"Two hundred and fifty men were taken one day, another 250 the next, and a layer of earth was thrown in between," a policeman told a parliamentary inquiry in 1947. "They weren't all executed in a single night, but rather in stages." Often enough the condemned men were given a pick and shovel, and made to dig their own graves.
The perpetrators didn't have many scruples. After all, they were sure they had high-level military backing...."The general told us, 'The fewer of them that remain, the fewer enemies we'll have.'"
Czech Town Divided over How to Commemorate 1945 Massacre [more inside]
posted by orthogonality
on Sep 6, 2009 -
Stereotypes -- Derided by typophiles as crass, "ethnic type" has a revealing taxonomy and, surprisingly, serves a purpose.
posted by cog_nate
on Jun 19, 2009 -
The Roma Journeys
- contemporary photographs of Roma life in Hungary, India, Greece, Romania, France, Russia, and
Finland by Joakim Eskildsen. For more photo essays and info on the Roma, see two superb prior posts by plep
posted by madamjujujive
on Nov 15, 2007 -
For murder ballads, here's your Mississippi John Hurt's Louis Collins
and your Grayson & Whitter's Ommie Wise
. Then, for some early white blues bottleneck guitar, here's your Frank Hutchison's K. C. Blues
. Not to mention Charley Patton's Screamin' And Hollerin' The Blues
. All courtesy the Internet Archives 78 RPM
tag. where there is way more--like Bix Beiderbecke's first record, Davenport Blues
, Louis Armstrong's Ain't Misbehavin'
and Geeshie Wiley's Last Kind Words
, among many others. Then, for more,
has an mp3 page
. The standout there, at least for me, is Gus Cannon's Poor Boy Long Ways From Home
. As for their namesake, the Nugrape Twins, well, the Archive has the mp3 of I've Got Your Ice Cold Nugrape
. And don't let me omit mentioning PublicDomain4U
. They have Mississippi John Hurt's Frankie
, for one. Tyrone's Record and Phonograph Links
will lead you to more 78 RPM goodness. And don't forget the inestimable and erudite vacapinta first directed
us to Dismuke's Virtual Talking Machine
posted by y2karl
on Aug 25, 2006 -
are a distinct ethnic people who live in the Russian territory of Karelia, on the border with Finland. They are also scattered throughout the Leningrad and Vologda regions of Russia. Before many were assimiliated to Russian, the Vepsa spoke their own distinct variant of Finno-Ugric. [See more inside]
posted by gregb1007
on May 3, 2005 -
Ancestry Maps from the 1990 census:
Which states have the highest percentage of people of Danish
? Who (perhaps) doesn't realize
that we almost all came here from somewhere else? Using the data provided on 1990 Census question 13, which asked respondents to identify the ancestry groups with which they identified most closely, the State of Minnesota provides us with these nifty Ancestry maps. More info here
on 'the ancestry question' from the US Census Bureau. link via ::crabwalk.com::
posted by anastasiav
on Oct 28, 2003 -
America, Heal Thyself.
"Racial and ethnic minorities tend to receive lower-quality health care than whites do, even when insurance status, income, age, and severity of conditions are comparable, says a new report from the National Academies' Institute of Medicine. 'Disparities in the health care delivered to racial and ethnic minorities are real and are associated with worse outcomes in many cases, which is unacceptable. The real challenge lies not in debating whether disparities exist, because the evidence is overwhelming, but in developing and implementing strategies to reduce and eliminate them.'"
posted by fold_and_mutilate
on Mar 20, 2002 -
New York's hidden world of ethnic pharmacopoeia
[nyt reg req] Always cherished Witch Hazel, but these are true eye openers: " Dr. Chase Nerve and Blood Tonic
, with liver concentrate: for simple anemia and associated symptoms such as that tired feeling-nervousness-lack of appetite ; S.S.S. Tonic
, iron and 12 percent alcohol, and Canadian Healing Oil
, turpentine, oil of tar and creosote: universal liniment for strains and sprains; Safi the Blood Purifier
: for skin diseases such as acne vulgaris, boils, skin rashes, blemishes, urticaria, checks nose bleeding, cures constipation, corrects indigestion, improves complexion , and helps you stay slim and smart... [btw] This isn't the 19th century, this is New York, 2002. " One years supply of Safi now on its way.
posted by Voyageman
on Mar 17, 2002 -
·Why do black folks seem to always order red or orange soft drinks?
·Why do men have nipples?
·Why do Indian woman have a red dot on their forehead?
·In Jewish dietary laws...can fish and milk be mixed, i.e. cod in cheese sauce?
The Y?Forum, the National Forum on People's Differences
. The Y?Forum "gives you a way to ask people from other ethnic or cultural backgrounds the questions you've always been too embarrassed or uncomfortable to ask them." Some of the topics discussed: Differences between people of different age, class, gender, geography, occupation, race, religion, sexual orientation.
posted by jpoulos
on Feb 14, 2002 -
A story about Rasa Nasir Khan
a seemingly regular guy whose only crime is an expired visa and ethnicity, and a passion for hunting. He is one of over a thousand people being held in connection with 9-11 even though his jailers acknowlege that he has no connection whatsoever with terrorism.
posted by Danf
on Nov 19, 2001 -