July 31, 1994
Regarding "The Rape of Europa" (Book Review, June 12): It's a mistake to assume that because a man is a psychopath and monster, he's corrupt in every respect. Your reviewer states: "Hitler established an ambitious acquisition program--both for himself and for the Reich." That's incorrect. Albert Speer, one of Hitler's closest associates, states in "Inside the Third Reich": "Hitler did not utilize his authority for his private ends. He did not keep in his own possession a single one of the paintings he acquired or confiscated in the occupied territories."
April 5, 2003
Anne Burley (letter, April 1) risks overstating her case when she says London's "entire East End disappeared" because of German bombing in World War II. I lived in the East End until recently, and my house had been built in 1826. Huge damage was inflicted by the Luftwaffe, but only a fraction of the housing stock was destroyed. However, there are interesting parallels between that war and this. Churchill's contingency plans for a German invasion involved the use of chemical weapons (mustard gas)
June 3, 2011 |
Never before seen on U.S. screens, the documentary "Nuremberg: Its Lesson For Today" compels us as much because of its complicated and fascinating history as for what it has to show, which is a lot. Written and directed in 1948 by Stuart Schulberg and meticulously brought back to life by his daughter Sandra Schulberg and Josh Waletzky, "Nuremberg" was commissioned by the U.S. War Department to answer a very specific need. Once the November 1945 to October 1946 Nuremberg trial of top Nazi leaders, including Hermann Goering, Rudolf Hess and Albert Speer, was concluded, the Allies wanted a film that would both show what had happened in the courtroom and demonstrate why such a trial for, among other things, "crimes against humanity" had been necessary.
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February 6, 1999 |
Joseph Kingsbury-Smith, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who gained exclusive interviews with generally secretive Soviet officials during the Cold War, has died. Kingsbury-Smith died Wednesday at his home in a Virginia suburb of Washington. He was 90. Born in New York, he started his 60-year career and long association with the Hearst chain in 1924, when his "desire for adventure" led to a job as a copy boy at Hearst national headquarters in New York.
September 6, 2003 |
The German government has asked Italy to investigate whether an Italian wine with labels depicting Adolf Hitler and fellow Nazis Hermann Goering and Heinrich Himmler violates a European Union resolution on combating the spread of racist images and literature. German tourists are importing the wine and can buy it on the Internet. German law forbids the use of Nazi symbols. The wine producer said the bottles were chiefly for the German market.
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February 7, 2005 |
It was one of the most baffling mysteries of the World War II era. How did convicted war criminal Hermann Goering manage to poison himself as U.S. soldiers prepared to hang him? A dozen competing theories have swirled for nearly half a century about how the onetime Nazi second in command was able to commit suicide despite around-the-clock surveillance of his military prison cell.