Tuesday, 7 June 2011



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the previous Jewish Ghetto

In the 2nd World War, the town was transferred into the transition camp for the Jewish community from many countries in Europe. You can see not only how the artificial Jewish Ghetto functioned but also the cruel tracies of the nazi war in 1939–1945 in the whole Europe.

The political prison – the Small Fortress is the witness of many prisoners in 19th and 20th century. You can even see the cell where the student Gavrilo Princip (who tried to assassinate the Emperor Ferdinand d´Este in Sarajevo 1914) was imprisoned.


Will there ever be no more veterans?

 Today is Nov. 11, Veterans Day; or, if instead of 2009, the year happened to be any year from 1919 to 1953, Armistice Day, the anniversary of the the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front, which took effect at eleven o’clock in the morning, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918. That war — World War I —  before there was a World War II, was known simply as the Great War, or, perhaps less euphemistically, the War to End All Wars. And that was more or less my whole understanding of it until recently.

Spending time in Sarajevo last summer — a city still recovering from its own brutal siege — I had an inkling, maybe for the first time, of the vast inter-connectivity and complication of modern history. After several days of touring the city, I found myself standing at the very site where, in the year that my grandfather — who’s now 95 — was an infant, a hapless 19 y.o. Yugoslavian nationalist, Gavrilo Princip, stood aiming the shot that would eventually spill the blood of more than a hundred million Europeans and North Americans before the end of the century. For a brief moment I was at a loss not just for words but for the thoughts and impulses that could lead to them. Thankfully there’s a small plaque on an adjacent building, which reads:


Gavrilo Princip
Gavrilo Princip (1884 — 1918)

What were you thinking, Gav? Did you know — did at least some part of you recognize the possibility that your steady aim, that the slug fired from your pistol would cause (in the counterfactual sense of that word) Austria-Hungary to invade Serbia, which would cause Germany to invade France and Belgium, which would cause England, and later, the U.S., to join the fight, which would eventually cause a humiliating defeat of Germany, which would eventually cause the national mood of that country to nurture and embrace the tyrannical thinking of a particularly deranged Austrian veteran (of the very war that your pistol started, Mr. Princip), who would cause a war whose eventual end would cause another war — this time, a cold war — that would cause another war, and another war, and another war, and another….  You should’ve known, Gavrilo. But my sense is that you didn’t. After all, you were only 19 years old.
Little did I know at the time, but on the 25th of July, 2009, while I was aboard a train slowly winding its way from Sarajevo to Zagreb, Pvt. Henry John “Harry” Patch (Ret.), the oldest living human being in all of Europe and the last surviving soldier to have fought in the trenches of the World War I, died at his home in England. He was 111 y.o.
In 2005, Mr. Patch gave an interview to the BBC. Thom Yorke heard that interview and was moved to write and record this tribute to Mr. Patch, which his band Radiohead released in conjunction with Mr. Patch’s funeral.
The lyrics (below), based on that interview, are the sobering words of a human being who had lived the entire span of the twentieth century, long enough to see it all unfold — from Princip’s shot to the unmanned drone attacks in Afghanistan and Pakistan. I first read them on a rainy Friday night a few months ago, watching this video and concentrating on the music, feeling exhausted from the work week, and more than bit world weary of politics and war and all the madness of modernity. And suddenly I found myself sobbing inconsolably, like a child, wading hip-deep into the black pool of existentialism, wondering whether hope and futility will soon cross paths in this world we humans call home.
As of today, at the young age of 34, I can only believe that no, they will not. I can only believe that hope and futility are parallel for a reason, and that if I live long enough, I’ll earn the privilege of understanding why — and why so much of history is woven together in the space in between.
Harry Patch
Harry Patch (1898 — 2009)

Harry Patch (in memory of)
I am the only one that got through
The others died wherever they fell
It was an ambush
They came up from all sides
Give your leaders each a gun and then let them fight it out themselves….
I’ve seen devils coming up from the ground
I’ve seen hell upon this earth
The next will be chemical but they will never learn.


  1. Gavrilo Princip was said to be part of a Freemason conspiracy; reportedly certain top people in Austria were among those who wanted the 'pro-Slav' Austrian Archduke assassinated.

    - Aangirfan

  2. N.B. Anonymous comments are not allowed on this website. When we deal with History, we need to be able to research and prove the facts that we post.

    I received the folowing comment by a certain "Anon"

    "Gavrilo Princip was said to be part of a Freemason conspiracy; reportedly certain top people in Austria were among those who wanted the 'pro-Slav' Austrian Archduke assassinated."

    - Aangirfan

    One simple question to ask is CUI BONO?

    The answer should be clear to everybody. The Hegemonists (America, Britain, France ... ) the money Jews (Ashkenazis) and the Jewish/Talmudist Kabballah..