Monthly Archives: October 2014

Commemorating the Fall of the Berlin Wall: An Artifact of Oppression

Another interesting East German artifact that has been my possession for almost a quarter century: an officer’s visor hat of the East German Ministry of Security, commonly known as the Stasi. Remarkably, the comparatively tiny East German communist state, roughly … Continue reading

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Celebrating a Milestone: The 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Next month marks the 25th anniversary fall of the Berlin Wall and the beginning of the headlong collapse of communism in Eastern Europe. To celebrate this milestone, I’ve decided to feature some of the items from my Cold War collection, which … Continue reading

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A Tepid Defense of Cults and Other Religious Sentiment

The late historian Fawn McKay Brodie was as unrepentant maverick as she was a gifted scholar and writer. Raised in a singularly prominent Mormon family — the granddaughter of a Brigham Young University president and the niece of a member of … Continue reading

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