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