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Name: Kai Landow data: 2014-09-28 10:29:10 email:
Aloha Alfred, I look forward to seeing you in October in New York. Keep doing such great work
Name: Dr. Garg data: 2014-09-23 16:35:18 email:
Sehr geehrter Herr Dr. de Zayas, würden Sie sich an einer Gedenkschrift für Prof. Dr. Kurt Sontheimer beteiligen wollen? Nähere infos unter obiger Email-Anschrift. Mit freundlichen Grüssen nach Genf Dr.Adelheid Maria Garg
Name: Daniel García Casillas data: 2014-09-02 17:19:06 email:
My name is Daniel Garcia Casillas, reporter for Metro World News, the global newswire service for global daily newspaper network Metro International. Metro is published in over 100 major cities in over 20 countries across Europe, North & South America and Asia. We are very interested in have an interview with you about the International Day of Democracy. Can i send you a few questions by email? Thanks
Name: Miriam Gusevich data: 2014-09-02 12:34:06 email:
Alfred: Recibi un mensaje de Alfred Mousset, de la Habana, Cuba con una foto de mi niñez, buscando a mi hermana.
El me dio su dirección:
Todavia usa este correo electronico? Gracias de antemano por contestar.

Name: Rich Lightner data: 2014-08-21 23:52:34 email:
In last years report to UNCHR,you mentioned ways that seem very closely related to a reply from Einstein to the executive secretary of the Paraguayan Academy of the Historical, Political, and Sciences Oct. 16, 1950 to the question of what should be the attitude Latin-American youth in such times of world-wide uncertainty? Calling for a supranational government, he thought the UN could be transformed into an organization for global self-government. First, he thought the smaller countries should join hands and become an independent mediating factor and resolutely oppose any attempt to reduce the UN to a mere instrument in the struggle for national power. Then, he proposed to make an attempt so that the delegates to the UN would become independent of their respective governments and that they be responsible solely to their constituents who elect them and to their own conscience. "Only then will they be able to act on behalf of the supranational interests of all." It's a fascinating read from a wonderful book you may have read- Einstein on Peace edited by Otto Nathan and Heinz Norden. Keep up the great work!! :) Cheers, Rich
Name: ROSE SCOTT data: 2014-08-21 18:12:15 email:
I am in urgent need to request permission to use some quotes for my book. "Threaten to Undo Us" is in process of publication and is based on a true life story of a family expelled from Poland. Please e-mail me at
Name: ursula perino data: 2014-08-06 11:17:19 email:
hallo,ich hoffe es geht ihnen gut.sie wollten sich doch mal nach einem job im humanitären bereich erkundigen.ich würde so gerne in diesem bereich etwas tun.wäre schön,wenn sie sich einmal melden würden.vielen dank
ursula perino
Name: Yvnnone Synalim data: 2014-07-29 00:54:48 email:
Hey! everyone i,m Yvonne Synalim.
I,m acknowledge Dr Shant Tami of that is he email address for casting a love spell to reunite my husband back to me and for curing my Herpes virus with Aduron B1 Herbal Healing Drugs. me and my husband now living as one and also no more Herpes in my body.
Name: Gayle McElhanon data: 2014-07-08 13:37:26 email:
I have scanned an article appearing in Texas Coop Magazine about the peace treaty German immigrants made with the Comanche Indians in Texas. The treaty remains unbroken to this day. I would like to post this article on this website and say that Germans got a bad rap from WWII that is unfairly continued by a dishonest news media that tells only one side of the story for profit. The Germans who settled Texas were not the only honest ones on the planet. They brought their values with them from Germany. They were the only group who got along with the Comanches because they made trade agreements and KEPT them unlike the American Federal government that broke every agreement, stole Indian land, and forced them on a death march called the Trail of Tears. This same Federal government that fire bombed German cities, prevented humanitarian aide to post war Germany, and drank toasts with Stalin. Stalin, who was in truth the greatest mass murderer in history.
Name: George James data: 2014-06-11 00:45:30 email:
Ron Barnes, Ambassador for Alaska Natives, told me that you were in Anchorage this week meeting with Alaska Natives. He said I should send info to you regarding the Kuiu Tlingit Nation. Please send your email address so that I can send the proper attachment.
Name: Peter data: 2014-06-09 05:03:49 email:

