Who Fakes the Nazis?
Jacques Pluss, a part-time history professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, NJ, was fired last year after a mysterious letter to the student newspaper exposed him as a secret Nazi.
Pluss is now saying that, influenced by Foucault, Derrida, and Kantorowicz, his Nazism was a deliberate deep masquerade, necessary for his research into fringe politics, since "any attempt to understand a group, a movement, or an individual psyche, would have to include becoming, as much as an individual can, the subject under study."
He notes that he knew his position was going away before next year anyway, so he engineered his own outing through that anonymous letter, "and I was on my way to living the experiences I needed in order to gather live research for my forthcoming volume on the 'wacky White Power Movement' in the United States, tentatively entitled 'False Blizzard.'"
His entire explanation makes entertainingly bizarre reading. One wonders if he will find many followers in this historical technique, or if he will ever find a job teaching again.