Category Archives: German History

When the Bombs fell: The impact of wartime air raids on Kingston

The recent discovery of an unexploded Second World War bomb on a building site near Kingston University’s Penrhyn Road campus was a good reminder of how the local area suffered some considerable attention from the German Luftwaffe during the years 1939-1941. Kingston University’s … Continue reading

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Insiders/Outsiders: New nationwide arts festival to celebrate wartime refugees and their cultural creativity

German and Austrian Jews who created art while being held in British internment camps in the early years of World War Two are to be celebrated in a new festival. Details have been announced in the UK of a new … Continue reading

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Another conspiracy theory bites the dust: Hess was indeed Hess

One of the big challenges for professional historians in recent years has been the worrying growth of conspiracy theory. Questionable claims with no empirical evidence often spread like wild-fire across the internet and, disturbingly for scholars, are regularly taken seriously … Continue reading

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What have been the best History books of 2018? Some possible candidates

As Christmas approaches, various magazines and newspapers in the UK have been putting forward their choices for the best History books of 2018. The past year has seen some excellent books on all aspects of the past, ranging from reassessments … Continue reading

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The ‘Zep’ Zapper: Horatio Bottomley in Surbiton in 1917

One Monday evening in December, 1917, Surbiton in Surrey received a visit from Mr. Horatio Bottomley, a figure the wartime Daily Mirror newspaper had called ‘London’s Answer to the Zeps’ because of his powerful oratory at public meetings. With London now under attack … Continue reading

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History as Hoax: Why the TV series ‘Hunting Hitler’ is fiction not fact

I have become alarmed at how many people appear to be taking the TV series Hunting Hitler seriously. The show, which started production in 2015 and has been aired on the History Channel, has now seen three seasons, the second … Continue reading

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