“I SAW THE TANKS LINED UP READY TO INVADE POLAND.”

Clare Hollingworth’s 100th birthday was celebrated in an article appearing in the BBC News, Hong Kong, video from Telgraph and in ABC News Online. Ms. Hollingworth was responsible for the biggest scoop of the 20th century.

Having worked for London’s Daily Telegraph for less than a week, she was asked to go to Poland. She reported at the end of August, 1939: “I saw the tanks lined up ready to invade Poland.” She was just ahead of them.

DICK WINTERS HONORED ON ANNIVERSARY OF D-DAY, 6/6/44

This article tells of a great fundraising event to honor Dick Winters, one of the consumate leaders of Operation Overlord, so well-depicted in the HBO Band of Brothers mini-series. Several castmembers were at the Lancaster Barnstormers baseball game to commemorate the Allied attack on the beaches of Normandy, France and to raise money for a statue of Dick Winters to be erected at this most important site.

We must never forget what happened during World War II and the incredible human beings who lost their lives fighting against the German war machine. We must equally remember and honor those brave men and women who are still here to tell us about it. We pause to thank the members of Easy Company, most especially the two who were able to come to the event: Babe Heffron and “Wild Bill” Guarnere.

HONORING THE PASSING OF MAJOR DICK WINTERS, HERO OF “BAND OF BROTHERS”

“You are loved and will never be forgotten by any soldier that ever served under you,” one of his men wrote to Mr. Winters in 1945. “I would follow you into hell.”

This article highlights the story of one of the many self-effacing heroes of World War II and his company of men, The Easy Company, 506th regiment of the 101st Airborne Division. Their stories were first told in the book “Band of Brothers” by Stephen Ambrose, and then so effectively in the HBO emmy award-winning miniseries, “Band of Brothers,” produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks. Before the fame that the book and television series brought him, Mr. Winters lived a quiet life on a farm. Certainly he didn’t describe himself as a hero, (his men would disagree) but Winters often quoted his friend, Mike Ranney: “…I served in a company of heroes.”

“CHURCHILL’S OTHER LIVES”

A new radio series began yesterday, March 14, 2011 in the United Kingdom based on the many little known qualities and achievements of Winston Churchill. Not only was he a great Prime Minister, he was a fine artist. That is how Max first met him on the French Riviera. Churchill was painting in front of his easel in the garden of the villa where he was staying that was only a short distance from where Max’s godfather lived. Max was only three or four years old at the time and his tutor often took him to visit his godfather in Cap d’Antibes.

ADOLF EICHMANN, “A LITTLE COG” IN HOLOCAUST SLAUGHTER

The Eichmann Trial, by Deborah E. Lipstadt
The book review by Wall Street Journal’s David Pryce-Jones offers another look at the Eichmann Trial. In a court in Israel, the testimony of 100 Holocaust survivors, who had no previous interaction with Eichmann, brought to light the depravity of what went on in Germany during World War II. Each survivor’s story brought to life one little number of those 6 million lost. The little cog‘s “special task was to organize the deportation of Jews to killing centers. Allies or neutral governments occasionally petitioned him to release a Jewish citizen of theirs. He refused invariably.”

We can only hope the world does not not forget or become immune to the reality of what happens when those individuals gain power whose purpose is to annihilate entire peoples. This is a terrible warning of what generalizations about a people or group can do, no matter the color, race, gender, age, or religious belief that defines them. Lest we forget, there are good and bad tendencies in every group. Let us all focus on the good within us and others.

It is easy to find a scapegoat for an individual’s or for a society’s problems. Then the persons who proliferate the lies can grab the political and/or economic power. Simple plan that too often works.

JOSEPHINE BAKER, LIKE WINSTON CHURCHILL, NEVER GAVE UP

What a great article about Josephine Baker, the famous American entertainer featured in the chapter JOSEPHINE in Churchill’s Secret Agent. Max met her when he was a little boy. She stayed at his parents’ villa for a period of time while entertaining at his father’s club in Monte Carlo.

Josephine was an extraordinary woman. She never gave up. When she couldn’t get the opportunities she wanted in the United States, she moved to Europe where she rose to fame. Back in the United States after World War II, she refused to entertain at any venue that wasn’t integrated which caused many clubs to change their policies. Even after Walter Winchell accused her of being a fascist and a communist, a remark which caused many negative repercussions in her life, she continued on.

FIRST-HAND RECOUNTING OF WORLD WAR II

It was April, 1945. Jerry Ansul, an 18-year old soldier with General George Patton’s Third Army, Fourth Armored Division sees a sight that he has never forgotten–and for many decades could not and would not even talk about–at the Ohrdruf Concentration Camp near Erfurt, Germany. This article really touched me, reminding me of what I experienced with my own husband.

Venice comes to Monte-Carlo

Unique as is Monte-Carlo, I never expected to see a real Venetian Carnival take place in this most unusual city as is described in this article. By American standards, Italy is so close to Monaco, so why bother to re-create the special event? Well, why not. It will be fun to the 13th power, and I’m sure quite extravagant. I’d really like to be there–wouldn’t you?