Category Archives: War

Nibley Documentary Faith of an Observer to Screen at Sunstone Film Festival

The Sunstone Film Festival will feature a retrospective screening of the documentary film Faith of an Observer: Conversations with Hugh Nibley. The movie will show in the Union Theater in the University of Utah Olpin Student Center on Saturday, August 2, at 2:00. Following the screening there will be a discussion on the making of the film with two of the filmmakers involved, Sterling VanWagenen and Hugh’s son Alex Nibley. Continue reading

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Seventy Years Ago Today: Utah Beach, Normandy

The landing craft went in as far as it could, and then there were still a couple of hundred yards – quite a way to go yet. I climbed in the Jeep and revved her up. I had packed it with sandbags so we could get some hold on the sandy beach, five or six guys loaded on so we’d get some traction on the bottom. Continue reading

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So is this Heroic?

I was busily marking the map in the middle of the night, very late, when I heard a terrific lot of shooting just a little ways down the bank. I could hear the British Bren guns going off, then the Tommy guns, and then German Schmeisers, all sorts of things firing away. Everybody was shooting like crazy. I thought, what in heavens name is going on there? And then, finally, silence. Continue reading

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Hence in a Cumulo-Nimbus Mood

It is unbelievable how many people there are in New York with nothing to do but look for something to do. No artist is so bad, no art so bizarre, that it will not command an instantaneous and eager audience. Continue reading

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A Vast and Admirable Intelligence Dedicated to Wanton Destruction

I was walking behind an elderly couple in the woods one day as they discoursed on Hitler. He was nothing but an Abenteuer, they decided, a sordid opportunist — and they might have known it all along, fools that they had been, for couldn’t anyone see that he had dark hair instead of blond! Continue reading

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Hugh Nibley’s World War II Diary

June 6: D-Day. Pass the Bill of Portland and land across vast masses of flak in the morning. A ship next to us goes down in about 8 minutes. Continue reading

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Hand-in-Glove with the Persecutors of the Church

Notice where the church is always being fought…where the church has always received the most savage…resistance everywhere in the deep South. But…we are imitating the deep South here. We match Mississippi more closely than any other state in various things now: in our morality, in our politics, in our views of things, in our self-righteousness and in our intolerance. Continue reading

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From a Muddy Foxhole of the “Bridge Too Far”

In the times of total confusion which lie ahead let us not forget how clearly our own behavior has foreshadowed the horrible commotion of the earth and the elements. I speak in the prophetic vein, because the signs of an impending readjustment in the face of the whole earth are fairly clear. Continue reading

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The Things we Feel Most Deeply Fail to Find Expression

There is no more eloquent commentary on the inadequacy and incompleteness of everything here than the fact that the things we feel most deeply fail to find expression either in words or symbols, the things we desire most eagerly we can’t even define, while the things we despise above all other things – a bondage of meaningless and repetitious chores, a guilty preoccupation with empty trifles and commonplaces – these we make to the substance of our life and action… Continue reading

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Social Peace through Enforced Conformity

They settled instead for the poor shabby philosophy of St. Augustine – sit tight, don’t ask questions, do like the rest do, and you will be at least as safe as anybody else. Continue reading

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