Category Archives: europe

FALLEN BUT NOT FORGOTTEN by Peter Nolan Smith

On November 11, 2011 I visited the US military cemetery outside Luxembourg City with the British and the American ambassadors. The drive to the graves was short. Luxembourg was a small duchy. I looked out the window of the Jaguar. The morning sun struggled to break through the low fog. It would have little success […]

Charleroi, A Thing Of Beauty

For centuries few good roads pierced the thickly forested hills of the Ardennes and Luxembourg served as a fortress against invading armies in Northern Europe. Steep cliffs surrounded the city and hundreds of troops could defend against the attack of thousands. Militarists called the citadel the Gibraltar of the North and in the autumn of […]

The Debt Of A Nation

In 2011 Madame Ambassador phoned with the offer to be her ‘unofficial writer in residence’ at her posting in Mittel Europa and she asked, “Do you have an evening suit?” “Of course,” I replied without hesitation from my apartment in Fort Greene. “Good, because you’ll be needing it. There will be plenty of balls and […]

NIGHT PORTER

The Third Reich had disappeared in 1945, but the images of its death camp horrors have gripped the imagination of filmmakers and holocaust survivors beyond the death of Hitler, but in 1974 Italian director Liliana Cavani explored the reincarnated sadomasochistic relationship between a SS officer and her concentration camp sex slave played by Charlotte Rampling. […]

Belgium Beer Research

My first beer was a Miller in 1965. I drank it behind Our Aunt of Jesus Catholic Church. Two more followed fast. The contents of the three bottles disagreed with my stomach and I spewed out the beer like a whale breaching the surface of the ocean. On the following Sunday the pastor dedicated his […]