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uLetters to the editor
1547 - Death of England's King Henry VIII,
who is succeeded by his nine-year-old son,
1596 - Death of British navigator Sir Francis
Drake o the coast of Panama.
1689 - Britain's parliament declares that James
II has abdicated.
1807 - London's Pall Mall becomes the rst
street to be illuminated by gaslight.
1871 - Paris surrenders to Germans
after a bitter siege.
1878 - e rst commercial
telephone switchboard goes
into operation in New Haven,
1885 - British relief force reaches
Khartoum, and the Sudan is evacuated.
1939 - Death of William Butler Yeats, poet,
dramatist and Nobel Literature prize winner.
1980 - Six US diplomats who avoided being
taken hostage at their embassy in Tehran y out
of Iran with the help of Canadian diplomats.
1986 - Space shuttle Challenger explodes
moments after lifto from Cape Canaveral,
Florida, killing all seven crew members.
1988 - Soviet spy Klaus Fuchs dies.
uWest Coast yesteryear
uToday in history
John Barclay, Scottish satirist (1582-1621);
John Baskerville, English typographer (1716-
1775); Sir Henry Morton Stanley,
British explorer (1841-1904); Jose
Marti, Cuban revolutionary (1853-
1895); Jackson Pollack, US artist
(1912-1956); Acker Bilk, musician-
composer (1929-); Alan Alda, US
actor (1936-); Nicolas Sarkozy,
former French President (1955-);
Sarah McLachlan, Canadian singer-composer
(1968-); Rakim, US rapper (1968-); Joey
Fatone, US singer and tv presenter (1977-);
Nick Carter, US singer of Backstreet Boys
fame (1980-); Elijah Wood, US actor (1981-).
"A teacher a ects eternity; he can never tell
where his in uence stops." --- Henry Brooks
Adams, American historian and author
"Contribute to the needs of the Saints; extend
hospitality to strangers." --- (Romans 12:13).
Catholic Bishop of
Christchurch and the
which includes the West Coast, the Most
Rev Edward Michael Joyce, died suddenly in
Christchurch early this morning. A man widely
respected for his work in the church and for his
humility, Bishop Joyce died in the presbytery of
the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament after a
short illness. He was in his 60th year and had
spent almost 14 years as bishop.
His death also robbed Christchurch
Catholics of a man dedicated to the principles
of the great liberals of the modern Roman
Catholic Church, Pope John and Pope Paul.
He was extremely interested in implementing
the directions of Pope John XXIII and had
plans to introduce them in Christchurch. His
plans were closely linked with his humanitarian
qualities, for he was a man who intensely
enjoyed meeting people from within and
outside his church.
e troublesome Blackball road-rail bridge
is to be closed again. It will be shut to tra c
tomorrow and on ursday to enable repairs
to be continued, according to a representative
of the engineering section of New Zealand
Railways here. e bridge was damaged by
ooding on January 7 and was opened for the
rst road and rail tra c since then on Sunday
Coal from the Blackball area was being
moved by rail from yesterday for the rst time
since the start of the mine's working year a
fortnight ago. For the past fortnight the mine's
production had been placed in the bins so the
bridge closure had not caused any loss of work.
uToday s birthdays
uFood for thought
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One black-and white
photo shows Heinrich
Himmler on an idyllic
family outing, holding
his wife's hand while his
blond, pigtailed daughter
is picking owers.
Others show the SS Nazi leader feeding
a little fawn or taking a bath at Lake
Tegernsee near his home in Bavaria.
e family-friendly, intimate scenes
are part of a previously unseen collection
of photos, recipe books and about 700
letters and notes believed to be written
by Himmler, one of the Nazis most
responsible for the Holocaust.
Excerpts from the collection appeared
in seven full pages of the German
paper Welt am Sonntag recently. ey
contain large-sized images of Himmler
surrounded by his family and excerpts
from his love letters to wife Marga,
calling her "my sweet, beloved little
e newspaper said the material is part
of an eight-part series it plans to publish.
Welt said it was approached three years
ago by Israeli lm director Vanessa Lapa,
whose family had the documents in its
possession. Welt said the documents'
authenticity has been independently
veri ed by historians.
e paper said two United States Army
soldiers found the trove right at the end
of the war in May 1945, inside a safe in
Himmler's home in Bavaria.
