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Book Review: My Father’s Country by Wibke Bruhns

30 Aug

My Father’s Country by Wibke Bruhns is the story about her father Hans Georg Klamroth a German business man and Wehrmacht officer executed in 1944 for his part in the Stuaffenberg assassination attempt.

It’s also one of the most interesting books I’ve ever read.

Because the author was only 6 years old at the time of her fathers death, she only has letters, diaries, and the words of others to gain insight into her father’s life.

Fortunately for her, her family kept quite a record of itself. Besides the family history there are extensive diaries and letters for her to use.

Indeed the story of H.G. as he is commonly referred to, is an interesting. Being groomed for the family business, young H.G. serves in WW I, travels to America for work, gets married and has five kids, and becomes a member of the Nazi Party.

In defense of H.G. he doesn’t become a Nazi enthusiastically, but more out of a sense of utility. This may explain H.G.’s role in the assassination attempt.

Though his role is hard to explain and at best he was merely aware of the situation, because his son-in-law was one of the major planners, he himself had nothing to do with the attempt.

Still that complicity was enough to have him hanged.

Getting to know Hans Georg Klamroth along with his daughter the author, is a very unique experience. From the family history, through childhood and adulthood the journey is quite surreal. You of course know where it will end up, but you have to keep reading to find out what else happens and how it happens from the perspective of all involved.

The story of the Klamroth family is an interesting one and one of historical significance and an interesting look at life from the German families perspective through the first half of the 20th century. A must read.

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Auf Wiedersehn

10 Jul

Germany’s President Joachim Gauck has called for Angela Merkel to provide a reason to the German public why they should continue to bailout the nations of the Euro-zone. German president tells Angela Merkel to come clean on EU debt deal

With the news seeming to always pit Germany against the rest of Europe, it should not be too surprising the the Germans are getting a little bit tired of having to be the responsible party in the room.

Spain, Portugal, Italy, Ireland and of course Greece. These are the nations that, almost by default(no pun intended), come to mind in any euro-debt discussion. However, it is important to realize that even the strong nations of Europe still have their own debt burdens to worry about.

This handy interactive chart over at the BBC shows who owes what debts to whom. Exploring the chart shows the staggering amount of both foreign and government held debt to GDP ratios for the various nations. The most astonishing figures coming from those nations with are regularly in the news.

However one notices that when looking at Germany, the foreign debt to GDP is 176% and government debt to GDP is 83%. Not exactly prime territory to be in.

Germany finds itself in quite a precarious position. Part of their strength and success comes from their manufacturing and industry. But while they may have strength there, they depend on being able to export those products around the world. Without stable economies worldwide, the German economy would slow down(and may be so doing already).

However, in funding the continual bailouts of Europe, Germany is putting itself in the same position as the nations it is bailing out. Putting yourself in debt to rescue another(several other) nations from debt seems counter intuitive.

 

Soros says spend your money…you’ll get it back I swear

26 Jun

Germany’s Resistance May Prove ‘Fatal’ to Europe: George Soros.

That’s the headline of this article on cnbc.com. It makes you think whoever put up the headline made an error, the correct wording should be Europe’s Resistance May Prove ‘Fatal’ to Germany. But then you realize it’s George Soros speaking so of course it makes no sense.

Still you have to give credit to a guy who’s made billions even if it’s at the cost of entire economies. The ultimate bad guy that liberals are always seeking in the form of the Mitt Romney’s of the world actually exists in the form of Soros, but we can’t point that out seeing as how he happens to be a liberal financier.

Sow dissention and division in the system and you can hammer it apart one piece at a time. That’s the Soros strategy and when you.

Here’s a further article from zerohedge.com with the video of the interview.

You know how you can tell Soros is full of it? Because a guy who’s supposed to know economics knows that spending immense amounts of precious dollars/euros to serve as a band-aid to the problem of throwing away too much money in the first place simply doesn’t make sense.

Hell you don’t even have to know economics to understand that, it’s common sense. But Soros has his money in position and is playing his hand to try and take the pot. That’s all nothing more. A predator setting up his prey, this is what he does.

It’s slightly embarrassing that outlets like CNBC and Bloomberg lend credibility to people like George Soros, but then again that’s to be expected when news organizations gave up on understanding issues and instead chose to just go with what they liked.

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