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Birkenau (part 3)

Posted June 5th, 2017 at 09:16 AM by Solidaire
Updated July 16th, 2017 at 12:14 PM by Solidaire

The barracks in this vast camp were mostly wooden prefabricated horse barns, laid upon the swampy, constantly wet ground without any foundations. Few remain, leaving behind a forest of brick chimneys, sole survivors in this otherworldly place.

Below is the interior of one such barrack, in the Quarantine section of the camp. Left and right, spaces where the bunkers once were. The brick stove can be seen at the far end, a construct attached to it running through the centre of the barrack....
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Birkenau (part 2)

Posted June 5th, 2017 at 09:15 AM by Solidaire
Updated July 16th, 2017 at 11:50 AM by Solidaire

An explanatory layout of Krema II.

N: the railway coming right up to the extermination installations
L: gates to the gas chamber and crematorium of Krema II (seen in previous entry)

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Entrance (A) to the underground room (C) where victims had to undress before entering the gas chamber.

Katabasis, the descent into Hades.
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The underground...
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Birkenau (part 1)

Posted June 5th, 2017 at 09:14 AM by Solidaire
Updated July 16th, 2017 at 11:27 AM by Solidaire

The Gate of Death, entrance to Birkenau (or Auschwitz II) extermination camp.
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The gatehouse was built in 1943, long after the Birkenau camp was first opened. The first inmates, who were Soviet Prisoners of War, arrived at Birkenau on October 7, 1941. At first, the gate shown in the photo above was for trucks and pedestrians. Railroad tracks were not laid through the gate until the Spring of 1944, just before transports of Hungarian...
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Historical evolution of British Parliament - overview and thoughts

Posted June 9th, 2015 at 03:59 AM by Solidaire

I've been reading lately about the unique course of parliamentarism in Britain, which oversaw the transition from an absolute monarchy to a representative, parliamentary one over a period of 800 years. The subject is huge, of course, being inseparably intertwined with almost all important historical events of Britain, but it is also a fascinating journey through tumultuous history and very interesting socio-political processes. Also, it offers an invaluable insight to all those wishing to...
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The Street of Dreams -part 2 (Mikis Theodorakis)

Posted May 31st, 2012 at 04:11 PM by Solidaire
Updated May 28th, 2017 at 09:08 AM by Solidaire

Opposite to the Ionian pillar of Hadzidakis' lyricism and grace, stands the Doric pillar of Theodorakis' epic and vibrant music. Those two are the most significant Greek composers and songwriters, and they have both marked, in their own way, the culture of modern Greece.

Mikis Theodorakis is a man overflowing with passion and creativity, having written innumerable songs, concerts, operas, but most significantly, having linked his music with the struggles for freedom and democracy....
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