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inhabitants, the area was inhabited by a Baltic speaking people. That small nation was wiped out and the land settled by German invaders. Centuries later these invaders were dispersed by others, from the east. As a member of one of the remaining Bal tic nations, I cannot possibly sympathize with any invaders of that Baltic corner of the world. It seems quite right that no invaders may live happily ever after on that land. ILGA HERMAN Lamonzie-Saint-Martin,France Your article was fascinating and informative. Although the author didn't mention it, I can now better understand the Russian concern over NATO expansion-given Kaliningrad's importance to Russia, its location between NATO candidate Poland and the Baltic States, and its tenuous national identity. N. DAVID TEEGARDEN St. Paul, Minnesota I wish my father were alive to see this article. You have validated an oral history that brought both pride and confusion after our family fled to Amer ica prior to World War II. Schoolmates could never understand that we weren't Russian, Polish, or German, and not Nazis. Konigsberg was a city of culture-grand opera, stiff silks, and high top hats. It was a seaport with proud houses of Hanseatic League families, blowing sand dunes, and beaches where amber washed ashore. It was a city full of life-of fishwives on their stools by the docks, of little boys who threw firecrackers into piles of fish to watch them jump and dance as if they still had life. This wasn't a society of dissolute nobility but rather of landed gentry. MARGARET KANNOWSKI EASTON Elkhart, Indiana Behind the Scenes The picture from the marine exhibit is not a sea anemone. It is the coral Tubastrea with its polyps extended for feeding. The tentacles contain stinging cells used to catch prey, which is then conveyed to the mouth at the center of the disk. ANNE SEARS Concord,Massachusetts Letters for FORUM should be sent to National Geographic Magazine, Box 98198, Washington, D.C. 20090-8198, or by fax to 202-828-5460, or via the Internet to ngsforum@ nationalgeographic.com .Include name, address, and day time telephone. Letters may be edited for clarity and space.