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Lightning and Ashes · 3d ago

1945: A Savage Peace

This morning I watched 1945: A Savage Peace, a BBC documentary on what happened to the eth...
Lightning and Ashes · 4d ago

Bad People

Bad PeoplePeople being evil?  Why do they do it? I don't know.  But they seem to be doing it a lot more.  There was that book that came out last year or the year before about how civilizatio...
Lightning and Ashes · 4d ago

Found Book

A Found BookYou pick up a book of poetry off of one of the shelves in your study, and you wonder where it came from. There’s nothing you remember about it. The light tan cover? The title?The...
Lightning and Ashes · 1M ago

First Snow in a Refugee Camp in Germany

I still remember the first time I saw snow. I was almost three years old, living in a refu...
Lightning and Ashes · 1M ago

Road of Bones -- A Novel of War and Love

Road of BonesThat's the title of my forthcoming novel (Gloria Mindock's Červená Barva Press) about two German lovers separated by war. It's set in Berlin and the Russian Front during one col...
Lightning and Ashes · 1M ago

Brothers and Sisters from the Slave Camps

My father always talked about the men and women he was in the slave labor camps as his brothers and sisters. I remember once walking with him on a street in Chicago when he ran into of the ...
Lightning and Ashes · 1M ago

My First Death

I remember the first time I knew there was death in the world.  I was in kindergarten at S...
Lightning and Ashes · 1M ago

Charity in America

When we first arrived in Chicago in 1952, we were lost.We had spent 6 years in the DP camps in Germany and another year outside of Buffalo, NY, working for a farmer who paid our passage over.But now we were in Chicago, and we were lost.We had nothing...
Lightning and Ashes · 2M ago

First Christmas -- DP Camp

A Photo from the DP camps -- Bob Jensen, a producer, is making a video presentation of som...
Lightning and Ashes · 2M ago

Sept 11, 2001 -- The Short View

I got a letter on Sept. 12, 2001, from my friend Bill Anderson who tended to take a cynica...