European History

Responding to Trump: What about the State AGs? What about the Democrats? And the Germans?

In response to three recent pieces—one discussing the public and private parts of the U.S. system of self-governance that are still working, another arguing that Donald Trump’s monologue to the <i>New York Times</i> represented a new frontier in self-revelation, a third saying that a handful of Republican …

Napoleon Bonaparte

Germany sends Turkey carefully calibrated warning signal

BERLIN – Germany's government is signaling to Turkey that its patience is running out and it can hit back against escalating provocations, but has sought to stop well short of burning its bridges with its NATO ally.<p>More than a year of strains in the countries' relationship came to a head this week …

Turkey

What actually happened at Dunkirk?

<b>Many historians say it was the battle that cost Germany the Second World War.</b><p>Dunkirk, directed by the acclaimed Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight, Inception, Interstellar), tells the epic tale of the chaotic evacuation of British and French Allied troops from Northern France in 1940.<p>Ahead of its …

Winston Churchill

Russian History & Literature Come to Life in Wonderfully Colorized Portraits: See Photos of Tolstoy, Chekhov, the Romanovs & More

Colorized episodes of <i>I Love Luc</i>y verge on sacrilege, but Olga Shirnina, a translator and amateur colorist of considerable talent, has unquestionably …

Russian History

Newly Released Documents Reveal Churchill’s Efforts to Suppress Details of Nazi Plot

In July of 1940, Nazi officials hatched a plan to kidnap Edward VIII, who had abdicated the British throne in 1936, and install him as a puppet ruler …

Winston Churchill

World War II pilot's remains found in tree, return for burial 72 years later

For more than 70 years a tree protected the remains of a World War II fighter pilot from Washington state whose plane crashed in Germany in 1945.<p>6 …

Archaeology

Painting From Goering’s Collection Is Returned to Banker’s Heirs

An heir of a prominent German banking family recovered a Renaissance-era painting on Friday that was looted by the Nazis and then bought by the Reichsmarschall Hermann Goering, who amassed a collection of more than 1,000 paintings.<p>The work, “The Raising of Lazarus,” by an anonymous German artist, …

German History

A Vanished World: 27 Rare and Amazing Photographs Capture Jewish Life in Europe Before the Holocaust

Photographer Roman Vishniac created some of the most iconic images of Jewish life in Europe before the Holocaust, documenting a world that would soon …

History

'Super Producer' Donates Gallons of Her Breast Milk to Feed Other Kids | Mental Floss

Elisabeth Anderson-Sierra makes much, much more breast milk than your average mother. So the Beaverton, Oregon, resident has become a major donor to …

Babies

Yair Mintzker: The Many Deaths of Jew Süss

Joseph Süss Oppenheimer—”Jew Süss”—is one of the most iconic figures in the history of anti-Semitism. In 1733, Oppenheimer became the “court Jew” of …

History

FACT CHECK: Is This a 'League of German Girls Inspection' During World War II?

CLAIM<p>A photograph taken during World War II shows members of the League of German Girls during a uniform inspection.<p>RATING<p>FALSE<p>ORIGIN<p>A photograph …

Fact Checking

The Unwomanly Face of War

By <b>Elaine Margolin</b><p>(Penguin Random House)<p>To see long excerpts from “The Unwomanly Face of War” at Google Books, click here.<p><b>“The Unwomanly Face of War:</b> …

Liberal POV

11 Jewish Things We Learned From A Director Of German History Museums

Everything you need to know about Erfurt and its Jews — both ancient and modern.

Archaeology

Donald Trump’s New York Times interview: 8 absurd things the president said

Some takeaways from Trump's weird, candid interview with the New York Times<p>President Donald Trump sat down with the failing New York Times this week in a candid interview about his first six months in the White House. Beyond his admission that he would have never picked Jeff Sessions as his …

Napoleon Bonaparte

Trump's Recently Disclosed Putin Conversation Is 'Nixon All Over Again'

Harry Obst, who worked as a German interpreter for seven U.S. presidents through Bill Clinton, says he can only remember one who ever dispensed with an interpreter during discussions with a foreign leader: Richard Nixon.<p>It was a bad idea for lots of reasons, the author of <i>White House Interpreter:</i> …

