Goodenough Gismo

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    This is the classic children's book, Goodenough Gismo, by Richmond I. Kelsey, published in 1948. Nearly unavailable in libraries and the collector's market, it is posted here with love as an "orphan work" so that it may be seen and appreciated -- and perhaps even republished, as it deserves to be. After you read this book, it won't surprise you to learn that Richmond Irwin Kelsey (1905-1987) was an accomplished artist, or that as Dick Kelsey, he was one of the great Disney art directors, breaking your heart with "Pinocchio," "Dumbo," and "Bambi."

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Amba -

Here's a Sugihara documentary available from PBS. Also, a film called Visas and Virtue won the Oscar for Best Short several years ago. It is available here. Interestingly enough, even though it won an Oscar, this reviewer said it was not a film she would recommend for schools.

Also, are you familiar with John Rabe? Kind of the flip-flop of Sugihara in that he was a German who helped save residents of Nanking from Japanese atrocities.



I saw an excellent exhibit on Sugihara at one of the Holocaust museums, it must have been the big one in Washington. I'm surprised there hasn't been a "Schinder's List" type of film about him. But they'd probably get someone like Christian Bale to play him rather than an actual Japanese person.

I'm just as fascinated by John Rabe, the person mentioned in the above comment. Wow, what a story. Imagine writing to Hitler to complain about atrocities happening in another country.

I always held out hope that Raoul Wallenberg would be found alive, especially when the Soviet Union collapsed. But at this point he'd be 93 so it seems highly unlikely. Maybe he really did die in Russian captivity in 1947 as some people there claimed.

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