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This user loves the piano works of Frédéric Chopin.
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This user enjoys the novels of
Günter Grass.

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My heroes:

Albert Einstein
Anne Frank
Adam von Trott zu Solz
Marion Dönhoff
Joan Baez [1]
Bob Dylan ('60s & '70s only) [2]



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 years' experience as a newspaper writer and editor. Later I worked for a 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. Politically I am a liberal, and I view history with an eye to the impact of historical events on human rights. I am a pacifist at heart, and as a young man I actively opposed the Vietnam War.

Among my forebears were "Russian" Germans from Bessarabia, who emigrated

in the late 19th century and ultimately settled in North Dakota. See: Bessarabia Germans.

I've 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 digital copy, make a request on my Talk page.


Here's a photo of me at the Westerplatte memorial in Gdańsk, Poland, 1996


In a lighter mood, here's a photo of me at Palanga, Lithuania, in 2002


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This user can order a beer in six (or seven) languages!
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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