Counter-event to Nazi-themed dinner will be held outside Gasthof's tonight

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A silent flashmob will take place outside Gasthof Zur Gemütlichkeit this evening in response to the Nazi-themed dinner City Pages reported on last week.

According to organizers Margie Newman and Susan Schwaidelson Siegfried, the group is not affiliated with any specific organization. They will meet outside of Gasthof's in northeast Minneapolis at 7 p.m. and pay silent tribute to victims of the Third Reich. Newman says she expects 30 to 40 people to take part in the counter-event.

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The story behind a Nazi-themed dinner at Gasthof's

"It's going to be a silent flash mob re-enacting a deportation as a continuation of the Nazi dinner that was held there, so we'll wear yellow stars or triangles or whatever people identify with," Newman says.

Newman says she feels strongly about the dinner because her father was a Holocaust survivor who lost almost all his family during WWII.

"We're there to just speak to the other part of the re-enactment. There's no Nazi World War II story without the victims, so we just want to add that piece to it," Newman says.

Gasthof's owner Mario Pierzchalski and the organizers of the Nazi-themed dinner maintain the event was nothing more than a social gathering for World War II re-enactors. On its Facebook page, the WWII Historical Reenactment Society denied any involvement with the event, and City Pages also discovered that Scott Steben, one of the event's primary organizers, has tattoos of the SS bolts and official Nazi skull on his arm.

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scottsteben
scottsteben

Here's some previously unreleased photographs of Mr. Steben at his finest that you'll probably be very interested in seeing.  In the first picture, you'll see an ex-member of his group posing in front of a Nazi flag at the Gasthof zur Gemütlichkeit in January 2009.  This man's name is Shane Thede and he's an ex-Marine Neo-Nazi who was a former member of Mr. Steben's group the 12th SS.  One time at a reenactment Mr. Thede was changing and I noticed that he had a large swastika tattooed on his chest and a picture of Kurt Panzermeyer tattooed on his arm if I remember correctly.  In the second photo, you'll see a picture of Mr. Steben reenacting the holocaust with an armload full of naked baby dolls.  If you look closely you'll notice that he's wearing an SS saucer cap and he's standing in front of a gate which I guess is supposed to signify the gate of a concentration camp.  In the third picture you'll see a disturbing picture of Mr. Steben in all his freakish glory.  You'll notice that he's got 666, a swastika, and a penis written on his forehead in black magic marker with a psychotic look on his face.  And finally, the fourth picture is a mugshot of Mr. Steben taken by the Plymouth Police Department.  Mr. Steben says that he conducts background checks on all the members of his unit but in reality the guy who did the background checks for his unit in the past named Dave Pomplun who works for the court system had enough of his bullshit and left the unit.  Furthermore, Shane Thede is proof that he had at least one Neo-Nazi in his group and at the Gasthof zur Gemütlichkeit.  About three to four years ago Mr. Steben sold t-shirts with Satanic and National Socialist themes and he got alot of criticism for selling the shirts but he decided to keep on selling them despite the criticism because he cared more about money and being a shock jock than his unit's reputation and holocaust victim's sensitivities.  He sold many shirts that glorified National Socialism, the Holocaust, and Satanism.  Some of the shirts could be explained away simply as unit t-shirts but others straight up glorified National Socialism, the holocaust and Satan.  Mr. Steben used to have an extremely disturbing and demonic drawing on his Facebook account which portrayed Jesus Christ disemboweled at the Last Supper Table with Satan at the head of the table apparently triumphing over Jesus.  He also had an illegal and unregistered fully automatic German assault rifle (STG-44) confiscated from him by the BATF several years ago.  He frequently gets drunk and obnoxious at his events and during one event down in Rockford, Illinois a few years ago his son Devin was in a drunken stupor and either fell or was pushed onto an original German Zeltbahn worth the better part of $500 doing hundreds of dollars worth of damage to it and they refused to own up to it or offer any sort of compensation whatsoever to the victim.  I think Scott is mentally ill and needs some major psychological and spiritual help.  One time I saw him on the set of Memorial Day running around with a swastika flag fashioned around his neck like a Superman cape.  He totally gets off on being offensive, shocking, and disturbing.  He absolutely loves and basks in the attention and I think it partially stems from his upbringing and relationship with his parents.  He crossed the line with his offensive t-shirts, pictures, and tattoos and concealed the fact that he had an ex-Marine Neo-Nazi in his group several years ago.

Go to anon-ib DOT com and type in Shane Thede and Scott Steben and you'll find the pictures there.

