Syndrome K: The Fake Disease that Saved Italian Jews from the Nazi Regime

Syndrome K: The Fake Disease that Saved Italian Jews from the Nazi Regime

Syndrome K was a neurological illness "that began with convulsions and dementia and led to paralysis and death from asphyxia." This ailment, which terrified the Nazi soldiers occupying the city, reportedly saved anywhere from 20 to over 100 Jews who were destined for the Auschwitz concentration camp. But how was this possible during an epidemic of such a lethal sickness?

3 Major Causes of the February Russian Revolution of 1917

The February Russian Revolution of 1917

The 20th century was one filled with significant change within the European continent, including the Russian Revolution of 1917, which consisted of two pivotal rebellions in March and November of that year. While the latter November Revolution led to the rise of a group of communists known as the Bolsheviks to power, it was the initial March Revolution that ended centuries of imperial rule in Russia. Though several distinct causes precipitated the spring revolution, it was the social, political, and economic structure of the country and the effects of World War I that terminated the Romanov dynasty, instituted a democratic republic, and launched a civil war.

Diversity, the Learning Culture, and the Bottom Line


As the makeup of organizations and the workforce continues to change, it has become more and more apparent that an organization’s capacity for change and innovation, and ultimately its bottom-line performance, is what allows it to survive in the long-term. This capacity is greatly impacted by all types of diversity and inclusion and the learning culture, and is further mediated by psychological safety and transformational leadership, creating an even stronger link between the elements. It is not enough to simply appreciate these competencies at a superficial level; organizations must take the time to ensure their members understand each component and apply them with purpose. In doing so, organizations demonstrate their attentiveness to their members and customers while simultaneously illustrating their flexibility and safeguarding their future.

The Life of Mormon Pioneer Daniel McIntosh Stewart

The Stewart Family

Daniel McIntosh Stewart – my husband's maternal 3rd great-grandfather – was born to James Stewart and Marion McIntosh on 25 July 1828 in Linlithgowshire (now West Lothian), Scotland, United Kingdom. He went on to become a early convert to the LDS church, emigrate, get married twice, and had 16 children in total before dying in Wellsville, Utah, United States.

Breast Is Best?: A Critical Analysis of A Personal Experience

Baby with a bottle

Like probably every mother who has ever breastfed or plans to breastfeed, I held the espoused theory that "Breast Is Best" - because it was natural, helped you bond with your baby, and reduced the risk of morbidity and mortality and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), among other benefits. I also incorrectly assumed that it was easy, and that mothers who chose not to did so for selfish reasons. Oh, how wrong I was!

The Lost Colony of Roanoke: 7 Theories on What Happened

The Lost Colony of Roanoke

After having established the colony of Roanoke in July 1587, Englishman John White wouldn't return until three years later, in August of 1590. He was heartened to see "a great smoke rise in the Ile Roanoak neere the place where I left our Colony in the yeere 1587." But what he found upon docking was nothing less than shocking: the site had apparently been fortified, but everyone was gone - not a single soul remained.

Unbelievable True Story About the Fox Sisters, Spiritualism, and the Biggest Hoax of the 19th Century

Unbelievable True Story About the Fox Sisters, Spiritualism, and the Biggest Hoax of the 19th Century

Word got around and before they knew it, people from all over New Jersey and New York were coming to talk to the famous spirit (with help from Maggie and Kate, of course). Thus, modern spiritualism was born and the Fox sisters became the first "mediums." In fact, the movement grew so large that by the year 1867, more than 11,000,000 Americans (or two-fifths of the entire population at the time) were "spiritualists."

Finding Treasure in an Unlikely Place

The brick kiln in San Giorgio (where the Vini San Giorgio winery now stands) in 1928.

Finding a new artifact to add to one's One-Place Study is something I think we can all agree is exciting! While some "One-Placers" may have an overabundance of civil records, church records, newspaper articles, letters, photographs, etc. at their disposal (depending on where and when they are located), others may have to dig a little deeper, look a little harder, to find even an ounce of information about their places.