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A Judenrat’s Financial Triumph Over the Gestapo

by Michael Bornstein and Debbie Bornstein Holinstat It was March 1941. Nearly a year had passed since I had been born, and despite my parents’ continued optimism, conditions were getting worse, not better. Still, Żarki remained an open ghetto and,

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Posted in Military History

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

Normandy Landings, June 6, 1944

Normandy Landings

Editor: Michael Spilling and Consultant Editor: Chris McNab The initial British–Canadian–American Normandy landings (Operation Neptune, the first stage of Operation Overlord), aimed “to secure a lodgement on the continent from which further offensive operations can be developed”. Many preconditions had

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Posted in Military History

Hildebrand Gurlitt and the Nazis Looting of Europe’s Treasures

Hitler's Art Thief - Hildebrand Gurlitt

by Susan Ronald Hildebrand Gurlitt 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

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Posted in Military History, Modern History
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