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  • 69 Years Ago Today....

    06/06/2013 3:21:00 PM PDT · by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig · 31 replies
    69 years ago today my father in law was landing in Normandy France in a glider....crawling through hedgerows....doing his duty. Thank you Ralph "Bud" Thomas.
  • June 6: A walk across a beach in Normandy

    06/06/2013 10:53:26 AM PDT · by mojito · 12 replies
    American Digest ^ | 6/6/2013 | Vanderluen
    Today your job is straightforward. First you must load 40 to 50 pounds on your back. Then you need to climb down a net of rope that is banging on the steel side of a ship and jump into a steel rectangle bobbing on the surface of the ocean below you. Others are already inside the steel boat shouting and urging you to hurry up. Once in the boat you stand with dozens of others as the boat is driven towards distant beaches and cliffs through a hot hailstorm of bullets and explosions.... In front of you, over the steel...
  • Sixty-Nine Years Ago

    06/06/2013 1:53:56 AM PDT · by Peter W. Kessler · 19 replies
    CBS World News ^ | June 6, 1944 | CBS World News
    12:30 a.m., June 6, 1944...
  • Church to beatify father of seven who saved 100 lives

    06/05/2013 3:18:25 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    cna ^ | June 4, 2013
    Francesco Manicardi (far right) speaks about his grandfather during the June 4, 2013 press conference in Vatican Radio's Marconi Hall. Credit: Lauren Cater/CNA. Rome, Italy, Jun 4, 2013 / 01:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Odoardo Focherini will be beatified in the Italian city of Carpi on June 15 for his life of faith and dedication to helping those in need, including 100 Jews he helped escape the Nazis. “One of the Jews whom he saved said, ‘we are the miracles of Odoardo Focherini,’ and they saw his as their savior and angel,” said Focherini’s grandson, Francesco Manicardi. “His neighbors weren’t...
  • Forever With Us All: A Memorial Day Remembrance

    05/31/2013 6:55:19 AM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/28/2013 | Paul Kengor
    Memorial Day is a wonderful constant. Every year, it never ceases to touch me. My family attends an annual parade in Mercer, Pa. Its terrific total old-school. The flags, the courthouse, the kids, the snow cone stand, the marching bands, and, most of all, the troops from different wars that is, the survivors who remain with us. Speaking of whom, Memorial Day always brings another constant, a sad one: each new Memorial Day brings fewer World War II veterans. They are leaving us at a rapid clip. Anyone who entered World War II at age 18 in 1945...
  • World War II Memorial

    05/29/2013 4:30:52 AM PDT · by BigLittle · 4 replies
    self | May 29, 2013 | biglittle
    9 Years ago today, I had the great honor of being a key member of the World War II Memorial dedication weekend on the National Mall. Starting at 8AM, Big Band orchestra played the music of the greatest generation, 3PM saw President GW Bush on stage.
  • WW2 Marine's diary: A brief look at a brief life

    05/27/2013 8:09:35 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 9 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Monday, May 27, 2013 | JANET McCONNAUGHEY
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) Before Cpl. Thomas "Cotton" Jones was killed by a Japanese sniper in the Central Pacific in 1944, he wrote what he called his "last life request" to anyone who might find his diary: Please give it to Laura Mae Davis, the girl he loved. Davis did get to read the diary but not until nearly 70 years later, when she saw it in a display case at the National World War II Museum. "I didn't have any idea there was a diary in there," said the 90-year-old Mooresville, Ind., woman. She said it brought tears...
  • Author: Soviet agents subverted US in 1930s

    05/26/2013 9:20:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 134 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | May 26, 2013 | Ginni Thomas
    Syndicated columnist Diana West says the ultimate conclusion of her new book shocked even her. Americans have been betrayed by our leaders going back to FDRs administration in the 1930s because we were penetrated by Soviet agents to such an extent that our policies and, indeed I argue, our character as a nation was subverted, she explained in an interview with The Daily Callers Ginni Thomas about her book, American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nations Character. I dont believe we won World War II, West added. I believe that we were actually carrying out Soviet strategy due...
  • Memorial Day--My Dad

    05/24/2013 6:07:45 AM PDT · by alchemist54 · 18 replies
    After my 12year odyssey with the Veterans Administration and compilation of my military records. I decided to request my Fathers Records. My Father Passed away in 1967 at age 48. I was 17 and knew very little about his war time experiences. I knew he served with the 2nd Armored Division under General Patton that he fought in North Africa, Sicily, landed on Normandy and fought till the end of the war. He talked very little about the war. The response I received from the VA was that his records were destroyed in a fire in the records division in...
  • Tales of the Gun - Japanese Guns of WW2 (Video)

    05/22/2013 7:12:21 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 25 replies | 5-21-2013 | Primeda
    The classic History Channel documentary series. This episode: Japanese Guns of WWII.
  • Stolen Nazi Gold May Be In German Cavern (Amber Room?)

