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World War Tourist

Kraków

La Dolce Vita in the Polish York Surprises, surprises, and more surprises. “Travel is fatal to prejudice,” Samuel Clemens once wrote, and, while good ol’ Sam had broader topics in mind, his quote is applicable to more mundane matters. My image of Poland, for instance. Previous to coming here, the word Poland brought to mind: Chicago … Continue reading »

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Auschwitz

                       

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The ghosts of war

The enemy? His sense of duty was no less than yours, I deem. You wonder what his name is, where he came from. And if he was really evil at heart. What lies or threats led him on this long march from home. If he would not rather have stayed there in peace. Well, this … Continue reading »

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The Sky’s the Limit

As it turns out, I’m not the only, nor indeed the first, person to think it ironic that something called the “Pacific” ocean would be home to some of the bloodiest and hardest-going battles of the Second World War. I had the great fortune to meet and spend time with a man who thought much … Continue reading »

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Rant

Last few days have been a blur. Finished off Oslo in a mad rush, visiting the Norwegian Holocaust Museum (housed in the same villa Vidkun Quisling appropriated for himself during WWII). The museum has, surprisingly, a fine collection of ephemera from the era: Then a blast across the Bygdøy peninsula for a peek at something altogether more … Continue reading »

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Anhalter Bahnhof

The Anhalter wasn’t the most famous of Berlin’s classic train stations, but it was one of the most lovely.  It was badly damaged in WWII, then mostly dismantled after The Wall went up (having been marooned on the east side).  Here’s all that’s left today: For reference, here it was in 1930 (courtesy of stadtentwicklung.berlin.de):

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