Posts Tagged With: Stalin

Ever Heard Of Daniil Granin?

He was a Soviet Party lackey, but what a great travel writer!   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 … Continue reading »

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Travel To East-Germany – Without Visa!

It’s very small nowadays, but very nostalgic – and worth a visit … 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 … Continue reading »

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STARS Have You Got James Dean’s Autograph?

Then you have a fortune in your hand. Look into a crazy market … 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 … Continue reading »

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MUSIC The News To Use (No. 9)

How Mozart‘s 23rd Symphony calmed down a ruthless dictator … 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 … Continue reading »

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LITERATURE Lost & Found (No. 63)

A interesting discovery in a well known book …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“) … Continue reading »

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LAUGHS Interesting People Along The Way … (52)

I know – one shouldn’t joke about names, but then I saw this one!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 … Continue reading »

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HORROR Interesting People … (No. 51)

How could a man kill 300 prisoners per night? Blokhin couldI 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 … Continue reading »

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