Lee Speigel - AOL News
An Austrian baker is pleading the same defense that many Nazis used at Nuremberg -- "I was just following orders" -- after baking a cake festooned with swastikas and a baby raising its right hand in a "Heil Hitler" salute.
Bakery owner Manfred Klaschka says he made the cake -- at a cost of $128 -- at the request of a customer.
"If it's requested, it's made," said Klaschka, according to MSNBC. "I don't want to be pulled into this because I'm a confectioner, and there's nothing more to it."
A Nazi party suit pin depicting a black swastika on a red flag. An Austrian baker has...
Suzi Parker - Politics Daily
Lara Logan appeared fearless and intrepid when she reported from war zones -- exactly what you want in a foreign correspondent.
The reporter "suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating" while covering the celebration in Tahrir Square on Feb. 11, according to CBS News, Logan's employer. Egyptian women and soldiers rescued her from a hostile mob that had separated her from her film crew, and she is now in an American hospital recovering.
Logan's assault is a reminder that reporting is a dangerous business. According to Reporters Without Borders, five reporters have already been...
Hugh Collins - AOL News
He was called "Wild Bill" by his fellow soldiers, and his heroic deeds as an Army major in World War II were chronicled in the TV miniseries "Band of Brothers." But Dick Winters asked that news of his death not be released until after his funeral.
Winters died Jan. 2 in central Pennsylvania at age 92. For almost 40 years after the war, he lived a quiet life, working in the agriculture feed business in Pennsylvania and raising two children.
It wasn't until historian Stephen Ambrose chronicled the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion, E Company, better known as the Easy Company,...
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WATERVILLE VALLEY, N.H. -- Long before he pedaled himself into all sorts of mischief in "Curious George Rides a Bike," the famous monkey took a much more harrowing ride when his creators escaped the Nazi invasion of France.
The manuscript that would later launch their beloved series of children's books was among the few belongings that Margret and H.A. Rey took with them when they fled Paris in June 1940, just days before German troops marched into the city.
Both German Jews, the husband-and-wife team cobbled together two bikes out of spare parts and peddled south to Orleans. Trains carried...
Lou Cannon - Politics Daily
The past is always present in England and never more so than this month, when Londoners recall the 70th anniversary of The Blitz, as they called the massive Nazi bombings that began on Sept. 7, 1940, and continued for 57 consecutive days and nights. Beginning in November the bombings spread to a score of other cities, continuing the strategy of Adolf Hitler and Hermann Goering, head of the Luftwaffe, to shatter the morale of the British people. The bombings continued for eight months, killing more than 43,000 civilians, half of them Londoners, and destroying or damaging a million buildings in...
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New Yorkers gathered in Times Square to celebrate the surrender of Japan and photojournalist Alfred Eisenstaedt captured what may be the most famous kiss in history....
Donna Trussell - Politics Daily
Sixty-five years ago on Aug. 14, New Yorkers gathered in Times Square to celebrate the surrender of Japan. On that day, photojournalist Alfred Eisenstaedt captured what may be the most famous kiss in history.
V-J Day was a unique moment in time. Cameras were abundant enough to preserve events like spontaneous celebrations, and people were not so wary as to turn away the kiss of a stranger. We were all Americans, and we'd defeated the enemy.
Although there exists another photograph of that same V-J kiss, taken by Lt. Victor Jorgensen, there's no comparison to the Alfred Eisenstaedt...
Carl Franzen - AOL News
(Aug. 6) -- Each and every anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Japan is a solemn reminder of the horrors of international conflict and nuclear fallout. The only instance of nuclear weapons being used in wartime, the near-total destruction of Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945 -- and Nagaski three days later -- killed approximately 140,000 people, most of them civilians, and remains an acutely controversial, morally complex quandary 65 years later.
The U.S. government has always maintained that the bombings were necessary to bring the costliest war in human history to a close, and argue that they...
Paul Wachter - Politics Daily
Though there's one more day of group play -- and the Brazil-Portugal game should be a doozy -- it's not too early to look ahead to the second round of the World Cup, now that many of the matchups have been set. Of them all, none can match Sunday's England-Germany contest for outsized significance.
World Cup organizers have ordered extra security for the match between the two great rivals -- not just in soccer but, for much of the 20th century, world affairs. Of course, it's been a long time since World War II ended, but that doesn't mean the memory of the bloodbath doesn't loom large for both...