People who I have found interesting or who have had an influence of some sort on my life. In some cases the influence is how not to live. In other cases I can learn lessons from the lives of these people.
True Story – American troops, Wehrmacht, SS and French Prisoners defending a medieval castle against SS Troops.
The Battle for Castle Itter, a really strange battle, occurred at the end of World War Two. Wehrmacht soldiers fought alongside U.S. troops against the Waffen SS. They were protecting high ranking French prisoners who had been held at the castle.
Witold Pilecki was a Polish Officer who formed a resistance army after the Nazis invaded Poland. He volunteered to be captured and imprisoned in the Auschwitz death camp to gather intelligence. As a prisoner, he passed information to the Allies regarding the truth of the camp. He helped the prisoners as best as he could and eventually escaped.
In 1986, Cliff Stoll was an Astronomy Professor at Berkley. When a computer administrator was on leave, Cliff was in charge of the systems. He found a 75 cent accounting error and started tracking it down. He eventually exposed a Soviet Bloc hacker who was stealing US Military secrets. His book, The Cuckoo’s Egg details the security issues that allowed the hacker to penetrate some of the most secure systems. The problem is that these vulnerabilities still exist today.
Isambard Kingdom Brunel was a British engineer who left an amazing legacy in his 53 short years. This was the time of the Industrial Revolution. He had vision and drive far beyond most men. His works included Ships, Bridges, Tunnels and Railroads. Most of his works were larger than life such as the amazing Great Eastern Steamship.
What do you do when you are outnumbered 40 to 1 and thugs are going to gang rape an 18 year old girl in front of her parents?