January 2023


Obama visiting Buchenwald

USA's 747-200

Unfortunately the earlier hopes that Obama would visit Weimar after honoring the victims of Buchenwald were dashed. This means that I didn’t get to meet or see the president, although I did get to see the president’s 747 out my bedroom window.

(Boy am I being myopic!)

Anyhow, after the president toured […]

Kein Nazis!

I’d noticed a couple weeks ago that several of the political parties campaigning for office in Weimar were engaging in negative campaigning—with a somewhat consistent cross-party message: No Nazis in our government.

At times I am kind of oblivious to things that ought to be readily obvious to me—like Nazis running for city council.

Innocence Shattered

There comes a point in everyone’s upbringing when they realize some truths about the world around them—and that often these truths are rather unpleasant.

The first time I can remember this happening to me was back at Park Hill Elementary School in Denver, Colorado. As is with traditional with American elementary education, it was a […]


Generally speaking I think the best response to a KKK rally is to ignore it. It’s the same thing I do to Fred Phelps—of the infamous “God Hates Fags” website.

I point this out today, because over in Jena there is a Neo-Nazi rally.

My initial gut reaction to hearing that there was a Neo-Nazi […]

Photo Friday: Insignificant

Seemily Insignificant, yet a major memorial. Learn more: Stolpersteine (English)

Photo Friday Entry (#184) | elmada.com Home

What a great day!


Originally uploaded by elmada.

I got up this morning at 8:30, and got back in the mode of uploading pictures to Flickr. Yes, I’ve uploaded a ton of pictures to my Flickr account, some from Weimar, some from the States, uploaded in no particular order. You can see examples of recent Dipol […]

Chornobyl and Great Patriotic War Museums

My time in Kyiv was severely impacted by the New Year’s Eve holiday, which extended into New Year’s Day. I spent much of New Year’s Day sleeping off the effects of vodka and staying up until 4am.

Accordingly, my visits to Kyiv’s museums were limited to only the ones that I was most interested in […]

three hundred seventy-five years

Three hundred seventy-five years is the estimated amount of time it would take 40 people to reassemble the collected shredded files of the DDR Stasi.

When Anna Funder, the author of Stasiland, visited the Stasi File Authority offices outside of Nuremberg, the authority had thirty-one employees.

It’s a rather daunting fact to consider—Three hundred seventy-five […]

Random Things

Things I Shouldn’t Miss, But Do: Taco Bell. Wendys. English Muffins. Borders. “Blue Suede Shoes” smoothie at Soma. Paper New York Times. Movies in English.

New Airports Coming Soon: LEJ, PMI, LIS, CDG, TXL, KBP.

New Airlines Coming Soon: Air Berlin, Air France, Міжнародні Авіалінії України.

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Friday I headed down to Nuremberg with Rui.

Nuremberg is one of those cities I’ve always associated with the end of World War II because of the trials held in the city.

Never having studies the rise of the Nazis that closely, I had not realized that Nuremberg had been especially selected for the trials […]