World War II

The Secrets of Hitler’s Vacation Homes
September 29, 2015

The Nazis created a wholesome, nature-loving image for Hitler at his mountain retreats. We've never fully dismissed it. 

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.

A Soldier's Vivid, Candid Diary of What It Was Like to Fight in World War II
November 11, 2014

"Don’t let anyone tell you that soldiers don’t get frightened. They do."

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."

The Nazis Were on a Mission To Eliminate Cancer—For Their Own Sick Purposes
October 14, 2014

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.

These Vintage Photos of Naked Soldiers Show the Intimate Side of War
June 23, 2014

New book My Buddy: World War II Laid Bare collects images of Allied soldiers in naked horseplay.