World War II
Nov 16, 2013 — The latest film from Oscar-winning Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki tells the story the engineer who designed the Mitsubishi Zero, the fighter plane used in attacks on Pearl Harbor. The Wind Rises is drawing sharp criticism from around Asia, where the wounds of World War II have yet to heal.
Aug 21, 2013 — In 1945, a hungry American prisoner of war in Germany traded a much-loved ring for some food. Nearly 70 years later, it has found its way to the man's family. How it got there is a good story.
Jun 10, 2013 — Shot down during the Battle of Britain more than 70 years ago, the rare Dornier 17 bomber was salvaged from the murky depths of the English Channel Monday.
May 4, 2013 — It's been 70 years since the letters of John Pryor were understood in their full meaning. That's because as a British prisoner of war in Nazi Germany, Pryor's letters home to his family also included intricate codes that were recently deciphered by codebreakers for the first time since the 1940s.
Oct 22, 2012 — The Nazi concentration camp was "worse than Dante's hell," Antoni Dobrowolski said in an 2009 interview. He was sent there for teaching young Poles. Nazi Germany, which invaded Poland in 1939, had tried to outlaw education beyond elementary age.
Jul 13, 2012 — When the Red Cross began charging soldiers for snacks during World War II, it learned a painful lesson in the economics of free stuff.
Jul 11, 2012 — The French count was a legend for his behind-the-lines work as a secret agent for the British. Twice he was captured and condemned to death by the Nazis. Twice he escaped to conduct more espionage. He recently died.
May 31, 2012 — When NPR's Jeffrey Katz took his family to see the stones memorializing his relatives who were victims of the Holocaust, he was struck by the "selfless dedication of a new generation of Germans who feel a responsibility to keep their memories alive."
May 28, 2012 — The mystery surrounding the fate of the Swedish diplomat who saved thousands of Jews in Budapest has lingered for more than six decades. A Russian security archivist says his agency is not hiding details on what happened to Wallenberg who disappeared after being arrested by the Soviet Red Army.
May 4, 2012 — In 1945, the wire service's Edward Kennedy reported the news that Germany had surrendered. He defied military censors to do so. German authorities had reported the story and Kennedy saw no reason to wait. At the time, AP condemned his actions.