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This will only be of interest if you are able to understand German, but nevertheless I thought I should share it.

Over at the web pages of radio station WDR5, there is an extensive and perfectly downloadable interview with International Court of Justice member and human rights expert Thomas Buergenthal.

Already the basics of this man's biography are truly outstanding. Being of Jewish descent and born in 1934, Buergenthal spent his early childhood in the Ghetto of Kielce, and later survived both Auschwitz and Sachsenhausen. In 1951 he emigrated to the US, where he obtained several increasingly renowned legal degrees and specialized on international and human rights law. Up to now, he  has worked for the UN, taught at several universities and functioned as judge and advocate of human rights all around the globe. His passion for the cause lets him state that he has no plans to retire any time soon.

Listening to this guy is a pleasure because of all the joy, intelligence, kindness and strength contained in his words.
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Norrington and Elizabeth, shortly after they meet at the Tavern...


Bis dass der Tod... )
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Yesterday evening, when I browsed through a couple of books to find myself a nice bedtime read, I stumbled across a German translation of George R.R. Martin's short novella Nighflyers which was so utterly different from the version I knew and loved that it made me wince ...

Excerpts from the story's opening passage, published by Heyne in 1981 )



Same excerpts, Moewig, 1980 )

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