Thursday, September 11, 2008

Hitler comes to the New Meadowlands

Elwood: New Jersey Nazis.
Jake: I hate New Jersey Nazis.

Football fans and Jewish groups are outraged over the prospect of a new Giants and Jets stadium being named for German insurer Allianz because of its Nazi ties in World War II.

The company insured the Auschwitz death camp and had a chief executive serving in Hitler's cabinet. The company is on the short list of those vying to slap their name on the Meadowlands stadium in New Jersey via a lucrative sponsorship deal.

The possibility of what some saw as a former Third Reich enabler getting its name on their ballpark has some Big Blue and Gang Green fans vowing boycott.

"I think it's terrible, but that's the mighty dollar," Giants fan Keith Hayes, 33, said of the name.

"It would be an insult," said Abe Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League. "It's putting their name in lights for generations to come."

I have no standing to write about this, as I'm not Jewish, I'm like 50% German and I'm not a Giants or Jets fan, but I have a question: How do you insure a death camp? I mean if a guy falls off a roof and breaks his neck, why even file a claim? Leave it to the Germans, in the middle of the greatest single act of genocide in history to keep all the paperwork in order and make sure they have coverage. You gotta imagine theres a high premium on that policy though.

As for Allianz, Ive heard of bad insurance companies before, and even some evil ones, but these guys take the cake. All the gory details are here, but suffice it to say that they make your HMO look like the Red Cross. Apparently, Allianz said they were sorry and paid a bunch of money to...someone for their misdeeds.

Look, when its down to brass tacks, you cant hold corporations, especially insurance companies, to high standards(like not cooperating in genocide) because you will always be disappointed. I don't know what more they could do, cuz I know there are still Jewish people out there who wont drive German cars, so it obvious that some people just never let things go. I know the mantra is "Never Again", but c'mon, this is New York, the most Jewish city in the Western Hemisphere. I think this probably isn't a big deal, at least until the New York Luftwaffe and the New York Wehrmacht start playing there. Then its time to worry.

1 comment:

devo said...

So long as there's Ford Field, and the Detroit Branch of the Anti-Defamation League didn't raise a big stink, then there's no reason there can't be an Allianz Field.

That said, if they're going to sell the naming rights, I want my PSL money back.