Versailles at 100

By |2018-12-31T12:59:10-05:00January 1st, 2019|Categories: Civilization, Democracy, Europe, History, Mark Malvasi, Nationalism, Senior Contributors, War, Western Civilization, Woodrow Wilson, World War I, World War II|

The Great War, in Woodrow Wilson’s view, had to become precisely what the delegates to the Congress of Vienna feared: a moral crusade, an instrument of social and political revolution… For American president Woodrow Wilson, the First World War was the “war to end all wars” by making “the world safe for democracy,” not [...]

The Death of Europe: Two Classic Films and the Great War

By |2018-12-13T23:45:16-05:00November 10th, 2018|Categories: Ethics, Europe, Film, Friendship, Mark Malvasi, Nationalism, Senior Contributors, War, Western Civilization, World War II|

So incisive and troubling did the Nazis find Jean Renoir’s indictment of war and his embrace of the shared culture of Europe, that when the Wehrmacht invaded France and occupied Paris in the spring of 1940, Renoir’s film La Grande Illusion was among the first cultural artifacts Nazi officials confiscated… The Great War was a catastrophe for Europe. [...]

Alfred Hitchcock’s “The 39 Steps”: A Coded Message?

By |2019-02-21T12:31:31-05:00October 4th, 2018|Categories: Film, History, Mystery, World War II|

The 39 Steps is one of five films that Alfred Hitchcock made in England about espionage in the mid-to-late 1930s. These films capture the growing threat felt in Britain from foreign powers. In their scenarios the nation's security was nowhere more threatened than by spies hiding in plain sight... The Thirty-Nine Steps. A novel. Then a film: The 39 Steps. In the end, that [...]

“The Human Condition”: A Tale of the Suffering Servant

By |2018-08-24T20:58:30-05:00August 24th, 2018|Categories: Christianity, Film, World War II|

The Human Condition, directed by Masaki Kobayashi, is more than a mere movie. It is certainly not entertainment. It is an experience in which the viewer participates. It is not an easy movie to watch. The suffering Christ is encountered at every turn… In one of the most ambitious cinematic projects ever undertaken, Japanese [...]

God, John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, & the Fall of the Soviet Union

By |2019-04-25T15:52:41-05:00June 25th, 2018|Categories: Communism, History, Pope John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, World War II|

Paul Kengor’s A Pope and a President is unusual in that it is also a theo-history, taking seriously the religious events of the 20th century. Written with academic rigor and in a brisk, readable style, it is a God’s-eye view of the hidden events of the 20th century and the actions of Ronald Reagan and [...]

A Soldier’s Grandson

By |2019-06-11T15:40:57-05:00April 9th, 2018|Categories: Family, History, John Barnes, Timeless Essays, War, World War II|

Those soldiers gave my grandfather’s graveside service a gravity and dignity it would have lacked otherwise. They shared a bond with him that I can never understand, for I am a soldier’s grandson but not a soldier. Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join John Barnes as [...]

Reminiscences of a Christian Girl in Wartime Holland

By |2017-11-21T23:18:16-05:00November 21st, 2017|Categories: Catholicism, Christmas, Thanksgiving, World War II|

Those of my Dutch neighbor’s generation knew exactly what they were doing in the Passion Play that was Europe during World War II. It was her Christian faith that sustained her through the hardships of those years… Stien van Egmond In honor of Thanksgiving and in anticipation of the Christmas season, I [...]

The Catholic Church & the Jews: What is the True Story?

By |2017-08-12T11:51:23-05:00August 12th, 2017|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, History, Religion, World War II|

Though history has shown Catholics sometimes acting ignobly towards Jews, much more often Catholics have acted as protectors of them… Few episodes in recent Church history arouse as much attention as the alleged silence of Pope Pius XII regarding the Holocaust. Despite the fact that many respected scholars—including Jewish ones—have demonstrated that the pope [...]

An Amateur’s Week With Beethoven’s “Harp” Quartet

By |2018-12-15T02:25:18-05:00August 9th, 2017|Categories: Europe, History, J.S. Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Music, Poland, World War II|

What a treat is it for a group of amateur string players, busy in their everyday lives, to spend a week in a far-off place and inundate themselves in practice and education concerning a single piece of music and its composer—the sort of exercise usually reserved for professionals. […]

A Polite Warning to the French President

By |2017-06-10T07:33:16-05:00June 9th, 2017|Categories: Catholicism, Europe, History, Peter Strzelecki Rieth, Poland, Politics, World War II|

Real Europeans see history as a battle: first, to organize human life in accordance with national and popular principles, with traditions and habits; and second, not to be ruled by even the most perfect ideas thought up by foreigners… Author’s Note: French President Macron had harsh words for Poland, threatening the country with sanctions. [...]