Tag Archives: Adolf Hitler

Timelines of History

You’ve heard it said: those who don’t learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat it. Did you have that feeling yesterday? Here’s a timeline from the past: On March 7, 1936, the German military, at the command of Chancellor Adolf Hitler, moved into the demilitarized Rhineland. Britain and France scolded. On March 12, […]

The H Word

It finally happened. A German used the H word in my presence. I haven’t been all that surprised that Adolf Hitler doesn’t come up in conversation here. You could say it is because Germany and Germans prefer not to remember the Nazi era. It has been almost 75 years, that generation is dead, most of […]

He Who Must Not Be Named

It’s been 20 years or so since the first of the Harry Potter novels was published, sparking a reading craze and transforming author J.K. Rowling from impoverished single mother into the world’s richest woman. A generation has grown up with the books (and the subsequent movie adaptations). They are a powerful marketing force, and Rowling […]

Uncomfortable Remembrance

Somehow it doesn’t seem right to be a tourist in a place of unspeakable evil. But remembrance is important, so I visited the Dachau ‎concentration camp, the place where the Nazis refined their “final solution” for the Jewish people. These days it is in a Munich suburb. I would think it was more isolated 75 […]

Look Who’s Back

For our family, Friday nights are frequently a time to de-stress at the end of the work week. We eat dinner together then curl up in front of the television to watch a movie together. That can sometimes add to the stress as we try to decide what to watch (usually on Netflix). Three people […]

Vimy Ridge

It was 99 years ago today that Canada became a nation. At least that is one version of the narrative. Canada became a country on July 1, 1867. It severed legal ties, more or less, with the United Kingdom on December 11, 1931 with the passage of the Statute of Westminster. But military independence came […]