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Why? Explaining The Holocaust (Review)

When I first noticed Dr. Peter Hayes’ new book displayed on the shelf, I thought, “How come yet another book about the Holocaust?”  Yet, the title caused me to pick it up and to bring it home, anyway. At the beginning … Continue reading

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Hitler’s First Victims (Review)

I’ve often heard people ask one rhetorical question about the Holocaust in particular. How could such a thing happen in a modern, industrialized European nation?  It’s not as if the citizens were unaware of it, as some people have posited.   … Continue reading

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Czechoslovakia Dissolves

The former Czechoslovakian nation might be considered an arranged marriage. This marriage of peoples came about as many European boundaries shifted at the end of the first World War. It was at this time the Austro-Hungarian Empire fell apart. A very abbreviated version of … Continue reading

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Rjukan Sees The Light

Rjukan is a picturesque small town west of Oslo in southern Norway. The town has a short, but technologically interesting history. The name is pronounced, “ryou-kahn”.  A new chemical method to produce nitrogen based artificial fertilizers was developed by Norwegian chemist Kristian … Continue reading

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The Demise Of Il Duce

Benito Mussolini and Fascist Italy take the backseat in the vehicle of World War Two history as taught in America.   Likewise, the downfall of Mussolini is given obligatory mention, as well.  Most of us were not taught that Mussolini was … Continue reading

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Uprising At Sobibór

In the history of the Holocaust, the world has learned about the horrors and atrocities of Auschwitz-Birkenau and Treblinka in Poland.  But few people have heard of the Sobibór Extermination Camp (SS-Sonderkommando Sobibór). This historical oversight might be due to … Continue reading

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The First Rocket In Space

We prefer to think of high-tech, space age technology as a part of modern day, scientific culture.  Rockets that leave the Earth’s atmosphere have traditionally been developed in the 1950s and 1960s. The use of rocketry has been associated with … Continue reading

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