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Aviv

Aviv is a word that has several similar meanings in Hebrew. It is used as a given name and surname; the basic meaning of the word aviv is the stage in the growth of grain when the seeds have reached full size and are filled with starch, but have not dried yet. During the plague of hail, the barley was said to be aviv and the flax giv`ol; this resulted in their destruction. The month in the Hebrew calendar when the barley has reached or passed this stage is called Aviv, or the "month of the aviv": the seventh of the Jewish civil year, the first of the Biblical ecclesiastical year, it begins about the time of the Northern spring equinox. Since the Babylonian captivity, this month has been called Nisan. On the “day after the Shabbat”, the harvest was begun by gathering a sheaf of barley, offered as a sacrifice to God, when the Temple in Jerusalem existed. "Aviv" in modern Hebrew accordingly means spring, one of the four seasons. Thus the major modern Israeli city of Tel Aviv means "Spring Hill". Since Passover is always celebrated on 15–21 Nisan, near the beginning of spring, "Holiday of Aviv".

Pesach or Passover is always on the 14th of Nisan. The first day of Chag ha Matzoh or the Feast of Unleavened Bread is always the day after that, the 15th of Nisan. Hebrew: חג האביב‎, romanized: Chag Ha'Aviv is an additional name for Passover. Aviv is a Hebrew male and female name; the old and uncommon Russian Christian male given name "Ави́в" was also borrowed from Biblical Hebrew, where it derived from the word abīb, meaning an ear or a time of year where grains come into ear known as "Aviv". The feminine version of the name is Aviva; the diminutives of "Aviv" are Viva. The patronymics derived from "Aviv" are "Ави́вович" and "Ави́вовна". Aviv Avraham, Israeli footballer Aviv Azaria, Israeli footballer Aviv Geffen, Israeli rock musician and songwriter Haim Aviv, Israeli molecular biologist Jonathan E. Aviv, American surgeon and professor Juval Aviv, Israeli-American security consultant and writer Abib of God A look at ancient Israel and the harvest cycles as it relates to the abib barley. Abib in the Hebrew Bible: a description of the importance of aviv in the Karaite calendar by the World Karaite Movement 2011 Aviv Report: Aviv Reports added Annually This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Easton, Matthew George.

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Virginijus Šeškus

Virginijus Šeškus is a Lithuanian basketball coach. He is head coach of Vytautas Prienai-Birštonas of the Lithuanian Basketball League. Virginijus Šeškus was born in Lithuania, he trained children in Prienai sports school. He became the head coach of BC Prienai of the secondary basketball league NKL, winning the NKL championship in 2009. Despite significant roster changes, he led his team to two BBL silver medals, two LKL bronze medals and two LKF Cup gold medals over a span of five years. Due to his achievements, Lithuanian basketball giant BC Lietuvos rytas hired him as the head coach in 2014. Due to inconsistent performance and inefficient rotations, he was terminated in February 2015 and became the assistant coach of the team, he returned to his hometown club BC Prienai in July 2015. During the 2017-18 LKL season, Šeškus coached Ball brothers LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball during their brief stints in Prienai dealing with their father, LaVar, behind the scenes; the signing became a huge failure for the club - while Vytautas gained significant exposure, they finished in last place in the LKL.

On August 23, 2018, he wrote a letter stating that, after relations soured, the Ball family "started destroying the club, not paying out prize money to the Big Baller Brand tournament winners, etc." Šeškus coached one more season in Prienai, with the team now renamed BC SkyCop, signing strong Lithuanian players, the Lavrinovič twins, Mindaugas Lukauskis and Martynas Gecevičius. Prienai returned to the playoffs that season, before leaving at the end of the year. Šeškus has two sons and Edvinas, both of whom play basketball professionally

Freddy Wittop

Freddy Wittop was a costume designer. He enjoyed secondary careers as a college professor. Born Frederick Wittop Koning in Bussum, the Netherlands, Wittop emigrated with his family to Brussels, where he apprenticed at the age of thirteen with the resident designer at the Brussels Opera. Moving to Paris in 1931, he designed for the Folies Bergère and other music halls, creating costumes for Mistinguett and Josephine Baker, among others, he studied Spanish dance and, as Frederico Rey, began a professional career that led to international acclaim as he and his first partner, La Argentinita, performed worldwide. He toured with Jose Greco and Tina Ramirez. In 1942, Wittop designed costumes for the Ice Capades, George Abbott's Broadway musical Beat the Band, Lucille Ball for her film melodrama The Big Street. Soon after this, Wittop joined the U. S. Armed served overseas for three and a half years, his service awarded him American citizenship. Once Wittop returned to America after the war, he had a stint dressing show girls and dancers at the Latin Quarter in New York City.

