A day which changed my life….Forever

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It was exactly one year ago that I was driven from Carlow to Waterford Regional Hospital by my Aunt Margaret. That night would be the second time which my life would be changed indefinitely. The first night was the night in which my mother died in a tragic car accident on Halloween night.

While I expected to return back to my student residence that night, I would soon learn that I was very much wrong.  After I was checked into A&E they did the routine checks and then I had what I believe was a CT scan. What that would discover a large Brain Tumour. When I heard the news I could not take it in. I would suppose that I was so shocked that at the time I just couldn’t accept this. Furthermore I couldn’t understand the situation which I then found myself in.  was 25 year old, a final year English and history student, the timing just wasn’t right . I couldn’t accept it.So there I was with my aunt and cousin Gemma, waiting for a bed in the hospital on what seemed for me like D-day.

What I discovered from this cancer, which I fight every day, is that if you don’t feel okay or you feel that something is wrong then go  hospital or your local doctor if you trust them. Always get things checked out! And if you think a doctor may be wrong when they give their opinion than tell them what you think! Remember that everyone can be sometimes wrong. Finally when they ask you how you feel? Don’t say ‘’am I’m not that bad ‘’ because that is one mistake I made way too often.

So Friday, December 6th 2013, the night in which my nightmare was  truly reality.

26…..When I start to feel just a little over the hill.

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You would know it’s been a while since I did stop off here and say Hello and ask the peeps of the WordPress World how are yas? For When I tried to re-enter I was to discover that my password had escaped my mind…always a hard moment! Anyways, Do I hear you ask where have I been? (I’m in a library, my college library so it’s unlikely that I did actually hear that…but you get what I’m trying to say). Well the reason is that Chris, that would be me, has been so so…eh so busy lately that I simply was unable to offer the world my, not so wise, wisdom. Why am I busy? Because, as I may have mentioned here before, I’ve ventured back to Carlow College, Hoping to finally finish my frigging degree. So I’ve become a regular in this library trying to sort out my degree. However, at this moment my mind is too sleepy to study so WordPress you have me!

I suppose the reason I am lacking energy this evening is that I ventured out into the Carlow Nightlife last night. For I was seeking the bants and da Craic like and maybe a dance (Nightclub dancing ,which in Carlow I would define as just bopping up and down and frequent hand waving) to mostly pretty shizzy Nightclub music and off course to scramble on any gossip / mortification that may transpire during the night.

Well was there any mortification! Not in our group but I’m sure there was in Foundry (The Club which the students of Carlow frequent). Was it a boring night? Eh Emm no…I don’t think so. Well then was it was a good night…Oh em ah eh…I suppose the truth and correct answer would be No. So in short the night was okay….but I’m starting to think that now that I’m in my mid-twenties that I’ve lost my love of nightclubs and maybe fail to see the appeal that was there back in the good old days of my early twenties. Then again it may be just that I’m fed up of the very predictable nightlife scene of Carlow.

Honesty I hope it’s the latter, with a bit of luck the next night will …..Reignite the awesomeness of a good night out and on my walk home at 2am ….I’ll roar out (In my mind) What a F*$k8nG night!

Song I would like devote to Old me

Flash Back At 1990

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What was the Biggest Hit?

Ah sure the early 1990’s were romantic times. A time when love songs like this warmed all our little hearts. Well I may have only been wee little one at the time but hey I’m sure I bopped to Righteous Brothers – Unchained Melody.

 Box Office charts

It was the year in which Pretty women was walking down the street and Bruce Willis was shooting nearly everything up in Die Hard 2. Nevertheless, the biggest box office movie of the year was, Home Alone, which starred the superstar kid of the nineties Macaulay Culkin.

Here’s the trailer

The Year in Sport

Well it was the year when Jacks army marched into Italia ’90. The year which saw the boys in green first world cup. The World cup in Italy would see the Irish nation ignited with true excitement. If you weren’t even around I’m sure you’ve heard all about the event. It was truly the summer in which the country went just a little crazier than normal.

