Award-winning documentary The Decent One is based on trove of SS leader`s personal papers
As portrayed in `The Decent One,` Heinrich Himmler, the commander of the SS was capable of fretting over what Christmas gifts to send his darling daughter while also planning and executing the annihilation of European Jewry. The movie makes use of a hitherto unknown collection of hundreds of letters, diaries and family photos, to profile one of the most notorious mass murderers of all times. The title was inspired by one such letter, sent by Himmler to his daughter Gudrun in1941, in which he wrote: `In life, a person must always be decent, brave and good.`
Attack on Kiska: Untouched Relics from a Baffling WWII Battle
Kiska Island, in the Aleutians far west of Alaska, is also the site of a deadly World War II battle in which only one side fought. In the early hours of June 7, 1942, 1,200 Japanese soldiers stormed the island. They didn't have a lot of overpowering to do: Just 10 Americans were living on the island, operating a weather station. After killing two of the Americans and sending the other eight to Japan as POWs, the Japanese settled into Kiska and stayed for more than a year, carving out tunnels, building machine gun bunkers, and even planting gardens. With no Americans left on the island, the U.S. Army was not concerned about civilian casualties launching a series of bombing campaigns.
Hitler's home set to become House of Responsibility museum dedicated to his crimes
Austria authorities have decided to turn Adolf Hitler's home, located in the upper-Austrian town of Braunau am Inn, into a museum called as "House of Responsibility", which would be dedicated to his crimes against humanity committed during the Third Reich. The two-storey "Hitler house" is in the centre of Braunau am Inn on Austria's border with Germany. It has been empty for the past two years, but politicians have argued bitterly about its fate for decades. Critics insisted that demolition was the only way of dispelling the stigma attached to the building.
Signed Adolf Hitler photo, discovered in the ruins of fuehrerbunker, to be sold in Cheshire
A signed photo of Adolf Hitler "discovered in the ruins" of his bunker in Berlin after his death is to be auctioned in Cheshire. The framed picture belonged to war reporter William Forrest, who witnessed the Normandy landings and the crossing of the Rhine during World War Two. The photo was taken in 1925, a year after Hitler was sentenced to five years in Landsberg prison for treason for attempting a coup in Munich, and eight years before he became chancellor of Germany.
Spying for the Fuhrer: Hitler`s Espionage Machine
Christer Jorgensen focuses on the story of German espionage during World War 11, as well as providing a quick look at the state of play during the First World War and the run up to the Second. One of the particularly interesting aspects of the book is the story of the rivalry between the different Nazi and German army intelligence services, and the popular myths that surrounded Nazi intelligence. The book includes 150 black-and-white photographs.
Photos: The Ghostly Remains of Nazi Germany`s Atlantic Wall
Photo gallery: The Ghostly Remains of Nazi Germany`s Atlantic Wall
The US Air Force shot at real pilots for target practice
As a WWII Army Air Force pilot one could expect to take fire from time to time — but the bullets weren't always coming from Axis aircraft. Sometimes, it was your fellow servicemen and women taking the shots. The Bell P-63 Kingcobra fighter, developed in 1942, never got much love from the American military. That doesn't mean the US didn't put the P-63 into service, though: it ordered a bunch as the RP-63 "Pinball," a modified P-63 designed to be fired upon for target practice. Airmen and women needed to hone their skills firing at the full-scale Messerschmitts they'd be encountering over Europe, which is where the Pinball came in. And real, actual pilots were at the controls as they were taking fire.
The Devils' Alliance: Hitler's Pact with Stalin, 1939-1941 by Roger Moorhouse, book review
Samovars of black tea had been served, followed by caviar, vodka and Crimean champagne when, in the early hours of 23 August 1939, Hitler's photographer Heinrich Hoffmann was ushered into the "smoke-laden" room alongside his Soviet counterpart replete with "prehistoric camera and an antediluvian tripod", to capture the moment: beneath a large framed photograph of Lenin, Molotov, Ribbentrop and a beaming Stalin appended their signatures to the treaty that would change the lives of millions of Europeans. Seventy-five years on, historian Roger Moorhouse makes an elegant plea for retrieving the Pact from its "place too often in the footnotes", to disentangle the myths from facts and recast erroneous readings.
