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World War II


by Laura Leon January 8, 2015


  I was so enthralled with the story behind Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken when I read an excerpt from it a few years back in Vanity Fair that I immediately bought the book, read it cover to ...

The Battle Rages

by Laura Leon October 23, 2014


  Shot in dim gradations of brown, gray and what can only be called “griege,” Fury depicts a World War II that is all but over, except for the furious, determined last-ditch efforts made by those ...

Unknown Heroes

by Ann Morrow May 8, 2014


  The heroic actions of Elek Cohen during the Nazi occupation of Hungary—he impersonates an S.S. officer to save hundreds of Jews—would be unbelievable if they weren’t true. Cohen is based on Pinchas Rosenbaum, a real-life ...


by Ann Morrow May 1, 2014


  During the forced march to Thailand following the fall of Singapore in 1942, captured British soldier Eric Lomax asks a Japanese guard, “What river is this?” It is the Kwai, immortalized in the movie The ...

Missed Adventure

by Laura Leon February 13, 2014


  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 ...

A Kinder, Gentler Nazism

by Ann Morrow December 5, 2013


  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


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 ...

New York State Military Museum

They Fight

by John Brodeur January 26, 2012


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 ...