Category Archives: Holocaust

Easily Confused (60) Dehumanization

Dehumanization of Jews in Nazi propaganda: (Source: Der Giftpilz by Ernst Hiemer, published in Germany in 1938.) Dehumanization of Syrian refugees by Donald Trump: All that reading of Nazi literature really left its mark.

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Book Review: “Golden Holocaust” by Robert Proctor

This will be a short book review because Robert Proctor’s book about the dangers of tobacco, smoking and cigarettes can be dismissed outright after reading the title and the introduction. Although I occasionally smoke cigars, I know it’s neither healthy … Continue reading

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Elie Wiesel, 1928-2016

We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. I highly recommend Elie Wiesel’s book Night, a short but powerfully moving biography-novel.

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German history follows me all the way to Bolivia

A few days ago in Santa Cruz in eastern Bolivia: The Orient Express on which I had come from San José de Chiquitos even further in the east of the country was delayed by an hour, so I had to hurry to get to the airport to catch … Continue reading

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Why is German reunification celebrated on 3 October?

Today, Germany celebrates the 25th anniversary of the reunification of East and West Germany on 3 October 1990. The history buffs among you will know that the Berlin Wall fell almost a year earlier, on 9 November 1989. So why … Continue reading

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The Ghetto of Venice

Venice has the dubious distinction of being home to the world’s original ghetto, the area where in 1516 all the city’s Jews were ordered to move to. This came on top of other economic and social restraints, although the oppression was still … Continue reading

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“A Spy at the Heart of the Third Reich” by Lucas Delattre

“A Spy at the Heart of the Third Reich” would be one of the best spy novels I have ever read, if only it was a novel. But even better, it’s a true story. It’s a cliché that the best stories are … Continue reading

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