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High Hitler: how Nazi drug abuse steered the course of history

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

The book in question is The Total Rush – or, to use its superior English title, Blitzed – which reveals the astonishing and hitherto largely untold story of the Third Reich’s relationship with drugs, including cocaine, heroin, morphine and, above all, methamphetamines (aka crystal meth), and of their effect not only on Hitler’s final days – the Führer, by Ohler’s account, was an absolute junkie with ruined veins by the time he retreated to the last of his bunkers

 

 

‘They raped every German female from eight to 80’

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

“Red Army soldiers don’t believe in ‘individual liaisons’ with German women,” wrote the playwright Zakhar Agranenko in his diary when serving as an officer of marine infantry in East Prussia. “Nine, ten, twelve men at a time – they rape them on a collective basis.”

The Soviet armies advancing into East Prussia in January 1945, in huge, long columns, were an extraordinary mixture of modern and medieval: tank troops in padded black helmets, Cossack cavalrymen on shaggy mounts with loot strapped to the saddle, lend-lease Studebakers and Dodges towing light field guns, and then a second echelon in horse-drawn carts. The variety of character among the soldiers was almost as great as that of their military equipment. There were freebooters who drank and raped quite shamelessly, and there were idealistic, austere communists and members of the intelligentsia appalled by such behaviour.

Read more from this excerpt of Anthony Beevor’s new book at the Guardain

What Americans thought of Jewish refugees on the eve of World War II

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

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published in the Washington Post, 2015

 

So much worse than Auschwitz

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

The word “Auschwitz” has become a metonym for the Holocaust as a whole. Yet the vast majority of Jews had already been murdered, further east, by the time that Auschwitz became a major killing facility. Yet while Auschwitz has been remembered, most of the Holocaust has been largely forgotten.

Nuremberg Trial Bore Witness to the Nazis’ Worst Crimes

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Rebecca West, the acclaimed British writer, covered Nuremberg for the New Yorker. In August 1946, as the case entered its 10th month, she wrote, “[T]he courtroom is a citadel of boredom. Every person attending it is in the grip of extreme tedium.” How could a trial for some of the most ghastly and massive crimes ever committed—crimes that continue to horrify and fascinate us—be dull? The answer lies in a most deliberate prosecutorial strategy, one to which we all owe a debt of gratitude today.

How Thousands Of Nazis Were ‘Rewarded’ With Life In The U.S.

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

In his new book, The Nazis Next Door, Lichtblau reports that thousands of Nazis managed to settle in the United States after World War II, often with the direct assistance of American intelligence officials who saw them as potential spies and informants in the Cold War against the Soviet Union.

Lichtblau says there were whole networks of spy groups around the world made up of Nazis — and they entered the U.S., one by one.

Fresh Air Interview: ‘Pope And Mussolini’ Tells The ‘Secret History’ Of Fascism And The Church

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

It’s commonly thought that the Catholic Church fought heroically against the fascists in Italy. But historian David Kertzer says the church actually lent organizational strength and moral legitimacy to Mussolini’s regime. Kertzer recently won a Pulitzer Prize for his book The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe.

Auschwitz: Drone video of Nazi concentration camp

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Hitler vs. Stalin

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Assessing the most recent scholarship, this article from the NY Times Review of Books compares the casualty counts resultant from the Hitler and Stalin regimes.

Photosessay — World War II After the War

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

This is Part 20 of a weekly 20-part retrospective of World War II) [45 photos]

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