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70 years on, Primo Levi’s If This is A Man is still a powerful reminder of what it means to be human. When he was captured by the Fascist militia in December of 1943, Primo Levi (1919-1987) preferred to declare his status as an “Italian citizen of the Jewish race” than admit to the political activities of which he was suspected, which he supposed would have resulted in torture and certain death.

70 years on, Primo Levi’s If This is A Man is still a powerful reminder of what it means to be human

As a Jew, he was consequently sent to a detention camp at Fossoli, which assembled all the various categories of persons no longer welcome in the recently established Fascist Republic. Two months later, following the inspection of a small squad of German SS men, he was loaded onto a train, together with all the other Jewish members of the camp, for expatriation from the Republic altogether. His destination, he was to learn, was Auschwitz; a name that at the time held no significance for him, but that initially provided a sense of relief, since it at least implied “some place on this earth”. Of the 650 who departed Fossoli that day, only three would return. Close to Home: Exploring a German U-Boat Sunk off U.S. Coast (1940-1942)

The Truth in the Tale About Fanta and Nazis - Modern Notion. There’s nothing quite like the taste of Fanta to quench the thirst of evildoers during wartime.

The Truth in the Tale About Fanta and Nazis - Modern Notion

Some believe that may as well be the slogan for the tongue-staining orange drink: Fanta emerged from warring Germany in the 1940s, and apparently was created specifically to sate the Nazi thirst. I myself hadn’t heard of this association between the Third Reich and my all-time favorite soda—until recently, when I found myself in Berlin. Wandering through its streets, past the restored Reichstag building that Hitler (allegedly) had set on fire, and the Gestapo’s former headquarters, I came across the tale of Max Keith, the German who popularized Fanta and supposedly made the Nazis his target market.

“When you drink Fanta Orange, that’s the Nazi drink,” says Michael Moore emphatically, in this documentary clip. Everywhere, I began to see the soda—most shockingly, I felt, in the café of Berlin’s Jewish Museum. It begins with Coca-Cola, Fanta’s original maker. So what was Keith? Exploring the Amazing Abandoned Sea Forts of World War II. Dickey Chapelle - Women War Reporters. Dickey Chapelle: 1919-1965 “That was the goddamndest thing I ever saw anybody do in my life!

Dickey Chapelle - Women War Reporters

Do you realize – all the artillery and half the snipers on both sides of this f**king war had ten full minutes to make up their mind about you?” The furious lieutenant screamed at Dickey Chapelle. How India Bailed Out The West In World War II - Swarajya. Seventy years ago, this month, Germany surrendered to the Allies to end World War II in Europe.

How India Bailed Out The West In World War II - Swarajya

It is time India’s game-changing contribution to the victory is acknowledged in the actual context of Britain’s limitations. Also, what India got in return. One of the little known facts about World War II is that it was India’s contribution of men and material that bailed out the West. Over 2.6 million Indian troops played a decisive role in the greatest conflict of the 20th century and helped Britain stay in the fight. Indian forces were dispatcher to major war zones across the globe. Equally critical was Indian material help. Britain’s dependence on India was near total. Field Marshal Claude Auchinleck, Commander-in-Chief of the British Indian Army from 1942, asserted that the British “Couldn’t have come through both wars if they hadn’t had the Indian Army”.

Bletchley Park. Anne Frank Museum Amsterdam. Home - Red Tail Squadron Red Tail Squadron. Athens 1944: Britain’s dirty secret. This article is the subject of a column by the readers’ editor.

Athens 1944: Britain’s dirty secret

“I can still see it very clearly, I have not forgotten,” says Títos Patríkios. “The Athens police firing on the crowd from the roof of the parliament in Syntagma Square. The young men and women lying in pools of blood, everyone rushing down the stairs in total shock, total panic.” Potsdam Revisited Documentary Film featuring Stuart Canin.