Archive for November, 2010

Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year-old girl, is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel’ d’Hiv roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family’s apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours.

Paris, May 2002: On Vel’ d’Hiv’s 60th anniversary, journalist Julia Jarmond is asked to write an article about this black day in France’s past. Through her contemporary investigation, she stumbles onto a trail of long-hidden family secrets that connect her to Sarah. Julia finds herself compelled to retrace the girl’s ordeal, from that terrible term in the Vel d’Hiv’, to the camps, & beyond. As she probes into Sarah’s past, she begins to question her own place in France, and to reevaluate her marriage and her life.

Tatiana de Rosnay offers us a brilliantly subtle, compelling portrait of France under occupation and reveals the taboos and silence that surround this painful episode.

ARTICLE BY Raphael G. Satter PUBLISHED ON THE CHRONICLE HERALD

Ingrid Pitt, who survived a Nazi concentration camp & dodged Communist police to become one of Britain’s best-known horror stars, died Tuesday, her daughter said. She was 73.

Born to a mother of Jewish descent, Pitt was interned in a Nazi concentration camp at the age of five. She survived the war, but was forced to flee Communist Berlin on the night of her planned stage debut, plunging into the River Spree in a bid to escape East German authorities. In a twist which easily surpassed the drama of the camp horror films in which she starred, she was rescued by an American soldier who would go on to become her husband. [Read More]

Laval Hearts Nazis

Posted: November 22, 2010 in World War 2
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ARTICLE BY Bharat Azad FEATURED ON THE BOX

It is a well-known fact that a television viewer is never further than three clicks of a TV remote from a programme about Nazi Germany. [Read More]

ARTICLE BY Guy Walters FEATURED IN THE TELEGRAPH

When it comes to national mythologizing, the understandable tendency is towards aggrandizement. This is especially true of the British experience during the World War 2, in which we over-egg the achievements of organizations such as SOE & figures such as Montgomery. [Read More]

ARTICLE BY Allan Hall FEATURED IN THE TELEGRAPH

Jewish wealth confiscated by the Nazis paid for almost a third of the German war effort, a new study has found. Nearly 120 billion Reich marks, over £12 billion at the time, was plundered from German Jews by laws and looting. [Read More]

ARTICLE BY Guy Walters FEATURED IN THE TELEGRAPH

A secret United States government report has offered fresh evidence that the CIA granted Nazi war criminals a “safe haven” in the US after World War 2. [Read More]

ARTICLE FEATURED ON LONGSTREET

Losing looked like something that could actually happen in pre- war-ready America. The war in Europe had been on in earnest since the very end of 1939 (since 1933 in Asia), and the Axis had reached just about the fullest extent of their victories (though there would be more gains in the Pacific to come). [Read More]