    02/19/2008 8:38:09 PM PST · by blam · 23 replies · 1,500+ views
    Stolen Nazi gold may be in German cavern Last Updated: 3:11am GMT 20/02/2008 Treasure hunters claim they have may have found a haul of looted Nazi gold said to be part of a Russian collection that was dubbed the "eighth wonder of the world" before it was stolen. The resting place of the Amber Room treasures was reportedly made at the weekend near the German village of Deutschneudorf. Tests showed a man-made cavern 20 metres below ground that contained a large amount of precious metals. Treasure hunter Christian Hanisch [left] and Heinz-Peter Haustein at the site where the gold is...
  • Fate Of Russia's Lost Art Treasure Revealed After 60-Year Cover-Up (Amber Room)

    05/21/2004 7:47:39 PM PDT · by blam · 8 replies · 340+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 5-22-2004 | John Ezard
    Fate of Russia's lost art treasure revealed after 60-year cover-up John Ezard, arts correspondent Saturday May 22, 2004 The Guardian (UK) Steven Spielberg would have called it Indiana Jones and the Eighth Wonder, and supplied a happy ending. In a damp cellar, guarded by deadly snakes and senile but savage SS men, the holy grail of Russian art treasures would triumphantly have been liberated. According to evidence disclosed today in Guardian Weekend, the truth is more squalid. Peter the Great's 18th century Amber Room, rated as the world's prime missing art treasure, valued at 150m, perished in the chaos of...
  • Mysteries of the Amber Chamber - restoration of the 8th wonder of the world

    07/08/2003 11:14:34 AM PDT · by bedolido · 21 replies · 396+ views
    Pravda ^ | 07/08/03 | Staff Writer
    In the old times there were two suns above the Earth. Unfortunately one got broken to pieces; the pieces dropped into the ocean that now casts bits of "the solar stone" ashore. People call these pieces amber. It is a nice legend about amber; it slightly reminds of the story of creation, loss and restoration of the famous amber chamber in Tsarskoye Selo. One woman from the Russian city of Rostov was one of the first people who believed that the amber chamber could be restored. What is more, she made first considerable contribution into the reconstruction process. In 1976,...
  • Russia's Jewel Box: A Resurrected Amber Room Glows With History and Mystery

    05/29/2003 8:21:50 AM PDT · by xeno · 8 replies · 5+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | May 29, 2003 | Susan B. Glasser
    <p>Hidden for now behind a white screen from the prying eyes of visitors to Catherine Palace, the painstakingly re-created Amber Room glows with the yellows, oranges, reds of the late-afternoon sun. Intricately carved frames of amber showcase four elaborate mosaic pictures made of semiprecious stones. Amber roses and amber people and amber landscapes festoon the walls.</p> <p>It is, as museum official Yuri Dumashin put it today while marveling once again at its baroque extravagance, "the world's biggest jewelry box."</p>
  • Hunt on for Tsars' Amber Room

    03/29/2003 12:21:41 PM PST · by vannrox · 3 replies · 451+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | Sat 29 Mar 2003 | ALLAN HALL IN BERLIN
    CRAFTED entirely out of amber, gold and precious stones, it was a masterpiece of baroque art and widely regarded as the world?s most important art treasure. When its 565 candles were lit, the famous Amber Room was said to glow a fiery gold. Looted by the Nazis , its whereabouts have been a mystery since the dying days of the Second World War. But now a new German investigation believes it has found where the treasure, worth 120 million today, lies - in abandoned mine workings in the former East Germany. One of the few facts all historians seem to...
  • Hitlers Gold: Uncovering the Biggest Bank Heist in History

    10/09/2009 7:24:03 AM PDT · by BGHater · 12 replies · 2,061+ views
    Money Hacker ^ | 22 Sep 2009 | Joseph McCullough
    Image: via Food Court LunchAmong the chaos of the collapse of Hitlers empire in April 1945 the biggest heist in history took place. Gold bars, jewels and stolen foreign currency with an estimated worth of $3.34 billion vanished from the Reichsbank vaults, in Germany.Reichsbank, Berlin 1933Image: German Federal Archive In the ensuing decades small quantities of this bounty have turned up in Portugal, Switzerland, Turkey, Spain and Sweden but the majority remains missing. Across the world search teams look for this missing treasure and the supreme prize of the legendary Amber Room, an acquisition from St. Petersburg during WWII,...
  • On masculinity: My father's generation were better at being men

    05/19/2013 2:44:47 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    The Guardian ^ | May 17, 2013 | Ian Jack
    According to Diane Abbott, Britain is facing a crisis of masculinity. In a speech made on Thursday under the auspices of the thinktank Demos, the shadow health minister warned of a generation of angry, inarticulate young men who had no idea of their role in society. Raised on a diet of pornography and consumerism, they were "caught between the stiff-upper-lip approach of previous generations" and the "pornified ideals" of a youth culture that featured Viagra as a party drug and promoted sexism and homophobia.More prone to depression and less well educated than young women, and perhaps jobless despite a degree,...
  • Japanese mayor: Wartime sex slaves were necessary [OK, FR Ladies Get Angry]

