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La Clusaz Diary: Live Free
On the road between lakeside Annécy and the pretty alpine village of La Clusaz in the Savoie region of eastern France, one passes a monument to men who fell in the March 1944 battles on the plâteau de Glières, and, more particularly, to retreating troops who were gunned down at the spot by a vengeful Wehrmacht. The Savoie was rife with resistance, and after the area was put under martial law in early 1944, more than 500 maquisards retreated to the plateau, where they were pursued by 12,000 troops belonging to the German 157th Alpine division and the collaborationist Vichy régime. The result was ugly.
For readers whose French is rusty, the oath on the monument is one that, to date, I had only seen in a single other place in the world: Live Free or Die. However, a little research shows that the phrase does have historical antecedents beyond the granite hills.
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)
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 interviews, a review of…
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…