Tag: World War II (1939-45)

U.S. Navy Ship Sunk in World War II by German Sub Is Found Off Maine Coast

For nearly 75 years, the circumstances surrounding the sinking of the U.S.S. Eagle PE-56, a World War II Navy ship, eluded historians and relatives of the lost sailors. Even its location was unknown. This week, searchers announced that the missing warship had been discovered five miles off the coast of Maine and 300 feet beneath […]

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Overlooked No More: Else Ury’s Stories Survived World War II. She Did Not.

Overlooked is a series of obituaries about remarkable people whose deaths, beginning in 1851, went unreported in The Times. By Melissa Eddy BERLIN — What stood out was the thick, white “U” of her last name, which had been carefully painted on a brown leather suitcase that was loaded, along with the belongings of 1,190 […]

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Eva Kor, Survivor of Twin Experiments at Auschwitz, Dies at 85

Eva Kor survived the sadistic pseudoscientific medical experiments carried out on twins at the Auschwitz death camp. She dedicated herself decades later to telling of the Holocaust horrors spawned by religious and racial hatred, while preaching the power of forgiveness as a means of healing from devastating trauma. Ms. Kor took young people on annual […]

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Overlooked No More: Ralph Lazo, Who Voluntarily Lived in an Internment Camp

Overlooked is a series of obituaries about remarkable people whose deaths, beginning in 1851, went unreported in The Times. By Veronica Majerol When Ralph Lazo saw his Japanese-American friends being forced from their homes and into internment camps during World War II, he did the unexpected: He went with them. In the spring of 1942, […]

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Dutch Railway Will Pay Millions to Holocaust Survivors

LONDON — At the height of World War II, the Dutch railway ran special trains to transit camps where Jews and other minorities awaited deportation to Nazi death camps. The trains were commissioned by Germany, which had invaded the Netherlands in 1940, ignoring a Dutch proclamation of neutrality, and the Dutch railway, Nederlandse Spoorwegen, complied. […]

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The Holocaust Survivor Who Deciphered Nazi Doublespeak

They didn’t wait for the war to end. In August 1944, as soon as Soviet troops swept the Nazis out of eastern Poland, a group of Jewish intellectuals rushed to cities like Lublin and Lodz to begin collecting and recording, scouring for any trace of the still fresh horror that had taken their own loved […]

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U.K. Tribute to ‘Windrush’ Generation Draws Criticism

LONDON — Britain on Saturday honored members of the so-called Windrush generation, people from the Caribbean who were encouraged to migrate here to help the country rebuild after World War II, but struggled to prove their citizenship in a recent immigration crackdown. On Saturday, which was declared the first National Windrush Day, Prime Minister Theresa […]

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He Couldn’t Talk About What He Saw in World War II. So He Painted It.

As the gray dawn spread over the coast of Normandy on June 6, 1944, revealing the legions of Allied ships staged to begin the D-Day invasion, a 25-year-old French aristocrat-turned-commando named Count Guy de Montlaur was told his squad would be one of the very first to splash onto the beach. Their mission was to […]

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The Worst President Hails the Greatest Generation

Why do we still commemorate D-Day? It’s not a rhetorical question. The event is more distant to us than Custer’s Last Stand was to the men who stormed the Normandy shore. Those men are nearly all gone. The tumultuous events that defined them, and which they defined in turn, are closed chapters in history books […]

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Trump Honors War Dead — but First a Word About Mueller and Pelosi

ImagePresident Trump on Thursday renewed his attack on Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel who oversaw the Russian-election influence investigation.CreditDoug Mills/The New York Times COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France — With marble crosses and Stars of David marking the graves of those who died fighting the Nazis on D-Day visible in the background, President Trump used the […]

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D-Day in Photos: Heroes of a More Certain Time

ImageAmerican troops landing at dawn on Omaha Beach in Normandy, France, on June 6, 1944.CreditRobert Capa/International Center of Photography and Magnum Photos LONDON — They went by air and by sea across the Channel to the beaches of Normandy. In history’s greatest amphibious invasion, almost 7,000 vessels and 11,500 airplanes supported the 156,000 Allied soldiers […]

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Overlooked No More: Alan Turing, Condemned Code Breaker and Computer Visionary

Overlooked is a series of obituaries about remarkable people whose deaths, beginning in 1851, went unreported in The Times. This month we’re adding the stories of important L.G.B.T.Q. figures. By Alan Cowell LONDON — His genius embraced the first visions of modern computing and produced seminal insights into what became known as “artificial intelligence.” As […]

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Heroes of a More Certain Time

ImageAmerican troops landing at dawn on Omaha Beach in Normandy, France, on June 6, 1944.CreditRobert Capa/International Center of Photography and Magnum Photos LONDON — They went by air and by sea across the Channel to the beaches of Normandy. In history’s greatest amphibious invasion, almost 7,000 vessels and 11,500 airplanes supported the 156,000 Allied soldiers […]

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Trump Visits France on D-Day Anniversary: Live Updates

Here’s what you need to know: ImageVisitors at the Normandy American Cemetery near Colleville-sur-Mer, France, on Thursday.CreditSean Gallup/Getty Images President Trump’s schedule includes a visit to the American cemetery in Normandy. Following a stay overnight at his golf club in Doonbeg, Ireland, President Trump is traveling to northern France to commemorate the Allied landing on […]

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The Donald Thinks D-Day Is About Him

PARIS — How small he is! Small in spirit, in valor, in dignity, in statecraft, this American president who knows nothing of history and cares still less and now bestrides Europe with his family in tow like some tin-pot dictator with a terrified entourage. To have Donald Trump — the bone-spur evader of the Vietnam […]

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The Fading Chords of Memory of D-Day

At each year’s commemorations of D-Day, there will be a dwindling number of survivors like 95-year-old Harry Read and 94-year-old John Hutton, former British paratroopers who jumped with the British Parachute Regiment team on Wednesday to land in Sannerville, France, as they had 75 years ago. A battle so momentous for the course of history, […]

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Learning What Vets Could Not Tell: What They Did in World War II

NEW ORLEANS — All his life, Joseph Griesser hungered to hear the story of his father’s Army service in World War II. What he had were vague outlines: that Lt. Frank Griesser had splashed onto Omaha Beach on D-Day; that his lifelong pronounced limp had come from an artillery blast. But the details? They remained […]

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‘Archaeology of D-Day’ Aims to Preserve What the Soldiers Left Behind

MALTOT, France — What is left over, 75 years after the fighting ended, comes down to this: pockmarked leather fragments from a dead German soldier’s shoe scattered by his shallow battlefield grave. The field of brown dirt in Maltot, France, cleared for a planned housing development, is quiet, like the surrounding wheat fields that saw […]

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