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Treasures in the attic…

November 1, 2009

My stepdad, Tony, is a compulsive cleaner/tidyer and in our youth my brother and i used to be little devils and make mischief moving around ornaments, lamps, pots, pans etc just to see how long it would take him to notice and put it back to it’s rightful place.  I’m sure we were an endless source of frustration for him because now we think he must have Asperger’s haha.   Sometimes it could take up to a week for him to notice but mostly it was just hours.  Today he was rummaging around in the attic and came across an album that was given to him by his mother.  It was full of photograph postcards that his great grandmother had collected when his grandmother was a child.  Strangely, they were all pictures of people and places in India.  We tried guessing how old the pictures were and decided they must be Edwardian judging from the way the westerners were dressed, so around the turn of the century.  Well..last century.  He’s given it to me to have.  I also get to inherit the piano when my mum dies too, yesss.

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indian actress

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Then he found a book on Dachau, one of the concentration camps discovered in Nazi Germany during the 2nd WW.  I don’t know the identity of the man the book is about because it was his dying legacy to remain anonymous, mainly because he didn’t want to expose his family to the horrors he endured.  I do know he killed himself though which i suppose isn’t a surprise.  The book is comprised of notes and manuscripts written by the author and untouched by the printer.  Except some things were apparently left out due to their sheer ghastliness.  He was one of the few prisoners released for use as propaganda – because his physical appearance wasn’t as emaciated as many others and this was to show the public that the rumours of torture and starvation at the camps was ‘untrue’.  dachau

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