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Here & There…

Some of you may have noticed that AmericanTribune.org has not published since October 6th. Both my back and computer went out. The computer was upgraded easily enough, but my back is still recovering…

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After a week of intense pain (acute sciatica) I gave up procrastinating and went to the VA emergency room. Meds have given me some relief.

Today, going on 3 weeks later, I still have much the same symptoms and a few more. I’ll have to visit the hospital again. more…

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History & Social Consciousness…

Someone I am proud to call a friend, Hans Post, is fond of using the famous quote by George Santayana: “Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” Hans should know.

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In World War II, he was in the German Wehrmacht SS of the famed Skorzeny Kommando. (They were an independent command and radically different from the other murderous legions of SS.) more…

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21st Century Neo-Fascism…

   The following “left-wing rant” is inspired by the in-credibly “successful” right-wing rants of Glenn Beck & CoSomebody must be listening to these whackos…

One of the many acquaintances I’ve developed over my past 20+ years in federal prison, one I wrote a book review for, Hans Post, One man in His Time (2002), is a former decorated Waffen SS soldier who served a number of years as a prisoner of the French, Americans, and Germans after WW-II.

Col. Otto Skorzeny

On first blush, Hans Post would hardly be the sort of historical figure I’d take a shine to.  Members of fascist organizations in my book would be right up there with the klan, slavers, settler-occupiers, nativists, Tea-Bagger Republicans, and other assorted flotsam of humanity.

But Hans provides a phenomenal example of where one can come from, go to, and give hope to the rest of us… more…

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Hans Post–One Man in His Time…

The following obituary of Hans Eberhard Post (23Jan1926–04Nov2017) incorporates several previous articles I’ve published about Hans on this blog-site.  Why have I written about Hans, who served in the Waffen SS during World War II?  That was precisely my initial question back in 2007 when an editor friend asked me to read Hans’s book, One Man in His Time (2002, Otford Press), and write a review.  We’ve since carried on a correspondence. Knowing Hans is a gift I never anticipated. The world is a poorer place without you, Hans. My condolences to your family.

I was born into a World at War in the Summer of ’42. When I turned 17 in ’59, I volunteered for the 101st Airborne, US Army–the Heroes of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge–w/staggering losses. Many of my non-coms and officers were veterans of those conflicts.

Given my father’s service as well as my mother being a welder at the Narragansett Shipyards on Liberty Ships, the War was always a reality to my consciousness.

My own time in uniform was during the crucible for democracy in the post-war period. I enlisted during the presidency of General Eisenhower, the former Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in Europe, and served during the first year of President John F. Kennedy, a survivor-hero of the War in the Pacific. Neither Ike nor Jack took democracy for granted.

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