Aith Gun

Aith Gun
Breezy Isles, Shetland

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Der Mythus des XX. Jahrhunderts

The book has arrived in Amsterdam, below is a copy of the reply I got...


Dear Keith Martin,

Due to a ‘server migration’ I had no opportunity to write you earlier, but I have received Der Mythus des XX. Jahrhunderts. I would like to have the time to work my way through 700 pages of gothic script, but for the time being we will keep the book for research and reference when relevant.
The inscription is written in the so called ‘Sütterlin’-script. It’s not the language but this script that makes it hardly legible for me. What I do gather at this point is that the writer of the inscription gives the book to his ‘best friend’ in remembrance of the ending of a course they both attended, apparantly something in law. If I do find the opportunity I will try and decypher it fully one day.
So thank you very much for letting us have this remarkable document, and should you ever be in the Netherlands do not hesitate to contact us for a visit.

With kind regards,

Gertjan Broek
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Thursday, August 02, 2012

Alfred Rosenberg

A while ago I found a book at a charity stall. For some reason, it had a very sinister feel and look to it, it was in German and printed in 1939. It is called Myth of the 20th Century  I did a little research and found that this was one of the reasons Alfred Rosenberg, the author, was executed after the war by Pierpoint. I lent the book to a friend who fancied a go at reading it, he was stationed in Berlin during the Cold War and knew a little of the German Language. After getting it back, I was a wee bit worried what to do with it. If I sold it, what sort of group or person would buy it and for what reason. I contacted the Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam and let them know of my thoughts and wondered if they knew a safe deposit for the book. They emailed back and said a researcher is very interested in the book and thought it could help their cause. Of course, how could I say no. The book will be on its way to the Museum at the week end, with hope it may help the research and be part of the museum and give an insight as to why we should never, never let this be acceptable, the persecution of another race.

Anne Frank
Died of Typhus weeks before the British liberated the camp.

If you ever visit Amsterdam, please take the time to visit the Anne Frank Museum. The industrial extermination of human beings depicted is very moving. Many a wet eye during my visit.