Wednesday: Hili dialogue

This will be posted slightly late as I’m not yet feeling 100%, though better than yesterday. Sadly, August is on its way out, as today’s the last day of the month. And it’s the Day of Solidarity and Freedom in Poland, though freedom is on the wane there thanks to the right-wing government, closely allied to the Catholic Church.  On this day in 1939, the Nazis staged the “Gleiwitz incident”, a phony attack on a radio station near the Polish-German staged to look like an incident of Polish aggression against Germany. Hitler then used it as an excuse to invade Poland the next day, September 1, which marked the beginning of World War II. Here’s how far the Germans went to stage that attack (from Wikipedia):

To make the attack seem more convincing, the Germans used human props to pass them off as Polish attackers. They murdered Franciszek Honiok, a 43-year-old unmarried German Silesian Catholic farmer known for sympathizing with the Poles. He had been arrested the previous day by the Gestapo. He was dressed to look like a saboteur, then killed by lethal injection, given gunshot wounds, and left dead at the scene so that he appeared to have been killed while attacking the station. His corpse was subsequently presented to the police and press as proof of the attack.

In addition to Honiok, several prisoners from the Dachau concentration camp were drugged, shot dead on the site, and had their faces smashed up to make identification impossible. The Germans referred to them by the code phrase “Konserve” (“canned goods“). For this reason, some sources incorrectly refer to the incident as “Operation Canned Goods”. In an oral testimony at the trials, Erwin von Lahousen stated that his division of the Abwehr was one of two that were given the task of providing Polish uniforms, equipment, and identification cards, and that he was later told by Wilhelm Canaris that people from concentration camps had been disguised in these uniforms and ordered to attack the radio stations.

This is also the day in which Princess Diana, her boyfriend Dodi Fayed, and the driver were killed in the infamous car crash in Paris. That was in 1997: 19 years ago. Notables born on this day include two musicians, both born in 1945:  Van Morrison and Itzhak Perlman. Those who died on this day include Sally Rand (1979) and Henry Moore (1986). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, there’s a title to today’s dialogue, reflecting the vacillation of the animals:

 Cyrus: I’m going in, it’s too hot here.
Hili: It’s nice in the shade.
In Polish:
Ruch wahadłowy
Cyrus: Wracam do domu, tu jest za gorąco.
Hili: W cieniu jest sympatycznie.
 Out in Winnipeg, Gus demonstrates the typical way he lies down, what his owner Taskin calls “The Shoulder Roll”:


  1. Randall Schenck
    Posted August 31, 2016 at 7:28 am | Permalink

    Another interest bit from the History of WWII. Stalin did not just sit by for long as Germany invaded Poland, they also jumped in and attacked Poland from the east. Germany and Russia then divided Poland giving Russia eastern Poland. This deal caused Germany to begin the invasion of Russia roughly 200 miles further west than they would have otherwise. Another strategic error by Hitler, some say that lead to his defeat.

  2. Posted August 31, 2016 at 7:59 am | Permalink

    We called that the “flop over” when we were kids. Much favored by all cats I’ve know! 🙂

  3. Posted August 31, 2016 at 10:48 am | Permalink

    I know it’s not very respectful but I can’t hear about Diana Spencer without thinking of Mojo Nixon’s song “Drunk Divorced Floozy!” I absolutely loathe the idea that there is still royalty in this modern age and think they should all be pitched out of their palaces on their rears and be told to get jobs.

  4. JohnnieCanuck
    Posted August 31, 2016 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

    In the YouTube suggestions at the end of the Gus roll, I found his anniversary video called White Cat Rag. It features the Earless and Fearless one throughout his first year with his new staff.

  5. Posted August 31, 2016 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

    When my mistress Maria-cat wants her belly rubbed, she uses Gus’ technique. That’s the cue for her devoted humans to stroke the lovely tabby belly, gold with brown/gray spots. But when she rolls over all the way on her back, look out! Mauling and rabbit-kicks to follow, and the human hand will end up slightly bloody. (She actually tries to be gentle, but she hasn’t figured out how fragile human flesh really is.)

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