World War Ii

PRI's The World

The pact between Hitler and Stalin that paved the way for World War II was signed 75 years ago

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Seventy-five years ago this week, the world was turned upside down when Hitler and Stalin signed a pact of alliance. Within days Hitler invaded Poland, starting World War II. Roger Moorhouse, a historian, has a new book out on the momentous but often-forgotten "Devils' Alliance."


PRI's The World

Moscow has a long history of making interesting excuses for its military interventions

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

NATO says a Russian invasion of Ukraine is "highly probable." The Ukrainian government says a large convoy of humanitarian aid coming from Russia is just a "Trojan horse." If the humanitarian crisis is indeed a pretext for an invasion, it certainly wouldn't be Moscow's first time.


Fishko Files

Remembering World War II

Thursday, November 07, 2013

World War II is still alive in popular culture. Its stories are told in each generation in films, documentaries, and books. In this archival episode, Sara Fishko considers our endless fascination with the most documented event in history.


On The Media

A Historic Case for Prosecuting Journalists Who Report Leaks

Friday, August 02, 2013

Back in 1942, the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel wrote an opinion that determined a journalist could be in violation of the Espionage Act for reporting leaked information. Bob speaks to Gabriel Schoenfeld, author of Necessary Secrets: National Security, the Media and the Rule of Law about the Chicago Tribune reporter at the center of the case during WWII.

Jun Miyake - Lillies of the Valley

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Annotations: The NEH Preservation Project

A Hero, Removed: A. E. Hotchner on Hemingway's Role as "Emissary of Other Men's Dreams"

Friday, October 19, 2012


A.E. Hotchner, a friend of Ernest Hemingway during the last 14 years of the writer's life, reminisces about their relationship in this Books and Authors Luncheon appearance promoting his memoir, Papa Hemingway (1966). 

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

Mayor La Guardia Urges WNYC Listeners to Support Soviets Fighting Nazis

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia on the steps of City Hall with attorney Allen Wardwell, Chairman of the Greater New York Campaign of Russian War Relief, Inc. launching Russian War Relief Week, June 20, 1942.

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The Takeaway

Samuel Kunz, Nazi Suspect, Dies at 89

Monday, November 22, 2010

Samuel Kunz was an 89-year-old about to stand trial for his alleged involvement in the death of more than 400,000 Jews in World War II. Kunz has died before he could face his charges, which included the accusation that he personally shot ten Jews dead at a prison camp in Poland during 1942-1943. Joining us for more on the story is Dr. Efraim Zuroff, director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Israel Office and author of "Operation Last Chance: One Man's Quest to Bring Nazi Criminals to Justice."

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Selected Shorts

Arrivals and Departures

Sunday, October 17, 2010

A couple with a rocky marriage learn a life lesson when their home is invaded, and a whole community disappears in a powerful story about the Japanese internment, leaving their bewildered, or blinkered, neighbors behind.

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The Takeaway

The Nuremberg Trials: 65 Years Later

Friday, October 15, 2010

Sixty-five years ago, the International Military Tribunal in Nuremberg, Germany, set to work seeking justice for the horrendous crimes committed by the Nazis during World War II. The Allies charged Hermann Göring, Martin Bormann, Rudolf Hess and 21 other members of the Nazi Party with war crimes and crimes against humanity.

As the proceedings began, film cameras clicked on and captured the entire trial. The lead prosecutor for the U.S., Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson, used as evidence the Nazis' very own shocking films, movies showing the abuse and persecution of Jews under Nazi rule.


The Takeaway

70th Anniversary of the Battle Of Britain and Churchill's Famous Speech

Friday, August 20, 2010

On August 20, 1940 Adolf Hitler and his Nazi army looked unstoppable. With the United States still remaining neutral in the war, Great Britain was the soul protector of Europe. The country was being constantly bombarded by German air raids, and morale was low when UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill took the microphone and uttered these famous words: Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.

Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few