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The BBC has a touching story, one of many relating to World War One which will emerge over the next five years. It concerns Lesley Woodbridge, who was so determined to find out more about her Great Grandfather's deaths in a World War...Show More Summary
This month we'll publish eight biographies of leading Nazis. The first three are available this week, and are: Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi propaganda minister; Hermann Goering, an air ace who was promoted far in excess of his ability (a good thing for democracy), and Heinrich Himmler, head of the SS and Gestapo.
There have been reports of more collapses at the site of Pompeii, the Italian city which was buried by a volcanic explosion and excavated centuries later. Funds have been allocated for restoration and support, but appear to have been delayed. The Daily Mail have photographs.
I'm a little ashamed to have never heard of the War Dog School of Instruction before, a unit created by the British in World War One to better train the large numbers of dogs involved in the conflict. (Although, in my defense, I'm not...Show More Summary
This CNN article is a nice introduction to Poland's UNESCO heritage sites, but the key part is the Wieliczka Salt Mine. It's like something out of a fantasy novel: 186 miles of tunnel, three thousand rooms of varying size, including a dedicated and beautiful chapel. Show More Summary
Thanks to LiveScience I've learned about the Digital Hadrian's Villa Project, which took the ruins of one of Europe's great heritage sites and rebuilt it in computer software, allowing tours through the grandeur. If you're into the use...Show More Summary
This article from Stephen Chance and the Guardian is, ultimately and quite obviously, trying to sell you his novel, and there's plenty of shoe horning that in. But I thought his chat about the effects of the Alum industry on the north east and the industrial revolution was interesting, and if nothing else there's a wonderfully evocative artwork from 1843.
Cornelius Gurlitt was the man who inherited a house filled with $1 billion worth of looted Nazi art and lived alone with it in secret, before being discovered. Spiegel Online have an interview with him (in English), and to say it's fascinating is an understatement. If you have any interest in the unusual, or human nature, it's a must read.
The question of how to engage children in the history of World War One is about to become very important, given the anniversaries of the next few years. The British government is investing in showing children graveyards, but I thought...Show More Summary
There are seventy two countries considered, by France, to be belligerent nations in World War One. The excellent news is that French President Hollande has invited representatives from every single one to join in a mass commemoration on Bastille Day in July 2014, while the President of Germany, Joachum Gauck, will take part in a ceremony with Hollande on August 3 rd.
Archaeologists working in London on what will become a building site have found a stunning statue: made of Cotswold Limestone, it shows an eagle holding a serpent in its beak. The Telegraph has a perfect picture (and more detail), but the fine is so rare and intact that archaeologists at first thought it must be fake. Show More Summary
The University of Nottingham has a large collection of Soviet posters dating from World War 2, and they've created an excellent website to display and inform about them. Go here, whether you want to learn about them and the war, or just want to appreciate the artistic style.
Genes Reunited is a genealogy website which I've used myself, and their research into life in World War One has flagged up the scare over 'hasty weddings'. The Telegraph have a nice article, but basically with all the chaos and danger...Show More Summary
This week we provide a contents page for our narrative of Germany from 1918 to 1934, and a timeline to go with it. We also look at the SA and three interesting people from the era: Reichstag burner Marinus van der Lubbe, failed plotter Kurt von Schleicher, and a Nazi who fell out with Hitler (and survived): Otto Strasser.
I thought this Global Post article about a special evening at the London War Rooms was a lot of fun with a little history mixed in. The War Rooms are a museum in a bunker Churchill used during World War 2, and the evening welcomed a group of guests who were immersed in a game of spying, role playing and a few drinks. Show More Summary
In 2011, tax investigators executed a warrant to search the Munich home of Cornelius Gurlitt, a recluse and the son of an art dealer. Inside they discovered over one billion dollars' worth of art, once considered lost, which had been looted by the Nazis during their time in power. Show More Summary
This week, we carry through our narrative of German politics to explain how a Hitler who'd been appointed Chancellor was able to turn this into dictator of a one party state. Then we look at whether the Treaty of Versailles helped Hitler's rise to power.
The chances of me not mentioning something which combines my love of history, hidden spaces and technology were slim, so the headline of this Telegraph article alone got the post: 'Lasers and robots explore ancient Rome's hidden aqueducts.'...Show More Summary
When European schools begin teaching with a renewed emphasis on World War One next year items from the war will be key visual cues. However, these antiques could pose a health risk. Britain's All-Party Group for Occupational Health and Safety has issued a warning about old gas masks, which could release asbestos if children were trying them on. Basically, don't!
I mentioned the Battle of Leipzig a few weeks ago, the 'Battle of Nations' which marked a real turning point in the Napoleonic Wars. Well, on the two hundredth anniversary 600 re-enactors and a crowd tens of thousands strong gathered to refight it. Show More Summary