The country’s first Holocaust Museum opened in the west of Slovakia last week. According to Associated Press, it is situated on the territory of a former Nazi labour and concentration camp in the town of Sered.
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The Angkor Panorama museum has opened in Cambodia. The North Korean government funded its establishment ($ 24 m). The museum is situated in Siem Reap. The institution is dedicated to the history of Cambodia. North Korean artists created the exhibits. According to The Guardian, the museum’s personnel is from North Korea.
The remains of 511 prisoners of Transit Prison #25 are to be reburied in the Lychakiv Cemetery. In 1944–1955, the prison functioned on Poltvyana Street (45 V. Chornovola Avenue nowadays). According to Mykhaylo Moroz, acting as the head of the Department of Culture of the Lviv City Council, the ceremony is being held on the field of honorable burials #76 on Wednesday, February 3, at 12.00.
Norwood Thomas, a 93-year-old U.S. veteran, is going to Australia to meet with 88-year-old Joyce Morris (née Durrant). He fell in love with her during the Second World War. According to The Washington Post, they have not seen each other for over seven decades. More than 16 thousand kilometres separate them now, but they are planning to celebrate Saint Valentine’s Day together.
In the UK, museums are suffering because funding has been reduced. As a result, a lot of them are closing their branches or parts, introducing entrance charges, or selling some of their exhibits. According to ‘The Guardian’, this information was provided in the Museums Association’s report on statistics.
Hubert Z., 95, who worked as a paramedic at the Nazi death camp Auschwitz, is going on trial in Germany next month. According to ‘The Guardian’, he is charged with being an accessory to at least 3,681 murders. The prosecution’s office claims that although he wasn’t directly involved in killings, he worked for the structure, which performed mass murder. According to the prosecutors, Hubert Z. consciously aided to kill thousands of people even accelerated their deaths. The defendant’s surname is not given for legal reasons.
The Montenegrin government plans to convert a fortress, which functioned as a concentration camp during the Second World War, into a fashionable beach resort. The structure is situated on Mamula Island in the Adriatic Sea. Mussolini’s fascist army was keeping political prisoners there. More than a hundred inmates deceased. They were rather killed or starved to death. Now, an infinity pool, a wine bar, restaurants, a yacht marina, a spa, a dance floor, and other facilities are to be established there. According to The Telegraph, the government gave the go-ahead to the plans last week.
Krokis (‘Renya’) died in the ninety-second year of her life on January 13. She was among a few
women, awarded the Silver Cross of Merit (according to the order of the UPA
commander-in-chief, issued on July 30, 1950). ‘Renya’ was a courier, a nadraion
leader of the Ukrainian Red Cross in Rohatyn district, and a political
prisoner. The funeral service is being held on Saturday, January 16, from 11.00
to 12.00, in the chapel near the Medical University, on 52 Pekarska Street,
Lviv. Afterwards, ‘Renya’ is being buried in the Yaniv Cemetery in Lviv (around
Shin In Geun was an internment camp prisoner in North Korea from his birth. His father was sent to the camp because his brothers had escaped to South Korea. Shin In Geun was supposed to spend his entire life in the camp, redeeming his ‘bad blood’. However, he managed to flee. Blaine Harden, a U.S. journalist, wrote a book about him, entitled ‘Escape from Camp 14’. The ‘Argument’ presents the former prisoner’s life story.
Loads of tourists gathered to watch testing of atomic bombs in the 1950s in the USA, longing for shows. The museums, dedicated to nuclear weapons, are still popular now. ‘The Telegraph’ proposes to make a glimpse into the history of nuclear tourism and to learn more about the ‘nuclear’ museums.
In the USA, people demand the permission to place the remains of female WWII pilots in the military cemetery
In the USA, families of female WWII pilots fight for the right to place the remains of these women in the cemetery, where people who participated in wars are buried. The veterans served in the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) from 1942 to 1944. In 2015, John McHugh, a former United States Secretary of the Army, banned to bury them in the Arlington National Cemetery, ‘Associated Press’ informs.
France has thrown open access to archives drawn from the period, when the Vichi regime collaborated with Nazis (1940–1944). Now, citizens can freely consult the documents related to those times from the police archives, as well as from the interior, foreign, and justice ministries. Moreover, the documents from the provisional government, which functioned after France’s liberation, are also available now, ‘The Guardian’ informs.
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has apologized to the South Korean women, who were held in sexual slavery for Japanese military men’s needs during the Second World War. Moreover, Japan’s government has proposed to establish a 1bn yen fund. According to ‘The Guardian’, the money will be divided among the 46 victims still alive.
A monument to Reverend Mykhaylo Verbytskyi, the author of the music of Ukraine’s national anthem, was unveiled on December 27 in Lviv. The event commemorated the 200th anniversary of the composer’s birth. The sculpture is situated on the corner of Chuprynky, Bandery, and Verbytskoho Streets. The monument is made by Volodymyr Sukhorskyi and Andriy Sukhorskyi, according to the press service of the Lviv Regional State Administration.
In the UK, filmed messages of servicemen fighting in India and the Far East during the Second World War are to be shown for the first time in 70 years. The men addressed their families. The unique films were found in the basement of Manchester Town Hall during repairs of the building. A TV documentary entitled ‘Calling Blighty’ consists of over 600 fragments. At the beginning of 2016, it is to be shown to the veterans themselves, their families, and wide audience, according to ‘The Telegraph’.