The Anonymous Widower

Kremlin Lets Women Drive The Trains

The title of this post is the same as that of an article in The Times on Friday.

This was the first two paragraphs.

For decades, Russian girls who have dreamt of becoming train drivers or mechanics or captaining a ship have been forced to abandon their ambitions.

Laws prohibiting women from physically demanding employment, or jobs that could harm their chances of bearing children, were introduced by the Soviet Union in 1974, and updated by President Putin in 2000.

No wonder Russia a basket case, as they are not making best use of their resources. As do countries like Iran, Iraq and Syria!

Remember, that during the Second World War, the Nazis didn’t let women work in the war effort.

I seem to remember they lost!




July 8, 2019 Posted by | Transport, World | , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

A Trip To Berlin-Grunewald Station

Berlin-Grunewald station is not far from Berlin-Spandau on the S-Bahn.

According to my easyJet guide. it is a pleasant place to walk and you might even see wild boar.

But I went to pay my respects at Gleis 17.

Wikipedia says this about the infamous platform.

Starting on 18 October 1941 the adjacent goods station until February 1945 was one of the major sites of deportation of the Berlin Jews. The trains left mainly for the ghettos of Litzmannstadt and Warsaw, and from 1942 directly for the Auschwitz and Theresienstadt concentration camps. On 18 October 1991 a monument was inaugurated at the ramp leading to the former freight yard. The Deutsche Bahn had a memorial established on 27 January 1998 at the historic track 17 (“Gleis 17”), where most of the deportation trains departed.

I wonder how many of the Jews from Germany, with whom I share a common ancestor perished in the various ghettos and camps.

Gleis 17 is a sombre place and there was only one other visitor; a German actor.

February 12, 2018 Posted by | Transport | , , | Leave a comment

Swastikas Everywhere

There is this article about the traditional use of swastikas on the BBC web site. Here’s the first paragraph.

Swastika. The word is a potent one. For more than one billion Hindus it means “wellbeing” and good fortune. For others, the cross with arms bent at right angles will forever symbolise Nazism. Yet England is seemingly awash with swastikas. Why?

I first came across their use in perhaps 1963. Several of us at Minchenden Grammar School were looking at old school magazines from the 1920s and 1930s. We were surprised to see swastikas used to separate paragraphs in some of the articles, in just the same way that you might use asterisks today.

I remember asking my father, who was a letterpress printer about this and he said it was common to use swastikas for this purpose before the symbol’s adoption by the Nazis. But he also said, nobody used it now, so he’d sent all his swastikas to be melted down, as they weren’t needed any more.

March 14, 2014 Posted by | World | , , | 1 Comment

The Amazing Story of Rudolf Brazda

I’d never heard of Rudolf Brazda, until I saw his obituary today, but it gives deep insight into how the Nazis just didn’t persecute Jews, but a lot of others as well. Brazda was gay and somehow kept himself alive amongst the horrors of Buchenwald.

August 11, 2011 Posted by | News | , , , , | 1 Comment

Mietek Pemper

I had not heard of Mietek Pemper until I read his obituary in The Times today.  Here is the one from The Telegraph.

Most have heard the story of Oskar Schindler and how he saved hundreds of Jews from the Nazis, but here was the man, who did all of the paperwork.

It is a fascinating tale and in a way shows that amongst all the evil of the Second World War, there were some good men and women, making a real difference.

June 15, 2011 Posted by | World | , , | Leave a comment

If You Think There Are Cheats in Sport, Remember the Nazis

There is a wonderfully inspiring interview with a lady of 90 called Dorothy Tyler in The Times today.  She would have won the gold medal in the high jump in the Berlin Olympics, but for the count-back rule at the time.  And that despite the Germans entering a man, Dora Ratjen, to replace their best female high-jumper, who was Jewish. She then went on to win another silver at the London Olympics of 1948. This time it was all fair and square and she was beaten by the first black female Olympic gold medallist, Alice Coachman. She said this of her defeat.

“She was from a very poor family,” Tyler says. “She used to have to pick corn and walk through the fields to school. We exchanged addresses after the competition and I kissed her when she won, which seemed to amaze everyone. One of the reporters asked: ‘How did I like being beaten by a black woman?’ I said: ‘As far as I was concerned, she was a competitor representing her country.’ ”

She eventually competed in the 1956 Games in Melbourne, but she never got the gold she deserved and would have certainly got under modern rules.

Now come 2012, she is an obvious candidate to present the medals in the women’s high jump in London.  But I doubt she’ll be asked to do it, as someone from the the so-called great and good, will be called upon, because it is his turn.

This article alone made the purchase of The Times worthwhile.

December 28, 2010 Posted by | Sport | , , | 1 Comment