Archive for January, 2012

Eco: ‘It’s culture, not war, that cements European identity’

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on 31 January 2012 by delclem

The writer and semiologist Umberto Eco advocates a sexual revolution to make us all ‘European’. Interview by Gianni Riotti, La Stampa;

English (c) THE GUARDIAN, 2012; photo: Sarah Lee


Schubert drama

Posted in Uncategorized on 30 January 2012 by delclem



“Every year the life of a famous Viennese persona is dramatised at Schauspielhaus theatre.

Following on from Sigmund Freud, Robert Musil and Bruno Kreisky, this year’s production, Winterwanderung (A winter walk), traces the life of the composer Franz Schubert, famous amongst other things for his lieder.”

Text (c), 2012



Nazism as cheap turn-on?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on 29 January 2012 by delclem

“From Ilsa, the She-Wolf of the SS to Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, cinema has long been fascinated by the Nazis – and their link to ‘deviant’ sexuality.”

Article by John Byrne (c) THE IRISH TIMES, 2012 Continue reading

“My weekend at the ‘Hague Hilton’”

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on 28 January 2012 by delclem

“As I entered, the first journalist ever allowed to report from inside, I had butterflies in my stomach. For I am a prisoner of my past. Some of the people detained here were accused of crimes against members of my family. We lived through the siege of Sarajevo.”

Photographer’s blog (c) REUTERS by Damir Sagolj who took pictures in the war crimes unit of the prison in The Hague.

The British Schindler

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on 27 January 2012 by delclem

“In 1938, twenty-nine-year-old Sir Nicholas Winton was preparing to take a vacation when he received a call from a friend who told him that he was leaving for Prague and needed his help. (…) Winton decided to take action and by September 1939, he managed to arrange visas and admission to British families for nearly 700 Central European mostly Jewish children. (…) Fifty years later, his wife found a scrapbook full of documents and transport plans….

Joe Schlesinger, a CBC reporter and one of the rescued children, is the guide in the documentary who presents not only how Winton’s act changed his life, but also how it continues to influence the lives of thousands of others worldwide.”

(on the occasion of Holocaust Memorial Day 2012)

The Waffen-SS as “European Freedom Fighters” – excuse me?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on 26 January 2012 by delclem

“Despised & ostracized, the Swedish community of Waffen-SS volunteers long gathered in secret on April 14 (…) for obscure ritualistic annual gatherings at a cemetery in a Stockholm suburb.

Since the 1990s, the rituals have not needed to be clandestine: the few, now very elderly survivors now head to Sinimäe, Estonia, where they feel they are now getting the honor to which they are entitled. Here, Swedish, Norwegian, Austrian, German and other Waffen-SS veterans from Western Europe meet up with their Estonian comrades and neo-Nazi followers. (…)

According to the Tageszeitung, this March the Estonian parliament will now consider a law, which would formally designate the Estonian Waffen-SS veterans as “Freedom Fighters.” Article by Per A. Rudling (c) Defending, 2012

Interview with Dr. Rudling (c), 2012

Belfast “peace walls”

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on 24 January 2012 by delclem

Belfast is probably the most “Central European” place on the Isles…

“Antonio Olmos photographs the walls built across Northern Ireland’s capital city as a means of defusing sectarian tension. There are 99 of them, dividing nationalist Catholic neighbourhoods from loyalist Protestant ones. Some of the walls date from the early years of the Troubles, but an estimated one-third have gone up since the IRA ceasefire in 1994. Now, ‘peace gates’ are being opened in some walls in an attempt to foster greater links between communities.”


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