Daily Discussion: For the 70th anniversary of D-Day, tell us IHC, stories of relatives who fought in WWII
I know it’s been forever since we’ve had a Daily Discussion, but don’t hold it against me. Today marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the day in which Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, France to begin pushing back Germany. Do any of you have relatives that fought in World War II? If so, where did they serve and what did they do?
In the 1930s, during Hitler’s rise to power in Germany, the above photo of a local Brazilian soccer team was taken, and those swastikas on those flags are exactly those kind of swastikas— Nazi swastikas. Because in the 1930s, there were quite a few very fervent supporters of Adolph Hitler and his plans for genocide and world domination. And these Brazilian Nazis weren’t just bad in name only, they also were pretty big slave owners— and the soccer players in the photo were slaves. Stolen from orphanages and forced to work on farms their whole lives.
The documentary will be shown in tandem with a new documentary, “Night Will Fall,” at festivals and in theaters, as well as on British television to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. Hitchcock was approached in 1945 by his friend and producer Sidney Bernstein about the possibility of helping with a documentary based on footage shot in the Nazi concentration camps by British and Soviet army units. Upon first viewing the footage, the director of “Psycho” and “The 39 Steps” was reportedly so traumatized that he avoided the film studio for a week.
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The Pacific war during World War II was a bloody, crazy mess. Battle after battle fought on remote jungle islands in the Pacific Ocean left many soldiers on all sides alone and confused. There are numerous stories of soldiers, both American and Japanese, who lived for decades on some island, unaware the war had ended. One of these men, Hiroo Onoda, wasn’t convinced that he should stand down from his post until he was rediscovered by the modern world in 1974.
While touring Europe, Justin Bieber stopped at the Anne Frank house in Amsterdam, and when he signed the visitor’s book, he mentioned that he thinks Anne Frank would have been a big Bieber fan, that is, if she weren’t blind and deaf.
In 1946, the US government set off two atomic bombs at the Bikini Atoll to see what would happen to the wildlife. (Spoiler: Turns out atomic blasts aren’t really so good for wildlife.)
Rule 34 doesn’t even come close to this. In the 1960s, as many Israelis and Jews around the world were beginning to come to grips with the atrocities of the Holocaust, one of the ways some dealt with the trauma was through pulp pornographic Nazi-themed comic books called Stalags. These comics were never on full display, but nonetheless, they became best sellers throughout Israel.