On Heartbreak, and Bix on Hirohito

In our culture of oversharing and social media, there is such an excess of verbiage that the words ‘must read’ or ‘essential’ have basically lost their meaning. The same is true for words like ‘heartbreaking’ — if it was really breaking your heart, you wouldn’t be on Twitter. What happens if you don’t read something ‘essential’? Usually, nothing, because the term has been turned into … Continue reading On Heartbreak, and Bix on Hirohito

Archives Week

This week, and next as well, I’m in Berlin for the annual spelunking of the Bundesarchiv, Germany’s premier archive.  The Bundesarchiv is a treasure house of information, if you can find it, that is.   The archive is hidden away in a leafy corner of Lichterfelde West just past Kadettenweg on the grounds of an officer’s school with roots in the Prussian past, all within a … Continue reading Archives Week

Thunder Rumbles out of Chinese Archives

Xinhua’s English-language service reports: Chinese military archivists have identified more than 100 documents that could lead to the repatriation of the remains of the United States personnel who disappeared during and after the Korean War (1950-1953). More than 50,000 U.S. personnel were killed in Korean Peninsula and along the border of China and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). The U.S. Department of Defense … Continue reading Thunder Rumbles out of Chinese Archives