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  • World War II vet who provided flag on Iwo Jima dead at 90

    04/28/2013 3:48:16 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 15 replies
    http://www.foxnews.com/ ^ | april 28, 2013
    Alan Wood, a World War II veteran credited with providing the flag in the famous flag-raising on Iwo Jima, has died. He was 90. Wood died April 18 of natural causes at his Sierra Madre home, his son Steven Wood said Saturday. Wood was a 22-year-old Navy officer in charge of communications on a landing ship on Iwo Jima's shores Feb. 23, 1945 when a Marine asked him for the biggest flag that he could find. After five days of fighting to capture the Japanese-held island, U.S. forces had managed to scale Mount Suribachi to hoist an American flag. Wood...
  • Interrupted Lives: Catholic Sisters Under European Communism (EWTN 4-27 at 5 pm)

    04/27/2013 12:11:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    EWTN ^ | April 27, 2013
    Interrupted Lives: Catholic Sisters Under European CommunismSat. Apr. 27 at 5 PM ET Documentary exploring the plight of Eastern-rite and Latin-rite Sisters under Soviet domination - who lived out their religious vocations underground from the end of WWII to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. BACKGROUND INFORMATION FROM THE USCCB WASHINGTON—Some were nurses. Many were educators. Still others cared for orphans, the elderly, the mentally ill. But all were women religious enduring the communist regime in Eastern Europe after World War II.Their story is told in “Interrupted Lives: Catholic Sisters Under European Communism,” a one-hour documentary. Interrupted...
  • Sir Winston Churchill to be Featured on British Banknote in 2016 (5 pound denomination)

    04/26/2013 11:27:03 AM PDT · by drewh · 13 replies
    United Press International ^ | Published: April 26, 2013 at 10:35 AM
    Former British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill will be featured on a British banknote set to begin circulation in 2016, the Bank of England said. A portrait of Churchill, adapted from a Dec. 30, 1941, photograph taken by Yousuf Karsh, and his famous declaration "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat" will be featured on the five-pound banknote, the BBC reported Friday. Churchill will replace social reformer Elizabeth Fry on the banknote. Bank of England Gov. Sir Mervyn King announced the new banknote from Churchill's former home of Chartwell, in Westerham, Kent. "Our banknotes acknowledge the...
  • Middle School Assignment Promotes Anti-American View of World War II

    04/24/2013 2:33:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 50 replies
    Christian Post ^ | April 24, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    Bob and Sarah Fisher were checking their daughter's homework last week when a social studies assignment caught their attention – it criticized the United States for dropping the atomic bomb during World War Two."Both of our grandfathers were in World War Two and this worksheet makes it seem as if they were the bad guys," Fisher told Fox News.The Fishers have a daughter in eighth grade at Victory Junior High School in New York. They said the anti-American slant in the homework assignment was shocking."As if somehow the Japanese were the victims and that the United States had no right...
  • Ultimate Destroyer Battle

    04/23/2013 11:23:16 AM PDT · by varmintman · 43 replies
    The US navy started WW-II with leftover destroyers. The destroyers we were building towards the end of WW-II were vastly more powerful. Two or three of them in groups would amount to something like the secondary (5") battery of an Iowa class battleship. This was with radar, radar fire control, and significant AA capabilities, along with torpedoes and depth charges. In the middle of the campaign to retake the Phillipines, there occurred one of the more astonishing stories I've ever read or heard, in which three such ships basically sailed into Ormoc Bay, and essentially fired off their entire ammo...
  • Newly Declassified Memo Reveals Roosevelt Was Warned of Tokyo’s Focus on Hawaii

    11/29/2011 7:32:32 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 82 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | November 29,2011 | Jim Hoft
    A newly released memo revealed that President Roosevelt was warned that Tokyo was focused on Hawaii days before the attack on Pearl Harbor. Washington Whispers reported: Three days before the Dec. 7, 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt was warned in a memo from naval intelligence that Tokyo’s military and spy network was focused on Hawaii, a new and eerie reminder of FDR’s failure to act on a basket load of tips that war was near. In the newly revealed 20-page memo from FDR’s declassified FBI file, the Office of Naval Intelligence on December 4 warned, “In anticipation...
  • Doolittle Raid

