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World War II
Dunkirk

‘Dunkirk’ Is A Morality Story For Shared Blessings Of Peace

The movie Dunkirk recounts an astounding story of courage and self-sacrifice, without which Hitler might have won World War II. One can draw a straight line from Britain’s heroic solidarity in the war to the welfare state that emerged in peacetime.

August 1, 2017
Dr. Seuss

What Dr. Seuss Can Teach Us About Donald Trump

Asked to explain his political views, Theodor Geisel — better known as Dr. Seuss — once said that he was “against people who push other people around.” Were he alive today, he would surely be using his sharp pen to make fun of Donald Trump.

March 4, 2017
Military, War, Trump

Trump’s Obscene War Machine

This is the old ‘guns vs. butter’ scenario taught to young students in elementary economics classes. If economics is a matter of choices over scare resources, and if budgets are a way to project your values, then Trump has made his views clear – guns matter more than butter.

March 2, 2017
Jewish Refugees, WWII

St. Louis Manifest: The Tragic Story Of Refugees Denied Entry To The U.S. In WWII

St. Louis Manifest puts a human face to the refugees who were turned away from the U.S., using photos and stories documented by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. The project was launched on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which commemorates the day in 1945 when Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated by the Soviet Union’s Red Army.

January 29, 2017
Shinto priests pray at the Motoyasu River opposite the Atomic Bomb Dome at sunrise in Hiroshima, western Japan, August 6, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Should America Apologize For Hiroshima?

Last week, when it was announced Barack Obama will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima, everyone from Salon to the National Review raised two important questions: Will the president apologize for what America did 71 years ago this August? Should he? The White House says the answer to the first question is No. For whatever it’s worth, the answer to the second is, too.

May 15, 2016
Drone

Though Sometimes Necessary, War Is Never Good

Last year, this country had carried out more than 400 drone strikes since 2004.

April 6, 2016

The H-Bomb: The Most Destructive Weapon On Earth

The thermonuclear, or hydrogen bomb — of the kind that North Korea said it had tested Wednesday — was developed after the nuclear weapons used on Japan in World War II and is far more destructive.

January 7, 2016

Abe Offers Apology, Payment To South Korean ‘Comfort Women’

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a landmark apology to South Korean “comfort women” coerced into Japanese military brothels.

December 29, 2015

Japan PM Expresses ‘Utmost Grief’ Over War But No Fresh Apology

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, marking the 70th anniversary of World War II’s end, said he upheld past Japanese government apologies over the war, but offered no new apology of his own.

August 14, 2015

Hiroshima Marks Atomic Bombing, Worries About Steps Toward War

Thousands in Hiroshima on Thursday commemorated the 70th anniversary of the world’s first atomic bombing while survivors warned about Japan’s moves away from its pacifist constitution.

August 6, 2015
Memorial Day Books

Stories That Honor The Fallen: Memorial Day Reads

Tales of valor and battlefield memoirs are among the selection of recommended reading to celebrate Memorial Day.

May 24, 2015
Survivors walk under the sign saying "Work makes you free" after paying tribute to fallen comrades at the former Auschwitz concentration camp in Oswiecim, Poland, on January 27, 2015

Survivors Return To Auschwitz As Leaders Warn Of Anti-Semitism

70 years after the liberation of Auschwitz, anti-Semitism is a growing concern in Europe.

January 27, 2015

Walter Mazzone, Notable WWII Submarine Officer And Sealab Leader, Dies At 96

By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times SAN DIEGO — Retired Navy Capt. Walter Mazzone, a decorated submarine officer in World War II and later a key figure in the development of deep-sea diving and submarine rescue procedures during the Cold War, has died at age 96. Mazzone died Aug. 7 at his home in San […]

September 2, 2014

Navy Divers Confirm Sunken Wreck Is World War II Vessel USS Houston

By Nicole Charky, Los Angeles Times U.S. Navy divers concluded Monday that a wrecked vessel in southeast Asia is World War II cruiser USS Houston, a ship sunk by the Japanese that serves as the final resting place for about 700 sailors and Marines. The Houston, nicknamed “The Galloping Ghost of the Java Coast,” sank […]

August 19, 2014

As Japan Marks WWII Surrender, Abe Avoids Controversial Shrine

By Julie Makinen, Los Angeles Times Two Japanese Cabinet members and a group of lawmakers marked the 69th anniversary of Japan’s surrender in World War II on Friday by visiting a Tokyo shrine that China and South Korea regard as a totem to Japan’s militarist past. But Prime Minister Shinzo Abe — whose last trip […]

August 15, 2014

Solomon Islander Who Helped Save JFK Dies At 93

Honiara (AFP) — A Solomon Islander who helped save John F. Kennedy when a Japanese destroyer sank the future U.S. president’s patrol boat during World War II has died aged 93, his family said Monday. Eroni Kumana and his fellow islander Buiku Gasa were out in a canoe in 1943 when they came across the […]

August 4, 2014

Last Airman In U.S. Bombing Of Hiroshima Dies

Washington (AFP) — The last surviving crewman of the Enola Gay — the U.S. plane that dropped the first atomic bomb on Japan near the end of World War II — has died, U.S. media reported. Theodore Van Kirk, also known as “Dutch,” died Monday of natural causes at the Park Springs Retirement Community in […]

July 30, 2014

Louis Zamperini Was More Than A Hero

Just two pages into the book Unbroken, its protagonist is in the water, hiding beneath the deteriorating life raft in which he has been drifting across the Pacific Ocean for almost a month. Overhead, Japanese bombers are circling back to strafe him a second time. And sharks are approaching from below. Death is coming for him […]

July 9, 2014

Weekend Reader: ‘Mothers Of Conservatism: Women And The Postwar Right’

Today the Weekend Reader brings you Mothers Of Conservatism: Women and the Postwar Right by Loyola University assistant professor of history, Michelle M. Nickerson. Nickerson unveils a unique history of the grassroots conservative political movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Historians often credit men with the success of the conservative uprising during the height of the John Birch […]

July 5, 2014

EBay Refuses To Sell Antique Car Once Belonging To Hermann Goering

By Anne Geggis, Sun Sentinel BOCA RATON, Fla. — What Boca Raton auto dealers consider a war trophy symbolic of America’s finest triumph is proving too hot to handle. The online auction site, eBay, has declined to post for auction a 1941 Mercedes Benz 540K Cabriolet that was special-ordered by Hitler henchman Hermann Goering and […]

June 26, 2014

Weekend Reader: ‘The Mantle Of Command: FDR At War, 1941-1942’

Today the Weekend Reader brings you The Mantle of Command: FDR at War, 1941-1942 by award-winning biographer Nigel Hamilton. Based on years of archival research, The Mantle of Command is a comprehensive account of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s strong leadership during a pivotal time, as well as the crucial decisions he made when developing a strategy to defeat Hitler and Japan at […]

June 14, 2014

Last Original Navajo Code Talker Dies

Washington (AFP) – Chester Nez, the last of 29 Navajo Indians who helped create a code used during World War II and never broken by the Axis Powers, died Wednesday. He was 93. Flags will be flown at half-mast until June 8 on the tribe’s territory in the United States. “The power of our language […]

June 5, 2014