Category Archives: history

“The Ideal German Soldier”

“The Ideal German Soldier” –  appearing on the front page of Berliner Tagsblatt newspaper, Sunday edition during the invasion of Poland – 1939. Our soldier’s picture was taken by a Wehrmacht  photographer and  provided to the newspaper for publication.  It … Continue reading

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The Destruction of Messina and the Italian Exodus – A Re-Post

On December 28, 1908 at about 5:30 in the morning the greatest earthquake to ever strike the European continent in modern times struck Messina in Sicily. Messina was home to about 180,000 at the time. It was Italy’s 3rd largest … Continue reading

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The Picture

Young J. Edgar Hoover was tapping his desk with the eraser end of a sharpened pencil; it was habitual when he was feeling agitated.  And J. Edgar was agitated. He kept staring at the picture in front of him and … Continue reading

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Princess Zoe, Mehmet and the Third Rome

  May 29, 1453.  Everyone knew it was the last day. The armies of the new God were outside the walls and tonight they would enter into this holy city. All the signs were visible; the sun had turned black … Continue reading

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Victory Day – May 9, 1945 – A Re-Post

The great war memorial to Mother Russia at Stalingrad (now Volgograd) under which 70,000 soldiers are buried Wait for me, and I’ll come back! Wait with all you’ve got! Wait, when dreary yellow rains Tell you, you should not. Wait when … Continue reading

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The Last Empress Dowager

It is the year 1861 in the Western calendar while in China the Xianfeng Emperor lay dying.   He was the ninth Emperor of the Manchu Qing Dynasty and he was but thirty years old.  Each Emperor, upon ascending to the throne … Continue reading

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Children of Stalin

Joe Stalin died on March 5, 1953.  I was almost twelve years old at the time. While such things rarely mattered to kids in middle school, then called junior high, Stalin’s death was the talk of the school yard at recess. … Continue reading

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