    04/18/2013 9:21:27 AM PDT · by Retain Mike · 37 replies
    self | April 18, 2013 | self
    One week after Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt began pressing the U.S. military to immediately strike the Japanese homeland. Desires to bolster moral became more urgent in light of rapid Japanese advances. Victories in Malaya, Philippines, Wake Island, and Dutch East Indies included sinking the British battleships Prince of Wales and Repulse as the Japanese conquered Singapore. Only improbable ideas warranted consideration, because submarines confirmed Japan placed picket boats at extreme carrier aircraft range. One idea even involved launching four engine heavy bombers from China or Outer Mongolia to strike Japan and fly on to Alaska. Captain Francis Law, a submariner,...
  • Congress Can't Even Get the Easy Ones Right

    04/10/2013 6:35:58 PM PDT · by offduty · 7 replies
    Tea Party at Perrysburg ^ | 04/10/2013 | Maumee Vice
    Next week, a United States Air Force Academy cadet will once again turn over a cup to signify that another "hero" has passed. 76 cups upside down...4 remaining. This "tradition " has been going on for 71 years and this will be the last time these few brave gentlemen will be together in one place, at one time. For you see, there are now only 4 remaining of the original 80 men who took off on a cold wet April 18th day knowing that they had insufficient fuel to reach a safe destination. Knowing full well that this may be...
  • World War II: After the War

    04/10/2013 3:20:24 PM PDT · by Chode · 9 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 10/30/2011 | Alan Taylor
    At the end of World War II, huge swaths of Europe and Asia had been reduced to ruins. Borders were redrawn and homecomings, expulsions, and burials were under way. But the massive efforts to rebuild had just begun. When the war began in the late 1930s, the world's population was approximately 2 billion. In less than a decade, the war between the Axis the Allied powers had resulted in 80 million deaths -- killing off about 4 percent of the whole world. Allied forces now became occupiers, taking control of Germany, Japan, and much of the territory they had formerly...
  • ‘TOP SECRET’ report may reveal Germany owes Greece billions of euros

    04/08/2013 3:20:21 AM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Euronews ^ | 4/7/13
    Greek newspaper To Vima claims a secret report details millions of euros owed to Athens by Germany for World War Two reparations and unpaid loans. The story has been picked up by the online edition of German newspaper Der Spiegel, who quote Greek organisations calculating the value of loans from Athens to Berlin taken by the Nazis between 1942 and 1944 at 54 billion euros. Der Spiegel also puts the figure owed to Greece for reconstruction after the Second World War at 108 billion euros. Though the details of the report are being kept under wraps by the Greek Finance...
  • What FDR said about Jews in private

    04/07/2013 8:00:57 PM PDT · by Nachum · 111 replies
    L.A. Touches ^ | 4/7/13 | Rafael Medoff
    In May 1943, President Franklin Roosevelt met with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill at the White House. It was 17 months after Pearl Harbor and a little more than a year before D-Day. The two Allied leaders reviewed the war effort to date and exchanged thoughts on their plans for the postwar era. At one point in the discussion, FDR offered what he called "the best way to settle the Jewish question." Vice President Henry Wallace, who noted the conversation in his diary, said Roosevelt spoke approvingly of a plan (recommended by geographer and Johns Hopkins University President Isaiah Bowman)...
  • Expert: Holocaust Camps are Falling Apart

    04/07/2013 1:38:13 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    INN ^ | 4/7/2013, 9:43 AM | Maayana Miskin
    Many of the Nazi camps in Europe are falling apart, an expert has warned in advance of Holocaust Memorial Day. Florence Eizenberg, who is finishing a doctorate on the topic of Holocaust denial, said that the camps, which provide valuable testimony to Nazi war crimes, are in poor condition. Eizenberg visited camps across Europe as part of her research. …
  • Mildred Dalton Manning, Army nurse and World War II prisoner, dies at 98

