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Hitler’s Art Thief – Hildebrand Gurlitt, the Nazis, and the Looting of Europe’s Treasures

Hitler's Art Thief - Hildebrand Gurlitt

by Susan Ronald When I stepped into a large, Swiss bank vault in 1998 in my previous life as an investment banker, I had no idea that I would see a tiny portion of one of the greatest private looted

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Zero Night: The 5 Forgotten Great Escapes of World War II

Zero Night

Mark Felton Fans of the 1963 movie The Great Escape know that it was based on the real-life wartime escape of 76 Allied POWs from Stalag Luft III in Poland. But it wasn’t the only ‘Great Escape’ of World War

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Base Nation – U.S. Military Bases Worldwide

Base Nation; The Empire Project

by David Vine An introduction to the American Empire Project From a hilltop at the Guantánamo Bay naval station, you can look down on a secluded part of the base bordered by the Caribbean Sea. There you’ll see thick coils

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Life of a CIA Polygrapher: Ready Aim…. Part 2

Life of Lies and Spies, Airport Security

by Alan Trabue Chapter 1: Ready Aim…. Part 2 I watched another soldier approach to assist the screaming soldier who seemed ready to shoot me. The two spoke excitedly. The second soldier started poking around the contents of my opened

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Fire Base Illingworth: Courage Against Staggering Odds

Firebase Illingworth

by Philip Keith Chapter 1: THE TRAP IS BAITED It was quiet, but it wouldn’t be for long. Lt. Col. Mike Conrad, commanding officer of the 2/8, and the senior officer commanding at FSB Illingworth, knew the NVA were out

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