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January 22, 2017

The day that I walked with Harry Truman on his daily morning walk

Filed under: Trump, Uncategorized — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 10:09 am

When I woke up this morning and turned on the TV, I found that there was a lot of news coverage of President Donald Trump and the millions of women who are marching in protest against him.

This reminded me of the day that I walked along beside Harry Truman on his daily morning walk. President Truman was visiting the University of Missouri, where I was a student, majoring in Journalism. I was covering this story for the daily newspaper put out by the School of Journalism.

“Those were the days! I thought they would never end! ”

Truman was walking very briskly and there were hundreds of students marching along behind him. I wanted to get a photo of him, so I was running ahead, carrying two cameras, a heavy Speed Graphic camera in my hand and a Rolleiflex around my neck.

When President Truman noticed that I was trying to get a photo of him, he stopped momentarily to pose for me. Then he continued his walk. Unfortunately, I was so nervous that I didn’t get a photo of him, but I will always remember the day when the President of the United States was very gracious; he stopped and posed for me, a mere student.

What memories will young people today have of Donald Trump? Will they remember when millions of women marched to protest against him?  Will anyone have a memory of Donald John Trump being gracious?

Harry Truman was able to walk down a city street with no Secret Service men protecting him. Will Trump ever be able to do that? I don’t think so!

Friedrich Paulus

Filed under: David Irving, Germany, World War II — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 9:33 am

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(January 22) What did this German General do on this day in history?  Here is the answer.

David Irving wrote about Paulus on page 557 of the 2002 version of his book entitled “Hitler’s war”.

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On January 22 the Russians again called on Paulus to surrender.  Hitler remarked that the Russians would abide by no conventions – no prisoners would survive long; on the other hand, every day the Sixth Army fought on would help to stabilize the other fronts.  Paulus radioed a dignified, even fatalistic, response to Hitler’s instructions: ‘Your orders are being executed.  Long live Germany.’

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On January 31 Paulus surrendered.  David Irving wrote about Paulus  on page 559 of “Hitler’s war”.

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Defying tradition Paulus had surrendered, as had eleven German and five Romanian generals.  Hitler was thunderstruck.  He could never forgive this field marshal because he had lacked the routine courage of every captain who had gone down with his ship; because  he had not mustered the same bravery as had a score of Soviet commissars and commanders in identically hopeless situations.  “The others stick together, form a phalanx,and keep the last bullet for themselves.  Imagine, even a woman with an ounce of pride in herself, will lock herself in and put a bullet in her brain just because she has heard a few insulting words! …Here is a man who can look on while fifty or sixty thousand of his troops are dying and defending themselves with courage to the end – how can he give himself up to the Bolsheviks?

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