World War II Articles

Identity Theft

A Jewish family reclaims its German past.
Feb 01, 2016

I rarely read new books about the Holocaust. Spiking European antisemitism, campus harassment of Jewish students in America, and the stabbings in Israel more than fill my quota for bad Jewish news.

But Dina Gold's new study is an unusual sort of Holocaust book, dealing with the miseries of wartime Berlin but also with her family's lives and troubles over a century-and-a-half—beginning in 19th-century Germany, moving to Mandate Palestine, and ending up in England.

The theme of the story is Gold's struggle to recover a large and valuable office building in the heart of Berlin that had belonged to her grandparents, then to the Third Reich, then to the German Democratic Republic (East Germany), and then to the government

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So Sorry

The old story: European politician gets in trouble, helps the Jews.
Feb 13, 2012

Geert Wilders, the big-gesture Dutch politician who has made a career out of outspoken enthusiasms and denunciations in a country which is careful of its speech, has begun to take on water. In the June 2010 election, the Freedom party, which Wilders created five years earlier, was the third-biggest vote-getter. And when the free-market conservative Freedom and Democracy party and Christian Democrats formed a government with Wilders’s support, polls indicated that Wilders’s party was the most popular in the country. Between October and December 2011, its support shriveled by a third.

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G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero

Dec 21, 2015

On December 2, George T. "Joe" Sakato died at the age of 94. Enlisting in the Army after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Sakato was assigned to the segregated 442nd Regimental Combat Team, a fighting force consisting of second-generation Japanese Americans that saw heavy action in Europe. The 442nd became the most highly decorated unit in the war thanks to soldiers like Joe Sakato.

In 1944, deep in the Vosges Mountains of France, Sakato and his platoon were tasked with finding the 1st Battalion/141st Infantry, what became known as the Lost Battalion. In the midst of a German counterattack, Sakato remembers a fellow soldier making the mistake of standing up and getting shot. He died in Sakato's arms.

At which point Sakato got

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So Long, Harry: Will Obama’s Apology Tour End in Hiroshima?

1:19 PM, Sep 02, 2015

A lame duck President Obama, released next year from any lingering political constraints, will make a likely final official visit to Asia to attend the 42nd G-7 summit of leaders of the world’s leading economies. The summit is scheduled to be held in May 2016 in central Japan, not far from Hiroshima.

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Was Dropping the Atomic Bomb Necessary?

Considering the context.
3:00 PM, Aug 27, 2015

Many of my friends think Hiroshima was an unjustifiable atrocity.

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The Greatest Liberation

Humanitarians in uniform.
Aug 17, 2015

Many years ago, I struck up a conversation with a Dutch businessman in a hotel in China. In the course of our discussion, I learned that he had been born in Asia, in the Dutch East Indies, today known as Indonesia. I quickly calculated that he was old enough to have been alive during World War II, so I asked what happened to him?

He told me that he and his parents spent the entire war in a Japanese prison camp.

“What was that like?” I asked.

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D-Day Anniversary

8:43 PM, Jun 06, 2015

The boss marks the D-Day anniversary with Ronald Reagan's words (and more!):

Watch Reagan's June 6, 1984, speech: "These are the boys of Pointe du Hoc. These are the men who took the cliffs."

— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) June 6, 2015  Read more

Churchill on V-E Day

6:21 AM, May 07, 2015

Friday marks the seventieth anniversary of Victory in Europe, or V-E, Day, when the Allies accepted Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender after six long years of war. No one should have savored that day in 1945 more than Winston Churchill, the wartime British prime minister.

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Japanese Leader to 'Express Remorse' for World War II

7:32 AM, Jan 05, 2015

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe will "express remorse" for World War II, the Associated Press reports.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday that his government would express remorse for World War II on the 70th anniversary of its end in August.