    05/14/2013 6:16:40 AM PDT · by SandRat · 52 replies
    An outspoken nationalist mayor said the Japanese military's forced prostitution of Asian women before and during World War II was necessary to "maintain discipline" in the ranks and provide rest for soldiers who risked their lives in battle. The comments made Monday are already raising ire in neighboring countries that bore the brunt of Japan's wartime aggression and have long complained that Japan has failed to fully atone for wartime atrocities.
  • Japanese mayor: Wartime sex slaves were necessary

    05/14/2013 1:34:27 AM PDT · by markomalley · 25 replies
    AP ^ | 5/14/2013 | MALCOLM FOSTER
    An outspoken nationalist mayor said the Japanese military's forced prostitution of Asian women before and during World War II was necessary to "maintain discipline" in the ranks and provide rest for soldiers who risked their lives in battle. The comments made Monday are already raising ire in neighboring countries that bore the brunt of Japan's wartime aggression and that have long complained that Japan has failed to fully atone for wartime atrocities. Toru Hashimoto, the young, brash mayor of Osaka who is also co-leader of an emerging conservative political party, also told reporters that there wasn't clear evidence that the...
  • Inside the Paris apartment untouched for 70 years: ...owner locked up and fled at outbreak of WWII

    05/13/2013 4:05:48 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    DailyMailUK ^ | 01:57 EST, 13 May 2013 | Leon Watson
    Caked in dust and full of turn-of-the century treasures, this Paris apartment is like going back in time. Having lain untouched for seven decades the abandoned home was discovered three years ago after its owner died aged 91. The woman who owned the flat, a Mrs De Florian, had fled for the south of France before the outbreak of the Second World War. She never returned and in the 70 years since, it looks like no-one had set foot inside.
  • Braver than any man: The British sisters who fought the Nazis

    05/05/2013 7:35:35 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 7 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5th May 2013 | Annabel Venning
    'Hunched over a wireless set, alone in a safe house in a Parisian suburb on a rainy morning in July 1944, Didi Nearne tapped out a Morse Code message. It contained urgent information from the leader of her Resistance network to intelligence chiefs back in London. The average SOE wireless operator in Occupied France lasted for just six weeks before being arrested. Didi, 21, had survived for five months, making an astonishing 105 transmissions. The questioning began. What was she doing with a wireless set? Didi had her answer ready: she was a simple French girl and had been sending...
  • Dornier 17: Salvaging a rare WWII plane from the seabed

    05/04/2013 2:32:22 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 14 replies
    BBC ^ | 2 May 2013 Last updated at 20:55 ET | Nick Higham
    Work begins on Friday to raise a unique World War II aircraft from the floor of the English Channel just off the Kent coast. The Dornier 17 aircraft is the last of its kind, and lies in 50ft of water on the Goodwin Sands. The salvage is just the start of a two-year restoration project by the RAF Museum in Hendon. Summer 1940 and Britain stands alone in Europe against seemingly unstoppable German military success. For weeks on end, wave after wave of German aircraft cross the English coast, under orders to destroy the RAF and pave the way for...
  • Teen picks up trash armed with WWII gun

    04/29/2013 5:09:56 PM PDT · by redreno · 29 replies ^ | 04/25/2013 | unknown
    A man says he walks his neighborhood with a World War II rifle to pick up garbage and keep the area safe. WCNC reports.
  • Hitler's food taster tells of poisoning fears

    04/29/2013 3:47:41 AM PDT · by NJRighty · 13 replies
    New York Post ^ | 4/26/13 | Associated Press
    BERLIN They were feasts of sublime asparagus laced with fear. And for more than half a century, Margot Woelk kept her secret hidden from the world, even from her husband. Then, a few months after her 95th birthday, she revealed the truth about her wartime role: Adolf Hitler's food taster. Woelk, then in her mid-twenties, spent two and a half years as one of 15 young women who sampled Hitler's food to make sure it wasn't poisoned before it was served to the Nazi leader in his "Wolf's Lair," the heavily guarded command center in what is now...
  • 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 ^ | 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 WASHINGTONSome 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 Tokyos 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 Tokyos military and spy network was focused on Hawaii, a new and eerie reminder of FDRs failure to act on a basket load of tips that war was near. In the newly revealed 20-page memo from FDRs 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 Hitlers 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 FDRs leadership style. But in the wake of the discovery of new documents detailing FDRs behind-the-scenes coldness regarding the creation of a Jewish state, many Israelis will be hoping that sentiment does not extend to Roosevelts 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. Wymans Abandonment of the Jews, published in 1984. Wyman considered numerous parties responsible for Americas 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 mothers 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 ^ | 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 wasnt the noise...

    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 Church’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.'