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  • Civil War Times Magazine

    ‘Ethiopia’ On Broadway

    New York City women tried to erase the memory of the Draft Riots by helping raise a U.S. Colored Troops regiment. On March 5, 1864, “a vast crowd” of 100,000 New Yorkers “of every shade of color, and every phase of social and...

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    Civil War Times: Shooting Gallery

    Shooting Gallery  Anne and Ridley Enslow Curate the Civil War Through Music In their albums When Johnny Comes Marching Home and Music for Abraham Lincoln, musicians and historians Anne and Ridley Enslow deliver a powerful gift to...

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    Civil War Times: War Flowers

    War Flowers (2013)  Written and directed by Serge Rodnunsky (available on DVD and VOD) War Flowers poses an important question: Why is it so difficult to make a good Civil War movie?  Is it because writers and directors are so...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    Pilgrimage to Gettysburg

    Hundreds travel to Gettysburg to pay tribute to their ancestors at the battle’s 150th celebration. The July 2013 commemoration of the Battle of Gettysburg has been the high point of the sesquicentennial thus far. An estimated...

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    The Minstrel Man: Thomas Brigham Bishop

    Forgotten songwriter and impresario Thomas Brigham Bishop still casts a long shadow in American culture. UNION TROOPS WERE IN FIRM COMMAND of Chattanooga, Tenn., by the fall of 1863, and soldiers, traders, adventurers, poor whites,...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Review: WWII & NYC

    WWII & NYC  At the New-York Historical Society Museum and Library, through May 27, 2013. General admission $15.  New York City was one of World War II’s epicenters. It was the largest port on the planet. Its manufacturing...

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    WWII Book Review: Every Man Dies Alone

    Every Man Dies Alone By Hans Fallada, translated by Michael Hofmann. 544 pp. Melville House, 2009. $29.95.  The full range of human behavior—opportunism, brutality, compassion, and, above all, courage that verges on the...

  • World War II Magazine

    Defiance of the Lambs

    As Nazi propaganda proved increasingly hollow, scores of Germans anonymously vented their frustrations to the Reich’s top radio personality. In a modest apartment in a working-class district of Berlin, a metalworker at the Siemens cable...

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    WWII Review: Secret Stories- Nazi Gospels

    Secret Stories: Nazi Gospels 120 minutes, now airing on the Military History Channel  As head man of the SS, Heinrich Himmler was not only a chief engineer of the Holocaust and Slav slaughter, he assiduously laid the Reich’s...

  • World War II Magazine

    Hitler’s Harvard Man: Ernst Hanfstaengl

    On his way up, the Nazi leader had help from a source steeped in American culture.  On a cold spring morning in 1906, a canoeist on the Charles River in Boston lost control in the swift current and tipped into the water. At that...

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    Their Darkest Hour: All Too Inhuman

    THE JAPANESE assault on the Chinese is one of the least well- known facets of the Second World War. And yet that conflict was immense: At least 20 million Chinese died between 1937 and 1945 as the Japanese Imperial Army sought to turn...

  • World War II Magazine

    First Proof of the Nazi Murder Machine

    Soviet soldiers of the Third Belorussian Army could be forgiven for thinking at first glance that what they had just come across in the Polish city of Lublin was a POW camp, given the rows of barracks that stretched off into the distance....

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    WWII Review: Against the Odds

    Against the Odds: American Jews and the Rescue of Jewish Refugees 1933–41 Museum of Jewish Heritage, New York City. Through May 2014, adults $12. mjhnyc.org Long before war again engulfed Europe, Jews intent on fleeing Nazi Germany began...

  • World War II Magazine

    Their Darkest Hour: Follow the Leader

    THE VAST majority of people know the horrors of the Nazi regime, but in my experience far fewer know of the appalling crimes Stalin committed against his own people during World War II. As the war came to an end, Stalin’s secret...

  • World War II Magazine

    City of Darkness: Nazi-Occupied Paris

    On the most dangerous street in Nazi-occupied Paris, an American family risked all. IT HAD BEEN THREE LONG YEARS SINCE THE NAZIS ARRIVED, marching down the Champs-Élysées in their polished jackboots, ripping down Tricolors and replacing...

  • World War II Magazine

    The Reading List- Duff McKagan

    Hitlerland: American Eyewitnesses to the Rise of Nazi Power Andrew Nagorski (2012) “Nagorski illustrates the Third Reich through the eyes of journalists reporting from Germany from 1921 until 1941. His thought-provoking angle on Hitler...