Category Archives: History

Stupid questions get funny answers

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Mein Kampf

While in Germany the debate is still raging whether an annotated version of Hitler’s book “Mein Kampf” should be published after the copyright protection will expire (I am in favor of such a publication, because what do we do historical research … Continue reading

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Why I don’t play the Lottery

Because it’s a Soviet scam, a Communist charade: In the novel Twelve Chairs, Ilja Ilf and Evgeny Petrov provide a very good description of the Soviet Union organizing steamship tours, accompanied by orchestras and dance groups, whose goal it was to … Continue reading

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The Russian Embassy

I am planning to go to Ukraine soon. But who knows if there will even be a Ukraine left in a few months. Russia is coming closer, at least geographically. To be on the safe side, I want to apply for … Continue reading

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Montenegro by Train

The next train will leave at 10 o’clock, the lady at the counter signals by raising both her hands and stretching out her ten fingers, as if a robbery was in progress. The ticket for one of the most beautiful train rides … Continue reading

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The Revolutions of 1989

1989, those were the times! With each broadcast of the evening news, the world changed so quickly that most people already lost track back then. Now, 25 years later, only a vague recollection of falling walls, fired shots and popping champagne … Continue reading

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There used to be a village…

… but now there is only a cemetery left. Those are the graves of the victims of the Sărmașu massacre committed in 1944.

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