I’m ready for my closeup, Mr. deMille
Kyra Petrovskaya Wayne - Soviet sniper & survivor of the Siege of Leningrad, turned American actress & author
Casual reminder that the Polish threw rocks at Nazi tanks in WWII because they thought the tanks were made of cardboard.
Casual reminder that we knew what anti-tank rifles were and used them until we got counter-attacked by armored cars. Do you even history?
You tried to be smart.
Casual reminder that German Army Group Centre lost half of its tanks on the first day of the invasion, having gained a total of 0 meters of ground.
NOT-SO-CASUAL REMINDER THAT “POLISH JOKES” RELATED TO WWII NEED. TO. FUCKING. STOP.
I think this is a hang-up of the ‘huh dumb polak’ mentality that German immigrants brought with them to America.
If it’s any consolation to Poles, their WWII actions are rated as being practically superhuman and above the call of duty in the UK. I know a lot of people who break their hearts over how the Poles were sold-out to Stalin after the war and feel real shame over it.
Probably not much consolation at all, but history isn’t known for being a consoling entity.
or maybe OP read an american textbook covering world war ii
in which case the section about the invasion of poland probably read something like “the germans invaded poland and conquered poland and something about blitzkrieg the end”
Apparantly it was ‘a joke i know history STHAP’
‘casual reminder I’m presenting BS I just made up as fact in order to get on the “casual reminder something happened in history that is funny” bandwagon’
A special post today, on the anniversary of Executive Order 9066.
Some shots of the statue of Minoru Yasui that keep watch on the city of Denver from Sakura Square.
Today is Fred Korematsu Day.
FRED KOREMATSU (1/30/1919-3/20/2005) was a Japanese-American who resisted internment during World War II. The ACLU picked up his case as a way to challenge the legality of internment; Korematsu was charged and convicted of violating military orders.
Not until much later in his life was Korematsu’s name cleared and his cause vindicated. After uncovering new evidence that reports from the FBI saying Japanese-Americans posed no threat had been suppressed, Korematsu’s conviction was overturned.
In 1998, President Bill Clinton awarded him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, saying “In the long history of our country’s constant search for justice, some names of ordinary citizens stand for millions of souls. Plessy, Brown, Parks…to that distinguished list, today we add the name of Fred Korematsu.”
Late in life, Korematsu also spoke out against the U.S. government’s practices at Guantanamo Bay and other sites, saying that if we learn anything from his story, it should be that imprisoning people without charge merely because they “look” like an enemy, and helped write amicus curiae briefs filed in cases against the federal government on behalf of U.S. citizens held at Guantanamo.
General John Dewitt, justifying the internment of Japanese-American citizens during World War II.
“the racial strains are undiluted.”
February 19, 1942: Franklin D. Roosevelt issues Executive Order 9066.
The order provided for the designation of military areas (to be decided by the Secretary of War and commanders of the U.S. armed forces) from which “any or all persons” could be relocated. No specific ethnic groups or sections of the nation were singled out in the text of the order, but it stated that these new powers would serve as “protection against espionage and against sabotage”. In practice, it resulted in the internment of 120,000 Japanese-Americans, nearly two-thirds of whom were American-born citizens; smaller numbers of German- and Italian-Americans were interned as well, but no ethnic group was targeted by the government to the extent that the Japanese were.
Virtually every Japanese-American living on the West Coast was interned, while a small fraction of those living in Hawaii - just over a thousand - suffered the same fate. The justification for the executive order was practical; it was believed that many Japanese, Issei and Sansei alike, could not possibly remain loyal to the United States if it went to war with Japan. It was outwardly practical (the Ni’ihau Incident seemed to prove American suspicions), and it was deeply rooted in racial prejudice. Many white farmers were glad to see their Japanese competition uprooted and displaced; several newspapers printed opinion pieces that supported wholeheartedly the internment based on their own personal feelings toward the Japanese; the American public (including even Theodore Geisel/Dr. Seuss) generally supported the move; and the Supreme Court, the ultimate defender and interpreter of the U.S. Constitution, upheld the constitutionality of the executive order in Korematsu v. U.S. (also see: Hirabayashi v. U.S.). Camps were run by the Wartime Civil Control Administration and the War Relocation Authority; the largest of these by population were Tule Lake and Poston, but the most well-known today is Manzanar.
Some Japanese-Americans escaped internment by volunteering to serve in the U.S. Army, and many of them served in the famous 442nd Infantry Regiment, a unit that fought in Europe after 1944. Ironically, while many of its members’ families remained interned at home based on widespread racism and suspicions of disloyalty, this all-Japanese unit eventually became the most decorated infantry regiment in the history of the U.S. Army: twenty-one of its members were awarded the Medal of Honor.
Executive Order 9066 was eventually rescinded in 1976, and surviving Japanese internees received payments and apologies from the U.S. government in the 1990s. But money paid four decades later could not compensate for the time lost in the camps; the businesses, homes, farms, and other property sold last-minute at ridiculously low prices by their owners or vandalized and destroyed in their absence; and the humiliation and disillusionment at having been denounced by their own countrymen and rounded up by their own government.
|—||A phrase that was carved on the walls of a concentration camp cell during WWII by a Jewish prisoner (via funpoolparty)|
Close up photo of tied hands of a murdered Polish officer during the investigation of the Katyn Massacre; near Smolensk, Soviet Union - 1943
“Hannity also compared Ellison’s use of the Quran for his swearing-in ceremony to using “Hitler’s Mein Kampf, which is the Nazi bible.”
You want to know what the Nazi’s used as a bible? The Bible.
To be fair, most Nazis (or at least most leading Nazis) were atheists.
But comparing the Quran to Hitler’s Mein Kampf is still horrible.
No. Most Nazi’s were Lutheran and Catholic.
Seriously, what rational person thinks the Nazis were atheists? Hitler was very adamant that he was not only a Catholic, but that he believed God commanded him to wipe out the Jews.
Sorry Christians, he’s yours.
Okay, having read up a bit after my first hasty statement, you two are correct. The majority of Nazis was Christian. I had overestimated the influence of Goebbels, who was atheist, and Himmler, who was a neo-pagan. Both groups did exist within the Nazi hierarchy, and especially among the most fanatic members of the movement, but Hitler himself identified as Christian, or at least as believer in the Christian God. Most Germans at the time identified as Christian, so obviously also most Nazis.
So yeah, I stand corrected, I must admit, I had not read up on this in detail, so I confess my mistake: Hitler, as well as the majority of his followers, identified as Christian, though Hitler and his leadership group did at first aim at attempts to edit the Bible and remove Jewish elements from it (!), which obviously would have been against the ruling dogma of both Catholics and Protestants.
To be fair to Christians, there were also those who opposed Hitler, motivated by their faith, some of them dying for it.
#absolute all time fave prop poster - take your keep calms and your carry ons: this one was actually issued and used #delightful blend of crushing misogyny and unintentional kick-ass amounts of awesome LADY SPIES WHO WILL F*CK YOU UP where do I sign?? #you try to make it like ‘ladies are evil’ but the artist was like ‘hmm how about if we make it like ‘dudes are stupid’ instead