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.
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…
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.
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?"
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.