The Hindenburg crash, the fiery explosion on May 6, 1937.


On May 6, 1937, the German airship Hindenburg designed by Ferdinand von Zeppelin, burst into flames 200 feet over its intended landing spot at New Jersey’s Lakehurst Naval Air Station. Thirty-five people on board the flight were killed (13 passengers and 22 crewmen), along with one crewman on the ground. Dr. Hugo Eckener (10 August 1868 – 14 August 1954)… Read more »

Count Galeazzo Ciano executed


Count Galeazzo Ciano executed. On 11 January 1944, Benito Mussolini had his son-in-law, the politician Galeazzo Ciano age 40, shot for treason outside the gates of Verona along with four other fascists who had abandoned Mussolini. A glamorous playboy in public life, Galeazzo Ciano was the scion of a wealthy fascist founder. The youth wed Mussolini’s… Read more »

Kate ter Horst, Angel of Arnhem


Kate ter Horst, was born July 6, 1906 in Amsterdam, was a Dutch full-time housewife and mother who tended wounded and dying Allied soldiers during the Battle of Arnhem. Her British patients nicknamed her the Angel of Arnhem. Ter Horst was born Kate Anna Arriëns, daughter of Pieter Albert Arriëns and Catharina Maingay. She married Jan ter Horst,… Read more »

The British navy sinks the German battleship Bismarck


On May 27, 1941, the British navy sinks the German battleship Bismarck in the North Atlantic near France. The German death toll was more than 2,000. On February 14, 1939, the 823-foot Bismarck was launched at Hamburg. Nazi leader Adolf Hitler hoped that the state-of-the-art battleship would herald the rebirth of the German surface battle fleet. However, after the… Read more »

Eyewitness Account of Einsatz Executions.


Eyewitness Account of Einsatz Executions.

Eyewitness Account of Einsatz Executions. On October 5, 1942, by accident, Hermann Friedrich Graebe  a German engineer and manager of a German construction firm in the Ukraine, and his foreman, came upon an Einsatz execution squad killing Jews from the small town of Dubno in the Ukraine. He gave the following eyewitness account: “My foreman and… Read more »

Bad Girls Of Nazi Germany: GERDA STEINHOFF.


Gerda Steinhoff was a Nazi prison camp overseer born in Danzig-Langfuhr, on January 29, 1922. She worked on a farm in Tygenhagen and later in a baker’s shop in Danzig until 1944. She married in January 1944 and had one child. She went to work for the SS at Stutthof concentration camp.   On October 1, 1944,… Read more »

Twenty-three sets of brothers died aboard USS Arizona.


There were 37 confirmed pairs or trios of brothers assigned to USS Arizona on December 7, 1941. Of these 77 men, 62 were killed, and 23 sets of brothers died. Only one full set of brothers, Kenneth and Russell Warriner,    survived the attack; Kenneth was away at flight school in San Diego on that… Read more »

Bund Deutscher Mädel (The League of German Girls).


It was the female branch of the overall Nazi Party youth movement, the Hitler Youth. At first, the League consisted of two sections: the Jungmädel, or Young Girls League, for girls ages 10 to 14, and the League proper for girls ages 14 to 18. In 1938, a third section was introduced, the Belief and Beauty Society (BDM-Werk Glaube und… Read more »

Hitler’s “sunshine” Henriette Hoffmann.


Henriette Hoffmann was the daughter of Hitler’s personal photographer, Heinrich Hoffman. She was brought up surrounded by the Nazi leadership. Due to Hitler’s close relationship with her father, she first met the future Fuhrer in 1922, at the age of nine.  For the next decade Hitler, who called Henriette “my sunshine,” was a frequent guest… Read more »

Maria Mandl an Austrian SS-Helferin infamous for her key role in the Holocaust as a top-ranking official at the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp where she is believed to have been directly complicit in the deaths of over 500.000 female prisoners


Maria Mandl was born 10-01-1912 in Münzkirchen, Upper Austria, then part of Austria-Hungary, the daughter of a shoemaker. After the Anschluss by Nazi Germany, Mandl moved to Munich, and on 15 October 1938 joined the camp staff as an Aufseherin at Lichtenburg, an early Nazi concentration camp in the Province of Saxony where she worked with fifty other SS women. On 15 May 1939,… Read more »

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