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“The Zookeeper’s Wife” Movie (2017) — Reaffirmed Why I Refuse To Own A German Car.

by Anura Guruge



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Quite the movie. Powerful & engrossing especially given that you know that it is based on a TRUE STORY!

Schindler’s List” set in the Warsaw Zoo, Poland during WWII.

Good movie, but distressing to watch the cruelty and the inhumanity of the Germans. It really hits you.

It was PG-13 and I wanted Teischan to see it. So, I had DVRed it, a few weeks ago, during an HBO Preview weekend. She watched it, with interest, though she is still quite hazy on the historical aspects of it.

Definitely recommend it. We should never forget what happened — NOT that long ago.

In the end it is an inspirational and feel-good movie

Made me feel real good — and glad — about my near 40-year resolution not to buy German cars after I saw the German bombing of Liverpool.


 

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The ‘United Nations’ (UN), Came To Be This Day, 72-Years Ago; October 24, 2017.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations



I have spoken from THAT podium,
in front of that green granite that Trump detests.

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As I mentioned in this post from 12-days ago, I grew up an UNESCO brat — with UNESCO a UN agency. So, I am NO stranger to the United Nations.

I have (honest injun) stood at that famous podium, in the UN General Assembly Hall, in front of the green granite, and spoken. It was 1977 or 1978. I was in New York with IBM. My adoptive father’s cousin worked at the United Nations — in the library. These were the INNOCENT DAYS before security concerned ruined so much. I think I walked into the UN HQ building, to meet mu ‘cousin’, without encountering any security. He took me for a tour. The General Assembly Hall was empty. He just walked in. Told me to go up to the podium so that I can tell folks — years later (like now) — that I have stood on that podium. Those were the days, my friends … Life was so much simpler.

Whether you ‘like’ the UN or not, it has done a fair amount for the World and humanity.

It was set up 52-days after the END of WW II to prevent WW III. In that it has been successful — for now. That said we have had TOO MANY WARS in that period, and I do blame the UN to an extent.

Yes, it is NOT anywhere close to efficient as it should be and there is a lot of ‘mismanagement’ and downright corruption. But, that (in this case) goes very much with the territory.


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Italy Totally Switched Sides During World War II On This Day, 74-Years Ago — Declaring War On Germany!

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Click here to access “The New York Times” original.


Hard to even fathom … right.

You enter a major war on one-side and then turn against your original partner — and, moreover, declare war on them. But, that was Italy during WW II. Which is why to this day those that understand this stuff still joke about the Italian army.

But, at least, you can say, they saw the errors of their way.

So, if you know any Italians or Germans ask them IF they remember this anniversary. 74-years ago.


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The NEW PBS Masterpiece Theatre “The Collection” Might Not Be Everybody’s Cup Of Tea.

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Click to access the PBS page for this new Masterpiece show.



It may be a tad too dark, intense and ‘adult in bits’ for some. Definitely not ‘Downton Abbey‘.

If you like that period, Paris, 1940s photography and some LUSCIOUS 2017 videography with the most vivid reds you are ever likely to see, this will appeal (though there may still be scenes that you might not appreciate).

Given all the time I have spent in Paris (which means that most of the places shown are familiar) and my familiarity with French/Paris history during and after WW II (much of it learnt from the excellent book “Is Paris Burning?“, I found it interesting. All loved the scenes of the American photographer using a Rolleiflex to take black-and-white images.

If you are into this stuff you might want to give it a try.


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Educational Google Doodle For Pioneering British Journalist Clare Hollingworth — First To Scoop WW II!

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Permanent access, independent of date,
provided via the Google Doodle Archive.


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The World’s First Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier, The USS Enterprise, Was Launched This Day 57-Years Ago.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Enterprise_(CVN-65)


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It was — and still is — the LONGEST naval craft EVER BUILT!

That it still holds that record is amazing.



The ‘Big E’. I was 7-years old when this was launched. I think I remember hearing about it in Ceylon.

Was NOT the first nuclear-powered naval vessel. That was, of course, the USS Nautilus, launched 5-years earlier.

That the ‘Big-E’ still remains the longest naval vessel is worth thinking about.

Other thing interesting is that was the 6th USS Enterprise — superseding CV-6, an aircraft carrier too, that had served during WW II — up until 1947.


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Word War II (WW II) ENDED This Day 72-Years Ago; September 2, 1945 — A Momentous Day.

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This was 2 weeks PRIOR — August 14, 1945 in New York.

August 15, 1945 (Japan time) was when Japan surrendered,
9-days after the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima and
6-days after Nagasaki.

The surrender papers were signed September 2, 1945.


72-years ago, TODAY. A day for sober remembrance. 

6 long years and 1 DAY after WW II began.

A glorious day for humanity.

We now need to be more vigilant than ever.

This was the War that was meant to end all future wars. Well, that has not happened.


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Word War II (WW II) BEGAN This Day 78-Years Ago; September 1, 1939 — The Time To Reflect.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invasion_of_Poland



A sobering day, at least for I. 78-years seems ‘so long ago’, but also ‘not that long ago’. Just 14-years before I was born.

Scary for those who thought the factors that ignited WW II had been extinguished forever.

Yes, we still have a few WW II veterans around. If you are lucky enough to meet one today remind them of this sombre anniversary.

Kind of interesting that this terrible war ended 6 years AND 1 DAY later; Started on September 1, ended September 2.

So tomorrow will be 72-years since the ending of WW II.

For those not that familiar with the history of WW II, it started with the German invasion of poor Poland.


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Paris, ‘City Of Lights’, Was Liberated From The Germans, During WW II, This Day 73-Years Ago! Hurrah! Hurrah!

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Yes, yes, yes. The glorious Liberation of Paris in 1944. Paris is dear to me and I knew it well. I lived in Paris for a year, 1968 – 1969, and my adoptive parents lived there again from 1978 to 1992.

Yes, it was spearheaded by U.S. General George Patton’s famed US Third Army. The ‘battle for Paris’ started on August 19, 1944. By the 24th of August there were other divisions including a French division made up mainly of Spanish exiles. The final surrender happened on August 25.

Have YOU read ‘Is Paris Burning?‘ That title comes from a question Hitler asked his commanding officer in Paris as the Germans were ingloriously withdrawing from the city. Hitler had ordered that Paris should be annihilated prior to the German departure. The Germans, to their credit, did not have the heart to do that!

This book, ‘Is Paris Burning?‘, was my adoptive father’s favorite book — which says something since he was a formidable author. He gave away copies of the book to anyone he liked — and he had a penchant for liking most people. So he was in constant need for large supplies of this book. During the time he lived in Paris one of my duties was to keep him supplied with copies of this book from the U.K. You really should read it.

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The PBS Masterpiece “My Mother And Other Strangers” A “Home Fires” Look-Alike BUT Not As Good.

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I recorded it on Sunday for two reasons: the Gerald Durrell inspired title tickled me and it look like an extension of ‘Home Fires‘ — that we have come to adore.

Yes, it is another life in Britain during WW II movie — with a lot of yanks about — albeit, this time set in Northern Ireland rather than in England

Though there are times that you think you are yet again watching ‘Home Fires’ it is nowhere near as compelling and intense. But, Teischan likes it and that is good. I am happy. IF you like British period pieces from that era you should at least watch one episode and see what you think.


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