    04/07/2013 7:26:45 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 11 replies
    wa po ^ | Matt Schudel
    In 1943, two Hollywood movies were made about the heroic nurses of the Philippines, “Cry ‘Havoc’ ” and “So Proudly We Hail,” but the real-life Angels of Bataan and Corregidor were almost forgotten after they were interned. The letters they wrote to their families in America never arrived and were found after the war in a Manila warehouse. Mrs. Manning later said that the prison camp had no showers, beds or kitchens. A single toilet was used by hundreds of people. Yet somehow she and the nurses persevered. They maintained strict military order among themselves, always wearing their uniforms and...
  • The Holocaust Just Got More Shocking

    03/02/2013 9:42:07 AM PST · by mnehring · 58 replies
    THIRTEEN years ago, researchers at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum began the grim task of documenting all the ghettos, slave labor sites, concentration camps and killing factories that the Nazis set up throughout Europe. The researchers have cataloged some 42,500 Nazi ghettos and camps throughout Europe, spanning German-controlled areas from France to Russia and Germany itself, during Hitler’s reign of brutality from 1933 to 1945.
  • Obama, FDR and Zionism

    04/07/2013 5:27:14 AM PDT · by fso301 · 4 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 03/18/2013 | Rafael Medoff
    Today it is more clear than ever why Niles doubted FDR genuinely supported Zionism. President Barack Obama has spoken of his deep admiration for Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his desire to emulate FDR’s leadership style. But in the wake of the discovery of new documents detailing FDR’s behind-the-scenes coldness regarding the creation of a Jewish state, many Israelis will be hoping that sentiment does not extend to Roosevelt’s views on Zionism.
  • ‘FDR and the Jews,’ by Richard Breitman and Allan J. Lichtman

    04/05/2013 6:46:56 PM PDT · by iowamark · 47 replies
    NY Times ^ | April 5, 2013 | DAVID OSHINSKY
    Franklin Roosevelt enjoyed the overwhelming support of American Jews during his presidency, and the reasons are clear. In his three-plus terms from 1933 to 1945, he led the war against Hitler, supported a Jewish homeland in Palestine... Starting in the 1960s, a flood of books appeared with self-evident titles like “No Haven for the Oppressed” and “While Six Million Died.” But the most influential account by far was David S. Wyman’s “Abandonment of the Jews,” published in 1984. Wyman considered numerous parties responsible for America’s tepid response to the Holocaust, including a badly divided Jewish community, a nest of virulent...
  • Author: FDR failed to save more Jews during Holocaust; ‘vision of what America should look like’

    04/05/2013 8:23:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1:01 AM 04/04/2013 | Jamie Weinstein
    Historian Rafael Medoff says Franklin Delano Roosevelt failed to take relatively simple measures that would have saved significant numbers of Jews during the Holocaust, because his vision for America only encompassed having a small number of Jews. “In his private, unguarded moments, FDR repeatedly made unfriendly remarks about Jews, especially his belief that Jews were overrepresented in many professions and exercised too much influence and control on society,” Medoff told The Daily Caller in an email about his new book, “FDR and the Holocaust: A Breach of Faith.” “This prejudice helped shape his overall vision of what America should look...
  • The great moral failure of FDR

    03/12/2013 4:37:19 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 55 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | Monday, March 11, 2013 | Richard Cohen
    On April 12, 1945, my grandfather approached me as I played outside and asked where my mother was. He looked stricken, and so I quickly followed him inside and heard him say words that made my mother burst into tears: President Roosevelt had died. My mother’s grief and panic were so palpable — her brother was fighting in the Pacific, her brother-in-law was fighting in Europe — that it scared me. In our house, FDR was not merely the President. He was a god. He is a god no more. His New Deal is no longer solely credited with ending...
  • Ruth Mitchell - a surviving witness to the Nazi bombing of Belgrade April 6, 1941

    04/06/2013 9:39:46 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 2 replies
    www.generalmihailovich.com ^ | April 6, 2013 | Ruth Mitchell
    "...Outside my windows, the dark-browed Serbian peasants, the men in somber black, the women in their bright embroidered clothes, passed unhurriedly but more silently, more grimly than usual to the early Sunday market. I watched them thoughtfully as I began to pour my tea and turned the short-wave radio knob... ...I heard no sound but the jingling of milk carts in the streets and the shuffling of peasant feet. But it was coming, this raucously heralded doom. ...Bomb after bomb exploded all round us, some not more than twenty yards away. The effect was almost inconceivable. It wasn’t the noise...
  • KILROY WAS HERE!

