The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

And Then it was Ephemera #43




This fake passport for Adolf Hitler was made by the Special Operations Executive (SOE). The work of this group was to organize resistance in countries taken over by the Germans during the Second World War. After the war, examples of the documents they made were preserved to illustrate their work. SOE relied on the use of undercover agents or spies. They sent nearly 500 agents into France alone. To assist these agents, SOE ran a forgery section that made fake documents ranging from passports to firearms licences, travel permits and work passes. They often made use of the skills of counterfeiters and forgers recently released from prison. This passport shows what the forgers were capable of producing. It also hints at their sense of humour and their opinion of Hitler and his beliefs. They’ve given Hitler’s passport a red ‘J’ (which stood for ‘Jew’ on a German passport). He has a visa allowing his entry into Palestine, which was under British control at that time. The passport also describes Hitler’s occupation as a ‘painter’. Under distinguishing features, they list his ‘little mustache’.

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