This order would have meant a death sentence for my father, as explained infra.
Well, a synergy of luck, kindness of an immigration official in Callao, and adrenaline gave my father the energy to run for his life into an area where the freight train yard was, and there he jumped onto a freight wagon and managed to make it to La Paz.
Had it been up to the Nazis and then up to the Zionists, my father would have been sent back to Marseilles and by then the Nazis would have already moved into position in France to have arranged for him to be shipped to an extermination camp and hence I would not have been writing this report since I was born later in 1944 in Cochabamba, Bolivia.
My father wound up working at the house of the former Bolivian President Tejada Soriano as a butler and when the President’s wife asked him if he was married he explained that he was, but that his wife who managed to escape to Paris with her parents with the help of a German military officer who had helped them, risking his own life, to cross the border into Belgium and henceforth into France.
At that time however she and her parents were stuck in Paris soon to come under the Nazi occupation.
Luckily my mother got it touch with the very decent Jewish organization called the Joint Committee and found out that a visa had been telexed to her and her parents by the intervention of said wife of the former President of Bolivia and the Bolivian embassy in Paris handed it to her and thus she and her parents were saved thus my mother, father, and grandparents were finally reunited in a safe place in La Paz, Bolivia.
In utero, I believe I sensed the stress, fear, and anger my parents felt and this was transmitted to me throughout our journey from La Paz to Buenos Aires and finally to São Paulo during the years of my infancy and adolescence.
Then to boot, again dark clouds gathered in the political climate and again my parents felt a need to pack up and leave and this happened close in 1963, just before the last democratically elected government of the populist João Goulart was overthrown by a right-wing military coup which used the pretext of President Goulart’s trip to the PRC to tag him as a “communist”. What ensued was a 20 year of dictatorship and torture.
Sadly, the United States supported the crushing of democracy in Brazil just as on 9/11, 1973 the United States again supported the crushing of the Chilean democracy.
Nevertheless, my parents and I managed to get a visa to emigrate from Brazil to the U.S. where we finally adjusted to a normal life but not before, I was at 18 drafted for the war on Vietnam even though I was a German citizen.
Bottom line, the primary motivation to enter the blogosphere was my constant and relentless anti-war, anti-racism, anti-sexism, anti-classism, and pro peace, justice, equality, and democratic socialist ideals activism which from my academic, professional, and post-professional life had me marching in countless pro genuine, transparent, participatory democratic governance, and anti-war demonstrations in San Francisco, New York City, and Washington, DC.
As a research chemist turned chemical science and technology intellectual property protection investigator and agent (after passing the patent bar exam), I became adept at searching for the facts and writing accurate and precise reports wherever the truth would take me.
After retirement, three journalist friends suggested that I take up writing, about my passion for justice and peace, and that motivated me to launch the Argentum Post in October of 2013 which became my main literary activism medium.
Question 2.) How would you describe yourself with regard to spirituality; what were some of the most memorable transforming points across the years (books, personal contacts, mystical experiences, etc.) in the developing of your current spiritual perspective?
I was never asked by my parents to embrace any religion even though my mother was a kind of a progressive spiritual in the Judaic sense and since I loved her and she asked me for the memory of her family, most of which perished in concentration camps and/or were executed there, that I undergo the Bar Mitzvah ceremony and I did that in São Paulo, Brazil.
I also went to a Catholic, and a Lutheran school during my junior high school years in São Paulo, not because of religious reasons but because these were the best schools in the closest proximity of our residence.
My paternal grandfather was a non-theist, socialist, and engineer who left Berlin in 1935 for the USSR and after the war in 1945 moved on to Haifa, Palestine where he had secular, Jewish, Muslim, and Christian friends and therefore became a Palestinian citizen. In 1948 though, as a result of what he considered the utterly unacceptable way that Palestine was violently partitioned, he move to London and therefrom to join my parents and I in São Paulo, Brazil.
My father was likewise a non-theist, and a socialist.
So, once I came to the United States, I looked for company and friends who would share with me a value system based on secular humanist guidelines and later I discovered and joined the Washington Ethical Society, then I immersed myself in literature such as “Free Inquiry” (inter alia) which I discovered through the American Ethical Union movement.
More recently I discovered that progressive, humanist, theists such as those of the Unitarian Universalist Church (where I volunteered for social services for the homeless), of the progressive “theology of liberation“ Christians, and of the progressive reform Jewish universalist Torah values guided movement such as the prestigious American Council for Judaism , Rabbi Lerner’s Tikkun teachings,
Jewish Voice for Peace, and even the sweet and peace loving Neturei Karta Orthodox Jews who I demonstrated with on the occasion of the intrusion by collusion into Congress of the Zionist misleader of Israel, Netanyahu, to sabotage the Iran nuclear talks – all inspired me to broaden my scope and realize that ultimately it is not what one believes, or does not believe, that matters, as much as what one does with said beliefs to enrich he value of wholesome life.
Hence one can say that I am a secular humanist who embraces religious humanist since we all have humanist values as a common denominator and we don’t do to others what we would not want done to us.
Question 3.) What is your greatest wish for readers as a consequence after reading/considering your writings?
My greatest wish is to penetrate and burn through the fog generated by omission, suppression, distortion, or lack of proper contextualization as regards to events of global ramifications by the corporatized mainstream media and educational institutions and expose thereby genuine historical reality by the provision of objective contextualization of current events and/or historical relevances and by going where said media and said institutions in their brazen and tendentious dereliction of duty to objectively inform neglect to go, thereby violating the public’s right to learn and know, a right which is as important as the right to free speech.
Question 4.) Can you offer any advice to people having a difficult time dealing with government and media lies, especially as it pertains to so many average citizens who hold erroneous perceptions on important events and situations around the Earth?
It is easier said than done, but the advice is, search with a wide-lens approach, the most varied sources of information and that means broadening as wide as possible, time permitting, the informational literature sources. This should be coupled to interacting on a personal basis with humans throughout the global sphere, and demanding and practicing the right to travel to societies which are vilified during certain eras, such as the Soviet Union societies were, and such as Iran, Cuba, Venezuela, and yes North Korea currently is.
Coupled to that, support as much as possible the outlets of independently arrived at information such as Free Speech TV (only carried by DirecTV), Democracy Now, Sputnik radio (105.5 FM), Link TV, Deutsche Welle, France 24, Al Jazeera, RT, BBC, CNC, plus consider listening to short-wave radio receivers.
And do not believe it all, or be disappointed when some of the information seems not so objective.
Main thing in that case is – since as a function of this intellectual curiosity energized exercise – the marksmanship of the research becomes increasingly dramatically improved to the point that vetting (or “snoping” ) frequency necessity is gradually decreased as the initial choice of approved sources predominates.