Friday, August 8, 2014




The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.
--Gustave Flaubert

I watched a movie recently titled Out Of The Ashes and thought it was worthy of the time spent to do so.

Movie Information  from Rotten Tomatoes is below:

This powerful, politically charged cable TV movie was based on the memoirs of Hungarian gynecologist and Holocaust survivor Gisella Perl. Having spent the WWII years in charge of the woman's infirmary at Auschwitz, Perl (played by Christine Lahti) hopes to leave her living nightmare behind when the Allies liberate Europe. But when she applies for American citizenship in 1946, she is hauled into military court to explain the extent to which she "collaborated" with the Nazis during the war. The U.S. officials are especially disturbed by the number of illegal abortions Perl performed at Auschwitz without her superiors' knowledge. But as Perl struggles to explain to her relentless interrogators (the explanation taking the form of extended flashbacks), she terminated the lives of the unborn to save thousands of pregnant women from the Nazi gas chambers. Filmed on location in Canada, the U.K., and Lithuania, Out of the Ashes made its Showtime network debut on April 13, 2003.

I believe the full movie can be viewed somewhere on YouTube. Of course, one can obtain it in myriad places. And I recommend it.


Did You Know . . .?

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On this day in 1974 Richard Nixon announced that he will resign the office of the President at noon the next day, August 9. He had been engulfed by a major political scandal that began with the bungled burglary and wiretapping of the Democratic Party's campaign headquarters in the Watergate apartment complex in Washington, D.C., on June 17, 1972. Senate investigations eventually revealed that the President had been personally involved in the subsequent cover-up of the break-in; additional investigation uncovered a related group of illegal activities that included political espionage and falsification of official documents, all sanctioned by the White House. On July 29 and 30, 1974, the House Judiciary Committee approved three articles of impeachment, charging that Nixon had misused his powers to violate the constitutional rights of U.S. citizens, obstructed justice, and defied Judiciary Committee subpoenas. To avoid almost certain impeachment, Nixon announced that he would resign from office.



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Writing means sharing. It's part of the human condition to want to share things - thoughts, ideas, opinions.
--Paulo Coelho




  1. Thanks for the movie recommendation, Gene. I'll stream Out of The Ashes through Netflix tonight. More movie recommendations would be appreciated.

    1. I hope you enjoy viewing Out of the Ashes, Anthony. Recommending movies is a risky business since I've found that my emotional state at the time of watching often colors my judgment.