Tuli Kupferberg The Ballad of the SS Troop

Tuli Kupferberg

by Tuli Kupferberg

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Nazi Party. Tuli takes a swipe at the Nazi's Nazi, the "elite guard" the "SS" or "Shutzstaffel" to the tune of "The Ballad of the Green Beret." "It's funny, but not funny," concluded Tuli.
SS in the context of the Holocaust and World War 2 stands for Schutzstaffel which, translated literally, means Protective Squad. (Orginally, it provided bodyguards for leading Nazis). As the literal translation conveys just about nothing to people who don't already know what it was, it is common to refer to it in English simply as the SS. It was the SS that was in charge of the Holocaust.
From Tuli's DVD "Listen to the Mockingbird." Video filmed 1/1/07 at Tuli's loft by Thelma Blitz

The Nazis regarded the SS as an elite unit, the Party's "praetorian guard", with all SS personnel selected (in principle, anyway) on the principles of racial purity and unconditional loyalty to Führer .