21-Year Old WWII Soldier’s Sketchbooks Reveal a Visual Diary of His Experiences

En-route to Europe. Promenade Deck. “And you know, we were far from even thinking of combat. They didn't tell us. We didn't know what was going to happen, once we landed. …—you know, the day it happens they tell you.” (September 2, 1944)

En-route to Europe. Promenade Deck. “And you know, we were far from even thinking of combat. They didn’t tell us. We didn’t know what was going to happen, once we landed. …—you know, the day it happens they tell you.” (September 2, 1944)

True artists must find a creative outlet no matter what the circumstance—including times of war. Thanks to the creative passion and steady hand of then 21-year old soldier Victor Lundy, we have a breathtaking visual record of World War II, in the form of documentary sketches. For Lundy, “drawing is sort of synonymous with thinking,” which means we are left with an intimate archive of sketches that unfold one soldier’s experience fighting on the front lines. Lundy was studying architecture in New York when …

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The Diary Of Renia Spiegel: Another Teen’s Remarkable Record Of Hiding From The Nazis

Renia Spiegel

Renia Spiegel

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…

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Copyright to Anne Frank’s Diary Continues to be Contested

A battle over the copyright for Anne Frank’s World War Two diary is becoming heated as several parties contest the rights to the diary.

Anne’s father, Otto Frank, was one of the original editors of the diary and set up the Anne Frank Foundation to put the diary out for publication. If the foundation’s copyright extension is found to be legal, it could gain rights to the diary for another 35 years.

Anne Frank, a Jewish girl, wrote her diary in Amsterdam while in hiding from the Nazis during the war. She lived in an attic with her family. The Foundation is now threatening legal action against several parties who are planning to publish other editions since the current copyright ends…

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Diary of Polish Jewish Teenager in WWII: International Holocaust Remembrance Day

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On this, the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, I would like to commemorate a teenage girl diarist and my grandmother. The girl who wrote the diary was not Anne Frank, but Mary Berg.  She was a Polish Jewish Teenager who survived the  Warsaw Ghetto and told about her experiences in a series of articles published in 1944 after her escape to the U.S.

Mary in New York in 1945. Mary in New York in 1945.

It was then made into a book the following year (1945) called Warsaw Ghetto.

Original cover of Warsaw Ghetto. Original cover of Warsaw Ghetto. It is based on images drawn by Mary.

You can read about this remarkable woman in this New York Times article by Jennifer Schuessler.

Artifacts belonging to Ms. Berg were to have been sold in New York in November 2014, but the auction was cancelled after questions were raised by relatives.

Mary Berg in various photos. Mary Berg in various photos.

Schuessler writes that Ms. Berg was “an Anne…

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The Diary of Count Ciano

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italianfascistyouthDecember 7, 1941 was a monumental date in American history…

…..the day the Japanese Empire attacked Pearl Harbor.

But, by that time, World War II had already been raging for over 2 years in Europe,

…. and had been being waged on a diplomatic front way before that.

Diplomacy has always been a critical factor on the world stage,

and never more so than in the time period between 1935 and 1945.

Very few diaries reflect the monumental events of that era as clearly and insightfully as those of the Italian Count Galeazzo Ciano,

— Mussolini’s Foreign Minister during most of WW II.

Ciano

Victory has many fathers, but defeat is an orphan
Count Galeazzo Ciano

Count Galeazzo Ciano (1903-1944) was the Italian Foreign Minister from 1936 to 1943 under Benito Mussolini, and was responsible for negotiating Italy’s part in the so-called “Pact of Steel” — the 1935 Italian-German Alliance agreement.

He was also the…

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