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  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by TNY
    +17 +1

    French hero who saved hundreds of Jewish children dies aged 108

    French Resistance hero Georges Loinger, who used his ingenuity and athletic prowess to save the lives of hundreds of Jewish children during World War II, has died at the age of 108. A talented athlete and cousin of the famous mime artist and fellow Resistance member Marcel Marceau, the Jewish Loinger would smuggle the children in small groups across the Franco-Swiss border. One ruse involved dressing children up as mourners and taking them to a cemetery whose wall abutted the French side of the border.

  • Analysis
    5 years ago
    by Splitfish
    +19 +1

    Digging for their lives: Russia's volunteer body hunters

    Of the estimated 70 million people killed in World War Two, 26 million died on the Eastern front - and up to four million of them are still officially considered missing in action. But volunteers are now searching the former battlefields for the soldiers' remains, determined to give them a proper burial - and a name.

  • Analysis
    4 years ago
    by Splitfish
    +22 +1

    Where the Nazis Hid Their Art: The Castle Behind ‘Monuments Men’

    Built by a mad king and copied by Disney, Neuschwanstein Castle held Hitler’s stash of priceless artworks—until the true-life Monuments Men liberated the stolen collection.

  • Analysis
    4 years ago
    by metallian666
    +1 +1

    Panzer VIII Maus Photos and info

    Short info on the mighty MAUS with photos

  • Analysis
    4 years ago
    by metallian666
    +1 +1

    King Tiger - best of the beasts

    Artice on the King Tiger tank, short info and some photos.

  • Expression
    4 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +19 +1

    Inside job: the story of Witold Pileki, leader of the Secret Polish Army

    Unknown to most of the world until the late '80s, Witold Pilecki was a leader of the Secret Polish Army. Dan Lewis on an all-round badass.

  • Analysis
    4 years ago
    by rawlings
    +17 +1

    Nazi commando turned Irish farmer

    He was Hitler's favourite Nazi commando, famously rescuing Mussolini from an Italian hilltop fortress, and was known as "the most dangerous man in Europe". After World War Two, he landed in Argentina and became a bodyguard for Eva Perón, with whom he was rumoured to have had an affair.

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by everlost
    +16 +1

    31 Rolls of Undeveloped Film from a Soldier in WWII Discovered and Processed

    Photographer Levi Bettweiser is the man behind the Rescued Film Project, an effort to find and rescue old and undeveloped rolls of film from the far corner...

  • Analysis
    3 years ago
    by timex
    +20 +1

    Brains Make Decisions the Way Alan Turing Cracked Codes

    Despite the events depicted in The Imitation Game, Alan Turing did not invent the machine that cracked Germany’s codes during World War II—Poland did. But the brilliant mathematician did invent something never mentioned in the film: a mathematical tool for judging the reliability of information. His tool sped up the work of deciphering encoded messages using improved versions of the Polish machines.

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by Nelson
    +35 +1

    WWII battleship Musashi found, says Microsoft's Allen

    Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen says he has found the Imperial Navy’s biggest warship, lying on the seabed in the Philippines 70 years after U.S. forces sank it. Allen posted a photo on Twitter on Tuesday of what was described as the battleship Musashi’s rusty bow. The Chrysanthemum seal was recognizable. The American billionaire, who has also pursued space exploration, said his luxury yacht and exploration ship...

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by hxxp
    +12 +1

    Ex-Nazi 'bookkeeper of Auschwitz' asks for 'forgiveness'

    German former SS officer Oskar Groening, dubbed the "bookkeeper of Auschwitz", asked for "forgiveness" over his role in mass murder at the Nazi death camp, as his trial began Tuesday."For me there's no question that I share moral guilt," the 93-year-old former Nazi told the judges, admitting that he knew about the gassing of Jews and other prisoners. "I ask for forgiveness," he said at the trial, which was attended by almost 70 Holocaust survivors and victims' relatives...

  • Analysis
    3 years ago
    by wildcard
    +68 +1

    Plea From the Past: Message on Door May Be From Couple Hiding During Holocaust

    As he carefully unscrewed thin-wood panels off a client's bathroom door, contractor Jelle Kapitein said he was astonished when it revealed a heartrending message possibly left behind by a Jewish couple hiding during the Holocaust. Kapitein said he and a fellow worker found the messages two weeks ago while renovating a home in a Netherlands village. "What a surprise to find it," Kapitein told ABC News.

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by Cobbydaler
    +18 +1

    6th August 1945 - American bomber drops atomic bomb on Hiroshima

    At 8:16 a.m. Japanese time, an American B-29 bomber, the Enola Gay, drops the world’s first atom bomb, over the city of Hiroshima. Approximately 80,000 people are killed as a direct result of the blast, and another 35,000 are injured.

