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May 29 2010

Eleanor Roosevelt Liveblogs World War II: May 29, 1940

Eleanor Roosevelt:

My Day: It is interesting to note in some of the papers during the last few days, the suggestion that to insist that the hours of labor shall not be increased is a short-sighted policy in view of the fact that rapidity of production is necessary. It seems to me that the people who say this are forgetting the fact that an employed nation is necessary for the survival of a democratic form of government, and that it will be time enough to increase the hours of labor when we have cut our unemployment to the minimum. It may be said that the type of workers needed are not those who are unemployed. It seems to me, with industry really wishing to cooperate on this defense front, it might be possible to train some of those who are now unemployed and who have not previously been mechanics, so that they would be able to go to work when new factories are ready to receive them. Some people seem still unable to realize the fact that it is important to make democracy worth fighting for. Unless that challenge is met, we are apt to find ourselves with large numbers of people in our midst who care very little under what form of government they have to exist...

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May 21 2010

Erwin Rommel and Gerd von Runstedt Liveblog World War II: May 21, 1940:

Generalmajor Erwin Rommel: May 21, 1940:

Very powerful [enemy] armored forces thrust out of Arras and attacked the advancing 1st Btn. of the 6th Rifle Rgt., inflicting heavy losses.... Out anti-tank guns... far too light to be effective against the heavily-armored British tanks... put out of action by gunfire... overrrun by enemy tanks. Many of our vehicles were burned out. S.S. units close by also had to fall back to the south before the weight of the tank attack. Finally, the divisional artillery succeeded in bringing the enemy panzers to a halt south of the line Beaurains-Agny.... [T]he Panzer Rgt. clashed with a superior force of heavy and light enemy panzers and many guns south of Agnez... an extremely heavy engagement in which the Panzer Rg.t destroyed seven heavy tanks and six anti-tank guns and broke through the enemy position at a cost of three Panzer IVs, six Panzer IIIs, and a number of light tanks. This action brought the enemy panzers into such confusion that in spite of their superior numbers they fell back into Arras. Fighting ceased at nightfall...

Generalfeldmarschall Gerd von Runstedt: May 21, 1940:

A critical moment in the advance just as my lead elements have reached the English Channel. A British counterstroke south from Arras. We feared, for a short time, that our panzer divisions would be cut off before the infantry divisions could arrive to support them...

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May 15 2010

Russia releases secret papers on Katyn massacre signed by Stalin | Times Online - Toni Halpin - 20100429

[...] Top-secret documents detailing the Soviet leadership’s decision to murder 22,000 Polish officers at Katyn during the Second World War were released to the Russian public yesterday on the orders of President Medvedev.

In an unprecedented step, the Russian State Archive published official papers showing that Joseph Stalin approved the massacre proposed by his secret police henchman Lavrenti Beria. Other prominent members of the Soviet Politburo also signed off on the slaughter.

Mr Medvedev, on a state visit to Denmark, said that he had ordered the release of the material because “we owe it to the world”.

He told reporters: “We must learn the lesson of history. Let people see it, let them know who made the decision to kill the Polish officers. It’s all there in the documents. All signatures are there, all the faces are known.” [...]

April 23 2010

Die Zensur an der Arbeit



Postal and Telegraph Censorship Department worker checks the content of a letter. During the Second World War personal correspondence was routinely censored.


(Gefunden im Flickr-Photostream des Britischen Nationalarchivs)

Reposted fromglaserei glaserei

April 22 2010


April 12 2010

Hinweis - Flugzeugabsturz Smolensk auf

Pointer - Wegweiser ---------------------------------------------------

Der Frankfurter Rundschau gebührt ein großes Lob inpuncto der journalistischen Aufarbeitung des Flugzeugabsturzes von Smolensk - zu allen Details finden sich kompetente Stellungnahmen: dem polnisch-russische Verhältnis, technische Fragen zur Unfallursache, ein Interview mit Frau Gesine Schwan zur Persönlichkeit von Lech Kaczynski, eine Liste der beim Absturz Umgekommenen, u.a. auch über die aktuelle Relevanz von Andrzej Wajdas Film "Katyn" in dem m.E. herausragenden Artikel: "Eine Nation geht in sich" von Adam Krzeminski - letzterer wurde von mir auf meinem Soup-Account via Delicious gepostet (wird leider oft erst mehrstündig zeitversetzt integriert).

Global Voices hat zur Flugzeugkatastrophe anschauliches Material über die polnische und russische Blogosphäre und die Reaktionen zum Unglück veröffentlicht.

Für am Thema Interssierte finden sich unter folgenden Schlagwörtern entsprechende Einträge per Mausklick.
oanth - CEST 01:30 20100413/18

Polen: Eine Nation geht in sich | Frankfurter Rundschau - Politik | 20100412

[...] Unter dem Eindruck dieser Katastrophe ist beim offiziellen Russland offensichtlich ein Umbruch erfolgt. Noch am Mittwoch waren die Fernsehberichte aus Katyn über die Gedenkfeier zurückhaltend und kurz gewesen, und Andrzej Wajdas großer Film "Katyn" wurde spät in der Nacht nur im Kulturkanal gesendet. Am Tag nach der Katastrophe in Smolensk strahlte ihn das staatliche russische Fernsehen nun noch einmal im Hauptabendprogramm aus. Zum ersten Mal erfuhr Russland im Kreis der Familie nicht nur, worin das polnische Trauma eigentlich besteht, sondern bekam auch ein Fragment der eigenen Geschichte zu sehen, ähnliche Schicksale von Millionen Sowjetbürgern, die auch vom NKWD erschossen wurden, sowie das Trauma ihrer Nächsten, die über Generationen gezwungen waren, ihren Schmerz zu verschweigen und in einer erniedrigenden Lüge zu leben. "Wenn sich unsere beiden Nationen in einem solchen Augenblick nicht vergeben" [...] Eine solche "Chance wiederholt sich nicht mehr. [...]"

April 10 2010

April 06 2010

Le vendredi 29 septembre 1939


Dans la guerre (4)

Jean-Paul Sartre, Marmoutier (Bas-Rhin)

Le vétérinaire se saoule tous les soirs, il essaie d’embrasser toutes les femmes qu’il rencontre. Si elles résistent, il crie: « Attends voir, je vais te poteler le cul de force. » D’autre part, bagarre au mess des officiers. En conséquence de quoi des mesures sévères… vont être prises contre les soldats.

Un sergent trouve moyen de...

Reposted fromScheiro Scheiro

November 09 2009

Clapham North
During the early 1940s a number of deep level air raid shelters were built across London, some have found new uses but several sit empty. This example at North Clapham is due to be reused as secure document storage but the new tenents are yet to take up residance.
Reposted fromjulianturner julianturner
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