German History

Why Switzerland never takes sides

What most people don’t know is that the Swiss had to choose a policy of neutrality, because for centuries, they'd been a country of mercenaries.<p>I was sitting in a grotto in southern Switzerland, savouring a regional version of risotto made with local merlot, surrounded by vibrant green mountains …

Europe

Hurtling toward a showdown with the special counsel

Donald Trump’s career before his election was shaped by a few massive, risky gambles — at least one of which, his plunge into buying casinos in Atlantic City, N.J., nearly ruined him. Now, as president, he seems headed for another.<p>In his interview Wednesday with the New York Times and in other …

Napoleon Bonaparte

One of the world’s largest Nazi bunkers has been transformed into a museum — take a look inside

During World War II, about 200 concrete bunkers for Nazi soldiers were built along the Danish coast.<p>Denmark's largest was the Tirpitz Bunker, which measured 7,500 square feet and was located in Blåvand. Named after a German battleship, the bunker never saw military action. Nazi soldiers abandoned …

German History

On this day: The first Russian Tsar of the house of Romanov was crowned

Michael Romanov was the Tsar of Russia from 1613 to 1645 and founder of the Romanov dynasty, which ruled Russia until 1917. He was crowned on July 21, 1613 in Dormition Cathedral.<p>Alexei Tolstoy described the country inherited by Tsar Michael: "Russia was ravaged and ruined. The Crimean Tatars …

Russian History

Light everything on fire: What would have happened had the Nazis invaded Britain

Print<p>The movie <i>Dunkirk</i>, opening today, is a big budget Christopher Nolan epic about Operation Dynamo, the miraculous 1940 evacuation of 300,000 troops …

Winston Churchill

The Latest: Turkish PM downplays tensions with Germany

BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on Germany's tougher stance on Turkey following the jailing of a human rights activist (all times local):<p>2:15 p.m.<p>Turkey's prime minister has sought to downplay worries of growing tensions between Turkey and Germany following the jailing of six human rights activists, which …

German History

Germans are learning to love Germany again, and Merkel takes note

BERLIN — If the origins of Germany’s tricolor flag are not widely known, that is because the banner is rarely displayed in a country still atoning for the crimes it carried out in the name of national pride.<p>There may be a history lesson, then, and not just an electoral gambit, in the prominent use …

German History

The untold story of the Ritchie Boys

How German-Jewish refugees who fled the Nazis gathered military intelligence in Europe for the U.S.<p>Martin Selling, 24, was undergoing training as a …

History

“All Kinds of Wrong”: Trevor Noah Looks at Trump’s Wild New York Times Interview

<i>The Daily Show</i> had one of those days Thursday when all they had to do to make fun of Trump was read his words back verbatim, thanks to Trump’s …

French History

What to Know About the Miraculous True Story Behind 'Dunkirk'

The story of the World War II evacuation at Dunkirk — the subject of Christopher Nolan's well-reviewed new film — starts well before the men who were …

Military History

The Russian Revolution, Debt Repudiation, War and Peace | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

<i>In early January 1918, the Soviet government suspended payment on foreign debt, and in early February 1918 it decreed that all Tsarist debts were</i> …

Russian History

To Die in Spring by Ralf Rothmann review – a brutal coming of age in Nazi Germany

The final weeks of the second world war are hauntingly portrayed in a German novel that bears comparison with Erich Maria Remarque and Günter Grass<p>March 1945, and Walter and Friedrich, young apprentices on a north German dairy farm, are drafted into the Waffen SS, serving out the final weeks of …

History

The USSR’s Air-Dropped Fighting Vehicles Tore Through Cold War Conflicts

Since the 1970s, the Russian military has possessed a diverse fleet of armored vehicles it can drop out of airplanes … with parachutes, of course.<p>The …

Russian History

The Napoleonic Wars With Dragons.

I brought this up in the ‘Napoleon bad‘ thread, and thought I’d give it a bit more exposure. I haven’t read these, just an excerpt <i>League of Dragons</i> …

Napoleon Bonaparte

Recalling the father of Latvian classical music

Wednesday, July 26, is the birthday of Jazeps Vitols: composer, critic, educator, the father of Latvian classical music — and an example of how …

Russian History