In the summer of 1945, as WWII drew to a close, the U.S. economy was poised on the edge of an uncertain future. In late 1940 for the United States to serve as the “arsenal of democracy,” American industry had stepped up to meet the challenge. U.S. factories built to mass-produce automobiles had retooled to churn out […]

via The Post World War II Boom: How America Got Into Gear — Pacific Paratrooper

COVID Learning Options for the Fall: Just a Few, Simple, Possible Scenarios

I happened to run across this through a former colleague from my Alma Mater in Minnesota and decided to share this for this affects not only education in the US, but in other countries as well. This looks at the different scenarios that schools and institutions of higher education may be facing should we have another CoVid 19 wave and ways both the student and the teacher can plan accordingly. While some have predicted that the virus will go away, others, including yours truly, believe that the fight is not over yet and the virus will remain until a vaccine is made available for everyone.

Andrew M. Ledbetter

After reading and hearing about possibilities for the fall semester, both in the higher ed and K-12 worlds, I think I finally have a grasp on the scenarios I and my students might face in the coming months. As I understand it, in order to be competent and caring instructors, all we need to do is develop syllabi for each of the following possible futures:

  1. Everyone is back on campus, likely wearing masks, but otherwise things are “back to normal,” with face-to-face classes.
  2. Similar to #1, but there is still a cap on large gatherings, so big courses may need special adjustments.
  3. Health guidance doesn’t allow students to return to campus, so everything is online again, as it was in Spring 2020.
  4. All classes are broadcast online, so that some students are in class on campus, but other students can watch online if they choose not to come to campus.

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‘Women and the Holocaust: In their own words’

While covering the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, this article came to mind as I came across it a while back. It looks at several women who survived the terror of Naziism and the Holocaust and lived to write their stories about it. Here are their stories….

London Life With Liz

The second talk I attended at the
Henley Literary Festival was given by Agnes Grunwald Spier – one of the
youngest survivors of the Holocaust. Agnes has just published a book called
‘Women and the Holocaust: In Their Own Words’.

In 1944, two years after her parents married, Hungary was invaded by the Nazis. Within months, Agnes’s maternal grandfather had disappeared, last seen on a bus stopped by Nazis searching for Jews (years later, the family discovered he had been murdered in the Auschwitz gas chambers).

In the meantime, Agnes’s father
was taken away by Hungarian fascists responsible for implementing anti-Jewish
legislation. Sent to the Russian Front, he undertook forced labour. Her mother
was left alone in Budapest, “surrounded by women, elderly people and children”.
Pregnant with Agnes, she moved into ‘alternative housing’.

Somehow, Agnes and her mother survived the war and the Budapest ghetto, Agnes’s mother valiantly continuing to…

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Angela Merkel losing grip as German state ignores her order and immediately ends lockdown

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The East Germany state of Thuringia has said its citizens can make their own choices with regards to the lockdown becoming the first place in Europe to end any formal rules. This does not follow Chancellor Angela Merkel’s advice of not moving too fast as the states compete to get their economies back going. Chancellor Merkel has made it clear the country is still “fragile” and “not out of the woods” with regards to COVID-19. Thuringia will lift its ban on mass gatherings, the compulsory wearing of facemarks in shops and a requirement for people to stay 1.5 metres apart.

The restrictions will be officially lifted on June 6.

Germany has been less affected by COVID-19 than many other European countries and began lifting its lockdown on April 20.

The rate of infection has been declining in the country, with only 431 new infections over the past 24 hours this weekend…

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75 years later still searching for missing soldiers of WWII


In this Thursday April 30, 2020 photo a view of the names of Soviet WWII soldiers killed in the battle at the Seelower Heights in 1945 at a war cemetery in Lebus, Germany. In eastern Germany, today’s verdant pastures were killing fields 75 years ago as the Soviet Red Army pushed toward the Nazi capital in the final weeks of World War Two. Volunteers from across Europe comb across the area looking for the remains of the thousands of missing soldiers, working from old maps and aerial photos to identify the trenches, foxholes and strongpoints where they could be buried. They strive to give the dead a proper burial, and wherever possible identify the remains to provide closure for families. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Thomas Siepert looks across the verdant grain field, glowing in the sun after a spring thunderstorm, as windmills slowly churn in the distance.

