| Nov 4, 2013
| 6:12 PM
LONDON — The elderly gentleman appeared nervous when authorities questioned him during a customs check aboard a train from Switzerland to Germany. He was carrying about $12,000 in cash, just within the legal limit.
But a feeling that something was...
| Nov 4, 2013
| 7:12 AM
On June 10, 1861, Union and Confederate forces lined up against each other in the Battle of Big Bethel, the first planned engagement of the Civil War. Led by Maj. Gen. Benjamin F. Butler for the North, and Col. John Bankhead Magruder for the South, the...
| Nov 3, 2013
| 8:06 PM
It could be said that Des Plaines resident Frank Andrews, 94, an Army World War II veteran, is a patient man.
After all, he waited 68 years to receive the medals he earned during his service that included his actions on Omaha Beach on D-Day and later in...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 1:14 PM
A German historian has found conclusive proof that Nazi Gestapo chief Heinrich Mueller died in the final days of World War II and was buried in a mass grave in a Jewish cemetery in Berlin, the German daily Bild reported Thursday.
The research carried...
| Nov 15, 2013
| 7:00 AM
More than 3 million Jews lived in pre-World War II Poland, making up 10% of the population. Today, the Jewish population is at best a tenth of a percent of what it was in 1939. Yet the world is not devoid of Polish Jews. As noted by Louise Steinman in...
| Nov 16, 2013
A few years ago my husband and I were visiting the Great Synagogue in Rome, built in 1870 to encompass the 2000 year heritage of Italian Jews. The synagogue houses a museum with one of the largest collections of Jewish artifacts in Europe.
| Nov 14, 2013
| 3:25 PM
"Aftermath" is a bombshell disguised as a thriller. Its devastating story involves Jews and the Holocaust, yet not a single Jewish character appears on-screen. Instead there are only Poles, grappling to different degrees with a history that is as...
| Nov 8, 2013
| 6:02 PM
Each week we bring you the very best in visual journalism. One of the strongest storms ever recorded battered the central Philippines, ripping off rooftops, knocking out power and communications and forcing hundreds of thousands of people from their...
| Nov 13, 2013
| 8:39 AM
Monday was a special day for Patrick Granahan —it was the former World War II sergeant’s 90th birthday, and it was Veteran’s Day.
The Elmhurst resident celebrated at a Culver’s Restaurant in Lombard, where he graciously accepted...
| Nov 13, 2013
| 7:44 AM
Holocaust survivors in South Florida are protesting the choice of an Allianz of America lobbyist as the recipient of an award from The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous at a dinner next month in New York City.
David Schaecter, 84, of Miami, president...
| Oct 28, 2013
| 9:16 AM
A century after Newport News shipbuilders laid its keel on Oct. 27, 1913, the mighty battleship USS Pennsylvania is largely forgotten.
But in its day the 31,400-ton warhorse represented a critical milestone for the increasingly capable yard -- where...