Poland demands $1.3T in reparations from Germany for WWII atrocities

Poland is demanding Germany pay $1.3 trillion in reparations for atrocities committed during the Nazi occupation of the country. Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau sent an official note to Germany’s Foreign Ministry on Monday requesting the payment. Last month, Poland’s ruling nationalist party declared Germany owed their eastern neighbor approximately $1.26 trillion. During World War II, … Read more

US veterans: How digging up the past is helping ex-service personnel build a future

Editor’s Note: If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts or mental health matters, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988 (or 800-273-8255) to connect with a trained counselor or visit the NSPL site. CNN — For many armed forces veterans, the return to civilian life can be a challenge. … Read more

‘Crucial’ vote could move Italy to right; many might boycott

ROME (AP) — Italians will vote on Sunday in what is being billed as a crucial election as Europe reels from repercussions of Russia’s war in Ukraine. For the first time in Italy since the end of World War II, the election could propel a far-right leader into the premiership. Soaring energy costs and quickly … Read more

Sailor killed at Pearl Harbor to be laid to rest, at last

CHICAGO (AP) — A 21-year-old sailor will be laid to rest on Tuesday following a decades-long effort to identify remains pulled from Pearl Harbor, more than 80 years after he was killed in the attack that propelled the United States into World War II. Members of Herbert “Bert” Jacobson’s family have waited all their lives … Read more

Queen Elizabeth dead at 96 after more than 7 decades on throne

LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch and a symbol of stability in a turbulent era that saw the decline of the British empire and disarray in her own family, died Thursday after 70 years on the throne. She was 96. The palace announced she died at Balmoral Castle, her summer residence in … Read more

Why Ken Burns Is Exposing America’s Evils During the Holocaust

“I will not work on a more important film,” says Ken Burns about The U.S. and the Holocaust, a three-part, six-hour documentary (Sept. 18, PBS) about America’s response to the Nazis’ genocide. A comprehensive examination of both President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s actions and the anti-Semitic and anti-immigration climate in which he operated, Burns’ latest—co-directed by … Read more

Poland plans to seek $1.3 trillion in reparations from Germany for WWII

Poland’s leaders said Thursday the country will demand reparations from Germany to the tune of $1.3 trillion, which they argue is equivalent to the damages caused by the invasion and occupation of Poland during World War II. What they’re saying: “Germany invaded Poland and then caused us serious losses,” Jaroslaw Kaczynski, leader of the Law … Read more

Poland to demand $1.3 trillion in WWII reparations from Germany

Warsaw, Poland — Poland’s top politician said Thursday that the government will seek equivalent of $1.3 trillion in reparations from Germany for the Nazis’ World War II invasion and occupation of his country. Jaroslaw Kaczynski, leader of the Law and Justice party, announced the huge claim at the release of a long-awaited report on the … Read more

World War relic Battleship Texas sets sail for first time in decades

The USS Texas — the last surviving battleship to serve in both world wars — sailed for the first time in 32 years Wednesday to undergo millions of dollars in repairs, said the Battleship Texas Foundation. Texans watched the impressive warship leave its slip at the historic San Jacinto Battleground in La Porte before dawn … Read more

Dozens of sunken WWII German ships resurface along Danube River as water levels hit record low

As Europe continues to experience a record heat wave that one top scientist said could signal its worst drought in 500 yearsreceding water levels along the continent’s massive Danube River have exposed around two dozen sunken ships that belonged to the German army during World War II, according to Reuters. The Danube, which is Europe’s … Read more