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World War II

Missed Adventure

by Laura Leon February 13, 2014

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  Near the end of World War II, President Roosevelt commissioned a few middle-aged artists, sculptors and architects to go behind enemy lines on a special mission: to rescue the great artworks of Western civilization, which ...

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A Kinder, Gentler Nazism

by Ann Morrow December 5, 2013

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  Liesel (Sophie Nelisse), the light-fingered heroine of The Book Thief, doesn’t really steal books, she borrows them. The first book she filches is from a gravesite—during the burial of her younger brother. It’s 1938 Germany, ...

With a Whimper

by Laura Leon March 13, 2013

  That a movie based largely on the personality of larger-than-life Douglas MacArthur, who is played by legendary screen presence Tommy Lee Jones, could be so small is like finding out that the big man on ...

A World War II USO Show

by The Staff May 17, 2012

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The Friends of the New York State Military Museum have put together a program for this Saturday (May 19) afternoon that honors the long tradition of “entertaining the troops” and, hopefully, will raise a little ...

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They Fight

by John Brodeur January 26, 2012

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The story of the Tuskegee Airmen is one of the great narratives of World War II. Trained near the end of the war, they were the first African-American pilots in a still-segregated military. The sole ...

Through the Past, Darkly

by Jo Page June 15, 2011

For the past few months I have been writing about a character who has intermittent bouts of clinical—and untreated—depression. His coping mechanism is to obsess about World War II and specifically, the last months of ...