“Homosexuals being punished by wearing dresses and wheeling heavy rocks.”, State Penitentiary, Canon City, Colorado, Between 1900-1910
Today marks the 80th anniversary of the Kristallnacht, the November 9 pogrom against Jews throughout Nazi Germany. On this occasion I post the destroyed front of the Zaudy store in Wesel, a design by Gerrit Rietveld. The Zaudy family was Jewish and not only lost their store in the Kristallnacht but were also physically attacked by Nazi troops. They were later killed in concentration camps. Given the current nationalist and anti-minority movements in Europe it is necessary to remind ourselves that history should not repeat itself and we should nip these tendencies in the bud.
Thought I’d share a piece that I wrote a couple of years ago. I read an article recently that Martin Sensmeier is going to star in a new movie (produced by Angelina Jolie) about the life of Sac and Fox superstar athlete JimThorpe. I learned about Jim Thorpe during a trip I took to the first Native American boarding school located in Carlisle, PA, which I write about in my article. Thorpe attended the school before he went on to win some Olympic gold medals. I’m excited for this movie because the script was co-written by Sterlin Harjo and there has been lots of input from the Thorpe family. It’s so important that Indigenous people tell their own stories. It’s so important that we relay history through our own eyes.
The Fürstenzug (procession of princes) mural,
painted between 1871 and 1876 to celebrate the 800th anniversary of Saxony’s ruling family, the Wettins.
Dresden, September 2018.
There are more people like me.
Pinochet severely persecuted left leaning citizens in Chile, as well as any one who made criticisms of the regime – resulting in executions of up to 3,200 people. He was also responsible for the internment of 80,000 and the torture of tens of thousands of Chilean citizens. The coup d’etat that saw Pinochet rise to power was made possible by a three year long covert operation perpetrated by the United States, and once established the Pinochet regime was sustained by U.S military support.