Happy 121st Birthday, Ernst Jünger

“Today only the person who no longer believes in a happy ending, only he who has consciously renounced it, is able to live. A happy century does not exist; but there are moments of happiness, and there is freedom in the moment.” ― Ernst Jünger, The Glass Bees

Happy 195th Birthday, Anna Sewell

"My doctrine is this, that if we see cruelty or wrong that we have the power to stop, and do nothing, we make ourselves sharers in the guilt."

Happy Birthday, Anna Sewell, the author of Black Beauty.

March 30, 1820 (Great Yarmouth, UK) - April 25, 1878

Portrait of Karl Radek

from The Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Library.

from The Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Library.

“Life provides material for its agitation which makes its general views comprehensible to the masses.” - Karl Radek

Karl Radek was a prominent figure of the Communist International (Komintern or III International).

Born in Ukraine in 1885, Karl Radek was a revolutionary. He joined Lenin during his exile in Switzerland ; after the October Revolution, he came back to Russia and became Vice-Commissar for Foreign Affairs. In 1920, he became the Secretary of the Komintern. A political opponent of Grigori Zinoviev, he was ousted from the Executive Committee of the Communist International in 1924. A supporter of Trotsky, he was seen with suspicion by Stalin, and was expelled from the Party in 1927. However, he regained a political influence in the early 1930s, becoming Stalin's foreign policy advisor. He collaborated in the preparation of the Soviet Constitution in 1935, but the following year he was charged with treason in Stalin's Great Purge, and sentenced to imprisonment. He disappeared in 1939, while in prison.

The document is a reproduction of a photo made by photographer V. Shabel'skii.