Why Some Jewish People Collaborated With The Nazis

During World War II, the Warsaw Ghetto was home to victims and criminals. The Jewish collaborators who worked for the Gestapo were both.

Jewish Collaborator Police Armband

Wikimedia CommonsArmband worn by the Jewish members of the Nazi-controlled Jewish Ghetto Police in the Warsaw Ghetto.

As the German army rolled over Poland in September 1939, they drove a large number of refugees ahead of them. Educated Poles, left-wing activists, union organizers, and politically active members of the clergy all knew their names were on the Nazis’ hit list, and nobody had more to fear from the new order than Poland’s huge Jewish community.

To get these displaced people under control, and to herd them into special zones known as “Jewish Autonomous Areas,” or ghettos, the Nazi authorities reached out to some of the most reviled characters of the whole war: Jewish Nazi collaborators.

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The Atomic Bombing Of Nagaski Almost Didn’t Happen

The Nagasaki bombing, one of the most devastating acts in the history of war, nearly didn’t transpire. Here’s how and why it did.

Atomic Cloud

Wikimedia CommonsThe atomic cloud after the Nagasaki bombing on August 9, 1945.

Seventy-one years ago, the United States military dropped an atomic bomb on the city of Nagasaki, Japan. This was the second atomic bomb dropped on the country in a matter of days, and the destruction it wrought still haunts the world today.

But it almost didn’t happen.

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