I meant to post this in the middle of September when it was still current news and then promptly forgot about it!
She was a Polish countess and Churchill’s favourite spy whose many dazzling accomplishments included smuggling microfilm across Europe which proved Hitler’s plans to invade…
Source: Blue plaque to be unveiled for woman who was Churchill’s ‘favourite spy’ | World news | The Guardian
See also: The Spy Who Loved: The Secrets and Lives of Christine Granville by Clare Mulley
The story of Hitler in Vienna starts in 1907. Aged just 18 at the time, Hitler moved to the capital city to pursue a career as an artist and live a bohemian lifestyle.He would remain in the city until May 1913, when he went to Munich after avoiding conscription to the Austria-Hungary army. He would return again in 1938, triumphant after the Anschluss – the annexation …
Source: Hitler in Vienna: homeless, hungry, hateful – History Wench
‘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
1934: A 13-year-old Jewish boy escapes Nazi Germany to become the highest decorated WWII Palestinian (future Israeli) soldier in the British Army.
2010: A top Israeli computer scientist searches for her favorite artist of her youth.
From the rise of the Nazi Party through the formation of the State of Israel, across a sea of time, their worlds collide…
via The Lost Artist: Love Passion War – A Search for a Famed Illustrator Uncovers a WW II Hero
Almost everyone has heard of Anne Frank, the young Jewish girl who kept a diary during her time in hiding from the Nazis in 1942. It has recently come to light that another diary of a World War II-era teenager has been found. Renia Spiegel, from the village of Uhryńkowce in the Tarnów region of Opałszczyce in Poland, kept a diary from January of 1939 until…
via The Diary Of Renia Spiegel: Another Teen’s Remarkable Record Of Hiding From The Nazis
Auschwitz III (Monowitz); Photo Credit
He fought against the Nazis and was sent to a concentration camp. There he spied on his captors and risked his life to save those he could. All that under…
Source: The Heroic World War Two Volunteer – Charles Joseph Coward
Title card from the recently discovered and newly-restored Die Stadt Ohne Juden, or The City Without Jews (all images courtesy Austrian Film Archive)
In the black and white footage of a silent film, Austrian Jews are harassed in the public market, physically menaced by thugs in the street, and forced en masse from the country, on foot or by train. Orthodox men, distinguished by their prayer shawls, payot, and traditional dress, carry Torah scrolls. The expulsion of Jews rips mixed-faith families in two.
Familiar though this story may seem, these scenes are not taken from history. They come from a long-lost film that predates the Nazi period by a decade, Die Stadt Ohne Juden (The City Without Jews). Released in 1924, it was adapted…
via Long-Lost 1924 Film That Anticipated the Holocaust Is Rediscovered and Restored
As a child of 1980s West Germany my prevailing personal memories of growing up are of positive change: the rejection of fascism and the advancement of democracy and equality.
Yet I see today that those advances are nowhere near as deeply rooted in Western societies as I had come to assume.
From Brexit to Trump to current developments in Poland, hard-won progress is…
via Anti-Brexit historians must dare to be political | THE Opinion
easter egg, handmade © IWM (EPH 641)
A carved wooden Easter egg, in two halves, depicting on one side a painted rural scene with cottage, fields, trees and a blue sky, on the other side are large letters in gold…
via easter egg, handmade | Imperial War Museums
As the Royal Air Force prepares to celebrate its centenary, Second World War Spitfire ace Allan Scott tells Dean Kirby why he is still flying high at the age of 96.
At his bungalow in the heart of rural Shropshire, Squadron Leader Allan Scott is gazing at a portrait of himself as a young man wearing the distinctive blue uniform of the Royal Air Force.
The face that beam’s back at the 96-year-old is…
via This Battle of Britain pilot is set to fly a Spitfire again at the age of 96 – The i – iweekend #26
Sidonie, from a painting by Lucas Cranach, 1550
I was horrified, but sadly not surprised, to read of the terrible ordeal of a mother and daughter in Jharkhand State, India who, in February 2018, were dragged from their house by relatives, had their heads shaved and were…
via The History Girls: ‘Accused of witchcraft and murder in 1518 and 2018’ by Karen Maitland
IWM, Supermarine Spitfire Mark 1a, IWM Duxford
Built at Southampton in 1939, this Supermarine Spitfire Mark 1a was issued to No. 19 Squadron at RAF Duxford in April 1940. On 10 May 1940, Germany invaded France and the Low Countries, pushing the British Expeditionary Force (BEF), along with French and Belgian troops, back to the French port of Dunkirk. By the end of May 1940, Germany’s…
via The Spitfire lost for almost 50 Years | Imperial War Museums
Dr Joseph Mengele
An Israeli man, Yitzchak Ganon, had his life saved by heart specialists after refusing to visit medical professionals for a total of 64 years. While being treated the specialists learned of Yitzchak’s mistrust of doctors and the awful secrets behind it.
Following surgery at a hospital close to Tel Aviv, Yitzchak was informed…
via Survived Nazi Dr Josef Mengele removing his kidney without anaesthesia & survived a gas chamber as he was the 201st person in line for a chamber of 200 people
President Woodrow Wilson addressing Congress before the US Declaration of War
A decade ago when we first took up the challenge of Professor Carroll Quigley from his seminal works, Tragedy and Hope and The Anglo-American Establishment to look for evidence of the secret cabal  and how they grew into the Secret Elite we were stunned by…
via Concluding Thoughts 1: | First World War Hidden History