Friday, December 22, 2017

Sebastine Mademo & Nelia Mushonga, Serial Killer Bandits: Zimbabwe, 2017

FULL TEXT: A 20-year-old Harare woman, who is accused of being part of a gang that allegedly went on a murder and robbery spree, has approached the High Court seeking bail. Nelia Mushonga from Maseko area in Epworth, is said to have been part of a gang that went on a rampage, robbing, assaulting and killing innocent people in and around the capital. Prosecutors said Mushonga's accomplices were Nelson Nyarambi (33), Bothwell Zigomo (31), Raymond Nyajina (21), Sebastian Mademo (27) and Talent Gwada (24), who are all Epworth residents but currently held at Chikurubi Prison awaiting trial. Mushonga and her accomplices allegedly murdered their first victim in January this year and later killed two others before attempting to murder seven others in May this year. [Gift Njirisi, “Zimbabwe: Female 'Serial Killer' Seeks Bail,” The Standard, Nov 26, 2017]
GANG of 6: Nelson Nyarambi (33), Bothwell Zigomo (31), Raymond Nyajina (21), Sebastine Mademo (27), Talent Gwada (24), Nelia Mushonga (20).
Jan. 4, 2017 – Ophius Mudadi, taxi driver, beaten, strangled. Murder #1 
May 18, 2017 – Robert Bobo, beaten to death with iron bars. Murder #2 
May 18, 2017 – Julius Sinjani, seriously injured; attacked with a brick.
May 18, 2017 – Ngonidzashe Darare, beaten unconscious with iron bars. 
May 19, 2017 – Simbarashe Mutimbwa, beaten unconscious.
May 20, 2017 –Willard Sasimba, beaten with bricks and iron bars.
May 22, 2017 – Thomas Chipuriro, beaten with iron bars.
May 22?, 2017 – Patrick Sagwiza, hospital DOA. Murder #3.
May 23, 2017 – John Nhira seriously injured, stabbed in chest, beaten with stones.
May 23, 2017 – James Meki, stoned, stabbed multiple times; hospital DOA. Murder #4
May 24, 2017 – Tafirei Chitsekwe stabbed in back four times.
May 24, 2017 –Godfrey Matiki attacked.
May 30, 2017 – Gang of 6 arrested; four counts of murder and eight counts of attempted murder.
[Gift Nirisi, “Zimbabwe: Female 'Serial Killer' Seeks Bail,” The Standard, Nov 26, 2017] 
[Tendai Rupapa, “Gang Unleashes Reign of Terror,” The Herald (Zimbabwe), May 30, 2017] 
[“Murderers nabbed,” H-Metro (Harare, Zimbabwe), May 30, 2017]


For similar cases, see: Female Serial Killer Bandits



Sunday, December 17, 2017

Early Men’s Movement Booklet from 1931, by Heinrich Berl, Germany

Heinrich Berl, Die Männerbewegung : ein antifeministisches Manifest (The Men’s Movement: An Anti-Feminist Manifesto), 1931, Kairos verlag, Karlsruhe, Germany, 59 pages.

I.         Einleitung: Feminismus und Antifeminismus --
II.        Familie und Männerbund --
III.       Materialismus und Paterialismus:
A. Matriarchat -- Materialismus. Die Frauenbewegung.
B. Patriarchat -- Patrialismus. Die Männerbewegung –
IV.       Anarchie und Panarchie


EXCERPT: In 1931, Heinrich Berl published the anti-feminist manifesto "The Men's Movement" (see Kemper 2010). His key message was that a male movement had to be constituted because "general feminism" would lead to the "decadence of culture" (see Berl 1931, Kemper 2010). During the Austro-fascist state in the mid-1930s, the anti-feminist men's rights activists were no longer active (see Malleier 2003, Wrussnig 2009). [Source: Kerstin Christin Wrussnig, „Wollen Sie ein Mann sein oder ein Weiberknecht?“ Zur Männerrechtsbewegung in Wien der Zwischenkriegszeit Verfasserin, 2009, p. 77]


Biography - Heinrich Berl

Wikipedia: Heinrich Berl (from 1919 the pseudonym of Heinrich Lott [1] ) (born September 2, 1896 in Baden-Baden, † April 3, 1953 ) was a German writer, musicologist and journalist.

