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Photo Essay: Museum of the Great Lakes, Toledo, Ohio Special

Toledo - The Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo, Ohio, shows the importance of the five Great Lakes in World War II, American Independence, commerce in the United States and throughout the world and recreation. Digital Journal took a tour of the museum.
Digital Journal Report by Mike White - 6 comments

Op-Ed: Behind enemy lines — World War II Special

I could see them scurrying in utter confusion, trying to escape being killed or captured. Others avoided capture by holding grenades to their chests and blowing themselves up. ~CJ Miller on PTSD
Digital Journal Report by Kelly Jadon - 2 comments

Op-Ed: Remembering my Grandfather on Memorial Day Special

Memorial Day in the United States has two distinct identities. Back yard barbecues and parties are had by most to celebrate a free weekend, but for some the more somber undertone takes the forefront and they remember fallen American Warfighters.
Digital Journal Report by Samantha A. Torrence - 6 comments

Op-Ed: Author and Sherlock researcher skeptical about TV series Special

San Francisco - The recent resurgence in Sherlock Holmes on Television, has author and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle researcher Lauren Steinhauer, skeptical.
Digital Journal Report by Jonathan Farrell - 1 comment

German prosecutors charge ex-SS soldier over 1944 French massacre

Cologne - Prosecutors in Germany have charged an unnamed 88-year-old man, identified only as Werner C., with participating in one of the worst World War II atrocities, which saw almost the entire population of a sleepy French village massacred.
In the Media by Robert Myles

Review: 'The Book Thief' — War is a crime Special

It is undeniable that Nazi Germany had one of the worst, if not the worst, government in history. This is not a movie about the German Government. "The Book Thief" is an honest look at the human spirit that will grip your heart from start to finish.
Digital Journal Report by Ruth Hull - 2 comments

Video: 'The Book Thief' international trailer

An international trailer has been released for the World War II drama called "The Book Thief" which is adapted from the book of the same name.
In the Media by Can Tran - 1 comment

WWII veteran helps Roger Waters document his father's final hours

Rome - A foxhole roughly 12 miles inland in a place the Royal Fusiliers had dubbed "the wadi" during the Battle of Anzio became the final resting place of 2nd Lt. Eric Fletcher Waters on February 18, 1944.
In the Media by Kelly Fetty - 3 comments

Op-Ed: An alternative American letter to Vladimir Putin

In the fallout from Russian President Vladimir Putin's open letter to Americans and U.S. Senator John McCain's response, I would like to offer an alternative letter to President Putin.
In the Media by Michael Krebs - 4 comments

Former Nazi guard goes on trial for murder of resistance fighter

Former SS officer Siert Bruins, 92, will go on trial in Germany Monday on charges of killing a Dutch resistance fighter during World War II by shooting him in the back.
In the Media by Layne Weiss

U.S. apologizes for Japanese incarceration 25 years ago

Twenty-five years ago this week, the Japanese-American community celebrated a revolutionary victory relating to its own struggles for equality.
In the Media by Amanda Byas - 3 comments

Op-Ed: Father's Day memories of 'the smartest man I have ever known'

Chicago - It's Father's Day, and I have been reminiscing about my late father, Robert Smith Jr., the smartest man I have ever known. It is because of him that I became an educated woman and know, undoubtedly, lifelong learning can take place outside a classroom.

Netanyahu: Israel to defend Jewish people from another Holocaust

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opened a Holocaust exhibition at the site of the WWII Auschwitz death camp in Poland and declared that, "The State of Israel will do whatever is necessary to prevent another Holocaust."
In the Media by Paul Iddon

French champagne seized by Nazis in 1940 set to be auctioned off

Two rare bottles of French champagne are set to be auctioned off in the United Kingdom. These bottles have a bit of an unusual history. They were confiscated by the Nazis in France in 1940 during World War II.
In the Media by Layne Weiss - 2 comments

Novelist A.J. Sidransky on his work: Forgiving Maximo Rothman Special

New York - AJ Sidransky's Forgiving Maximo Rothman reminds us that 'life is too short to make enemies of those we love,' and I connected with the novelist to learn more.
Digital Journal Report by Michael Krebs

D-Day veterans protest after tourist boards exclude Sword Beach

French organisers of the annual commemorations of the World War II, D-Day Normandy landings have launched a protest and petition after six local tourist boards unveiled a new D-Day tourist initiative which ignores Sword Beach, one of the Normandy Beaches.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 3 comments

Review: Polanski tells his own story in slanted but fascinating doc Special

How do we reconcile that a man who could drug and violate a 13-year-old girl could also make undeniably great films like “Chinatown”, “Tess” and “The Pianist”? Unfortunately, “Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir” doesn't answer that question.
Digital Journal Report by Jeff Cottrill - 3 comments

Louvre returns Nazi looted art

The Louvre museum has returned seven paintings to surviving relatives of Jewish families. The paintings were confiscated by the Nazi Party in the 1930s.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 5 comments

