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- 60th Anniversary of the End of World War II
1945 – May 8th – 2005
Why should the Holocaust continue to be the subject of further studies?
According to the Dictionary of the Royal Academy, the word holocaust means ”a huge slaughter of human beings”. Another entry reads: ”Among the Israelites, especially, it implied that the victims were burnt up”.
Etymologically, the word holocaust derives from [...]
- Per Anger (1913 – 2002)
We usually start out a short biography of a protagonist talking about either their birthday or placebirth, childhood and some others attributes. Neverthe-less, what is interesting for the reader is almost always the fact, the event, the detail that turns the person into a personage.
This case is not an exception. Although, here we stand out [...]
- Jan Zwartendijk: the guardian of salvation
When two Dutch students approached Jan Zwartendijk to ask him for visas that would allow them to enter Dutch territory in the colony of Curacao, he was not yet known by the knick-name of Mr. Philips Radio; he had not become a saviour yet. He still produced light bulbs and radios in the Lithuanian Philips [...]
- Ewelyn Lipko-Lipczynska, Poland
During the 1940’s, Ewelyn Lipko-Llipczynska and her family were watching the developments of the war within Europe and their own Polish community.
Ewelyn’s father, Jan Szymanski, was a respectable teacher determined to resist the German advance. When the Polish schools were closed, Ewelyn’s family opened a clandestine one.
Ewelyn edited and distributed two clandestine papers, ”The [...]
- Countess Maria von Maltzen, Germany
Countess Maria Helene Francoise Izabel von Maltzen was born on March 25th, 1909, in Silesia, Germany.
After completing grade school and in spite of her family’s opposition, Maria decided to undertake studies in Veterinary Science, through which she obtained a doctorate in Natural Science.
When the Nazis reached power, Maria’s sense of justice made her join several [...]