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Propaganda or eyewitness news ?, which in other words means my own personal experiences. Gestapo (Geheime Staatspolizei) was an equivalent to today’s citizens’ control and spy organizations, but operating within a fascist dictatorial rule, like in Nazi Germany. Nazi derived from National Socialist, the type of government under a dictator, subjecting citizens to very strict rules of obeisance. The only rule under the Nazi regime was: If you are NOT with us, you die. The punishment of choice was the guillotine (head shorter). During those times of WWII, a large number of extremely dedicated SS officers were needed for this Gestapo to function like a well oiled machine to keep the population under control. Control being the operative word. The Gestapo being the enforcers. Since they mostly operated enforcing their terror on civilians (the regular German army was at the Front, Russia) this had been even more traumatic, especially to small children. In order for this system to function as well as it did, an important aspect of it was the reliance on certain dedicated Nazi citizens to report on others, like neighbours, friends, even family. That is exactly what happened to us, my mother, sister and myself. A neighbour in our building, probably a superNazi, called in to the Gestapo reporting that my mother forbade us children to say Heil Hitler in school. I was 5 years old at that time. One day, our door bell rang, there were two Gestapo officers at the door, came in, checking out our flat even the attic, they thought my father who at that time was at the Russian Front, was hiding somewhere. Because my mother had two little children, that saved her life. Later that afternoon she tried to commit suicide, taking pills. I’ll never forget. And all this in the middle of the war, being subjected to daily and nightly bombings. Question remains: “What is so different now compared to then, with Government spy organizations controlling and terrifying citizens ?”

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Is this really true ? I plan to test this assumption. For most of my life I have worked with computers, since the beginning of the sixties. The old IBM machines we worked with often needed special attention, like actual manual manipulating. Later main frames, system development, programming, big main frame conversions, IBM and VAX machines, all languages, up to creating the first ADABAS/NATURAL fourth-gen language systems. My job. Then following the laptops, all Windows systems, starting with the Windows 1, later XP (my favorite), then installing the 7, now Windows 10. Piece of cake installing and converting from one to the next. In between, adding one Apple iPad. Just working with devices of course cannot prevent dementia in later life. On the contrary. Versatility of feeding your brain, thinking for yourself, overloading yourself with not just stereotype Internet junk, and spoon-fed dictionaries. Versatility for me includes also reading a book, writing and publishing on the Internet, playing chess daily, and never relying on anybody else to do any thinking for me. The best ‘brain-food’ is languages, preferably more than just one (or as we always say: English, Irish and Rubbish). Plus, travel comes cheaper when speaking the language of the guest country.

To retain memory function, why not try remember all international phone numbers, all passwords without ever once having to look it up. That’s what I do. In other words, practice your brain like doing physical exercise (mine is swimming, and cycling and walking). Next year will be my eightieth. Hoping for myself to still have a nice healthy and well-functioning brain.

From the Mayo Clinic:”dementia describes a group of symptoms affecting memory, thinking and social abilities severely enough to interfere with daily functioning. Typically, dementia is always assigned to “the elderly”. Those whose memory often goes back over seventy years. [Remember: “A victim never forgets.”]. The dementia described by the Mayo Clinic, however, fits almost 100 % of most young people. Texting on their devices, pulling down dictionaries to complete entire phrases without ever having to think for themselves, or addling their brains with drugs. Good luck to you all !

How Canada’s war veterans of world war 2 perceive themselves in Holland. According to them: “The Dutch people remember us and are grateful for what we have done for them.”
Myself I worked, lived and had a family in Holland for many years, also re-visited The Netherlands many times. Never noticed – even in recent years – that anybody in Holland even cares about Canada in that sense, as the Canadian 90-year old veterans see themselves.
Little anecdote, several years ago, published in our news papers: Canadian war veterans – decked out in medals, berets and full wartime regalia – travelling to Holland again for some reunions. Using the train. The conductor in that Dutch train asking for the tickets. Apparently the old guys had not paid enough fare. The Conductor requested them to pay up. One of the old timers complaining, mentioning what they were up to, (and should the Dutch not let them travel for free? in the back of his mind). NO, said the train conductor, “you pay what everyone else pays”.
Big outcry here in Canada about this incident. How dare they ??

Reality of WWII

[ http://ww2db.com/battle_spec.php?battle_id=55/Bombing-of-Hamburg-Dresden-and-Other-Cities-World-War-II-Database ]

My home town – was right close to Berlin, right smack in the path of the major bomb corridor between England and Berlin – destroyed to 90 %. I was two year old when Canada declared war on me (I take this personally). And I was seven years old when the war officially ended, but unofficially continued with bombings still going on in certain areas. Hah ! Now, were those the same people who after all that destruction pretended to have invented all sorts of ‘Anti War’ symbolism ? In their little war mongering minds they may have thought that (He, it is now seventy years ago) we forgot ?
A victim never forgets ! And when I am a hundred years old I will still remember. After all, two year old babies did not start WW2, nor did they march with rifles slung over and shoot (uselessly, I might add) at the flying bomber aircraft in the air.
Of course, the bombings still continue, even seventy, eighty or who knows hundred years after 1945 [ http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/unexploded-wwii-bombs-pose-growing-threat-in-germany-a-859201.html ].
You can read into this whatever you want, published on the Web by historians, not by people who were actually right in the middle of those bombing raids – victims, little children. So, to all those who were inside those aircraft and dropping their loads onto civilians, do not come with stories of MAKE LOVE, NOT WAR.