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  • For first time in 11 years, Moscow bans annual name-reciting ceremony of Stalin's victims

    10/20/2018 7:54:35 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 6 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 19 Oct 2018 | Agence France-Presse in Moscow
    Memorial, the country oldest rights group, has held a 12-hour ceremony every year on 29 October for the past 11 years. Hundreds of people read out names of those killed during Stalin-era repressions at a memorial in Lubyanka Square, outside the headquarters of the current security service and its Stalin-era predecessors. Historians estimate about a million people perished in Stalin’s Terror, also known as the Great Purge, in the 1930s. The group said Moscow city authorities had refused permission this year for “The Return of Names” ceremony. “Today, 19 October, that is 10 days before the ceremony was due to...
  • U.S. Senate Says Stalin 'Committed Genocide' In Famine-Hit Ukraine

    10/06/2018 7:16:42 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 34 replies
    RFE/RL ^ | Oct 2018 | Mark Najarian
    WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate has adopted a resolution recognizing that Soviet dictator Josef Stalin committed genocide against the Ukrainian people in the early 1930s, when millions died in a horrific famine known as the Holodomor. The office of Republican Senator Rob Portman, who sponsored the bill, did not immediately get back to RFE/RL for comment. Asked for comment, the State Department referred to a 2017 statement that described the Holodomor as "one of the most atrocious acts of the 20th century. The "simple resolution" passed on October 3 commemorates the 85th anniversary of the famine of 1932-33. The Senate...
  • North Korea joins South Korean protest over Japan's 'Rising Sun' flag

    10/05/2018 12:01:33 AM PDT · by blueplum · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | 04 Oct 2018 | Joyce Lee
    SEOUL (Reuters) - Japan should refrain from flying the “Rising Sun” flag on a warship in a fleet review planned in South Korea next week, a North Korean propaganda website said on Friday, joining South Koreans in the latest spat over the countries’ colonial history. ...“The ‘Rising Sun’ flag is a war-crime flag that the 20th-century Japanese imperialists used when executing their barbaric invasions into our nation and other Asian nations,” North Korea’s state-controlled Uriminjokkiri website said. “Planning to enter flying the ‘Rising Sun’ flag is an unbearable insult and ridicule to our people.”
  • After Russian Pressure, AP Issues Correction on 'Nazi-Soviet Alliance

    09/14/2018 7:00:23 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 28 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 9/13/18 | Ofer Aderet
    The Associated Press news agency on Wednesday acceded to a Russian request to delete the term "former ally" from an article mentioning the relationship between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany during World War II. The article, which was published at the beginning of the month in media outlets worldwide, including Haaretz, was about a Ukrainian city commemorating the 75th anniversary of the destruction of its Jewish community. It included the claim that "in June 1941 Germany attacked the Soviet Union, its former ally." On Wednesday, ten days after the article was published, AP amended the text. The news agency...
  • Poland marks 79th anniversary of WWII outbreak

    09/01/2018 8:09:48 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 14 replies
    Radio Poland ^ | Sep 1, 2018
    Observances commemorating the 79th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II were held in Poland at dawn on Saturday. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki attended observances held on Westerplatte in on the Baltic coast, where on September 1, 1939 at 4:45 am the German battleship Schleswig-Holstein began shelling a Polish military depot in the first battle between Polish and German soldiers of WWII. Sirens wailed and the Polish national anthem was played at a monument honouring those who defended the Polish coast. Observances were also held in central city of Wieluń, the first Polish town to be bombed by...
  • Statue must tell true story of Soviet ‘hero’, say Czechs

    08/08/2018 4:07:54 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 16 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Aug 5, 2018 | Robert Tait
    Russia has been accused of interfering in the affairs of the Czech Republic after its embassy tried to block changes to the inscription on a Soviet-era statue explaining the chequered role of Russian Marshal Ivan Konev, who was twice designated a Hero of the Soviet Union by Stalin and whose remains are buried in the Kremlin. Now the dispute is set to come to a head at a historically sensitive moment, the 50th anniversary of the 1968 invasion of then-communist Czechoslovakia by Soviet-led forces to crush the liberal Prague Spring. Critics said the original plaque exaggerated the marshalÂ’s role while...
  • Berlin Airlift 'Candy Bomber' still dropping sweets from the sky after 70 years

    08/01/2018 5:27:08 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 26 replies
    ABC ^ | July 25, 2018 | Janet Weinstein
    A World War II veteran who has been delivering sweet surprises from the sky for 70 years continues to brings smiles to the faces of children as the "Candy Bomber.” "There's something magical about a chocolate bar come floatin' out of the sky," Col. Gail "Hal" Halvorsen told ABC News. "It's tied on an actual parachute. Hopefully, some kids appreciate it." Halvorsen, 97, started his candy drops when he was a U.S. pilot for the Allied forces during the Berlin Airlift. In 1948, the Russians cut off food and supplies to West Berlin, Germany. The United States and its allies...
  • Soviet monuments in Poland should be left to rot

    07/20/2018 5:16:51 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 47 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 19 July 2018 | Christopher Cytera
    Matthew Luxmoore’s article (Poles apart: the bitter conflict over a nation’s history, The long read, 13 July) contains a gross error likely to lead readers to misunderstand the Soviet Union’s true intentions during the second world war. There were 1.5 million Poles deported to Siberia, not “hundreds of thousands” as the article states, with no mention of their fate. They were forcibly taken from their homes in eastern Poland to gulags. Most died of starvation and disease under forced labour. To misrepresent this suffering, which took place on a colossal scale, is a crime akin to Holocaust denial. My grandfather...
  • 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...