Sunday, July 3, 2016

HTHS Weekly: History from the Interweb #75

HTHS Weekly: History from the Interweb is a round-up of brand spankin' new history articles, selected by yours truly. Click on the link to be directed to the home site where you can read a professional being professional in their entirety.

Nazi-looted art rescued by the US military’s “Monuments Men” was not returned to its rightful Jewish owners at the end of the war but sold for profit by the Bavarian authorities, according to explosive new claims. You ain't no hero George Clooney.

Teach history with Game of Thrones to finally get children interested in forgotten medieval period, says Oxford tutor at Telegraph
Oh hey I did that too, American edition.



I've been thinking a lot about how many people are inherently racist. How the hatred or distrust of marginalized people has been passed down through generations. I'm talking about Donald Trump and his like-minded supporters.

The Israel Antiquities Authority has announced that an international team of researchers has discovered the location of a 100-foot-long tunnel that Jewish prisoners dug by hand and spoon to flee a Nazi death camp in Lithuania, confirming a long-told story of one of the Holocaust’s great escapes.



#WeAreHere: WWI ‘soldiers’ appear across UK in ‘moving and powerful’ Somme tribute at Telegraph
Volunteers dressed as World War I soldiers appeared at transport hubs across the UK on Friday morning as part of Battle of the Somme commemorations, marking the centenary of the 141-day campaign that began this day in 1916.



Battle of the Somme: Royals at Somme centenary commemoration at BBC
Thousands of people, including members of the Royal Family, have attended a ceremony in France to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. More than a million men were killed or wounded on all sides at the Somme. The Battle of the Somme, one of WW1's bloodiest, was fought in northern France and lasted five months, with the British suffering almost 60,000 casualties on the first day alone.

The warnings of the Holocaust have never been more relevant in Britain at Telegraph
Since the EU referendum result on Friday these have not been isolated incidents. There has been a 57 per cent rise in hate crime incidents according to the National Police Chief’s Council, leading to the Polish Embassy seeking reassurance from the police, and a variety of senior politicians voicing their concerns. History is the usually the best place to start in trying to understand such questions, and when it comes to racism, prejudice and the internalisation of a hateful ideology, the Holocaust is the benchmark against which other events should be measured.

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