the other, unknown Holocaust

I am unable to comprehend the number of hateful, prejudicial and mean-spirited comments aimed at the Germans. Some 70 years later, many ignorant individuals continue to equate all Germans with Nazis. In reality, the atrocities committed by the Soviets, Poles, Czechs and others against the Germans during and after the War were almost as bad as those committed by the Nazi. Whatever you may believe, there was no justifiable revenge for Red Army troops to mass rape millions of German women in East Prussia, Berlin and elsewhere in front of their children and then nail them to barn doors. Further there was no justification for the Russians to castrate young boys who attempted to defend their mothers, sisters and grandmothers from being raped. No justification to beat old East Prussian farmers to death in their fields. The flippant response that “The Germans did the same thing in the Soviet Union on the same scale is unproved, undocumented and subject to doubt. The expulsion of some 15 million Germans from their ancient homelands which had been German for centuries is incomprehensible to most people. As is the fact that some two million German expellees died on the winter roads due to sub-freezing temperatures, starvation, beatings and wanton murder. It is for this reason that this atrocity has been ignored and hidden. What happened in the German East (East and West Prussia, Silesia, East Pomerania and East Brandenburg), the Sudetenland, Yugoslavia and elsewhere cannot be justified as deserved revenge or retribution. It was what it was: wanton murder, mass rape, plunder, destruction and barbaric ethnic cleansing. For those of us who lived through these crimes or who have studied them in detail, the often repeated sick justification that the ‘Germans deserved it!’ rings innately false, naive and highly offensive. Half a million Germans, primarily old men and women and children died in the indiscriminate terror bombings and destruction of some 100 German cities. In comparison, 550 people died in the German bombing of Coventry which is often compared to the minimum of 35,000 Germans who died in the senseless fire-bombing of Baroque Dresden. Finally, due to the Expulsion, the mistreatment of German prisoners of war and the widespread crimes committed by the Allies, some 3 million German civilian and military personnel died AFTER THE WAR WAS OVER. In spite of many contradictory statements, the truth is that World War II was NOT a good war! No war is ever a good war!

Name: Dipl.-Phys. Helmut Gobsch data: 2014-05-31 04:14:01 email:
Sehr geehrter Herr Prof. de Zayas,

ich habe auf Ihrer facebook-Seite:

eine Freundschaftsanfrage versendet. Leider haben Sie diese noch nicht bestätigt.

Beste Grüße aus Halle(Saale)

Helmut Gobsch

Name: Ralph Gomez data: 2014-05-30 23:35:32 email:
One of my Grandmothers in my geneology was Zayas..what's the origin of the name?
Name: Clemens Bombeck, Neumarkt data: 2014-05-20 06:37:29 email:
Sehr geehrter Herr de Zayas, mit großem Interesse und dabei innerlich sehr bewegt habe ich in diesen Tagen Ihr Buch "Die deutschen Vertriebenen" gelesen. Als Mitglied des Ermländischen Konsistoriums (ehemals katholisches Domkapitel von Frauenburg) bin ich in der Seelsorge an den Vertriebenen und ihren Nachfahren heute ehrenamtlich tätig.
Meine Mutter hat Flucht und Vertreibung ab Februar 1945 aus Plaßwich, Kreis Braunsberg nach Heiligenbeil, über das Frische Haff und die Nehrung nach Danzig, von dort weiter in Richtung Thorn, wieder zurück nach Danzig und dann von Pillau aus mit dem Schiff ("Jupiter") nach Kopenhagen und dann nach Sorby / Dänemark erleiden müssen. Erst im Sommer 1948 kam sie nach Deutschland. Ihre Geschichte ist auch Teil meiner Lebensgeschichte. Sie hat über ihre Flucht eine Art Tagebuch geschrieben (damals im Internierungslager in Dänemark). Falls es Sie interessiert, kann ich es Ihnen zukommen lassen.
Danke für Ihr Buch!! Danke auch, daß meine Mutter keine Täterin war, sondern Opfer!
Mit freundlichem Gruß
Clemens Bombeck

