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Anne Frank Who? Museums Combat Ignorance About the Holocaust

AMSTERDAM — “She hid Jews?”<p>Aleatha Hinds, 17, ventured a guess about Anne Frank’s identity as she waited in line for two hours recently to enter the museum devoted to that world-famous diarist, who hid with her family in a secret annex for 25 months during World War II.<p>“No, no, no!” replied several …


There Are Museums for Spies and Bigfoot. Now There Will Be One for Women, Too.

The New-York Historical Society’s Center for Women’s History will open its doors this spring, a season many expected to spend settling into life with the United States’ first female president.<p>Instead, the country finds itself in a different moment, one that brought millions of people to women’s …

Women's History


Jon Whitcomb (1906–1988)

How World War I Revolutionized Medicine

Advances during the “first mass killing of the 20th century” have saved countless lives since.<p>When World War I broke out in France, in August 1914, getting a wounded soldier from the battlefield to a hospital required horse-drawn wagons or mules with baskets on either side. Incapacitated soldiers …

Military History

Vera Rubin, 88, Dies; Opened Doors in Astronomy, and for Women

Vera Rubin, who transformed modern physics and astronomy with her observations showing that galaxies and stars are immersed in the gravitational grip of vast clouds of dark matter, died on Sunday in Princeton, N.J. She was 88.<p>Her death was announced by the Carnegie Institution of Washington, where …

Ladies Who Launch: Women Who Opened the Door to Space Exploration

<b>THE GLASS UNIVERSE</b><b><br>How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars</b><br>By Dava Sobel<br>Illustrated. 324 pp. Viking. $30.<p><b>HIDDEN FIGURES</b><b><br>The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race</b><br>By Margot Lee Shetterly<br>346 pp. William …

Women's News

Why the Nazis studied American race laws for inspiration

On 5 June, 1934, about a year and half after Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of the Reich, the leading lawyers of Nazi Germany gathered at a meeting …


Here's what President Roosevelt said to his Cabinet after the attack on Pearl Harbor

Seventy-five years ago, to the day, President Franklin D. Roosevelt ushered his Cabinet into his study for what he deemed the "most important" Cabinet meeting since the onset of the Civil War in 1861.<p>Pearl Harbor, a naval base in Hawaii, had just been attacked by the Japanese, hastening the US …

Military History

Forbidden Photos Reveal What Life In Hawaii Was Like After Pearl Harbor

Things were never the same after Dec. 7, 1941.<p>It’s no secret that the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor, which killed more than 2,000 Americans, changed the course of history for the United States and the rest of the world.<p>But it also dramatically altered the identity of the island paradise of …

Military History

Pictures of the Second World War that look like they were taken yesterday

When Marina Amaral looks at a black-and-white photograph, she doesn’t see 50 shades of grey. She sees the true colours of the scene captured by the photographer – sometimes more than a century ago – and she sets about recreating them.<p>Amaral is a 22-year-old Brazilian artist whose digital …


9 WWII Novels Beyond Europe's Shores

By Erin Flaaen | Off the Shelf<p>With readers around the world embracing novels like <i>Gone to Soldiers</i>, <i>The Nightingale</i>, and <i>Everyone Brave Is Forgiven</i>, it's clear that I'm not the only one who loves stunning and beautiful World War II fiction. Several months ago, I read <i>All the Light We Cannot See</i> by …

Military History
Metropolitan Museum of Art

Why Does Hollywood Get World War II So Wrong?

While only 130 movies have been made about World War I, there have been 1,300 made about the World War II. Hollywood liberals see it as the last …

Military History

Color photos show how Americans lived during World War II

The U.S. Library of Congress has published more than a 1,000 color photos of American life between the 1930s and 1940s.<p>The particular set of photos we've chosen highlights how Americans were getting by at home while soldiers were away.<p><b>You can see all the photos in the gallery above.</b>

American History
World War II

The 20 Most Important Battles of World War II

The clashes that shaped the course of the deadliest war of all time.<p>World War II was the greatest conflict in history, carried out on a scale almost impossible to grasp. In many ways it was the first modern war, in which airpower played a vital role both on land and at sea, but many actions were …

Military History

Talking Movies on the female filmmakers of the past

Many view the new female-driven Ghostbusters movie as a positive step forward for women in Hollywood.<p>However in the early days of cinema, women wielded comparatively more power than they do today.<p>During the silent era women worked as producers, directors and writers; in some instances they even ran …


Watch Homefront Heroines: The WAVES of World War II Online

$1.99 - $7.99<p>USD<p>instock<p>Vimeo<p>https://vimeo.com/ondemand/homefrontheroines<p>video<p>Equal pay as men. Designer clothes. And (eventually) respect. It's the …

How World War II Changed Walt Disney

VIEW GALLERY | 6 PHOTOS<p>Filmmaker Walt Disney filming on Brazilian beach. 1941 Hart Preston—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images<p>1 of 6<p>When the …

Walt Disney Company

Oldest living man confirmed as Israeli Auschwitz survivor

Israel Kristal, aged 112, succeeds Yasutaro Koide of Japan who died this month<p>The world’s oldest documented living man has been confirmed as an Israeli Auschwitz survivor living in Haifa.<p>Israel Kristal, aged 112 and 178 days on 11 March, was handed a certificate at his home by a representative of …


Norman Longmate: 'Dad's Army was a strikingly accurate portrayal of the Home Guard'

In his 1974 book The Real Dad’s Army, the historian Norman Longmate used the memories of ordinary people to document the impact of extraordinary events<p>The Home Guard was one of the strangest and least military armies ever formed – an improvised band of volunteers set up early in the second world …


The rediscovered wartime diary of a Jewish art critic who hid in a French convent

<i>A wartime journal written by a Viennese Jew hiding in a French convent is fresh and urgent, says Nicholas Shakespeare</i><p>In 2005, while moving house, Peter Singer discovered in his father’s attic, “amid the lace tablecloths and monogrammed dressing gowns”, the carbon copy of a manuscript he believed …


The Story of General McAuliffe's Famous "Nuts!" Reply

(Photo: Brig. Gen. McAuliffe and Lt. Col. Kinnard via the US Department of War)<p>During the Battle of the Bulge in late 1944, German forces surrounded …

Military History

The Witches of Stalingrad

Young women terrified German units during World War II. Let's learn about them, courtesy of <i>Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Attack of the Factoids</i>.<p><b>IT</b> …

Military History

Lord Haw-Haw: The traitor executed for helping the Nazis

<b>William Joyce, better known as Lord Haw-Haw, was a notorious broadcaster of Nazi propaganda to the UK during World War II. His announcement 'Germany calling, Germany calling' was a familiar sound across the airwaves, introducing threats and misinformation which he broadcast from his Hamburg base.</b> …