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Seventy-two years ago

I’ve collected some recent tweets from the historical Twitter account WW2 Tweets from 1943.
But by 1943 was there any chance Hitler would have accepted anything other than the full extermination of the Jews?

The Vietnam War and Communist Aggression

Today marks the fortieth anniversary of the Fall of Saigon, the end of the Vietnam War and the day that South Vietnam came under tyrannical Communist rule. That event precipitated hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese to flee the country, often on rickety boats. According to United Nations estimates (Associated Press: June 23, 1979 and July [...]

World War II: the awful price of victory

The excellent historical Twitter account WW2 Tweets from 1943, which is following the war from 72 years ago on a day-by-day basis, reminds us of the sometimes horrible price of ultimate victory in even the most just cause.
US air raid has missed target disastrously, killing 936 Belgian civilians: attempted bombing of Nazi-controlled aircraft factory In [...]

Remembering the Texas Cowboy Strike of 1883

Having grown up watching “Marlboro Country” cigarette commercials on TV, with their romantic take on rugged individualism (not to mention smoking, which, fortunately, I never took up), I was rather surprised to learn that at least some cowboys were capable of collective industrial action.
But since today is the 132nd anniversary of the beginning of a [...]

Russian Gulag museum won’t mention Stalin

In another ominous indication of the way things are trending in Vladimir Putin’s Russia, a Gulag Museum is set to reopen with no acknowledgement of the crimes of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin.

Perm-36 museum director Viktor Shmyrov said the “memorial won’t disappear, but the museum has been taken over by other people appointed by the [...]

The Austrian Resistance: 1938-1945

Guest post by Karl Pfeifer
Austria today is one of the most prosperous democratic countries in Europe. The majority of those who were brought up in the Second Republic reject National Socialism, anti-Semitism, right-wing extremism and German nationalism and hold that Austria should have resisted Hitler in 1938.
Sweeping judgments on Austria are often heard in [...]

Déjà vu. Goldsmiths 2015, University of Michigan 1992

I was struck by a sense of déjà vu when reading Sarah’s post about the cancelling of Kate Smurthwaite’s comedy show at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her post should be read before what I copy below, an extract from a 1992 edition of the New York Times. When will we progress?

New York Times, November 13, [...]

Himmler’s plans for a “human zoo”

The excellent historical twitter feed WW2 Tweets from 1943 focuses on the Nazis’ plans for Germany’s Roma and Sinti populations.
Nazis ordering final extermination of Germany's gypsies: all Roma & Sinti peoples in Reich to be sent to Auschwitz.
— WW2 Tweets from 1943 (@RealTimeWWII) January 29, 2015

Himmler, head of SS, has asked to preserve 300 [...]

Free Speech – From the Vaults – Bernard Levin

In early 1987 the UK Jewish community was in uproar about the play, Perdition, which was due to be shown at the Royal Court Theatre in London. The play was written by Jim Allen, who had been associated with an extremist Marxist group. The controversy is obvious when one considers the author’s own words about [...]

“It should have broken you into pieces”

Last week Congress approved a $1.1 trillion spending bill that included a number of provisions totally unrelated to spending.
One of those provisions weakened a part of the 2010 Dodd-Frank law designed to prevent risky behavior by federally-insured banks– especially “too big to fail” banks like CitiGroup.
Speaking Friday on the floor of the Senate, Senator Elizabeth [...]