Armistice Day After 100 Years: How a Trade War Over Pigs Led to ‘A War to End All Wars’

by Jonathan Spira

The Great War – also known as the First World War – ended at 5 a.m. on November 11, 1918 when an armistice with Germany was signed at Compiègne, a small city in northern France.
At 11 a.m. on November 11 – “the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” – a ceasefire came into effect, ending “a war to end all wars.”
Prior to that, the collapse of …

Thoughts and Reflections on the Occasion of the 80th Anniversary of the Kristallnacht

by S Franklin Spira

Today is the 80th anniversary of the Novemberpogrome, or Kristallnacht. I was a 14 year-old boy then and my parents and I never thought of emigrating until the Kristallnacht, even though Jews were gradually being deprived of their rights before then. At that point, it became clear that my parents and I could no longer remain in our homeland.
March 13, 1938 was of course the Anschluß. The Austrian Chancellor, Kurt …

Sunday is Veterans Day: Here’s What’s Open and What’s Closed

by Jesse Sokolow

Veterans Day in the United States, a holiday that honors military veterans, falls on Sunday this year.  The holiday coincide with Armistice Day and Remembrance Day in other countries, both marking the anniversary of the end of the First World War in 1918, as an armistice ending all hostilities went into effect at the11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.  Armistice Day was observed in …

Review and Test Drive: 2018 Volkswagen Passat GT

by Paul Riegler

I’ve always had a soft spot for the Volkswagen that was first introduced in the United States as the Dasher in 1974.It was mechanically identical to the Audi 80, while the five-door Passat wagon was in America as the Audi Fox.
One of the things that attracted me to the Passat was its identity crisis. The sedan version of the second-generation Passat was sold as the Santana in Europe and as …

British Airways Club Europe Business Class London-Munich – Flight Review

by Jonathan Spira

Terminal 5 at London Heathrow was quiet and relatively empty when I arrived at 7:30 a.m. for a flight to Munich. While ultra modern in appearance, Terminal 5 is functionally obsolete as a result of a dramatic and unanticipated increase in passenger volume since its opening in 2008.
Since I already had my boarding pass in my Apple Wallet on my iPhone, I followed signs for Fast Track for the security …

Helpful Words and Phrases for Travelers in French, German, Italian, and Spanish

by Anna Breuer

While it isn’t always possible for travelers to become fluent in the language(s) of the country or countries they are visiting, it is essential to learn a few simple words.
We recommend travelers learn – at a minimum – how to say “please,” “thank you,” “excuse me,” as well as greetings for good morning and good day before visiting a country.
Although travelers will encounter many English-speaking people while traveling, especially at …

Carlene Roberts Lawrence, First Woman to Join Ranks of Airline Industry Executives, Dies at 105

by Anna Breuer

Carlene Roberts Lawrence, who became the first woman to hold an executive-level position in the airline industry after having worked her way up from a $150-a-month secretarial position, died on Monday at the age of 105.
Ms. Lawrence, then Carlene Roberts, began her career in the airline industry when she joined American Airlines in Chicago as a secretary. When American Airlines shifted its headquarters from Chicago to New York in …