Abs.: Lic.iur.can. CLEMENS BOMBECK, Pfarrer i.R.
Rainbügl 5a - D-92318 Neumarkt
Tel.: +49 (0)9181 - 5122686
Name: Lyle Skrapek data: 2014-05-17 22:47:55 email:
Dear Prof. Zayas,

What is your opinion of the ICTY? Who are the chief perpetrators of the Balkan wars that occurred in the 1990's? How would you solve the war crimes and provide justice for the victims?

Sincerely, Lyle Skrapek
Name: Christian Nekvedavicius data: 2014-05-17 05:30:07 email:
Sehr geehrter Herr Professor,
beim UNHRC ist eine klare Tendenz feststellbar, Beschwerden, die dem EGMR vorgelegen haben, generell nicht anzunehmen.
Ich war am 10.12.2013 mit meiner Beschwerde vom 12. 12. 2004 beim EGMR erfolgreich, allerdings weigerte man sich, den Hauptteil meiner Beschwerde ("Manifest arbitrariness of judges") zu prüfen, weil angeblich das letzte eingelegte Rechtsmittel ("Antrag auf Wiedereinsetzung in den vorigen Stand") "ineffektiv" gewesen sei (völliger Blödsinn)und daher die Sechsmonatsfrist überschritten sei.
Meine Frage: Muss unter diesen Umständen ("This part of my complaint not having been examined by the Court") das UNHRC meine "Communication under the optional protocol" zulassen?
Nach den zitierten Entscheidungen des UNHRC in Ihrem Werk "United Nations Human Rights Committee Case Law 1977-2008" würde das kommunistische Regime in Litauen verurteilt bzw. mit einer "receommendation" konfrontiert.

Vielen Dank für Ihre Antwort (bitte auf Englisch)

Christian Nekvedavicius
The Foreign Representative of the Lithuanian Association for the Protection of Human Rights
Wilhelmstr. 26
D-48149 Münster
Name: Peter R. Aikman data: 2014-05-04 17:41:48 email:

