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Breaking The Code To The Catcher In The Rye: The Natural History Museum

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So he takes us on a trip through the museum. He mentions Columbus and how he discovered America and then the Indians. Where did they come from? Anyway he tells us about the Eskimo fishing for fish (a reference to the fish that the taxi driver is talking about) and then we have the birds that migrate. Holden knows birds (ducks) migrate. So when he ask where they go he isn't talking about all the ducks. Just the ducks at Central Park South (Madison Ave). And he says if you turn your head upside down and look at the birds they fly faster...meaning they look like they are going north to Germany rather than south. And the teacher that takes you on this tour is Aigletinger or AIG-letting-her.

One of the incredible things I get from writing about the Catcher is another tidbit. I was reading it and noticed "I mean you'd be diferent in some way - I can't explain what I mean. And even if I could, I'm not sure I'd feel like it."

I am not sure I can explain it either. But this is what I have so far:

Now if you look at my money post:

you will see he did the same thing to sixty...italicizeling "six". Which I think stands for the six million Jews. So I looked up DIF they have been around since 1934.

I don't know very much about them...except I am sure they were put in place to give people more confidence to put their money in the bank after the panic of '29. (Have you seen 'secrets of OZ' on YouTube?)

So AIG was the company I was referring to:

AIG traces its roots back to 1919, when American Cornelius Vander Starr (1892-1968) established a general insurance agency, American Asiatic Underwriters (AAU), in Shanghai, China.
Cornelius Van der Starr also known as Neil Starr or C.V. Starr (October 15, 1892 – December 20, 1968) was an American businessman and operative of the Office of Strategic Services who was best known for founding the American International Group (AIG), a major corporation in the 21st century.
The Office of Strategic Services (OSS) was a United States intelligence agency formed during World War II. It was the wartime intelligence agency, and a predecessor of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

What kind of information would they have that the U.S. government would find of interest. What was America's role in WW2? What was Hitler's role? If all the world is a stage and we are merely actors, what were their roles in the B rated movie. Take the patriotism and all emotional triggers out of it. If it had been a bank robber movie with cowboys and Indians how would you loosely describe it?

Between Miss Aigletinger and "dif_ferent" is this sentence "Or you'd just passed by one of those puddles in the street with gasoline rainbows in them." At the beginning of this chapter he talks about the family coming out of church and the boy walking in the street singing "if a body catch a body coming through the rye".

So what American companies helped Germany in WW2?

8 American Companies That Worked with the Nazis During World War II
8 American Companies That Worked with the Nazis During World War II
Although there were sanctions and restrictions against working with Germany during World War II, especially when America entered the war in 1941, there were some American companies that profited off both sides of World War II. Here are 8 examples.

Coca-Cola Company.
Coca-Cola played both American and German sides during World War II, but in 1941, the German side ran out of sugary syrup to make the soft drink. So Coca-Cola’s German division invented Fanta to continue to sell Coca-Cola brands in the Germany without breaking any restrictions or an embargo.

The German branch of Kodak used Jewish slave labor from concentration camps but continued to produce film stock for the Axis Powers during the War.

Chase Bank.
Chase Bank was one of many around the world that continued to work with Nazi during World War II. They also froze the assets of many European Jewish customers as a common practice to cooperate with the Third Reich.

Believe it or not, Henry Ford was an anti-Semite and was awarded a Nazi medal, designed for “distinguished foreigners” in 1938. Ford continued to sell and make cars with Russian slave labor for American and Germans during World War II.

The computer company built specialized equipment for the Germans to help them track day-to-day operations, including victims of the Holocaust.

General Electric.
GE partnered with German manufacturing firm Krupp to help build Hitler’s army and used Jewish slave labor to build gas chambers during World War II and the Holocaust. The U.S. Government fined GE for working with the Nazis, but the American company continued to profit off of the War. It was estimated that GE made $1.5 million in 1936 alone from working with Krupp and the Nazis.

Random House.
Bertelsmann A.G. is a Random House’s parent company and they continued to publish Nazi propaganda and Adolf Hitler’s writings during World War II.

Standard Oil.
The oil company was one of the very few that could produce tetraethyl lead gas to fuel the German military, so they were another American company that played both sides during the War. Imagine if Standard Oil didn’t produce or sell fuel for the Nazi…

Cosmic Arcata | 203 comments Mod
I found another reference to a museum in The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy. Thomas Hardy was one if the authors mentioned in the Catcher in the Rye in the reference to The Return of the Native. It was an author that Holden liked.

In The Mayor of Casterbridge there is a scene where Luccetta tells Elizabeth-Jane to go to the Museum.

"Here she enumerated several commissions at sundry shops, which would occupy Elizabeth's time for the next hour or two, at least. "And have you ever seen the Museum?" Elizabeth-Jane had not. "Then you should do so at once. You can finish the morning by going there. It is an old house in a back street—I forget where—but you'll find out—and there are crowds of interesting things—skeletons, teeth, old pots and pans, ancient boots and shoes, birds' eggs—all charmingly instructive. You'll be sure to stay till you get quite hungry."

The Mayor of Casterbridge is a political allegory. Most people do not go to the library to look at these items specifically. So as a group of items what do they tell you?

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