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Stories tagged: world war ii

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 21, 2020

Survivor stories spotlight Auschwitz liberation anniversary

Seventy-five years after the Auschwitz death camp was liberated, Maurice Gluck is one of 75 Holocaust survivors featured in a commemorative photo project.

‘They’re the ones who paid the price’: Spokane Valley veteran remembers fallen brothers in Battle of the Bulge

Everett Martin, 94, was one of thousands of Americans who fought in the snowy Ardennes Forest 75 years ago in an attempt to beat back a counterattack by Nazi Germany. …

’Nuts!’ US troops thwarted Hitler’s last gamble 75 years ago

Out of the blue at dawn on Dec. 16, 1944, over 200,000 German troops counter-attacked across the front line in Belgium and Luxembourg, smashing into battle-weary US soldiers defending the …

Sue Lani Madsen: Nuclear legacy lives on in Spokane’s growing Marshallese community

It’s much easier for history to bury the personal impacts of turning-point moments than to bury the radioactive waste of a decade of nuclear testing. The Marshallese atomic refugees in …

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 6, 2019

Pearl Harbor commemoration to continue in Inland Northwest despite deaths of aging survivors

U.S. Marine Corps veteran Ray Garland’s death in April hasn’t halted plans to commemorate the 78th anniversary of the attack that hastened America’s entrance into World War II. Vina Mikkelsen, …

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 6, 2019

Germany’s Merkel voices ‘shame’ during 1st Auschwitz visit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel voiced a feeling of “deep shame” during her first-ever visit on Friday to the hallowed grounds of the former Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau, where …

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 6, 2019

Review: Nostalgic ‘Midway’ gives its heroes short shrift through information overload

In its combat scenes, “Midway” is a triumph. Though heavily enhanced by CGI, the action is rendered in crisp clarity and breathtaking immediacy, a direct view of the action from …

UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 3, 2019

Vietnam vet, retired stone mason Richard Hemming serves his brothers on a motorcycle

The Spokane Valley resident lives with his 103-year-old WWII veteran father in a home he’s added to for the past 30 years. He’s also the chaplain of the Combat Veteran …

Hanni Levy, who survived Holocaust in Berlin hideout, dies

Hanni Levy, who survived the Holocaust hiding out in Berlin, has died. She was 95.

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019

Former Nazi SS guard, 93, goes on trial in Hamburg

From his post as a teenage SS private in a watchtower in Nazi Germany’s Stutthof concentration camp, Bruno Dey could hear the screams of Jews dying in the gas chamber. …

Public to get access to Nuremberg trials digital recordings

Audio recordings from the historic Nuremberg trials of Nazi leaders will be made available to the public for the first time in digital form after nearly two years of work …

UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 24, 2019

Unearthed Gandhi WWII letter wishes Jews ‘era of peace’

On the same day World War II broke out in Europe, Mahatma Gandhi wrote a short Jewish New Year greeting to a local Indian Jewish official, offering ominous good wishes …

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 19, 2019

At 98, D-Day vet jumps again, with eyes on the big 100

Jump by jump, 98-year-old D-Day veteran Tom Rice is nudging closer to his goal of leaping out of planes at age 100.

UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 9, 2019

Then and Now: The Women’s Army Corps in Spokane

In Spokane, the Women’s Army Corps served mostly at Fort George Wright and Baxter Hospitals, where they helped care for the wounded men returning from World War II battle overseas.

UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 1, 2019

WWII’s start marked in Poland with German remorse, warning

Germany’s president expressed deep remorse for the suffering his nation inflicted on Poland and the rest of Europe during a World War II observance that brought him and other world …

Gonzaga student aims to preserve veterans’ stories

Scott Davis, a 21-year-old Gonzaga University history major, is collecting oral histories of real-life heroes – those who served in World War ll and in the Korean War.

France honors African veterans of World War II landings

It’s sometimes called “the forgotten D-Day,” the crucial but overshadowed Allied invasion of the French Riviera to push back the Nazis. France held an elaborate military ceremony Thursday to remember …

UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 4, 2019

From Spokane to Germany and back, the last flight of the B-17 Strictly GI

Effort to excavate the site of a downed B-17 in Germany connects to the family of a gunner from Spokane.

Poland remembers failed 1944 revolt against Germans

Maria Mostowska was a young pediatric nurse when the Warsaw Uprising against the Nazi Germans occupying Poland broke out on Aug. 1, 1944.

UPDATED: Wed., July 31, 2019

11 brothers from Alabama, 158 years of US military service

The sons of Ben and Hattie Davis give special meaning to the term “band of brothers.” Eleven in all, their combined 158 years of service to the U.S. military make …

100 years ago, Spokane waited for a peace treaty and a cannon

Spokane was still welcoming back local soldiers from the battlefields of Europe 100 years ago Friday as it prepared for the Fourth of July. The Great War, as it was …

Then and Now: Velox Naval Supply Depot

The Velox Naval Supply Depot got its name from a famous racehorse in the 1890s, Harry Velox. Now the 530-acre property, near Sullivan Road and Trent Avenue, is a business …

Felts Field open house event to feature World War II bombers

Visitors will have the opportunity to see rare vintage aircraft up close, including a B-25 Mitchell and a TBM Avenger – two American bombers introduced and flown during World War …

UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019

D-Day at 75: Nations honor veterans, memory of fallen

With silent remembrance and respect, nations honored the fallen and the singular bravery of all Allied troops who sloshed through bloodied water to the beaches of Normandy 75 years ago …

Trump tells D-Day veterans they’re among greatest Americans

On a bluff overlooking Omaha Beach, President Donald Trump on Thursday lauded the heroism of American and Allied service members who participated in the D-Day invasion, saying they “they came …

From loss to liberation: Germany’s evolving postwar attitude

When Chancellor Angela Merkel thanked the Allies for the D-Day invasion and the “liberation” of Germany in World War II, she might have raised some eyebrows internationally. To those at …

The war at home: How Spokane’s newspapers covered the Allied invasion of France

By the spring of 1944, the people of Spokane had grown accustomed to wartime news. Every day, the headlines screamed from the pages of The Spokesman-Review and the Spokane Daily …

‘Join the Navy and see the world’ slogan landed Toppenish sailor aboard USS Nevada on D-Day

“Join the Navy and see the world,” the recruiting posters beckoned to Roger McCarthy in the summer of 1942. Two years later, on the morning of June 6, 1944, Roger …

From Omaha to the Elbe, Bill Luke helped pave the way for the liberation of France

The bullets were still flying when Bill Luke reached the bloody sands of Omaha Beach on the afternoon of June 6, 1944. That hadn’t been part of the plan.

Ben Brooks faced deadly reality as he stepped onto bloody Omaha Beach

As his landing craft approached Omaha Beach on the morning of June 6, 1944, Ben Brooks could see bodies floating in the surf. “I thought they were dummies,” he said. …