Theodore Van Kirk, last surviving member of Enola Gay crew, dies at 93
The lone remaining crewman of the Enola Gay — which dropped the first atomic bomb on Japan near the end of WWII — has died in Georgia. Twenty-four years old at the time, Van Kirk was the navigator on the Enola Gay, a B-29 Superfortress. The plane dropped `Little Boy` on Hiroshima at 8:15 a.m. August 6, 1945, killing 140,000 people.
World War II Myths - T-34 Best Tank of the war (long analysis)
T-34, a poorly designed and built combat system, that suffered horrific losses against ‘inferior` German tanks.
In 1941 a Group of Americans Arranged a Hex Party to Kill Adolf Hitler by a Voodoo Spell
On January 22, 1941 a group of young idealists went to a cabin in the Maryland woods to put a voodoo spell on Hitler. Black magic or not, these Nazi-haters knew how to party. The party featured `a dressmaker`s dummy, a Nazi uniform, nails, axes, tom-toms and plenty of Jamaica rum,` and was inspired by a book by occultist and writer William Seabrook that was popular at the time: Witchcraft: Its Power in the World Today.
18 Color Photos Of Female World War II Workers
18 Color Photos Of Female World War II Workers
Double agent Juan Pujol Garcia got Iron Cross from Germans and Brtish named him a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire
In 1941, Juan Pujol Garcia approached intelligence officers at the British embassy in Madrid to `offer his services` in the war against the Nazis. To the men and women of Britain`s security services, it was not a particularly compelling offer. In the words of Amyas Godfrey, a British expert on military history, [Pujol] `was no James Bond -- he was a balding, boring, unsmiling little man.` British intelligence rebuffed the former chicken farmer's offer. This did not deter Pujol's aspirations; instead he decided to establish himself as a false German spy in order to offer his services as a double agent to the British.
SOE agent Margaret Spencer, who parachuted into Nazi-occupied Europe dressed as a NUN to spy for the Allies, dies at 94
The incredible story of a spy who parachuted into Nazi-occupied Europe disguised as a nun has been revealed after she died aged 94. Just before her death Margaret Spencer wrote of her days as a Second World War spy, being shot in the back by a German sniper and caught by the Gestapo. She had been silent for 50 years after signing the Official Secrets Act - and her account was a shock to all but her closest friends and family in her village near Eastbourne, East Sussex.
Aleut people were sent to internment camps which had up to 18% fatality rate
When World War II threatened a remote chain of islands off the Alaskan coast, the indigenous Aleut people were displaced from their homes. Hastily set up internment camps had horrible conditions: Meals were basic, medical supplies were limited and medical staff largely absent, sanitation was nonexistent. Tuberculosis, the flu, measles and pneumonia thrived. One site, Ward Lake, would see an 18% rate of fatality among its internees. Of the 831 Aleuts relocated to Southeast Alaska, eighty-five would die in the camps.
How a Jewish Doctor gave Wehrmacht soldier fake vaccine while inmates got the real thing
In late 1942, German troops were dying of typhus at the Eastern Front, and the SS medical chief Ernst-Robert Grawitz was impatient for vaccine—as was Heinrich Himmler himself. But the vaccine production plans of Joachim Mrugowsky, the head of the SS Hygiene Institute in Berlin, kept getting delayed. When British bombers destroyed Mrugowsky`s headquarters in 1942, he decided to produce the vaccine at Buchenwald. Dr. Erwin Ding-Schuler, a callow Nazi officer and Mrugowsky`s deputy, was chosen to lead production, and began assembling captive scientists with the help of his new clerk, an imprisoned German intellectual named Eugen Kogon. Among those drafted was a gentle Jewish biologist named Ludwik Fleck.
