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Poland Identifies Minnesota Man as Former Nazi Commander

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, March 13, 2017 at 3:00pm 3/13/2017 at 3:00pm
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Poland has identified a Minnesota man as a former Nazi commander who allegedly ordered the murder of 44 Poles during World War II.

The Associated Press has named the man as Michael Karkoc, 98, who resides in Minneapolis. He was born in Lutsk, Ukraine, in 1919.

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Christmas in German POW camp Stalag Luft 1

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, December 24, 2016 at 8:45pm 12/24/2016 at 8:45pm
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The posts I most enjoy writing about are the ones I didn’t plan, but somehow found.

I’ve written about Christmas Eve in World War II before, including in 2014, Christmas 1944: The Battle of the Bulge. and a follow up with reader memories in 2015, Christmas Eve in the Ardennes 1944.

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This Little Boy’s Best Friend is a World War II Vet

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 7:30pm 11/2/2016 at 7:30pm

The election is less than a week away. It’s been an awful cycle. You deserve to have some feel-good story in your day. Like this one…

Erling Kindem and Emmett Rychner are the best of pals. They’re also 86 years apart.

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*Shocking* – Why former AIG CEO remembers precise date he visited Europe over 70 yrs ago

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 7:00am 10/15/2016 at 7:00am
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The New York State Attorney General’s office has been on an over 10 year long jihad against former AIG CEO Maurice “Hank” Greenberg over alleged accounting fraud.

Though he now is age 90, Greenberg continues to fight

Standing on principle may be partly generational. Mr. Greenberg is one of a dwindling number of...

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Nurse in famous V-Day Times Square photo kiss passes away

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 1:50pm 9/10/2016 at 1:50pm

Greta Friedman gained fame when a photographer captured the moment when a soldier grabbed her in Times Square and planted a kiss on her as America celebrated the end of World War II. It quickly became an iconic picture.

Her son Joshua confirmed the 92-year-old nurse passed away this morning.

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Marine Pvt. Dale Geddes, another hero of Bloody Tarawa, comes home

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, August 26, 2016 at 4:00pm 8/26/2016 at 4:00pm

Earlier this month we brought news about Marine Pfc. George Traver, who was killed during the battle of the Tarawa Atoll in 1943. His body was only recently identified, and preparations made for his return to the U.S. and funeral near Albany, NY.

I’ve learned since that original post that the return of...

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Welcome home Pfc. George Traver

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, August 14, 2016 at 1:00pm 8/14/2016 at 1:00pm
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I’d be surprised if any time is taken out from studying social justice warfare for school children or even college students to study the history of WWII other than to denounce the U.S. for dropping the A-bomb.

So the Battle of Tarawa atoll likely means nothing to them. But to the generation...

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Make Victory Over Japan Day great again!

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, August 7, 2016 at 8:30pm 8/7/2016 at 8:30pm

I’m back in the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations again. Not just for the weekend, but “for good.” We are back to splitting the year between Ithaca and RI.

When I left in 2013, I lamented all that would be missed:

My home State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations has...

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The Babies Who Survived the Holocaust

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 7:00pm 6/30/2016 at 7:00pm

Through the course of my daily interneting, I happened across a post that discussed the babies born in Dachau. Naturally, I had to check this out further.

Their stories are amazing and too good not to share.

First, the story of the babies pictured in the featured image:

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Marine Misidentified in Iwo Jima Photo

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, June 24, 2016 at 8:30pm 6/24/2016 at 8:30pm

The Marine Corps discovered officials misidentified Harold Shultz, a private first class from Detroit, MI, in the famous Iwo Jima picture.

The investigation also found that John Bradley, a Navy hospital corpsman, did not raise the flag. Bradley’s son “wrote a best-selling book about his father’s role in the flag-raising that was...

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Last Catholic Priest to Survive Dachau Concentration Camp Passes Away at Age 102

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, June 19, 2016 at 7:30am 6/19/2016 at 7:30am

The last Catholic Priest to survive the Nazi labor camp in Dachau passed away earlier this month. He was a few weeks away from his 103 birthday.

Imprisoned in 1940, Father Hermann Scheipers escaped in 1945 during a death march.

John Burger of Aleita has Father Scheipers’ story:

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50 Year Later, Auschwitz Museum Unearths Thousands of Victims’ Lost Items

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 7:30pm 6/9/2016 at 7:30pm

More than 16,000 items belonging to victims of Nazi death camp, Auschwitz were recently rediscovered in Poland.

Their whereabouts have been known since 1967, but shortly thereafter, communist upheaval stalled the recovery of these long-lost possessions.

Haaretz reports:

The items include flatware, brushes, pipes, lighters, kitchenware, penknives, buttons, jewelry, watches, keys, stamps, medical kits,...

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Remembering D-Day

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, June 6, 2016 at 1:15pm 6/6/2016 at 1:15pm

On June 6, 1944, Allied forces executed Operation Neptune, one of the largest amphibious military assaults in history. We know it at D-Day. Two years prior to launching the D-Day kickoff to the Battle of Normandy (Operation Overlord), Allied forces planned, strategized, and misdirected Axis opponents (Operation Bodyguard) to ensure Operation...

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Visiting Omaha Beach

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, May 30, 2016 at 9:00am 5/30/2016 at 9:00am

Several years ago, I had the opportunity to spend some time in France studying World War II. I left with an incredible appreciation for our veterans and their sacrifice. This is the story of my visit to the Memorial Cemetery at Omaha Beach. As we celebrate Memorial Day, may we always...

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Hundreds Gather at Memorial Service For Holocaust Hero Sir Nicholas Winton

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, May 20, 2016 at 6:15pm 5/20/2016 at 6:15pm

Sir Nicholas Winton rescued 669 mostly Jewish children from Czechoslovakia in 1939. Not a soldier, not a government official, Winton petitioned the British government for permission to organize “Kindertransport.”

For fifty years, Winton kept his Kindertransport activities to himself. It wasn’t until his wife discovered a scrapbook that his story was made...

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Holocaust Survivor Reunited With World War II Soldier Who Freed Him

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 10:00am 5/19/2016 at 10:00am

Here’s a heartwarming story, courtesy of The Greatest Generation.

Seventy-one years after meeting for the first time, ninety-four-year-old Sid Shafner and ninety-year-old Marcel Levy were reunited for the first time in over twenty years.

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PHOTOS: Europe, Russia Celebrate 71st Victory Day

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 7:00am 5/10/2016 at 7:00am

Europe and Russia spent the last few days celebrating the 71st Victory in Europe Day (VE Day) to mark the end of World war II.

The German military surrendered...

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