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Infinite Disdain – “Leaving the Atocha Station”, Ben Lerner

November 8th, 2012 · Comments Off on Infinite Disdain – “Leaving the Atocha Station”, Ben Lerner · Elitism, USA, War

On the highway to Toledo we passed several tour buses full of what looked like Americans, digital cameras already in hand, and as we drew past them I expressed infinite disdain, which I could do easily with my eyebrows, for every tourist whose gaze I met. My look accused them of supporting the war, of […]

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Ataturk’s Message to Australia – “Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds”, Stephen Kinzer

August 31st, 2012 · Comments Off on Ataturk’s Message to Australia – “Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds”, Stephen Kinzer · Anzac, History, Humanism, Philosophy, War, WW1

In 1934 Atatürk learned that a ship carrying relatives of fallen Allied soldiers had docked near Gallipoli and that its passengers were mounting at the site. He sent them a moving message that is now chiseled, in English translation, into a memorial stone there. “Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives,” he […]

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Ataturk and Gallipoli – “Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds”, Stephen Kinzer

August 28th, 2012 · Comments Off on Ataturk and Gallipoli – “Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds”, Stephen Kinzer · Anzac, Culture, History, War, WW1

Turkey’s experience as an ally of Kaiser Wilhelm’s Germany was disastrous, with one shining exception. To the astonishment of Europe and the world, in 1915 a Turkish force managed to resist and then repel British-led invaders whose battle plan had been drawn up by no less a personage than First Lord of the Admiralty Winston […]

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Menzies War Record – “Inside the Canberra Press Gallery: Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House” – Rob Chalmers

May 25th, 2012 · Comments Off on Menzies War Record – “Inside the Canberra Press Gallery: Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House” – Rob Chalmers · Anzac, Australiana, Pacifism, Politics, War, WW1

When Menzies was Prime Minister in 1939, the Country Party leader, Earle Page, subjected Menzies to a bitter attack in the house. Page had served on the Western Front as a doctor (his field instruments are on display at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra). Page told the Parliament that he and his party were […]

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Bullets May Miss People But No One Dodged a Bullet – “Novel Without a Name” – Duong Thu Huong

May 2nd, 2012 · Comments Off on Bullets May Miss People But No One Dodged a Bullet – “Novel Without a Name” – Duong Thu Huong · Prose, War, Writing

I stayed stretched out like that for a long time. The ground beneath me was scorching now; the fog had evaporated and the grass had turned a deeper shade of green. The sound of an airplane rumbled overhead. I didn’t care. Why bother running for cover? I thought: Bullets may miss people, but no one […]

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Rape in Occupied Berlin – “Berlin: The Downfall 1945” – Antony Beevor

April 28th, 2012 · Comments Off on Rape in Occupied Berlin – “Berlin: The Downfall 1945” – Antony Beevor · History, Human Rights, War, WW2

Berliners remember that, because all the windows had been blown in, you could hear the screams every night. Estimates from the two main Berlin hospitals ranged from 95,000 to 130,000 rape victims. One doctor deduced that out of approximately 100,000 women raped in Berlin, some 10,000 died as a result, mostly from suicide. The death […]

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German Chutzpah – “Berlin: The Downfall 1945” – Antony Beevor

April 28th, 2012 · Comments Off on German Chutzpah – “Berlin: The Downfall 1945” – Antony Beevor · History, War, WW2

Like the other Russians present, Grossman was taken aback when a burgermeister, on being told to provide working parties to clear streets, asked, ‘How much will the people be paid?’ After the way Soviet citizens had been treated as slave labourers in Germany, the answer was obvious. ‘Everyone here certainly seems to have a very […]

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Lascivious Embraces – “Berlin: The Downfall 1945” – Antony Beevor

April 27th, 2012 · Comments Off on Lascivious Embraces – “Berlin: The Downfall 1945” – Antony Beevor · Communism, Humanism, War, WW2

Perhaps as a side-effect of this law linking death with sexual maturity, the arrival of the enemy at the edge of the city made young soldiers desperate to lose their virginity. Girls, well aware of the high risk of rape, preferred to give themselves to almost any German boy first than to a drunken and […]

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Ivan is Here – “Berlin: The Downfall 1945” – Antony Beevor

April 27th, 2012 · Comments Off on Ivan is Here – “Berlin: The Downfall 1945” – Antony Beevor · Quotes, War, WW2

A telephone suddenly rang (in the German Zossen HQ). One of the Russian soldiers answered it. The caller was evidently a senior German officer asking what was happening. ‘Ivan is here,’ the soldier replied in Russian, and told him to go to hell.

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Optimists and Pessimists – “The Fall of Berlin 1945” – Antony Beevor

April 26th, 2012 · Comments Off on Optimists and Pessimists – “The Fall of Berlin 1945” – Antony Beevor · Communism, Quotes, War, WW2

As the allied armies approached the hear of Germany from both directions, Berliners claimed that optimists were ‘learning English and pessimists learning Russian’.

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