Growing up with war loot
Yevgeny Khaldei / Corbis
The lasting legacy of wartime 'souvenirs'
April 12, 2014 4:00AM ET
by Yuliya Komska @ajam
I grew up with war loot. There were no Caravaggios, van Goghs or Mondrians on the walls of my family's apartment in Lviv, Ukraine. Instead, there were little things — silverware or knickknacks — that my grandfather, then a 21-year-old Soviet Army lieutenant, brought home from Germany in June 1945.
George Clooney's star-studded latest film, “The Monuments Men,” and the Munich collector Cornelius Gurlitt’s recently discovered stashes of more than 1,280 artworks with questionable provenance lend the notion of looted art an aura of glitter and gloom. New claimants step forward daily to unravel further stories of Nazi decadence related to the expropriation of the works' original Jewish owners. But we have yet to start talking about the much more pervasive war loot: the onetime enemy's traces that clutter thousands of ordinary families' sideboards, with no prospect of ever finding their way onto legal caseworkers' desks and little glitter to speak of.
We can begin to imagine the range of such "souvenirs" in existence, and how far they have since spread, by recalling that by the summer of 1945 some 270,000 Red Army servicemen were stationed in Germany, not to mention the hundreds of thousands who had departed soon after V-E Day. Despite the occupation authorities' warnings against barakhol'stvo (materialism), my grandfather and his peers laid hands on personal and household items in the Germans' abodes. Entering even the most modest apartments, they were shocked at the relative affluence that had apparently done nothing to prevent the German Blitzkrieg against the have-nots in the East. And so, to the victor went the spoils (or "trophies," as they were called): Such was the unwritten and often violent order of the day. To quote from Alexander Solzhenitsyn's 1950 poem “Prussian Nights,” “vacuum cleaners, wine and candles,/Skirts and picture frames and pipes,/Brooches, medallions, blouses, buckles” made their way into the U.S.S.R. They seemed like small compensation for murdered relatives and fallen friends. Even the carefully staged icon of victory — Yevgeny Khaldei’s photograph of the soldier raising a red flag over Berlin’s Reichstag on May 2 — had to be retouched; on the man’s arm, there were more watches than the hour would have occasioned.
Quaint anecdotes
Quaint anecdotes about war loot and its provenance have been passed down from one generation to another in families like mine. One of ours concerns a gigantic hunk of soap that my grandfather captured somewhere in East Prussia in February 1945 and dispatched to his mother in bombed-out Kiev. She grated it right upon receipt, only to be sorely disappointed when her dream of finding valuables went pop like a bubble.
Once demobilized, her otherwise impractical son honored her expectations, returning with an 18-karat gold Swiss watch of the Lunesa brand. His other "trophies," in contrast, were a far cry from the glittering tokens of victory. There was a simple serving platter with heat-transfer floral décor — no gilding or hand paint. Next to it sat a pair of silver-plated serving tongs and a corroded cake spatula, its serrated edge bristling at the table guests on special occasions. They didn't seem to mind then — and neither do they now.
In considering these objects more closely, we will find it difficult to identify with their turbulent pasts and impossible to simply erase their bloody, violent legacies.
Anya von Bremzen, an award-winning food writer and quick-witted purveyor of Soviet memories on U.S. soil, reported similar nonchalance in a recent phone conversation. Her grandfather, a senior Soviet intelligence officer called upon to question Hermann Goering at the Nuremberg trials, commended himself for returning with few "trophies." His restraint contrasted with his peers' concupiscence, motivated, von Bremzen believes, by three main factors: poverty; accumulation of objects in response to war trauma; and hoarding as an overall "constant condition" in the Soviet Union, where "nothing was disposable." Particularly memorable was a small jewelry chest, where von Bremzen's grandmother would keep her husband's letters and notes. Yet such incongruous intimacy did not strike anyone as particularly odd.
But odd it was. At times it was outright creepy, as in the case of the slim notebooks in which my graphomaniac grandfather (a journalist-to-be) used to write down his poems and war diary entries. On the first page, the former German owner's writing stuck out like a sore thumb, neither erased nor torn out. In my mind, the handwritten evidence of the books' provenance epitomized all things uncanny, with hints at the war's multiple horrors. They lay in wait, in the depth of a drawer chest, for my curious but very uneasy younger self. This unease only increased as the diary, along with some other "trophies," was effectively repatriated to Germany, where my parents moved in the late 1990s.
Overdue challenge
Some 70 years after the end of the Second World War, the time is ripe to revisit how we regard these objects. In considering them more closely, we will find it difficult to identify with their turbulent pasts and impossible to simply erase their bloody, violent legacies in order to project our current hopes and fears. Their meaning is in generating unquiet: responsibility rather than happiness, reflection rather than love, and war-wariness rather than political idealism. And we could certainly use more of the latter these days, as the media rotate a kaleidoscope of war memories and fears — from World War I to Russia's imperial ambitions in Ukraine — in front of us.
Except that now, this overdue challenge is up against yet another obstacle: the newly popular view that art and material culture are there to make us feel better. In the mind of the British critic Alain de Botton, the main champion of this approach, ours is the age of "art as therapy." By aligning the objects with "our deeper selves," he proposes, we can remedy our "fury, depression and despair" in no time. To this end, de Botton reinvents captioning. Artworks, his captions are out to prove, are not some arcane historical messages but reflections of our present emotions. We are not alone with our problems and desires. Stuck in a rut of a long-term relationship? A look at a Renaissance painting of a young love will be your best refresher. Exhausted from the daily grind? Check out a Dutch genre scene — drudgery is the stuff of ages. Solutions are as easy as a Hungry-Man dinner.
But looking for quick fixes is the wrong approach. Often enough, the quest for feeling better comes with its own side effects: complacency, amnesia and selective engagement with reality. Difficult objects, which resist being assimilated into our comfort zones, can do a lot more for us. Instead of whisking away our problems and offering easy closure, they keep us on our toes.
So instead of shrugging off the discomfort, we should cultivate it. For I am not alone in sharing my space with such objects — and neither is World War II their only source. Unease has considerable potential. In the age when drones and nuclear missiles make armed conflict deceptively disembodied and distant, war loot — Soviet or any other — reminds us of the war's visceral physicality. Following the recent comeback of 19th-century-style geopolitics, its accessories — the spoils of face-to-face combat, plunder and rape — should make us think about the big implications of little things.
Yuliya Komska is an assistant professor of German studies at Dartmouth College. She writes about transatlantic culture and media during the Cold War. This year she is a public voices fellow with the OpEd Project.
The views expressed in this article are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect Al Jazeera America's editorial policy.

