Overcoming Adversity

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Diet Eman was a young lady when the Nazi’s invaded the Netherlands.

In her book, Diet describes her emotions as she watched the enemy take over her country and commit numerous atrocities.  She talks about her desire to do whatever she could to fight back against the enemy.

Diet became a member of the resistance and helped find safe places for Jews, as well as other people wanted by the Nazi’s.  She willingly risked her life and ended up spending time in a concentration camp.

Her story is like an emotional roller coster ride, filled with triumphs and tragedy.  It is a shinning example of how we can all over come adversity.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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I was drawn to this book by the title.  It sounded intreating, so I decided to buy it.

The narrator of the book is Death, as in a Grim Reaper type character.  The story is about a girl named Liesel.  She lives in Nazi Germany, with her foster parents.  Her brother died on the train ride to their foster home, which lead to her first act of book thievery.

Liesel struggled to adjust to her new family life and new school.  However, she had a scrappy attitude that won her the respect of the other kids in the neighborhood.

In spite of the hatred around them, she learns compassion and love from her foster parents.  She also learns about courage and how to survive during difficult times.

The book is a bit weird, but interesting.  I thought it was interesting and thought provoking.

Conspiracy – Documentary Series

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I found Conspiracy, a TV documentary series that examines various conspiracy theories, on Netflix.

Here are a few of those theories:

  • Hitler did not commit suicide, instead a body double was murdered and reported as being Hitler in the news.
  • The Cold War was a hoax.  A former Nazi criminal began feeding information about the Soviet army to the Allied powers and is responsible for starting the Cold War.  However, much of what he said was a lie.
  • Charles Lindberg is responsible for having his own son kidnapped and murdered.  It is believed by conspiracy theorist that Lindberg was a narcissist and believer in eugenics.  However, his son had medical deformities and this resulted in Lindberg’s desire to dispose of the child.
  • Armstrong never landed on the moon and the moon landing was actually filmed in a studio.

There are many other conspiracy theories covered by this documentary series.  The producers did a good job of explaining the evidence for and against each theory.

I give the show an A+