Suspected Auschwitz guard Johann Breyer dies in US
An elderly man in the US accused of Nazi war crimes has died while awaiting extradition to Germany. Johann Breyer, 89, passed away in a Philadelphia. His death followed an order by a US judge granting a request for Mr Breyer to be sent to Germany to stand trial. German prosecutors were hoping to put him on trial on charges of aiding in the murder of more than 200,000 Jews at Auschwitz during World War Two.
New images captured of WWII Nazi U-boat in Gulf of Mexico
The Gulf of Mexico continues to hold historic World War II treasures, from sunken ships to one of Hitler's U-boats. This week a diving expedition captured new images of the German wreckage. Historians say it serves as a reminder of how close the Nazis came to American soil. "It is a static time capsule and all of these ship wrecks in deep water are just that. There moments frozen in time, in history," said Richie Kohler, a shipwreck historian helping with the expedition. Submerged in the Gulf of Mexico just south of the mouth of the Mississippi River sits a barnacle encrusted U-boat tomb.
The Nazi Interrogator Who Revealed the Value of Kindness
Thanks in part to the work of Nazi interrogator Hanns Scharff and a slew of studies on interrogation techniques, we know it`s best to be genuinely friendly no matter who you`re trying to get information out of.
Charles Carpenter attached 3 bazooka rocket launchers to observation plane to known out Tiger tanks
In 1944, Charles Carpenter was a Major attached to the 1st Bombardment Division in which he flew an unarmed L-4 "Grasshopper" and L-5 "Sentinel" observation plane performing recon missions and acting as an airborne artillery observer. Not being the kinda guy to overlook a juicy enemy target, even in an unarmed and slow as hell kite with propeller, he had 3 bazooka rocket launchers fitted to each wing. Now having a bit of offensive capability, the "Mad Major" started to strafe enemy armor whenever he encountered it. By war's end he would be officially credited with destroying several armored cars and 6 tanks with 2 being Tiger Is!
Fuhrer claimed that he was a man of modest means - but he was amassing billions in property, art, and cash
The Fuhrer claimed in his will that he was a man of modest means—but he was amassing billions in property, art, and cash. After WWII, when Adolf Hitler was officially declared dead, the Allied Forces concluded that his estate was pretty modest by dictatorial standards—worth $800,000 in today`s money. He had always claimed to have no interest in money, and in his will, declared: `What I own belongs, as so far as it is of any value at all, to the party.` The truth could hardly have been more different; it is now claimed that he had amassed a personal fortune in property, art and cash worth in excess of $6 billion.
Auction site eBay will not sell a 1941 Mercedes custom-built for Hermann Goering
eBay, the online auction site, has refused to sell a Florida car restoration company`s bid to sell a 1941 Mercedes Benz 540K Cabriolet that was custom-built for Hermann Goering. "eBay has policies that prohibit the sale of offensive materials and content, including Nazi-related items," eBay spokesman Ryan Moore explained. The car in question features a raised back to accommodate a parade platform, sirens, and a short-wave radio. Goering took possession of it in 1941 and used it during such parades and for travel. Now, the one-of-a-kind Benz is being restored by High Velocity Classics, of Pompano Beach, and European Cars of Boca, in Boca Raton.
Bletchley Park secret codebreakers: Hundreds more named
The Bletchley Park Trust set up a "roll of honour" in October 2013, including details of about 10,000 veterans, but asked for more to come forward. The trust said some former Government Code and Cypher School workers had been "apprehensive" but most were "delighted" to talk. Nearly 500 more names have been added to the roll since October's appeal.
600 World War II veterans are dying every day, historian Rick Atkinson says
Interview of Rick Atkinson, the son of U.S. Army officer and a 25-year veteran at The Washington Post, who recently completed a three-volume history of World War II in Europe. The Liberation Trilogy started with "An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-43," continued with "The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-44" and concluded with "The Guns at Last Light: The War in Europe, 1944-45."