DNC Leader Rants Against De Facto Museum For Having Hitler Artifacts

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Highland Park, Texas real estate magnate Harlan Crow owns a collection of historic artifacts that any history museum would love to have. Indeed, in 2013, Mr. Crow made a zoning request to the Highland Park government for the purpose of turning his home into an official private museum.

Here is an excerpt from a 2013 article published by the Dallas Morning News.

Harlan Crow’s collection of historic documents and artifacts has inspired an unusual zoning request. The real estate magnate asked Highland Park to rezone his estate as a residence and a historical collection.

If the request is approved, Crow’s Preston Road home could become a private museum, complete with paid archivists, librarians, security and scholars in residence. Guests would visit by invitation or appointment only, according to the zoning application.

Crow, 64, keeps his collection in a private library in the mansion. It includes oil paintings of U.S. presidents, letters from Thomas Jefferson and the Wright brothers, a model of the Titanic and paintings by Adolf Hitler. . .

. . . He also has artifacts from the SS Athenia, the first British ship sunk by Nazi Germany during World War II. His mother, Margaret Crow, survived the ship’s sinking.

Crow is friends with Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and gave him Frederick Douglass’ Bible. He helped finance the Pin Point Heritage Museum in Georgia, which marks the area’s heritage and a cannery where Thomas’ mother worked. Crow’s family also donated $10 million for the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

His private library holds more than 8,000 rare books and artifacts, including a Senate roll call sheet from Justice Thomas’ confirmation and doodled notes of Abraham Lincoln, according to news reports.

Mr. Crow’s historical collection contains artifacts pertaining to historical figures both famous and infamous. One of the infamous ones is Adolf Hitler. That one little detail has caused a ruckus.

On September 22nd, Mr. Crow hosted a fundraiser for U.S. Senator Marco Rubio. Prior to the event, DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz issued the following statement.

So what else is in Mr. Crow’s collection?

Here is an excerpt from another article published by the Dallas Morning News.

Over the past 40 years, Crow has collected thousands of documents, manuscripts and works of art that span centuries. “Many people have their own hobbies and have vocations,” he said. “American history is mine.”

Among his favorites, Crow counts an Abraham Lincoln syllogism about the evils of slavery, a copy of Poor Richard’s Almanac and a letter written in 1493 by Christopher Columbus, after his first trip to the New World. The collection has paintings by Renoir and Monet and by Winston Churchill, Adolf Hitler and Dwight D. Eisenhower.

A sculpture garden includes likenesses of Churchill and Margaret Thatcher, the late British prime minister.

It also has busts of dictators, including Russian communist leader Vladimir Lenin, Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and Yugoslav dictator Josip Broz Tito. Crow has said the collection is not intended as a celebration of repressive regimes but to preserve a part of world history.

Crow said invited guests visit the library about once a week. They range from single visitors to groups of 50 or 60 people. The library drew one of its largest crowds last year, when several hundred people attended a Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society tour.

In short, Mr. Crow doesn’t own a “Hitler museum” or a “Nazi museum”. Instead, he owns a de facto museum of world history. So, why is Debbie Wasserman Schultz ranting about a fundraiser for Senator Rubio taking place on Mr. Crow’s estate?

Was it really a faux pas for the fundraiser to take place on the same evening as the beginning of Yom Kippur?

That question can be debated by reasonable people. However, let’s keep in mind another possible reason why Debbie Wasserman Schultz made her rant: Harlan Crow uses his estate to raise funds for Republicans. It could be that the congresswoman’s rant is a smokescreen to cover her real intention, which is to prevent Mr. Crow from providing such support to Republicans.

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  • Commander_Chico

    I used to subscribe to The New Republic and got these kind of letters all of the time.

  • Sky__Captain

    How the heck does Debbie Blabbermouth (DNC chair) get away with chastising a Republican candidate?
    Maybe she should answer questions about Grandma Cankles’ emails/Benghazi/Whitewater/cattle futures….

  • Scalia

    Kudos to you, David, for posting this. What the DNC did was sleazy, beneath contempt and deserves the opprobrium of every decent person.

    • Democrat SOP/BAU.

    • Paul Hooson

      Yes, this was indeed unfair and dirty. No one should ever resort to cheating to win something….that is an undeserved victory, one without any honor…

  • Par4Course

    She could just as easily have called it a Communist museum since it contains a bust of Lenin, but she got more headlines by using the Nazi label. The only “gross act of disrespect” was Debbie’s disrespect of the truth. Unfortunately, a lot of people who receive Ms. Blabbermouth-Schultz’s letter will believe what it says.

  • iwogisdead

    OK, here’s the thing with Wasserman Schultz (W/S).

    In 2012, W/S, prior to the Presidential Election, claimed that Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren told her that what the Republicans were doing was dangerous for Israel.

    This claim by W/S was taped.

    Ambassador Oren then, immediately, categorically denied that he had ever made such a statement.

    W/S then claimed that she had never made the statement she had made about what Oren said, even though it was on tape. This denial is also on tape.

    W/S thus has been caught, irrefutably, in two lies. Not insignificant shit, here: she was lying about what the Ambassador Oren said, prior to a Presidential Election, trying to influence the results of that election.

    In a saner world, W/S would have been flushed away with the other crap for these two lies.

    In our world, W/S is now the head of the Democratic Party.

    • Jwb10001

      Harry Reid majority leader in the Senate claimed to know from a reliable source that Mitt Romney hadn’t paid taxes in 10 years. He made this claim to force Romney to produce tax returns. When asked directly about his lie he claimed he didn’t do anything wrong, Romney isn’t president is he. This is the definition of the ends justifying the means. There is more honor among thieves.

  • Paul Hooson

    This was very unfair of Wasserman. I’m a Jew as well, and I love WWII books, helmets and war items, and that hardly makes me any fan of Hitler. Absolutely nothing ever suggests that Rubio is in any way proHitler or biased against Jews in any way. In fact, among NY Jewish voters, Rubio gets the most positive poll numbers of any Republican candidate right now. Rubio also represents a substantial number of Jews living in that famous Jewish homeland….Miami, as well.