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Bearing the Legacy of Topf and Sons

by Karen Bartlett When Hartmut Topf was a small boy, he was captivated by puppets. On a warm summer’s day in 1930s Berlin, he would sit with his sisters under the blossom of the fruit tree in the family’s back

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America’s First Native American Doctor

by Joe Starita On March 14, 1889, Susan La Flesche Picotte received her medical degree—becoming the first Native American doctor in U.S. history. She earned her degree thirty-one years before women could vote and thirty-five years before Indians could become

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The Death of an Escape Artist: Harry Houdini

by Arnold van de Laar When Erik Weisz died on 31 October 1926, it was world news. Like Charlie Chaplin, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, Erik Weisz typified the spirit of that wonderful time in America. Almost no one knew his real name

Posted in Modern History

Ghost: My Thirty Years as an FBI Undercover Agent

by Michael R. McGowan and Ralph Pezzullo People usually become informants for three reasons: 1. They face criminal charges (or are “jammed up,” in FBI parlance) and are seeking favorable treatment in court. 2. They’re interested in eliminating their competition

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The Family Behind the Holocaust Cremation Ovens

by Karen Bartlett Since the summer of 1941, the Nazis had been mulling over how to implement Hitler’s ‘final solution of the Jewish question’ and in August of that year, they discovered a horrible possibility. When testing a delousing agent,

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