The Wiener Library for the Study of Holocaust & Genocide is making the United Nations’ files on World War II war crimes more accessible by allowing the general public to search an online catalog of the documents for the first time beginning Friday.
People will still have to visit the library in London or the US Holocaust Museum to read the actual files.The move is expected to increase interest in the archives of the United Nations War Crimes Commission, including the names of some 37,000 people identified as war criminals and security suspects. The commission operated in 1943-1949, but access to its records was restricted for political reasons in the early days of the Cold War.
Read the rest of Danica Kirka’s story on this at the Christian Science Monitor: London library makes denying the Holocaust a little harder – CSMonitor.com
Seventy-five years ago was “The Battle of Los Angeles.” Read about it from the archives of the Los Angeles Times: From the Archives: The 1942 Battle of L.A. – LA Times
The rich colors of Bill Manbo’s photos remind us that the World War II internment of Japanese Americans at Heart Mountain, Wyoming took place in the same vivid hues as the present. Peruse some of Manbo’s photographs here at the New Yorker: The Colors of Japanese Internment – The New Yorker
Some members of Bethel’s freshman class from the fall of 1943: Stan Yamashita sits in the bottom-left corner; Kiyoo Shimatsu is two seats to his left — Bethel University Digital Library
Read Bethel University historian Chris Gehrz’s concise account of Bethel’s hosting of Japanese American students during World War II: When a Christian College Sheltered Japanese Americans During WWII – The Pietist Schoolman
She died resisting the Nazis. Her critique of Christians in society still resonates today. Amy Frykholm at The Christian Century explains the views of Maria Skobtsova that can help us see ourselves a bit more clearly: What we can learn from a WWII-era Orthodox nun | The Christian Century
If 50th anniversaries of war tend to be the last grand occasion in which the war generation’s veterans and survivors commemorate their war, what do 75th anniversaries do? And for whom?
Geoffrey White and Daniel Martinez reflect on the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor at the Organization of American Historian’s Process: From Memory to History? The Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary
For Veterans Day, the Library of Congress offers here some photographs of veterans on parade: Veterans on Parade | Picture This: Library of Congress Prints & Photos