If you are interested in European history of the 20th century, and especially the aftermath of WWII, the book by Igor LUKES On the Edge of the Cold War. American Diplomats and Spies in Postwar Prague, Oxford 2012, maybe interesting for you. The American ambassador STEINHARDT (Eng.) seems not to have been on top of the game, the services got it all wrong – they simply did not understand the special situation of the CSR (Ger., Eng.), STALIN’s aims and politics and the role of BENEŠ (Ger., Eng.). The review is very good, it seems worth a read.
Another topic that always comes up when speaking about the end of the war is the escape of war criminals to South America. A new study sheds light not on the escape routes (Rattenlinie, Ger., Eng.)), but how the American states (with an emphasis on Argentina) dealt with the problem: Daniel STAHL, Nazi-Jagd. Südamerikas Diktaturen und die Ahndung von NS-Verbrechen (= Beiträge zur Geschichte des 20. Jahrhunderts 15), Göttingen 2013. The reviewer calls it an “impressive work”.
And finally – if you have nothing else to do in the next spring, why not attend a conference on Schloß Kuenburg in Tamsweg (Ger., Eng.) (Austria) in April 2014 and discuss your favorite exploitation fillum Hexen bis aufs Blut gequält (Ger., Eng.) (1970). Of course, if you prefer the sequel from 1973 Hexen geschändet und zu Tode gequält (Eng.) you are at the right place too, and I am sure you’ll meet like-minded connoisseurs.
Next one will receive a BA for sitting through all that mondo-crap (Ger., Eng.).


Two titles dropped in that continue the cold-war-theme signalised in the previous works – of course not in the fillum, I wonder whether some cineast would dare to read Hexen bis aufs Blut gequält as cold war narrative, all is possible.
Anyway, the monograph by Toni PERUCCI Paul Robeson (Ger., Eng.) and the Cold War Performance Complex. Race, Madness, Activism, Ann Arbor 2012, looks at the early cold war and the McCarthy-“era” in a cultural-historic way and under the aspect of performance, as the title says. The reviewer calls the work innovative and inspiring.
Jon WIENER takes a look at what’s left from the cold war: How We Forgot the Cold War. A Historical Journey across America, Berkeley, CA 2012, visits 50 places that deal with the memory of those years. It is a journalistic travel book, not a scientific text,  that brings the reader into strange corners of the US, well written and impressionistic.
WIENER finds to his (and mine) astonishment that more than 30 original parts of the Berlin Wall are presented in the US, including the pissoir of a Las Vegas casino. Maybe someone took utilitarism a bit too far.


Moving 3 – Chaos reigns

The new place is filled with books and boxes, I managed to hit me with a hammer – yes, all prejudices towards spectacled desk-sitting historians must be fullfilled. My old place, where I am wrtiting this, seems to be pretty large … The “promiscous books” (LGS) fight back – the study is still in their hands and they refuse to step back. Next Saturday will see me driving and loading a transporter again. Mr. Telekom saied that it is absolutly impossible to pull the plug here and to in-pull the plug there, too simple – a technican has to see for it (and of course for the sixty Euro they want to cash in). So be it. It is a lot of work to be done besides normal business.
Today I tried to decipher a kind of bill from the 16th century. It would be helpful to know what language it is written in and other facts to its history, but the current owner does not know very much about it. Promises some fun and a nice billing. But step by step: Next step is to locate a usable bed for tonight.

A little late, but hopefully still just in time: The new “Catch of the week”. “Shocking videos” is a collection of really strange motion-picture-productions round the world. And the only source I could find, where “Blast of SIlence” is avilable. I doubt, that this man has viewed all flicks in his programm – reading his descriptions can be fun in nearly any case. Maybe you find your favorite there?