July 30
"I am two with nature." -Woody Allen
 
 
"...As a result of the Balkan Wars, Greece gained southern Macedonia as well as the island of Crete. Serbia gained the Kosovo region and extended into northern and central Macedonia. Albania was made an independent state under a German prince. The political consequences of the wars were considerable. Bulgaria, frustrated in Macedonia, looked to Austria for support, while Serbia, which had been forced by Austria to give up its Albanian conquests, regarded Vienna with greater hostility than ever..." July 30
 
 
 
 
 
"...The Battle of Hooge represented one of the first major employments of the flamethrower, one of the most feared weapons introduced during World War I . . . . One great puzzle that emerged from World War I was why Germany's opponents never made equal use of this terrifying weapon. The British made three attempts with larger, more unwieldy prototypes: the smallest one was equal in size to the German Grof, which the enemy had almost abandoned by 1916. The French were more persistent, and by 1918 had at least seven companies trained in using flamethrowers; the use of the weapon never progressed to the same level as that in the German army, however.  The flamethrower was included, along with the submarine, the battleship, heavy artillery, the tank, poison gas and the zeppelin, on the list of weapons forbidden to German forces by the Treaty of Versailles. After Hitler came to power in 1933, though, and Germany began to rebuild its army, backpack flamethrowers were liberally supplied to the combat forces, and the formidable flammenwerfer would again play a deadly role in the clashes of World War II..." July 30
 
 
 
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"...German saboteurs [directed by German spymaster Franz von Papen] blow up a munitions plant on Black Tom Island, New Jersey..." July 30
 
 
 
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"...Harry Hopkins, FDR's trusted aide, then in London, decided that he ought to proceed to Moscow to find out more about the Soviets' prospects and needs. The President promptly authorized Hopkins to proceed to Moscow, where at the end of July he had two long meetings with Stalin. During these meetings Stalin told Hopkins that he would welcome American troops on any part of the Russian front, and under the command of the American Army — an extraordinary comment, reflecting the Soviet dictator's conviction that it was going to be extremely difficult for the USSR to resist successfully the mighty German military machine. Hopkins came away from these talks convinced that the Soviets would fight on with, as he reported to FDR on August 1, an "unbounded determination to win." His visit marked, as one distinguished American historian subsequently concluded, the point of no return in US-Soviet wartime relations..." July 30
 
 
 
"...Now, the hour of reckoning has come. For the past 9 months, we have been observing the former rulers of fascist Germany. In the dock before this Court they have suddenly become meek and humble. Some of them even actually condemned Hitler. But they do not blame Hitler for waging a war or for the exterminating of peoples and plundering of states; the only thing they cannot forgive him is defeat. Together with Hitler, they were ready to exterminate millions of human beings, to enslave civilized mankind in order to achieve their criminal aim of world domination. But history decided otherwise. Victory did not follow upon the steps of crime. Victory came to the freedom-loving nations. Truth triumphed and we are proud to say that justice meted out by the International Military Tribunal will be the justice of the righteous cause of peace-loving nations. The Defense spoke about humanity. We know that the concepts of civilization and humanity, democracy and humanity, peace and humanity are inseparable. But we, the champions of civilization, democracy, and peace we positively reject that form of humanity which is considerate to the murderers and indifferent to their victims. Counsel for Kaltenbrunner also spoke here of love for mankind. In connection with Kaltenbrunner's name and actions all mention of love for mankind sounds blasphemy. Your Lordship, Your Honors, my statement concludes the case for the Prosecution..." July 30
 
 
Cynthia Southern’s Holocaust Daily (@cmsouthern) Auschwitz 07/29/1944: SS-Obersturmbannfuehrer Rudolf Hoess, authorized to annihilate the Hungarian Jews, leaves Auschwitz. Kommandant Richard Baer of Auschwitz I becomes SS Camp Senior. Above: From left to right: Richard Baer, Karl Hoecker (his adjutant), and Rudolf Hoess.
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Today's History Tweet: James (@historyboy77) Crown prince Alexander I of Serbia, who on this day, 1914, urged his countrymen to "Defend your homes, hearths, & Serbia with all your strength" whilst AH troops were busy probing the Danube. At midnight. Tsar Nicholas II of ordered a mobilization in Serbia's interests. Moltke knew this would guarantee a general war and "the mutual butchery of the civilized nations of Europe"
 
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Today’s News Tweet: Holocaust News (@HolocaustNews)Talk of feared new Holocaust at Knesset meeting on European anti-Semitism http://www.timesofisrael.com/talk-of-feared-new-holocaust-at-knesset-meeting-on-european-anti-semitism/
 
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Today Is: July 30
 
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Today's Comic: Tina Fey: “A Harvard Medical School study has determined that rectal thermometers are still the best way to tell a baby's temperature. Plus, it really teaches the baby who's boss.”
 
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Today's Insult: “He's a pig and I don't allow livestock in the house.” -Erin McCarthy
 
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Atheist: What’s this fly doing in my soup?
Waiter: Praying.
Atheist: Very funny. I can’t eat this. Take it back.
Waiter: But, don’t you see? The fly’s prayers were answered!
 
