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Hitler’s Diarist Offers Intimate Glimpses of the Führer

The recollections of an anonymous German lieutenant colonel who served as Hitler’s war diarist in his Berlin bunker during World War II—and who says he dined with the Nazi leader more than 30 times—were auctioned off this spring by the British auction house Mullock’s. Historians are marveling at his up-close observations of everything from Hitler’s musical preferences to his favorite cuisine.
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Film Spurs Russia to Squelch Criticism of Soviet War Tactics

A television documentary about the Red Army’s enormous death toll during World War II—called "Rzhev: Marshal Zhukov's Unknown Battle"—has drawn a fierce backlash in Russia, where the “Great Patriotic War” has been viewed in recent decades as a time of noble sacrifice.
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Survivor of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Identified

JULY 2009 — There may not be a more memorable—or terrifying—way to have been in the wrong place at the wrong time. Twice. This spring, a 93-year-old Japanese man, Tsutomu Yamaguchi, was the...
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WWII News Dispatches, July 2009

A bill was introduced in Congress this spring that would award the Congressional Gold Medal to 300 surviving members of the Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASPs, as they were known during World War...
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Dispatches, May 2009

• German police investigators confirmed in February that Aribert Heim, the Mauthausen concentration camp doctor whose name has been at the top of the list of most wanted Nazi war criminals for years, died...
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Was Poland’s Wartime Leader Murdered?

Last fall the Polish government, responding to growing calls to solve the mystery of Gen. Wladyslaw Sikorski’s death, exhumed the general’s body and subjected it to a battery of forensic tests.
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Dispatches, March 2009

    •    The Warsaw ghetto, the cramped home of a half-million Jews during World War II, was commemorated this fall with a series of plaques and a boundary line that traces...
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Veteran of Countless Small Skirmishes Turns 45

GI Joe is celebrating 45 uninterrupted years on the market this February. While the toy evolved to reflect different eras—Joe was an adventurer in the 1970s, fighting crocodiles and sharks, and in the 1990s, equipped to nip the terrorist threat in the bud—it never strayed far from its basic mission.
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Hundreds of American GIs Held in Concentration Camp

About 350 American POWs who either were Jewish or appeared to be to their German captors were imprisoned in the Buchenwald concentration camp during World War II, according to survivors who have begun telling their stories in a series of special reports on CNN. Anthony Acevedo, a medic in the 70th Infantry Division during the war, was the first survivor to step forward with the grisly tale of the American soldiers held at Berga an der Elster, a subcamp of Buchenwald.
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Missing Marine Dead Discovered on Tarawa

The remains of more than 100 marines who were killed during the battle of Tarawa appear to have been discovered in mass graves on the tiny Pacific atoll, according to a group that conducted a search with ground-penetrating radar this fall. Mark Noah, executive director of History Flight, a Florida-based military history nonprofit, and Ted Darcy, a Massachusetts historian with the private military research organization WFI Research Group, say they have located 139 graves on Tarawa in eight sites. Their find could lead to the largest identification of missing American soldiers in history.