LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||16/OUT/2005 12:32 PM|
|Assunto:||Raquel/curso de inglês, novamente|
Raquel, it is unfortunate that you brought up that question in this forum. After years of running a pawn shop in Argentina and a churrascaria somewhere in Rio Grande do Sul while becoming addicted to the "America" soap opera, Adolph has decided to learn English, head north, and open a combination pizzeria-Jewish delicatessen in Hollywood. Your indiscretion means, of course, that the boys from Odessa will be calling on you some time soon. Measures must be taken.
What kind of a fruitcake uses that kind of e-mail address? Apparently the poor boy has a social calendar in such a whirl that he hasn't had time to read any history books since 1933.
Seriously, I applaud your alert eyes. The "1889" is, of course, the year the Austrian corporal hatched. Can you believe his hometown wanted to celebrate? Idiots.
Years ago I dated a Viennese, Monika. Dad had been in the Hitler Jugend. Austrian kids didn't have any choice. I enjoyed talking with the gentleman about his youth. Gramps had been in the Sicherdienst. Monika assured me that Gramps hadn't been in the Gestapo. Actually, the Gestapo would probably be a step up from the SD, the counter-intelligence branch of the SS. In occupied territories, the SD often targeted ethnic groups for extermination. The old boy must have been quite a character, regardless of what he had done in Austria. He was sanctioned for wearing a moustache. His defense made sense: "If our Fuhrer can wear one, so can I." His superiors backed off, and he continued to wear a moustache. Captured by the Russians at the end of the war, he worked so hard to help a Jewish doctor in a prison camp that he was rewarded with a very early release. By 1947-1948, he was back in Austria. Only a tiny fracton of SS prisoners in German hands survived captivity (1%?), and survivors continued to return to Austria and Germany for many years. I don't know what Gramps had done before and during the war, but afterwards he must have really made a difference.
Again, you have the eyes of an eagle!
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