He formed his own dance company in 1951 and for the next seven years toured the US and Europe. He returned to theatre design at the behest of director Harold Clurman, who saw his show and asked him to design his 1959 Broadway production of George Bernard Shaw's Heartbreak House, he worked in New York for the next fourteen years. In 1973, Wittop retired to Ibiza, where he remained for eleven years before returning to New York to work on two more projects before settling in Tequesta, Florida, he traveled to Athens, where he held a position as adjunct professor in the school of drama at the University of Georgia. Wittop died at age 89 at the JFK Medical Center in Atlantis, Florida, on February 2, 2001, shortly after being chosen as the 2001 recipient of the Theatre Development Fund's Irene Sharaff Award for "lifetime achievement in theatrical costume design." His original sketches have been showcased in museums and sold in art galleries throughout the country. A considerable amount of his personal collection is retained at the University of Georgia in the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

Source: Wind in the Willows The Three Musketeers Lovely Ladies, Kind Gentlemen A Patriot for Me Dear World The Happy Time George M! Breakfast at Tiffany's I Do! I Do! On a Clear Day You Can See Forever Kelly The Roar of the Greasepaint - The Smell of the Crowd Bajour Hello, Dolly! Subways Are For Sleeping Carnival! Source: Freddy Wittop at the Internet Broadway Database Freddy Wittop on IMDb Freddy Wittop costume designs, 1964-1968, held by the Billy Rose Theatre Division, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Freddy Wittop papers, 1927-2005, held by the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia

Charles L. Peterson

Charles L. Peterson is an American artist, born in 1927, known for watercolor paintings and for maritime artwork, he is an artist in the limited edition print industry. Although now retired from the limited edition print industry, he continues to paint daily, designing work for reproduction and creating works commissioned by private or corporate interests. Of Time and Place Reflections Anderson House Work Bench in Ephraim, WI Cottage Row Framing and Gallery in Fish Creek, WI Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport Official website Norbert Blei, Charles L. Peterson – Of Time and Place. Norbert Blei, Charles L. Peterson – Reflections. Charles L. Petersion Biography – Country Art Charles L. Peterson Bio and Prints – Prints.com Recent Art Show – Cottage Row Gallery Charles L. Peterson Biography – Christ Centered Art Charles L. Peterson Biography – Mapleleaf Gallery Charles L. Peterson – Fine Art at World Wide Art Charles L. Peterson, Hall of Honor Award – Marietta College

Rodrigo Fresán

Rodrigo Fresán is a fiction writer and journalist. He has published Historia argentina, Vidas de santos, Trabajos manuales, Esperanto, La velocidad de las cosas and Jardines de Kensington, El fondo del cielo, La parte inventada and La parte soñada, they have been translated into many languages. Mantra, a portrait of Mexico City ca. 2000, reveals the deep influence of science fiction novels, movies and TV shows. His novel Kensington Gardens was translated into English by Natasha Wimmer and published in 2006. According to Jonathan Lethem, "he's a kaleidoscopic, open-hearted, shamelessly polymathic storyteller, the kind who brings a blast of oxygen into the room." Since 1999, Fresán has worked in Barcelona, Spain. He was a close friend of the late Chilean writer Roberto Bolaño. In 2017, Rodrigo Fresán received the prestigious French Prix Roger Caillois. In 2017, La parte inventada was translated into English and published in America as The Invented Part. In 2018 this novel won the BTBA. El fondo del cielo was translated into English by Will Vanderhyden and published by Open Letter as The Bottom of the Sky in 2018.

Vanderhyden translated La parte soñada as The Dreamed Part, published by Open Letter in 2019. Biography Interview Another interview Interview in the literary blog Hablando del asunto, November 2009

Downfall (2004 film)

Downfall is a 2004 historical war drama film directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel from a screenplay by its producer, Bernd Eichinger. The film stars Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara, Corinna Harfouch, Ulrich Matthes, Juliane Köhler, Heino Ferch, Christian Berkel, Matthias Habich, Thomas Kretschmann, it is set during the Battle of Berlin in World War II, when Nazi Germany is on the verge of defeat, depicts the final days of Adolf Hitler. Principal photography took place from September to November 2003, on location in Berlin, in Saint Petersburg, Russia; as the film is set in and around the Führerbunker, Hirschbiegel used eyewitness accounts, survivors' memoirs, other historical sources during production to reconstruct the look and atmosphere of 1940s Berlin. The screenplay was based on the books Inside Hitler's Bunker by historian Joachim Fest and Until the Final Hour by Hitler's former private secretary Traudl Junge, among other accounts of the period; the film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival on 14 September 2004.

