German Shipwreck said to contain Peter The Great’s Amber Room Reveals New Treasures

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

November 19, 1904 The Hunted – Today in History

We rarely hear about the work of the spy or the saboteur in times of war. These are the Heroes who work behind enemy lines, with little to protect them but their own guts and cleverness. We rarely know their names and yet, there are times when the lives of millions …

Source: November 19, 1904 The Hunted – Today in History

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

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

Ireland’s Holocaust heroine | historywithatwist

Mary Elmes during the war years and in later life

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

Survived Nazi – Dr Josef Mengele removed his kidney without anaesthesia & he survived a gas chamber…

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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

September 12, 1940 Lascaux Caves – Today in History

Entering via a long tunnel, the boys discovered what turned out to be a cave complex, its walls covered with depictions of animals.  Hundreds of them.  Four teenagers in Nazi occupied France, had d…

Source: September 12, 1940 Lascaux Caves – Today in History

A Hero Overlooked by History – British Resistance in the Occupied Channel Islands in World War Two

German military band marching past Lloyds Bank on The Pollet, St Peter Port at Guernsey. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source

British policemen, ‘bobbies,’ on Britain’s Channel Islands during the Second World War could certainly identify with Sam Riley, a Scotland Yard detective…

Source: A Hero Overlooked by History – British Resistance in the Occupied Channel Islands in World War Two

The History Girls: The Lying Press

The German phrase Lügenpresse has come into use again in the last few years with the renewed rise of the far right across the world. This is a term that can be easily searched for and found online, but I thought it was worth bringing up here to highlight how insidious and loaded a term it really is.

The term first surfaced in Germany in the 19th Century and first became widely used around1848, by Catholics as a response to…

Source: The History Girls: The Lying Press

Star of postwar German cinema was Soviet spy, declassified files show | World news | The Guardian

Marika Rökk, whose career began during the Nazi era, went on to star in almost 40 films until her death at the age of 90 in 2004. Photograph: Ronald Grant

One of Germany’s best-loved postwar actors has been exposed as a Soviet agent following the declassification of top secret intelligence documents.

Marika Rökk, who was banned from acting for two years for her apparent closeness to the Nazi regime, had in fact been working…

Source: Star of postwar German cinema was Soviet spy, declassified files show | World news | The Guardian

We must not only fight “Fake News”: we must fight Fake History too. – www.seanmunger.com

 The evil twin brother of “fake news” is “fake history”–and it can have a much more lasting and devastating impact.

Source: We must not only fight “Fake News”: we must fight Fake History too. – www.seanmunger.com

During Nazi occupation, office supplies became symbols of resistance

silent flip of the collar. A subtle twirl of the hem. If a safety pin was underneath, that person was a friend.

When the Germans occupied Northwestern Europe during World War II, Dutch and Norwegian citizens communicated their national solidarity with tiny devices: safety pins or paper clips. It was inexpensive and universally portable. The trick was…

Source: During Nazi occupation, office supplies became symbols of resistance

The Day the Nazis Bombed Dublin | historywithatwist

Noel Brady was standing with his father at the hall  door of their family home on St Ignatius Road in Dublin’s North Strand area when they heard the drone of a Nazi Luftwaffe bomber flying overhead…

Source: The Day the Nazis Bombed Dublin | historywithatwist