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Norwegian ancestry.
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Early Modern Period.
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World War II.
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This user loves the piano works of Fryderyk Chopin.
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Mikalojus Čiurlionis.
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This user finds the Danzig Trilogy
by Günter Grass fascinating.
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air-cooled '67 VW Beetle
(with pop-out rear windows!).


My heroes:

Beethoven: "Musik ist höhere Offenbarung als alle Weisheit und Philosophie."
Albert Einstein (1929): "In all the places on earth I have visited, I've always found a group of people who believed they had to hate others."
Anne Frank: "What's done cannot be undone, but one can prevent it from happening again."
Adam von Trott zu Solz (1939): "The minority which sullies the name of Germany ... will prove the misfortune of the whole German nation."
Marion Dönhoff: "Perhaps the highest form of love is loving without possessing."
Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce: "From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever."
Former hero: Bob DylanOnetime poet and songwriter, now working as a whiskey $ale$man.



Act only according to that maxim

whereby you can at the same time will

that it should become a universal law.

Immanuel Kant, resident of

Königsberg, Prussia, 1724-1804 _____________________________________________________________________________________________________

Hello, guten Tag, dzien dobry, labas, добрый день. I've been a Wikipedian since 2004.
The photo above was taken in Kaliningrad, Russia, in 1998, at Kant's tomb. While I cannot claim to be a serious student of Kant, I value
some of his basic thoughts, including the motto "Dare to know" (Latin: sapere aude), which dovetails with my training in journalism.

I have a B.A. in journalism and 30-some years' experience as a reporter, editor and copy editor
– and experience as an intake officer at a state human rights agency.

My main interest on Wikipedia is history, specifically central and eastern European history, especially that of Germany –
with a focus on the expulsion of the Germans from eastern and central Europe in 1945-49 – in which approximately 1.5 million German
civilians lost their lives. This is a topic that has received short shrift in Western historiography.
Politically I am a liberal, and I view history with an eye on the impact of historical events on human rights.
As a young man I actively opposed the Vietnam War.
Among my forebears were "Russian" Germans from Bessarabia (now part of Moldova), who emigrated to the U.S. in
the late 19th century and ultimately settled in North Dakota. See: Bessarabia Germans, and this article.
I have lived in Poland and Lithuania, so I also am particularly interested in the history of these countries, along with that of Russia.
In the late '80s, I wrote an academic paper titled, Revenge: The Expulsion of the Germans.

If you would like a copy, make a request on my Talk page or email me.
(NOTE: This interest of mine should not be misconstrued as an expression of any sympathy whatever for the policies and deeds of Nazi Germany.)


Westerplatte – where WWII began – Gdańsk, Poland, 1996.
Palanga, Lithuania, 2002.
Neman (Memel) River (Russia/Lith.), 2006.

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This user can order a beer in six
(or seven!) languages
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This user likes to translate and proofread articles from German to English.
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This user has set foot in 18 countries (flags below), two of which no longer exist as such.

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Anne Frank statue

Idaho Human Rights Memorial

Boise, Idaho, U.S.A.

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Anne Frank, Diary of a Young Girl


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This user applauds the U.S. Supreme Court's June 2020 ruling that that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects
gay, lesbian and transgender people from discrimination in employment – a long overdue rectification of U.S. law.


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This user was identified as an Awesome Wikipedian on May 12, 2015.


...this user wrote, translated or to which this user made significant contributions:



Ernst Moritz Arndt

Hans Baluschek

Bartoszyce (Bartenstein)

Fritz Bauer

Otto von Bismarck

Gottfried Bismarck


Bitburg controversy (1985)

Gebhard von Blücher

Bombing of Hamburg in World War II

Braniewo (Braunsberg)

Bydgoszcz (Bromberg)

Prussian Eastern Railway Headquarters in Bydgoszcz (Bromberg)


Philando Castile shooting

Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis

Cross pattée

History of Dagestan

Deutschlandlied (German National Anthem)

Dissolution of the Soviet Union

DRB Class 52 (locomotive)

Ilya Ehrenburg

Františkovy Lázně (Franzensbad)

Frederick the Great (Frederick II of Prussia)

Frederick III, Holy Roman Emperor

Gera, Thuringia

Gdańsk (Danzig)

Green Bridge (Vilnius)


Günter Grass

Ernest Hemingway

Idaho Northern and Pacific Railroad

SS Imperator (RMS Berengaria)

Iron Range

2016 Istanbul airport attack

Kaliningrad (Ex-Königsberg)

Juditten Church, Kaliningrad

Königsberg (pre-Soviet city)

Rudolf Koller

Konarzewo (ex-Kniephof)

Kyffhäuser Monument

Książ (Schloss Fürstenstein)

Kwidzyn (Marienwerder)

Lichnowsky, Prince Karl Max (German ambassador to the UK, 1912-14)

History of Lithuania

Battle of Leuthen (Lutynia)

Arnold Lyongrün

Thomas Mann

Paul Metternich

Walter Moras

Rupert Neudeck

Munich shooting, 2016

Nida (Nidden)

Ocean liner

Olecko (Oletzko), (Treuburg)

Olsztyn (Allenstein)

Orzysz (Orys)

Pickled cucumber

Pieniężno (Mehlsack)

Piersławek (Kleinort)

SMS Pillau (later Italian Bari)

Pribislav of Mecklenburg


Rügen narrow-gauge railway

Saalfeld Fairy Grottoes (Feengrotten)

St. Nicholas Church, Stendal

Schichau (shipyard)

Helmut Schmidt



Świdnica (Schweidnitz)

Talking Gravestones of Amrum

Wałbrzych (Waldenburg)

Warcino (Varzin)

Victory in Europe Day (May 8, 1945)

Michael Wieck

Wolf's Lair (Wolfsschanze)



This user has contributed more than 30,000 edits to Wikipedia.