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For love of flying

Retired Lt. Col. Bryant Smick is often reminded of the time he spent flying B-24 bombers over Europe during World War II and of the time he spent as a …


WWII-era crash victim identified

A body linked to a 66-year-old World War II mystery has been identified as that of an airman from Ohio, his family confirmed Tuesday. Ernest “Glenn” Munn was 23 when …


Voices of war: Crucial connection

Few U.S. military operations were as fundamental to the outcome of World War II – and at the same time as little-known – as those conducted by the Persian Gulf …


War on the Eastern Front

Running through the smoke of a battlefield with the German army behind him, Yevgeniy Sirokhin came face to face with every foot soldier’s nightmare: an enemy tank. The only hope …


Eyewitness to a day of infamy

There was a moment 66 years ago – surrounded by smoke on the burning deck of the USS West Virginia, while explosions rocked the ship from below – when Denis …


Remembering Nagasaki

Ninety-year-old Frank R. Mace, of Cheney, was a prisoner of war in Japan and an accidental atomic veteran – one of the few Americans briefly exposed to the deadly atomic …


Invisible Ink Hides Plea For Help From Nazi Prison Camp Postcard Writer Begs For Flares, A Camera

Hidden beneath the one-sentence love letter on the 1943 postcard from Poland, a message in invisible ink makes an urgent request for supplies and describes a Nazi death camp with …


If Anyone Noticed, You Couldn’t Tell

Here, amid the gently rolling foothills of the Carpathians and the serenity of the Slovak countryside, my father was born in 1925. Luhyna (or Legina, as it used to be …


Swiss Getting Upset Over Nazi Assertions

After months of being told their history books were wrong and that Switzerland’s war was not a good war, a truculent mood is building here that may turn the nation …


Germans Offended By Characterization

German historians and critics are furiously assailing an American author for arguing that the Holocaust sprang from a rabid anti-Semitism that was peculiar to Germany. The uproar over Daniel Jonah …


A Damning Account Of Holocaust Complicity

Daniel Jonah Goldhagen


Atomic Legacy The Bomb Irreversibly Changed Pop Culture

We didn’t know what to think about the bomb. It ended the war. But it also unleashed “The Amazing Colossal Man.” And “Godzilla.” And a Deadly, Gigantic Man-Eating Mantis! It …


Vets At Truman’s Grave Say Thanks For A-Bomb

Veterans snapped salutes and placed carnations at President Truman’s grave Saturday, a belated “thanks” for his decision to drop the atomic bomb 50 years ago. Few of the roughly 400 …


Measure Truman’s Decision In Lives Saved

CORRECTION (August 8, 1995, page B4): This is Robert O. Johnson, 69, of Pullman, who wrote Saturday’s “Your Turn” column about his World War II experiences. The wrong photograph appeared …


He Was Reported Dead, But John Carson Had To Get On With His Life

Former POW John Carson, 71, and his wife Wanda ride with the International Order of the Blue Knights motorcycle club. Photo by Sandra Bancroft-Billings/The Spokesman-Review


Celebrating V-E Day Relief Swept Inland Northwest On May 8,1945, When News Came Of Germany’s Surrender

Two stories above the factory floor in the cab of her crane, Verona Connors saw the news sweep through the Trentwood rolling mill while she maneuvered a block of hot …


Anne Frank Exhibit Coming

Anne Frank remains an enduring voice. The story of a young Jewish girl hiding from Nazis puts a face on blurred textbook images of Jews and other Europeans who died …


Never Again Delegates From 32 Nations Commemorate Auschwitz Liberation And Make A Vow

Candles are lighted in front of the ruins of an Auschwitz crematorium. Photo by Associated Press