Today In History: January 27th, 1945. The Liberation of Auschwitz

To commemorate this day, I thought I’d put up some footage shot some months after the liberation, when Auschwitz I was being used as a hospital for the treatment of many of the more than 7,000 prisoners the Nazis left behind because they were too sick to travel on the death march to Bergen-Belsen. (These… Continue reading Today In History: January 27th, 1945. The Liberation of Auschwitz

Review: Ian Kershaw’s To Hell and Back. A New Warning From History

Professor Ian Kershaw, best known for his landmark two-volume biography of Adolf Hitler (titled Hubris and Nemesis) takes on a gargantuan project in To Hell and Back: Europe 1914-1949, a history of the European continent’s 30-year collapse into near self-destruction. A history encompassing the politics, economics, and high and low cultures of nearly two-dozen countries,… Continue reading Review: Ian Kershaw’s To Hell and Back. A New Warning From History

Do We Still Need Stories About the Nazis?

A negative review of the movie The Book Thief posed the question this way: When I reviewed 12 Years A Slave, which is based on the true story of a free black man who was kidnapped and brought to the Deep South as a slave in 1841, I said that it might help America come to grips with the… Continue reading Do We Still Need Stories About the Nazis?