His mother was Josefine (born 1875 in Marlen , † 1935 in Offenburg) and his sister Irmgard Lott (born 1905 in Offenburg, ∞ shepherd). As a child, the toes of his left foot were cut off. 1907-1911 he attended the Realschule Offenburg and 1911-1914 the local Municipal School of Commerce, while he also completed a commercial apprenticeship in a factory for cooker and cash cabinets. After the war, he attended lectures at the University of Munich until a disease forced him to return to Offenburg. He sought rest with relatives in Basel, where he studied anthroposophy at the Goetheanum. In 1921 he married Frieda (also called Friedel, née Kassewitz (1896-1950)), with whom he had the daughter Ruth (* 1923 Karlsruhe, † 1975 Atlanta, Ga / USA, ∞ Prudhomme). The family spent a lot of time with Alfred Döblin.

Although not a Jew, he was close to Zionism and enjoyed the appreciation of Martin Buber. In the 1920s, he published some articles on Judaism and music in The Jew (1916-1928) and the Vienna Zionist journal Menorah [6] . When his book was published in 1926, borrowing his title from the Wagnerian polemical The Judaism in Music, Berl continued the magazine debate, referred to Zionist position against Wagner and tried to re-establish a Jewish music tradition by the "Orientalism" emphasized Jewish music as its special quality, as it was especially to be found in Gustav Mahler . He is also a key representative of the current "Asian crisis of music". The irritating writing found great attention and approval among Jewish discussants. Arno Nadel, Paul Nettl and Max Brod participated in the discussion.

Berl became managing director of the society for mental construction , which was founded 1924 in Karlsruhe, which carried out lectures, meetings and in July 1930 the Baden Heimattage. 1931-1933 he led the Kairos publishing house.

He learned with concern about organized crime in America and Russia (possibly the state apparatus there, according to Ivan Alexandrovich Ilyin). In 1931 he published The Fifth Coming to the Sociology of Criminals , and as a positive complement The Men's Movement: an anti-feminist manifesto [Die Männerbewegung : ein antifeministisches Manifest], as a fight against the dehumanized man, as he had previously reported to Leopold Ziegler. 1932 followed the fight against the red Berlin or Berlin an underworld residence. In 1933, after the seizure of power by the National Socialists, the Society for Intellectual Construction was banned and he also had to give up his music lecturer in Karlsruhe, he retired to Baden-Baden. In 1938/39 the Reichsschrifttumskammer removed him from their lists for his Jewish wife.

In the summer of 1945, he converted the commission, which was to clean Baden-Baden's bookstores and libraries, into a cultural council with Otto Flake. At the age of nine, he published the biography of Napoleon III in 1948 . Democracy and dictatorship . He was a founding member of the German Academy of Language and Literature.


The booklet is widely referenced in recent German scholarship.

[Johannes Meiners & Christine Bauer-Jelinek, Die Teilhabe von Frauen und Männern am Geschlechterdiskurs und an der Neugestaltung der Geschlechterrollen Entstehung und Einfluss von Feminismus und Maskulismus, Studie Gefördert von Wien Kultur, 2014]


NOTES on a German men's rights organization:

Here: in "An American in Hitler's Berlin: Abraham Plotkin's Diary 1932-33" (published 2009 by University of Illinois) page 31: (original diary December 1932)
  1. The League for Men's Rights, to which Plettl, the President of the German Needle Trades Alliance, sent me an invitation, turned out to be a forum somewhat on the American order. The League itself is liberal and pacifist in its tendency, but is willing to give anyone who has a message a hearing - provided he is willing at the same time to listen to such criticism as the audience or members of the audience may want to express.
  2. The Deutsche Liga fur Menschenrechte had been formed out of the Bund Neues Vaterland, a pacifist organization founded in November 1914. It was forced to dissolve in 1933 because of persecution by the Nazis.
  3. Walter A. Berendsohn was a professor of Scandinavian literature at the University of Hamburg and active member of the League for Men's Rights. He emigrated to Sweden in 1933.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

A text by Sigurd Höberth, "Who Is To Blame?" (1931)

From the important Berlin literary magazine, Der Querschnitt, special issue, “Er und Sie” (“He and She”), Nov. 1931, vol. 11 – Sigurd Höberth, “Wer ist schuld? Auch sie!”



Who’s to blame? You too!

