Posts Tagged 'Konrad Adenauer'

Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 01/17/16

Map of territorial losses (the areas in black)...

Map of territorial losses (the areas in black) of Germany after the 1919 Treaty of Versailles. The descriptions are in Czech. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

History is the sum total of the things that could have been avoided.”   —   Konrad Adneauer

English: Mass demonstration in front of the Re...

English: Mass demonstration in front of the Reichstag against the Treaty of Versailles (“the brutal peace”) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(That is one way to look at it.  If the Treaty of Versailles hadn’t been so punitive, maybe post WWI Germany wouldn’t have been plunged into the depths of such a terrible depression.  Possibly avoiding the rise of a disappointed art student, who went on to wreak havoc throughout Europe in the 1930s and 1940s.  And, that’s just one glaring example.  Unless . . . that was all part of a larger, more nefarious plan, as some have asserted.  I’ve always loved history, but it can be a rather sticky subject, being that it is predominantly written by the victors.  We should try to stay open to the less official versions of it, if we want a clearer picture of what actually happened.  Don’t be cowed into thinking the word revisionism is something despicable, because it ain’t necessarily so.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/23/14

Adenauer with the mother of a German POW broug...

Adenauer with the mother of a German POW brought home in 1955 from the Soviet Union, due to Adenauer’s visit to Moscow (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An infallible method of conciliating a tiger is to allow oneself to be devoured.”   —   Konrad Adenauer

(I guess then at least one of us would be happy!  The trouble with quotations like this is there needs to be context.  The quote itself is all over the place, but there is no context.  He was a German statesman, so he must have been referring appeasement to a more powerful state.  The United States?  The Soviet Union?  Simple search engine queries got me nowhere.  Maybe some of you academic types know what he was getting at.  I’m all ears.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  Yesterday’s tough Cryptoquote garnered more queries than the Jumble did!  And, that is very unusual.   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/31/13

 

Heinrich Hoerle: Zeitgenossen (contemporaries)...

Heinrich Hoerle: Zeitgenossen (contemporaries). An expressionist painting with mayor Adenauer (in grey) together with artists and a boxer. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We all live under the same sky, but we don’t all have the same horizon.”   —   Konrad Adenauer

 

Rosa 'Konrad Adenauer' Deutsch: Tee-Tybride &q...

Rosa ‘Konrad Adenauer’ Deutsch: Tee-Tybride “Konrad Adenauer Rose” (Tantau 1954) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Differing views and different goals.  They prevent us from doing good, as one, and from doing bad.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/18/10

The one sure way to conciliate a tiger is to allow oneself to be devoured.”   — Konrad Adenauer

(And, what a selfless act that would be!)   — YUR


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