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  • Merkel responds to Trump: 'I have witnessed' Germany under Soviet control

    07/11/2018 10:13:17 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 70 replies
    CNN ^ | July 11, 2018 | Jennifer Hansler
    Angela Merkel appeared to hit back at US President Donald Trump's claim that "Germany is a captive of Russia" by drawing on her own upbringing in Soviet-controlled East Germany. "I wanted to say that, because of current events, I have witnessed this myself, that a part of Germany was controlled by the Soviet Union. And I am very happy that we are today unified in freedom as the Federal Republic of Germany," she said in an arrival statement at the NATO Summit Wednesday. Merkel, who was born in Hamburg in 1954, has spoken on numerous occasions about her upbringing under...
  • The Last World War II U-Boat Commander Has Died at 105

    07/05/2018 10:56:27 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 82 replies
    Military.Com ^ | 24 Jun 2018 | Richard Sisk
    Four months after the Pearl Harbor attacks, Kapitanleutnant Reinhard Hardegen decided that Americans should see for themselves what war with Adolf Hitler's Germany was going to look like. He began with Florida sunbathers. On April 11, 1942, Hardegen's submarine, U-123, torpedoed the tanker SS Gulfamerica off Jacksonville. He maneuvered U-123 around the flaming wreck and surfaced between the SS Gulfamerica and the beach. He sank it with U-123's deck gun. Hardegen later wrote in his log: "All the vacationers had seen an impressive special performance at [President Franklin D.] Roosevelt's expense. A burning tanker, artillery fire, the silhouette of a...
  • Prince William's Great-Grandmother, Princess Alice of Battenberg Saved Jews from the Nazis

    07/01/2018 2:16:07 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 12 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | July 1, 2018 | Iris Georlette/Maariv
    Princess Alice von Battenberg was born in 1885 in Windsor Castle in England, and was deaf from birth. After marrying the Greek Prince Andrew in 1903, she lived in Greece until the expulsion of the Greek royal family in 1917. In 1930, Alice was diagnosed with schizophrenia and was hospitalized in a sanatorium in Switzerland for two years. During World War II she lived in Athens, where she helped hide Jews from the Nazis. In 1994, 24 years after her death in 1969, she received the title of Righteous Among the Nations from Yad Vashem. After the war, she remained...
  • Poland Changes its Controversial Holocaust Law

    06/30/2018 5:29:49 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 20 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | June 2018 | Herb Keinon, Jeremy Sharon
    Poland has amended its controversial Holocaust law that made it a crime punishable by up to three years in jail to say “Polish concentration camps,” four months after the law went into effect. Polish lawmakers voted on Wednesday by a vote of 388-25, with five abstentions. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he is pleased that Poland “fully rescinded” clauses in its Holocaust law. “I’m pleased that the Polish government, the parliament, the senate and the president of Poland decided today to fully rescind the clauses that were signed and caused a storm and consternation in Israel and among the international...
  • June 30, 1934: the Night of the Long Knives, Hitler's purge of those standing in his way

    06/30/2018 10:34:49 AM PDT · by harpygoddess · 40 replies
    VA Viper ^ | 06/30/2018 | Harpygoddess
    The Night of the Long Knives was a purge that took place in Nazi Germany from June 30 to July 2, 1934, when the Nazi regime carried out a series of political murders. When Hitler rose to power in early 1933, he owed much of his success to the muscle of his Nazi Storm Troopers, the SA, a violent, ruthless army headed by Ernst Röhm, Hitler’s long-time friend. Röhm and his Storm Troopers brought Germany into submission by gaining control of the streets gangster-style and violently eliminating Hitler’s political enemies. However, a threatening, revolutionary force was no longer useful now...
  • Many Russians No Longer Hold Stalin Liable for WWII Deaths

    06/26/2018 8:14:14 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 60 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | June 2018
    The Kremlin has in recent years advanced a narrative that Russia must not be ashamed of its Soviet past. President Vladimir Putin has used his nearly two decades in power to talk up achievements during World War II as a rallying cry to unite the nation. In recent years, there have been efforts in Russia to transform Stalin’s image from that of a bloody dictator to a ‘great personality.’ A poll by the independent Levada Center found only 9 percent of Russians blamed Stalin’s leadership for the war casualties, according to a survey published Wednesday. That is a a rapidly...
  • George Takei: At least during my internment, I was not taken from my parents