It was controversial with audiences for showing the human side of Hitler and its portrayal of members of the Third Reich. It received a wide theatrical release in Germany under its production company Constantin Film; the film grossed over $92 million, received favourable reviews from critics, was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 77th Academy Awards. Scenes from the film, such as the one where a furious Hitler learns that the generals failed to obey his orders, spawned a series of Internet memes. In November 1942, at the Wolf's Lair in East Prussia, Leader of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler selects Traudl Junge as his personal secretary. Three years the Red Army has pushed Germany's forces back and surrounded Berlin. On Hitler's 56th birthday, the Red Army begins shelling Berlin's city centre. Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler tries to persuade Hitler to leave Berlin. Himmler leaves to negotiate terms with the Western Allies in secret. Himmler's adjutant Hermann Fegelein attempts to persuade Hitler to flee, but Hitler insists that he will win or die in Berlin.

Dr. Ernst-Günther Schenck is ordered to leave Berlin per Operation Clausewitz, though he persuades an SS general to let him stay in Berlin to treat the injured. In the streets, Hitler Youth child soldier Peter Kranz's father approaches Peter's unit and tries persuading him to leave. Peter, who destroyed two enemy tanks and will soon be awarded a medal by Hitler, calls his father a coward and runs away. At a meeting in the Führerbunker, Hitler forbids the outnumbered 9th Army to retreat, instead ordering SS commander Felix Steiner's units to mount a counter-attack; the generals find the orders irrational. Above ground, Hitler awards Peter his medal. In his office, Hitler talks to Minister of Armaments Albert Speer about his scorched earth policy. Speer is concerned about the destruction of Germany's infrastructure, but Hitler believes the German people left behind are weak and thus deserve death. Meanwhile, Hitler's companion Eva Braun holds a party in the Reich Chancellery. Fegelein tries persuading Eva, his sister-in-law, to leave Berlin with Hitler, but she dismisses him.

Artillery fire breaks up the party. On the battlefield, General Helmuth Weidling is informed he will be executed for ordering a retreat. Weidling comes to the Führerbunker to clear himself of his charges, his action impresses Hitler. At another meeting, Hitler learns Steiner did not attack. Hitler becomes enraged at what he sees as an act of betrayal and launches into a furious tirade, stating that everyone has failed him and denouncing his generals as cowards and traitors, before acknowledging that the war is lost, but that he would rather commit suicide than leave Berlin. Schenck witnesses civilians being executed by German military police as supposed traitors. Hitler receives a message from Luftwaffe chief Hermann Göring. Hitler declares Göring a traitor, ordering Göring's dismissal from all posts and execution in the event of his death. Speer makes a final visit to the Führerbunker, admits to Hitler that he has defied his orders to destroy Germany's infrastructure. Hitler, does not punish Speer, who decides to leave Berlin.

Peter's unit is defeated and he runs back to his parents. Hitler imagines more ways for Germany to turn the tide. At dinner, Hitler learns of Himmler's secret negotiations and orders his execution and finds out that Fegelein has deserted his post, having him executed despite Eva's pleas. SS physician Ernst-Robert Grawitz asks Hitler's permission to evacuate for fear of Allied reprisal. Hitler refuses, leading Grawitz to kill his family; the Soviets continue their advance, Berlin's supplies run low, German morale plummets. Hitler hopes. After midnight, Hitler dictates his last will and testament before marrying Eva; the following morning, Hitler learns that the 12th Army can not relieve Berlin. Refusing surrender, Hitler plans his death, he administers poison to his dog Blondi, bids farewell to the bunker staff, commits suicide with Eva. The two are cremated in the Chancellery garden. Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels assumes the Chancellorship. General Hans Krebs fails to negotiate a conditional surrender with Soviet General Vasily Chuikov.

Goebbels declares. Goebbels' wife Magda poisons her six children before committing suicide with Goebbels.