Monthly Archives: October 2018

Samson Brings Down The House – at the Met – Part I

Dear Opera Lovers: I have a real treat for you:  Namely, my review of the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD transmission of “Samson et Dalila“, the masterpiece by composer Camille Saint-Saëns.  The Met show, which I saw this past Saturday … Continue reading

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Anniversary Of Sobibor Escape – Part IV

Dear Readers: Today finishing up this piece by reporter Vladimir Veretennikov.  Veretennikov’s thesis is that the hero of the Sobibor uprising, Alexander Pechersky, was the product of a Soviet education and a Soviet mentality.  Such education imbued all-human secular values … Continue reading

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Anniversary Of Sobibor Escape – Part III

Dear Readers: Continuing to review this piece by reporter Vladimir Veretennikov.  We learned that the hero of the Sobibor saga, Alexander Pechersky, was an ordinary man who grew up in the Soviet Union, imbibed Soviet culture and values, and reached … Continue reading

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Anniversary Of Sobibor Escape – Part II

Dear Readers: Continuing to review this piece by reporter Vladimir Veretennikov.  As mentioned, Russian movie star (now Director) Konstantin Khabensky has a new film out, timed with the 75-anniversary of the Sobibor escape.  I have not seen the film.  Maybe … Continue reading

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Anniversary Of Sobibor Escape – Part I

Dear Readers: Sorry, I missed the anniversary by 4 days (it happened on October 14) due to other breaking stories.  But this year marks the 75th Anniversary of the Sobibor Escape!  As many people know, the Polish railway station of … Continue reading

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What do you call a Schism within a Schism — a Fractal Religion?

Dear Readers: I know, I know, I promised — No more religion!  But this story is simply too juicy to pass up.  The reporter, once again, is Alina Nazarova, who seems to have her finger on the pulse.  Her headline … Continue reading

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Warning to Russian Tourists: Skip Athos This Year!

Dear Readers: Hopefully this will be my last piece on religion, at least for a while.  I am hoping to return to more secular subjects, like astronauts, opera, and perhaps even the escape from Sobibor.  (Although, if the Mummy Apocalypse … Continue reading

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