Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Ring out the old, Ring in the new - Happy New Year 2010

"Glory to God in highest heaven,
Who unto man His Son hath given;
While angels sing with tender mirth,
A glad new year to all the earth. "
-Martin Luther

Cheers to a New Year and another chance for us to get it right.

Monday, December 7, 2009

A part of history ...

Its been a while long I wrote something here. I have been listening to some old rock songs and reading some history. I got interested in Deep Purple, Def Leppard and AC/DC songs these days. I have been reading and watching movies about world war two also.
The things which were happening there in Europe were of humongous magnitude, of extreme power. I know the things happened were sickening too (about 6 million Jews were killed in holocaust - apart from the war causalities). But I was thrilled by the display of power. One mad man decided to take control of the whole world with his political propaganda and he almost achieved it. But his plans were failed when the USA (the world's largest financial and industrial power), the Great Britain (the largest colonial power) and Russia (the largest army in the world) joined against Germany. Were you aware that Subhash Chandra Bose tried to ally with Japan against Britain. I saw this picture Valkyrie starring Tom Cruise, its about a German army officer Stauffenberg who wanted to kill Hitler to stop the war. Inglorious Bastards starring Brad Pitt was kind off funny, in the movie they show Hitler to be murdered. When you read about more characters other than Hitler who were behind the holocaust it becomes more interesting and at the same time sickening. Like Heinrich Himmler the second in command and the head of SS and the architect of the Holocaust. Himmler coordinated the killing of some six million Jews, between 200,000 and 500,000 Roma, many prisoners of war, and possibly another three to four million Poles, communists, or other groups whom the Nazis deemed unworthy to live or simply "in the way", including homosexuals, people with physical and mental disabilities, and members of the Confessing Church.Another one is Joseph Mengele the angel of death who conducted research on the victims in concentration camps. He is famous for his researches on identical twins. He died in Brazil and was never captured. He used to do surgeries without anesthetic and even tried to stitch two twins together. According to a website, "Once Mengele's assistant rounded up 14 pairs of Roma twins during the night. Mengele placed them on his polished marble dissection table and put them to sleep. He then injected chloroform into their hearts, killing them instantly. Mengele then began dissecting and meticulously noting each and every piece of the twins' bodies." I have visited the National Holocaust Museum in Washington DC, and its again sickening. They have collection of the slippers, personal items from the concentration camps. They have videos from concentration camps. The museum itself is done in a dark theme and by the end of it you will really feel happy for not being a part of the dark chapter of history.
Adolf Hitler was treated like a God in Gemany and by Germans - He was indeed godlike, all the power was concentrated on one man and his associates. If some one could kill him, him alone the WW2 could have been stopped. Just what Stauffenberg tried and failed.