And Again – Books

The last boring books’ list was published in early March, it is time to tidy again and put used books back into the shelves.

HARRER, Heinrich : Geister und Dämonen. Magische Abenteuer in fernen Ländern. Frankfurt / M. Berlin, 2.Aufl. 1977
HARRER (Ger., Eng., bio) (1912-2006) was an Austrian mountaineer, best remembered for his connection with Tibet and the Dalai Lama (Ger., Eng.). He also was a travel writer with a special interest in aboriginal cultures, their rites and customs, religious ideas, as far as he could reach them. Then he wrote about his travels and what he saw and encountered. He never “looks down” on the people he writes about, and tries to avoid a European- or christian-centered point of view.

EASTLAKE, Keith : Die grössten Katastrophen auf See. Bindlach 1998
(zuerst : A Century of Sea Disasters)
Just when you thought it was safe to go back on the water … Chapter headings read “Collision”, “Fire”, “Explosion”, “Human Error”, “Weather & Technical Error”. Short texts describe what happened to a ship, black/white pictures for illustration. Still better than flying I’d say.

WAKSBERG, Arkadi : Die sowjetische Mafia. Organisiertes Verbrechen in der Sowjetunion. München 1992
WAKSBERG (Ger., Eng.) (most likely 1927-2011) was originally a jurist (promoted 1952) who worked as lawyer. He started to publish in the early sixties and became a journalist in the early 1970s. Since 1973 he worked for the Literaturnaja Gaseta (Ger., Eng.), specialised on criminal justice. If there was someone in the USSR (outside the KGB) who understood the criminal system, and how it was ingrained into the state’s dna, it was him. Within the boundaries he published about it – long before glasnost ! – making the LG one of the most important reads of the former USSR. WAKSBERG lived long enough to see the change – and how the old “elites” adapted. If you understand how the SU worked, you get an idea how the “new” state was organised. Heads were changed, frontiers were corrected (a bit), structures were modified, but not abandoned.
Interestingly the “clown” who was elected lately in Ukraine (report) said at the end of his victory speech something that was not reported in the Russian coverage – I can only give the gist of it : The successor-states of the former soviet republics should look at this election and learn what is possible : It is possible to get rid of “them” – may he live up to his promise. Perhaps it is the first weak crumbling of the “new” empire.

Schweinfurt im 19. Jahrhundert. Ausstellung des Stadtarchivs Schweinfurt.
8. Mai 1991 – 30. Juni 1991, Schweinfurt 1991 (Veröffentlichungen des Stadtarchivs Schweinfurt 6/1991)
Contains an interesting long article about the history of the neighbouring city Schweinfurt (Ger., Eng.). Jaja, de Schnüdel

HOWE, Ellic : Uranias Kinder. Die seltsame Welt der Astrologen und das Dritte Reich. Herausgegeben und aus dem Englischen übersetzt von Franz ISFORT. Weinheim 1995 (zuerst : Urania’s Children : The Strange World of the Astrologers, London 1967. Expanded edition : Astrology and the Third Reich, Wellingborough 1984)
Ellic HOWE (Ger., Eng., interview) was involved in the double-cross-activities of Mr DELMER through the war. HOWE shines a light on the esoteric backside of the shiny new Germany after 1933, and gives the biography of Karl Ernst KRAFFT (Ger., Eng.) (1900-1945). What sets HOWE apart from more sensational oriented writers is the fact that he really worked in the trade, psychological warfare.
The fact that nazism has an occult “underbelly” should not come as a surprise. On second thought the “Third Reich” is based on an irrational & esoteric ideology, on Irrwitz. DELMER, HOWE and colleagues understood this, and tried to use it.

EISENHAUER, Gregor : Scharlatane. Zehn Fallstudien. Frankfurt / M. 1994
EISENHAUER (Ger.) (born 1960) is a free lance writer in Berlin. In this book he presents ten biographies of “charlatans” through the centuries, starting with Apollonios of Tyana (Ger., Eng.) (first century post Christum natum), ending with Paramahansa YOGANANDA (Ger., Eng.) (1893-1952). The selection may be discussible, I would not necessarily refer to PARACELSUS or Athanasius KIRCHER as “charlatans” (Ger., Eng.). Nevertheless an interesting read.

