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  • World War II Magazine

    A Very Important Prisoner

    Iwo Jima code clerk Taizo Sakai paid his captors back for sparing his life by revealing secrets about Japanese military activities elsewhere in the Pacific. Weeks after six young warriors planted Old Glory atop Iwo Jima’s Mount Suribachi...

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    The Devil’s Advocate

    Hitler’s legal adviser claimed to love the law— but was devoted to a leader who despised it.  Something startling was happening in Bavaria on June 30, 1934. According to reports reaching Bavarian justice minister Hans Frank,...

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    Eight Days

    For those at home, war occasionally made for short marriages and long memories. Sometimes when I look at the old black-and-white photo from my wedding in June 1943, it’s as though the people in it are strangers. Was the young woman in...

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    WWII Today- March 2007

    Rashomon Atop Mount Suribachi Sometimes history really is in the eye of the beholder. A new look at Leatherneck photographer Louis Lowery’s series of images from the first flag raising on Iwo Jima’s Mount Suribachi suggests that John...

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    POW Hell in Switzerland

    One downed U.S. airman found unexpected torment when he was captured by the neutral Swiss. Hell’s Kitchen was in trouble. The B-24 Liberator of the Eighth Air Force’s 44th Bomb Group had run into some exploding flak over...

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    The War Correspondent Andy Rooney

    He flew combat missions with the Eighth Air Force, followed the troops ashore at Normandy, witnessed the breakout at St. Lô, crossed the bridge at Remagen, joined the triumphal march into Paris—and had the time of his life. Andy Rooney...

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    Interview: How WWII Vets Reinvented America

    The GI Bill made college education and home ownership a reality for a new U.S. middle class. When President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, he proclaimed the bill gave “emphatic notice to the men...

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    WWII Today- April 2007

    Lingering Threat From a Toxic U-Boat More than 62 years after its violent demise off the coast of Norway, the German submarine U-864 has become a menace once again. Because of its cargo— 1,857 now-rusting canisters holding about 65 tons...

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    WWII Review: 2 or 3 Things I Know About Him

    2 or 3 Things I Know About Him Director/writer: Malte Ludin Documentary; color; 2007 German/English subtitles 85 minutes This stark German film traces a son’s search for the truth of his father’s World War II record. The result: a...

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    WWII Today- May 2007

    Anne Frank and Family Denied Visas by U.S. The desperation with which Anne Frank’s father tried to get his family out of the Nazi-occupied Netherlands during World War II and the frustration he endured in trying to secure a U.S. visa are...

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    WWII Review: Ernie Pyle Museums

    Ernie Pyle State Historic Site,  Dana, IN erniepyle@abcs.com Dana, Indiana, is the town where Pyle was born in 1900 to tenant farmers. The Ernie Pyle Memorial Highway passes near the Ernie Pyle State Historic Site, not far from Ernie...

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    “Well Mother—Your Son’s a Survivor”

    A letter written by an unknown hand recounts a terrifying U-boat attack. Little is known about the writer of the following letter. There was no signature, and the original copy ended up in the hands of someone with no connection to the...

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    WWII Today- June 2007

    War Criminals Spied for the U.S. Newly declassified documents reveal that the Central Intelligence Agency recruited suspected Japanese war criminals to spy for the U.S. after World War II—and got bilked in the process. Evidence uncovered...

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    WWII Letters from Readers- June 2007

    A Few More Minutes With Andy Rooney I read the interview with Andy Rooney (April) with great interest. Andy reports how astounded American ground forces were to find the Ludendorff Bridge over the Rhine River, at Remagen, still intact,...

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    WWII Book Review: Combat Reporter

    Combat Reporter: Don Whitehead’s World War II Diary and Memoirs By John B. Romeiser (ed.). 236 pp. Fordham University Press, 2006. $26.95. Everyone knows Ernie Pyle and Bill Mauldin, but few remember AP war correspondent Don Whitehead....

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    Peace Is Hell

    U.S. troops arriving in Germany found starvation, looting, chaos, and utter devastation. So they threw out the rule book. The Germans called it Stunde Null—zero hour. The Americans called it V-E Day. On May 8, 1945, more than two million...