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  • World War II Magazine

    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...

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    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...

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    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...

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    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...

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    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...

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    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...

  • Ask Mr. History

    Did Fugitive Slaves Ever Head West?

    Did Fugitive Slaves Ever Head West?...

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    Artists Under Fire

    Stirring posters created by Vietnamese combat artists on the battlefield inspired communist forces to victory. The North Vietnamese Communists waged war against first the French (1946-54) and later the Americans (1960-75) from a position...

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    Buffalo Soldiers, 1866-1951

    The U.S. Army’s famed African-American cavalrymen and infantrymen. African-Americans have fought in the United States’ wars since the Revolution, and during the Civil War they comprised over 10 percent of Union Army troops and 16...

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    Crisis Watch: Guess Who’s Back?

    Nationalism rises from the grave. It was supposed to be dead, with the stake of history driven through its heart. I, too, wrote of the end of ideology, of humanity’s return to wars of faith and ethnicity. Those wars will remain with us,...

  • Ask Mr. History

    What Happened to Marie Hill?

    Hello Mr. History, Recently I read Angela Y. Davis’ book “If They Come in the Morning.” In one chapter she outlines the cases of many Americans who were jailed because of their political opinions or their race. One of the...

  • MHQ Magazine

    The Making of Mass Warfare 1789-1918

    A social revolution, a technological episode, and a mirror of the modern age. Military history as a discipline is not generally comfortable with syncretic overviews. Two recent examples: The hypothesis of a distinctively “Western way of...