Here’s a quick revisit to the euphoria of Italia ’90

It would be the year before the introduction the Premiership and the final year in which Liverpool would end at the top the table and win the English league title. Oh and of course it was the year the Rebels done a Double, when winning both championships in Croke park .In doing so beating Meath in the football and Galway in the in hurling.

The Major Headlines of 1990

Nelson Mandela, famous for promoting a message of forgiveness and equality, was released from prison after 27 ½ years.

The Story of Nelsen Mandela :

On July 6th the long running cold war would be ended by the Western Alliance and would propose joint action with the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.

History would be made when the Irish electorate voted in Ireland‘s first female president. Mary Robinson became, on the 3rd of December, the 7th president of Ireland. Finally, 1990, would be the year in which Margaret Thatcher resigns as British Prime Minister.

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Three Tremendous Things

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It has been a while but your hero is back….and guess what I’m doing (…You may guess from the title), the always terrific and enriched with sarcasm, Three Tremendous Things.

 A Page Turner

I recently read my first Terry Pratchett book and I must say I am indeed quite ashamed that I did not find him earlier. The book I discovered recently by Mr Pratchett was Dodger. The story is set in 19th century London and the leading character Dodger who is a young adult who is sort of menace. He lives by the guides of law. But that is the law that he has determined and defined himself. He is most definitely not perfect although in reality, let’s be honest, who is? He is tosher…I shall not define this, however, I would recommend a quick google of this occupation, as it does not sound so elegant. Anyhow this no review, it just recommendation of a book by one the best fantasy writers around Terry Pratchett .So if you’re looking for something to read check out the Dodger

PS. And Charles Dickens features!

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Number One in Music Charts 25 years ago today was….

It was a get up and dance tune from Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers called Swing the Mood that was the big hit 25 years ago today.

An Inspirational Quote

‘’Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.’’

A wonderful quote from Maya Angelou

Oh and finally any one who would wish to question the fact that I’m their hero can contact me through Twitter @SirChrisDaRebel

 

 

Book Review: I was a boy in Belsen by Tomi Reichental

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The author of this book, Tomi Reichental, gives his first-hand account of the horror of the Jewish imprisonment in concentration camps during World War Two .As survivors continue to become increasingly rare, true and unique stories of the events of the Second World War become ever more so important. Stories of survivors of one of the biggest manmade disasters in the world’s history are very much invaluable.

There have been many books on what many would consider the worst atrocity to hit the world. Many which are based on different aspects of the tragic war. There have been books that have focused on the heroes; there have been those that have featured the horrific pain and suffering of those who fought the Nazi’s or those that tried to save the Jews. However the Tomi Reichental, I was a boy in Belsen, is a powerful nonfiction story of a young Jewish Slovenian child who would become trapped within a Nazi Regime during the most shocking war and would survive to tell us his precious but harrowing memories.

Tomi, his mother, brother grandmother and aunt and cousin ended up the Belsen concentration camp in the year 1944[1]. The reader is shown the barbarianism and cruelty the Jews suffered during the war when Tomi tells us how the Gestapo came across his 76-year-old grandmother in a shop in Bratislava. “She was betrayed as Jewish and the Nazis beat her up until she gave them details of her family, then one by one they found us all.’’ Here is where, Tomi aged only nine, new life of hell would commence. Tomi Reichental’s father was not captured with them at that time .His father would go on the run as the Jewish people of Slovakia were hunted. [2]

