The history of World War II in Europe

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Hitler's resistance to Bolshevism
Condensed from the Fuhrer's closing speech, Nuremberg Congress of Honour, [30 July 2005]. This deadly enmity of ours [to Bolshevism] is not based on an obstinate refusal to recognise any ideas that may be contrary to ours. But this enmity is based on a natural feeling of revulsion towards a diabolical doctrine that threatens the world at large and us.
Adolf Hitler
Life magazine, 2 January 1939. Greatest single news event of 1938 took place on September 29, when four statesmen met at the Fuhrerhaus, in Munich, to redraw the map of Europe. The statesmen were Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain of Great Britain, Premier Edouard Daladier of France, and Dictator Benito Mussolini of Italy. But by all odds the dominating figure at Munich was the German host, Adolf Hitler.
Hell on earth: account of the last days of the Warsaw ghetto found
By Donald Macintyre in Jerusalem, The Independent, 8 December 2004. Writing her last entry on 2 May, while doing guard duty at the entrance of the makeshift bunker, she describes the courage of the 45 people of all ages confined in it. Grenades are thrown at the house. People inside behave bravely. With complete tranquility they look death in the eye.
The shadow of Auschwitz
By John Lichfield, The Independent (UK), 27 January 2005. Inside, or just outside, these six buildings at least one million people, almost all of them Jews, were gassed and cremated during 1942, 1943 and 1944. Birkenau, only part of the Auschwitz complex, was, among other things, a factory, a purpose-built human abattoir, an assembly line of death.
Review of Primo Levi, If This is a Man and The Truce
By Phil Shannon, 17 January 1996. Holocaust historical revisionism.
How pious was Pius XII?
By Marilyn Henry, 5 October 1999. A look at the repercussions John Cornwell's new book, Hitler's Pope, may have on Jewish-Catholic relations and on Vatican plans to beatify Pius XII
D-Day and the new Nazis
By Dave Silver, 5 June 2004. The Soviet Foreign Minister as early as 1938 urged the Allied powers for a Collective Security Pact against Nazi Germany. It was the British Prime Minister and French Premier that signed the Munich Agreement in which Czechoslovakia ceded the Sudetenland to Germany. In August 1939, certain of an attack on the Soviet Union, Molotov signed a Non-Aggression Pact with Germany.
Remembering Bill and Ivan
By Mike Davis, ZNet, 7 June 2004. The decisive battle for the liberation of Europe began 60 years ago this month: a Soviet guerrilla army emerged from the forests and swamps of Belorussia to launch a bold surprise attack on the mighty Wehrmacht's rear.
Von Ulrike Marie Meinhof, konkret, Nr.3, 1965. Vor zwanzig Jahren, am 13. und 14. Februar 1945, in der Nacht von Fastnachtdienstag auf Aschermittwoch, ist der größte Luftangriff der alliierten Bomberkommandos im Zweiten Weltkrieg auf eine deutsche Stadt geflogen worden: Der Angriff auf Dresden.
War Crimes in the Name of Freedom: 227 Years ...
By John Stanton, 29 June 2003. In February of 1945 in Dresden, Germany, the United States—and its coalition partner Great Britain—were engaged in the firebombing slaughter of scores of German civilians and refugees fleeing the Soviet Army's advance. The US government has a long history of reengineering and downsizing populations that get in the way of freedom loving Americans and their business interests.
Right Wing Revises History on V-E Day Anniversary
By William Pomeroy, Peoples Weekly World, 50th anniversary discussion of the end of World War II in Europe.