In 1888 a group of Germans migrated from Saxony to establish a true German colony in Paraguay. Their mission was to preserve the German race and its pure culture:
Wenn Deutschland in die Hände der Russen, der Juden oder der Fremden falle, tönte im Jahr 1888 der Deutsche Bernhard Förster, werde an einem anderen Ort ein ideales Germanien 'verjüngt und voller Kraft' erblühen. Er werde die deutsche Kultur in einen 'neuen und vielversprechenden Boden' verpflanzen: an die Gabelung der Flüsse Aguaray-mi und Aguaray-guazu in Paraguay.
An interesting historical footnote: Bernhard Förster's wife was the sister of Friedrich Nietzsche (who found the mission completely preposterous). The colony - Nueva Germania - was anything but a success and slowly dissolved over the decades. But in a bizarre turn of events, a composer from San Francisco has dreams of revitalizing the colony - and is getting some support from unlikely places on high:
a Wagner-loving San Francisco composer who is mounting a determined crusade to rebuild the Aryan dream and has sought assistance from Vice President Dick Cheney, two U.S. philanthropic groups, a Southern California town council, Bay Area artists, and a U.S. filmmaker best known for the underground movie "Scorpio Rising" and the book "Hollywood Babylon."
"As an artist who is fed up with much of the pretentious nonsense that has come to define Western culture, I am drawn to the idea of an Aryan vacuum in the middle of the jungle," says David Woodard, who lives on Mount Davidson and studied musical composition at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
The enterprising Woodard even convinced the Southern Californina town of Juniper Hills to become the Sister City of Nueva Germania. Dick Cheney's office sent a note of congratulations. Only later did the town officials learn of the true nature of this "Aryan Sanctuary" and backed off from the project.
The Juniper Hills town council is now trying to distance itself from both Woodard and Nueva Germania. Council President Vance Pomeroy said the town has created a new Web site -- www.juniperhills-ca.org -- and will ask the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which assigns domain names, to shut down the original Web site.
But that shouldn't stop Woodard. Maybe with Dick Cheney's help he could gain the support of Kansas City as Nueva Germania's Sister City: it will soon become the world headquarters of the white supremacist Aryan Nations.