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  • I bought a book today. Doesn't seem like much. But I bought a book today.
    I will read the book at my leisure, because someone made that possible.
    The book I bought is not currently on the New York Times Best Sellers List

    I doubt very much that Oprah will profile it on her show.
    I don't expect that many
    will recognize the author or the title.
    But, I bought a book today that I will read
    at my leisure because someone made that possible.

    I visited Berlin today. We did a walking tour (by choice).
    So, it was Berlin at 90 miles an hour on foot. I didn't complain.
    I didn't complain that I had gotten up at 3:00 AM leaving Bamberg at 4
    That once I got on the bus, no one wanted to move their belongings
    so I could sit. I didn't complain. I couldn't complain. I wouldn't dream of
    complaining about my freedom.

    Not on this day. Not on this trip. Not at the expense of the millions who were ripped from
    their homes, their loved ones, their lives. Not at the expense of the
    defenders of freedom
    who gave their lives for freedom others would enjoy. Not today. I walked
    and saw and felt

    I couldn't scream, I couldn't cry, my voice was caught somewhere between
    outrage and horror. I saw the remnants of THE WALL, the vestiges of oppression in
    someone else's home town. So, I bought a book - *Leonardo's Judas* by Leo Perutz

    Although he was an accomplished mathematician, published his first book in
    1915, and worked in insurance, Perutz left Prague after the Anschluss, he fled to Tel Aviv
    but did not write again for 17 years and completed Leonardo's Judas in 1957 also the year he passed.

    So, I bought a book at Berlin's Humboldt University across the street from
    Bebelplatz, in the shadow of memories, that I will read, at my leisure
    because someone else made that possible
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