switzerland is my favorite part of europe youve got this bullshit triple entente shit to your left and the entire goddamn triple alliance to your right and youre sitting there just outside the battlefield switzerland does not have time for your world war 1 crap switzerland is strong
They avoided getting involved with their natural mountain defenses and the fact that, well
A HUGE PORTION of their populous had rifle training with the possible estimate of every household in the country owning a rifle, meaning that despite its relatively small official army, every citizen had the ability to defend themselves and the training to do it with.
When the Kaiser of Germany in World War I, during a demonstration of military maneuvers, asked a guest of the Swiss government what their 500,000 strong Swiss army could do against a 1,000,000 man Germany army
The guest promptly replied
"Shoot twice and go home"
To demonstrate how fucking crazy awesome Switzerland is, they also apparently have 300,000 detonation points across the country so that in the case that they do get invaded they can cripple infrastructure to prevent their enemies from using it.
i fear switzerland
the baby boom is singularly my favorite event in american history. I mean seriously all the WWII soldiers came home and had enough victory sex that they created one of the greatest population increases in the history of the country
Scientists have reached farther back than ever into the ancestry of humans to recover and analyze DNA, using a bone found in Spain that’s estimated to be 400,000 years old. So far, the achievement has provided more questions than answers about our ancient forerunners.
The feat surpasses the previous age record of about 100,000 years for genetic material recovered from members of the human evolutionary line. Older DNA has been mapped from animals.
Experts said the work shows that new techniques for working with ancient DNA may lead to more discoveries about human origins. (Photo: AP Photo/Madrid Scientific Films, Javier Trueba)
This is INTENSE European history, guys.
Obit of the Day: Saved and Savior
Schaja Kleinberg was a survivor. His hometown of Bochnia, Poland had a thriving community of 3,500 Jews before the Nazi invasion. After the end of World War II, Mr. Kleinberg was one of only 50 to survive.
In 1942, Mr. Kleinberg was sent to the Plaszow labor camp. It was at the camp that he first met Oskar Schindler, the German industrialist whose “list” saved 1,100 Jews from the death camps. But Mr. Kleinberg had a more personal connection to Mr. Schindler. Asked by soldiers to dig his own grave, he was moments from being shot when Mr. Schindler ran up shouting “Stop! This is one of my workers!”
Mr. Kleinberg also had first-hand experience with the sadistic commandant of Plaszow, Amon Goeth. Goeth, according to Mr. Kleinberg, had a dog that he trained to attack Jews. One day in the camp he commanded the dog to attack a boy. The dog, who had developed a relationship with the boy, refused. Goeth shot the boy, and the dog.
After the war, Mr. Kleinberg emigrated to Germany where he worked as a cantor - the leader of song and prayer in a synagogue. While in Germany, Mr. Kleinberg played his own role in preserving Jewish history. Two copies of the Torah had been spirited away from the Munich synagogue on Kristallnacht by a non-Jewish janitor who buried them to spare them from destruction by the Nazis. (He also convinced the Nazis to not burn down the synagogue.) Unfortunately the burial made the Torahs unusable in worship and Munich’s rabbis were going to re-bury the sacred scrolls. But Mr. Kleinberg recognized their importance and had them preserved above ground - one in Munich, one in Oak Park, Michigan, where he and his family moved in 1989.
Schaja Kleinberg died on December 4, 2013 at the age of 93.
(Image of Mr. Kleinberg blessing his granddaughter on her wedding day. Copyright of Robert Bruce and courtesy of redditlurker.com)
Other Schindlerjuden featured on Obit of the Day:
Kuba Beck - Died on November 5, 2013
Mietek Pemper - The man who typed up Schindler’s famous list
A bizarre instrument combining a piano and cello has finally been played to an audience more than 500 years after it was dreamt up Leonardo da Vinci.