Thousands of Indian soldiers, who had joined Britain in the fight against fascism, betrayed the oath to the King of England. They then swore to serve Adolf Hitler. This betrayal threatened to rock British rule in India, known as the Raj. The story the German officers told their interrogators began in Berlin on 3 April 1941. This was the date that the left-wing Indian revolutionary leader, Subhas Chandra Bose, arrived in the German capital. Bose, who had been arrested 11 times by the British in India, had fled the Raj with one mission in mind. That was to seek Hitler’s help in pushing the British out of India. Bose hoped to raise a force of about 100,000 men which, when armed and kitted out by the Germans, could be used to invade British India. He decided to raise them by going on recruiting visits to Prisoner-of-War camps in Germany which, at that time, confined tens of thousands of Indian soldiers captured by Rommel in North Africa.
What the girl does is called “Bleigiessen” in German. A New Year’s Eve custom of telling fortunes by the shapes made by molten lead dropped into cold water.
That’s actually very interesting, and I’m glad to have a *real* explanation for such a strange postcard, thank you!
Oh, we used to do that here, too. They used to give the lead lumps to you so that you could ‘keep track’ of the prediction for your year, and next year you could have your lump melted again for a new fortune unless the old one had come true and it was something good like a marriage because then melting it back down for a new fortune was bad luck.
oh look it’s what literally every doctor in this town is on right now smdh
LK, are you ok… are you getting healthcare LK, do you need a doctor? LK? How man fingers am I holding up?
Is it the three consecutive summer weeks of doctor-vacation? Because that is truly difficult to overcome.
The struggle is real, my friends.
hate when i lose something and my parents says “well i guess u didnt care about it enough” like you’ve lost me in a grocery store before
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Two young women stand near a turning aircraft propeller, 1940.
Photograph by Luis Marden, National Geographic Creative