Tag Archives: World War II

Miracle of Dunkirk

I had the opportunity to see Christopher Nolan’s exceptional film Dunkirk this past weekend and have been ruminating on the experience since. I won’t spoil the film by commenting much on the content, however I strongly urge you to view it on … Continue reading

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Don’t Mention The War

Situated on the shores of the Laacher See near Andernach in Germany, Abbey Maria Laach is a handsome 800 year-old center of devotion and learning with a gorgeous 18th century library and a dark history. During the years leading up … Continue reading

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Noteworthy ?

Adolf Hitler’s autobiographical manifesto has been freely available in most countries for decades, but for the first time since World War II Mein Kampf will be legally published in Germany. The book, which will include 3,500 scholarly annotations, will be … Continue reading

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Hemingway the Hoarder

Ernest Hemingway was one of the 20th century’s greatest writers, but he was also a big time hoarder. A new exhibition, “Ernest Hemingway: Between Two Wars”, at New York City’s grand Morgan Library and Museum is packed with examples of … Continue reading

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Memorial Library

Standing incongruously amidst the graves and memorials of the Jüdischer Friedhof Krems are three wooden bookcases. This library was created ten years ago by artists Martin Guttmann and Michael Clegg as a memorial to the destroyed Jewish community of Krems, … Continue reading

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Anne Frank’s Amsterdam

On June 12, 1942 Anne Frank celebrated her 13th birthday in Amsterdam. Her parents gave her a diary with a red and white checkered cover. “I hope I wll be able to confide everything to you, as I have never … Continue reading

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Rotterdam Tries Harder

Let’s be honest, Rotterdam is not the Netherland’s most attractive city or prime tourist attraction. It’s a vibrant and exciting cultural center, but it lost most of its historic buildings due to World War II bombings. These days, however, Rotterdam … Continue reading

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Churchill in NYC

 Winston Churchill is considered by many historians to be among the finest orators and writers of the twentieth century. His speeches galvanized Great Britain at its darkest hour during World War II, and his letters to President Franklin D. Roosevelt … Continue reading

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Homage to George Whitman

Way back in 2005, the Sundance Channel aired Portrait of a Bookstore as an Old Man, a documentary that pays homage to George Whitman, the American founder of the most famous independent bookstore in Paris, Shakespeare and Company. Whitman died … Continue reading

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Keep Calm and Carry On

During World War II, Britons were encouraged to “Keep Calm and Carry On”, but it seems that the original poster imprinted with the stiff upper lip slogan has ignited a minor war of its own. The WW II British Ministery … Continue reading

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