Decades later, in the 1980s, the papers
surfaced in Israel in the hands of
Holocaust survivor Chaim Rosenthal.
Welt says it is not clear how he obtained
the papers. Rosenthal kept them until
2007, when he sold the documents to
Vanessa Lapa's father, who then gave
them to his daughter.
Lapa will debut a documentary she
directed on the Himmler les at next
month's Berlin International Film
Almost 70 years after the end of the
ird Reich, the documents provide an
unprecedented glimpse into the private
life of Himmler and evidence of his
Himmler's hatred of Jews was shared
by his wife. In their correspondence, they
both often refer to Jews in derogatory
terms and in a letter from June 21, 1928,
Himmler writes to Marga: "Don't be
upset about those Jews, good, good wife,
if only I could help you."
Ten years later, Marga writes in a diary
entry on November 14, 1938, " ose
Jews, when will that pack nally leave
us so that we can enjoy our lives again,"
according to Sunday's Welt.
In the midst of World War Two, when
many Germans spent their nights at
shelters hiding from the bomb raids of
the Allied forces, the letters show the
privileged life of the Nazis' top families.
Welt quotes from letters saying
that Himmler was sending his family
chocolate and cheese while the rest of
the population was barely sur viving
on allotted food stamps. In May 1942,
Himmler brought his wife and daughter
from the Netherlands "fruit, vegetables
and 150 tulips ... striped, jagged, two-
colored, one color such that you can't see
e writings also trace Himmler's career
from the early beginnings and rise of the
Nazis in the 1920s, all the way to the
genocide of Europe's Jews in the 1940s.
Himmler does not explicitly write about
the atrocities of World War Two. But
small letter fragments and quotes reveal
his involvement often shocking in the
banality of its evilness as when he writes
to his wife "I'm going to Auschwitz,
kisses, yours Heini."
Before going on an inspection tour of
various death camps in occupied Poland,
where he wanted to watch the gassing
of hundreds of Jews rsthand, Himmler
wrote on July 15, 1942, to his wife.
"In the next days, I will be in Lublin,
Zamosch, Auschwitz, Lemberg and then
at a new accommodation," he said. "I'm
curious if and how it will work out with
(talking on) the phone. . . . Have good
days with our daughter. Lots of love and
kisses. Yours Pappi."
Haim Gertner, the director of the
Yad Vashem Archives Division in
Israel, which houses one of the biggest
collections on documents about the
Holocaust, praised the release of the
" e collection is important because
the question of how the Holocaust was
humanly possible is still in the air since
the end of the war," he said in a telephone
inter view with e Associated Press from
He said even the private writings of
a leading gure in the Nazi hierarchy
would not allow anyone to fully
understand how human beings were
capable of conducting the Holocaust.
But, Gertner said, " e private writings
with his family enable us to compare
between someone who lives a seemingly
normal life in private, while at the same
time he is a leading mass murderer in
Himmler committed suicide on May 23,
1945, in Lueneburg, Germany, after he
was captured by British forces. --- AP
Heinrich Himmler and family --- as you have not seen them before.
Himmler family man
Lorde and her entourage were on the
guest list for all the hot post-Grammy
parties last night after her double win
--- but the 17-year-old was sticking to
Her manager, Scott MacLachlan, who
was sitting with the New Zealand singing
sensation in the third row at the music
world's biggest awards ceremony, had just
left the Staples Centre and was trying to
organise the teenager when he spoke to
the Herald from Los Angeles.
"It's strange, it's business as usual.
We're just getting everyone together to
go to the after-show party . . . so it's just
logistics and getting everything right, but
obviously we're stoked for Ella and the
whole team, and the record company and
"She's pretty chu ed. She's just had to
have a quick costume change . . . and then
we'll all go together."
e teenager is too young to drink
alcohol in the United States and said
backstage that she was planning to spend
the night "drinking a lot of sparkling
Lorde --- real name Ella Yelich-
O'Connor --- added that she was "stoked"
about her wins.
Asked about her music and style being
unconventional, she said: "Yeah, this time
the weirdo won out."
