Historical

Der türkische Führer

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Adolf Hitler, when planning the Holocaust, is said to have rationalized his acts by stating: “Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?” Dean Kalimniou While evidence for this quote is scant, it cannot be doubted that the Nazi’s fascination with cleansing ethnic or religious minorities was stimulated in part by the example of Kemal Ataturk with ... Read More »

Double lives – a history of sex and secrecy at Westminster

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From 1885, when the Labouchere amendment created the new offence of gross indecency, until 1967, when the recommendations of the Wolfenden committee were enacted, all homosexual behaviour was illegal in Britain. The Guardian – Michael Bloch It continued to attract intense social disapproval for long after that: as late as 1993, according to the annual British Social Attitudes survey, most people ... Read More »

Luxembourg envoy defends ‘genocide’ resolution with democracy

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Hurriyet - Luxembourg Ambassador to Ankara Arlette Conzemius has defended the Luxembourg parliament’s move to recognize the mass killings of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire in 1915 as genocide by underlining the existence of the democratic system in her country. “There is a democratic system in our parliament and our lawmakers are free to express their opinions as their democratic ... Read More »

Germany’s wartime occupation loan: An unlawful taking of property

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In some of the darkest hours of the Second World War, the Axis powers massacred the people of Distomo, Kalavryta and other parts of Greece. By: Nicholas G. Karambelas, Esq.* The Germans deported Greek Jews to the death camps in Poland and made them pay for the rail tickets.  The Greek Jews are seeking reparations from Germany for these atrocities.  ... Read More »

Merkel joins Holocaust survivors to mark Nazi camp’s liberation

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel joined survivors of the former Nazi concentration camp at Dachau on May 3 for a solemn ceremony to mark 70 years since it was liberated by US forces. Hurriyet – DACHAU, Germany – Agence France-Presse American army trucks rolled into Dachau, northwest of Munich, on April 29, 1945 to discover the unspeakable horror that had led to more ... Read More »

German president mulls Greek reparations

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GERMAN President Joachim Gauck has reportedly raised the possibility of German World War II reparations to Greece. AAP – Herald Sun THE head of state was quoted by the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper as saying that Germany, as a history-conscious country, should consider “what possibilities” there could be for reparations. He said Germans were “the descendants of people who had left ... Read More »

Russia knows genocide well, Turkey fires back

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Hurriyet - Turkey said on April 24 that it rejected and condemnedRussian President Vladimir Putin calling the 1915 mass killings of Ottoman Armenians a “genocide.” “Taking into account the mass atrocities and exiles in Caucasus, in the Central Asia and Eastern Europecommitted by Russia for a century; collective punishment methods such as Holodomor as well as inhumane practices especially against ... Read More »

Why we don’t hear about the 10,000 French deaths at Gallipoli

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With almost the same number of soldiers as the Anzacs – 79,000 – and similar death rates – close on 10,000 – French participation in the Gallipoli campaign could not occupy a more different place in national memory. What became a foundation myth in Australia as it also did in the Turkish Republic after 1923 was eventually forgotten in France. ... Read More »

The Eiffel Tower’s secret apartment now revealed to the public

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After the Eiffel tower was opened in 1889, the tower’s designer, Gustave Eiffel, had become the envy of the elite in Paris. Rachel Clun, Domain Reporter However the source of envy was not the tower itself, but the revelation that Eiffel had secretly built himself an apartment at the top of the tower. Far from being a bold apartment, RM1000 notes it was small ... Read More »