Author Archives: odeboyz

How the German denazification policy worked

After the war. Karl Höcker1 was arrested and spent eighteen months in a prisoner of war camp before being released. He returned to his old job with the same bank he’d been employed by before the war. In 1952 he … Continue reading

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Book Review: Menachem Kaiser ~ Plunder: A memoir of family property and stolen Nazi treasure (2021)

This quirky book instantly attracted me. The story is straight-forwardly about property in Poland. Jewish Holocaust survivors made it to the USA. Two generations later a grandson tried to prove ownership rights over a house plundered by Nazis. Kaiser’s book … Continue reading

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My kind of ‘Fun Run’

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Cooking for Slackers: Mackerel a la bistro

Canned fish has a poor reputation. This will change your mind. Ingredients Can of mackerel in olive oil1 Two thick slices of Hovis bread One tomato Paprika2 Technique Drain oil into a bowl Soak one side of the slices of … Continue reading

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The Wehrmacht’s Campaigns of 1939, 1940 and 1941: A Guide

“It is said that God is always on the side of the big battalions.” Voltaire The fast-striking motorized element of the German army in 1941 consisted of only 35 divisions out of 130. Three-quarters of the German army continued to … Continue reading

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Rishi ‘Robin Hood’ Sunak strikes again

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Cooking for Slackers: Mexican style jacket potatoes

Jacket potatoes are stupid simple! However, using an oven is expensive and long winded. This recipe cuts out the oven and produces a better outcome. It’s cheaper and faster than Just Eat. Ingredients One potato Four slices of Cheddar cheese1 … Continue reading

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Book Review: Michael Dobbs ~ The Reluctant Hero (2010)

The storyline is preposterous. It depends on a suspension of credulity, which I can’t achieve – not that I tried hard. Astonishingly I finished the book. The only justification for this is that I took it away for Christmas and … Continue reading

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A slacker sheepdog

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Cooking for Slackers: Spanish style ‘Egg and chips’

Excellent chips are impossible to do without a deep pan. (Air Fryers1 and oven chips2  produce a pale imitation of the real thing.) This recipe is exciting with minimal effort and low, low cost achieved without special equipment. Ingredients Two … Continue reading

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