  • Analysis
    3 years ago
    by aj0690
    +3 +1

    New evidence of Japan's effort to build atom bomb at the end of WWII

    In August 1945, the U.S. dropped atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Now, as Japan and the rest of the world prepare to mark seven decades since the end of World War II in the Pacific, new evidence has emerged about the Japanese military's own secret program to build a nuclear weapon. A retired professor at the state-run Kyoto University recently discovered a blueprint at the school's former Radioisotope Research lab, Japan's Sankei newspaper and other local media reported recently.

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +19 +1

    Did Nazis really try to make zombies? The real history behind one of our weirdest WWII obsessions

    From the pages of “Hellboy” and the pixilated corridors of “Wolfenstein 3D,” popular culture has wondered whether the Nazis, who had no shortage of well-documented kooky ideas, might have researched the possibility of reanimating the dead. Nazi zombies make for a grabber of a headline, but what real evidence is there that raising the dead was on the agenda for even the most outrageous among the Nazis?

  • Analysis
    3 years ago
    by jmcs
    +20 +1

    How Germany deals with Hitler's 'Mein Kampf'

    Hitler's manifesto is banned in Germany, but will soon enter the public domain. Some want it read out loud, others would prefer to keep it in the university's "poison cabinet." DW explains what's next for "Mein Kampf."

  • Analysis
    3 years ago
    by darvinhg
    +2 +1

    How a Nazi rocket could have put a Briton in space

    In the summer of 1945, with the war in Europe over, Allied forces rushed to unravel the secrets of Nazi V2 rockets. These terror weapons, built by slave labourers, did little to affect the outcome of the war – but they had the potential to change the world. “There was an unseemly scramble to get hold of V2 missile technology,” says John Becklake, former head of engineering at London’s Science Museum. “The Americans, the Russians, the French and us.”

  • Analysis
    3 years ago
    by CatLady
    +25 +1

    Meet the shady ladies of WWII anti-VD posters

    Meet the shady ladies of "penis propaganda": Anti-VD posters of World War II.

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by darvinhg
    +22 +1

    Poles furious after Russia blames them for starting WWII

    The Russian ambassador to Poland has sparked outrage for putting some of the blame for World War II on Poland, creating a new spat amid deepening tensions between the Slavic nations. Russian Ambassador Sergey Andreev on Friday described the Soviet's 1939 invasion of Poland as an act of self-defense, not aggression. The comment prompted Poland's Foreign Ministry to declare Saturday that the ambassador...

  • Analysis
    3 years ago
    by junglman
    +28 +1

    Andrea Maurer: High Hitler

    A look into the megalomaniac’s drug addiction.

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by takai
    +37 +1

    'Nazi gold train' investigators start surveying site in Poland

    Engineers are set to start surveying a railway embankment in south-western Poland to establish how to dig out a “gold train” that is thought to have been buried there in the dying days of the Third Reich. The existence of a Nazi gold train, its whereabouts and its cargo – possibly stolen valuables and artworks – remain one of the great unsolved mysteries of the second world war.

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by aj0690
    +28 +1

    Armistice Day 2015: My grandfather's secret World War Two past

    I was 13 years-old before I first asked my grandfather what he did in the Second World War. Charged with finding a veteran to interview for a history project at school, and armed with the knowledge he’d been a Royal Marine, I ambushed him during a visit to our house in Suffolk. Up until that point, I could barely imagine Grandpa sporting anything other than a cravat, blue jumper and thick-rimmed glasses. If asked to describe him I would probably have said...

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by rexall
    +52 +1

    Hitler’s Plan to Kill Roosevelt, Stalin, and Churchill—at the Same Time

    The opening of Operation Long Jump takes readers inside a meeting between Franklin Roosevelt, Joseph Stalin, and Winston Churchill, held at the British Embassy in Tehran in 1943. The purpose of the summit: how to rid the world of Adolf Hitler. But before the trio of leaders and their senior military advisors can come up with an agreeable plan to win the war, Nazi assassins enter the room, draw submachine guns, and at the orders of Hitler and Heinrich...

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by TNY
    +29 +1

    Kidnapping a Nazi General: Patrick Leigh Fermor's Perfect Heist

    The sierras of occupied Crete, familiar from nearly two years of clandestine sojourn and hundreds of exacting marches, looked quite different through the aperture in the converted bomber’s floor and the gaps in the clouds below: a chaos of snow-covered, aloof and enormous spikes glittering as white as a glacier in the February moonlight. There, suddenly, on a tiny plateau among the peaks, were the three signal fires twinkling. A few moments later they began expanding fast...

