In a high profile gaffe President Barack Obama has recently caused anger in Poland
by referring to a Nazi death camp as a "Polish death camp" during a ceremony honoring World War II hero Jan Karski
with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. “The White House will apologize for this outrageous error,
” Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski tweeted. Sikorski said that Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk “will make a statement in the morning. It’s a pity that this important ceremony was upstaged by ignorance and incompetence.” [more inside]
This Is Your Life
was not always about famous people being surprised with nostalgic reminisces and old friends. Early in the series, the spotlighted guests included ordinary people who had lived though extraordinary circumstances: most controversially, a survivor of Hiroshima, brought on stage in front of a live audience, to be face-to-face with the man who had dropped the atomic bomb on his city
. Further background on the meeting.
The show did not end its daring there, bringing in a Holocaust survivor in 1953
, and ambushing Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy
in a hotel room for their only appearance on television together.
Semi-related: a remarkable interview with Johnny Lee Clary
, a former KKK leader, regarding his interaction with (and eventual peaceful defeat by) Reverend Wade Watts
. [more inside]
Savitri Devi Mukherji.
Born Maximiani Portas in 1905, this French woman of Greek and English extraction would, in pilgrimages to Palestine and India, experience a series of strange awakenings - that she was a National Socialist, that she was a Hindu, that the two were entwined in the struggle against the Judeo-Christian order, and that Hitler
was the living incarnation of Kalki the Destroyer, the final avatar of Vishnu. Known to many as "Hitler's guru," she stood at the forefronts of Hindu nationalism, Nazi mysticism
, Holocaust denial, animal rights
, and the international Neo-Nazi movement. The Lightning And The Sun
, her most famous work, most directly espouses her philosophy, but perhaps the best place to start would be Long-Whiskers And The Two-Legged Goddess
, which is her autobiography as filtered through her many cats. Her nephews were Communists; her own mother was active in the French Resistance; and according to some, the daughter would have shot the mother dead for it. The world is not be a better place for the Savitri Devis of the world, but her presence made this world like none other
Furor over Fuhrer Food
But it's not the only Hitler-themed restaurant. Taipei
had the Prison restaurant with Concentration Camp murals, and Korea had the infamous 1939 Hitler Bar
Not that the U.S. was spared. Colorado had a Mao