Stalingrad: The Turning Point of WWII in Europe

In August 1942, the most famous battle of the Second World War began. More than 4 million combatants fought in the gargantuan struggle at Stalingrad between the Nazi and Soviet armies.

John Hersey, Hiroshima and the End of World

October 05, 2020

Whether you’re reading this with your morning coffee, just after lunch or on the late shift in the wee small hours of the morning, it’s 100 seconds to midnight. That’s just over a minute and a half. And that should be completely unnerving. It’s the closest to that witching hour we’ve...

The Liberation of Paris

On August 25, 1944, the Allies liberated Paris from Nazi occupation, ending more than four years of fear, hunger and death. Learn more about this important moment in World War II, as well as the soldiers and civilians who took part in the liberation.

The Mother of All War Crimes

August 05, 2020

As Americans once again struggle with the very idea of having a history, let alone reflecting on its significance, an article in The Nation originally published in 2015 marks the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It offers its readers a reminder of an event that no one has...

The Story of World War II

September 02, 2019

Buy Defense Stocks: World War III Might Be Nigh

November 15, 2018

Historically, trade wars are leading indicators of military wars, and the current protectionist sentiments could precipitate a major conflict despite the risk of mutually assured destruction. When World War II ended, Washington decided to create a new rules-based world order. International...

World War Two in Numbers: An Interactive Video

June 14, 2015

Looking at one of the world’s deadliest conflicts helps us appreciate the current “New Peace.” Peace is a difficult thing to measure. Yet this is exactly what Neil Halloran attempts to do in his interactive documentary on the casualties of the Second World War. In just six years, World...

Celebrating Destruction Will Only Lead to History Repeating Itself

May 15, 2015

Wartime commemorations are the functional equivalent of mounting the heads of victims on pikes. Everyone on the Mall near the Washington Monument was looking up at the sky. I was there, too. But I wasn’t looking up — at least not that far up. On May 8, I was playing Ultimate Frisbee...

Practice and Practitioners of Holocaust Denial

May 14, 2015

Debating with Holocaust deniers may be pointless, but trying to understand their motives and arguments is not. Each year, I take a vote in my “The Third Reich, 1933-1945” module at Teesside University as to whether the subject of Holocaust denial should replace an existing lecture on the...

Why We Must Keep the Memory of the Holocaust Alive

January 27, 2015

With growing anti-Semitism in Europe and the Middle East, Holocaust Memorial Day matters more than ever. On January 29, 1945, Victor Klemperer, a Jewish academic in Dresden, recorded in his diary being told by a friend about a speech on the radio given by the émigré writer Thomas...

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