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World War II: In the News

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"A Soldier’s Voice Rediscovered" New York Times, September 17, 2009
A recording of a radio broadcast of a battlefield Sabbath service conducted in Germany in 1944 has become an unlikely YouTube hit... Read more >>>

"iReporters share their memories of World War II" CNN, September 16, 2009
Around the world, commemorations have taken place this month to mark the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II. The bloodiest conflict in human history claimed the lives of more than 70 million people -- most of whom were civilians -- and irrevocably shaped the world in which we now live... Read more>>>

"World War II Museum to unveil additions" Dallas News, September 27, 2009
World War II veterans and history buffs, and those who just love America, will gather in New Orleans Nov. 7-8 to welcome the new addition to the National World War II Museum. The grand opening of the museum's World War II Victory Theatre, Stage Door Canteen and American Sector – a 70,000-square-foot, $60 million project – is the most significant addition to the city's cultural scene since its battering by Hurricane Katrina... Read more>>>

"Posthumous Apology For World War II Code-Breaker" NPR, September 11, 2009
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown offered a posthumous apology Friday to Alan Turing, a World War II code-breaker who was later prosecuted for being gay. The apology came following an online petition started by computer scientist John Graham-Cumming, author of The Geek Atlas... Listen to the Story >>>

"Watching the start of World War II" BBC News, August 31, 2009
There are only a handful of people left who can say they saw World War II start. Few survive to tell the tale of the German battleship, Schleswig-Holstein, unleashing a barrage of 280mm and 170mm shells at a Polish fort and shattering the dawn breaking over the Westerplatte peninsula in the free city of Danzig on 1 September 1939... Read more>>>

"Editorial: Women pilots'; World War II effort was huge"
There are about 300 surviving female military pilots who served our country during World War II. Unfortunately, the accomplishments of these brave and patriotic grandmothers and great-grandmothers of today are either unknown or have been largely forgotten by today’s generation..... Read more>>>

"Libel Case Sparks New Focus On Stalin's Reputation" NPR, September 8, 2009
It may sound like a bad joke. A Russian court has agreed to hear a libel case brought by the grandson of Josef Stalin. He claims that a newspaper commentary damaged his grandfather's reputation. The commentary noted that Stalin ordered the killing of millions of Soviet citizens. . .Read more>>>

"World War II vets: Let us share your experiences"
Inspired by a call for action and the fact that next year marks the 65th anniversary of the end of the war, Desert Sun editors launched an idea: Interview as many local World War II veterans as possible to tell their stories, capture their memories and truly pay tribute to survivors of this Greatest Generation... Read more>>>

"Teams Seeking Remains Dig Back to World War II" New York Times, September 5, 2009
At the start of the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944, an American bomber was shot down by German fighter planes and sent into a fiery, nose-first crash in a cow pasture here. The pilot’s body was never found. Almost 65 years later, on a recent late summer day, a 10-member Defense Department team was in the same pasture, searching through mounds of excavated mud for a trace of the airman... Read more>>>

"An Iwo Jima Relic Binds Generations" New York Times, September 18, 2009
Mr. Hobbs, an untested corporal in the Army Signal Corps, doubted he would survive the barrage of mortar shells and gunfire awaiting him on the Japanese island’s besieged beach. Then he met a streetwise Detroit schoolteacher named Schnarr, who tossed four words his way: “Stick with me, Frank.” The unlikely pair clambered off the boat together and stepped past scores of slain and wounded Marines... Read more>>>

"California: System Will Grant Degrees to Those Sent to Internment Camps" New York Times, September 24, 2009
California State University is set to begin granting honorary degrees to former Japanese-American students who were sent to internment camps during World War II... Read more>>>

"Sunken World War II Navy patrol boat found" MSNBC September 10, 2009
A U.S. Navy patrol boat sunk during WWII has been found and photographed 20 miles off Cape Hatteras, N.C. The wreck of the YP-389, a converted fishing trawler, rests in about 300 feet of water in a region known as the "Graveyard of the Atlantic"... Read more>>>

"US World War II tank dredged from Manila Bay"
The wreckage of a U.S. tank has been dredged from Manila Bay's muddy seafloor more than 60 years after the end of World War II... Read more>>>

"Movie Review | Inglourious Basterds: Tarantino Avengers in Nazi Movieland" New York Times, August 21, 2009
“Inglourious Basterds,” first shown at the Cannes Film Festival in May, is Mr. Tarantino’s sixth feature. (The bifurcated “Kill Bill” is really one film.) In many respects it looks and, as important, sounds like a typical Tarantino production with its showboating performances, encyclopedic movie references and streams of self-conscious dialogue. Read more>>>

"The Muslims Who Saved The Jews" NPR, August 30, 2009
Host Liane Hansen speaks with photographer Norman Gershman about his book Besa: Muslims Who Saved Jews in World War II, which is also the subject of a documentary called God's House. Greshman spent five years collecting stories of Albanian Muslims who harbored Jewish refugees during World War II... Listen to the Story>>>

"France gives World War II vet from Kansas with highest award for service" 5 News, Kansas, September 22, 2009
The French government has honored a Kansas man with its highest award for service in World War II. In a ceremony Monday at the National Guard Armory in Kansas City, Kan., Raymond Schrader was given the National Order of the Legion of Honor... Read more>>>

"Traumatic experiences during World War II may be a source of dementia: study" New York Daily News, September 16, 2009
World War II veterans could be at risk for dementia because of their traumatic experiences, according to new research. The study, presented in York, England and reported in the London Daily Mail, suggests that traumatic stress may trigger Alzheimer’s and other health conditions... Read more>>>

"Pope Condemns Holocaust at WWII Anniversary Mass" New York Times, August 6, 2009
Commemorating the 70th anniversary of the start of World War II, Pope Benedict XVI recalled the “tragedy of the Holocaust” and the deaths of “tens of millions” in the conflict... Read more>>>

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