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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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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Screenshot of FM 2  Wildcat  Fighter pulled out of Lake Michigan
Screenshot of FM 2 "Wildcat" Fighter pulled out of Lake Michigan
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WWII U.S. Paratroopers
WWII U.S. Paratroopers
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A US 26th Calvary Division reenactor
A US 26th Calvary Division reenactor
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The World War Ii memorial that overlooks the Pacific Ocean.
The World War Ii memorial that overlooks the Pacific Ocean.
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U.S. 29th Infantry Division reenactors show a mortar demonstration; this soldier is spotting for the...
U.S. 29th Infantry Division reenactors show a mortar demonstration; this soldier is spotting for the mortar crew; the mortar was a crew-served weapon.
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Hap Halloran s nephew Michael Halloran with his wife Stephanie  traveled to Menlo Park from San Dieg...
Hap Halloran's nephew Michael Halloran with his wife Stephanie, traveled to Menlo Park from San Diego to attend the memorial Mass on June 17, 2011. "Hap had lots of comrades and many friends," said Stephanie. "I am happy to meet with them all," she said.
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Actor George C. Scott immortalizes the World War II commanding general George S. Patton. This 1969 m...
Actor George C. Scott immortalizes the World War II commanding general George S. Patton. This 1969 motion picture captured the American imagination about the this larger than life figure.
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Scene from USS Alabama
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Halloran's daughter Peggy receives the folded American flag as presented by the honor guards of the Veterans of Foreign Wars - 13th District of California.
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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.
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Scene from USS Alabama
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Berthold Beitz photographed in 1972  as Chairman of the Krupp Group
Berthold Beitz photographed in 1972, as Chairman of the Krupp Group
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