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

Steve Shives’s Five Stupid Things About the Nazis

Steve Shives presents another fine entry in his addictive “Five Stupid Things…” series. While I do have one quibble with its description of Nazi administrative efficiency–Hitler’s government was many things, but, with its multiple competing bureaucracies with overlapping (and sometimes identical) powers, it was hardly efficient–it’s worth watching. Check it out.    

Expelled Nazis Can Still Collect Social Security Benefits

An AP investigation revealed that former SS camp guards, missile engineers, and collaborators continued to receive payments after fleeing or being deported from the U.S. Why? Apparently the Justice Department used it as a carrot to entice these Nazis to leave the U.S. without a fuss. From AP. The deals allowed the Justice Department’s former Nazi-hunting unit, the Office… Continue reading Expelled Nazis Can Still Collect Social Security Benefits