Alexey Maresyev, The Soviet Fighter Pilot Who Flew With No Legs

After being shot down and surviving 18 days in the wilderness, Alexey Petrovich Maresyev miraculously returned to the skies to take on the Nazis — despite losing both of his legs. Wikimedia CommonsStamp depicting Soviet pilot Alexey Maresyev. Fighter pilot Alexey Maresyev is one of the historical figures not well known outside Russia. However, his … Read more

Inside The Dark History Of The ‘America First’ Movement

The original America First Committee began as an anti-war movement devoted to keeping the U.S. out of World War II. But it quickly evolved into something far more ugly. Donald Trump was not the first leader to rally crowds behind the slogan “America First,” nor was he the only person to ever support it. In … Read more

Josef Mengele And His Gruesome Nazi Experiments At Auschwitz

Dr. Josef Mengele’s medical facility at Auschwitz was perhaps the most horrifying place the Holocaust produced. Who was this man behind it all and what made him the notorious “Angel of Death”? Ask a person to name the worst crime in living memory and the Holocaust will probably be what they come up with. Ask … Read more

The Jewish Parachutists Who Went Behind Nazi Lines During WWII

From 1943 until the end of the war, these brave men and women risked everything to sneak into German-held territory and aid the resistance. Wikimedia Commons/Yad VaShem ArchiveNearly 40 Jews volunteered to serve with Britain’s Special Operations Executive behind enemy lines in World War II. In 1943, the slaughter of millions of Jews in Nazi-occupied … Read more

Major Richard Winters, The Real-Life Hero Behind ‘Band Of Brothers’

Major Richard “Dick” Winters led his men in the 101st Airborne Division through the Normandy Invasion and the Battle of the Bulge before being immortalized in “Band of Brothers.” U.S. Army/HBORichard Winters (left) and Damian Lewis portraying him (right) in Band of Brothers. The Greatest Generation was got its name from the spirit of young … Read more

The Fugu Plan, Japan’s Attempt To Import Jews During The Holocaust

In the 1930s, Japan launched the so-called “Fugu Plan” to draw in tens of thousands of Jewish refugees in order to bolster the country’s economic prosperity. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Noemi Faingersch SinclairFamilies like this one in Harbin, China made up the thousands-strong Jewish communities which Japanese officers hoped to replicate in … Read more

This Week In History News, Oct. 3

Medieval burial vault unearthed in Belgium, trove of illegal Nazi memorabilia discovered in Brazil, secrets of Marie Antoinette’s intimate correspondence unveiled. Construction Workers In Belgium Happen Upon Intact Medieval Burial Vault With 50 Skeletons Inside RaakvlakIn an effort to preserve the tomb from decay, archaeologists have made a complete 3D model of it and even … Read more

Inside John F. Kennedy’s Navy Heroism During World War II

When John F. Kennedy’s torpedo boat was sunk by a Japanese destroyer in 1943, he saved his crew in dramatic fashion, earning both the Navy and Marine Corps Medal and the Purple Heart. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and MuseumFuture president John F. Kennedy in the Navy, where he served in World War II. John … Read more

Vera Atkins, The Spymaster Who Inspired James Bond’s Moneypenny

Throughout World War II, Vera Atkins recruited and trained hundreds of secret agents to fight the Nazis for Britain’s covert Special Operations Executive. A Romanian-born British intelligence officer during World War II, Vera Atkins usually showed little emotion and was known for being tough, as well as caring, about her recruits. She took on many … Read more

11 Resistance Fighters Who Took On The Nazis During World War II

From the Edelweiss Pirates in Germany to the six-year-old war hero in France, these resistance fighters risked everything during the European theatre of World War II. By the late 1930s, Nazism was on the march throughout Europe. But as Adolf Hitler and his forces swept across the continent, people from all over stood up to … Read more