Friend or fascist?
The Slovenian band Laibach are best known for their use of fascist iconography – but they're far more subversive than this might indicate.
Liberated prisoners distributing rice rations to campmates. Pakanbaroe, Sumatra, 1945. AWM 019382.
Courtesy of Australian War Memorial.
One ceremony on V J Day announced that the Sumatra railway had been completed, the construction of which had cost more than 80,000 lived and that 70 years later is still a little known story.
Atomic cloud over Nagasaki.
Hiroshima and Nagasaki were but two cataclysms among many: in the literal sense, they were unremarkable.
Flying the imperial flag at the Yasukuni Shrine.
Japan has never apologised for many of the things it did during World War II – and nor does it tell its schoolchildren about them.
Hiroshima, August 6 1945, and Nagasaki, August 9 1945.
From the air and on the ground: the reporters who told the HIroshima and Nagasaki stories to the American public.
The average age of survivors is now 80. In five years, very few of these first-hand witnesses will be around to remember the event. Many of their stories are in danger of being lost forever.
Tomiko Matsumoto, an 83-year-old A-bomb survivor, at the Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima.
The dogged commitment to peace that set in after the atomic bombings of Japan is in danger of disappearing for good.
The Museum of Science and Industry in Hiroshima, August 1945.
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John Hersey's article Hiroshima (1946) is seminal in historical and literary terms: the shocking realities of the atomic bomb demanded a new way of writing.
After World War II, Dr Seuss dedicated himself to creating art that would speak to a sense of fairness and justice that he believed only children possessed.
What Pet Should I Get? stays true to Dr Seuss' dedication to themes of universal appeal, and his deep aversion to prejudice.
The Nazis subjected Jews, political prisoners and other ‘undesirables’ to a range of experiments that resulted in death and disability.
The horror of the human experiments by Nazi doctors led to the Nuremberg Code but the international declaration it inspired was watered down for political purposes.
Physician Karl Brandt is sentenced to death for crimes including using prisoners for medical research.
On Human Experiments – The impact of World War II on the development of human research ethics often overshadows the fascinating history and evolution of what came before.
The Duke of Windsor inspecting SS soldiers in 1937.
Aktuelle-Bilder-Centrale, Georg Pahl (Bild 102)
Members of the British royal family were far closer to Nazi Germany during World War II than has previously been recognise, Russian and Spanish archives suggest.
Epic story of courage? Or dangerous shambles?
Imperial War Museum
For most British people the Dunkirk evacuation between May 26 and June 4 1940 was the most significant early event of World War II. And in the 75 years since those momentous events it has come to occupy…
Laying wreaths in front of the Freedom Wall in Washington on V-E Day 2015.
On Memorial Day, reflecting on the meaning of the 'liberation' of Europe 70 years on.
Queen Elizabeth will often wear a scarf with a triangular fold to shield her hair.
The most simple form of adornment – a single piece of cloth – can be a signifier of status and wealth.
Military needs drove the development of vaccines we still use today.
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During World War II the US military forged partnerships with industry and academia that translated laboratory findings into working products at an unprecedented pace.
Members of the Night Wolves visit the Russian monument in Vienna.
Herbert P. Oczeret/EPA
Commemoration and memory is being re-politicised, and this could have worrying consequences.
VE Day came after a week of frustrating rumour and failed to meet the expectations put upon it.
Discovering the other is in the Albert Hall?
Hitler died 70 years ago. Or did he?
A sign erected by British Forces at the entrance to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, Germany, 29 May 1945.
© IWM (BU 6955)
The images of Bergen-Belsen have assumed a particularly special place in British official memory. Why?