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UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 7, 2017, 7:17 a.m.

There’s only 1 known Pearl Harbor survivor left in Spokane area. This widow is striving not to let community forget attack.

Vina Mikkelsen, 86, is orchestrating this year’s Pearl Harbor remembrance in honor of her husband, Denis, a Navy radioman stationed on the USS West Virginia when the Japanese attacked in …


Past opinions provide perspective

Pearl Harbor Day is Thursday. The following are Spokesman-Review editorials on the attack. Don’t discriminate, Dec. 11, 1942


The Christmas Bureau started with generosity toward GI wounded in World War II

The newspaper clippings are faded and yellow, but their message is familiar. Christmas is coming and donations are needed to help some of our neighbors have a good holiday.


Filipino WWII veterans awarded Congressional Gold Medal

Filipino veterans of World War II have been awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, 75 years after they joined with the United States to defeat Japan.


Germany rejects Polish demand for World War II reparations

The German government said Friday that the question of paying reparations to Poland for World War II has been resolved for over 60 years and there’s no reason to reopen …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 26, 2017, 7:35 p.m.

Danny Westneat: WWII couple embody real heritage

Wilma said she’s been appalled that any American leader would wink and nod at neo-Nazis, considering the lengths her generation went to fight it.


Looking Back: Past opinions provide perspective

Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history. Soviet-Nazi Pact, Aug. 25, 1939


Past opinions provide perspective

Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history. Will Rogers, RIP, Aug. 17, 1935


Remains of World War II airman returned to Montana

Though he died 75 years ago, airman William “Bill” Gruber continues to watch over his little brother from a framed portrait in the younger man’s Helena home.


UPDATED: Tue., July 11, 2017, 11:15 a.m.

For 75 years, Charlie and Mable Mitson have enjoyed a marriage of adventure, humor and love

Seventy-five years ago Tuesday, a pastor married Charlie and Mable Mitson. The young couple, both Coeur d’Alene teenagers, were about to embark on lives on the cusp of change: Within …


Richland student recording stories for National World War II Museum

A Hanford High student is in the middle of a yearlong endeavor to record the stories of World War II veterans, merchant sailors, nurses, Manhattan Project workers and home front …


UPDATED: Mon., June 19, 2017, 3:33 p.m.

75 years ago, the United States forced Japanese into internment camps. After World War II, many settled in Spokane. These are their stories.

President Roosevelt’s 1942 order for the internment of Japanese-Americans is 75 years old this year. Decades have passed, but survivors still harber dark memories of the time, possessions and dignity …


Holocaust Survivor to visit Spokane in June

Marthe Cohn, 97, travels the country sharing her story of surviving the Holocaust, and will speak in Spokane on June 14 at the Spokane Convention Center, according to Rabbi Yisroel …


WWII veteran’s remains return home after missing 74 years

More than 70 years ago, a U.S. Army bomber plane dubbed “Hot as Hell” was headed for India on a supply mission. It never arrived, and no one went looking …


Unsealed 75 years after the Battle of Midway: New details of an alarming WWII press leak

Six months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the June 7, 1942, edition of the Chicago Sunday Tribune trumpeted news of a stunning American victory over a Japanese armada …


Convicted former Auschwitz guard dies in Germany at 95

Reinhold Hanning, a former SS sergeant whose conviction last year on 170,000 counts of accessory to murder for serving as an Auschwitz guard was hailed as a long-overdue victory for …


UPDATED: Tue., May 30, 2017, 4:49 p.m.

Idaho World War II-era internment camp opens visitor center

Visitors to the Minidoka War Relocation Center in southern Idaho will get a closer sense of what life was like for thousands of Japanese Americans forced to live at the …


Trump condemns Holocaust as ‘the most savage crime’

President Donald Trump paid a short visit to Israel’s national Holocaust memorial on Tuesday, calling the Nazi extermination of 6 million Jews “the most savage crime against God and his …


Venezuela leader: Officials treated like Jews under Nazis

Venezuela’s embattled socialist president likened the sour reception many of his government’s officials are receiving abroad to the harassment of Jews in Nazi Germany, provoking outrage Tuesday from the small …


World War II veteran receives long-lost love letter

A love letter lost in the walls of a New Jersey home reached a World War II veteran 72 years after it was written.


Associated Press reviews its coverage of Nazi Germany

The Associated Press has conducted an in-depth review of its operations in Nazi Germany, concluding that the news agency acted as “forthrightly and independently as possible.” But the review also …


UPDATED: Wed., May 10, 2017, 2:11 p.m.

Spokane Valley woman’s Bavarian-style model house keeps hometown close to her heart

She was just 11 years old when Allied bombs started falling on her hometown of Grafenwoehr in Germany. Home to a large and at the time German military installation Grafenwoehr …


Past opinions provide perspective

Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history. Liquor laws, May 11, 1934


Trump condemns Holocaust deniers

Pledging to confront anti-Semitism in all its forms and to “never be silent,” President Donald Trump on Tuesday denounced as accomplices to “horrible evil” anyone who denies that 6 million …


UPDATED: Mon., April 24, 2017, 7:41 p.m.

Thousands at Auschwitz for yearly Holocaust memorial event

Thousands of people from around the world, many of them young Israelis, paid homage Monday to the millions who perished in the Holocaust at the former Nazi German death camp …


WWII-era bombers fly over Doolittle Raiders memorial service

World War II era B-25 bombers have flown over an Ohio memorial service marking the 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders’ attack on Japan, credited with helping turn the …


UPDATED: Mon., April 17, 2017, 1:06 p.m.

Wallet discovered in downtown Spokane building belongs to Women’s Army Corps veteran, dates to 1950s

The effects of Isolde Zitzewitz, who served in the military for decades and attained high security clearance according to her nephew, tumbled out of a pipe in the old Macy’s …


Filipino Bataan Death March survivors mark 75th anniversary

Ramon Regalado was starving and sick with malaria when he slipped away from his Japanese captors during the infamous 1942 Bataan Death March in the Philippines, escaping a brutal trudge …


UPDATED: Mon., April 3, 2017, 7:40 a.m.

WWII vet, 102, receives high school diploma, overdue medals

A 102-year-old World War II veteran who served with Canadian and American forces and survived captivity by the Nazis has received his high school diploma and overdue medals.


Adolf Hitler’s personal traveling phone for sale

A Maryland auction house is selling Adolf Hitler’s personal traveling telephone.