Adolf Hitler killed himself on April 30th 1945 at the age of 56. He had taken shelter in a bunker beneath his government headquarters as the Red Army closed in on Berlin. The BBC Witness History podcast has gathered chilling firsthand accounts of his death from the BBC’s archives.
The long-awaited opening of Pope Pius XII’s wartime records lasted only a week before the coronavirus outbreak shut down the Vatican archives. But that was long enough for documents to emerge that reflect badly on the pontiff accused of silence during the Holocaust, according to published reports. In that week alone, German researchers found that […]
As bad as Covid-19 is, the United States been through something like this before. However, it seems we didn’t learn from the lessons of the great influenza epidemic of 1918. That epidemic infected 500 million people – about a third of the world’s population at the time. John M. Barry’s book is thoroughly researched and well written. It’s […]
Buenos Aires Times reports that Argentine researcher Pedro Filipuzzi discovered a list of 12,000 names of Nazis who ended up in Argentina via bank accounts connected to the Credit Suisse Bank. The documents were disclosed by the Simon Wiesenthal Center. The Center confronts anti-Semitism, hate and terrorism, promotes human rights and dignity, stands with Israel, […]
DW reports that the chair of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) has passed to Germany for one year, with the aim of countering acts and perpetrators of Holocaust denial and falsification. The IHRA was initiated in 1998 by former Swedish Prime Minister Göran Persson, who is now 71 years old. Today, the IHRA’s membership […]
The Liberation of Paris is a gripping book that is packed full of interesting details about Nazi-occupied Paris and its last commander Dietrich von Choltitz. At the end of WWII, Adolf Hitler ordered Choltitz to hold Paris, but if that wasn’t possible, to destroy it. Although General Choltitz had been very loyal to Hitler, he […]
This History special depicts the Nazi persecution and extermination of European Jews by combining newly colorized footage from the Holocaust and rare, first person interviews with survivors. Seventy-five years after the liberation, these survivors, who were young children at the time of the Holocaust, reflect on the tragic circumstances that lead to their internment and […]