Page 194 - History Facts

Hitler once had a Jewish-Austrian doctor who didn’t charge Hitler’s family due to their economic hardships.

In 1904, Hitler had become seriously ill and bedridden due to a lung ailment. He even had to leave school and stay home sick. Once there, his family doctor Eduard Bloch, a Jewish-Austrian practicing in Linz, fixed him up. 

When Hitler’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1907, Bloch tended to her as well, until she passed away on the December of that year. Due to their poor economic circumstance, Bloch had worked for the Hitler family for reduced prices, and sometimes didn't even take any money at all. 

For his generosity, an 18-year-old Hitler granted Blouch his “everlasting gratitude.” At the time, Bloch probably didn’t realize how powerful Hitler’s “gratitude” would come to be. 

In 1908, Hitler could only express it by sending Bloch hand-made gifts. But in 1937, he personally ensured that Bloch would never be sent to a concentration camp, and had him and his family protected. He referred to Bloch as the “noble Jew.” 


During Christmas 1914, German and British soldiers made a truce to exchange gifts and food on the Western Front.

They even played a football match between the trenches. Christmas 1914 was the first Christmas of World War One. The British had been told that that the Germans fighting against them were blood lusting psychopaths. Propaganda like this widened the trench, as it were, between those fighting against each other in trenches. As a result, any sort of friendship or peace didn’t seem like an option. 

But when Christmas came, things changed. Despite how much the government wanted to maintain the Germans’ “evil image,” it wasn’t enough to stop fraternization between both sides. 

The Allies didn’t want the soldiers thinking the Germans were just like them, but in December there was a quick “truce” put together anyway. Between Christmas Eve and Christmas day, the officers on the Western front agreed to stop hostilities. 

There was an impromptu cease-fire, much to the dismay of British High Command, who tried to say that a German attack was coming on Christmas Eve. For two days, Christmas carols were sung between trenches, the dead on both sides were buried together, gifts were exchanged, and there was even a football match that the Germans won 3-2.

When midnight on Christmas approached, all the men moved back to the trenches, and the war resumed on Boxing Day. 


Miners didn’t realize that the blue pebbles in the Yogo Gulch streams were sapphires for 16 years!


People had been mining the Yogo Gulch for gold for years before people realized there were highly valuable and high quality sapphires in the streams. Mining in the area had been popular, faded, and then become more common again in the area. For years, miners had noticed the blue pebbles in the stream, but never recognized them as precious stones. It wasn’t until 1895 when the sapphires were recognized for what they were officially. 

Jake Hoover thought the blue stones might actually be jewels and so he sent them to be looked at. Eventually, they were sent in a cigar box by uninsured mail to Tiffany’s in New York. Dr. George Frederick Kunz examined them and responded saying that they were in fact sapphires, and not only that, they were sapphires of very high quality! There are also some stories of other locals figuring out about the sapphires, though not officially as Hoover did. 

According to one story, a miner sent some gold and blue pebbles to a school teacher in Maine who recognized them as sapphires. There is also another story crediting S.S. Hobbs as recognizing the precious stones. 



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A Roman merchant who sold fake jewels was punished with a fake gladiator match.

The reign of Roman Emperor Gallienus lasted from 253 to 268. His reign took place during a time when the Roman Empire was in a great crisis. Historians say he didn't handle the crisis well, and as a result, much of the empire seceded.

During his reign and for a good portion of time before and after, there was a popular hypogeum in use during the Coliseum’s games. A hypogeum is essentially a series of underground tunnels that were used to keep audiences entertained and surprised by not being able to see what was coming next. 

Sometimes, it was used for comedic effect, as was the case with one merchant. This merchant had sold a fake, glass made jewel to the empress, and Gallienus decreed his punishment was to face a ferocious lion in the arena. 

When he was prepared to face certain death, a chicken walked out instead of a lion (the audience absolutely loved it). Gallienus had his herald proclaim that “He practiced deceit and then had it practiced on him.” The merchant’s punishment then was just being sent home.


A single 4th century Bishop’s actions ended the Christian persecution by the Sassanid Emperor!

Bishop Acacius was over Amida, Mesopotamia during the reign of Roman Emperor Theodosius in 400-425 AD. The Romans had captured 7,000 Persians and were holding them in Amida at the time. Acacius saw that the prisoners of war were starving and in utter misery, and decided to do something about it.

He brought his clergymen together and told them “Our God, my brethren, needs neither dishes nor cups; for He neither eats nor drinks, nor is in want of anything.” He went on to tell them that they would sell the church’s sacred silver and gold vessels and use the money to help the Persians. 

The Bishop used the money to free, feed, and clothe the Persian prisoners and send them back to Persia. When they got there and told their Sassanid Emperor Bahram V what the Bishop had done for them, he was extremely impressed. He ordered for the persecution of the Christians to cease and asked to meet Acacius. 

The Bishop’s kindness and charity ended the hostility between the Eastern Roman Empire and the Sassanid Empire. Christianity was allowed to flourish in the Persian Empire, as well.



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