How the 1896 Bombay Plague Changed Mumbai Forever – Atlas Obscura

Workers clean a house in a neighborhood affected by the 1896 bubonic plague. CAPT. C. MOSS / WELLCOME LIBRARY / PUBLIC DOMAIN

Workers clean a house in a neighborhood affected by the 1896 bubonic plague. CAPT. C. MOSS / WELLCOME LIBRARY / PUBLIC DOMAIN

ALONG THE WINDING LANES OF Bandra, a coastal suburb of Mumbai with a history of Catholicism, lime-washed crosses can be found near busy intersections. They are markers of a plague that ravaged the city more than a century ago when this metropolis was still known as Bombay. Mumbai was shaped by a catastrophe it has largely forgotten.

Source: How the 1896 Bombay Plague Changed Mumbai Forever – Atlas Obscura

18 year old French Resistance fighter Simone Segouin captured 25 Nazis during the fall of Chartres

In 1944, when [Simone Segouin] was only 18 years old, she joined the Francs-Tireurs et Partisans – a combat group made up of militant communists and French nationalists. Her father served in the Great War and he was a great inspiration for her to join the resistance. She was known by her nom de guerre Nicole Minet…

Source: 18 year old French Resistance fighter Simone Segouin captured 25 Nazis during the fall of Chartres

HERstory: WW2 Veteran Simone Segouin Fought for Freedom & Women Everywhere – Herdacity

Think about the women in WW2. Does Rosie the Riveter come to mind? With her red handkerchief and ‘You Can Do It’ slogan, Rosie is arguably one of the most iconic images of female empowerment and serves as a reminder of the important role women played during the war. But what about the thousands of other women who served their countries? Their roles were vital but often individuals were forgotten. Take Simone Segouin for example…

Source: HERstory: WW2 Veteran Simone Segouin Fought for Freedom & Women Everywhere – Herdacity

The Night A Naval Torpedo Boat Went Aground Off Bembridge

At around 9pm on the evening of the 16th December 1908, the pulling and sailing Lifeboat ‘Queen Victoria’ under coxswain John Holbrook answered signals of distress made from a vessel which had grounded on the ledge at…

Source: The Night A Naval Torpedo Boat Went Aground

Heinrich Himmler: How a fake stamp led to the Nazi SS leader’s capture – BBC News

A document vital to the capture of top Nazi Heinrich Himmler has been unearthed in the UK 75 years after his death. The items belonging to the SS leader, found in the possessions of a judge, are now due to go on display.

On 22 May 1945, a trio of odd-looking men was spotted by…

Source: Heinrich Himmler: How a fake stamp led to the Nazi SS leader’s capture – BBC News

Meet Maria Branwell, mother of the extraordinary Brontës – London Life With Liz

The Mother of the Brontës by Sharon Wright

The Mother of the Brontës by Sharon Wright

“The book that can never be written”. So Sharon Wright was told every time she proposed the idea of a biography of the Brontë sisters’ mother, Maria. The accepted view in Brontë scholarly circles has always been that Maria’s life was eclipsed by the genius of her children.

Source: Meet Maria Branwell, mother of the extraordinary Brontës – London Life With Liz

10 Places That Tell Stories of Isolation | Heritage Calling

The wooden hut built by Henry William Williamson in Georgeham, Devon © Historic England Archive

The wooden hut built by Henry William Williamson in Georgeham, Devon © Historic England Archive

Isolation and social distancing have shaped our past and places in many different ways.

Historic buildings and places are reminders of how people have lived, coped, struggled and sometimes even changed the world.

Here are ten places which have witnessed moments of self-isolation…

Source: 10 Places That Tell Stories of Isolation | Heritage Calling

Joan of Arc, for Fascists and Feminists | JSTOR Daily

Today, Joan of Arc is one of the patron saints of France, but that’s not all. Within France, she is also a symbol of reactionary nationalism, venerated by the Far Right long before she was canonized. Outside France, though, Joan has been more of a heroine of feminism and androgyny, especially in Britain and…

Source: Joan of Arc, for Fascists and Feminists | JSTOR Daily

‘Heimat’ in a Suitcase: Flight and Exile of the Herzberg Family | Leo Baeck Institute London

‘Heimat’ in a Suitcase: Flight and Exile of the Herzberg Family

Today we would like to invite you to have a glimpse into the private rooms of Haus Herzberg. The photographs you see here are an extract from an album that contains images of the Herzberg family home in 22 Richard-Wagner-Straße, in the German town of Hanover. The pictures were taken in the 1930s, before the Herzbergs had to flee Germany to escape the Nazi Regime. The beautifully bound red leather album contains an array of photographs showing…

Source: ‘Heimat’ in a Suitcase: Flight and Exile of the Herzberg Family | Leo Baeck Institute London

Florence Nightingale’s Dark Decade | A R T L▼R K

On the 12th of May 1820, Florence Nightingale was born in Florence, Tuscany, the city she owes her name to. She was a national heroine in her lifetime already, elevated to near sainthood by some and bitterly criticised by others.

Source: Florence Nightingale’s Dark Decade | A R T L▼R K

VE Day: Last Nazi message intercepted by Bletchley Park revealed – BBC News

The last German military communications decoded at Bletchley Park in World War Two have been revealed to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day. They were broadcast on 7 May 1945 by a military radio network making its final stand in Cuxhaven on Germany’s North Sea coast.

Source: VE Day: Last Nazi message intercepted by Bletchley Park revealed – BBC News

VE Day 75 – Remembering the meteorologists of WW2 | Royal Meteorological Society

One of the world’s most important weather forecasts ever made was during the Second World War. Meteorologist, Group Captain James Stagg (attached to the Royal Air Force) persuaded General Eisenhower to change the date of the Allied invasion of Europe from the 5th to the 6th of June 1944 – D-Day. Weather also played a key role in the initial decoding of the complex German Enigma code as code breakers discovered the transmission of coded weather data.

Source: VE Day 75 – Remembering the meteorologists of WW2 | Royal Meteorological Society

The Choctaw Nation’s Extraordinary Gift to Ireland – Turtle Bunbury

In the summer of 2015, Kindred Spirits, a sculpture by Alex Pentek was unveiled at Bailic Park in Midleton, County Cork, to commemorate the Choctaw Nation and their kindness to the Irish. The beautiful work comprises of an empty bowl made from nine giant stainless-steel eagle feathers. Gary Batton, present chief of the Choctaw Nation, attended the unveiling and declared: “These are great healing moments. A great moment for us to show our respect back to them as nation to nation. A chance to stand up and say, ‘A, Chata Sia.’ ‘Yes, I am Choctaw.’”

Source: The Choctaw Nation’s Extraordinary Gift to Ireland – Turtle Bunbury

Anti-Asian Racism in the 1817 Cholera Pandemic

There’s been plenty of comparison between the coronavirus pandemic and its nineteenth-century equivalents. But as the coronavirus pandemic transforms life around the world, one outcome in the U.S. has been a rise in hate crimes against Asian American people…

 

Source: Anti-Asian Racism in the 1817 Cholera Pandemic

He kept the memory alive! | rebel notes

“Those who were killed in action had done their duty to the end, to the last drop of blood that soaked into the pavements of the Warsaw Ghetto…”

Source: He kept the memory alive! | rebel notes