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Transcript of Podcast Intro:
From The New York Times, I’m Michael Barbaro. This is “The Daily.” Today: Navy SEALs were warned not to report their platoon leader for war crimes. They did it anyway. It’s Thursday, April 25. Dave, when did you first hear about Chief Edward Gallagher?"
As this song suggests, many Americans are willing to turn a blind-eye to war crimes when they are committed by American troops. Their claim is that laws written behind a desk have no real application in the heat of battle. This song is a direct reflection of that view. The question remains- if there is no application of law in battle, then do we have any right to hold war crimes trials? There is well documented proof, for example, that war crimes committed by American soldiers in Vietnam were systemic, rather than "one bad apple." There is direct testimony from his own men linking Lt. Calley to rape and murder. So how are we able to hold war-crimes trials and in the same breath justify rape and murder of innocent civilians? For that matter, if we justify the murder of un-armed prisoners of war, how can we condemn our enemies for similar behavior? Or should if exceptions should be made for American soldiers, what are they and why? Are there limits to said exceptions?
When watching a Disney movie, most kids don't have the historical knowledge to appreciate the significance of particular imagery. As adults, it's interesting to look back at how the antagonist of the Lion King is portrayed in similar style to Hitler at his peak of power. And when one listens to the lyrics, they could just as easily be talking about Hitler as Scar.
An artful, chilling, and talented re-imagining of that fateful day when a group of men decided to turn concentration camps into Death Camps. This conference is when the decision to industrialize murder was made- the "liquidation" as they so eloquently termed it, of the Jewish Population no longer was a means to an end- it WAS the end. The means to it were created by the men in an eloquent room of a house in Wannsee, a deceptively peaceful little Berlin suburb. The decision to embark on a murderous journey that would cement itself as one of the worst atrocities in human history was made over beer and an elegant lunch on a cold day in January, 1942.
In the above video, there is a pause on one graphic, explaining that the interactive form the the graphic can be found on the website. Here is that website, and it provides the promised interactive data along with a great deal more information. Highly recommended.
LIFE AFTER TRAGEDY: NEW DOCUMENTARY FOLLOWS HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS
12 survivors describe how they hid, fought and survived during the Holocaust in new film "Destination Unknown" which explores how survivors tried to build their new lives after their suffering.
BY REUTERS JUNE 15, 2017 10:17
Published on Aug 22, 2015
Robert H. Jackson delivered his Opening Statement at the Nuremberg Trial on Nov. 21, 1945. Here are excerpts as presented by Court TV. For further information see www.roberthjackson.org
When we think of World War II, most of us picture Winston Churchill, Hitler, concentration camps, submarines, bombing raids, etc. We picture invading Nazi forces, fleeing civilians, remember the inspiring words of Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt. And we may picture that glorious day in May 1945 when Victory in Europe was declared. What we miss is shown in this documentary- the back-breaking, soul-cracking months and years of work that was so painstakingly taken on by those who liberated the nightmare factories we refer to as concentration camps. In May 1945 they didn't have time to celebrate- they had patients dying by the minute, and were trying to figure out how to save them, while dealing with the booby-traps that supposedly "surrendered" German troops left in their wake. This movie tells the story of a different type of hero from that time period- instead of rapid-fire decision making and action, these heroes were making life-and-death decisions with all the time to mull over the ramifications of their actions; they saw the consequences of their failures on an hourly basis, but refused to give up. This is the kind of heroism that can only occur with the strongest self-discipline, nerves of steel and even greater patience; the ability to both care about people but still be able to move past the tragedy and grief of their loss.
Reconciliation is a bitter thing- partially because the damage cannot be undone, and frequently efforts to hold those responsible accountable simply result in more pain. On the other hand, some crimes are beyond forgiveness. These are questions that a society recovering from mass slaughter have to face, and answer.
An authoritative page that breaks down the locations, purposes, and types of North Korean concentration camps. This is an on-going atrocity that the world seems unable or unwilling to address. However, lack of ability doesn't justify ignorance, and perhaps if we are to move forward with anyone from North Korea, understanding this reality in their lives is important.
A radio drama based on the alternative history book by Robert Harris, this is a conspiracy-thriller following the exploits of a British police homicide detective in Nazi-controlled Europe (including Britain).
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The definitive classic historical analysis of World War II, written by one of the most brilliant reporters of the day, who was literally there.
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