BBC Witness: ‘The Death of Hitler’

In 1989, the Zina Rohan of the BBC interviewed Traudl Junge. Junge worked as a secretary for Adolf Hitler during WWII. She was in the bunker in Berlin when he committed suicide in 1945 as the Red Army closed in. She explains that Hitler was only close to his mistress and wife Eva Braun and […]

Yale History Professor Puts the ‘Alt-Right’ in Historical Perspective

Yale history professor Timothy Snyder writing in The New York Times: When the supporters of the alt-right chant that “Jews will not replace us,” they recapitulate the Nazi idea of a world Jewry that stifles the master race and must therefore be removed from the planet. When they shout “Blood and soil,” they repeat a Nazi slogan […]

Yale Professor Timothy Snyder on the Importance of the EU

This is an address by Professor Timothy Snyder at the official annual International Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony held at the European Parliament on January 23, 2019. Snyder asks what the next 75 years may bring and explains that the European Union is important to preserve peace and well-being. He believes it was the fall of […]

Poland: Revisionism Triumphs Over Accuracy

Daniel Tilles, assistant professor of history at the Pedagogical University of Cracow, writing in Notes from Poland explains that Poland’s “controversial memory law is still in place, the Polish government’s historical narrative is stronger than ever, and Israel and the US appear to have accepted it.” The law in question was enacted in 2018 on […]

Photos of Dachau Survivors to be Released

AP: A repository of Holocaust-era documents says it has uncovered a trove of photographs of survivors of the Nazis’ Dachau concentration camp and will make them available online in a searchable archive this spring. The International Tracing Service said . . . the 2,000 photos of survivors were taken in the first year after the […]

History: The Study of Human Cultures

Israeli History Professor Yuval Noah Harari defines physics, chemistry, biology and history at the very beginning of his 464-page book called “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind“: ABOUT 13.5 BILLION YEARS AGO, MATTER, energy, time and space came into being in what is known as the Big Bang. The story of these fundamental features of […]

Podcast: The Making of ‘Shoah’ by Claude Lanzmann

Shoah is a 1985 French documentary film about the Holocaust, directed by Claude Lanzmann. It’s over nine hours long and took eleven years to make. The film presents Lanzmann’s first-hand interviews with survivors, witnesses, and perpetrators across 14 countries. After watching “Shoah”, Roger Ebert wrote: “There is no proper response to this film. It is […]