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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.”

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

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Turkish ‘Cancer Village’ Relocates Residents – TIME Healthland   Leave a comment

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Turkish ‘Cancer Village’ Relocates Residents – TIME Healthland.

The caves, rock houses and fantastical stone formations in Turkey’s Cappadocia draw tourists from around the world. Nestled among the natural wonders, however, lies a village where the earth is believed to deliver death rather than rewards.

Nearly half the deaths in this impoverished village and two others nearby are from a rare cancer known as mesothelioma — which can be caused by a mineral that’s found in abundance in the area. Local authorities are so alarmed that a relocation of all residents is under way.

“The plan is to demolish the old village, bury it in 1 1/2 meters (yards) of earth and plant over it,” Mayor Umit Balak said.

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Posted November 6, 2010 by dmacc502 in death, medicine

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The Magic Of Harry Houdini's Staying Power : NPR   Leave a comment

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The Magic Of Harry Houdini‘s Staying Power : NPR.

Harry Houdini was known for escaping from handcuffs, straitjackets and water tanks, but his greatest trick was escaping from the dustbin of history. After all, how many popular performers can you name from 1902? Yet more than 80 years after his death, Houdini is still referred to as the greatest magician who ever lived.

A new exhibit at the Jewish Museum in New York, called Houdini: Arts and Magic, looks at the visual legacy of Harry Houdini and how his fame managed to survive.

The answer to that question, at least in part, lies in the nature of Houdini’s legend, which was so simple that kids are still passing it around the playground. There once was a man who could escape from anything …

The Great Escaper

“He is the perfect teen idol,” says Teller, one half of the comic-magic duo Penn and Teller. Teller says each generation, from Houdini’s to today’s, has discovered that there’s something elemental about the great magician.

“[He] is this physical and mental superguy; this ultracool James Bond guy that you can strip stark naked and throw into a jail cell and he can get out,” he says. “If you are a teenager, you want self-liberation above all, and there’s Houdini as the perfect shining example of the all-American self-liberator.”

German foreign ministry helped Nazis flee country after the war had ended – Europe, World – The Independent   Leave a comment


German foreign ministry helped Nazis flee country after the war had ended – Europe, World – The Independent.


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Posted October 26, 2010 by dmacc502 in death, History

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Top 10 haunted homes in the U.S. – Business – Real estate –   Leave a comment

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Top 10 haunted homes in the U.S. – Business – Real estate –

We like to be creeped out, don’t we?

To kick off this Halloween season, we have chosen 10 homes in the U.S. notorious for their haunted history and spirits who like to visit. Some are privately owned homes, some are now bed-and-breakfasts, some have historic designations, and one is even the seat of our government.

Take a deep breath and let’s visit some of the most notable haunted homes in the U.S.

Posted October 25, 2010 by dmacc502 in death, History, mental

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Green burials require no coffins or chemicals |   Leave a comment

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The Green Burial Council, an industry group that sets standards, now counts more than 300 approved providers in 40 states, while only a dozen existed as recently as the beginning of 2008.

Posted October 20, 2010 by dmacc502 in death

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