A Historical Musical

A clash of History and Music, arguably two of the most interesting and engaging past times.
Harry Johnson

J.G. Bartholomew, 1909, the Indian Empire
Einstein is perhaps the greatest mind of the 20th century and he and his most famous formular E=MC^2 are known by virtually everyone. Most people know he had a passion for the violin and that he started out life as a clerk in a patent office; but what most people don’t know, is that he cheated on both of his wives repeatedly. After splitting up with his first wife (because of his infidelity), he married his cousin Elsa. Shortly after that he had an affair with his secretary Betty Neumann. In a new volume of letters held by the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Einstein described about six women with whom he spent time and from whom he received gifts while being married to Elsa
Washington cleverly tricked congress into paying him obscene amounts of money

Washington cleverly tricked congress into paying him obscene amounts of money

Fact: Hitler was a tax evader
Recent research into papers relating to Hitler has uncovered the fact that when he became chancellor of Germany in 1934 he had evaded paying 405,500 million Reichsmarks in tax (6.3 million USD in today’s currency). Fortunately for Hitler, he was forgiven his tax debts when he was elected. It is believed that he earned 1.2 million Reichsmarks for sales of Mein Kampf alone, and avoided paying 600,000 Reichsmarks in tax on it. The official who forgave Hitler’s tax debt was “rewarded” with a 2,000 Reichsmarks per month tax free allowance (a huge amount considering teachers at the time were paid 4,800 per annum).

Fact: Hitler was a tax evader

Recent research into papers relating to Hitler has uncovered the fact that when he became chancellor of Germany in 1934 he had evaded paying 405,500 million Reichsmarks in tax (6.3 million USD in today’s currency). Fortunately for Hitler, he was forgiven his tax debts when he was elected. It is believed that he earned 1.2 million Reichsmarks for sales of Mein Kampf alone, and avoided paying 600,000 Reichsmarks in tax on it. The official who forgave Hitler’s tax debt was “rewarded” with a 2,000 Reichsmarks per month tax free allowance (a huge amount considering teachers at the time were paid 4,800 per annum).

British infantrymen guarding Bulgarian prisoners of war taken during the Anglo-French attack at Doiran, August 1916. A good study of the ‘summer’ uniform issued to British troops in the Balkans.

“The historian amputates reality”

Maybe one of the World’s craziest and most unapperciated hero’s- Captain Witold Pilecki voluntered to go to Aushwitz concentration camp so that he could spy on what the Germans were doing and report back to the allies. He stayed for 945 days but his reports of the mass killings were not belived untill the war was coming to the end, to top things of he was executed in 1948. Certainly not fair. 

Maybe one of the World’s craziest and most unapperciated hero’s- Captain Witold Pilecki voluntered to go to Aushwitz concentration camp so that he could spy on what the Germans were doing and report back to the allies. He stayed for 945 days but his reports of the mass killings were not belived untill the war was coming to the end, to top things of he was executed in 1948. Certainly not fair. 


A more recent Historic hero, Norman Bourlaug helped save one sixth of the worlds population from famine. Through the research of high-yield crops in third world countries. Nobel peace award winner.

A more recent Historic hero, Norman Bourlaug helped save one sixth of the worlds population from famine. Through the research of high-yield crops in third world countries. Nobel peace award winner.

An unsung hero- Irena Sendler. Smuggled and hid 2,500 children from a ghetto in Poland until the war was over.

An unsung hero- Irena Sendler. Smuggled and hid 2,500 children from a ghetto in Poland until the war was over.

Assault on Passchendaele 12 October - 6 November: A group of lightly wounded Canadians resting for a smoke near Heine pillbox.
First women to fly solo over the Atlantic. Amelia Earhart. 

First women to fly solo over the Atlantic. Amelia Earhart. 

A much younger and youthful Churchill.
Hitler meets a king.

Hitler meets a king.

“Grammar is the difference between knowing your shit and knowing you’re shit.”


German observation tower, Russia ca. 1917.