    04/04/2013 9:53:24 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 23 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 04 April 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    He is engraved in stone in the National War Memorial in Washington, DC- back in a small alcove where very few people have seen it. For the WWII generation, this will bring back memories. For you younger folks, it's a bit of trivia that is a part of our American history. Anyone born in 1913 to about 1950, is familiar with Kilroy. No one knew why he was so well known- but everybody got into it, I even remember seeing him around public places in the late 60s... So who the heck was Kilroy? In 1946 the American Transit Association, through...
  • Mulberry harbour built off Normandy after D-Day uncovered on the seabed 69 years later

    03/23/2013 2:21:03 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 48 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 23rd March 2013 | Martin Robinson
    'These ghostly images reveal the forgotten harbour built off the coast of Normandy that for six months after D-Day became the world's busiest docks. British scientists have found the remnants of Mulberry B on the Channel seabed, which allowed the Allies to land troops, vehicles and equipment on French soil without having to capture a port first. The makeshift harbour, nicknamed Port Winston because it was the brainchild of Churchill, was the size of Dover and is considered to be one of the greatest military achievements of all time. Its development was even described by Albert Speer - Hitler's architect...
  • Convoy veterans given first Arctic Star medals

    03/19/2013 4:46:08 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 7 replies
    BBC News ^ | 19th March 2013 | BBC News
    'Forty veterans of the World War II Arctic convoys have become the first recipients of a new medal. Prime Minister David Cameron hailed the men as a "group of heroes", as he presented them with the newly-created Arctic Star. The Arctic convoys, reportedly called the "worst journey in the world" by Winston Churchill, took supplies to the Soviet Union from 1941 to 1945. More than 3,000 men died while on the convoys. Cdr Eddie Grenfell, 93, was given his Arctic Star at a special ceremony in Portsmouth earlier as he was too ill to travel to the ceremony at Number...
  • WWII in color: Rare photos from 1942 show Flying Fortress

    03/19/2013 5:44:56 PM PDT · by Doogle · 136 replies
    MailOnLine ^ | 03/19/13 | Snejana Farberov
    Millions of poignant black-and-white photos have come out of the World War Two era, but it is not often that scenes from the deadliest conflict in human history can be seen in living color. In 1942, LIFE Magazine sent Margaret Bourke-White, one of its four original staff photographers and the first female photojournalist accredited to cover WWII, to take pictures of the VIII Bomber Command, commonly known as the Eighth Air Force or The Mighty 8th. The photographs, executed in brilliant hues that make them look almost like oil paintings, put on full display the massive American B-24s and B-17s...
  • Operation Downfall : Olympic and Coronet The Invasion of Japan

    08/06/2010 7:42:11 AM PDT · by tlb · 19 replies · 1+ views
    World War II in the Pacific ^ | Jan 23, 2009 | staff
    OPERATION DOWNFALL, to be complete within one year of the end of the war in Europe, had two major components. * Olympic . November 1, 1945. Invasion of Southern Kyushu to provide a large base for naval and air forces within range of Tokyo. * Coronet . March 1, 1946. Invasion of Central Honshu and Tokyo. OLYMPIC Olympic entailed landing three corps on southern Kyushu, the most southern of the four Japanese home islands. The center portion of Kyushu is almost impassible mountains which would be difficult to transit and was to be used to isolate southern Kyushu from counterattack...
  • Opening Wartime Archives? (Pope Francis will open Pope Pius XII - Shoah - WWII-era archives)