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by imokruok
    +19 +1

    Declassified Documents: U.S. Military Bombed the Nazi Germany Oil Refinery That Fred Koch Helped Build

    Among the revelations in Dark Money, Jane Mayer’s expansive new book on the Koch brothers and the rise of contemporary American conservatism, is that Fred Koch, the billionaire duo’s father, once helped build an oil refinery in Nazi Germany. The New York Times broke that item last week, but left out a key detail from the book: allied forces bombed the refinery during World War II.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by ckshenn
    +26 +1

    German WWI submarine ID'd off England's coast

    A century-old wartime vessel has been identified off the coast of England. Wind farm developers were scanning the seabed off the coast of Norfolk and Suffolk when their sonar detected an unusually large object 55 miles from shore. From the outlines on the sonar scans, the object appeared to be a submarine, Paul Ferguson, a spokesperson for the energy company ScottishPowers Renewables, told CNN.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by TNY
    +51 +1

    The Neighborhood That Nazis Built

    About sixty-five miles east of New York City, in the southern part of the Long Island town of Brookhaven, there is a hamlet of around six thousand people called Yaphank. In Yaphank, there is a residential community called Siegfried Park, where the land is owned by a non-profit group called the German-American Settlement League. Siegfried Park was originally owned by the German-American Bund, an American organization that supported the Nazis.

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by geoleo
    +33 +1

    Revealed: how Associated Press cooperated with the Nazis

    The Associated Press news agency entered a formal cooperation with the Hitler regime in the 1930s, supplying American newspapers with material directly produced and selected by the Nazi propaganda ministry, archive material unearthed by a German historian has revealed. When the Nazi party seized power in Germany in 1933, one of its first objectives was to bring into line not just the national press, but international media too. The Guardian was banned within a year...

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by FivesandSevens
    +35 +1

    Lost at Sea on the Brink of the Second World War

    In 1941, a young married couple embarked for Africa on the S.S. Robin Moore. All did not go as planned, and the voyage of the American cargo ship inadvertently shaped U.S. history.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by TNY
    +11 +1

    Device used in Nazi coding machine found for sale on eBay

    For codebreakers with the allied forces, it was more important a discovery than the Enigma machine, offering encryption for the Nazi command that, when cracked, would hasten the end of the second world war and lead to huge breakthroughs in modern computing. Less than 80 years later, for a thrifty woman in Essex, the “telegram machine” was little more than a dusty old gadget languishing in the garden shed. But after an eagle-eyed volunteer with the National Museum of Computing (NMC) spotted an ad on eBay this week, the extremely rare, military-issue Lorenz teleprinter has been saved and provides the latest piece in...

  • Interactive
    2 years ago
    by FivesandSevens
    +29 +1

    Scenes From D-Day, Then and Now

    Getty photographer Peter Macdiarmid and Reuters photographer Chris Helgren gathered archive pictures from the 1944 invasion, tracked down the locations, and photographed them as they appear today. Starting with photo number two, all the images are interactive -- click on them to see a transition from 'then' to 'now', and see the difference 70 years can make.

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by funhonestdude
    +25 +1

    Diaries of Holocaust Architect Heinrich Himmler Discovered in Russia

    At the end of World War II, the Red Army grabbed documents and souvenirs from German military installations around Berlin. Much of that material was placed in military archives behind the Iron Curtain and was inaccessible to researchers from the West. But in recent years, the Russians have opened some of their archives and digitized many of their documents. Recently, one set of documents of particular importance came to light: 1,000 pages of diary entries from Heinrich Himmler, considered Hitler’s number two and the architect of the Holocaust.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by melaniee
    +7 +1

    Latvian neo-Nazis demolish Soviet WWII monument to fallen sailors

    A neo-Nazi group, including former Latvian Nazi Waffen SS veterans, has demolished a monument to fallen Soviet troops in a Latvian town with the support of a nationalist party which forms part of the ruling coalition in Latvia’s parliament. The monument to fallen Soviet sailors in the northern Latvian town of Limbazi, located about 100 kilometers from Riga, was demolished by activists from neo-Nazi group Daugavas Vanagi (the Daugava Hawks), which calls itself an organization of the former Nazi Waffen SS Legion veterans.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by aj0690
    +29 +1

    A Nazi programme and GAA medals are among pieces of Irish history soon to go on sale

    An Irish auction is set to include the medal collection of a rebel hero and programme from the famous match between the Irish Free State and Nazi Germany. The auction at the Fonsie Mealy auction house in Kilkenny on 28 September features over 800 lots with a focus on Irish sporting and revolutionary history. Other items of Irish cultural interests in the auction are a first edition of Roddy Doyle’s The Commitments and a Thin Lizzy collection that includes a copy of the band’s first single, The Farmer.

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by bradd
    +27 +1

    ‘If I Sleep for an Hour, 30 People Will Die’

    It’s 1944, in occupied Paris. Four friends spend their days in a narrow room atop a Left Bank apartment building. The neighbors think they’re painters — a cover story to explain the chemical smell. In fact, the friends are members of a Jewish resistance cell. They’re operating a clandestine laboratory to make false passports for children and families about to be deported to concentration camps. The youngest member of the group, the lab’s technical director, is practically a child himself: Adolfo Kaminsky, age 18.