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Yaroslav Hunka, right, waits for the arrival of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in the House of Commons on Sept. 22, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Patrick Doyle

Canada’s House speaker quits: What the Hunka scandal reveals about Second World War complexities

Russia seeks evidence in western countries that justifies its anti-Ukraine propaganda, and Canadian Parliament has provided it with much-needed ammunition for a tired and erroneous argument.
Lizi Rosenfeld, a Jewish woman, sits on a park bench bearing a sign that reads, ‘Only for Aryans,’ in August 1938 in Vienna. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum /Provenance: Leo Spitzer

How individual, ordinary Jews fought Nazi persecution − a new view of history

Finding the stories of individual Jews who fought the Nazis publicly and at great peril helped a scholar see history differently: that Jews were not passive. Instead, they actively fought the Nazis.
Visitors to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum in Hiroshima view a large-scale panoramic photograph of the destruction following the 1945 bombing. Carl Court/Getty Images

Hiroshima attack marks its 78th anniversary – its lessons of unnecessary mass destruction could help guide future nuclear arms talks

The United States and Russia, the two biggest nuclear powers, have no imminent plans for talks on a nuclear deal. That should change, writes a former US diplomat.
Photographer Humphrey Spender joined Mass-Observation in the 1930s, documenting British working class lives. Trinity Mirror/Mirrorpix/Alamy

‘A weather-map of popular feeling’: how Mass-Observation was born

Since 1937, this sociological project has sought to catalogue the nation’s feelings on everything from royal weddings and football matches to wars, dreams and elections.
Leo Brophy, on right, pictured in Darwin during the war. Author provided

Friday essay: Private Leo, my imaginary father

Kevin Brophy grew up fearing his violent father. Going through the papers of his war record, he began to wonder if his dad was someone else as a young man — someone he might have enjoyed knowing.
An Australian warship is seen off the coast of Papua New Guinea in 2018. Ness Kerton/AFP via Getty Images

The US signs a military deal with Papua New Guinea – here’s what both countries have to gain from the agreement

Papua New Guinea’s relative proximity to both China and Australia could give the US a military advantage in the Pacific region.
Children eat food donated by a church organisation during the great famine in the Netherlands between 1944 and 1945. Menno Huizinga/Wikimedia

Tulips for breakfast: the flower as food from the war to contemporary gastronomy

The iconic plant of the Netherlands saved thousands of people from starvation in times of famine and today it is once again appreciated for its gastronomic qualities.

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