There are men who clearly feel the subjugation of their sex. (Most are so touchingly naïve to have no idea about it.) Of course, the few insightful people wonder how it could have gotten that far. But when searching for a very wrong track. No! and a thousand times no! The women always go just as far and not one step further than they can – and the men like it. To blame for the present condition are the men, and again the men and only the men.

Because they are not men!

Who makes the man-hostile laws? The women though. But who adopted these laws in the parliaments? Who executes their regulations? , , , The men! Who does not move and let himself be subjugated? , , , The men! Who was, let’s say, clever, diligently kicking the bellows and lighting the fire in which the chains for the men were forged by the women? The men, of course! The dear, clever, “logical thinking” men! And in a nutshell, who is to blame for the fact that a considerable part of the world has now become a feminist hysterical Narienhaus*?

Answer yourself !?

And why all this? Because the men have become “old women”? Oho, do not offend the old women! One of them is a thousand times grated, more energetic, than thousands of so-called men! If you knew how “men” just despise the real women, yes, despise, and rightly so! - -

Also for you is the word that a great general called to his soldiers in the battle: “Guys, fight back!”

Sigurd Höberth,
Founder of “Aequitas,” Men’s Rights Club, Vienna

* Meaning of Narienhause has not yet been discovered.




Wer ist schuld? Auch Sie!

Es gibt Männer, welche die Unterjochung ihres Geschlechts deutlich spüren. (Die meisten sind so rührend naiv, keine Ahnung davon zu haben.) Natürlich fragen sich die wenigen Einsichtigen, wie es denn nur so weit kommen konnte. Geraten aber beim Suchen auf eine ganz falsche Fährte. Nein! und tausendmal nein! Die Frauen gehen immer nur ganz genau so weit und nicht einen Schritt weiter als — die Männer es sich gefallen lassen. Schuld an dem jetzigen Zustand sind die Männer und wieder die Männer und nur die Männer.

Weil sie keine Männer sind!

Wer macht die männerfeindlichen Gesetze? Die Frauen allerdings. Aber wer hat diese Gesetze in den Parlamenten angenommen? Wer führt ihre Bestimmungen aus? . . . Die Männer! Wer rührt sich nicht und läßt sich unterjochen? . . . Die Männer! Wer war so — sagen wir — schlau, den Blasebalg fleißig zu treten und das Feuer anzufachen, in dem die Ketten für die Männer von den Frauen geschmiedet wurden? Die Männer natürlich! Die lieben, gescheiten, „logisch denkenden” Männer! Und kurz und gut: Wer ist schuld daran, daß ein beträchtlicher Teil der Welt jetzt ein feministisch hysterisches Narienhaus geworden ist?

Antwortet selbst!?

Und warum das alles? Weil die Männer „alte Weiber” geworden sind? Oho, beleidigt die alten Weiber nicht! Eine einzige von ihnen ist tausendmal geriebener, energischer, als tausende sogenannter Männer! Wenn ihr wüßtet, wie euch „Männer” grade die echten Frauen verachten, jawohl, verachten, und das mit Recht! — —

Auch für euch gilt das Wort, das ein großer Feldherr seinen Soldaten in der Schlacht zurief: „Kerls, wehrt euch!”

Sigurd Höberth,

Begründer der „ Aequitas “, Clubs der Männerrechtler, Wien


[Keyword: Hoeberth]


Article on Sigurd Höberth (Revue de Monats) - Feb. 1930

From: Revue de Monats, 4. 1929/1930. H 4. Februar, Wien, pp. 389-90.



1st International Men’s Rights Congress, 1929, Vienna

Yes, there is such a thing. We live in a crazy epoch. The wife has long since entered into competition with the man in the struggle for existence. Today, the strong sex has become so weak that it must fight for equality. About four years ago, Sigurd Höberth made public his plan of a world covenant for men’s rights, with the result that every man sneered. In the cabarets, more or less tactful jokes were torn, and there was simply no one who did not look at the undertaking from the humorous side. Men's rights! A revolutionary term. A long road leads from the head of the family in ancient Rome to the man of the twentieth century who is the victim of an alimentary process.

The history of women’s emancipation is at the same time an outline of the history of humanity. How time for wife and wife for woman began? Time, then you can judge the culture of a people. In earlier centuries, when women were politically and socially completely lawless, since the woman had not yet entered into economic competition, it was obvious that the protection of the law had to be especially given to women. Marriage then conferred a certain social status on the woman. But if there were cases of divorce, it was only natural that the wife, who was closed to work, should be given alimony.

