European History

The Soviet Military Secretly Mapped the Entire World

These intricate, curious maps were supposed to be destroyed. The ones that remain reveal a fascinating portrait of how the U.S.S.R. monitored the world.<p>English retiree John Davies has been smitten with maps his whole life. “I was drawing maps of my house as a toddler,” he said. Though his career in …

Culture

This Was the Battle That Crushed Nazi Germany Forever

In April 1945, as the Allies encircled Nazi Germany from all sides, the "thousand year" Reich was about to expire.On April 20, 1945, Adolf Hitler, …

German History

Watch: This unsettling color footage shows a 1944 Japanese American incarceration camp

A rare peek in vivid Kodachrome, filmed the day the camp was closing down<p>Powerful, newly-discovered color footage from 1944 shows a day in the life …

Culture

Trump’s sinister calls to lock up Hillary Clinton should make Americans shudder

<i>This article first appeared on the History News Network.</i><p>Throughout his presidential campaign, Donald Trump described his opponent, Hillary Clinton, …

Donald Trump

Horst Kroll, Can-Am champion at age 50, raced on a shoestring

Horst Kroll, who died on Oct. 26 at the age of 81, won the Can-Am motor-racing championship in 1986 when he was 50 years old, an age when most auto racers have retired. The only other Canadian to win a Can-Am championship was Jacques-Joseph Villeneuve (Gilles Villeneuve's brother), when he was …

Formula Racing

In Paris, Retail Space Becomes Cultural Touchstone

Courtesy of Louis Vuitton / Stéphane Muratet<p>Louis Vuitton’s new home on the Place Vendôme is closer to a national monument than a monument to …

Travel

Amir Taheri - The Usual Suspects and a New Method

Last week two events injected energy and excitement into what was beginning to look like an anemic end of the year in the Middle East as far as …

Middle East

Let us all act like Cretans: Repeated colonialism conquered

Crete is the largest of the Greek islands. A rugged jewel of endless crystal seas, vertiginous hills, plump olives and grapes, snow-capped mountains, …

Crete

Commie cars invade capitalist capital

Most days, the street in front of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., is devoid of smoke-belching East German economy cars. But once a …

Classic Cars

Eastern Germany and Its Affinity for Populists

The Berlin Wall fell 28 years ago, yet vast divisions remain between the former East and West of the country. In the recent election, the populist …

Germany

British Labour Party readmits member accused of Holocaust revisionism, bars another

Moshe Machover had written that Nazism and Zionism had a “basic agreement.” (Screenshot from YouTube)<p>(JTA) — The British Labour Party punished an …

Jewish Culture

Believe It Or Not, Nazi And American Soldiers Once Fought Together To Save POWs From The Gestapo

The American-German force teamed up against the Gestapo to free several high-profile prisoners from an Austrian castle.<p>Castle Itter.<p>By May 1945, the …

Military History

The wide-eyed poster-girl for the swinging 60s

At the age of 16, Marianne Faithfull was spotted at a party and went on to record a single co-written by Mick Jagger. Arwa Haider discovers how the teenager became a muse for The Rolling Stones – before forging a career as one of Britain’s most enduring female singer-songwriters.<p>At the height of …

Culture

Nazi guards charged over deaths at camp where Jews had petrol injected into hearts

SS officers worked at Stutthof camp where tens of thousands were shot, gassed, starved and given lethal injections.<p>German prosecutors investigating …

Crime

Proof of Nazi evils documented by Warsaw Ghetto Jews gets first exhibition

Jews are seen lining up in the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II. (Courtesy of American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee Archives)<p>WARSAW, Poland …

Jewish Culture

Holocaust survivor Olga Horek shares story of liberation as Jewish Museum celebrates 25 years

When Olga Horak was liberated from the Holocaust camp Bergen-Belsen in 1945 she had lost her whole family. She was 16 years old, had typhus, weighed …

Germany 'expects unconditional surrender' from David Davis in keynote Berlin speech

Germany expects Brexit secretary David Davis to offer his "unconditional surrender," to the EU's terms when he delivers a keynote speech to trade chiefs in Berlin on Thursday evening, the former president of the country's largest trade body has warned.<p>Hans-Olaf Henkel, the former head of the …

Brexit

5 amazing discoveries from trove of documents hidden during the Holocaust

The papers, which date from the mid-18th century through World War II, survived destruction attempts by both the Nazis and the Soviets.<p>NEW YORK — …

World News

The truth about Prince Philip and those 'affairs'

Through most of the Queen and Prince Philip's 70-year marriage, rumours of his alleged affairs have been rife.<p>Even now, people wonder how he could …

Royal Family

The Holocaust Survivor Who Set an Unbreakable World Record

At first sight, Shaul Ladany’s home in the suburbs of Be’er Sheva, Israel, looks like any other: Two dogs greet you at the door, vases and plants …

Culture

Crown jewels as see on iconic royal women

There is more to the world’s most iconic royals than their crown jewels. Beneath the glittering tiaras are women leaving their mark on society …

Royal Family

Jeanne Brousse obituary

Member of the French resistance who risked her life to save Jewish families<p>As a young woman in occupied France during the second world war, Jeanne Brousse, who has died aged 96, risked her own life to save many Jewish people from deportation. Working as a clerk at the prefecture in Annecy, she took …

France

France’s Lost Pigeon-and-Balloon Memorial Is Well Worth Remembering

The statue—made by the sculptor of the Statue of Liberty—paid tribute to a flock of 19th-century war heroes.<p>People who wandered through Paris’s Porte …

Culture

The Making of the Russian Revolution

The story of the October Revolution of 1917 is as much one of the masses of Russia taking their future in their own hands as it is of Lenin – who had …

Russia

Ex Bosnia leader Ratko Mladic awaits verdict of war crimes trial

He may be one of the highest profile war crime suspects in modern European history. But to his family, Ratko Mladic “is a hero”.<p>The former Bosnian Serb General is on trial for ordering heavy artillery over civilians in Sarajevo during the Bosnian War. He’s also being accused of organising the …

Injustice

The Woman Who Rescued Jewish Books From The Vilna Ghetto

Some 75 years ago, a group of Jews under German occupation in Vilna was assigned to assist Nazi authorities in curating books and other cultural …

Jewish Culture

Flames and Famine: On Laura Engelstein and Anne Applebaum - Los Angeles Review of Books

ON A RECENT BOOK TOUR in Germany, I gave an interview to a reporter from <i>Neues Deutschland</i>, for over 40 years the official newspaper of the Socialist …

Books

Zimbabwe:From Napoleon to Mugabe, Hubris Is the Achilles Heel of Great Military Leaders

In June 1812, Napoleon Bonaparte led an army of 500,000 men to invade Russia. Napoleon was already the ruler of the French Empire, which stretched …

Napoleon Bonaparte

French historian seeks to revive town's 'forgotten Jews'

Unlike mass round-ups of French Jewry in major cities, the persecution of Jews in small French communes was carried out quietly and barely noticed by …

World News

Britain may be through the worst of its bout of inflation

SINCE November 2015 the pound has depreciated by over 15% against other currencies, mainly because of worries caused by last year’s Brexit …

Economics