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NIGHT BOMBERS | An article from The Washington Post chimes in tune with a Nostalgistudio post for Victory Day. The tagline reads:

This woman flew Soviet combat missions in WWII. She is the last one left.
On the 75th anniversary of the Nazi defeat, one veteran recalls her years in Stalin’s all-female air squadrons. And a wartime love affair.

To consider these women’s lives is to face the passing of greatness. | 09 MAY 2020



CHEAP ELECTRICITY | A wild and excellent article by Hannah Lucinda Smith for Wired takes readers to present-day Transnistria, which has “launched a glossy drive to attract foreign investors into its burgeoning cryptocurrency mining sector.” | 31 OCTOBER 2019

A SECOND SWITZERLAND | A Google Alert brings me daily news of Transnistria but very little about the territory of that name where the central part of LAMENT is set, in one of its Jewish ghettos during the Second World War. Few captives emerged alive to tell its history (I have been very lucky to be introduced to one) and with the eventual heroic Soviet victory this Transnistria disappeared. The rare news of it is usually sad, this recent item from Canada being no exception.

(Photo: Roman Janowski;

The vast majority of my Transnistria news concerns the current territory of that name, a small segment of the “original” sliced out of present-day Moldova and put under Russian control. The very few Jews who’d remained into the 21st century, according to this Israeli report, are fleeing. But citizens like Anastasia, quoted near the end, are more optimistic about their new country’s prospects. Who’s to say? | 7 OCTOBER 2019

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