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Heinrich Harrer, venturesome tutor of the young Dalai Lama

Austrian explorer, mountaineer, sportsman, geographer, author and tutor of the young 14th Dalai Lama, Heinrich Harrer, died on January 7th 2006 in Friesach, a...

American broadcaster William Joyce, staunch supporter of National Socialist Germany

William Joyce, an American anti-British propaganda broadcaster of Irish descent who had taken German citizenship during World War II, was hanged on January 3rd,...

Grand Admiral Karl Dönitz, brief successor of Adolf Hitler

German Grand Admiral, Supreme Commander of the submarine fleet (Befehlshaber der Unterseeboote, BdU), Commander-in-Chief of the War Navy (Oberbefehlshaber der Kriegsmarine) during World War...

When Santa Claus drives a bus

Christmas 2020 will be remembered in most Christian countries as a very special occasion, even though for all the wrong reasons! I’m currently in...

Shiba Gorō, the Japanese hero of the Boxer Rebellion in China

Japanese General Shiba Gorō, who played a significant role during the 1900 xenophobic Boxer Rebellion in China, died on December 13th, 1945 in war-ravaged...

Oswald Mosley, the Brit whose wedding Adolf Hitler attended

Sir Oswald Ernald Mosley, 6th Baronet, the English politician of noble descent disillusioned with mainstream politics who became the leader of the British Union...

An epic struggle between Good and Evil in Spain?

The man that decisively shaped twentieth-century Spain for almost four decades, Generalissimo Francisco Franco, died peacefully on November 20th, 1975 in a Madrid hospital. Although...

Spain’s astonishing rise from the ashes after the civil war

After the end of the three-year-long Spanish Civil War on April 1st, 1939, reconstruction under Generalissimo Francisco Franco began quickly and virtually without outside...

In memoriam Victor Sen Yung, the beloved cook from Bonanza

American actor of Chinese descent Victor Sen Yung, born Sen Yew Cheung, but also known as Sen Yung, Sen Young, Victor Sen Young and...

Vidkun Quisling, a name that became a synonym for collaboration

Norwegian military officer and politician Vidkun Quisling was executed at Akershus Fortress, a medieval castle in the capital Oslo, on October 24th, 1945 for...

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