It is just after 7 this morning and still dark. I have the window open and can see nothing. However I can hear the water slapping at the rocks.

Yesterday was a relatively quiet one.

A late lunch at the Yacht club and then read the papers.

My nephew Jimmy called yesterday afternoon. He is my sister Joan’s son. He was in town for the weekend. We agreed to meet later at Antonia’s for dinner.

I have not seen Jimmy for a couple of years. It was good to be with him again.

Jimmy is an air controller. Out of Miami. He has been at it for a long time now. He has become active in union affairs and is President of the air controllers’ union for the Miami area. He is considering running for national office.

An interesting career. An interesting young man.

Buchanan’s book keeps running through my mind. Such stimulation! Again I suggest you read it.

The one glaring failure of the book is how it deals with the holocaust. It does not. It sort of passes over it.

Hitler had already evidenced his hatred for the Jews during the 1930s in Germany itself. Poland became key in Hitler’s conquest plans. England got into the war with Germany over a treaty it had with the Poles to defend Poland in case of attack.

Buchanan takes the position the treaty was a stupid move on England’s part as England had only 2 military divisions at the time and Germany over 70. In effect, England promised something it could not deliver, to wit: the defense of Poland.

Buchanan views the Poland defense treaty as a far worse move than what Chamberlan did at Munich.

As we know, Germany invaded Poland. England came into the war. England could not save Poland. Poland fell.

Now for what Buchanan’s book fails to talk about. The Warsaw Ghetto!

Polish Jews sought refuge in a certain area of Warsaw. The Germans confined them to that area. In the end there was a long and bloody battle by the Jews against the Germans. One of the heroic battles of history!

I do not recall any mention of the Warsaw Ghetto in the book. If it was there, it had to be a miniscule reference for me not to recall it.

My point is that Buchanan failed to tie into his otherwise detailed and most interesting analysis Hitler’s position re the Jewish people. There is some reference in the book to it, but not enough. It is sort of a gloss over.

I find the failure to more fully develop and analyze the holocaust the one failure of the book. It would have been interesting to know Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin’s thought processes on the issue. We are aware of Hitler’s without even reading the book.

I promise to speak no more of Buchanan’s book!

A few more 1955 comments.

…..I never thought I’d see the day all our kitchen appliances would be electric. They are even making electric typewriters now.

…..It’s too bad things are so tough nowadays. I see where a few married women are having to work to make ends meet.

…..The drive-in restaurant is convenient in nice weather, but I seriously doubt they will ever catch on.

Well, the sun has apparently come up! But I cannot see it. Too many clouds. Very gray outside.

Enjoy the day.

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