The Real Inglorious Bastards

This is the incredible true story behind Quentin Tarantinos film Inglorious Basterds a group of Jewish-American refugees of Nazi Germany who boldly went behind enemy lines for vengeance. As a teenager Hans Wijnberg is sent to America from Holland to escape Nazi aggression and Fred Mayer and his family flee Germany at the onset of war. Both enlist in the U.S. army and are recruited by the OSS.

But for their daring mission Operation Greenup investigating the Nazi stronghold of Tyrol in the Austrian alps they need an inside man – POW and Tyrol native Franz Weber a former officer and conscientious deserter from the Austrian Wehrmacht. Through vivid first-person accounts from the extraordinary OSS veterans gripping dramatic reconstructions CGI and archive the intrepid trios hair-raising Operation Greenup is brought to life revealing one of the most successful and daring covert operations of World War Two.

The True Story Of Moby Dick

In July of 1852, a 32-year-old novelist named Herman Melville had high hopes for his new novel, Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, despite the book’s mixed reviews and tepid sales. That month he took a steamer to Nantucket for his first visit to the Massachusetts island, home port of his novel’s mythic protagonist, Captain Ahab, and his ship, the Pequod. Like a tourist, Melville met local dignitaries, dined out and took in the sights of the village he had previously only imagined.

And on his last day on Nantucket he met the broken-down 60-year-old man who had captained the Essex, the ship that had been attacked and sunk by a sperm whale in an 1820 incident that had inspired Melville’s novel. Captain George Pollard Jr. was just 29 years old when the Essex went down, and he survived and returned to Nantucket to captain a second whaling ship, Two Brothers. But when that ship wrecked on a coral reef two years later, the captain was marked as unlucky at sea—a “Jonah”—and no owner would trust a ship to him again. Pollard lived out his remaining years on land, as the village night watchman.

http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/history/2013/03/the-true-life-horror-that-inspired-moby-dick/

Shearing Sheep (Heart’s Content)

Newfoundland Folkways #02
Tolson Rendell is a traditional farmer in Heart’s Content, Newfoundland who has been rearing sheep since 1968. For shearing he uses simple tools and methods that he learned as a young boy by watching a community elder by the name of Mrs. Eva George. It usually takes him two hours to fully shear a sheep, and he uses scissors rather than electric shears because he believes them to be safer for the animal. Scissors, rope, dedication, and respect for the animal is all you need, but still, it isn’t an easy job. This video is about both the waning traditional skill of shearing, and the important relationship Tolson develops with his animals.
Special thanks to the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador for their contribution to this video project.
Material gathered by Lisa Wilson and assembled by Justin Oakey
Music borrowed from Bukkene Bruse
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