Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Today -100: October 31, 1918: The moment does not seem to have come yet

Kaiser Wilhelm tells some Reichstag deputies that he would totally abdicate if the interests of Germany require it, but that hasn’t happened yet.

Supposedly, the Russian government is planning to massacre the entire bourgeois and intellectual classes on November 10. Something to look forward to.

Last week Russian Foreign Minister Georgy Chicherin wrote a note to Woodrow Wilson, pointing out that Wilson’s armistice pre-conditions for Germany included withdrawing from occupied countries. Chicherin says Russia would like an armistice with the US too, please, and when will the US withdraw its troops from Archangel, Murman and Siberia?

Assistant Navy Secretary Franklin D. Roosevelt supposedly plans to resign his post and join the Navy as an ordinary seaman.

The separatist Czech National Committee takes over governmental functions in Prague.

Roger Baldwin, former director of the National Civil Liberties Bureau (which will become the ACLU, of which he will be director) is convicted of refusing to submit to conscription, even to a medical exam, and sentenced to 1 year in prison.

The US War Dept contracts for anti-vermin underwear for soldiers.

Painter (and pornographer, according to the Austrian legal system) Egon Schiele dies at 28 of the Spanish Flu, 3 days after his pregnant wife.

More on Schiele here.

There’s also a recent movie, Egon Schiele: Death and the Maiden, named after this painting,

but the only English-language review linked to by IMDB is on a white-nationalist site. I’ve seen an older film, Egon Schiele: Excess and Punishment, but so long ago that I can’t remember if it was any good.

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