ENZENSBERGER, Ulrich : Parasiten. Ein Sachbuch. Frankfurt / M. 2001
(Die Andere Bibliothek, 198 ; Nr 2172 der Erstauflage)
A parasit (para-sitos, yeah them Greeks !) is “the one who eats with others”, originally a priest. ENZENSBERGER (Ger.), the old communard (Ger., Eng.), describes the development of word & thing called “parasit” through it’s historic development

KÖNIG, Angelika und Ingemar : Der römische Festkalender der Republik. Feste, Organisation und Priesterschaften. Stuttgart 1991
Let’s see – 11th of June, so we have Matr[on]alia, festivities in honour of Mater Matuta (Ger., Eng.), at the Forum Boarium (Ger., Eng.). Offerings are freshly baked cakes – MJ ?!
KÖNIG (Ger.) is a German ancient historian.

So far. I hope you find this list inspirational for further, own reading.Thank you for your patience.

Feeling Imperatorial

Today I found in my letterbox a large envelope sent by the municipal administration. It contained a red envelope, a blue envelope, and three pre-printed forms.
One is a Merkblatt, an instructions leaflet, that explains detailed what I have to do. The second is a long leporello listing forty political parties or groups of people, who want to become members of the European Parliament., while the third is the official Wahlschein, already provided with the official Dienstsiegel of the municipality. This is not “just a stamp”, but the imprint of the official Siegel / seal or sigil, what makes it an official document. It needs additionally my handwritten signature to become fully effective.
Isn’t it fascinating that we still today, in the middle of the digital age, need to sign papers with our own hands to make them legally working ?
In medieval times kings and emperors sometimes had graphic representations of their names at the end of important contracts, charters etc. and it was enough when the man made a scratch with the pen – mostly likely the quill – somewhere : Then he had it signed manu propria, with his own hand, regardless of the fact whether he could write or not.
I, of course, will put there my whole name, by my own hand, in all its grandeur, with a biro.

As already mentioned, the leporello (roughly 95 cm long, so a little short of one meter) lists forty groups of people, who want to become members of the EP (Ger., Eng.).
There are the usual suspects, as the conservatives, the social democrats, the greens, the (so called) liberals, all traditional German mainstream parties. A Bavarian speciality are the “Freie Wähler” and the “Bayernpartei” – that makes six.
At the far right we find old Nazis, new Nazis (twice), and the fascists who camouflage as bourgoise party – makes four. On the left we have old communists, a Marxist-Leninist party (true survivors !), socialists, and the leading left party – adds another four. Then we have a so-called “fun”-party run by a group of satirists, they already have a seat in the EP (!).
The other 25 parties or groups stand for more or less specific interests, like feminists, ecology & animal rights (at least another eight groups), the interests of older people (“Die Grauen”, the Greys, hopefully not from outer space), humanists, common happiness etc. Some seem to be a bit cloudy. I vaguely remember that somewhere in the East (Slovakia ?) a beer-party gained success.
Because it is time consuming (& a bit boring) to work through all the groups’ manifestos, programs etc. I used the “Wahl-O-Mat” of the trusted Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung to help me form my decision.
Now you may be witness to the historical moment, when mago “makes his cross”, sein Kreuzlein macht, and the official document signs – ah, well done : What a signature ! What a cross !
Now my voice is heard, even when it’s just a lousy “Piep”.
The leporello goes into the blue envelope (seal up – slurp ? ; ; ! bah, tastes like paste. Obviously because it is paste). Then the blue envelope goes together with the official Wahlschein (signed !) into the red envelope (not again, gargl …), and the red one goes into the mail, no stamp required.
The deed is done, the sovereign spoke.
On this day, 74 years ago, the Second World War ended. Seventy years ago the Parlamentarische Rat (Ger., Eng.) accepted the Grundgesetz für die Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Ger., Eng., pdf). There is no way back, not for the commies, not for the nazis.
No more war, that’s what the Union is all about, NATO too. All this is the result of the damn bloody twentieth century. One can only hope, and pray, that the dams hold against the waves of abysmal stupidity..