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This user loves the piano works of Frédéric Chopin.
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This user finds the Danzig Trilogy
by Günter Grass fascinating.
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My heroes:

Beethoven: "Musik höhere Offenbarung ist als alle Weisheit und Philosophie."
Albert Einstein: "Two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity."
Anne Frank: "What's done cannot be undone, but one can prevent it from happening again."
Adam von Trott zu Solz: "The minority which sullies the name of Germany ... will prove the misfortune of the whole German nation." (1939)
Marion Dönhoff: "Perhaps the highest form of love is loving without possessing."
Bob Dylan ('60s & '70s only): "You don't count the dead when God's on your side."
Joan Baez: "You burst on the scene already a legend, the unwashed phenomenon...."



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 government 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 (now part of Moldova), who emigrated

to the U.S. 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.


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


'Add the Words'

This user views widespread oppression of LGBT people is a major failing

of U.S. society – one that should be ameliorated, and hopefully corrected,

by legislation to "add the words" to Title VII of the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964 and

to corresponding state laws, including Idaho Title 67, Chapter 59, Section 67-5909.


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