Monthly Archives: September 2018

Panerių Memorialas

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Romas Kalanta

I took these photos a week ago, on my way back from Treblinka and Białystok, but hadn’t posted them, not satisfied with stitching them together and also not satisfied with the effect of their being displayed separately. Listening to a … Continue reading

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I decided to make this the first stop on my tour of this friendly host to many cultures and nationalities, where Poles lived side by side with Jews and Germans. Take a look at what the young women in the … Continue reading

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I see this frequently on concentration camp and KGB prison visitor logs. What is it that we mean when we vow “Never Again!”? There was a light rain falling, with a little bit of lightning, a little bit of hail. … Continue reading

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Submissive voids

John Pilger: In the 1970s, I met Leni Riefenstahl, Hitler’s film-maker, whose propaganda mesmerised the German public. She told me the “messages” of her films were dependent not on “orders from above”, but on the “submissive void” of an uninformed … Continue reading

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Mid-term Democracy

I am amused that the second of four points in Anthony Zurcher’s BBC piece on the US mid-term elections is “Voter suppression”.

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The Deer Bridge Kaiser Wilhelm II’s Hunting Lodge

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Kaliningrad Lenin gazes east, directly towards the rising sun. Baron Munchausen monument The Bunker Museum is in the former German command bunker, and celebrates the seizure of Königsberg. The determined foe were a fanatical lot. The rooms which have “reconstructions” … Continue reading

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Obama Pizza

I mean, would you eat anywhere else in Kaliningrad? The names of the pizzas include Alaska, Wyoming, Pearl Harbor, San Francisco, Guam, Missouri. Needless to say I am having the Obama.

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Wolfsschanze. This is the bunker where the von Stauffenberg bomb went off. Martin Borman’s bunker

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Courage and Wisdom

My message to my fellow Americans, and to many others abroad, is alarmingly simple: do not cry tomorrow for what you did not have the courage and the wisdom to defend today. —Ariel Dorfman, The Guardian The whole column is … Continue reading

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