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The Man Who Volunteered for Auschwitz – David de Sola – The Atlantic

Witold Pilecki, Polish hero of Home Army

Witold Pilecki, Polish hero of Home Army (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Man Who Volunteered for Auschwitz – David de Sola – The Atlantic.

It is into this environment that Witold Pilecki, a 39-year old veteran of the Polish-Soviet War of 1919-1921 who fought against the initial Nazi invasion and a member of the Polish resistance, volunteered himself in 1940. Pilecki’s mission was to allow himself to be arrested and, once inside Auschwitz, to collect intelligence for the Polish resistance in the country and the government-in-exile in London, and to organize a resistance from inside the camp.

October 5, 2012 Posted by | Auschwitz, death, history, Nazi | , , , | Leave a comment

A German mountain haunted by Hitlers ghost < German news | Expatica Germany

 

A German mountain haunted by Hitlers ghost < German news | Expatica Germany.

On a mountain-bike, the cyclist comes barreling through the Bavarian pine forest, racing along a rough alpine track straight through what would have been Adolf Hitler’s living room.

February 27, 2012 Posted by | Auschwitz, history, Nazi | | Leave a comment

Stephen Hawking: Miracle mind inside a miracle body – UK – Scotsman.com

 

Stephen Hawking: Miracle mind inside a miracle body – UK – Scotsman.com.

January 7, 2012 Posted by | health, history, mental, Philosophy | Leave a comment

The women’s suffrage movement in Switzerland < Expat groups and clubs in Switzerland | Expatica Switzerland

New Zealand and Switzerland are similar in many aspects – both countries are considered reasonably well-developed and advanced in most social, economic and political spheres; both are comparatively neutral in world affairs; and are definitively (sometimes defiantly) independent, which may be seen as somewhat remarkable for the small size and population of both nations.

via The women’s suffrage movement in Switzerland < Expat groups and clubs in Switzerland | Expatica Switzerland.

November 24, 2011 Posted by | history | Leave a comment

Detectives taking new look at Natalie Woods death – Boston.com

Detectives taking new look at Natalie Woods death – Boston.com.

November 18, 2011 Posted by | crime, entertainment, history, media | | Leave a comment

Andy Rooney dies at age 92, CBS reports – Entertainment – Celebrities – TODAY.com

 

Andy Rooney dies at age 92, CBS reports – Entertainment – Celebrities – TODAY.com.

R.I.P.

November 5, 2011 Posted by | death, entertainment, government, history, media | Leave a comment

Lady Liberty turns 125 Pictures – CBS News

 

Lady Liberty turns 125 Pictures – CBS News.

October 29, 2011 Posted by | culture, freedom, history, immigration, social | Leave a comment

Captain Scott’s Lost Photographs – Slide Show – NYTimes.com

Captain Scott’s Lost Photographs – Slide Show – NYTimes.com.

October 22, 2011 Posted by | environmental, glacier, history | Leave a comment

Rubin Reports » The Middle East Today: Ha, Ha! It’s Too Funny! I Can’t Take It Any More!#comment-38591#comment-38591

 

Rubin Reports » The Middle East Today: Ha, Ha! It’s Too Funny! I Can’t Take It Any More!#comment-38591#comment-38591.

October 17, 2011 Posted by | culture, freedom, government, history, Israel, politics, social | Leave a comment

Tragic history lurks in Sochi’s ski slopes < News Focus | Expatica Moscow

 

 

At the end of the Caucasus war Russians deported millions of Circassia natives, an area that has seen recent investment from ski resort businesses eager to profit from the upcoming Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

Esto-Sadok — When Valter German’s ancestors came to the mountains above Sochi from impoverished Estonia, they found a bucolic valley with few traces of the indigenous people chased out by the Tsarist army.

But the history of Russia’s brutal deportation of the native tribes from the area some 150 years ago has stirred up international controversy and threatens to taint the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

Russia is trying to promote the area as a skiing destination, with President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin regularly photographed sitting on ski lifts and chatting in cafes overlooking the slopes.

via Tragic history lurks in Sochi’s ski slopes < News Focus | Expatica Moscow.

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July 20, 2011 Posted by | culture, history | , , , , | 1 Comment