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Turned Upside Down

The end of World War II meant the end of empires.
Oct 21, 2013

Franklin D. Roosevelt, meeting with his son Elliott at the beginning of the Casablanca conference in January 1943, went out of his way to voice his revulsion at the ugliness of British imperialism by referring to his transit through the tiny British colony of Gambia:  

Dirt. Disease. Very high mortality rate. .  .  . Life expectancy—you’d never guess what it is. Twenty-six years. These people are treated worse than livestock. Their cattle live longer!  

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MLK Jr. Memorial Also Barricaded

2:28 PM, Oct 02, 2013

The World War II memorial was barricaded earlier today. So was a World War I memorial. And, it turns out, so is the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial, which is right near those others on the Mall in Washington, D.C. 

As Congressman Steve Stockman tweets:


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Park Service Workers Erect WWII Barricade

Could just open the Memorial...
8:36 AM, Oct 02, 2013

At least four National Park Service workers are erecting a barricade around the World War II memorial, John McCormack reports:


4 National Park Service employees maintaining WWII memorial barricade. Guess they don't know CPR.

— John McCormack (@McCormackJohn) October 2, 2013


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Seven Decades Ago

1:29 PM, Sep 05, 2013

Seventy years ago today, Winston Churchill received an honorary degree from Harvard University and addressed its faculty and students in the university’s largest room, Sanders Theater.

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Safe at Home

The rebirth of the national pastime after World War II.
May 06, 2013


In an American sports world where football is king, the notion of baseball as our country’s national pastime is a quaint one, a sort of nostalgic throwback to a bygone era, like westerns in the 1940s or heroic literature in the century after the Crusades. 

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Obama’s Deficit Spending Dwarfs WWII’s

7:00 AM, Nov 01, 2012

From December 1941 to August 1945, the United States of America joined the other Allied powers and fought against the Axis powers in Europe and the Pacific, during the greatest and most destructive war in all of human history.

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The Political Miró

7:08 AM, May 11, 2012

“Joan Miró: The Ladder of Escape” is at the National Gallery of Art through August 12. The conceit of the exhibit is that Miró was no sequestered surrealist but an artist readily engaged with politics and society—“an artist of his times,” as a wall caption puts it. Visitors reading that caption might well wonder how Miró could be anything but of his “times,” for they surely were interesting ones.

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On the Brink

A haunted vision of a people in extremis.
Feb 20, 2012

The great tragedy of Yiddish literature is that, at the very moment when it was blossoming into modernity in all genres, its writers, audience, and cultural matrix were completely destroyed by the double knockout punch of German and Soviet anti-Semitism.

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Fighting Chance

World War II was a close-run thing.
Oct 10, 2011

Harry Butcher, an aide to General Eisenhower throughout his time as supreme commander in Europe, and gossipy diarist par excellence, reports the following remarks made by the mild-mannered Kansan on July 10, 1944:

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The Ultimate Stimulus?

World War Two and economic growth
Sep 12, 2011


As Washington waits for President Obama’s plan on how to revive the economy and pull us out of our 9 percent unemployment rut, a growing chorus on the left is calling for us to go to war—or at least the economic equivalent of war. 

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Finally, a Debate on the Debt Ceiling in the Light of Day

7:18 AM, Jul 26, 2011

How refreshing it is to see the actual lawmaking process finally proceeding — in the light of day — as the secretive closed-door meetings favored by this White House finally recede! This is how things are supposed to work in our republic.

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Staying Alive

The limits of endurance in enemy hands.
Jun 20, 2011


A World War II Story of Survival,
Resilience, and Redemption

by Laura Hillenbrand

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Das Leben Parisienne

The City of Light in darkest times.
Apr 18, 2011

And the Show Went On
Cultural Life in Nazi-Occupied Paris
by Alan Riding

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How They Served and What it Cost Them: Baseball Stars and World War II

2:00 PM, Apr 04, 2011

In recent months, THE WEEKLY STANDARD discussed the military service of Hank Greenberg and Bob Feller during World War II. The latter piece addressed an important issue germane to Feller and other major league players who lost playing time during that conflict: “He might have put up even better numbers, were it not for the war. But then, the same might be said of all of that era’s great stars.”

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