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Tagged With: Stalin

Ever Heard Of Daniil Granin?

  I DISCOVERED HIM MUCH TO LATE, in the year of his death, this Daniil Granin (1919-2017). He was for ages the president of the Soviet Writers Union, responsible for the ostracism of his colleague Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. And he enjoyed such a privileged status, even under Stalin, that he could travel wherever he wanted, got … Weiterlesen »

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Travel To East-Germany – Without Visa!

THE AUTHENTIC REMAINS OF THE ONCE PROUD COMMUNIST PART OF GERMANY are … – a bar-saloon-restaurant, called „Koni’s Center“ in the town of Neubrandenburg. It’s a private museum for the nostalgic hungry and thirsty curiosity-seekers, run by a guy with a strange humour and a vast collection of GDR souvenirs. His name, not surprisingly: Koni. … Weiterlesen »

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STARS Have You Got James Dean’s Autograph?

COLLECTING AUTOGRAPHS IS A TOUGH GAME – because I insist, that 50 % of all the signatures on the market are fakes or replicas or, word, written by somebody who knows how the stars signed his name. Especially if you get a piece of paper with the autograph only. Not a letter or with a … Weiterlesen »

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MUSIC The News To Use (No. 9)

When Soviet dictator Stalin took a rest on one of his sofas (he never ever slept in a bed), especially in his many Datshas, he very often turned on Mozart’s Symphony No. 23 in D major, K. 181/162b, complete on May 19, 1773. It is sometimes called „Overture“, even though the autograph score bears the title … Weiterlesen »

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LITERATURE Lost & Found (No. 63)

Of course, you know Ernest Hemingway’s novel of the Spanish Civil War „For Whom the Bell Tolls“. You have probably seen the movie with Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman, Hollywood made after the book. Then you have encountered the Russian war correspondent (for the party paper „Pravda“) and Soviet spy Karpov, not a very sympathetic … Weiterlesen »

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LAUGHS Interesting People Along The Way … (52)

He was a British Admiral and such a clever guy, that London asked for his assistance when they tried to come to terms with the Soviet dictator Stalin: Sir Reginald Aylmer Ranfurly Plunkett-Ernle-Erle-Drax (28 August 1880–16 October 1967, younger son of the 17th Baron of Dunsany (1853–1899) and his wife, the former Ernle Elizabeth Louisa Maria … Weiterlesen »

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HORROR Interesting People … (No. 51)

I tell you: It’s a monster’s story! The story of Vasili Mikhailovich Blokhin (7 January 1895-3 February 1955). A Major-General who served as the chief executioner of the Soviet Union, hand-picked by Stalin in 1926. Blokhin is recorded as having personally executed tens of thousands of prisoners by his own hand. He initially decided on … Weiterlesen »

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