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Overlooked No More: Roberta Cowell, Trans Trailblazer, Pilot and Auto Racer

Overlooked No More: Roberta Cowell, Trans Trailblazer, Pilot and Auto Racer

Cowell is said to be the first woman known to undergo sex reassignment surgery in Britain. But after a splash in the 1950s, she withdrew from public life and died in obscurity.
Overlooked No More: Roberta Cowell, Trans Trailblazer, Pilot and Auto Racer

Overlooked No More: Roberta Cowell, Trans Trailblazer, Pilot and Auto Racer

Cowell is said to be the first woman known to undergo sex reassignment surgery in Britain. But after a splash in the 1950s, she withdrew from public life and died in obscurity.
How Crowdsourcing Aided a Push to Preserve the Histories of Nazi Victims

How Crowdsourcing Aided a Push to Preserve the Histories of Nazi Victims

With people around the globe sheltering at home amid the pandemic, an archive of records documenting Nazi atrocities asked for help indexing them. Thousands joined the effort.
How Crowdsourcing Aided a Push to Preserve the Histories of Nazi Victims

How Crowdsourcing Aided a Push to Preserve the Histories of Nazi Victims

With people around the globe sheltering at home amid the pandemic, an archive of records documenting Nazi atrocities asked for help indexing them. Thousands joined the effort.
Nazi or Hero? Historian Looks at the Stories a German Consultant Told of His Father

Nazi or Hero? Historian Looks at the Stories a German Consultant Told of His Father

A study finds some truth and some falsehoods in a prominent businessman’s portrayal of his father as a Nazi resister.
Nazi or Hero? Historian Looks at the Stories a German Consultant Told of His Father

Nazi or Hero? Historian Looks at the Stories a German Consultant Told of His Father

A study finds some truth and some falsehoods in a prominent businessman’s portrayal of his father as a Nazi resister.
Why We Can’t Foresee the Pandemic’s Long-Term Effects

Why We Can’t Foresee the Pandemic’s Long-Term Effects

The Great Depression of the 1930s was an economic downturn that became a prolonged malaise. A Nobel laureate asks whether that pattern might be repeated.
When the Mexican Air Force Went to War Alongside America

When the Mexican Air Force Went to War Alongside America

In 1945, the 201st Mexican Fighter Squadron helped the U.S. Army Air Forces defeat Japan — significantly changing relations between the two allies after the war.
When the Mexican Air Force Went to War Alongside America

When the Mexican Air Force Went to War Alongside America

In 1945, the 201st Mexican Fighter Squadron helped the U.S. Army Air Forces defeat Japan — significantly changing relations between the two allies after the war.
When the Mexican Air Force Went to War Alongside America

When the Mexican Air Force Went to War Alongside America

In 1945, the 201st Mexican Fighter Squadron helped the U.S. Army Air Forces defeat Japan — significantly changing relations between the two allies after the war.
They Survived the Worst Battles of World War II. And Died of the Virus.

They Survived the Worst Battles of World War II. And Died of the Virus.

Inside the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home was a man who had served as a jailer to Hitler’s top aide. A man who had rescued Japanese kamikaze pilots from the sea. A man who carried memories of a concentration
They Survived the Worst Battles of World War II. And Died of the Virus.

They Survived the Worst Battles of World War II. And Died of the Virus.

Inside the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home was a man who had served as a jailer to Hitler’s top aide. A man who had rescued Japanese kamikaze pilots from the sea. A man who carried memories of a concentration
I’ve Been Sounding Taps Since My Ship Was Attacked in 1945

I’ve Been Sounding Taps Since My Ship Was Attacked in 1945

I played Taps for my fallen brothers-in-arms after a kamikaze pilot attacked our ship during World War II. I now play it every year on Memorial Day.
I’ve Been Sounding Taps Since My Ship Was Attacked in 1945

I’ve Been Sounding Taps Since My Ship Was Attacked in 1945

I played Taps for my fallen brothers-in-arms after a kamikaze pilot attacked our ship during World War II. I now play it every year on Memorial Day.
Else Blangsted, Who Fled the Nazis and Found a Hollywood Ending, Dies at 99

Else Blangsted, Who Fled the Nazis and Found a Hollywood Ending, Dies at 99

A top movie music editor who worked with Dave Grusin and Michel Legrand, she was haunted by the fate of her first child.
Cécile Rol-Tanguy, French Resistance Fighter, Dies at 101

Cécile Rol-Tanguy, French Resistance Fighter, Dies at 101

Passing through Nazi checkpoints in disguise, she carried machine guns and hand grenades to members of the underground.

1945: Britain and U.S. Propose Meeting With Russia

Following victory in Europe, diplomats in Moscow suggested to Stalin that the “Big Three” powers meet in London.
Tom Moore, a.k.a. Captain Tom, Gives Britain Hope During Coronavirus

Tom Moore, a.k.a. Captain Tom, Gives Britain Hope During Coronavirus

In the space of six weeks, 100-year-old Tom Moore — better known as Captain Tom — raised $40 million for the British health service and became a national hero.

Jerzy Glowczewski, Polish Pilot in a Spitfire, Dies at 97

He fled Warsaw when the Nazis invaded, flew 100 combat missions, and made a life as an architect in Poland, Egypt and the United States. He died of the coronavirus in New York.
Tom Moore, a.k.a. Captain Tom, Gives Britain Hope During Coronavirus

Tom Moore, a.k.a. Captain Tom, Gives Britain Hope During Coronavirus

In the space of six weeks, 100-year-old Tom Moore — better known as Captain Tom — raised $40 million for the British health service and became a national hero.