Survivor of Buchenwald

I got through this book quickly, it was an actual page-turner. It should be required reading, especially these days as we all take everything for granted. Unbelievable that people can treat other people so horribly, it really sheds light on how ignorant I am, and we all are, as to how evil people can actually be. I read a book a few years ago called Hitler’s Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust by Daniel Jonah Goldhagen, which goes a long way to explain how this can occur; one of the points mentioned was that it isn’t simply a German trait to go down this road. It can happen anywhere. This is where our school systems have failed horribly as this topic has been relegated to a hobby instead of being common knowledge.


Survivors of Buchenwald • page 143

“lf you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy ef the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

– Joseph Goebbels

Nazi Germany Propaganda Minister

Historical Alzheimers

…That notion — people don’t care for history anymore — is one that troubles Grosvenor.

I feel as a nation, it’s like we’re developing amnesia or Alzheimer’s,” he said. “When you get Alzheimer’s, you don’t know who you are, you don’t know where you are and you don’t know where you’re going. That’s where we are. What is America? People don’t know anymore.”

  • Edwin Grosvenor

Great War Magazines from Great Britain 1914-1917

I had these in my eBay Watch List, and accidentally bought them. Boring story. However, I’m glad I did as they are a great find! I don’t believe this is a complete set, but it would be pretty hard to finish it, and it’s good reading anyway. The first ones were published in 1914, the first year of the war, and the last one in the set that I have was published a year before the war ended.

The first issue is interesting with things such as the chapter on airplanes, because at that point they were just used for reconnaisance and some very basic bombing, consisting of the passenger or even the pilot dropping the bomb from the side of the plane. It was all experimental in that first year. They quickly changed that.

Being more than a hundred years old, these aren’t in that great of shape, but very readable. I had to pay to have them shipped from Great Britain, but that was worth it. They are like big National Geographics from the time.

100221 • Thrift Store Finds

The Ernie Pyle book below was made in 1944… and it is like brand new. White pages, no issues whatsoever! Almost as unbelievable is that I don’t have it already!

America 1908 is interesting as it shows what the USA was like right before the war, which is important to know.

Images Of War • Artwork from the war. There is a lot of this in books, but I have few books about it.

Warrior is one of those books I see every once in a while, and wanted when it was new. Finally found one at a cheap price! A nice romp of photos and text, not heavy reading but very interesting, visually.

300 • Finally, I get to experience the book that one of my favorite movies was based on. I read Frank Miller’s take on Batman back in high school, so I’m familiar with the visual style. What I didn’t understand about the movie for years, is that it is from the point of view of the narrator, telling the story. It isn’t actually supposed to be historically accurate.

Not much to say here, although the Songs Of WWI is a nice two-disc volume that has the original recordings… I read about these songs all the time so it will be a nice reference.

Voices of Time is a nice disc, and the Living Stereo of Van Cliburn is of course something I won’t turn down, especially with the Prokofiev 3.