‘Boy in the Striped Pajamas’

This movie, available on Netflix, is very moving. During World War II, 8-year-old Bruno (Asa Butterfield) and his family leave Berlin to take up residence near the concentration camp where his father (David Thewlis) has just become commandant. Unhappy and lonely, he wanders out behind his house one day and finds Shmuel (Jack Scanlon), a... Continue Reading →


Photo Essay on Budapest, Hungary

Budapest, Hungary is a charming city with an extraordinary history. After liberation from the Soviet Union in 1991, it celebrates economic and political freedoms the US takes for granted. Yet Hungarians still keep a wary, suspicious eye on Russia and Vladimir Putin, and depend, increasingly anxiously on the U.S., and NATO to protect them from what... Continue Reading →

Eastern Europeans Nervous About Putin and Trump

One of the great success stories of the late 20th and early 21st century was the destruction of the Iron Curtain, liberation of the former Eastern Bloc or Warsaw Pact countries from Soviet tyranny, their embrace of free markets, and, with some limitations, economic integration into Europe. Spending 10 days in Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland,... Continue Reading →

‘Shoes on the Danube’ Memorial

Memorial to Jews rounded up in Budapest, Hungary 1944-45, taken to Danube River, told to remove shoes, and shot by fascist Arrow Cross militiamen. Their bodies floated down river. Details. Posted by Jim Buie on Sunday, April 3, 2016

Famous Medicinal Baths in Budapest

at Szechenyi Baths and Spa in Budapest, opened in 1913. It is largest spa in Europe, with medicinal waters containing flouride and other healthy chemicals. On Trip Advisor on Wikipedia Posted to Facebook by Jim Buie. Click on Friday, March 25, 2016 to see friends' comments.

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