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Free Republic University, Department of History presents World War II Plus 70 Years: Seminar and Discussion Forum
First session: September 1, 2009. Last date to add: September 2, 2015.
Reading assignment: New York Times articles delivered daily to students on the 70th anniversary of original publication date. (Previously posted articles can be found by searching on keyword “realtime” Or view Homer’s posting history .)
To add this class to or drop it from your schedule notify Admissions and Records (Attn: Homer_J_Simpson) by freepmail. Those on the Realtime +/- 70 Years ping list are automatically enrolled. Course description, prerequisites and tuition information is available at the bottom of Homer’s profile. Also visit our general discussion thread.
1 posted on 12/12/2012 5:20:42 AM PST by Homer_J_Simpson
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Selections from West Point Atlas for the Second World War
Papua, New Guinea, 1942
The Solomons: Guadalcanal and Florida, 1942
Southwest Russia, 1942: Soviet Winter Offensive, Operations, 19 November-12 December 1942
North Africa, 1941: Pursuit to Tunisia, November 1942-February 1943
Tunisia 1942: The Race for Tunisia-Situation 1 January 1943, and Operations Since 17 November 1942
The Far East and the Pacific, 1941: Status of Forces and Allied Theater Boundaries, 2 July 1942
India-Burma, 1942: Allied Lines of Communication, 1942-1943
2 posted on 12/12/2012 5:21:53 AM PST by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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December 12, 1942:


"Kurt Gerstein remains an enigma.
A devout Christian with backgrounds in medicine and engineering, he joined the Nazi Party in 1933.
Three years later he was dismissed for anti-Nazi activity and sentenced to a concentration camp.

"After the murder of his sister-in-law during the "euthanasia" program, Gerstein wanted to learn the truth about such killings.
He joined the Waffen-SS in 1941 and studied the effects of Zyklon B. Gerstein became head of the Technical Disinfection Department within the Institute of Hygiene.

"However, when he was ordered to transport killing agent Zyklon B to camps, he witnessed the mass killings of Jews by carbon monoxide at Belzec.
Horrified, Gerstein resolved to tell the world, approaching diplomats, church leaders, and even the papal nuncio in Berlin--but with little success.

"Arrested by the French at the end of the war, Gerstein was imprisoned as a suspected war criminal.
He died mysteriously, probably a suicide but perhaps at the hands of SS officers who feared his testimony."


"The Germans extended their antisemitic policies to the parts of North Africa under their control.
These Tunisian Jews march off to engage in forced labor.
Relatively few North African Jews perished in the Holocaust, however, because the Allies conquered the region before the Nazis had the opportunity to begin a systematic program of extermination."


"Considering their subjects only as research tools, not humans, Nazi medical experimenters put no ethical limits on their activities.
As with the prisoner whose leg is pictured here, some inmates were injected with pus and toxic substances in order to generate infections on which various experimental medicines could be tested.
Nazi researchers also amputated healthy limbs for transplant to soldiers who had been severely wounded.
Few prisoners survived the experiments, either dying immediately or becoming so weakened and ill that they were soon consigned to the gas chambers."


"Proudly posing in the regalia of an SS officer, Max Koegel found his career within the Nazi bureaucracy.
Like many German soldiers after World War I, he had difficulty adjusting to civilian life.
In 1926 Koegel served time in prison for bankruptcy and fraud, and in 1929 his frustrations led him to join the SS.
He served on the staff of the Dachau concentration camp in 1933 and progressed from there through a variety of camp positions, including posts as the commandant of the Ravensbrück concentration camp and, beginning in 1942, the Majdanek death camp."



11 posted on 12/12/2012 7:46:35 AM PST by BroJoeK (a little historical perspective....)
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Per #1; The good old days when a parent could enter the classroom and realign an out of control petty tyrant of a teacher. Now days the petty tyrants are in full control.


12 posted on 12/12/2012 9:01:16 AM PST by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again,")
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CBS - Victory Belles: Mabel Todd, Marie Tuttle, Beverly the Reveille Girl

NBCB - Over Here: Milton Berle, Linda Darnell, Maxine Sullivan, Ronald Colman

13 posted on 12/12/2012 9:12:29 AM PST by CougarGA7 ("War is an outcome based activity" - Dr. Robert Citino)
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