Monday, May 31, 2021

Today -100: May 31, 1921: In which is revealed what would disgrace a Hottentot

Headline of the Day -100:  

Somehow I doubt the accuracy of this report.

Well, that Upper Silesia armistice didn’t last long. Each side blames the other for starting up again.

The prime minister of Bavaria, Gustav Ritter von Kahr, says he just can’t disarm the Bavarian population, specifically the paramilitary Einwohnenerwehr, as the federal government agreed with the Entente would happen.

Headline of the Day -100:  

“Nearly solid for German fusion” sounds like a particularly unpleasant sex act, but this is in fact a referendum, held by local authorities against the orders of the Austrian government, for Austria to merge with Germany. Close to unanimous.

The German war crimes court in Leipzig convicts its second war criminal, a captain who made POWs work even when they were sick, and who rode his horse into groups of prisoners. Sentenced to 6 months. The British are complaining that the terms aren’t long enough - “An outrage on decency,” howls the Daily Mail, which says Capt. Müller’s crimes “would disgrace a Hottentot”.

Tonight on PBS (check local listings): “Tulsa: The Fire and the Forgotten” on the massacre this day -100.

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