Reichental tells us the history of the Bersen- Belsen concentration camp   that began to operate in the year 1940 .It is revealed to the reader as one of the most horrendous concentration Camps of the second world war. Reichental writes why he has now come out with his valuable story of his childhood terror and sadness saying “not because I didn’t want to, but because I couldn’t”[3]. He tells us how the Jewish population in Slovakia began to rapidly deteriorate from 90,000 to 25000, as Hitler and the Nazis pushed to eliminate the Jewish people[4]. “We heard whispers filter through that our people were not going to camps but to gas chambers, but we could not believe such talk so we carried on and did what we were told by the Nazis. Things were worsening in our village and you could be shot on the spot if the Nazis suspected you were Jewish. But my father had many friends in the village who would warn us to hide if the Nazis were around. I remember a lot of hide-and-seek between 1942 and 1944 as we tried to avoid the devastation[5] writes Reichental.[6]

In May 1944 the family, without Tomi father, entered the Bersen-Belsen Camp. Previously to that year the camp would be just an area where the Jewish prisoners were held, however, in 1944 the camp would become a place where the prisoners were killed in massive numbers. It is thought that between 16,000 and 18000 were exterminated in the gas chambers of the camp. In the book the readers sees how parents would try to protect their children by preventing them from hearing of the expected final fate of the prisoners in the Concentration camp.

However, amongst psychological torment the Jews were forced to endure, they would suffer great physical deprivation .Be this through the cold, the inadequate clothing and needless to say the growing starvation that would continuously torment the camps prisoners. The author tells how he vividly remembers watching the corpse of his grandmother being thrown on top of a pile of rotting bodies as the other young children played obviously around them.

 

Reichental tells us how he had thought that his father had been taken to Auschwitz “My father was taken to Auschwitz. What I would later learn was that on route he jumped from the moving train with a Hungarian man and that is how he survived. [7]“We did not see him again until after the war as he joined the resistance against the Nazis

The readers sees how Tomi’s father who had tried to keep the farm going had been captured while simply just walking on the road. He tells though how his father survived by jumping from a train. How he was on a train with another man that had escaped several times cut open   their carriage and said ‘’ I’m going to jump, any of ye who want to survive should jump’’. [8]

The reader is told how bravely his father was the member of only 3 men who escaped a Nazi train by jumping .He explained why only three chose to escape as the dangers of jumping off a speedy train in the pitch dark , saying how they might of just jumped to their death. He explained how his family had begun to believe that they would never see his father   and how they had they had been shocked when a message arrived one day from their father which featured the words ‘’I’m alive’’.[9]

Furthermore,it is important on how Tomi tells of how when the war had ended it didn’t mean that attitudes had changed. It tells is that there was massacres happening for years afterwards and says how any Jew who planned to return to their home and retrieve their property from their neighbours would face the possibility of being shot as much as actually regaining what they had owned.[10]

I was a Boy in Belsen  is a book that truly contains some incredible images of one of the most disturbing periods in history. The horror of the book made by a man who lost 35 family relatives in the holocaust makes the story of his survival more incredible.[11]He explains how the deaths caused by starvation would be often slowly drawn out and be incredibly painful. Nevertheless Tomi Reichenal has managed to go through these atrocious experiences without, astoundingly holding any grudge against the ordinary German people. He of course recognises that many of the German’s, even though they may deny it, supported what happened. However he can forgive them, he recognises that forgiveness is better than hate. Which surely is something that many people and countries could follow.

In conclusion I was a boy in Belsen by Tomi Reichental is historic book written by a historic Holocaust survivor. Reichmann could be telling horrific horror story if one did not know it was much worse than a fictional horror, that the story was the frightful tragic reality of Hitler’s time in power. .After reading the book I personally felt that it was an invaluable and insightful historic Memoir of the author’s life. The book expresses brilliantly the sorrow and hurt of the Slovakian Jews in the war and tells the reader the astonishing struggle of his family who battled to survive in no doubt one of the most gruesome regimes in history. In addition the book expresses both the terror of life in a concentration camp while being inspired by his ability to forgive the German people. Finally for the above reasons I feel this was most definitely an amazing book that covers a extremely terrifying chapter of human history.[12]