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Color Video Shows Life in Berlin at the End of WWII

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

“Spirit of Berlin” a short color film with historic footage showing everyday life in the German capital in July 1945 — just two months after the end of the war.


‘They raped every German female from eight to 80’

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

“Red Army soldiers don’t believe in ‘individual liaisons’ with German women,” wrote the playwright Zakhar Agranenko in his diary when serving as an officer of marine infantry in East Prussia. “Nine, ten, twelve men at a time – they rape them on a collective basis.”

The Soviet armies advancing into East Prussia in January 1945, in huge, long columns, were an extraordinary mixture of modern and medieval: tank troops in padded black helmets, Cossack cavalrymen on shaggy mounts with loot strapped to the saddle, lend-lease Studebakers and Dodges towing light field guns, and then a second echelon in horse-drawn carts. The variety of character among the soldiers was almost as great as that of their military equipment. There were freebooters who drank and raped quite shamelessly, and there were idealistic, austere communists and members of the intelligentsia appalled by such behaviour.

Read more from this excerpt of Anthony Beevor’s new book at the Guardain

How David Bowie became the loathed adversary of a Soviet-era youth movement

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

Among a certain set of Soviet citizens, Bowie became notorious as the immaculately fashionable foe of the artists collective and aspiring youth-movement masterminds known as Mitki…

Given the humble boiler room beginnings of the Mitki movement, it’s not surprising that overarching rejection of Western glamor is a central tenet of the group’s idiosyncratic philosophy. Exactly how Bowie was chosen as the principal representative of this glamor is a more complicated question


Lazar’s Lecture on The Stalin Years

Friday, October 9th, 2015

Lecture Outline:

  • Brief note on origins
  • Stalin’s Inheritance & His Plans
  • Mixed Industrial Results
  • Mixed Agricultural Results
  • Raw Terror
  • Foreign Policies
  • Stalin’s Legacy

Stalin: The Hero who Preserved the Revolution or the Villain who Destroyed it? Enjoy.

Explanation of Stalin’s purges

Friday, October 9th, 2015

Here is an Explanation of Stalin’s purges from a Soviet History Text

Stalin’s Cult of Personality

Friday, October 9th, 2015

Here is Khrushchev’s 1956 Secret Speech on Stalin’s Cult of Personality

How Warner Bros. Animators Responded to the Cold War (1948-1980)

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Warner Bros. animators, under the leadership of Charles M. “Chuck” Jones, launched their own, albeit mild, counter attack when they introduced Marvin the Martian in 1948, several years before The Manchurian Candidate (1962), Fail Safe (1964), Seven Days in May (1964), Dr. Strangelove (1964), or Boris and Natasha, the Russian spies in the Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons of the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Our dangerous new McCarthyism: Russia, Noam Chomsky and what the media’s not telling you about the new Cold War

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

It is time to attempt that hardest of things—to see ourselves for who we are, to see what it is we are doing and what is being done to us.

 Two things prompt the thought. We have the latest news on Washington’s confrontation with Russia, and we have a newly precipitous decline in the national conversation on this crisis. In my estimation, we reach dangerous new lows in both respects.
…Two, there can be no Cold War II because the Cold War as we knew it never ended.
Patrick Smith is the author of “Time No Longer: Americans After the American Century.” He was the International Herald Tribune’s bureau chief in Hong Kong and then Tokyo from 1985 to 1992.

The FBI files on being and nothingness

Friday, July 25th, 2014

The irony that emerges from the FBI files on Camus and Sartre, spanning several decades is that the G-men, initially so anti-philosophical, find themselves reluctantly philosophizing. They become (in GK Chesterton’s phrase) philosophical policemen.

Hoover needed to know if Existentialism and Absurdism were some kind of front for Communism. To him, everything was potentially a coded re-write of the Communist Manifesto. That was the thing about the Manifesto—it was not manifest: more often it was, as Freud would say, latent. Thus FBI agents were forced to become psychoanalysts and hermeneuts…Thus we find intelligence agents studying scholarly works and attending lectures.

But the FBI were “philosophical policemen” in a second sense: in tracking Camus and Sartre (surveillance, eavesdropping, wiretapping, theft) they give expression to their own brand of philosophical investigations. In particular, the FBI philosophy files reveal how the agency became so dogmatically anti-conspiratorial.

Five Myths About the Cold War

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Mark Kramer is director of Cold War Studies and a senior fellow at Harvard University’s Davis Center. More than 20 years since the U.S.S.R. disappeared, Russia’s incursion into Ukraine is renewing old rivalries and sparking talk of a new Cold War, with former KGB officer Vladimir Putin serving as the West’s latest foil in Moscow. But how apt is the comparison?

Let’s examine some myths that endure about the East-West stalemate.