    06/19/2018 2:58:09 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 86 replies
    CNN ^ | June 19, 2018 | Jennifer Hansler
    Actor George Takei argued that "in one core, horrifying way," the family separations occurring at the United States' southern border are "worse" than the Japanese-American internment camps during World War II. "At least during the internment, when I was just 5 years old, I was not taken from my parents," he wrote in an op-ed for Foreign Policy magazine that was published Tuesday. Takei, an American citizen of Japanese ancestry who was detained with his family at camps in Arkansas and California, wrote that there was a "hideous irony" in the comparison. "At least during the internment, my parents were...
  • Missing sub rumored to have brought Nazis to South America discovered

    04/19/2018 10:55:33 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 53 replies
    nypost.com ^ | April 18, 2018 | 1:08pm | By Jon Lockett, The Sun
    The missing submarine was found off the coast of Denmark. Sea War Museum Jutland _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ A missing German submarine said to have taken the defeated Nazi leadership to South America has been discovered after being lost at sea for nearly 73 years. The U-3523 was one of Hitler’s Type XXI submarines – a new and highly advanced design which came too late to stop an allied victory. It was the first class of U-boats designed to sail submerged for a prolonged period of time and had a range which allowed it to sail non-stop to South America. The U-3523...
  • 76th Anniversary of the battle of Midway this coming Monday

    06/03/2018 1:13:48 AM PDT · by Fai Mao · 29 replies
    June 3, 2018 | Fai Mao
    You can't visit Midway anymore, or Iwo Jima or wake. Those are the only three major battle sites from the Pacific War I've not managed to visit. You can watch the movie account on Amazon. Midway w/Charleton Heston, Henry Fonda et al.
  • Richard Overton, oldest living veteran, turns 112

    05/11/2018 7:06:11 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 8 replies
    KXAN ^ | May 11, 2018 | Chris Davis
    The oldest living World War II veteran and oldest living man in the U.S. turns 112 Friday, and his family and friends are celebrating by inviting everyone to stop by and see him. Richard Overton, born in 1906, still lives in east Austin in the house he built 72 years ago. Overton moved into the house, now on a street named after him, in 1946, and still spends his days on his front porch, smoking cigars and drinking whiskey. "I feel fine every day," Overton told a gaggle of reporters and photographers gathered outside his home on Thursday. "No pain...
  • Central Berlin evacuated for World War II bomb removal

    04/20/2018 7:48:53 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 15 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | April 20, 2018 | Ben Knight
    Authorities in Berlin on Friday successfully defused a 500-kilogram (1,102-pound) British World War II aerial bomb that was found during construction work on Wednesday. Evacuations of all buildings within 800 meters of the bomb site started from 9 a.m. to allow the defusal to take place. Berlin's main train station fell within the evacuation area, potentially causing disruption for thousands of passengers. There was something of a holiday atmosphere around the station on Friday morning, as the last few passengers moving out of the station were easily outnumbered by the reporters and TV crews there to interview them, and, unusually,...
  • North Carolina City Officials Reject Plan For Monument Honoring Soviet Aviators

    03/29/2018 11:06:58 AM PDT · by GoldenState_Rose · 54 replies
    RFE/RL ^ | Mar 2018 | Associated Press
    The Russian Ministry of Defense is looking to install the 25-ton monument in Elizabeth City, which is the near the headquarters of a secret WWII mission called "Project Zebra," in which hundreds of Soviet aviators were trained at a time when U.S. and Soviet forces were allied in the fight against the Nazis. But the Elizabeth City council voted 5-3 on March 23 against a previously signed memorandum of understanding. If the plan had come to fruition, the Russian Defense Ministry would have paid for the monument, with the city then covering some $228,000 for improvements to the park where...
  • What We Knew: Everyday Life in Nazi Germany

    03/14/2018 10:50:26 AM PDT · by GoldenState_Rose · 48 replies
    Archive.org ^ | 2005 | Eric A. Johnson, Karl-Heinz Reuband
    Difficult as it is to fathom, given most people's conception of dictatorship, most Germans appear to have led happy, productive, even normal lives in the Third Reich. This indicates that a dictatorship can enjoy widespread popularity among the majority even while committing unspeakable crimes against minorities and others. The horrors of the Nazi regime and the Holocaust still present some of the most disturbing questions in modern history: Why did Hitler’s party appeal to millions of Germans, and how entrenched was anti- Semitism among the population? How could anyone claim, after the war, that the genocide of Europe’s Jews was...
  • Broadcast to the American People Announcing the Surrender of Germany - May 8, 1945

