Was Justinian I. a saint of the Orthodox Church? Was his wife Theodora an early feminist, sacrificing herself for the rights of women? Or were both literal demons from hell who spread nothing but destruction, misery and mass murder for the sake of their own pleasure?
Procopius was an ancient Byzantine writer, contemporaneous with the emperor couple. His book Anecdota gives a crushing verdict to the reign of the famous characters of Justinian and Theodora.
1939: Did Roosevelt plunge Europe into war? Polish ambassador in Washington reports.
In 1940 the German foreign office published Polish documents that could shed more light on the prehistory of World War 2. In a report by the Polish ambassador in Washington to the Polish foreign minister in Warsaw, written on 12th of January 1939, he talks about a meticulously planned defamation campaign in the American media directed against Germany. By warmongering Roosevelt wanted to divert the attention of the American public from the problems at home, he claims.
Ratatosk - I recently read "Der Wehrwolf", a book by Hermann Löns. It tells the story of the "30 Years War", a disastrous time in 17th century Germany, which cost the lives of a large part of Germany´s population. Harm Wulf leads a group of desperate villagers in the Lüneburger Heath, who try to survive the ordeal.