Is it ennui or disgust I feel ? I can not decide. Yes, I cut back on my news intake. But old habits die hard, and last week Thursday or Frayday or the night in between, I travelled several news channels. And I saw wretched things.
I read an article in the NZZ by Leon deWINTER (Ger., Eng.) about a book that claims to answer the question who betrayed Anne FRANK and her family. To make a long story short : The answer this “team of cold case specialists” and “historians” gives, is worth absolutely nothing. They built a wild “theory” based on one (!) anonymous message from 1946 that is already known to historiography, and evaluated as useless because leading nowhere. I do not know what this book is, I am inclined to follow deWINTER who calls it a crime. And I also follow him when he insinuates that the USAmerican publishing house that financed this lousy “research” wanted to see results, understandable after three years. And so they produced their final solution, and presented the world a Jewish man as the wretch of the century, a man who conveniently is dead since 1950, and who was a member of the “Judenrat”.
(Excurs : If you want to learn about the holocaust, especially the shoa, read Raul HILBERG (1926-2007) (Ger., Eng.) : The Destruction of the European Jews, first 1961. Also look at Georg MOSSE (1918-1999) (Ger., Eng.) : Toward the Final Solution: A History of European Racism, 1978. I am sure that HILBERG somewhere explains the role of the “Judenräte”.)
In the same news I found that somewhere in Tennesseistan Art SPIEGELMANs (Ger., Eng.) Maus (Ger., Eng.) is pulled from the school libraries, because it contents bad words and – horribile dictu ! – the image of a naked, dead, female body. I can not help, but the only people I can imagine, who have an interest to ban Maus from school classes, are people who are either openly fascist, or plain idiotic. Banning books seems to be something quite normal in parts of the untied states.
Speaking about plain idiots : Finally I saw the guv’ner of West Virginistan show the world the arsehole of his dog – he really held the dog up and showed its anus around – and told Bette MIDDLER to kiss it. Because she insulted the “state”, in a tweet, some weeks ago. Yo, all hail da big chieftain.
After that I turned to European news. They are dominated by the Eastern non-war. The only man who stays calm as marble, besides Vlad, is the Ukrainian president. He lounges in an armchair and tells the people to stay cool. He is either absolutely pointless – what I can not believe : You do not become president of a fine-tuned mafia state when you are absolutely simple, simplicissimus so to say. – or he knows something we do not know. I assume the latter.
Anyway, if they want to shoot, they should start soon, because now the ground is still frozen. After winter rasputiza (Ger., Eng.), the Wehrmacht did know something about this, and even the most advanced Russian tank still can not fly over groundless bog.
Ennui or disgust. Was it ever different ?
Est secretum. By Oreste RAVANELLO (1871-1938) (Ger., Eng.), sadly I did not find the names of the performers. I hope you enjoy the music. May we have a peaceful, and productive, week.