Tag Archives: World War II

Iran vs. Israel in 2012: Cuban Missile Crisis 2.0?

The Jerusalem Post today quotes Wim Kortenoeven expressing concern over Israel’s ongoing existence should Iran acquire nuclear weapons. Kortenoeven, described by the Post as “a leading expert on the Middle East” and an official of Holland’s Party of Freedom, is … Continue reading

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1942 “The Battle of Los Angeles”: Did the U.S. Military Mistake a Phoenix Lights-Style UFO Incident for an Attack from Japan?

A curious event from February 25, 1942: And here’s an original news broadcast of the incident:

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Bearing Witness to the Holocaust: Salon Asks Barack Obama’s Great Uncle About His Role in the Liberation of Ohrdruf Camp During World War II

Salon recently interviewed Barack Obama’s 84 year old great uncle, Charles Payne. Obama’s uncle, a veteran of World War II, helped to liberate Ohrdruf, a subcamp of Buchenwald. Here’s the part of the interview in which he describes what he witnessed … Continue reading

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Bearing Witness to the Holocaust: A Color Photo, Made by an American Soldier in 1945, of Prisoner Clothing Hung Before the Crematoria Doors at Dachau

The photograph was taken by American Colonel Alexander Zabin in May, 1945. According to the U.S Holocaust Museum archive description of the photo, Col. Zabin “had landed in Normandy on the day after D-day and moved with the Third Army … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day: Winston Churchill

“The era of procrastination, of half-measures, of soothing and baffling expedients, of delays, is coming to a close. In its place we are entering a period of consequences…”                                                                 —Winston Churchill, November 1936

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Ideas Have Consequences—and So Does the Misreading of Ideas: Ricky Gervais on Hitler Reading Nietzsche

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Bearing Witness to the Holocaust: A German Jewish Girl Who Was Part of the Kindertransport (1939)

This German Jewish girl (age 7) was part of the Kindertransport that, in 1939, got 10,000 Jewish children out of Nazi-controlled areas of Europe. Her name: Dorrith Oppenheim. She ended up in Scotland. Her parents died at Auschwitz in 1944. More … Continue reading

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Moral Equivelence?: The Nazi Holocaust v. The Allied “Bomb Holocaust”

Neo-Nazis, every February 14th, turn the anniversary of Dresden’s bombing (in which approximately 25,000 residents died) into an anti-Semitic “cause celebre” for Holocaust-equivalence, claiming (contrary to contemporary historians’ best estimates) that “hundreds of thousands” died in Allied bombing there. According to Der Spiegel, … Continue reading

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Bearing Witness to the Holocaust: An American Soldier Poses in Front of a Dachau Train Car with Corpses, 1945

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Bearing Witness to the Holocaust: American Major Frank Ankner Takes the Pulse of a Female Death March Survivor

Source: U.S. Holocaust Museum photo archive. May 8, 1945 (in Czechoslovakia):

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Bearing Witness to the Holocaust: Children Lined up with Heads Shaved in a Croatian Concentration Camp

Source: US Holocaust Museum photo archive

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Bearing Witness to the Holocaust: Image of Auschwitz Prisoners Unloading Confiscated Clothing

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Bearing Witness to the Holocaust: Stacked Corpses

The above photograph, according to the U.S. Holocaust Museum website, was taken at Ohrdruf on April 6, 1945. More “Bearing Witness to the Holocaust” photos here and here and here.

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Howard Nemerov and Learning from History

Howard Nemerov served in both the Canadian and American armed forces during World War II, and as a pilot flew combat missions over the North Sea against the Germans. His poem, “Ultima Ratio Reagan,” is a warning against historical ignorance … Continue reading

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Bearing Witness to the Holocaust: Survivors of Mauthausen Concentration Camp, Austria 1945

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Bearing Witness to the Holocaust: Allied Footage of Mauthausen Concentration Camp, 1945

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Bearing Witness to the Holocaust: Allied Footage of the Liberation of Dachau and Bergen-Belsen

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Machine Romanticism: Getting Plenty of Iron in the German Diet, 1930s

“Hurrah, the butter is all gone!” I like the way this anti-Nazi poster saw through the facade of Hitler’s Germany—and located its driving energies in oral compulsion and cognitive dissonance.

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Did You Know That Sartre, in the Name of World Revolution, Would Not Have Prevented the Burning of the Mona Lisa? Neither Did I!

In 1972 Jean Paul Sartre, then age 67, was interviewed by Esquire magazine. The interview appeared in December of that year.   How do I know this? Because I had the displeasure of reading the interview today, not from an … Continue reading

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California Gay Marriage Hysteria Watch: James Dobson Compares Gay Marriage to Pearl Harbor

Dorian Davis, a contributing writer to Business Week and the New York Daily News, claims that James Dobson, in one of his books, compared gay marriage to Pearl Harbor. Here’s Davis’s quote: James Dobson, in his 2004 book Marriage Under … Continue reading

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