Times have changed since then thoroughly, the political and economic rights enjoy the woman today as much as the man. Only the legal provisions are the same. Their excesses are therefore the struggle of the men's rights and not, how many misunderstood, the woman and the marriage.

“We have, so says President Höberth, ten demands, the most important of which are:

Divorced women who are able to work and gain or at least have an income that at least reaches the minimum subsistence level are not entitled to alimony.

A right to alimony after divorce is only available after three years of marriage.

Eligible mothers of illegitimate children are obliged to pay their children to contribute to the upkeep of the child.

The most interesting thing, though, is that it’s not just about the man’s rights. There are also many women among the 2,500 Viennese members of the association. So far, the federal government has successfully fought three trials that involved balancing one’s life mate with the wife in matters of alimony. The organization of the association, which was founded more than three years ago, is making great progress lately. There are already 30,000 members around the world now.

The World Federation of Men's Rights is today an institution where you can no longer pass carelessly. Irrespective of political sentiment, people from all walks of life have come together in him. In addition to the high civil servant you can see unskilled workers, business people next to artists and scholars.”

The “World Federation,” which has already made demands on the National Council, will only have to exaggerate itself in order to be sure of the consent of all who are in favor of the equality of the sexes.

[Revue de Monats, 4. 1929/1930. H 4. Februar, Wien, pp. 389-90]



1. Internationaler Kongreß Männerrechte, 1929, Wien.

Jawohl, so etwas gibt es. Wir lebenin einer verrückten Epoche. Die Frau ist im Daseinskampf längst mitdem Manne in Konkurrenz getreten.Aus dem starken Geschlecht ist heute ein so schwaches geworden, daß es um Gleichberechtigung kämpfen muß.Vor etwa vier Jahren trat Sigurd Höberth mit seinem Plan eines Welt-bundes für Männerrechte in die Öffentlichkeit, mit dem Erfolg, daß jedermann darüber spöttelte. In den Kabaretts wurden mehr oder minder taktvolle Witze gerissen, und es gab einfach keinen Menschen, der das Unternehmen nicht von der humoristischen Seite betrachtete. Männerrechte! Welchwandelbarer Begriff. Ein weiter Wegführt vom Familienoberhaupt im alten Rom bis zu jenem Mann des zwanzigsten Jahrhunderts, der das Opfer eines Alimentationsprozesses wird.

Die Geschichte der Frauenemanzipation ist zugleich ein Abriß der Geschichte der Menschheit überhaupt. Wie sich die Zeit zur Frau und die Frau zur Zeit einstellt, danach kannman die Kultur eines Volkes beurteilen. In früheren Jahrhunderten, da die Frauen politisch und sozial völlig rechtlos waren, da die Frau noch nicht zumwirtschaftlichen Konkurrenzkampf aufden Plan trat, war es selbstverständlich, daß der Schutz des Gesetzes der Frau in ganz besonderem Maße zuteilwerden mußte. Die Ehe war demnacheine gewisse soziale Höherstellungder Frau. Ergaben sich aber dann Fällevon Ehescheidungen, dann war es nurganz natürlich, daß der Frau, der der Weg zur Berufstätigkeit verschlossenwar, Alimente zuerkannt werdenmußten.


Die Zeiten haben sich seit damals zwar gründlich geändert, politische und wirtschaftliche Rechte genießt die Frau heute im gleichen Maße wie der Mann. Nur die gesetzlichen Bestimmungen sind die nämlichen geblieben.Ihren Auswüchsen gilt also der Kampf der Männerrechtler und nicht, wieviele mißverständlich glauben, der Frau und der Ehe.

„Wir haben, so sagt Präsident Höberth, „zehn Forderungen aufgestellt; die wichtigsten davon sind:

Geschiedene Frauen, die erwerbsfähig sind und aus dem Erwerb odersonstwie ein Einkommen besitzen, das zumindest das Existenzminimum erreicht, haben keinen Anspruch auf Alimente.

Ein Anrecht auf Alimentie.rung nach der Scheidung besteht erst nachdreijähriger Ehe.

Erwerbsfähige Mütter unehelicher Kinder sind verpflichtet, ihrem Einkommen gemäß zum Unterhalt des Kindes beizutragen.

