meeting. When asked why I was being “removed,” the Director’s only response was that “the decision had been made for the convenience of the University.” No reference was made to any political activities or organizations. I requested, and was not permitted, a hearing with the School Dean. Just ten days later, on March 31, 2005, a lengthy article appeared in the Equinox, citing excessive absences which never occurred. My political orientation as a neo-Nazi was surely described, but it was not cited as a reason for my removal. A number of statements made on my radio program, all anti-minority, were quoted, also.

Contrast this to, say, to the treatment given to a guy named ... Ward Churchill? Nazis are clearly certainly detestable, and they have the added bonus of being politically correctly detestable. The concept of "academic freedom" does not apply to them because they are, after all, evil. Only politically incorrect "evil" like Stalinists, Maoists, etc. have that academic freedom protection!

Posted by Felix at January 19, 2006 03:46 PM | TrackBack

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So he got a paid holiday for the rest of the term? Sweet. Maybe Oprah will promote his book.

Anybody remember Marge Schott? I wonder what ever happened to her after she was forced out of MLB.

Posted by: G Rex at January 20, 2006 11:22 AM