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Is Marc Garlasco a Nazi?

Comment: During the 2006 Lebanon and 2008-2009 Gaza Wars, the world has been treated to stories of Israeli military atrocities, largely debunked in the wake of their disclosure.

The “authoritative” source for many of these stories is Marc Garlasco, a former Pentagon analyst who discoursed on military affairs for Human Rights Watch.

Garlasco recently resigned his position after disclosure that he was an avid collector of Nazi memorabilia, having (among other things) authored a coffee-table book (pictured at right) revealing an almost pornographic fascination with the Third Reich’s military. Garlasco’s grandfather fought for Hitler.

Garlasco also posted on the internet under the moniker “Flak 88.” The 88-millimeter rifle was Germany’s primary anti-aircraft weapon. “88” is also a code-term with which Nazis can communicate their political affiliations clandestinely. H is the eighth letter of the alphabet and “88” is understood to be code for “Heil Hitler.”

“Is HRW Investigator Garlasco An Avid Collector of Nazi Paraphernalia?”; Snapshots: a Camera Blog; 9/08/2009.

Excerpt:  There are two Marc Garlascos on the Internet. One is a top human rights investigator who, having joined Human Rights Watch after several years with the Pentagon, has become known for his shrill attacks on Israel. The other is a Marc Garlasco who’s obsessed with the color and pageantry of Nazism, has published a detailed 430 page book on Nazi war paraphernalia, and participates in forums for Nazi souvenir collectors.

Both Marc Garlascos were born on September 4, 1970. Both have Ernst as their middle name. Both live in New York, NY. Both have a maternal grandfather who fought for the Nazis. I’ve put links and screenshots on all this after the jump, and you can click through for full-sized versions. It’s hard to escape the conclusion that both Marc Garlascos are the same person.

Bloggers and activists concerned about Israel have been baffled and frustrated by the first Garlasco almost since he joined HRW. On his public photography site he posts gratuitous Palestinian and Lebanese death porn in between galleries of cute Western-looking kids playing soccer (no link – keeping his kids out of it). He provides a seemingly never-ending stream of interviews to all kinds of outlets, where he spins tales about ostensible Israeli atrocities. The only problem is that many of these tales – per Soccer Dad and IsraPundit and Elder of Ziyon and NGO Monitor and CAMERA and LGF – are biased and inaccurate. That doesn’t stop Garlasco from putting them into the kind of HRW reports that make their way into international anti-Israel condemnations and academic anti-Israel dissertations.

Then there’s the second Marc Garlasco, who I caught wind of from Elder of Ziyon. Elder had just finished tearing apart another one of HRW Garlasco’s anti-Israel reports when he found the Amazon profile of collector Garlasco. This Garlasco’s Amazon book reviews show a nearly obsessive knowledge of Nazi-era Luftwaffe Flak and Army Flak. A little more searching revealed that he’s written a gigantic book on the subject that retails for over $100. He regularly participates in forums about Nazi medals under the handle Flak 88, where he posts galleries of his prizes and admires what others have managed to collect. On those forums he uses the email marc@garlasco.com, which points to a family genealogy site he set up in 2002. . . .

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