“Das Interessanteste dabei aber ist, daß es nicht nur um die Rechte desMannes geht. Unter den 2500 Wiener Mitgliedern des Verbandes gibt esauch viele Frauen. Der Bund hat bis jetzt schon drei Prozesse, die die Gleichstellung der Lebenskameradin mit der Ehefrau in Alimentationsangelegenheitenbetrafen, erfolgreich ausgefochten. Die Organisation des Verbandes, der vormehr als drei Jahren gegründet wurde, macht in letzter Zeit große Fortschritte. Es gibt auf der ganzen Welt jetzt schon 30 000 Mitglieder.

Der Weltbund der Männerrechtler ist heute also eine Institution, an derman nicht mehr achtlos Vorbeigehen kann. Es haben sich in ihm, ungeachtetder politischen Gesinnung, Menschen aus allen Gesellschaftsschichten zu-sammengefunden. Neben dem hohen Staatsbeamten sieht man Hilfsarbeiter, neben Künstlern und Gelehrten Geschäftsleute.

Der „Weltbund, der mit seinen Forderungen bereits an den Nationalratherangetreten ist, wird sich nur noch von Übertreibung freimachen müssen, um der Zustimmung aller, die für die Gleichberechtigung der Geschlechtereintreten, gewiß zu sein.

[Revue de Monats, 4. 1929/1930. H 4. Februar, Wien, pp. 389-90]

Keyword: Hoeberth




Saturday, December 9, 2017

Is Wikipedia a Confederacy of Dunces?

Sigurd Hoeberth (properly Höberth) -- founder of the first international Men’s Rights organization, founder of a men’s right periodical, founder of two political parties -- was active from 1926 through 1938, at which point when the Nazis marched into Vienna on March 14 (the Anschluss) and went about shutting down all politically incorrect organizations and publications.

Why? First, a sage Wikipedia editor presumed the existence of this historical figure must be a hoax. Another of their “research” editors wrote that “ I can find absolutely nothing about him anywhere.”  Another editor thought Hoeberth sounded like “something from a sitcom.” Finally, the deletion was decided on the view that he was not anywhere near important enough to warrant a Wikipedia deletion.

Höberth’s activities, ideas and career is discussed in detail in a 2009 thesis by a University of Vienna student, Kerstin Christin Wrussnig. Nevertheless, Wikipedia's crack team seems to have never found it. Nor did they find the German language periodical (Revue de Monats) which printed the portrait featured here. The many score (probably hundreds) of articles in English language newspapers dating from 1926 through 1931 seem to escaped the Wikipedia scholars’ dragnet, too. It goes without saying that fully cited web sources regarded as associated with “men’s rights” would be dismissed out of hand as “not reliable sources.”

Despite all the Keystone Cops-style Wikibungling Herr Hoeberth and the Der Bund für Männerrechte are discussed by authors for Vice in 2014, Cake in 2015 and The Walrus in 2016 yet readers are not assisted by Wikipedia in discovering the background facts.

With editors like this, who needs Nazi book-burners?



On April 7, 2015 Wikipedia DELETED its “Sigurd Hoeberth” page.

Alex Brook Lynn, “It’s Not ‘Female Privilege’ But ‘Patriarchal Back-Firing On Men’: Exposing Men’s Rights Activism,” Vice, Aug 4 2014

Shambhavi Saxena, “It’s Not ‘Female Privilege’ But ‘Patriarchal Back-Firing On Men’: Exposing Men’s Rights Activism, Youthkiawaaz/Cake, Jul. 30, 2015

Lauren McKeon, "Whose Side Are You On Anyway: Meet the Women Who Hate Feminism," The Walrus (Canada), Nov. 16, 2016

DIPLOMARBEIT Titel der Diplomarbeit Wollen Sie ein Mann sein oder ein Weiberknecht? Zur Männerrechtsbewegung in Wien der Zwischenkriegszeit Verfasserin Kerstin Christin WRUSSNIG angestrebter akademischer Grad Magistra der Philosophie (Mag. phil) Wien, 2009 Studienkennzahl lt. Studienblatt: 301/300 Studienrichtung lt. Studienblatt: Betreuerin / Betreuer: Publizistik und Kommunikationswissenschaft Univ.-Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Duchkowitsch