    03/17/2013 9:43:54 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 28 replies
    Jewish Week ^ | 03/14/13 | Stewart Ain and Steve Lipman
    The selection of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina to be the new pope of the Roman Catholic Church is being seen as a move that will continue to cement Catholic-Jewish relations and perhaps end the debate over the ChurchÂ’s actions during World War II. Bergoglio, 76, who took the name Francis and is the first Jesuit ever to be chosen pope, has publicly called for the opening of the Vatican archives to learn the true role Pope Pius XII during the Holocaust. There have been allegations that Pope Pius XII, who is on track to be canonized by the...
  • What Japanese history lessons leave out

    03/14/2013 3:16:42 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 27 replies
    BBC News ^ | 14th March 2013 | Mariko Oi
    'Japanese people often fail to understand why neighbouring countries harbour a grudge over events that happened in the 1930s and 40s. The reason, in many cases, is that they barely learned any 20th Century history.'
  • Man who plotted to kill Hitler dies at 90

    03/12/2013 10:34:16 AM PDT · by Borges · 21 replies
    CBS News ^ | 3/12/13
    Ewald-Heinrich von Kleist, the last surviving member of the main plot to kill Adolf Hitler has died. He was 90.
  • Meet Ben Hecht, Wisecracking Jewish Hero

    03/12/2013 10:29:54 AM PDT · by Trafalgar123 · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 28, 2013 | Stella Paul
    February 28th marks the 119th birthday of Ben Hecht, the wisecracking genius who invented the screwball comedy and gangster movie, and who raucously upheld the honor of American Jews in WWII. Blasted into history from a more colorful age, Hecht began his career as a circus acrobat and virtuoso violinist, then seamlessly morphed into Chicago's star crime reporter and the most successful screenwriter in Hollywood history. I love Hecht for the feast of intelligent entertainment he seemed to effortlessly concoct, from Hitchcock masterpieces like Notorious and Spellbound to Scarface, The Front Page, and the uncredited script of Gone With the...
  • Truth... As We Know It (of General Patton)

    03/10/2013 6:59:35 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 54 replies
    The Chieftain's Hatch ^ | March 22, 2012
    A Bridge Too Far is one of my favourite war movies. Pretty much the last of the Big Screen Epics, with an All Star Cast, it doesn’t try to do much except simply tell what happened. No romantic sub plots, no political commentary, it just goes all-out to bring us the story. There’s a scene near the beginning, where von Rundstedt and Model are discussing if they need to worry about stopping Patton or Montgomery. “He’s their best. I’d prefer Montgomery, but Eisenhower isn’t that stupid” says von Rundstedt. The whole Monty/Patton argument in general is frequent, and shows up...
  • Catholic nurse executed by Nazis remembered in Rome

    03/07/2013 3:24:42 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    cna ^ | March 7, 2013
    Rome, Italy, Mar 7, 2013 / 04:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Blessed Maria Restituta, a Catholic nurse who was decapitated by the Nazis in March of 1943, was remembered for her courageous martyrdom during a recent Mass in Rome. Cardinal Christoph Shonborn recalled the 70th anniversary of Blessed Maria’s death during a celebration of the Liturgy of the Word on March 6. The Mass was held at the Basilica of St. Bartholomew, which was dedicated by Pope John Paul II to the memory of the martyrs of the 20th and 21st centuries. During the Mass, members of Blessed Maria’s religious...
  • Doolittle Raider (Tom Griffin), Who Shunned Title of ‘Hero,’ Dies

    03/01/2013 9:43:41 AM PST · by xzins · 44 replies
    Flight Journal ^ | Feb 28, 2013 | Mike Harbour
    Now, he’s flying with the angels. Tom Griffin, one of just five surviving Doolittle Raiders, died Tuesday night in his sleep at the Fort Thomas VA hospital in Kentucky. He navigated one of 16 North American B-25 Mitchell bombers from an aircraft carrier in the middle of the Pacific during the early dark days of World War II to launch a surprise daylight attack on Tokyo, lifting American morale. The longtime Green Township, Ohio, resident was 96. By his own count, Mr. Griffin cheated death eight times during World War II. The first time was when he took off in...
  • Operation Starfish: Second World War sites designed to look like burning cities

