August 22, 2014
Loving Your Enemies

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Myself . By T.V. Antony Raj

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[Jesus said to his disciples:]

“You have heard that it was said, You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.

But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust.

For if you love those who…

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August 21, 2014
Who Are We to Judge?

Who Are We to Judge?

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Myself . By T.V. Antony Raj

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Judge not others

Judging and condemning others, is an easy task. We come to conclusions based on our observations and interactions with others.  Most of us label the people around us: “He’s an idiot”, “She’s a slut”, “He’s an oaf”, etc., etc.

But who are we to pass judgment? What rights do we have to appraise others.

This brings to my mind two sayings In Tamil:

  • “இன…

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August 15, 2014
Death of Adolf Hitler - Part 13: What Happened to Hitler’s Body?

Death of Adolf Hitler – Part 13: What Happened to Hitler’s Body?

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Myself . By T.V. Antony Raj

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The surrender of Berlin

Hans Krebs (Wehrmacht General)

Hans Krebs (Wehrmacht General)

General Wilhelm Burgdorf

General Wilhelm Burgdorf, Chief Adjutant to Hitle

Obersturmbannführer Franz Schädle

SS-Obersturmbannführer Franz Schädle

Some of the SS personnel, who did not join any of the breakout groups, opted to commit suicide. General Hans Krebs, Deputy Chief of the Army General Staff, and General Wilhelm Burgdorf, the Chief Adjutant to…

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August 14, 2014
Death of Adolf Hitler - Part 10: Announcement of Hitler’s death to the outside world

Death of Adolf Hitler – Part 10: Announcement of Hitler’s death to the outside world

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Myself . By T.V. Antony Raj

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Großadmiral Karl Dönitz, Reichspräsident (President of the Reich) and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces.

Großadmiral Karl Dönitz, Reichspräsident (President of the Reich) and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces.

Großadmiral Karl Dönitz had left the Führerbunker on April 21, 1945. He was in a remote hideout at Plön, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. He received the following message from Martin Bormann:

The Führer has appointed you, Herr Admiral, as his successor in…

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August 10, 2014
Death of Adolf Hitler - Part 11: The Breakout by Martin Bormann

Death of Adolf Hitler – Part 11: The Breakout by Martin Bormann

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Myself . By T.V. Antony Raj

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On May 1, 1945, around 11:00 pm, Martin Bormann left the Führerbunker in one of the ten breakout groups that included Adolf Hitler’s personal surgeon Ludwig Stumpfegger, Hitler Youth leader Artur Axmann, Hitler’s pilot Hans Baur, Erich Kempka and Werner Naumann, State Secretary in Joseph Goebbels’ Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda.

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August 6, 2014
Death of Adolf Hitler - Part 11: The Fate of the Three Messengers

Death of Adolf Hitler – Part 11: The Fate of the Three Messengers

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Myself . By T.V. Antony Raj

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In the early morning of April 29, 1945, while the Red Army closed in on the Reichstag building, Hitler after his wedding ceremony, retired to a room with Traudl Junge, his youngest private secretary, and dictated in a hurry, his last Testaments: a Private Testament – a will (see Appendix A), and a Political Testament (see Appendix B).

Hitler ordered that three…

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August 3, 2014
Death of Adolf Hitler - Part 10: The Breakout from the Reichskanzlei-Führerbunker

Death of Adolf Hitler – Part 10: The Breakout from the Reichskanzlei-Führerbunker

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Myself . By T.V. Antony Raj

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General Helmuth Weidling, defense commandant of Berlin.

General Helmuth Weidling, defense commandant of Berlin.

Although Hitler had appointed General Helmuth Weidling as defense commandant of Berlin, SS-Brigadeführer Wilhelm Mohnke remained free of Weidling’s command to maintain his defense objectives of the Reich Chancellery and the Führerbunker. The aggregated total for the Berlin’s defense of General Weidling’s LVI…

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July 31, 2014
Death of Adolf Hitler - Part 9: Suicide of Joseph Goebbels and His Wife

Death of Adolf Hitler – Part 9: Suicide of Joseph Goebbels and His Wife

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Myself . By T.V. Antony Raj

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“For us, we have burnt our bridges. We cannot go back, but neither do we want to go back. We are forced to extremes and therefore resolved to proceed to extremes.”
– Dr. Joseph Goebbels, Reich Minister of Propaganda in Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945.

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Adolf Hitler with  Goebbels'  first daughter, Helga (born September 1, 1932), in Heiligendamm in 1933.

Adolf Hitler with Goebbels’ first daughter, Helga (born September 1, 1932), in Heiligendamm in 1933.

On May…

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July 30, 2014
Death of Adolf Hitler - Part 8: Burning the Bodies of Hitler and Eva Braun

Death of Adolf Hitler – Part 8: Burning the Bodies of Hitler and Eva Braun

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Myself . By T.V. Antony Raj

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SS-Obersturmbannführer Erich Kempka - Hitler's personal chauffeur

SS-Obersturmbannführer Erich Kempka – Hitler’s personal chauffeur

In 1936, when Hitler’s top driver suddenly died, SS-Obersturmbannführer (lieutenant-colonel) Erich Kempka was appointed as Hitler’s personal chauffeur. He served as Adolf Hitler’s chauffeur from 1934 to April, 1945. Hitler was particular in providing his drivers the best accommodation and food. He once…

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July 29, 2014
Death of Adolf Hitler - Part 7: Suicide of Hitler and Eva Braun

Death of Adolf Hitler – Part 7: Suicide of Hitler and Eva Braun

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Myself . By T.V. Antony Raj

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Around 2:30 am on April 30, 1945, the personal staff of Hitler assembled in the dining area. Hitler emerged from his private quarters. With glazed eyes, he went around the room shaking the hands of each staff member silently. Everyone in the room knew that the time had come. Hitler bade farewell to them.

After Hitler had retired back into his quarters, the…

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