| Jul 9, 2014
| 3:51 PM
John Kalymon had long insisted that he was not a war criminal. Time has proved to be his most effective defense.
For Nazi hunters and European prosecutors, Kalymon's death outside Detroit last month at the age of 93 represents a lost opportunity to...
| Jul 10, 2014
| 2:30 AM
"Why the Germans? Why the Jews?
Envy, race hatred, and the pre-history of the Holocaust."
So asks and answers the well-known author Gotz Aly in his recent book published by Metropolitan Books, an imprint of Henry Holt and Company, and I suppose all this...
| Jul 25, 2014
| 2:53 PM
"In Flanders fields," the old poem says, "the poppies blow / Between the crosses, row on row."
And in the middle of those fields stands Ypres (pronounced "EE-preh"), haunted by World War I but also sustained by it.
Helmets, shells and maps crowd the...
| Jul 17, 2014
| 6:18 PM
After the end of World War II, investigations into former Nazis and other war criminals were detailed in hundreds of thousands of records that were unavailable to the public for about 70 years — files that finally became accessible this week at...
| Jul 17, 2014
| 7:36 PM
Don Casey has attended every annual reunion of the 238th Combat Engineer Battalion since the first in 1947. He shares stories of the battalion's battles in World War II, including its part in D-Day, the airborne and beach assault on Normandy, France, 70...
| Jul 21, 2014
| 2:09 PM
August's 100th anniversary of World War I's opening salvos prompted me to ask what can be learned from the Great War's military-directed mass slaughter of combatants. I also seek lessons in the 1933-1945 killings of millions of Jews and other...
| Jun 5, 2014
| 3:45 PM
The D-Day invasion, which happened 70 years ago June 6, was the biggest amphibious assault in history, involving more than 11,000 aircraft, 5,000 ships and 150,000 armed forces. A year in the planning, it was a great effort for a great cause: the...
| May 27, 2014
| 1:00 PM
There’s a famous quote from Joseph Stalin. When he was confronted by Winston Churchill near the end of World War II, to consider the views of the Vatican, the Soviet Union’s strong man said,“How many divisions does the pope have?”...
| May 21, 2014
| 4:00 AM
Seymour Reitman remembers the start of the Battle of the Bulge as the time "when all hell broke loose."
Reitman, 89, of Avon, was a private first class in the U.S. Army as Allied troops forged into Germany in late 1944.
But the German army launched...
| May 25, 2014
| 4:14 AM
Their memories are clear, undimmed after seven decades.
John Fletcher can see dead German soldiers stacked in a truck and multicolored parachutes dropping on Bastogne, Belgium, in the desperate winter of 1944-45.
A scene from August 1942 plays in...
| Jun 3, 2014
| 6:52 AM
President Barack Obama promised Tuesday to beef up military support for eastern European members of the NATO alliance who fear they could be next in the firing line after the Kremlin's intervention in Ukraine.
Under fire from critics at home who say his...