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Empathy is the opposite of prejudice, persecution, and oppression.This is why I'm writing the epic story of my great uncle Stefan’s survival across the forests of WWII Eastern Europe.
This blog is the "story behind the story" of one man and his life before, during, and after WWII, a survivor of Eastern Europe during some of its darkest days. I write this blog in parallel as I write the story of my great uncle Stefan, who withstood forced labor, torture, an 18-year sentence for … Continue reading Kinds of Blue: Searching the Past for Clues to Our Uncertain Future
How many ways can a leader or a regime wrest control from a government or a people? Following are three examples from history. Overthrown Coup, short for Coup d'état, is "the sudden, violent overthrow of an existing government by a small group. The chief prerequisite for a coup is control of all or part of the … Continue reading Ways to Seize Power: A Brief Review
JUNE 15, 2017: As the nation investigates an elaborate corruption that has ties to its highest offices, the term testimony has been broadcast far and wide—in print, over wires and airwaves, and in countless individual conversations. A testimony is a story in one's own words, a formal telling of one's experience, a public account of an … Continue reading High Crimes and Atrocities: Testimony
In the summer of 1991, I toured the Soviet Union with a group of "student ambassadors." Just a few months later, that entity no longer existed. The U.S.S.R. had collapsed, splintered into 15 separate states. Student Ambassadors We crossed 11 time zones over four weeks, traveling by train, bus, and plane. We went as far … Continue reading Me, the Kremlin, and the Fall of an Empire: Moscow, 1991
Shifting Borders When I read about the history of Eastern Europe, I realize how changeable national boundaries and concepts of nation are. I live in a very young country, America, which nevertheless has been highly successful in forming a self-concept that seems essential and timeless. Its sense of surety likely is rooted in the concept … Continue reading “I Am,” I Said: Thoughts on Borders and Refugees