Posts Tagged ‘World War II’

Austrians debate what to do with baby Hitler’s home | Reuters

September 27, 2012 Leave a comment

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The man who became Nazi dictator was born in the house in Braunau on the Inn, a town near Salzburg on the German border, in April 1889. His family lived there only three years, but his link to the three-storey building has left an indelible mark.

A retired local woman now owns the property, which Austria’s federal interior ministry has been renting since 1972 and has sublet to Braunau.

According to media accounts, the building – an inn when Hitler‘s family rented space there – has housed a library, a bank, classrooms and most recently a charitable organization‘s workshop for handicapped people, which moved out a year ago.

The question of what to do with it now is exposing splits between those who want to highlight its past and those who want to turn the page on an inglorious chapter of local history.

The mayor of Braunau, Johannes Waidbacher, caused a stir with a newspaper interview in which he proposed making the house into a standard residence.

“You have to ask in general whether another Holocaust memorial makes sense when there are already many around here,” the mayor, born 21 years after the war’s end, told Der Standard.

“We are stigmatized anyway. Hitler spent the first three years of his life in the city, and it was certainly not the most formative phase of his life. We as the city of Braunau are thus not prepared to take responsibility for the outbreak of World War Two,” he was quoted last week as saying.

via Austrians debate what to do with baby Hitler’s home | Reuters.


Alan Turing Google Doodle (and how to solve it)

Google is celebrating Alan Turing’s 100th birthday. Alan Mathison Turing is his full name and he was an English mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, and computer scientist.

Understand the working principle before using this doodle:

Google has praised him by integrating a logo in its homepage. This sounds good. This video will show you the answers for making the whole Google logo to be colored. by solving the Doodle. The Doodle has around 12 levels where, when you complete answering 6 answers, and when you refresh the homepage, you’ll get the next level to be solved.

This video is contains the answer for the first level.

Strange Random Cryptography Quote:

“Cryptography is like literacy in the Dark Ages. Infinitely potent, for good and ill… yet basically an intellectual construct, an idea, which by its nature will resist efforts to restrict it to bureaucrats and others who deem only themselves worthy of such Privilege.” Vin McLellan, “A Thinking Man’s Creed for Crypto” Entertainment – Can World War II film long hidden by the Army aid today’s veterans?

May 28, 2012 1 comment

“The guns are quiet now,” is the first line in John Huston‘s 1946 short film, “Let There Be Light,” which focuses on World War II veterans dealing with what we’d today call post-traumatic stress disorder.

Quiet, perhaps. But the echoes of those guns were still ringing in the minds of many returning soldiers — much as they still are with modern veterans.

Huston, himself a veteran and director of such films as “The Maltese Falcon” and “Treasure of the Sierra Madre,” filmed soldiers being treated at Long Island’s Mason General Hospital for what at the time was called shellshock.

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Film available online for streaming and download (for a limited time) at the National Film Preservation Foundation

Strange Random War Quote:

War does not determine who is right – only who is left. – Bertrand Russell

US Census covering Great Depression to be released – Yahoo! News

1940 US Census Poster

NEW YORK AP — It was a decade when tens of millions of people in the U.S. experienced mass unemployment and social upheaval as the nation clawed its way out of the Great Depression and rumblings of global war were heard from abroad.

Now, intimate details of 132 million people who lived through the 1930s will be disclosed as the U.S. government releases the 1940 census on April 2 to the public for the first time after 72 years of privacy protection lapses.

Access to the records will be free and open to anyone on the Internet — but they will not be immediately name searchable.

For genealogists and family historians, the 1940 census release is the most important disclosure of ancestral secrets in a decade and could shake the branches of many family trees. Scholars expect the records to help draw a more pointillistic portrait of a transformative decade in American life.

Researchers might be able to follow the movement of refugees from war-torn Europe in the latter half of the 1930s; sketch out in more detail where 100,000 Japanese Americans interned during World War II were living before they were removed; and more fully trace the decades-long migration of blacks from the rural South to cities.

Henry Louis Gates Jr., a Harvard University professor and scholar of black history who has promoted the tracing of family ancestry through popular television shows, said the release of the records will be a “great contribution to American society.”

Gates, whose PBS series “Finding Your Roots” begins March 25, said the “goldmine” of 1940 records would add important layers of detail to an existing collection of opened census records dating to 1790.

via US Census covering Great Depression to be released – Yahoo! News.

Strange Random Great Depression Quote:

“The Great Depression left a mark on all of the civilized world. It was a defining moment like a giant earthquake that reminds us of how little control we have over human destiny — despite our technology and innovation.” – Will Eisner


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Battersea power station up for sale | UK news | The Guardian

February 25, 2012 Leave a comment

English: The Battersea Power Station is the la...

One of the most recognisable buildings in the UK is to be offered for sale on the open market for the first time in its history.

Battersea power station, in south London, has been vacant since it was decommissioned in 1983. Planning permission for a £5bn development including homes, offices, a hotel, retail and leisure facilities was secured for the site from Wandsworth council last year.

The scheme includes a £200m contribution towards connecting the power station to the London tube network by extending the Northern line from Kennington.

It would also mean the creation of 25,000 jobs – 15,000 within the power station building – and the construction of 16,000 homes.

via Battersea power station up for sale | UK news | The Guardian.

Strange Random Building Quote:

“We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.”

Winston Churchill (British Orator, Author and Prime Minister during World War II. 1874-1965)


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Men’s Vintage Roars To Life: The Zoot Suit That Cost As Much As A BMW – Forbes

November 26, 2011 Leave a comment

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This month in New York a zoot suit sold for $78,000.

It was a world-record performance made all the more surprising by the disparity between the value printed for it in the auction catalog: $600-$900.

“I like to always be on the conservative side with my estimates,” says Karen Augusta, who owns the highly-regarded Augusta Auctions vintage clothing company that sold the suit. “In my heart I thought it could sell for as much as $5,000, maybe more. And then when I was deluged with phone calls from pretty major museums in the country, I thought well, hmm, this is going to sell for way more than I expected.”

Indeed. The cream-colored woolen outfit is the only zoot suit known to have been sold at auction in the United States. One buyer from a large museum said she had been waiting 40 years to find something like it.

via Men’s Vintage Roars To Life: The Zoot Suit That Cost As Much As A BMW – Forbes.

Strange Random Clothes Quote:

It is an interesting question how far men would retain their relative rank if they were divested of their clothes. – Henry David Thoreau


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Cryonics pioneer Robert Ettinger dies | Science |

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Robert Ettinger, a pioneer of the cryonics movement, has died and had his body stored at the facility he founded in the hope that medical technology will enable him to live again one day. Ettinger died at home on Saturday, aged 92, in a suburb of Detroit after weeks of declining health. His body became the 106th to be frozen and stored at the Cryonics Institute, which he founded in 1976.” My father devoted himself to doing what he could to enable his family, his friends and others to come back and live again,” said his son David. “Whether he will achieve that nobody knows at this point, but we think he has a good shot.”Ettinger, a university physics teacher, was seriously wounded during the second world war at the Battle of the Bulge and spent years in hospitals. The bone graft surgery that saved his legs inspired his optimism about the prospects of preserving life through technology, a statement from the institute said.

via Cryonics pioneer Robert Ettinger dies | Science |

Strange Random Miracle Quote:

“Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature.”

Saint Augustine (Ancient Roman Christian Theologian and Bishop of Hippo from 396 to 430. One of the Latin Fathers of the Church. 354-430)


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