Thursday, February 13, 2014

Great Experiments of The Twentieth Century

...and "dreams" and "bittersweet moments".

“The empire that ascended to affirm a colossal footprint; the revolution that birthed one of modern history’s pivotal experiments.”

NBC Olympic commentary describing Russia

"Our guide Lyubov has reappeared one last time holding on to a red balloon which represents the end of the 20th century dream. [long pause for effect]. A bittersweet moment as she lets go of that balloon as Russia says goodbye to its past but looks ahead to a brighter future."

Meredith Viera describing the Olympic opening ceremony

“Far too many people have an erroneous conception of what the National-Socialist regime really stands for. Otherwise they would lay less stress on Nazi dictatorship and much more emphasis on the great social experiment which is being tried out in this country.”

Sir Nevile Henderson, Britain’s ambassador to Nazi Germany, 1937

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