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Nazi Leader Hitler Once Had Jewish Landlord

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A German historian Paul Hoser claimed that Nazi leader Adolph Hitler lived at Thierschstrasse 41 in Munich's Lehel district from 1920 till 1929, interrupted by a year spent at Landsberg prison for staging a failed coup in Bavaria. Writing in the quarterly VfZ, Hoser says the house was bought in 1921 by a Jewish merchant named Hugo Erlanger. He lost the house in 1934, after falling behind on mortgage payments. According to the research, Hitler treated his Jewish landlord "with courtesy" despite harboring strong anti-Semitic sentiments that would later contribute to the Nazi's murderous policy toward Jews. Erlanger survived the Second World War and was able to get his house back in 1949. The research was first reported on April 8 by Der Spiegel magazine.

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People Capable of Self-harm More Likely to Commit Violent Crimes

People who are prone to self-harm are five times more likely to commit violent crimes against others, a new study has found. Researchers from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden found that individuals who had at some time received clinical care for self-harm ran a five-fold risk of being convicted for a violent crime compared to those who had never received care for self-harm. The research concluded that self-harm behavior and violent criminality are a manifestation of a common underlying vulnerability. The study was published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry.

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Thai Women Join Rebel Monk Ranks

The Buddhist kingdom’s clergy refuses to officially recognize female monks as legitimate. But their ranks are gradually growing under the leadership of Dhammananda Bhikkhuni, an abbess who has founded an all-female monastery in Nakhon Pathom province outside Bangkok. On April 6, she inducted 24 more women into what is known as the bhikkuni — female monk — tradition.The hair-cutting ceremony was an emotional moment for many of the incoming monks, whose ages spanned the spectrum — from their twenties to their sixties. They then donned rust-colored robes, sat through a series of prayers, and received their first round of alms as they stepped into new, austere lives, shorn of romance and most forms of excess.

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How Iceland and Finland Keep Youth Off Drugs and Drinks

On winter nights in Iceland, young people between 13 and 16 years old are banned from being outside after 10pm. That curfew is relaxed all the way up to midnight during the island's long summer days. While these rules may appear to be just the recipe for rebellion among the nation's young, the restrictive laws, together with the country's youthtargeted anti-drug abuse program, have helped make Iceland a success story. Over in Finland, an anti-drug policy prioritizing early intervention among young people has been a key part of its drug prevention efforts. Under the policy, schools in Finland work with student welfare teams, parents, substance abuse services, social orkers, youth services, and the police to prevent drug use.

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Women Can Have More Than 20 Orgasms in a Row

According to a recent study, about seven in 10 women may achieve as many as 20 orgasms during sex. According to researchers, 2 percent women reported being able to climax 20 times in a single session while 8 percent claimed to have more than ten during sex. Celebrity sexual health couple Dr. David Delvin and Dr. Christine Webber conducted the online survey. Despite the majority regularly achieving between one and four orgasms, four out of five were unable to reach orgasm through penetration alone and require clitoral stimulation. A small number of women, 12 percent, reported experiencing pain during orgasm, known as dysorgasmia. Ejaculation was also found to be common among women, with just under half of those questioned reporting to have experienced it at some point in their sexual lives.

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