Archive for the ‘POW Camps’ Category

Much has been in the news lately about retired Cleveland auto worker, Jan Demjanjuk, who was last week found guilty of being a guard at Sobibor Prison Camp during World War II.  In addition, Jerusalem’s Simon Wiesenthal Center continues its dogged pursuit of Nazi war criminals, and rightfully so. But what of Japanese war criminals?  [...]

Over 30,000 prisoners would die at Flossenburg Concentration Camp before it was liberated in late April 1945, 66 years ago this week.  Each one had a story to tell. Some of the more notable inmates included co-conspirators in the failed plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler, codenamed Valkyrie–Rev. Dr. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Admiral Wilhelm Canaris, General Hans [...]

Hump day, and time for our weekly feature, Letters From War Wednesdays.  Harold Hastings was drafted by the U.S. Army pre-Pearl Harbor, in October 1941.  He fell in with Company F, 2nd Battalion, 168th Infantry, 34th Infantry Division. In November 1942, Hastings joined 30,000 Allied troops for Operation Torch, the invasion of North Africa.  On [...]

Last Friday afternoon, a magnitude 8.9 earthquake rocked Japan.  The resulting tsunami no doubt dealt even more destruction to the northeastern coastline.  The city of Sendai, population one million, felt the full brunt of the blow. Our prayers are with the people of Japan. The area is certainly familiar to many American veterans.  For some, [...]

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