Topics :: World War II

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Seven Decades Later, Paris Celebrates End of Nazi Occupation

By Elaine Ganley | Sunday Aug 24, 2014
Her code name was Rainer and she had a gun she called Oscar. Not yet 20, she aimed her weapon at a Nazi officer and shot him to death on a Paris bridge on a Sunday afternoon.

LGBTs Share Home Front Stories from WWII

By Heather Cassell | Saturday Jun 28, 2014
It was a major shift in gender roles and social mores for the U.S., but somehow little is known about life for LGBTs on the home front during World War II.

Walking with the Enemy

By Kilian Melloy | Friday Apr 25, 2014
As the Nazi reign of terror spreads to Hungary, a courageous young man joins a semi-underground organization that resists the deportation and murder of Jews. That’s about the extent of what’s "true" in this forgettable "based on a true story" film.

How Russia Hits Back at Slights Over WWII Victory

By Lynn Berry | Monday Feb 10, 2014
The Sochi Winter Olympics are making Russians beam with pride. But while the opening ceremony left out World War II at the behest of international Olympic organizers, Russia’s role in defeating Nazi Germany is still one of the nation’s proudest moments.

Coco Chanel: A Nazi Spy?

By JENNY BARCHFIELD | Friday Aug 19, 2011
Coco Chanel: A fashion icon whose name has become shorthand for timeless French chic, a shrewd businesswoman who overcame a childhood of poverty to build a luxury supernova and ... a Nazi spy?

Imperial Real Estate Remains As Colonialism’s Last Vestiges

By ANITA SNOW | Wednesday Aug 3, 2011
One was Napoleon’s last place of exile. Another became home to survivors of the mutiny-stricken Bounty. They are St. Helena and the Pitcairn Islands, flecks of real estate set in vast oceans, each occupying a special place in history.

My Queer War

By Kilian Melloy | Thursday Jun 23, 2011
As a young man, James Lord went off to fight in World War II. In his memoir, Lord does less fighting with the enemy than with the homophobes in the service, who can see right through him. Most of all, however, Lord is at war with himself.
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