My thanks to the following for their recommendations or offerings:
Marsha Faubert for recommending an essay by Anne Enright regarding the Magdalene Laundries in Ireland, the setting for part of the film Philomena.
Janice Coles for suggesting Peace Direct (www.peacedirect.org) re a local NGO initiative to improve peace-building in Bosnia where identity politics continue to poison the discourse and hold back post war re-building progress.
The 1990's Bosnian war tragedy on the doorstep of Europe was a window on the dark side of human nature but stories of hope and courage are also there.
She recommends a link http://www.insightonconflict.org/2016/03/taking-a-stand-against-hate-speech/
and books re Bosnia and theme of 'Blue Skies' in the darkness of the 1990's.
1. This was not our War: Bosnian Women Reclaiming the Peace by Swanee Hunt, US ambassador to Austria during the Bosnian conflict
2. Good People in a Evil Time: Portraits of Complicity and Resistance in the Bosnia war by Svetlana Broz MD, granddaughter of Tito
3. The Bosnia List: A Memoir of War, Exile and Return by Kenan Trebincevic & Susan Shapiro
Anyone interested in excellent review, see This was not our war
Margaret Kittel Canale for her photographs from Prague, Berlin and London:
|Nicholas Winton at Platform 1 main Prague railway station|
|Sculpture by Frank Meisler who came out of Germany on Kindertransport|
|At Berlin Friedrichstrasse train station: the other side of sculpture depicts family heading toward death while above children heading for life.|
|Children of the Kindertransport at London Liverpool train station|
|The final destination for these children|