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White Death, Part 2: The Winter War

Last time out we were discussing the Winter War, the conflict between the Soviet Union and Finland during the winter of 1939–40. As we saw, a combination of Soviet bullying and Finland’s refusal to...
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White Death, part 1

Ah, it’s that time of year again. There is a chill in the air, even down here in Texas. The leaves are starting to turn color. The Beaujolais Nouveau is being released today. The holiday season is about...
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The War’s Lost Souls—and the Birth of a Nation

In 1945, tens of millions of displaced persons, DPs, filled Germany and Western Europe. Many came from France, the Low Countries, and Italy, but most were Eastern Europeans. In The Long Road Home, historian...
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The Heydrich Equation

The assassination of a top Nazi in Czechoslovakia sparked swift, brutal Nazi reprisals. Was it worth it?
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The Walls Have Ears

People committed a lot of crimes in World War II. Some were huge, earth-shattering, and we are still living with the consequences. Atrocity. Murder. Mass murder. Others were…smaller. Consider, if you...
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Movie: Winter in Wartime

Winter in Wartime (Oorlogswinter) Directed by Martin Koolhoven. 2008; opens in the U.S. March 18, 2011. 103 minutes. Black and white, with subtitles. January 1945: the heart of what the Dutch call...