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This user loves the piano works of Frédéric Chopin.
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This user finds the Danzig Trilogy
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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): "Inside the museums, Infinity goes up on trial."
Joan Baez: "You burst on the scene already a legend."



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. Later I worked for 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. 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.

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 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 likes to translate and proofread articles from German to English.
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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 discrimination against LGBT people as 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.


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



Janina Altman (née Hescheles)

Ernst Moritz Arndt

Hans Baluschek

Fritz Bauer

Otto von Bismarck

Gottfried Bismarck


Bitburg controversy (1985)

Gebhard von Blücher

Bombing of Hamburg in World War II

Braniewo (Braunsberg)

Bydgoszcz (Bromberg)


Philando Castile, shooting of

Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis

Deutschlandlied (German National Anthem)

Dissolution of the Soviet Union

DRB Class 52 (locomotive)

Ilya Ehrenburg


Frederick the Great (Frederick II of Prussia)

Frederick III, Holy Roman Emperor

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

Kyffhäuser Monument

Książ (Schloss Fürstenstein)

History of Lithuania

Arnold Lyongrün

Thomas Mann

Paul Metternich

Walter Moras

Rupert Neudeck

Munich shooting, 2016

Nida (Nidden)

Ocean liner

Olsztyn (Allenstein)

Pieniężno (Mehlsack)

Piersławek (Kleinort)


Rügen narrow-gauge railway

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 17,000 edits to Wikipedia.