potato

Popularizing of potato in France

Antoine-Augustin Parmentier is remembered as a vocal promoter of the potato as a food source for humans in France and throughout Europe. His many other contributions to nutrition and health included establishing the first mandatory smallpox vaccination campaign (under Napoleon beginning in 1805, when he was Inspector-General of the Health Service) and pioneering the extraction […]

Stalin

Stalin’s son was captured by Nazis during ww2

Stalin‘s son Yakov was captured while fighting Nazis in 1941. Nazis offered to exchange him for Friedrich Paulus, the German Field Marshal captured by the Soviets, but Stalin turned the offer down allegedly saying, “I will not trade a Marshal for a Lieutenant.  Yakov died in captivity. Dzhugashvili served as an artillery officer in the […]