Flayrah
Flayrah

Look people, these guys are wearing the regalia of the losers of WWII because their lives are insignificant and it makes them feel powerful to troll you.    Take a step back and look at them.   They're no different from Furries or those guys who dress up like Sailor Moon at anime conventions.   Unless they are doing actual harm, just have a giggle at how dorky they are and maybe quietly feel bad that this is what they need to do to get off.

niboosmik
niboosmik

Wait did anything illegal happen here?

carnivalminds
carnivalminds

If the citypages blog announced a flash mob it isn't one. I think you should make your point.

Zolly Becker
Zolly Becker

Why not have a flash mob sack, burn, and rob the place? It is actually totally morally okay to victimize and / or take out your sadistic urges on people who deserve it. That's the problem with "social justice" pussies, they lack the balls to do the deed when the need arrives.

Yankee Doodle Pablo
Yankee Doodle Pablo

Staging a counter event outside the restaurant? Are they too cheap to open their wallets and buy some food? Typical.

GerhardRohner
GerhardRohner

It's a bit hypocritical of Minnesotans to celebrate the Vikings, who raped and pillaged their way through Europe, and then condemn our local Nazis, who essentially are celebrating the same sort of behavior. This is just part of history. Who says contemporary Nazis should keep suffering simply because Nazis in the past weren't liked by everyone. 


Rob Peterson
Rob Peterson

Run these assholes outta town. Pitchforks & torches.

RaymondSmuckles
RaymondSmuckles

It's their right as good americans to express their nazi beliefs. Something the free speech hating obama lovers at City Pages would never understand. These Nazi's are supporting local businesses as well as providing a valuable educational service for other aspiring nazis in the metro area. Shame on these flash "mobsters" for their bullying and intimidation tactics towards our fellow countrymen who are simply trying to express their individuality like the rest of us, only as Nazis (instead of gays, liberals, somalis, etc). 

Geo Brown
Geo Brown

Those people supporting these nazi freaks should go up to Fort Snelling and look at the graves of some of these brave young american men who gave their lives in order to make the world a safer place from the Nazis..

Brian Waldrup
Brian Waldrup

Let's all dress up as tortured Jews from the holocaust. Greeeeat fukn idea. FFS...

Tim T Praxaya
Tim T Praxaya

Let's protest Thanksgiving, American Indians are people too!

Ray Anderson
Ray Anderson

Let's reenact the Nazi's getting their asses handed to them!

Brandon Rustad
Brandon Rustad

Actually they are insulting every WWII vet of the European Theater of operations who fought against the Nazis. Might as well just go out to a veterans cemetery and start pissing on the graves.

Dave Blumberg
Dave Blumberg

horrible horrible things, yes. Unfortunately not the worst though.

Nick Warhead
Nick Warhead

Because people are going to be stupid and you're not going to change their minds. They've gotten enough coverage. There are more important things going on locally then these fools.

Stuart Allen
Stuart Allen

I learned something interesting I wanted to know why hitler was the way he was i guess he left home at 12 to care for himself there wasn't enough food for everyone his mom went hungry so he left.

Patrick Owens
Patrick Owens

After this comes the rape and pillage of Gastof's performed by the Russian reenactment group.....too soon?

Jim Bjerke
Jim Bjerke

You've never been to a protest I see.

Jim Bjerke
Jim Bjerke

Get over it? That's an easy way out for fuck sake.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

notice how all the attendees are old gray haired whiteys


some sad cripple in a wheelchair


you facebook nazi sycophants arent even smart enough to figure out what this means 

Pinko Thinker
Pinko Thinker

those poor nazis. why don'tchu guys quit pickin on 'em already, eh? they never hurt nobody. leave 'em alone!

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

why is it that facebook users are so vapid and ignorant?


why are so many people condoning this blatant disrespect to everything american?


free speech does not protect Nazis or nazi ideals

thao0056
thao0056

gasthof owner and nazi event organizer should come out and gas the flash mob... in the spirit of WWII reenacting.

Chad Liljegren
Chad Liljegren

Curious how many people out there who are against this still vote socialist in the USA?

Stephen Biondo
Stephen Biondo

Chris Carroll, why are you so damn sensitive? If you don't like the counter-protest, ignore it.

Kristen Westlund Hanson
Kristen Westlund Hanson

I really don't understand how anyone can justify wanting to identify themselves with a group that committed the worst atrocities ever to humankind. Those who fought in defense of their German homeland still represented and supported the terrible ideals of the Nazi party.

