Friday, 19 March 2010

Should Apollo 11 landing site be named a UNESCO World Heritage Site?

Should the Apollo 11 landing site be named a UNESCO World Heritage Site?
Philip Bethge reports in Der Spiegel on how California has recently named the remains of the Apollo 11 mission, which include four urine containers, airsickness bags, a Hasselblad camera and lunar overshoes, a state ‘Historical Resource’. Moon archaeologists hope that the Apollo 11 landing site will in the future be named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
For further information on the Apollo space programme, read AndrĂ© Balogh’s article Above and Beyond: The Apollo Space Race to the Moon published in History Today in June 2009.

Publication of Bloody Sunday report delayed
We reported on Wednesday on the expected upcoming publication of Lord Saville’s report of the Bloody Sunday enquiry. According to The Times, however, the publication may be delayed until after the general election. Ministers have requested a security check on the document in order to ensure that no human rights are breached, that individuals such as informants cannot be identified and that national security is safeguarded.
In Coming to Terms with the Past: Northern Ireland Richard English argues that historians have a practical and constructive role to play in today’s Ulster.

Historic march in Red Square
Tony Halpin reports in The Times on the recent announcement that British soldiers will march in the Red Square with Russian troops, for the first time, in a Victory Day parade on May 9th to mark the 65th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. French and American troops are also due to join the parade.

J.D. Salinger letters rediscovered
Jerome D. Salinger died in January, aged 91. A series of letters written from 1945 to 1969 to his friend Werner Kleeman, who he met in Devonshire in March 1944 when the Allies were preparing for the D-Day landings, have recently been rediscovered. They provide fascinating insights into the life and character of the enigmatic author who went into seclusion shortly after he published The Catcher in the Rye, in 1951.
Spiegel Online has analysed the letters in depth and interviewed Kleeman. Marc Pitzke reports.

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