Lidice

On the dreary morning of 27 May, 1942, SS-Obergruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich was on his way to work in Prague Castle when a pair of British-trained Czech suicidal bombers, Jan Kubiš and Jozef Gabčík, attacked his car on a country road outside of town and assassinated him. Adolf Hitler’s initial […]

Mosel River

The Middle Mosel, from Trier to Pünderich, might be the most beautiful river valley in the world. Terraced vineyards, broken castles, pristine crosses, and overhung footpaths line the banks between bucolic towns that have rarely suffered the sting of war or the axes of urban renewal. Life slows […]

Boscotrecase

To anyone who has seen the inside of an Italian slum, the Neapolitan Commune of Boscotrecase, on the southern slope of Mt. Vesuvius, breathes organized crime. For years, public services have been, in effect, privatized to the Camorra, who have dumped millions of tons of industrial waste anywhere […]

Praha

We started to upload this photo on June 19, which, by pure coincidence, was Father’s Day. Prague is full of Judeo-Christian-themed statuary, so we initially assumed this was Abraham and Isaac doing their thing—not exactly Father’s Day material. It turned out that this was one of a pair […]

Piedmont

As any American schoolchild knows, the United States were physically united on May 5, 1869, when a silver hammer drove the Golden Spike into the iron rails of the Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads at Promontory Summit in Utah. 500 officials attended the ceremony, perched on the […]

Podgórze

One of the more popular features of the Nazi “resettlement” policy was the way it opened up housing stocks for Aryans who otherwise couldn’t afford to buy homes. My own Jewish step-mother returned to Vienna after the war to find the house she grew up in occupied by a former neighbor with a […]

Dresden

This photo was taken at 20:03, or 2 hours and 11 minutes before the first sirens would have sounded on 13 February, 1945, to alert the Dresdeners to what was coming from this direction. The target was the Altstadt, or Old City, not for its military value, but […]