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Off to Stalingrad Today
Up this week, a long-awaited trip to Stalingrad — now Volgograd — to visit the site of WWII’s epic battle. Anthony Beevor’s book, Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege: 1942-1943, provides a thorough and readable account. Over 250,000 German troops went into the Kessel; only 6,000 came home about a dozen years later.
Beevor repeatedly notes doomed German soldiers’ conviction that Adolf Hilter would not let them down. They believed that “the Führer will come to our rescue” and “the Führer always keeps his word.” Their faith had overtly religious aspects to it. Such a personal tie to a leader is foreign to me. I wonder — and hope not — if any of us could ever have such a blind belief in someone.
The deeper meaning of totalitarianism is never so apparent as in war. Stalin threw his troops into battle without adequate training or arms; Hitler left the flower of his army to starve — at best for strategic reasons, at worst for vanity. Neither of the dictators had any regard for their men’s lives, liberty and pursuit of happiness.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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