 
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From Allies At War: The Bitter Rivalry Among Churchill, Roosevelt, and De Gaulle, by Simon Berthon: Churchill's first reaction on hearing of Hopkins's mission was to ask "Who?" His own trusted servant and Parliamentary Private Secretary, Brendan Bracken, filled in the gaps and Churchill understood that the red carpet was to be rolled out. Bracken was dispatched to Poole airport to meet the plane. Hopkins did not descend and Bracken boarded the plane to find 'Hopkins still sitting, looking sick, and shrunken and too tired even to unfasten his safety belt.' He perked up on the train to London, which on Churchill's orders, had to be the best that could be found. Later the general manager of Southern Railways wrote that, 'arrangements were made for the most modern Pullman cars to be formed in the train. The conductors wore white gloves; a good meal, with liquid refreshment, was available, together with papers, periodicals etc. Mr Harry Hopkins was obviously impressed.' There was an even more striking display as the train passed through Clapham Junction. Hundreds of German incendiary bombs showered down through the dark winter sky, blocking the tracks into Waterloo. That evening Hopkins saw the American correspondent, Ed Murrow, who had been broadcasting the horrors of the blitz across the Atlantic. Hopkins would say only of his mission, 'I suppose you could say that I've come here to try to find a way to be a catalytic agent between two prima donnas.'
 
The following morning, Hopkins met prima donna number one at 10 Downing Street. They hit it off. Churchill later described Hopkins as 'a soul that flamed out of a frail and flaming body. He was a crumbling lighthouse from which there shone the beams that led great fleets to harbour . . . He could also be very disagreeable and say hard and sour things. My experiences were teaching me to be able to do this too, if need be.' Hopkins wrote to Roosevelt that 'a rotund - smiling - red faced gentleman appeared - extended a fat but none the less convincing hand and wished me welcome to England.' Their meeting cleared some air. Hopkins told Churchill that there was a feeling in some quarters that he did not like America, Americans or Roosevelt. This provoked Churchill into an attack on the malicious Anglophobia of the American ambassador, Joseph Kennedy, whom he assumed to be the source of any such impression. Churchill produced in evidence the telegram he had sent to Roosevelt, to which he had received no response, congratulating him on winning the election. Hopkins then gave Churchill the assurance he wanted above all. According to Churchill Hopkins told him, 'The President is determined that we shall win the war together. Make no mistake about it. He has sent me here to tell you that at all costs and by all means he will carry you through, no matter what happens to him - there is nothing that he will not do so far as he has human power.' In fact Roosevelt was not yet in a position to make this promise; the lend-lease legislation had yet to pass through Congress and it was not a foregone conclusion. But this time, unlike the 'dagger in the back speech' back in June, Roosevelt was in a stronger political position to make his words count.
 
Hopkins's intended two-week trip stretched to six, of which he spent some ten days with Churchill. They travelled to Scapa Flow to see Britain's new ambassador, Lord Halifax, off to the United States on the latest battleship, King George V. A few days later, at a dinner in Glasgow, Hopkins said that on his return to Washington he intended to quote to Roosevelt a verse from the Book of Books: 'Whither thou goest I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge; thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God.' And then he added very quietly, 'Even to the end.' On hearing this, Churchill wept.
 
After the trip to Scotland, Hopkins accompanied Churchill on a tour of naval bases on the South Coast. As Churchill moved among the crowds, Hopkins could see his popularity at first hand. He also admired Churchill's stoical reaction to the reality of war as news came in of German dive-bombers appearing in the Mediterranean and sinking British ships with great loss of life. A particular suspicion about Churchill was also resolved; Hopkins witnessed at first hand his Olympian drinking but, observing Churchill's ability to remain on his feet in the small hours and out-think any colleague in the argument, decided that it could not really matter.
 
Hopkins wrote to Roosevelt, 'The people here are amazing from Churchill down and if courage alone can win the war – the result will be inevitable. But they need our help desperately . . . . I cannot believe that it is true that Churchill dislikes either you or America - it just doesn't make sense.' Churchill wrote to the President, 'I am so grateful to you for sending so remarkable an envoy, who enjoys so high a measure of your intimacy and confidence.' The goodwill was multiplied by a letter from Roosevelt carried by another influential American visiting London, Wendell Willkie, who had been Roosevelt's Republican opponent in the election. Roosevelt wrote, 'Wendell Willkie will give you this. He is truly helping to keep politics out over here. I think the verse applies to your people as it does to us:
 
Sail on, O ship of State!
Sail on, O Union, strong and great!
Humanity with all its fears,
With all the hopes of future years,
Is hanging breathless on thy fate!
 
Churchill wrote that these 'splendid' lines from Longfellow were an 'inspiration'.
 
 
A woman has twins, and gives them up for adoption. One of them goes to a family in Egypt and is named "Amal." The other goes to a family in Spain; they name him "Juan". Years later, Juan sends a picture of himself to his mum. Upon receiving the picture, she tells her husband that she wishes she also had a picture of Amal. Her husband responds, "But they are twins. If you've seen Juan, you've seen Amal."
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