April 20, 2019
Life interrupted, and this report is two weeks late. Sorry! Now, back to the Mueller Report ...
The Three Most Interesting History Stories I've Found:
Are you fascinated by the Shroud of Turin - that long swath of cloth that either wrapped Jesus's body in the tomb 2000 years ago, or was created by a medieval fraudster 800 or 900 years ago and has since become one of the most revered and controversial icons of Christianity? If you are, don't miss this engaging and slightly irreverent article, "Holy Sheet."
Paris' Hotel Lutetia caught MY attention because Lutetia is the ancient Gaulish name for Paris. This grand hotel on the Left Bank has a rich history: popular with the Hemingway/Gertrude Stein set in the 1920s, it became a headquarters for Nazi Intelligence during WW2. After the war, the Lutetia evolved into a gathering place and clearing house for returning deportees--meaning, the surviving Parisian Jews who'd been deported to concentration camps. Many arrived still wearing their striped Nazi-issued pants, as in this photograph.
That fancy golden spiral to the right is a torque, 1900 years old, found in the Crimea. It's one of many priceless Scythian objects on loan to a museum in the Netherlands when Russia annexed the Crimea from Ukraine in 2014. Now both countries are fighting in the courts over ownership of the treasures. Newsweek reported on this last year, but the legal appeals go on.
Something for Writers
On Tuesday, May 21, I'll be hosting Beth Whittenbury at the Marmalade Cafe in Manhattan Beach - we'll be on the patio.
Beth will go through some of the main points in her new edition of her book, How to Self Publish a Book in Ten Easy Steps.
Please join us!
Come as early as 10:30 am; Beth speaks at 11.
Copies of the book will be available for purchase.
This is the monthly meeting of the IWOSC South Bay Satellite and all are welcome.