Ross Schweitzer presents
Depending on whom you believe, the saying about God / the Devil etcetera can be attributed to Gustave Flaubert [1821 - 1880]. It was meant to express that 'whatever you do should be done properly'. I believe that in learning about historical items, accurate data can be found in Court or Judicial records. The handwritten decision of King James i of England about Guy Fawkes can be read today. The matter is, there's a significant amount of detail relating to the decisions that give us a look at day - to - day life in those times. These are actual records, not recollections.
 
Many people are inclined to take 'factual' movies as being complete records of an event. The Dunning - Kruger effect describes illusory cognitive bias. You know, 'people' are relying on Face Book and Twitter for 'news'! This is the self - licking ice - cream [existing purely for its own perpetuation]. If we want to get facts about an important event, and it has made it to Court, we can rely upon unvarnished facts.
 
Historians rely upon Court papers to dissect the minutiae of contemporary and mundane life. For instance, in wartime Germany there was not just one, but eight trials about the White Rose movement. Only the first, a show trial, was the substance of a film. In the later trials, the chief prosecutor Roland Friesler did not bother to show up; he sent an underling. Robert Mohr the chief interrogator, worked in a spa after the war, and died at 80 Years of age in 1977.
 
A postage stamp in Germany cost three times what we pay today. Legal representation cost [in effect] three months' pay for a University professor. Given the defendant was guaranteed to lose, he or she still had to have representation; often someone appointed by the prosecutor. Citizens could still get orange marmalade [a breakfast staple]. You know how the Chinese bill the family for the bullet used to execute the criminal? The Germans charged our equivalent of AUD twenty - five thousand for 'wear and tear' on the guillotine. The same machine was in use by the Federal Republic until 1965. I'm not certain what the fee to the family was....
 
But life went on; you can determine transport costs and other matters, like what services were free [university fees and no HEX]. Routine correspondence between Public Service Departments and disagreements about areas of authority and regulations. There was no curfew. there was still rail travel. It was reliable yet longer distances [like Berlin to Ulm] ran regularly, on a single gauge and left 1940s Melbourne to Sydney 'express' trains for dead [so to speak].
 
I mentioned last week about an English legal decision dating back to the 1400s. Well, German Law was rewritten and ratified in 1949 and has been in need of revision over sixty times since.
 
If you have nothing better to do, on YouTube watch 'Sophie Scholl: The Final Days'. You can stream it to a smart TV [is this an oxymoron?]. It has English sub - titles, but often, due to the casting, they are not necessary.
 
Be in Good Health
 
My regards,
 
Ross
 
 
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