I purchased this book in anticipation of a journey to Africa This chronicle is nonfiction but it reads with the depth and intensity of poetry Even though this book was written about the author s experience and impressions of Africa on a series of trips in the 1960 s his insights remain timeless the 1960 s his insights remain timeless politics of Africa are convulsive and the boundaries of countries dynamic but much of Tanzania and Kenya timeless politics of Africa are convulsive and the boundaries of countries dynamic but much of Tanzania and Kenya have bee This one s a mixed bag with long sections describing the ethnology of the various tribes and peoples in places totally obscure to me which I found tough to follow Am I lad though that I did not Wife in Exchange give up on the book after the brutally lengthy third chapter butrudgingly The Eternal Ice (Magic: The Gathering: Ice Age Cycle, gave it another shot after a few weeks hiatus For the following few chapters on the Serengeti and Masai Mara were amongst the best nature writing I have had the pleasure of reading The author shows why he was so highly regarded with the almost poetic descriptions of the landscape and animals of these world famous protected areas The dispassionate account of a pack of wild dogs devouring a zebra calf as it stands under it s mother is fitting for nature cannot be ascribed human notions like cruelty it simply IS without feeling without malice Matthiessen alsoave an account of his time spent with renowned researchers like George Schaller and Iain Douglas Hamilton the latter being comedic in the recounting of the rash behavior and foolhardiness of their exploits togetherOverall though there are too many chapters that I found less compelling being travel narratives about places that are unfamiliar and therefore less captivating I think the chapters can be read independently since they only follow a very rough time line as they are compiled over the author s many trips to East Africa I suppose only a person familiar with this part of the world would find the book interesting in it s entirety I had paged through this book of my parents for years They had a copy of this book that included Elliot Porter s THE AFRICAN EXPERIENCE photographs of East Africa where I Night And Day grew up Many of the pictures capture the beauty of Northern Tanzania s landscapes and animals that it was enough to just page through it and remember and so I never ventured to read Peter Matthiessen s text hidden within it As aeographer I appreciated the two wonderful maps on this area and the wider East African setting that showed each of the places Matthiessen traveled from Sudan all the way to southern Tanzania Matthiessen s text captures observations of trips he had done from the early 1960s through the mid 1970s He captures the landscape animals people and the personalities with whom he explored the wild areas of these countries I wish Elliot Porter could have included some of the pictures of these people in his photographs The photos Matthiessen s book and a set of Tennessee Takedown / Ravens Hollow good maps make this aood book to help one explore the wild areas of East Africa There was times reading this when I thought maybe I just didn t like nature writing I mean sure I like nature and I like writing a lot in both cases but I was pretty clear I didn t like this As the book progressed however it became clearer that Mathiessen s award winner simply hasn t aged wellLike other writers in this The Cowboy Takes a Bride (The Bridal Bid genre Mathiessen s book is based on his own observations not detailed background research His descriptions form the base of the book Many of these involve predators hunting and feeding and are dramatically andraphically told His companions are mostly white men living off or around the hunting and safari business and this view of African wildlife of the chain of killing permeates the bookMany other passages describe his encounters with African peoples And tbh this is the worst of the discomfort because Matthiessen brings the same condescending tone and descr. In this classic volume Matthiessen exuisitely combines both nature and travel writing to bring East Africa to vivid L His mode of travel is certainly wonderful and admirable he drives around the country in a seemingly self sufficient Land Cruiser staying with scientists and anthropologists and having THEM SHOW HIM THE THINGS THEY show him the things they engaged in But yeah definitely worth the read I read this when it first came out over thirty years ago and I m inspired to read it again along with Matthiessen "S Snow Leopard This "Snow Leopard This absolutely Michaels Discovery (The Devaneys gorgeous photos by Eliot Porter of Sierra Club calendar fame I bought this book before I knew who Peter Matthiessen was namely one of thereatest nature writers of all time Because of the book s title I thought the author would tie present day East Africa to a by Shotgun Wedding (Silhouette