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Speer’s Resistance to Scorched Earth – “Berlin: The Downfall 1945” – Antony Beevor

April 25th, 2012 · Comments Off on Speer’s Resistance to Scorched Earth – “Berlin: The Downfall 1945” – Antony Beevor · History, Humanism, Totalitarianism, WW2

It was Albert Speer’s latest memorandum which had suddenly triggered Hitler’s insistence on a scorched-earth policy to the end. When Speer tried to persuade Hitler in the early hours of that morning that bridges should not be blown up unnecessarily, because their destruction meant ‘eliminating all further possibility for the German people to survive’, Hitler’s […]

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Music and Death – “Life and Fate” – Vasily Grossman

April 9th, 2012 · Comments Off on Music and Death – “Life and Fate” – Vasily Grossman · Genocide, Music, Totalitarianism, WW2

In Auschwitz: People in camps, people in prisons, people who have escaped from prision, people going to their death, know the extraordinary power of music. No one else can experience music in quite the same way. What music resurrects in the soul of a man about to die is neither hope nor thought, but simply […]

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The Greatest Enemy of Fascism is Man – “Life and Fate” – Vasily Grossman

April 6th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Greatest Enemy of Fascism is Man – “Life and Fate” – Vasily Grossman · Extremism, History, Human Rights, Totalitarianism, WW2

If Fascism should ever be fully assured of its final triumph, the world will choke in blood. If the day ever dawns when Fascism is without armed enemies, then its executioners will know no restraint: the greatest enemy of Fascism is man.

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What Endures is the Individual – “Life and Fate” – Vasily Grossman

April 3rd, 2012 · Comments Off on What Endures is the Individual – “Life and Fate” – Vasily Grossman · Communism, Humanism

From Linda Grant’s Introduction: For Grossman, communism and fascism are ephemera. What matters, what endures, is the individual and the ordinary act of human kindness, indeed the often senseless act of kindness, as when an old Russian woman, about to hoist a brick in the face of a captured German soldier, instead finds to her […]

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