German shipwreck the Karlsruhe is finally being explored at the bottom of the Baltic Sea. But does it hold the remains of the legendary Amber Room, not to mention other precious items raided by Hitler’s men? Divers are certainly banking on it, though this painstaking journey is far from complete.
On Monday Baltictech detected objects on their sonar. Most intriguingly there are 10 chests – these had been shaken loose from the 196 ft steamship and …
Source: German Shipwreck said to contain Peter The Great’s Amber Room Reveals New Treasures
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 “Torun portrait” of Nicolaus Copernicus (anonymous, c. 1580)
The headline annoyed me. I barely needed to read the story. In a few words, it not only managed to criticise, but to ridicule the speaker… who had voiced a personal opinion… thus passing judgement for the reader, without allowing them to think for themselves. I could not help wondering exactly how far this kind of covert manipulation and underground censorship of thought might…
Source: The Right to be Wrong | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo
“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
Today is the 111th birthday of Miep Gies, the woman who hid Anne Frank, her family and another family in her attic. Her inner moral compass knew what was right, it was right to help people. And she did…
Source: HAPPY 111TH BIRTHDAY MIEP GIES
Mary Elmes during the war years and in later life
The great events of our past – the wars and the genocides – are just a series of small steps strung together… steps that when looked back upon appear to be a seamless, momentous journey.
And because of that, we tend to overlook many of those very people who created the events that make history so extraordinary.
The name Mary Elmes is not one that conjures up any special memory to most people, and that’s probably just the way the Corkwoman would…
via Ireland’s Holocaust heroine | historywithatwist
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
Wiart in Cairo, Egypt in 1943
“We’re going to have to ditch, sir, prepare for a landing on water!” was the last thing that the “Unkillable Soldier” Major-General Adrian Carton de Wiart VC heard from the cockpit of the Wellington bomber that was supposed to be…
via Frankly, I enjoyed the war. Totally crazy story of Victoria Cross hero who tore off his own fingers, lost an eye, was shot in the head & still went back for more
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
Interview with Holocaust survivor Israel Arbeiter. Sadly, it seems to end when you feel there must be a great deal more he wants to say.
“The Ideal German Soldier” – appearing on the front page of Berliner Tagsblatt newspaper, Sunday edition during the invasion of Poland – 1939. Our soldier’s picture w…
Source: “The Ideal German Soldier” | toritto
Merian C. Cooper was born in Jacksonville, Florida, United States. He was the youngest of his siblings and at the age of six, he started to dream about exploration and adventures, a common dream am…
Source: Merian C. Cooper, extraordinary life of a hero of 2 nations and King Kong | Pacific Paratrooper