P.S. One of my prized/despised (politically correct!!) souvenirs (loot?) from World War II is an original Iron Cross in its envelope which the neighor's son from Illinois picked up off the floor of Hitler's gutted Reich Chancellery in 1945 in Berlin and brought home to little old me!
Name: Ernst Haberland data: 2014-04-24 10:11:50 email:
Sehr geehrter Prof. Zayas,
das Thema "Frieden" ist mein Thema. Inspiriert vom Buch "Die Kunst des Krieges" habe ich 2013 "Die Kunst des Friedens" veröffentlicht. Zur Messe in Leipzig habe ich die Wochenzeitung "Zeit-Fragen" kennengelernt und über Ihren Artikel "Celac-Staaten.....Friedenszone" begeistert.
Gerne würde ich Ihnen das Buch zusenden und erbitte eine Adresse. U.a. habe ich geplant, das Buch für Diplomaten in Ausbildung, Schüler und Jugendliche etc. zur Verfügung zu stellen. Im Sommer diesen Jahres wird es in Thüringen einen "ersten kleinen Friedenskongress" geben, bei dem u.a.
auch die Gründung / Initiierung einer Friedenszone Europa auf der Tagesordnung steht. 2015 soll es dann weiter gehen. Gerne würde ich mich mit Ihnen über Möglichkeiten des Informationsaustausches, Lesungen etc. austauschen.
Gehen Sie schon jetzt davon aus, dass Sie in mir einen neuen Anhänger Ihrer Publikationen und deren Friedens fördernden Spirit haben. Es war für mich auch völlig überwältigend, aus einer wirklich "kleinen Schweizer Zeitung" über dieses Thema zu erfahren. Diese Zeitung hat in Wirklichkeit GRÖßE! und Danke, dass Sie dort veröffentlicht haben.
Wie kommen wir zusammen?
Herzliche Grüße aus Deutschland
Ernst Haberland
Name: Jürgen Brand data: 2014-04-10 06:17:08 email:
Hallo zusammen,
nicht wundern, ihre Adresse habe ich in einem Gästebuch gefunden.
Ich heiße Jürgen Brand, stamme aus Magdeburg, wohne aber seit 30 Jahren in Brühl bei Köln. Ich bin Stasi-Opfer und Buchautor.
Das zweiteilige Buch „Hafterlebnisse eines DDR-Bürgers“ habe ich geschrieben und veröffentlicht.
Die Geschichte handelt davon, dass ich damals in Magdeburg die Ausreise aus der DDR wollte. Ich wurde bespitzelt und von der Stasi verhört. Einige Jahre musste ich ins Gefängnis, wo ich lange Zeit im Arrest und in der Einzelhaft verbringen musste.
Ob ich oder wie ich es schaffte halbwegs heil aus der DDR rauszukommen, dass erzählt das Buch.
Wie Sie in der Homepage lesen können, haben mehrere Zeitungen über die Buchveröffentlichung berichtet.
Beim epubli-Verlag übers Internet kann man darüber lesen oder eins bestellen.

Schauen sie doch mal hier auf meine Homepage.

Freundliche Grüße
Jürgen Brand
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