Currently reading Joseph Heller’s ‘Catch 22‘ and really enjoying it. I came across the following excerpt, which resonated particularly well after I saw some pictures of myself recently from fifteen years ago: Do you know how long a year takes when it’s going away?’ Dunbar repeated to Clevinger. ‘This long.’ He snapped his fingers. ‘A second ago you were stepping… Read more →
Salman Rusdie’s engaging and fascinating memoir Joseph Anton, which deals for the most part with the fatwa that was issued against him as a result of the publication of his fourth novel The Satanic Verses, was one of the great books I have had the pleasure of reading this year. To gain a greater understanding of what actually happened both… Read more →
Politicians in our times feed their clichés to television, where even those who wish to disagree repeat them. Television purports to challenge political language by conveying images, but the succession from one frame to another can hinder a sense of resolution. Everything happens fast, but nothing actually happens. Each story on televised news is ”breaking” until it is displaced by… Read more →
Worked on this project, as part of the Vopak Black Cluster project in Europoort, Rotterdam last year. Worked on the basic and detail engineering (Civil, Structural, Architectural department of KH Engineering) and proud to see it realised!
World War II, and specifically, Nazi Germany, has been a fascination of mine since I was young enough to read. The main attraction has always been the question of how an apparent civilized and developed people could be led to commit such horrors. What eventually led to the rationalizations necessary to completely disregard human dignity and commit atrocities? And how… Read more →
The first book I read this year was Gitta Sereny’s ‘Into That Darkness’ which tells the tale of Franz Stangl, one of only 4 men who commanded Nazi Extermination camps, Sobibor and Treblinka in his case. Gitta Sereny conducted a series of interviews with him while he was incarcerated in a Dusseldorf prison in 1971. She suffuses her narrative with… Read more →
About nine years ago, I picked up a copy of Adolf Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ while visiting the United States. For over twenty years I have been fascinated by the Second World War, and have read about and studied that period extensively, focusing mainly on Nazi Germany. My maternal grandparents lived through that period in the Netherlands and experienced German occupation… Read more →