Recognizing Putin’s mortals – and knowing how to stand up to him

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of sovereign Ukraine under various pretexts reminds me of Adolf Hitler’s rationale for the invasion and annexation of the Sudetenland in 1938 and his invasion of Czechoslovakia and Poland a year later. Back then, as now, the excuse was that German-speakers (then) and Russian-speakers (now) wanted to be part of Germany (then) and Mother Russia (now). In both cases, the excuses for invasion, occupation, and murder were just excuses. Some commentators say there has been no such thing as Putin’s invasion of Ukraine since World…

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Movie reveals affair between Auschwitz prisoner, Nazi captor

When Bat-Sheva Dagan first began her duties inside the hellish confines of Auschwitz, she was supervised by SS guards led by a young Nazi officer named Franz Wunsch. Given his position in charge, it wasn’t immediately clear why he spent so much time on the processing floor. But he’d pace the area where Dagan and other Jewish women worked, sorting through the suitcases that had been unloaded from trains bringing in tens of thousands of people to meet their deaths at the camp. Soon, however, the Polish teenager became suspicious…

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