Thursday, 7 August 2014

The Daily Teaser — 7-8-2014: Mauthausen … 

You know, I’m sure I set my alarm for six!

I’ve an early start, I though to myself, when I set the thing.

Oh, yes, I know what’s gone on!

I got up … and reset it for 6:30 … !!

I’ve got plenty of time to get to the job centre … !

Yeah … sure … right … 

Either way … ?   Well, either way, I’ve got to got to the Job Centre, today: I’m doing my job-searching, there, today.

We’d better get a move on, hadn’t we … ?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi* putting in her answers: and scoring four out of six.

Let’s see how everyone does with today’s questions, shall we?   Here they are, along with the How ToLicense and video … 

Q1) 7th August saw construction begin on the Mauthausen Concentration Camp: in which year of the 1930s … ?
Q2) In which European country was Mauthausen … ?
Q3) Mauthausen was intended as one of the toughest camps possible, and labelled what: Grade One, Two or Three … ?
Q4) The camp was physically built by inmates from which camp: Dachau, Buchenwald or Belsen … ?
Q5) Which famous Nazi hunter was a survivor of Mauthausen … ?
Q6) Brian Stonehouse was one of the few British prisoners of the camp: captured on a mission for which wartime organisation … ?
Q7) Jewish people were famously persecuted in camps like Mauthausen.   Along with members of which nomadic ethnic group … ?
Q8) Mauthausen was notoriously used as a source of slave labour for German companies, making over how many Reichsmarks: ten million, eleven million or twelve million … ?
Q9) Which German pharmaceutical company had a factory in the Mauthausen camp … ?
Q10) Finally … what’s the legal term for the sort of mass murder practiced at German camps … ?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 6th August, 1914, saw the Austro-Hungarian Empire declare war … on which country … ?
A1) Russia.
Q2) The same day also saw the Empire’s archenemy — Serbia — declare war on which country … ?
A2) Germany.
Q3) 6th August, 1806, saw Francis 2nd abdicate his position: as Emperor of which empire?
A3) The Holy Roman Empire.   (He was still Emperor of Austria, at this point … )
Q4) NASA’s Curiosity Rover landed on 6th August, 2012.   Where?
A4) Mars.   (According to tests Curiosity carried out in February of last year — 2013 — Mars was once capable of sustaining microbial life.   Wouldn’t you love to have seen that … ?)
Q5) Jamaica became independent from the UK: on 6th August, 1960.   Which Jamaican sporting team were the inspiration for the film, Cool Runnings?
A5) The original Jamaican Bobsleigh team.
Q6) Finally … 6th August, 1971, saw Chay Blythe arrive back in Britain after his record breaking around the world sailing trip.   How long did it take: 292 days, 392 days or 492 days?
A6) 292 days.   It was also notable because Blythe went from east to west: AGAINST the prevailing tides and currents.
I’ll leave you with this … 

And this thought …
“We who survived the Camps are not true witnesses.   We are those who, through prevarication, skill or luck, never touched bottom.   Those who have, and who have seen the face of the Gorgon, did not return, or returned wordless.”
Primo Levi  31st July 1919 to 11th April 1987.
Enjoy your day … 

*        Phew!   Now … You’re right, Debbi, The Musketeers is definitely fun! (I’ve never read the original books: but it strikes me Porthos is spot on!)

1 comment:

Debbi said...

I've never read the books, either, but I might now. :)

1. 1938
2. Austria
3. Three
4. Dachau
5. Simon Wiesenthal
6. The Special Operations Executive
7. gypsies
8. eleven million
9. Bayer
10. genocide