Posts Tagged With: WWII

Cookie Crumbles #16

Hello all!

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Linked above is a video about the Internet Archive, a storehouse of digital information in San Francisco put together by a non-profit team of librarians and archivists. They also aim to collect over 10 million volumes of physical books to digitize and subsequently store. Ultimately, their goal is to provide universal access to all knowledge. In their opinion by keeping things active and accessible to the public they are subsequently able to keep them relevant and therefore worth saving and remembering. In other words, “access drives preservation.”

If you want to check out the internet archive itself, take a look here.

This year marked the 69th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy during WWII, otherwise known as D-Day. On June 6, 1944 a group of heroic Allied troops stormed the beaches in what became the largest sea-bound invasion in history. Tragically over 10,000 soldiers died over the course of the battle. If you want to learn more about this historic event, check out this short video from the History Channel here.

We talked a few weeks ago about Amelia Earhart’s historical flight across the Atlantic in May of 1932. Recently, researchers have discovered the remains of a plane off the coast of an uninhabited island in the South Pacific what may turn out to be the craft in which she took her final flight in June of 1937. Check out more on the story here.

This year marks the 24th anniversary of the protest in Tiananmen Square. Despite the fact that so much time has passed this event is still not publicly acknowledged by the Chinese government. However, due to the rise of social media the event is still able to be remembered and commemorated by those in China as well as those abroad. This situation brings up interesting questions in regards to the censorship and selective memory associated with contested events in history. What do you think?

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Last, but not least, photographer Kerényi Zoltán has created some truly amazing work with his “Windows to the Past” series of pictures, like the one we have featured above. Be sure to take a look at some of the highlights being featured in this article from Buzzfeed or if you have more time, be sure to check out the complete collection on Zoltán’s Flickr account here.

Until next week!

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Cookie Crumbles #13

This month, we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic, which was the longest continuous military campaign of WWII. This campaign was of particular importance because German submarines or U-boasts were a major threat to the Allies’ trade routes and defense. Anniversary events are taking place throughout May across England. Check out more on these fascinating commemorations here.

This week, legislation to officially pardon the men who left the Irish Army to join the British armed forces during WWII. Many of these men faced punishment upon their return home and had difficulty finding jobs, or lost their pensions. Although most of these soldiers are no longer alive, the pardons will hopefully allow these men to be remembered with honor, instead of being ignored.

This past February, the book ‘The Secret Museum’ by Molly Oldfield was published. Covering 69 artifacts from across 5 continents, this book explores the unknown treasures buried in museum basements around the world. Read more about some of the highlights here.

Pinturicchio‘s recently restored Vatican fresco, ‘Resurrection’, which was created in 1494 is now thought to be the first appearance of Native Americans in a Western artwork. This occurrence is thought by some to be a result of Christopher Columbus’ 1492 voyage to the New World. Others claim that since accounts of the voyage were not published until the 1800s, that this could not be the case. Take a look here, and let us know what you think!

After 234 years, a famous collection of old masters is returning to the United Kingdom. Originally collected by Sir Richard Walpole, Britain’s first prime minister, the works were then sold in 1779 to Catherine the Great to pay off debts after his death. Currently on loan from museums and galleries in Russia and America, the exhibition at Houghton Hall (the original home of the works) will take place from May 17th until September 29th, 2013. Read all about it here.

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Last but not least, here’s a hilarious link that covers Art History as explained by Beyoncé lyrics.

Until next week!

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Cookie Crumbles #12

Hello all!

There have been a couple interesting stories in the news this week. First off, we’ve linked below an article and short clip from the BBC on the recent discovery of a Dornier 17 bomber plane that was shot down off the Kent coast during WWII. The plane is the last of its kind, and will be restored by the RAF.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-22380915

Next up is the shocking discovery by forensic anthropologists that settlers in the colony of Jamestown Virginia practiced cannibalism. Animal remains had been discovered previously, but this week it was uncovered that a 14-year-old girl also fell victim to her fellow colonist’s hunger. While it is true that this is most likely attributed to the harsh winter of 1609, it is gruesome nonetheless. More research is being done to find out the cause of death and the extent of community participation. Check out the article and accompanying video clip below.

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/Starving-Settlers-in-Jamestown-Colony-Resorted-to-Eating-A-Child-205472161.html

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In honor of all of the recent graduates who have finished up their degrees in the past month, here are 5 (well, 6 really) influential commencement speeches. Take some time to check out one or more for your daily dose of inspiration. Just for good measure, here’s a quote from Ellen DeGeneres’ 2009 Tulane speech:

“As you grow, you’ll realize the definition of success changes. For many of you, today, success is being able to hold down 20 shots of tequila. For me, the most important thing in your life is to live your life with integrity, and not to give into peer pressure. to try to be something that you’re not. To live your life as an honest and compassionate person. to contribute in some way. So to conclude my conclusion: follow your passion, stay true to yourself. Never follow anyone else’s path, unless you’re in the woods and you’re lost and you see a path, and by all means you should follow that.”

And last but not least, here’s a collection of hilarious renderings of what famous historical figures would look like if they were alive today. We all know Shakespeare would have totally been a hipster.

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Until next week!!

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