The Economist published an obituary on Irena Sendler, a Polish Catholic social worker who saved the lives of 2,500 children from the Warsaw ghetto during WWII. It was remarkable that her courage was not more greatly acknowledged. She was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, which was awarded to Al Gore. Irena Sendler […]

Book review – Sophie Scholl and the White Rose

Book review – Sophie Scholl and the White Rose

Sophie Scholl and the White Rose (978-1851685363), by Annette Dumbach and Jud Newborn, is a superbly well researched and presented account of an act of honour and bravery by conscientious young German students, who dared to stand up against the mind numbing machine of Nazism and the Nationalist Socialist movement during World War II. In 1989, I visited an exhibition […]

The Troubles and former Eastern Germany

Belfast Gonzo raises the topic of nostalgia-gazing of former Eastern Germany, and whether Northern Ireland is ready to look at some of its Troubles artefacts. Gonzo, are you old enough to remember the 1994 exhibition, Symbols, created by Rhonda Paisley and supported by the Community Relations Council? I even own a video about the exhibition, […]