She also revealed she had big plans for
2014, but refused to give away what
they were, saying simply: "You will nd
e group with Lorde, including her
parents, Sonja and Vic O'Connor, her
boyfriend, James Lowe, and producer
and joint Grammy winner Joel Little and
his family, were staying at a hotel just o
Sunset Boulevard in west Hollywood.
ey were to attend the after-party for
Lorde's label, Universal Music, as well as
a Republic Records party and a function
hosted by fellow winners Daft Punk.
" ere are multiple parties," Mr
MacLachlan said. "We'll try and make
our own one at the hotel as well, if we
make it. You run the gauntlet a little bit
at these parties and a lot of people want
to say hello and congratulate Ella, so we'll
just see how we go."
He said the fact Lorde won two gongs,
for best pop solo performance and
song of the year, which made her the
youngest New Zealander to win a gilded
gramophone, was still sinking in.
"To be honest, when I open the Los
Angeles Times tomorrow morning, it will
sink in a bit more. I'm sure there'll be
some information in there (on her) and I
would have had 12 hours to digest it.
"It's a massive amount of relief and
excitement and fun, but you have a huge
amount of disbelief as well because the
whole situation is pretty surreal."
Little said he and Lorde had been
congratulated by rapper Jay-Z and
director Quentin Tarantino.
"You're just like, 'What the hell is going
on?' and, ' is is really strange'," he told
e former Goodnight Nurse singer
said they "could never have imagined"
they would win.
"It's one of those things, for whatever
reason, a guy that spent 10 years in a
pop-punk band and a 15-year-old kid
connected and somehow managed to
write an amazing song."
e group are to leave Los Angeles
for Auckland today, in time for Lorde's
homecoming concert tomorrow at Silo
Park on the waterfront. She was to
have performed at yesterday's Laneway
Festival but the schedule clashed with the
As a two-time Grammy winner, Lorde
may now be able to double her concert
ticket prices and will likely receive a
major nancial boost to her career.
It is known in the industry as a
'Grammy Bounce'. Bahamian singer
Rihanna's fee doubled after she won her
rst Grammy in 2008, jumping from
$182,000 to $364,000, according to
American business magazine Forbes.
e gures, from concert data provider
Pollstar, showed Bruno Mars had a 55%
increase from his 2011 Grammy win
and pop country star --- and new friend
of Lorde --- Taylor Swift had a gain of
380% with her 2010 Grammy win.
Lorde has already been forced to defend
her $69 ticket prices for her Silo Park
show. e price had already more than
doubled since her rst tour in May,
which included two intimate shows in
Auckland and Wellington. Tickets then
Last night, the star took to the stage
in a oor-length black dress by French
fashion house Balenciaga and appeared
shocked when her name was announced
for the best pop solo performance.
She thanked her fellow nominees,
Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, Justin
Timberlake and Sara Bareilles.
" is is the one thing that I did not
expect about tonight so thank you so
much . . . I've been inspired by all of your
vocal performances at some point in my
Along with co-writer and producer
Little, Lorde scooped best song for
After accepting the award from singing
legend Carole King and Bareilles,
Lorde praised Little, saying: "I probably
wouldn't be here if Joel wasn't here. is
guy's nurtured me through kind of my
rst years of song writing, which I will
forever owe him."
She added: " ank you to everyone
who has let this song explode, because it's
She also thanked her family and label,
Lorde lost out for record of the year to
Daft Punk and Pharell Williams for Get
Lucky, and her album Pure Heroine lost
to Bruno Mars' Unorthodox Dukebox for
pop vocal album.
She performed second at the ceremony,
after music power couple Jay Z and
Beyonce --- who she was seen chatting to
Lorde was introduced by host L L Cool
J, who said: " is young woman comes
from New Zealand, and has quickly
become a global sensation."
ere have been at least 10 Grammy
wins for New Zealanders, with the most
recent being Kimbra, who last year won
record of the year and best pop duo/
group with Australian musician
Gotye for Somebody at I Used to
e earliest win was Dame Kiri Te
Kanawa for e Marriage of Figaro, in
1984. --- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Lorde's double whammy Grammy
New Zealand pop singer Lorde poses backstage with her awards for song of the year and best pop solo performance also for Royals at the 56th annual Grammy Awards in
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