    02/28/2013 7:20:35 PM PST · by the scotsman · 12 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1st March 2013 | Mark Duell
    'It was a little-known Second World War tactic to fool the Germans - and it certainly did the job. These extraordinary photos reveal how Operation Starfish helped to dupe Nazi aircraft by creating a number of decoy towns which were built to lure enemy bombers away from more populated areas. The Starfish Sites - which got their name from the initials ‘SF’, standing for ‘Special Fire’ sites - were designed by Colonel John Turner and were intended to simulate burning UK cities during the Blitz.'
  • Double-O-Who? Jon Pertwee's secret life as a wartime agent

    02/23/2013 8:15:48 PM PST · by the scotsman · 12 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 24th February 2013 | Marc Horne
    'He was best known for battling the Daleks as one of the best-loved Doctor Whos. But now it has been revealed that Jon Pertwee was a real-life secret agent years before he donned the Time Lord’s cape. The actor, who died in 1996 aged 76, was a senior intelligence agent during the Second World War and reported directly to Winston Churchill. He was also recommended for another role by James Bond creator Ian Fleming – and proved to be an expert in using a range of 007-like gadgets, including a smoking pipe that fired bullets and handkerchiefs containing secret maps....
  • Dresden deserves to be remembered

    02/13/2013 9:04:00 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 414 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 02/13/2013 | Tom Chivers
    It's the 68th anniversary of the Dresden bombing. In Britain, we don't think about it as much as, perhaps, we should. The bare facts. More than 1,200 RAF and USAAF bombers attacked the city between the 13th and 15th of February 1945, in four raids. They dropped 3,900 tons of high explosive and incendiary bombs, killing between 22,000 and 25,000 people, almost all civilians. The city's anti-aircraft defences had all been moved to defend the industrial works of the Ruhr valley. The details are chilling.
  • Russia marks 70th anniversary of end of Battle of Stalingrad, a turning point in WWII

    02/02/2013 7:38:39 PM PST · by cunning_fish · 12 replies
    AP via Canada.com ^ | Feb 2, 2013 | Alex Zemlianichenko
    VOLGOGRAD, Russia - An aged T-34 tank clattered into the centre of the southern Russian city once known as Stalingrad and soldiers dressed in World War II-era uniforms marched solemnly as Russia marked the 70th anniversary of the end of one of modern warfare's bloodiest battles. President Vladimir Putin came to the city later Saturday to take part in the commemorations, including a visit to the famous hilltop memorial complex surmounted by a towering 87-meter (280-foot) statue of a sword-wielding woman representing the motherland. "Stalingrad will forever remain a symbol of unity and invincibility of our people, a symbol of...
  • US May Lose Original 1945 Iwo Jima Monument at Bonhams Auction:

    01/27/2013 12:57:21 PM PST · by WARMUSEUM · 11 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | January 27, 2013 | Shayna Jacobs
    Original Iwo Jima monument, which used to be housed at the Intrepid Sea-Air- Space Museum, to hit the auction block. The 10-ton piece, inspired by the iconic photo taken at the Battle of Iwo Jima in 1945 and the model for the flag-raising Marine Corps War Memorial statue in Arlington, Va., will be up for sale at Bonhams auction house on Feb. 22. It is listed for sale for $1.3 million to $1.8 million.
  • British MP: Jews Didn't Learn the Lesson from the Holocaust

    01/26/2013 1:08:25 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 36 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/1/13 | Elad Benari
    A Liberal Democrat MP in Britain faces expulsion from the party for saying Jews had not learned from the murder of six million in the Holocaust in their treatment of Palestinian Authority Arabs, the Daily Mail reports. David Ward, MP for Bradford East, wrote on his own website that he was “saddened” that Jews “could within a few years of liberation from the death camps be inflicting atrocities on Palestinians…on a daily basis.” “Having visited Auschwitz twice – once with my family and once with local schools – I am saddened that the Jews, who suffered unbelievable levels of persecution...
  • Vandals spray-paint 93-year-old World War II veteran's home

