Tuesday, January 13, 2015

#JeSuisCharlie #JeSuisAhmed #JeSuisJuif

Watching the nonstop news coverage of the jihadi terrorist attacks on Charlie Hebdo and the Kosher market as well as the extraordinary demonstrations of French crosscultural solidarity and international support for free speech and secular democracy, I was reminded of a few images from French history, which I posted on the tumblr.

France: All Are Equal Before The Law

France: An Example to the Peoples of the World

France: Over Two Centuries of Jewish Emancipation

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year, 2015!

This is a sentimental old favorite from my collection: nothing special in itself, just an old greeting card from Czechoslovakia that I inherited from my father. The winter scene depicts Prague Castle and St. Vitus' Cathedral viewed from the hill of Strahov Monastery, circa 1930.

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šťastný Nový rok!
Boldog Új Évet!
Prosit Neujahr!
Happy New Year!

From the past: one of my 2014 New Year's entries featured a greeting card from an Austro-Hungarian railroad unit during World War I.