World War II
A Liberator, But Never Free
May 17, 2015
Letters fom an Army doctor who helped free the Dachau concentration camp in 1945 have resurfaced, raising questions about the G.I.’s we know only as heroes.
"Don’t let anyone tell you that soldiers don’t get frightened. They do."
Primo Levi's Heartbreaking, Heroic Answers to the Most Common Questions He Was Asked About "Survival in Auschwitz"
October 23, 2014
"One entered the German camps, in general, never to emerge"
America's Most Elusive Military Hero Finally Gets His Due
October 20, 2014
Even his heroism was private.
The Harrowing First Report From Dachau Concentration Camp, in 1934
October 16, 2014
"They compelled him to swim in ice-cold water while they lashed him with oxtails. After four days of torture he was shot."
Nazi doctors first discovered the link between smoking and lung cancer.
The Original Versions of Two of Auden's Most Beloved Poems
October 06, 2014
Here's how they were first published, in The New Republic.
The Swiss Government Rejected James Joyce's Visa—Because They Thought He Was His Jewish Character, Leopold Bloom
September 03, 2014
The Swiss government rejected his visa because they mixed him up with his Jewish protagonist from 'Ulysses,' Leopold Bloom.
New book My Buddy: World War II Laid Bare collects images of Allied soldiers in naked horseplay.
The acclaimed director of The Emigrants and The New Land returns with a powerful true story.