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Yevtushenko and Sharansky: Two People Whose Humanity Shook the Soviet Empire

Last month I watched former Soviet Refusenik and Human Rights icon, Natan Sharansky stand at the rostrum of the United Nations General Assembly in New York and explain why the so-called BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement is at its core anti-Semitic. “If it crosses from legitimate …

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Secondhand accounts of Holocaust hold ‘The Power of Words’ | News, Sports, Jobs - Tribune Chronicle

“The Shoah will be remembered only if all Jews can declare: Although we were not physically there, we too are survivors,” said Rabbi Joseph …

Retracing a 1,300-Mile Escape From a Soviet Gulag in WWII

One day in 1945, in the waning days of World War II, Anton Iwanowski and his brother Wiktor escaped from a Russian gulag and set off across an …

The Bear Who Became a Cigarette-Smoking, Beer-Drinking World War II Hero

A list of history’s most heroic animals might include famous names like Balto, the Siberian husky who helped transport diphtheria antitoxin 674 miles …

World War II

Remembering the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

The new issue of Jacobin, “Journey to the Dark Side,” is out now. Subscribe for the first time at a discount.On the eve of Passover 1943 — the …

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How a distorted narrative of the Warsaw ghetto uprising has established itself to this day

In Israel we mark the day dedicated to the memory of the Holocaust as the Holocaust and Heroism Day. In those desperate times many were heroes in the …

‘Zookeeper’s Wife’ — World War II from inside Warsaw Zoo

“The Zookeeper’s Wife” gives Jessica Chastain an ideal role.<p>In the opening moments of “The Zookeeper’s Wife,” director Niki Caro introduces us to a pocket paradise of every glorious form of creation — animals of every size and description — overseen by a team of benevolent human beings. This is a …

Newly published diary of Warsaw ghetto resident reveals pain of love torn asunder by war

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120 Years of the Forverts: How We Covered the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

This article originally appeared in the Yiddish <i>Forverts.</i><p>Unlike many American newspapers during World War II, which largely ignored the ongoing Nazi …

6 Unsettling Mysteries of the Spanish Civil War

The Spanish Civil War saw the death of a half-million people between 1936 and 1939, but outside of Spain, it gets little space in history books …

Spanish civil war art to be shown in London

Exhibition celebrates Spain’s 1937 International Exposition pavilion, which showcased works by Picasso and Miró<p>An exhibition coming to London in January will attempt to recreate the impact of the Spanish pavilion of 1937, a little gallery built as cheaply as possible at the Paris International …

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In Many Ways, Author Says, Spanish Civil War Was 'The First Battle Of WWII'

Adam Hochschild says American involvement in the Spanish Civil War resulted in Americans being bombed by Nazis years before the U.S. entered World War II. <i>Originally published March 28, 2016.</i><p>Transcript<p>DAVID BIANCULLI, HOST:<p>This is FRESH AIR. I'm David Bianculli, editor of the website TV Worth …

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Spanish Civil War survivors of Guernica meet Nazi bombers' descendants 80 years on | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis

Elderly survivors of a savage air raid that destroyed the Spanish town of Guernica in 1937 met relatives of the attacking German soldiers on …