Monday, June 15, 2015

Today -100: June 15, 1915: Of wandering Jews, Greek elections, poisoned water, and lynchings

Romania seems to have done a deal with the Allies to enter the war. They want Transylvania. And Bessarabia. And other territory.

Headline of the Day -100:

Spain says it will take Jewish refugees from the Balkan war zone. This is the result of a campaign promoted by a Louis Friedman of New York since before the war. How welcome Jews will be remains a question, but Spain has admitted that the decree of expulsion (the 1492 one?) is no longer in force.

Greek elections: the party of former prime minister Eleftherios Venizelos, who was fired by the (now very ill) king for his pro-war views, wins a majority of parliamentary seats.

Fog of War (Rumors, Propaganda and Just Plain Bullshit) of the Day -100: the Berliner Tageblatt on May 9 (the NYT has evidently just received a load of old German newspapers) claims two British navy divisions got into a battle with each other at night.

Britain will stop treating German U-boat prisoners differently from other POWs, and Germany will stop its reprisals against British prisoners.

A lynch mob in Winnsboro, South Carolina, shoot a negro being taken to court on assault (presumably rape) charges, killing the county sheriff in the process.

Anti-German riots in Moscow after some factory workers get sick, which naturally led to rumors that Germans had poisoned the factory’s drinking water.

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