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Lost Leonardo da Vinci painting to break all records – Telegraph http://ping.fm/YeNnK

Posted July 2, 2011 by dmacc502 in global

Matching Names to the Soviet Norwegian Dead | Arts & Ideas | The Moscow Times   Leave a comment

 

 

There are six Ivanovs listed on the web site: Grigory, Semyon, Pavel, Vasily, Pyotr and Alexei.

Ivanov is one of Russia’s most common surnames, so it is unlikely that the six were relatives. What they do have in common though, is that all of them died on Norwegian soil between 1942 and 1945, where they remain to this day.

The Ivanovs are listed on the Krigsgraver web site — launched earlier this year — which lists basic information about close to half of the roughly 13,000 Soviet citizens who died in prison camps in Norway during World War II.

The database is part of a project called “Krigsgraver Soker Navn,” or “War Graves Seek Names.”

“We started the project about one year ago, compiling the data about prisoners and where they were held, from Norwegian, German and Russian archives,” said Marianne Neerland Soleim, project manager for the team that has created the database. “So far we’ve added 3,500 new names to what we had before, but it’s been difficult work, particularly as the Germans and Russians often have place names spelled wrongly — they wrote them down just as they heard them.”

via Matching Names to the Soviet Norwegian Dead | Arts & Ideas | The Moscow Times.

Posted June 22, 2011 by dmacc502 in archives, death, photography

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Toward a Pluralistic Middle East? – Jewish Ideas Daily   2 comments

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Toward a Pluralistic Middle East? – Jewish Ideas Daily.As the Middle East lurches through the present confusion of civil war, revolution, and mass protest, decent people everywhere wonder about the chances of a more pluralistic and democratic order emerging. One way of measuring progress in that direction will be to track the treatment of minorities like the Berbers and the Jews.

Posted March 17, 2011 by dmacc502 in History, religion, social

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Antique stove’s versatility conquers convenience – The Boston Globe   Leave a comment

 

 

When John Buscemi talks about his dual-fuel range, he doesn’t mean one of the modern, high-end, gas cooktop-electric convection models. Buscemi’s cooker, a cast-iron Gold Medal Glenwood, is powered by gas and coal, and it was the top of the line about 100 years ago.

via Antique stove’s versatility conquers convenience – The Boston Globe.

Posted March 15, 2011 by dmacc502 in Baking, History

The Irish man who saved Hitler – Lifestyle, Frontpage – Independent.ie   Leave a comment

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Tuesday March 15 2011

There’s a memorable scene in the WWII movie Schindler’s List where grateful Jewish workers thank their Nazi boss Oskar Schindler with the words: “Whoever saves one life saves the world entire.”

But what if in saving one life you inadvertently plunged the world into the most catastrophic horror of all time? What if you saved the life of Adolf Hitler just as he was taking his first baby steps to becoming the most evil monster in history?

Carlow man Michael Keogh wrestled with that “what if” for decades up to his death in 1964. Because Keogh, from the village of Tullow, saved Hitler from being ripped apart by an ugly mob.

via The Irish man who saved Hitler – Lifestyle, Frontpage – Independent.ie.

Posted March 15, 2011 by dmacc502 in History

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Despite these unorthodox medical practices, the end of the 18th century was marked by many true medical innovations. British physicians William Smellie and William Hunter made advances in obstetrics that established this field as a separate branch of medicine. The British social reformer John Howard furthered humane treatment for hospital patients and prison inmates throughout Europe. In 1796 British physician Edward Jenner introduced vaccination to prevent smallpox. His efforts both controlled this dreaded disease and also established the science of immunization.

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Posted March 2, 2011 by dmacc502 in History, medical

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Golden Age of Television 1930's through 1950's   2 comments

 

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First television broadcast made available in London.

 

It was in the years immediately preceding WWII that the television industry we know today was born. RCA‘s David Sarnoff used his company’s exhibit at the 1939 World’s Fair as a showcase for the 1st Presidential speech on television and to introduce RCA’s new line of television receivers – some of which had to be coupled with a radio if you wanted to hear sound. In addition, anybody visiting the Fair could go into the RCA pavilion and step before the cameras themselves.

The excitement about television generated by the 1939 World’s Fair carried the interest in television through WWII when development of the medium took a back seat. By the time the war was over the electronic system of television had clearly proven its greater capacity and a period of intense growth took place. Between 1945 and 1948 the number of commercial (as opposed to experimental) television stations grew from 9 to 48 and the number of cities having commercial service went from 8 to 23. And, sales of television sets increased 500%. By 1960 there were 440 commercial VHF stations, 75 UHF stations, and 85% of U.S. households had a television set.

 


 

 

Posted March 2, 2011 by dmacc502 in inventions

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