    01/22/2013 8:31:29 AM PST · by skinkinthegrass · 20 replies
    Click2houston.com ^ | Jan. 21, 2013 | Phillip Mena
    Jan. 21, 2013: Two teenagers are accused of spray-painting walls and furniture inside a 93-year-old World War II veteran's home, and police say that paint helped them identify their suspects. Phillip Mena reports.
  • A Train Near Magdeburg (Stumbled upon a great story)

    01/20/2013 10:47:45 AM PST · by frankenMonkey · 22 replies
    Hudson Falls High School ^ | George Gross and "Red" Walsh
    A few miles northwest of Magdeburg there was a railroad siding in wooded ravine not far from the Elbe River. Major Clarence Benjamin in a jeep was leading a small task force of two light tanks from Dog Company on a routine job of patrolling. The unit came upon some 200 shabby looking civilians by the side of the road.
  • Obama Asks Doctors to Help Deal With Guns

    01/16/2013 9:49:53 AM PST · by illiac · 87 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 1/16/13 | Daniel Halper
    According to a background briefer provided by the White House, President Barack Obama is asking doctors to help deal with guns. Here's the relevant passage: PRESERVE THE RIGHTS OF HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS TO PROTECT THEIR PATIENTS AND COMMUNITIES FROM GUN VIOLENCE: We should never ask doctors and other health care providers to turn a blind eye to the risks posed by guns in the wrong hands. ï‚· Clarify that no federal law prevents health care providers from warning law enforcement authorities about threats of violence: Doctors and other mental health professionals play an important role in protecting the safety of...
  • WWII soldier’s duffel bag returned 7 decades later (Kleenex alert)

    01/09/2013 5:42:24 PM PST · by GSWarrior · 22 replies
    gjsentinel.com ^ | 1/9/13 | AP
    <p>MERRILLVILLE, Ind. — A World War II veteran who served in France during the war has been reunited with his Army-issued duffel bag nearly seven decades after it went missing.</p> <p>William Kadar, 92, opened a carefully wrapped package Tuesday at his Merrillville, Ind., home and found his drab green duffel bag inside, still stenciled in black with his name and serial number. Kadar last saw the bag used by soldiers to tote their gear in November 1944, a month before he was captured by the Germans.</p>
  • Schoolboy finds WWII bomb on first trip out with metal detector Christmas present

    01/01/2013 5:59:51 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 24 replies
    The UK Telegraph ^ | December 28, 2012
    A seven-year-old boy sparked a major security scare after discovering a buried WWII bomb – with a metal detector he got for Christmas. Sonny Cater was exploring fields near his house when the National Geographic metal detector, worth £30, led him to a mud-caked metal capsule. He took it home but his father Jem, 37, became suspicious as he washed it under a tap and contacted a relative who is a former RAF armourer. The family were told to immediately call the police Experts identified the device as a 10lb British practice bomb from WWII and it was removed for...
  • Iowa’s oldest veteran dies at Iowa Veterans Home

    01/01/2013 6:22:08 AM PST · by iowamark · 5 replies
    Marshalltown Times-Republican ^ | January 1, 2013 | ANDREW POTTER
    Floyd Teske, the oldest veteran in Iowa and a resident at the Iowa Veterans Home, died at the facility Monday at the age of 106. "He had a huge impact on the people here," said Michael Hines, staff assistant to the commandant at IVH. "At 106 years old, he lived a full life." Teske was born July 10, 1906 and is a native of Decorah. In a previous interview with the Times-Republican, Teske said he remembered when World War I ended when he was 12 years old. "Early one morning the fire whistle in Decorah sounded for a long period,"...
  • Jews Outraged by Hitler Statue in Warsaw Ghetto

