Joseph Goebbels commissioned a movie, titled Titanic, that was to serve as a piece of anti-British Nazi propaganda. It was dramatized and fictionalized, but based on the same series of events that led to the famous ocean liner's sinking in the North Atlantic.
98-year-old James Benet left the United States in his 20s to fight on the Republican side of the Spanish Civil War. The Republicans were backed not only by foreigners, like Benet, but also by Mexico and the Soviet Union. After his side lost, Benet came back to a United States where he was immediately viewed as a communist.
Brits are known for having a certain stiff upper lip. Keep Calm and Carry On and such. But recently, that stiff lip has, well, slackened. Take Andy Murray, who cried his way into British hearts during Wimbledon.
Handwriting can say a lot about a person. At least that's what the French think. Others say its overblown. But according to Philip Hensher in a new book, we all seem to agree that handwriting is something that's highly personal. And something we rarely do any more.
Richard Wagner's music was widely celebrated in the United States for nearly a century, until it became inextricably linked with Nazism in the mid-20th Century. In late May, Wagner's 200th birthday passed -- and it did so with almost no fanfare.
At the height of the Cold War, a small group of Army personnel monitored communications in Soviet-controlled East Berlin. They'd send the recordings back to NSA headquarters in Washington and — in many ways, are the precursors to the modern surveillance system that has become so controversial.