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THE DAMNED AND THE SHAMED SEEK REFUGE IN LIES

As everyone knows, history is the propaganda of the victors. As a consequence, the home libraries of most are composed of fiction and none more far-fetched than palace publishers spin on the Workers Reich and World War II. In respect of the Allied bombing campaigns against not just Germany but France and the Low Countries, the most ill-informed retort is that ‘they started it’ and ‘they did the same to us.’

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THE MOST BREATH-TAKING BIRTHDAY GIFT EVER

Each year over 300,000 people complete their pilgrimage to an idyll to be found on the peak of one of Central Europe’s highest mountain tops. Yet, because of its 6,017’ altitude, the sanctum is inaccessible due to weather conditions only for about 5-months a year with most visitors arriving during July and August. It is thought-provoking too that Kehlsteinhaus is never publicised because of its purpose and symbolism.

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SCULPTURES OF THE THIRD REICH

The Haus der Deutschen Kunst, a monumental colossus of sandstone and marble, was fashioned after Schinkel’s neo-classical Old Museum in Berlin. The contemporary art museum in Munich is located at Prinzregentenstraße 1 at the southern edge of the Englischer Garten (English Garden), Munich’s largest park. The opening ceremony on July 18, 1937, was preceded by pageants and festivities celebrating Two Thousand Years of German Art, paying tribute to Germanic and Hellenist heritage and honouring Dürer and Cranach as the culmination in German art.

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THE PHOENIX OF BENITO MUSSOLINI RISES

Perhaps Italian leader Benito Mussolini (1883 – 1945) was modern Europe’s first populist politician. Ushering in a social revolution, the ex-infantryman, wounded in WWI, was a journalist and revolutionary. His party and its Blackshirts anti-Communist activists fought for revolutionary nationalism. In 1922, Mussolini became the youngest Italian prime minister in history.

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