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San-Diego , CA - The Ongoing Saga Of The U.S. Navy Swastika Building

Published on: August 20, 2010 01:59 PM
By:  Haaretz
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San-Diego, CA - A couple of years ago, the swastika-shaped building at the Naval Amphibious Base in San-Diego discovered by Google Earth became an Internet hit. The former U.S. resident and now Israeli citizen Avrahaum Segol got word from a friend in 2006 and made getting rid of the offensive symbol his own personal project.

He involved The Anti Defamation League and Congresswoman Susan Davis.

The Navy started thinking about options to reshape the building – but it turned out to be an expensive and lengthy process and today the building remains pretty much the way it was built.

“The first option for renovation cost $625,000. This was a single canopy option that could have been approved locally but the cost of multiple canopies exceeds our authority to approve”, explained Angelic Dolan, Naval Base Coronado Public Affairs Officer.

“The single canopy option was an insufficient effort to some in the public who advocated for a more comprehensive response. Other less expensive options were attempted that were primarily painting schemes to camouflage the buildings’ outline from aerial views.


Those were unsuccessful. Costs for the larger project, depending on options pursued, range from $17 million to $40 million,” Dolan said.

“Those who complained about the buildings’ shape were dismissive of the single wing reconfiguration thus we redesigned with more extensive construction options and have increased costs sufficient to push the project into the MILCON process. The more expensive plan now includes new barracks rooms connecting the wings instead of canopies to camouflage the views from the air. The latest budget request has been submitted and will be ranked along with other Navy requirements and forwarded to DoD for final consideration,” Dolan added.

It’s unclear how long it might take for the swastika building to disappear. Meanwhile, the naval base’s website describes the controversial structure as a group of “L-shaped buildings”. According to the site, they were constructed between 1969-70. “The final ‘look’ at the 6-building complex as seen from the air, was the result of an ‘oversight’ by Navy planners at the time”, the site states.

Avrahaum Segol is convinced that the shape of the building is not a mere coincidence, and has supportive evidence to prove his point -“sister building” – “Wesley Acres” residence for the elderly in Decatur, Alabama, which looks from a satellite view pretty much like a swastika. Segol claimed the swastika shape was chosen after German scientists were brought to the U.S. after the war.

Read full story at Haaretz.com 

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 Aug 20, 2010 at 02:10 PM Anonymous Says:

Get a life and stop finding new ways to waste taxpayer money.


 Aug 20, 2010 at 02:14 PM UseYourHead Says:

The design was dumb. The uproar is dumber.

We have much better ways to use those millions of tax dollars.


 Aug 20, 2010 at 02:25 PM Anonymous Says:

This design was NO accident.


 Aug 20, 2010 at 02:53 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  

This design was NO accident.

Even if it was there is no way we should waste one dollar today to change the design.


 Aug 20, 2010 at 03:11 PM Jimmy37 Says:

Just plant some more trees to break the lines. Stop wasting money on something no one saw or knew about. Another conspiracy nut.


 Aug 20, 2010 at 03:15 PM Askupeh Says:

Reply to #4  
Anonymous Says:

Even if it was there is no way we should waste one dollar today to change the design.

So you don't believe in correcting things done?


 Aug 20, 2010 at 04:28 PM Anonymous Says:

People who have full time jobs don't care about this nonsense


 Aug 20, 2010 at 04:48 PM raykaufm Says:

#6 I, for one, don't believe in changing things that don't need changing. As an engineer, I subscribe to the axiom, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."


 Aug 20, 2010 at 05:34 PM Anonymous Says:

if you dont have the decency to denounce this anti- semetic act and stand up for your rights as jews in this counr\try then maybe we should get al Sharpton to stand up for us. this is very similar to the mosque being built near ground zero.. the painof people being murderd and the symbol of chuzpah,,, we must demand the entire demolition of this structure


 Aug 20, 2010 at 06:09 PM KevinTheMevin Says:

Obviously he has nothing better to do. there is nothing wrong with the building how many people are walking down the street and seeing how the building looks from the sky???


 Aug 20, 2010 at 06:28 PM Anonymous Says:

To No. 9: Please get some help...even if was done deliberately, who cares!!


 Aug 21, 2010 at 08:26 AM Normal Says:

To #9 grow up. If it annoys Avrahaum Segol that much, surely he could pay the few thousand dollars to continue the roof from one of the end points to and adjacent arm so it would not look like a swastika to google and the man in the moon.


 Aug 21, 2010 at 09:29 PM Anonymous Says:

to #9:

1. Demand whatever you want - no one is going to demolish anything because YOU demand it.

2. It is not a building, but four separate buildings that have an unfortunate shape when viewed from the sky, not that that happens often.

3. If you can't even SPELL anti-semitic correctly, why would anyone take you seriously?


 Aug 21, 2010 at 11:06 PM Anonymous Says:

if you think being quiet and letting this go you are completely wrong. demand the structure be torn down.. silence kills!!!!!!!


 Aug 21, 2010 at 11:41 PM Anonymous Says:

To #3: Do you have any evidence to back up your fact?


 Aug 22, 2010 at 03:23 AM Brian Says:

Staten Island University Hospital is also shaped that way.


 Aug 22, 2010 at 11:49 AM mrwho Says:

nop big deal add one wall and the shape is gone


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