After a light diner of fish and bread, Diego again looked over some information he had on George Soros. Diego then walked down the hallway to where Professor Don Perkins lived. Perkins had given Diego several periodicals on George Soros, probably related to Jonathan
Soros who signed the invite paper given by Delores to Diego.
He pronounced the unknown lines words aloud, rolling the syllables over his tongue as he walked…..“Newer, Nooor, Ner, VanCam, VaughKam, vankham……Mahl-grass-igy Mahl-grass-igy” He vaguely remembered a language of Esperanto from some of the papers, maybe?
Perkins answered quickly when Diego knocked. “Hey Don,” Diego started, “Geroge Soros, the language of Esperanto…know anything about it?” Perkins replies, " Well I do know a bit, just brewed up some tea, come on in." Diego entered and Perkins poured him a cup of tea before starting.
“Soros is, was, a billionaire. He started trading currency and really made a killing moving money around before the war. He was rich before that, but those few years before the war he became REALLY rich.
He was trying to get his native Hungary out from communism when the war started. And one of the things he was working on was rumored to be arming insurgents. Seems a lot of his money went into trying to topple communism.
From what I remember he was being investigated for arms dealing as well as securities fraud and money laundering….all dealing with some kind of perceived insulating a group from the coming war. Good old New World Order bullshit, and Doomsday Preppers stuff….only looked like his group was right."
Diego talks to Don in a round about way about Soros and Esperanto, Perkins continues. “Well I think Soros had a son named John, be about 40-45 now. He was a bigshot in New York and moved around here a few years before the war.”
Now that Diego knew it was Esperanto language, his brain recollected a bit of hearing about it long ago, he never had an interest because it was a constructed language and Diego’s love of words sprung from history.
Perkins helped flush out the fact that Esperanto was constructed to be neutral, easy to learn and separate from the region based languages that drove divides between peoples. Created in the late 1800s in Russia, Diego actually finds a text from its creator:
“The place where I was born and spent my childhood gave direction to all my future struggles. In Białystok the inhabitants were divided into four distinct elements: Russians, Poles, Germans and Jews; each of these spoke their own language and looked on all the others as enemies. In such a town a sensitive nature feels more acutely than elsewhere the misery caused by language division and sees at every step that the diversity of languages is the first, or at least the most influential, basis for the separation of the human family into groups of enemies. I was brought up as an idealist; I was taught that all people were brothers, while outside in the street at every step I felt that there were no people, only Russians, Poles, Germans, Jews and so on. This was always a great torment to my infant mind, although many people may smile at such an ‘anguish for the world’ in a child. Since at that time I thought that ‘grown-ups’ were omnipotent, so I often said to myself that when I grew up I would certainly destroy this evil.”
Diego now has at least an idea of the group he is dealing with. A smart, well prepared organization that had political aspirations and maybe still does. Tomorrow Diego would arise with the sun, prepare himself for the journey and set off for the cemetery.