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We stopped our world and the world stopped with us

The Corona Virus has changed the world in many ways and aspects. This guest column shows us one way Covid-19 changed and that is the psychological aspect. After having gone through a rat race, this author found some time to take stock and make the changes necessary for the better of one’s physical and psychological well-being. Her story should serve as an incentive for all of us to consider.

The Lean Thinker

Let’s start with the WHY. Why did we stop our world?…

  • To remove pressure and reduce stress
  • To give our souls, minds and bodies a break
  • To step off the treadmill of life
  • To refocus and appreciate the small things
  • To admire the world and its boundless beauty
  • To become better versions of ourselves

Jonathan (my Husband) and I had reached a point in our lives where we wanted (and needed) to press the “pause” button. We have been working very hard for some time, and the last few years were challenging for both of us. Constant pressure and stress on the home and work fronts had impacted our bodies and minds and we were wondering – “when will it end?”. We had lost the delicate balance between our priorities in life and it seemed time was running away on us quicker than we could ever keep up.

I am…

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Jastrowie Rail Bridge in Poland

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Our next Wartime Bridge story takes us to northeastern Poland and to the town of Jastrowie. With a population of 8900 inhabitants, the community is located on the edge of the Gwda River valley. Germans have translated the river’s name into Küddow. During World Was II, Jastrowie was a stronghold for Nazi soldiers especially as a railroad line had existed and it was needed to ship war supplies and other materials to the areas needed, especially as soldiers on the eastern front tried to invade the Soviet Union and were only 60 kilometers away from Moscow by the end of 1941.

By the beginning of 1945, with the Nazis fighting a losing battle with the Allies encroaching Germany and its capital Berlin from all sides, Soviet troops were making strides as the soliders, tired and worn out from the fighting, were fleeing towards Germany, marching through Poland along…

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COVID-19: Ist eine Wiedereröffnung zum jetzigen Zeitpunkt sinnvoll? ¤ Is it sensible to reopen society at this point?

Given the current situation, one has to ask if it’s too early to open up or if it makes sense to wait until the vaccine is made available…..

NVP - Der Skandinavien-Kreis


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Als China im Lockdown war, konnte sich keiner vorstellen, dass dies auch bei uns passieren würde.

Dann sah man, wie schnell sich die Infizierten und die Toten häuften, wenn man es nicht tat,und das, was noch zu Weihnachten völlig undenkbar schien, geschah plötzlich auch bei uns: Der Gesellschaft wurde teilweise ein Lockdown auferlegt.

SAM_4295Dies traf die Menschen sehr unterschiedlich.

Manche hatten überhaupt keine Sicherheiten und verloren sogar ihre Existenz und stehen jetzt finanziell vor dem Nichts.

Andere haben mehr als genug und konnten zwar ihre Gier auf dem Aktienmarkt stillen, aber wollten einfach nicht akzeptieren, dass jetzt keiner mehr für sie arbeitete, damit sie noch reicher werden.

Wieder andere hatten zuhause kein schönes Leben, so dass sie es eigentlich nur in Gesellschaft aushalten können und sehr missvergnügt wurden.

Andere hingegen konnten die Krise als einen…

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Many a great U.S. military leader has also been profoundly well spoken. Their words below will make you proud, and perhaps give you a few goosebumps. Remember to thank a veteran this Veterans’ Day. 1. George S. Patton, Jr.: “We herd sheep, we drive cattle, we lead people. Lead me, follow me, or get out […]

via 12 of History’s Most Stirring and Profound Military Quotes — The Truth About Guns

History Professor Maurice Isserman provides a fascinating chronicle of the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division, formed at the outset of World War II to serve as an alpine fighting force. Drawing largely from the soldiers’ letters, diaries, and memoirs now housed in the 10th Mountain Division Archive at the Denver Public Library, Isserman brings the […]

via Review of “The Winter Army: The World War II Odyssey of the 10th Mountain Division, America’s Elite Alpine Warriors” by Maurice Isserman — Rhapsody in Books Weblog