'Empire of the Sun' prison camp erased from memory

Feb 4, 2014

'Empire of the Sun' prison camp erased from memory

by Bill Savadove

No public memorial marks the former Shanghai internment camp that was made famous by J.G. Ballard’s novel “Empire of the Sun,” where more than 1,800 foreigners were held by Japanese forces during World War II. Ballard’s fictionalized version of his experiences in the Lunghwa ...

Jan 31, 2014

Russia's top independent TV targeted

Prosecutors on Thursday opened an inquiry into Russia’s top independent TV station over a poll that asked a question about a sensitive aspect of World War II. The controversy over the Dozhd station reflects the challenges faced by the few media outlets outside the ...

Historic Yiddish theater damaged by snowstorm in Romania

Jan 30, 2014

Historic Yiddish theater damaged by snowstorm in Romania

One of Europe’s oldest Yiddish theaters, the State Jewish Theater of Bucharest, has been forced to close down after its roof was damaged by the snowstorms sweeping Romania. “This is a disaster. About 30 percent of the theater roof has been destroyed. The stage ...

Nazi emblems on Austrian graves defy ban

Jan 27, 2014

Nazi emblems on Austrian graves defy ban

The marble tombstone looks like others dotting the main cemetery of Graz, Austria’s second-largest city — but only at first glance. Carved into it are a swastika and the inscription “He died in the struggle for a Greater Germany.” Just a few steps away, ...

New York lawmakers unveil second 'comfort women' memorial

Jan 26, 2014

New York lawmakers unveil second 'comfort women' memorial

New York lawmakers joined Korean-American and other groups to unveil a second monument to the women forced into sexual slavery before and during World War II at Veterans Memorial in Nassau County on Long Island on Friday. The victims are euphemistically referred to as ...

Jan 20, 2014

Putin avoids criticizing Abe in interview with Chinese TV

Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a recent interview with state-run China Central Television, stopped short of criticizing Japan over Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit last month to Tokyo’s war-related Yasukuni Shrine — a trip that infuriated Beijing and Seoul. Alluding to Abe’s visit to ...

French struggle to save eroding D-Day harbor

Jan 12, 2014

French struggle to save eroding D-Day harbor

Looking out at the English Channel from France’s Lower Normandy beaches, there is little reminder today of the harbor built after the D-Day landings of tens of thousands of Allied soldiers that took the Germans by surprise in 1944. Just a handful of large ...

Google apologizes for 'Hitler' name on maps

Jan 11, 2014

Google apologizes for 'Hitler' name on maps

Google apologized Friday after a Berlin intersection briefly regained its Nazi-era name, Adolf-Hitler-Platz, on the Google Maps service. Google spokeswoman Lena Wagner said the company quickly took down the name after the error was discovered. The intersection was relabeled with its proper name, Theodor-Heuss-Platz, ...