Eduardo Gallegos Parra
Eduardo Gallegos Parra

To those that say get over it don't think about crying for any type of help when the shit hits your fan.

Oliver McKay
Oliver McKay

Lol the Gasthof is always up to something

Meing Stormageddon Yang
Meing Stormageddon Yang

I'd be more interested in the event that happened the other week. Would they have really let someone like me attend in full garb? Apparently nazi uniforms have become a fad in... I think china? And why not, it's all Hugo Boss, isn't it? yay, designer brands. At it's core, this is an idealistically hipster passive aggressive boycott in response to Gastof's hosting of the event. cue the freedom of speech, right to organize, etc. and, yes, I added "hipster" in there to piss people off. There will be people, mainly bored college students, and tons of cold people.

Robert Martin
Robert Martin

The business owner has already said that he won't be providing the venue for this event again. He has seen the error in his ways and has moved on. Find another of this group's events and protest there.

Kirk Burback
Kirk Burback

Let’s all rally and destroy the restaurant and the jobs of the servers and the cooks. That cook soooo deserves it!

Landon Nunnery
Landon Nunnery

Nazi's suck but again I point out leave them be this only was found out because of a untrustworthy employee they are not bothering anyone really when you think about we are more of the monsters in this if you think about it we are going out of our way to harass and to embarrass them and zone them out they have done nothing of the sort of making themselves known or doing anything like a public event etc. it is a dinner party I understand but if we are going to play the whole jewish holocaust bit should we not march and do the same to all christian churches? We do not need to agree with what they do but can we not be the bigger people and leave them alone? They are only enjoying one of many things what makes this country amazing they have the right express themselves just like me and you and anyone else nobody should dictate how one lives or what they believe. I think the people that are attacking them are the real nazi's look what has evolved from a monthly dinner and now you know why they wanted it to be a secret.

Makai Myers-Wilkes
Makai Myers-Wilkes

So, is this a game now? Like Cowboys and Indians? I mean, Nazis and Jews doesn't really seem like a good idea. Then again, in both cases, we are talking about atrocities that were committed against specific cultures.

Eliza Lathrop
Eliza Lathrop

""If you wear a German uniform or a Nazi uniform, it's not like you're saying, 'I think Hitler was super cool' or 'I hate Jews' or 'I hate gays' or 'I hate democrats,'" Boorom explains. "You're not there because you believe in what Hitler stood for -- you're there to educate people about history, and a lot of that is so people don't forget. It's the same as wanting to be the bad guy when you're playing cowboys and Indians. There's an attraction to the bad side.""--statement from Jon Boorom, a "reenactment" enthusiast who participated at said party and who excuses his actions as just being attracted to the bad side.... SMH. And then some idiots here say that the demonstrators are too sensitive and need to get over it? Really?!

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@GerhardRohner  wow, really stupid points


you know nothing about anything and are likely some fat white hick


go to sleep

johncoltrane
johncoltrane

Geo, calm down. They are not real nazis. I hate whitey too, but trust me brother, this is not worth getting upset about. 

ajlalk3
ajlalk3 topcommenter

Oh good. Hey everyone, Kari says this is all over, so let's just stop talking about it alright?

DavidFoureyes
DavidFoureyes topcommenter

Have you had the rouladen? He should be shot just for that.

Dog Gone
Dog Gone topcommenter

In order for re-enactment to work, for military and military related events, someone has to play the role of 'the other side'.  Doesn't mean one supports or identifies with it, only that there is acknowledgement of their role in history.


That is what differentiates re-enactors from people like Craig Cobb, the convicted white supremacist who tried to terrorize the small town of Leith, North Dakota - he believes in the same things as the historic Nazis.

Re-enactors do not, and therefore calling this Nazi-themed is seriously misleading; it is rather WW II history themed, by people who have a deep interest in researching and experiencing facets of that era and those events.  What it does not mean is sympathizing with creating the Holocaust, etc. - quite the opposite.

Any article which fails to explain that is trading on sensationalism and doing a poor job of news reporting.

A conservative politician encountered the same ignorant bias a few years ago; I rather vehemently disagreed with his politics, but his re-enacting activities, including wearing a uniform, did NOT represent any identification with or support for the VIEWS of the Nazis on his part.

Seriously - don't people have something better to get their knickers in a twist over, something that is far more serious in terms of being dangerous or harmful?


Sheesh - re-enactment of different periods of history, from the bronze and stone age to recent periods of history, including conflicts and events of war - is a hobby engaged in by literally millions of people across the globe. 

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