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Inland Northwest Opera and MAC combine music and history

When Dawn Wolski left her South Hill home en route to the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture on Saturday afternoon, it appeared that life was imitating art. The sky was hazy and smoky. The air quality was hazardous. However, the general and artistic director of Inland Northwest Opera braved the elements.

75th anniversary of end of WWII is mostly virtual amid virus

When Japanese military leaders climbed aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on Sept. 2, 1945, the battleship was packed with U.S. sailors eager to see the end of World War II. On Wednesday, the 75th anniversary of the surrender, some of those same men who served the United States will not be able to return to the Missouri in Hawaii’s Pearl Harbor because of the world’s new war against the coronavirus.

104-year-old Spokane Valley veteran of World War II dies

Alfred Ronald Hemming, a member of a shrinking set of surviving veterans of World War II and an electrical worker who helped modernize the landing facilities at Spokane's Felts Field, died Wednesday. He was 104. 

Congress awards its highest honor to USS Indianapolis crew

Congress has awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, its highest honor, to surviving crew members of the USS Indianapolis, the ship that delivered key components of the first nuclear bomb and was later sunk by Japan during World War II.

Hiroshima court recognizes atomic bomb ‘black rain’ victims

A Japanese court on Wednesday for the first time recognized people exposed to radioactive “black rain" that fell after the 1945 U.S. atomic attack on Hiroshima as atomic bomb survivors, ordering the city and the prefecture to provide the same government medical benefits as given to other survivors.

Holocaust survivors urge Facebook to remove denial posts

Holocaust survivors around the world are lending their voices to a campaign launched Wednesday targeting Facebook head Mark Zuckerberg, urging him to take action to remove denial of the Nazi genocide from the social media site.

German court convicts former concentration camp guard, 93

A German court on Thursday convicted a 93-year-old former SS private of being an accessory to murder at the Stutthof concentration camp, where he served as a guard in the final months of World War II. He was given a two-year suspended sentence.

Macron marks appeal that gave birth to French Resistance

LONDON — French President Emmanuel Macron marked Gen. Charles De Gaulle’s famed World War II appeal to resist the Nazis on Thursday in a special ceremony intended to invoke the deep friendship between the longtime allies.

1940: The evacuation from Dunkirk

Eighty years ago today, Britain began an enormous rush to pull its troops out of France. British Prime Minister Winston Churchill feared this would become known as the greatest military disaster Britain had ever seen. Instead, it would be one of its most heroic moments.

The end of World War II in Europe

Seventy-five years ago this week and next, the European phase of World War II finally came to an end as Allied troops neutralized German defenses, liberated captured cities and prison camps and overran most of Germany itself.

Putin postpones World War II victory parade due to virus

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday postponed next month’s Victory Day celebrations marking the 75th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II, citing the worsening coronavirus pandemic for putting off the lavish festivities that have dominated the Kremlin’s political agenda.

Lives Lost: At 97, World War II vet takes a final road

In his final months, Bill Chambers couldn’t walk, but he found peace in motion. Three times a week, his oldest daughter, Patty Cooper, would meet him at the adult family home where he lived with four other World War II veterans. The caretakers would load him into her Volvo SUV, and she would drive him through the forests, farmlands and suburbs east of Seattle. He knew the roads well. In about 30 years working for the county, he helped build most of them. Chambers, 97, died March 14 at the home in Kirkland. He wasn’t obviously ill, but tested positive for COVID-19 after he passed.