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An irreverent, hard-drinking charmer, Sorge recruited Japanese journalist Hotsumi Ozaki as his top agent. With ties to the military high command, Ozaki passed on secrets until arrested and tortured. Sorge was unmasked. Tokyo offered to exchange him for a Japanese prisoner in Russia; Moscow said it had never heard of Sorge.

An irreverent, hard-drinking charmer, Sorge recruited Japanese journalist Hotsumi Ozaki as his top agent. With ties to the military high command, Ozaki passed on secrets until arrested and tortured. Sorge was unmasked. Tokyo offered to exchange him for a Japanese prisoner in Russia; Moscow said it had never heard of Sorge.

German Embassy in Tokyo in 1942. Left Erwin Wickert, beside him Helma Ott, the wife of the German ambassador and left the German secret agent, Adam Vollhardt, who after the war as a journalist could start for the press magnate in Hamburg, Axel Springer

Helma Ott, wife of the German ambassador to Japan, was one of Sorge's lovers. She was strikingly tall, elegant and reckless.

Chinese soldiers lead blindfolded Japanese prisoners away from the front after their capture in Burma.

Chinese soldiers lead blindfolded Japanese prisoners away from the front after their capture in Burma.

Anna Rosenberg, a former personnel consultant, was the first female Assistant Secretary of Defense. Here she is visiting US troops in Korea in 1951.

Anna Rosenberg, a former personnel consultant, was the first female Assistant Secretary of Defense. Here she is visiting US troops in Korea in

Portrait of Dr. Joseph Bell, Edinburgh physician thought to be the model for Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes.

Joseph Bell, Edinburgh physician thought to be the model for Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes.

He was a master of modern SU espionage, his network providing Stalin with secret info that could have changed the war. Born in SU Richard Sorge served in the Kaiser's Army in WWI; he left with a limp & after reading Marx, a dedication to Comm. He was a gifted actor, & his credentials as a news correspondent in Ch & Jap were believable. He warned that Germ would invade the SU & the Jap would strike in the Pac, probably Hawaii. He was ignored. Arrested in 1941, Sorge, 49, was hanged in late…

He was a master of modern SU espionage, his network providing Stalin with secret info that could have changed the war. Born in SU Richard Sorge served in the Kaiser's Army in WWI; he left with a limp & after reading Marx, a dedication to Comm. He was a gifted actor, & his credentials as a news correspondent in Ch & Jap were believable. He warned that Germ would invade the SU & the Jap would strike in the Pac, probably Hawaii. He was ignored. Arrested in 1941, Sorge, 49, was hanged in late…

You know something about them from the movie, "The Sound of Music."  Now meet the real von Trapps in 1943 after their escape...

Salzburg: Full of my favourite things

The Von Trapp family of "The Sound of Music" fame in after their escape from Nazi occupied Austria.

USSR, Autumn 1942, Gypsies prior to execution

in USSR autumn 1942 gypsies prior to their execution

A hand-cuffed Jean-Paul Akayesu, 45, entered a UN tribunal in 1998 in Tanzania, where the former mayor of Taba, in Rwanda, was found guilty of genocide. A member of the Hutu tribe, he urged local residents to murder 2,000 rival Tutsis during the Rwandan civil war. He was the first person convicted of genocide by an international court and was sentenced to life imprisonment.

Michele Mitchell is raising funds for "The Uncondemned" -- Feature Documentary on Kickstarter! In a group of lawyers and activists prosecuted rape as a war crime.

By autumn, Leningrad's connection to the Soviet interior was all but severed. Yet Red Army patrols ventured to the city perimeters, deliberately drawing Axis fire. Here a defender carries his wounded comrade to safety, perilously close to an exploding shell. Finally, in early 1943, the Soviets opened a corridor to the city at a cost of 250,000 casualties. Leningrad took its courageous place in history.

By autumn, Leningrad's connection to the Soviet interior was all but severed. Yet Red Army patrols ventured to the city perimeters, deliberately drawing Axis fire. Here a defender carries his wounded comrade to safety, perilously close to an exploding shell. Finally, in early 1943, the Soviets opened a corridor to the city at a cost of 250,000 casualties. Leningrad took its courageous place in history.

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In London, where bombings came daily for almost two months, specially trained rescuers pulled a woman from the rubble, a scene replayed every day.

In London, where bombings came daily for almost two months, specially trained rescuers pulled a woman from the rubble, a scene replayed every day.

Today in WW2 history 1/11/45 Germany sentenced visionary Helmuth Von Moltke to death. He was a German lawyer for the High Command of the Wehrmacht. In 1941 he travelled occupied lands and saw many human rights abuses which he attempted to thwart by insisting Germany observe the Geneva Convention. He wrote,"What shall I say when I am asked: And what did you do during that time? Since Saturday the Berlin Jews are being rounded up. How can anyone know these things and walk around free?"

Today in WW2 history 1/11/45 Germany sentenced visionary Helmuth Von Moltke to death. He was a German lawyer for the High Command of the Wehrmacht. In 1941 he travelled occupied lands and saw many human rights abuses which he attempted to thwart by insisting Germany observe the Geneva Convention. He wrote,"What shall I say when I am asked: And what did you do during that time? Since Saturday the Berlin Jews are being rounded up. How can anyone know these things and walk around free?"

The ill-prepared Italians suffered greatly in North Africa.

The ill-prepared Italians suffered greatly in North Africa.

Struggling with Israeli guards in 1988, John Demjanjuk of Cleveland, Ohio, shouts his innocence: "I am not Ivan the Terrible!" Though born in the Ukraine, the naturalized American denied he had been a brutal guard at Treblinka. He was allowed to return home. But recent Soviet evidence indicates Demjanjuk lied about his past, and he could face loss of his citizenship.

Struggling with Israeli guards in 1988, John Demjanjuk of Cleveland, Ohio, shouts his innocence: "I am not Ivan the Terrible!" Though born in the Ukraine, the naturalized American denied he had been a brutal guard at Treblinka. He was allowed to return home. But recent Soviet evidence indicates Demjanjuk lied about his past, and he could face loss of his citizenship.

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