Sunny weather and the start of the history lesson I´ve promised.
I´m just waiting for the two windows at the upper floor to dry up after I washed and scraped them early this morning. The one heading towards north east is probably already dry but since the sun shines at it at the moment it´s to hot to paint in yet. The one heading towards south west is still rather wet but it must dry up soon because it´s not good if the sun shines towards it while the paint is drying. Life is complicated isn´t it 🙂
The rain never came yesterday as most weather forecasts had predicted, well that is a bit of a lie actually. I think that four drops of rain hit my face late in the evening 🙂 🙂 🙂 But since the weather was fairly nice I continued with the area around the pond instead. I brought out the wood chipper, it isn´t a wood chipper really it is a compost grinder but it makes perfect wood chips.
So I placed the ground cloth as good as I could and started to cover it with wood chips. It still isn´t finished but You can see in the photographs how it will look when it is. I can´t plant anything here until earliest next year. Because if I open up the ground cloth those plants still living beneath it will get a chance to grow up. But I hope that most of the roots down there in the ground will have died by next summer.
I promised to write some about our history during WW2 so I´ll start today. I can´t promise I´ll write about this every day because I want this to be as right as possible so I´ll have to do a lot of research and now it seems the weather will stabilize that much that I can continue with the painting of my cottage. See this as a history lesson light 🙂 But I will start with something happening before the war, it actually started after the first world war.
By that time all over the idea that the white man was superior towards the rest was wide spread all over Europe (as well as in the U.S.A.) there were some private funded institutes that only had that field to study (already by 1909 the swedish society for racial hygiene was founded by the way) . But we went a bit further here in Sweden I´m afraid. In 1922 the State institute for racial biology was founded after a motion in the swedish parliament, the first one in the world. Almost everyone in the parliament, from the right to the left, thought it was a super great idea.
They worried about why people with less good qualities? gave birth to more children than the “proper” people did. People they didn´t like was gypsies, traveller communities and our own native people the Sami. They were worried that these people sooner or later would take over and therefore sort of give the proper people less good qualities. They did “scientific” things like measuring the size of the less wanted people heads??!! They sterilized less wanted people by force, the insanity of those days are scaring!!
The head of this institute is said to have been fired 1936 when it showed the institute had come a bit to close to what Nazis believed. Here is a 1939 quote from the Associate Professor Bertil Lundmark that worked at the institute: “It would just be so, that the Nordic tribes who formed the Indo-Europeans, was sharply aware of their mental and physical superiority, and not tolerate any adulteration. (…) One feature of gipsy blood even in strong dilution often seems purely destructive on the individual’s moral (less its intellectual) content. (..) Pro primo, unfortunately, racial hygienehardly get much further than that it keeps the worst grades of degeneration or less back. ”
By reading that quote You´ll understand how people was thinking in this country when the war started. The Nazi party never became especially big here, there weren´t much use for it really when even the left wing parties already had much the same thoughts. But This must be said, the idea of concentration camps never occurred here! Nor was the hate towards Jews that big back then. This is something they really doesn´t talk much about in history lessons. It isn´t nice to show the insanity that ruled in this little country is it!
Well it is time to see if the windows are dry enough to start painting. Have a great day!