Archive for WWII

Dorfman’s group testing

Posted in Books, Kids, Statistics, Travel with tags , , , , , , , , on April 9, 2020 by xi'an

A recent note by CREST researchers insists on using group testing to compensate for the shortage of test packages and testing personal, as done in several countries, towards deconfining individuals who are not infected. Or who are exhibiting the right antibodies.  Reminding me of my first entry to the notion, in Feller’s book, of the method implemented by Robert Dorfman to test for syphilis prior to enlisting potential WW II soldiers. I would deem the idea useful for surveys, in identifying the proportion of infected or immunised persons, maybe less for giving the green light to leave one’s house as the logistics of merging the tests while keeping track of every individual could prove impossible.

Juno Beach [jatp]

Posted in pictures, Travel with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 2, 2019 by xi'an

God save the Queen, the fascist Marine

Posted in Statistics with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 11, 2017 by xi'an

“C’est un acte belliqueux, c’est sûr. Un acte d’ingérence, c’est clair. Mais ce qui est surtout problématique, c’est qu’il est fait sans attendre l’ouverture de l’enquête internationale. Les faits sont affreux, il faut donc trouver les coupables. Mais encore faut-il qu’une commission internationale puisse mener une enquête indépendante pour pouvoir donner des éléments. Là, il n’y a aucun élément”  8 avril 2017

“La France n’est pas responsable du Vel’ d’Hiv. Je pense que de manière générale, plus généralement d’ailleurs, s’il y a des responsables, c’est ceux qui étaient au pouvoir à l’époque, c’est pas la France.” 9 avril 2017

snapshot from Vienna (#2)

Posted in pictures, Running, Travel with tags , , , , , on September 23, 2014 by xi'an


Berlin impressions

Posted in pictures, Travel with tags , , , on July 7, 2011 by xi'an

Even I stayed just a few days in Berlin, I was quite impressed by its congenial atmosphere, the (mostly) graceful moves of the numerous bikes in every street, the highly lively (day and night) life (that it was June and warmth did help!), the numerous reconstructed monuments, like the “new” synagogue above that was rebuilt in 1995, Continue reading

War memories

Posted in Kids with tags , , on December 31, 2009 by xi'an

Yesterday, I went to see my grandmother and she started talking about the hard times she had during the second World War. Before and after Saint Lô’s bombing. She described how the food restrictions were so harsh during the war years that items like trousers and socks, when available, had to be traded against butter or meat. How the sole delivery of meat my grandparents could pretend to for a whole week was often set aside to be cooked within a piece of bread in the local bakery and was sent as a package to a brother who remained a war prisoner in Pomerania for the whole duration of the war. She even showed us the receipts of all those packages, kept within a jar, which were dutifully delivered by the German post at the time rather than by the Red Cross…. All those privations while another sister who lived in a farm with unlimited access to this restricted food never contributed to support this brother. The same sister who would not lift a finger to help when my grandparents found themselves homeless after Saint Lô’s bombing. A selfish behaviour my grandmother still resents today for they were close family. Much more than the thefts of neighbours right after the bombing, when my grandfather recovered the large knife I saw him using all his life from those neighbours’ table during their lunch. More also than the laundry soiled by German troops occupying the ruins of my grandparents’ house for a few days during the Saint Lô’s battle. The hardships of those years is so remote from our current life that it seems difficult to believe it only happened seventy years ago.