Op-Ed: UK sailors cannot accept medals from Russia for Arctic Service

London - During World War II, 3,000 British sailors in the Arctic Convoy braved arctic conditions, German U boats, and bombers to deliver absolutely vital supplies to the eastern front through northern Russian ports.
In the Media by Ken Hanly - 4 comments

WWII Medal of Honor hero Daniel Inouye, dead at 88

Bethesda - Senator Daniel Inouye, Pearl Harbor survivor, Medal of Honor recipient and member of the "Greatest Generation", has passed away at the age of 88.
In the Media by Greta McClain - 1 comment

World War II fighter plane retrieved from Lake Michigan

Waukegan - A World War II fighter plane has been pulled from the bottom of Lake Michigan. Now that the relic has been extracted, it is hoped the plane will go on public display in Chicago.
In the Media by Leigh Goessl - 9 comments

WashPost runs Pearl Harbor account deemed too graphic in 1941

In 1941, Elizabeth P. McIntosh reported on the attack at Pearl Harbor. Her editors said it was “too upsetting.” On Thursday, after 71 years, the Washington Post ran her first-hand account.
In the Media by Brian LaSorsa - 2 comments

WWII 'spy pigeon' coded message leaves decoders stumped

The coded message found attached to the remains of a "spy pigeon" has left British intelligence agency decoders stumped.
In the Media by Greta McClain - 5 comments

Dozens of WW II-era love letters soaked by Sandy are preserved

A stack of World War II era love letters written by a New Jersey woman to her boyfriend washed up on shore after Superstorm Sandy tore through the northeast. Another family is carefully preserving old WWII-era letters they found during flooding.
In the Media by Leigh Goessl - 4 comments

Japan's Sendai Airport closes, workers find unexploded WWII bomb

Sendai - A major airport in Japan closed today after construction workers found what is believed to be a WWII-era bomb that had not been detonated.
In the Media by Leigh Goessl - 4 comments

Review: Kraftwerk biography offers a glimpse behind the machine Special

A new biography of the band Kraftwerk offers a fascinating history of the influential German band and their work, while painting an incredible portrait of the cultural scene that helped create their unique sound.
Digital Journal Report by Cate Kustanczy - 2 comments

Video: Huge blast as WWII bomb detonated in Munich, Germany

Munich - On Tuesday evening in central Munich, Germany, explosives experts detonated the remains of a 550-pound (250 kg) bomb, left over from World War II.
In the Media by Anne Sewell

Family informed of soldier's D-Day death - but 68 years later

Twenty-one year-old British soldier Pvt. Gordon Heaton was killed on D-Day, June 6, 1944, but his family was never informed of his fate. For 68 years they heard no official word but have now finally found out, though only through mostly luck.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro

The search to preserve a Polish World War II hero

Warsaw - Unless you are from Poland or a World War II history buff, you may have never heard of Witold Pilecki. Oftentimes we revel in the escapades of military heroes for a while, only to allow their memory and legacy to fade slowly from our minds.
In the Media by Greta McClain - 3 comments

Op-Ed: WW II living history comes to Sully Historic Site in Virginia Special

Chantilly - On July 14 and 15, Sully Historic Site's annual World War II Living History event took place in Chantilly, Va. Visitors were able to catch a realistic glimpse of what life was like for soldiers during WW II.
Digital Journal Report by Leigh Goessl
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A US 26th Calvary Division reenactor
A US 26th Calvary Division reenactor
Reenactors portray German soldiers on horseback
Reenactors portray German soldiers on horseback
Scene from USS Alabama
Scene from USS Alabama
Over 1 km (1 100 yd) of tunnels were completed. After the liberation of the Channel Islands  the com...
Over 1 km (1,100 yd) of tunnels were completed. After the liberation of the Channel Islands, the complex was converted into a museum detailing the occupation and remains a visitor attraction.
WWII U.S. Army field kitchen in use
WWII U.S. Army field kitchen in use
Remains of a World War II  spy pigeon
Screen Capture
Remains of a World War II "spy pigeon"
Scene from USS Alabama
Scene from USS Alabama
Hap Halloran s son Dan talked to my dad Lt. Col. James R. Farrell at the memorial Mass for Hap. Over...
Hap Halloran's son Dan talked to my dad Lt. Col. James R. Farrell at the memorial Mass for Hap. Over 100 people attended.
The Normandy beaches as portrayed by six tourist boards in Normandy - but where is Sword beach?
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The Normandy beaches as portrayed by six tourist boards in Normandy - but where is Sword beach?
Photo of Raymond  Hap  Halloran from his web site. Halloran died this past June 7  2011.
Courtesy of Hap Halloran web site
Photo of Raymond "Hap" Halloran from his web site. Halloran died this past June 7, 2011.
Berthold Beitz photographed in 1972  as Chairman of the Krupp Group
Photo: Sven Simon / ThyssenKrupp
Berthold Beitz photographed in 1972, as Chairman of the Krupp Group

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