    02/24/2018 9:59:50 AM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 6 replies
    Univ of Missouri ^ | May 8, 1945 | Harry S. Truman
    THIS IS a solemn but a glorious hour. I only wish that Franklin D. Roosevelt had lived to witness this day. General Eisenhower informs me that the forces of Germany have surrendered to the United Nations. The flags of freedom fly over all Europe. For this victory, we join in offering our thanks to the Providence which has guided and sustained us through the dark days of adversity. Our rejoicing is sobered and subdued by a supreme consciousness of the terrible price we have paid to rid the world of Hitler and his evil band. Let us not forget, my...
  • When Israel Ignorantly Blames the Holocaust on the Poles, It Boosts Their Illiberal Nationalists

    02/08/2018 11:39:22 AM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 32 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Jan 30, 2018 | Oded Even Or
    Contrary to other European countries, such as France or Norway, Poland was directly controlled by Nazi Germany. There was no puppet regime in Poland to assist the Germans, like the Vichy or Quisling governments, and the Nazis annexed parts of the country, while putting the rest under the control of a German governor, Hans Frank. Frank subjected Poland to a terror "much fiercer and more protracted [...] than anywhere in Europe," scholar Norman Davies says, as cited by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. This terror included capital punishment for offering any help to Jews. While it’s true that Poles aided,...
  • Russia's Gulag camps cast in forgiving light of Putin nationalism

    02/05/2018 1:50:23 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 20 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Shaun Walker
    In today’s Russia it is not fashionable to delve too deeply into Gulag history, and 60-year-old Panikarov’s collection is one of just two museums devoted entirely to the Gulag in the whole country. Indeed, even Panikarov himself has a somewhat surprising view: “We should not have one-sided evaluations... “It was fashionable to say bad things about the USSR. Now it is again fashionable to insult Russia. We have sanctions against us. The west looks for negative things.” Panikarov’s views on the Gulag are part of a larger trend. With the Soviet victory in the second world war elevated to a...
  • The Marshall Plan Led Europe Back From The Dead

    02/05/2018 1:19:13 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 42 replies
    "It is the greatest success in the history of American foreign policy," Mark Stoler, editor of the George C. Marshall Papers in Lexington, Va. "And it plays to the best American instincts — helping those in need. "In the process, it clearly turned America into the world's superpower. It was the key component of American Cold War strategy. And it was an immediate psychological booster shot to Europe. Marshall's message was: 'Here is a lifeline that you can take advantage of. America is going to be the leader here and accept that mantel of leadership.'" Georges Bidault, France's prime minister...
  • Holocaust Survivor, 86, Must Pay Taxes on 'Ghetto Slave' Compensation, Dutch Government Says

    12/28/2017 1:48:53 AM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 15 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12-27-2017 | Michael van der Galien
    It doesn't get more insane than this: a Jewish woman, 86, has been told by the Dutch government that she will have to pay taxes on a pension she receives every month from the German government. Now, it may sound a tad bit weird that Germany is paying a Dutch woman 140 euros every month, but the reason is that Inge Prenzlau is Jewish. During the Second World War, the Nazi occupiers forced her to work in her father's company without pay. Every day, young Inge (then 11 years old) had to walk two hours to her father's pill factory...
  • How Nazis courted the Islamic world during WWII

    11/14/2017 4:22:26 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 11.13.2017 | Nastassja Shtrauchler
    Tens of thousands of Muslims fought for the Nazis in World War Two. DW spoke with historian David Motadel about whether pragmatism or anti-Semitism drove Adolf Hitler’s overtures and why some Muslim leaders backed him. […]At the height of the war in 1941-1942, when German troops entered Muslim-populated territories in the Balkans, North Africa, Crimea, and the Caucasus, and approached the Middle East and Central Asia, Berlin began to see Islam as politically significant. Nazi Germany made significant attempts to promote an alliance with the “Muslim world” against their alleged common enemies — the British Empire, the Soviet Union, America...
  • The Sign of The End of The Age...Matthew 24 pt 6

    09/14/2017 2:31:41 PM PDT · by pastorbillrandles · 20 replies
    And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.All these are the beginning of sorrows. (Matthew 24:4-8)The Third answer comes first, in Matthew 24. The Disciples asked Jesus,...