• History

    A Study Guide to Modern European History

    There are a lot of European history books out there, a mountain of them, but most of them misunderstand, misinterpret or misrepresent the dynamics that drove events. Fortunately, a diligent student can winkle out the truth with research of readily available documents. For example, take the Treaty of London 1839 which ended the war between the Netherlands and its rebellious southern province. This treaty, which you can read for yourself, does not bind anyone other than Belgium and the Netherlands. Thus when Britain declared war on Germany in 1914, based on this treaty, it did so on entirely fictitious grounds. Germany did not threaten, invade, or declare war on Britain…

  • History,  Nationalism

    Germany, 1st in Space

    Germany was the first country in space, not the United States, not Russia: Germany. Its Aggregat 4 (V2) rocket had a first successful test flight on October 3, 1942, reaching an altitude of 84.5 kilometres (52.5 miles). On that day Walter Dornberger, head of the German Army rocket research centre, declared in a speech at Peenemünde: This third day of October, 1942, is the first of a new era in transportation, that of space travel. He was prescient about both space and travel. Further models of the A4 reached an altitude of 108.5 miles, well past the Kármán line of 100 kilometres where space is said to begin. (If it…

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    Culture,  History,  Nationalism

    The Second Invasion of Russia

    Napoleon organized the first invasion, the one illustrated was the second. You will be amazed to know who was behind it, what it was for and who took part. The list of belligerents is impressive: Britain, the United States, France, Japan, India, Canada (yes, Canada), Greece, Czechoslovakia, and many more. While the world was getting over WWI and the Spanish Flu, these Allied armies were trying to crush the Bolshevik revolution. Wikipedia suggests the intervention in the Russian civil war was primarily designed to block supplies getting to Germany. This is dissembling since the intervention continued well after the war was over. No, the real reason was political. The Bolsheviks…

  • Culture,  History,  Nationalism

    The Germany You Never Knew

    Have a look at these women featured on the cover of the German magazine The Young Lady sometime in the 1930’s. Besides being very pretty, they’re also very typical of women on magazine covers in Britain and America at the same time. To add to the experience, listen to the music of the era these women would have been dancing to. Then, if you can stomach it, consider that we tried for five years to kill them in their homes and offices with bombs from the air, and that those who survived were raped and killed on the ground by Russian troops, our rapacious temporary allies. We’ve covered up our…

  • Culture,  History,  Politics

    Goodbye to Berlin

    Christopher Isherwood was a British/American novelist and screenwriter whose best known works, Goodbye to Berlin and Mr. Norris Changes Trains, became the basis of the hit Broadway musical Cabaret. Originally, these novels, based on Isherwood’s diaries of his life as a language teacher in Weimar Berlin, were to be part of a larger work to be called The Lost. Instead, desperate for money, he sliced and diced his diaries into a number of articles, the novel Sally Bowles, and these two overlapping novels. Isherwood went to Berlin to see prep school friend and poet W.H. Auden in March, 1929 and moved to the city in November, 1929. There he discovered…

  • History,  Politics

    Did Churchill sleep with his Daughter-in-Law?

    It is well known Sir Winston Churchill did everything he could to influence the United States to enter the Second World War. This almost certainly included having his Daughter-in-Law, Pamela Churchill (pictured), seduce the married American millionaire, Averell Harriman, President Roosevelt’s special envoy to Britain. He also likely had his Daughter, Sarah, get together with the new American ambassador, “Gil” Winant. The two girls could translate their intimate pillow talk with the Americans into private brefings for the Prime Minister, an invaluable source of information on the United States’ intentions. It was while researching those relationships that I ran across some startling, and incriminating, evidence that Winston had intimate pillow…

  • History,  Race,  Religion

    British Jews, Churchill, and the Second World War

    The man pictured, with the Hitler moustache, is British industrialist Sir Robert Waley Cohen (1877-1952), former Director of Royal Dutch Shell, Vice-Chairman of University College, London; Vice President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, President of the United Synagogue, and the main creator of the Palestine Corporation. The University of Southhampton says of his career, “Waley Cohen was involved in various international negotiations and deals on behalf of Shell, including with the Egyptian government concerning exploration rights . . . During the First World War, (he) was appointed petroleum adviser to the Army Council (and) was appointed KBE in 1920, in recognition of this work.” “Sir Robert was…

  • History,  Nationalism

    German Guilt is based on Fake News (Part 8)

    Anyone who has seen the pictures of emaciated bodies piled up in German concentration camps at the end of WWII has felt a wave of revulsion. How could a nation do this to millions of people? The pictures condemn the National Socialists for all time. Or do they? Could there be another explanation for mounds of corpses? Indeed, did Allied actions create the conditions which resulted in what we see in the pictures? Or to put that more plainly; were our bomber crews the people responsible for killing those pitiful inmates? Here are the circumstances that affected the camps as the war came to an end. First, the German economy…

  • History,  Nationalism

    German Guilt is based on Fake News (Part 6)

    You’re looking at a photo of the IG Farben BUNA Werke in Monowice on the outskirts of Oświęcim Poland taken during its construction in 1942. The name BUNA is derived from butadiene-based synthetic rubber and the chemical symbol for sodium (Na), a process of synthetic rubber production developed in Germany. This one factory, although part of a complex of industrial plants, was very large in its own right, covering two square miles, with scores of buildings involved in rubber, chemical and fuel production. The large building at centre left is the power plant which eventually had three prominent smoke stacks. At the height of production in 1944, the BUNA Werke employed…

  • History,  Natiionalism

    German Guilt is based on Fake News (Part 5)

    The conventional wisdom is that Germany adopted a policy of expansion by negotiation, bluster, and occupation in the 1930’s and that only timely action by British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain slowed this policy of aggression. German Chancellor, Adolph Hitler, inadvertently reinforced this view by saying he was trying to bring German populations back to the Reich even though they were in other countries. A glance at the map (below) shows the true picture. Despite the fact it did not start WWI, and had not yet lost it, a starving Germany agreed to a disastrous peace treaty in 1919 that carved up the country like a butt of ham. Germany lost…