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Erich Kempka: Driving Hitler and his Limousines

by Robert Klara One of the reasons why we know so much about the perilous and sinister world of Hitler’s hierarchy is because so many of its members spent time documenting it. Propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels kept a diary during

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Posted in Contemporary History, Military History

Life Inside the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp

Theresienstadt

by David Cesarani Until the mass eviction of German Jews to Theresienstadt, the ghetto-camp had a predominantly Czech Jewish character. At the end of 1941 it accommodated 7,545 Jews from Prague and Brno. Over the next six months 26,524 Jews

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Posted in Military History, Modern History

Primo Levi: An Author Q&A

Primo Levi

by Sergio Luzzatto No other Auschwitz survivor has been as literately powerful and historically influential as Primo Levi. Yet Levi was not only a victim or a witness. In the fall of 1943, at the very start of the Italian

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Posted in Modern History

Joe Kennedy Jr.: Fallen Hero of Operation Aphrodite

Joe Kennedy Jr. - Operation Aphrodite

By Alan Axelrod Winston Churchill titled a chapter of his monumental history of World War II “The Wizard War.” It was all about the incredible technological innovations the war both produced and demanded, including such Allied advances as radar and

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Posted in Military History

Remembering the Stories of the Holocaust

by The History Reader This year, during the 70th anniversary marking the end of the Holocaust and the beginning of Yom HaShoah—Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day—we remember the stories that shed light on one of the darkest periods in contemporary history.

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Posted in Contemporary History, Military History
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