Sixty-eight years ago today, ten men were sent to the gallows.
Their crimes ranged from inciting war to offenses against our common humanity. But did any of them deserve to die?
How was it, that even though we killed them, we felt that our hands were clean of blood?
Each of these men had lives. They had wives and children, mistresses and friends. They had childhoods and families, just like you and I. They had regrets and fears and hopes for a future that, for them at least, would never come. They were killed out of retaliation more than anything else, their bodies anonymously cremated and denied a proper burial.
And still, we, their executioners, think of ourselves as morally superior, as though we had never killed a man, when in fact we killed thousands, these ten being just a handful of our victims.
So today, I want to remember these men for what they were: humans just like the rest of us, just like their victims, just like their triumphant conquerors. I want them, and their victims, to rest in eternal peace, for everybody deserves to do so after death comes to their door.
I want people to remember them, and not just for the crimes listed in the history books. I want them to remember that Göring (who I’m not listing here as he committed suicide hours before his scheduled execution) was a doting father, that Keitel stood brave in the face of his execution by thinking about his sons who had already gone before him on the battlefield, that Kaltenbrunner felt terrible pain for not being able to tell his mistress and their infant twins farewell.
On this day in 30 BC the last pharaoh of Ancient Egypt, Cleopatra VII, committed suicide. She came from a family of Greek origin who ruled Egypt after the death of Alexander the Great. Upon the death of her father Ptolemy XII in 51 BC Cleopatra became co-ruler with her brother Ptolemy XIII (and later her other brother Ptolemy XIV). She famously became lovers with Roman leader Julius Caesar, with whose help she was restored to rule after her brother had tried to oust her; she eventually became the sole pharaoh of Egypt. Cleopatra travelled to Rome with Caesar, but returned to her native Egypt upon his assassination. After Caesar’s death, she began a relationship with Mark Anthony as they worked together against Caesar’s successor Octavian. However their attempt was in vain, and at the sea Battle of Actium on the Greek coast in 31 BC they suffered a resounding defeat by Octavian’s forces. The two fled back to Egypt, where Anthony committed suicide after his troops deserted him. Cleopatra followed soon after, supposedly killing herself by means of an asp bite on August 12th 30 BC. With the fall of these two powerful figures, Octavian was able to consolidate his rule and become the first Roman emperor as ‘Augustus’. Caesarion, Cleopatra and Caesar’s son, who had been ruling as co-ruler with his mother, was killed by Augustus’s forces and thus Egypt soon became a province of the Roman Empire. Cleopatra remains a famous figure for her political astuteness and remarkable leadership of Egypt and has been popular in art and literature, including William Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra.
Yeeep :D Newest Koreanovela Addiction :“”“> I really don’t understand why I love this show so much but maybe because of Yeo Jin-Goo (Young Han Jin Woo)’s charm. Tapos medyo hawig pa siya ni Julian Trono ♥ And maybe this week, they will gonna grow up na, so medyo nakakalungkot. Di ko na gaanong makikita si Jin Goo :/ At di ko na rin masisilayan ang kagandahan ni Kim So-Hyun (Young Lee Soo Hyun). She’s super duper pretty. Yung chickbones niya :”“> Yung smile niya. Tapos yung style pa ng buhok niya dito GRABE :”“> Simple lang pero grabe yung pagdadala niya. Sobrang ganda niyang magsmile, napapasmile rin ako minsan :”“> HAHAHAHHA =))))
Eto yung dun sa bahay nila Detective Kim, yung nakita sila ni Eun Joo. Tapos sabi pa muntik pa silang magkiss. Geeez. :”“”>
Bus scene:“”“> Eto yung hinatid ni Jin Woo si Soo Hyun. Then Jin Woo keeps on telling Soo Hyun to just give him the present. Then accidentally, Soo Hyun and Jin Woo’s lips met :”“”“”“”> KWAAAAAAAAAA ♥
Kidnap scene. Eto yung sinabi ni Jin Woo na uuwi na daw sila ni Soo Hyun. Then nung kukunin nung kidnaper si Soo Hyun, Jin Woo held Soo Hyun’s hand tight. Jin Woo filled the spaces between Soo Hyun’s fingers. At sa sobrang kahahalan ng kaluluwa nung kidnapper, napagbitaw niya ang kamay ng dalawa :((((
Jin Woo gave Soo Hyun a clothes’ pin kase daw friends na sila. Then Jin Woo also told Soo Hyun that he will never avoid her again. Tapos naiiyak na ren si Soo Hyun kaya hinarangan kunwari ni Jin Woo yung hangin :“”“> ♥