December 31, 2012 |
BEIJING - Newly installed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was quoted Monday saying that he would revisit a 1995 apology made by his nation's government for suffering caused in World War II. Although other Japanese officials have suggested retracting apologies for wartime horrors, the words coming from Abe himself are bound to inflame anti-Japanese sentiment in China and the Korean peninsula and put the new government off to a bad start with...
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December 24, 2012 |
For years the stories of pain and patriotism, of loss and heroism, have been locked away in a storage facility in Washington, D.C. But now a massive collection of American wartime correspondence from the Revolutionary War to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is on the verge of finding a permanent home that will provide greater access for students, historians and the general public. Author and historian Andrew Carroll, who has gathered 90,000-plus wartime letters since 1998, has reached an agreement to donate the ever-growing collection to Chapman University in Orange County.
November 28, 2012 |
Even in wartime, anniversaries are significant, which explains why the U.S. Navy launched the USS Bowfin, an attack submarine, on Dec. 7, 1942, one year after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and America's entry into World War II. Nicknamed “the Pearl Harbor avenger,” the sub and its crews are credited with nine wartime patrols, during which they sank between 16 and 44 enemy vessels. (The claims vary.) Since 1981, the vessel -- part of what the Navy called its "silent service" -- has welcomed 7 million visitors to its now-permanent home at Pearl Harbor on Oahu . Guests can experience the cramped conditions that submariners endured and tour a dockside museum that details the history of submarines in combat as far back as the Civil War. Outdoors, 52 markers bear the names of the 3,600 U.S. submariners who died during World War II. To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Bowfin's entry into wartime service, the museum is offering half-price admission -- $5 -- from Sunday-Dec.
November 11, 2012 |
My parents can't agree about what to do with the book. My mother has wanted to chuck it from the minute she married my dad in 1969. But my father insists on displaying it, albeit upside-down, on the bookshelf next to his collection of Jewish texts. His uncle, Eddie Cohen, brought the book home from World War II in 1945. As I heard the story, Eddie, my great-uncle, took part in the storming of Omaha Beach and went on to fight in Germany. During one battle, he killed a German soldier and went through his rucksack, claiming the copy of "Mein Kampf" he found inside as his dubious souvenir.
October 18, 2012 |
"Simon and the Oaks" is a two-hour theatrical feature that has the kind of emotional and storytelling reach regularly found these days only in cable TV miniseries. It's a warmly done family and personal drama that seems to cover familiar territory, but only up to a point and very much in its own way. Given that "Simon" follows the fortunes of two interlinked Swedish families from 1939 to 1952, it's not surprising that the source material is a bestselling novel, in this case one by Marianne Fredricksson that has been translated into 25 languages and sold more than 4 million copies worldwide.
July 13, 2012 |
The SS Lane Victory is San Pedro's other wartime museum ship. The brawny battleship USS Iowa has been a media darling since it was towed to L.A.'s harbor and opened as a museum on July 7. But the Lane Victory, built in Los Angeles in 1945 as an emergency cargo ship and lovingly restored by U.S. Merchant Marine veterans, has been a floating museum since 1989. The ship also served during the Korean and Vietnam wars. And, unlike the Iowa, this one lets you take a spin on it. The ship, a National Historic Landmark usually found at Berth 46, plans daylong cruises on the open ocean from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. this summer and fall that are designed to re-create the feel of being transported on a cargo ship.