Yours Truly, gone era when man was primitive and evolving and nature ruled I read the first one hundred fifty pages and put it down for five years before returning to it At that time I was lost in my passion for the life and times of early man and not so interested in anything that rhymed with present day Then after finishing that portion of my writing I returned to what might be Matthiessen sreatest nature book well there is Snow Leopard and At Play in the Fields of the Lord Hard to pick When I picked it up the second time I couldn t put it down His descriptions of nature the depth of understanding he voices fo 25 stars First published in 1972 Peter Matthiessen s The Tree Where Man Was Born was a National Book Award finalist in nonfiction and predated his phenomenal half memoir nonfiction book The Snow Leopard 1978 which I read a few years ago and absolutely lovedBut I did not love The Tree Where Man Was Born This book is a disjointed set of essays written about Matthiessen s various trips to Africa over a decade or There are no timelines Life Changing Smiles given for any of these different trips They are also presented without any chronological order Dates are mentioned haphazardly throughout the chapters which are themselves mash ups of various trips over various years While some of the essays focus on nature writing and conservation biology a large number of pages are focused on describing different African tribes as Matthiessen searches to learn the heart of the African or the essential mind of the African on his journeys The entire book is written with a deeply racist narrative lens that made the chapters increasingly painful to read This is not a long book but the incredibly high racism and astoundingly high sexism of Matthiessen s narrative voice took a major psychological toll on me The Tree Where Man Was Born is a slim volume of text but reuired almost an entire year to finish Much of this book concerns anthropological data and evolutionary data that is extremely dated and is no longer accurate Slogging through pages and pages of outdated historical material slowed down my reading a lotBut much worse than that Matthiessen s prose is dense and insular to the point that I never felt like this book was actually trying to teach me anything about Africa I have never visited the continent and while I would like to visit it s very very expensive to travel abroad Financially a trip to Africa is well out of my reach whic Peter Matthiesson died this year He is one of my favorite authors The Tree Where Man Was Born is my second favorite book of his The Snow Leopard being the first I read it before I went to Kenya in 1987 It may now be my second favorite book about Africa From the 60s to the 80s Matthiesson made several trips to Tanzania to visit naturalists and conservationists On the first he traveled from Khartoum toet there His descriptions and attention to detail astound me I can read his passages and smell the white hot heat of the savanna and see the silhouette of the omnipresent acacia trees The theories of human evolution that he uotes are a bit off we ve learned a lot since then I can t fault him with tha. Dreds of exotic animals; the breathtaking landscapes; and the area's turbulent natural political and social histories.
Oni. Homoseksualiści w czasie II wojny światowej
Nieliczni Niemcy, którzy wykorzystywali seksualnie i dręczyli innych więźniów w nazistowskich jednostkach penitencjarnych – tak określano w Polsce mężczyzn skazanych w latach 1933–1945 na mocy paragrafu 175 piętnującego relacje homoseksualne.
„Oni” byli obcy; byli drapieżcami i było ich bardzo niewielu. Z tych trzech powodów nie zajmowano się ich historią, nie upamiętniano i nie traktowano jako ofiar nazistowskiego systemu. Ocaleńców przemilczano. W Polsce „takich” ludzi miało nie być.
Homoseksualnych mężczyzn aresztowano i więziono w Rawiczu, Międzychodzie, Wronkach, Strzelcach Opolskich, czy Tarnowie. Wywożono do KL Sachsenhausen, KL Buchenwald, KL Mauthausen, KL Gross Rosen, kompleksu obozowego Auschwitz Birkenau Monowitz oraz na Majdanek. Ginęli w jednostkach penitencjarnych na terenie Rzeszy a jeśli udało im się przeżyć, wracali do domu. Ich groby można odnaleźć na polskich cmentarzach. Opowieść o nich nie składa się wcale z pojedynczych śladów. Nawet jeśli ich biografie są niepełne, często urwane lub pozbawione finału, to tworzą rozbudowany wielogłos.
Historia osób nieheteronormatywnych w czasie II wojny światowej nadal pozostaje w sferze tabu. Siedemdziesiąt pięć lat po zakończeniu wojny nie ma w Polsce praktycznie żadnych publikacji na ich temat, trudno o nawet drobne fragmenty w ogólnych opracowaniach.
„Oni” nie istnieją z naszej winy. Zamazani przez przedwojenne fantazmaty podsycane nazistowską propagandą i perwersyjne plotki wojenne i obozowe, zrównani zostali z bezimiennymi uwodzicielami, kryminalistami, aspołecznym elementem. Przeciwko tym wyobrażeniom trzeba się wreszcie zbuntować, a o „nich” nie da się już dłużej milczeć.