    12/29/2012 9:35:20 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    INN ^ | 12/28/2012, 10:30 PM | Elad Benari
    An artist has caused huge controversy after placing a statue of Adolf Hitler praying on his knees in the former Warsaw Ghetto, the Daily Mail reports. Some Jewish groups have expressed fury at the decision to install the provocative artwork in the area where thousands of Jews were forced to live during the rule of the Nazi regime. In total, around 300,000 Jews from the Ghetto died or were sent to their death in concentration camps. The statue by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, entitled “HIM”, has attracted a large number of visitors since its installation last month, reported the Daily...
  • Tourists flock to former top-secret US Air Force base near Charleville (Queensland, Australia)

    12/28/2012 6:00:15 AM PST · by naturalman1975 · 8 replies
    Courier-Mail (Brisbane) ^ | 29th December 2012 | Jeremy Pierce
    <p>IT was the top-secret air base so covert even the locals were sworn to silence.</p> <p>The US Air Force base, outside Charleville in outback Queensland, was deserted after World War II and has sat forgotten in the desert for more than 60 years.</p> <p>Until now.</p>
  • Man the Nazis could not kill: A giant with a volcanic temper, he shot 100 enemy soldiers and won..

    Sergeant-Major Stan Hollis, of Middlesbrough was the only soldier awarded a VC at D-Day and is believed to have gunned down 100 German soldiersDuring the early hours of June 6, 1944 - D-Day - lines of scared young soldiers waited in the dark for the order to board the landing craft that would take them into battle on the beaches of northern France. At the last minute they were issued with an unexpected piece of equipment — a condom each! ‘What are these for?’ boomed out the voice of Sergeant-Major Stan Hollis, a hulking power-house of a man from...
  • GCHQ dismisses claims D-Day pigeon riddle has been cracked [UK]

    12/26/2012 10:44:36 AM PST · by Red Badger · 12 replies
    Telegraph [UK] ^ | 11:07AM GMT 26 Dec 2012 | By Steven Swinford
    The intelligence agency GCHQ has dismissed claims that a coded message from the Second World War found tied to the remains of a pigeon in a chimney has been cracked. A team of Canadian researchers claimed earlier this month that the code contained details of German tank movements which had been sent by a British soldier. However, Michael Smith, a trustee of Bletchley Park, said the claims were "nonsense". He said the Canadian academics had used a World War 1 code from the First World War as the basis of their research. He said: "The idea that a World War...
  • A Final Farewell to Daniel Inouye: September 7, 1924 - December 17, 2012

    12/21/2012 9:45:57 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 15 replies
    Honolulu Star-Advertiser ^ | Friday, December 21, 2012 | various
    A hero for Hawaii - Daniel Ken Inouye, the grandson of Japanese immigrants, sacrificed his right arm for his country in combat during World War II and devoted much of his life as an unwavering voice for Hawaii in the U.S. Senate [Video, images, text]
  • On this day in history: A Higher Call

    12/20/2012 9:49:18 AM PST · by Starman417 · 2 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 12-20-12 | Wordsmith
    A Higher CallDecember 20, 1943by John D. Shaw December 20, 1943, 4 days before Christmas: a young American bomber pilot named Charlie Brown found himself somewhere over Germany, struggling to keep his plane aloft with just one of its four engines still working. They were returning from their first mission as a unit, the successful bombing of a German munitions factory. Of his crew members, one was dead and six wounded, and 2nd Lt. Brown was alone in his cockpit, the three unharmed men tending to the others. Brown’s B-17 had been attacked by 15 German planes and left...
  • Sweden finds Soviet submarine wreck in Baltic Sea (WW2 sub)

    12/18/2012 5:49:08 PM PST · by dynachrome · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12-17-12 | Niklas Pollard
    The wreck of a Soviet submarine lost during World War Two has been found in the Baltic Sea, 71 years after it sank, the Swedish Military said on Monday. The Swedish Armed Forces said the submarine, believed to have been lost on patrol in late 1941, was found in the Swedish economic zone southeast of the Baltic island of Oland in an area which German forces had mined during the war. "There is much to indicate that the submarine headed straight into the minefield while on the surface and was blown apart by a mine," the military said in a...