World War II http://news.stlpublicradio.org en 'Alex's Wake' Author Shares Story Of Ill-Fated MS St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/alexs-wake-author-shares-story-ill-fated-ms-st-louis <p>Author Martin Goldsmith is no stranger to St. Louis: Not only was he born here, but his mother was a longtime violinist with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. But it was a different St. Louis and a different family connection that recently caught his attention.</p><p>In <a href="http://www.alexswakebook.com/" target="_blank">“Alex’s Wake: A Voyage of Betrayal and Journey of Remembrance,”</a> Goldsmith traces the journey of his grandfather, Alex Goldschmidt, and uncle, Helmut Goldschmidt, Jewish refugees who tried to escape Nazi Germany aboard the MS St. Louis.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 19:36:22 +0000 Erica Smith 38087 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org 'Alex's Wake' Author Shares Story Of Ill-Fated MS St. Louis Missouri Veterans Remember D-Day And Final Months Of War In Europe http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-veterans-remember-d-day-and-final-months-war-europe <p>Friday marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 1944. On that day, Allied forces began the push to end the European front of World War II by landing in Normandy, France. Thousands died that day. Those that survived are now in their 90s.</p><p>Two St. Louis area veterans, Clem Igel and Harris Gerhard, shared their stories on Thursday's <em>St. Louis on the Air. </em>The show also included George Despotis, who is collecting the oral histories of World War II veterans. Jefferson City veteran Richard Gibbler spoke with Marshall Griffin about his experiences.</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 21:22:52 +0000 Camille Phillips & Marshall Griffin 36761 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Veterans Remember D-Day And Final Months Of War In Europe New Book, Film Commemorate 70th Anniversary Of D-Day http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/new-book-film-commemorate-70th-anniversary-d-day <p>This Friday will mark the 70<sup>th</sup> anniversary of D-Day: the day 160,000 Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy, France, in a bid to invade Nazi-controlled territory on the western front. More than 9,000 Allied soldiers died that day in a battle that paved the way for Nazi surrender the following year. Many civilians and Resistance fighters were also involved.</p><p><strong>D-Day: Normandy 1944</strong></p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 21:35:07 +0000 Camille Phillips 36650 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org New Book, Film Commemorate 70th Anniversary Of D-Day Author Discussion: 'Mission at Nuremberg' http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/author-discussion-mission-nuremberg <p>At the close of World War II, Adolph Hitler committed suicide rather than face a world not shaped to his liking. So too did high-ranking Nazi officials Joseph Goebbel and Heinrich Himmler. But 23 of the leaders of the Third Reich remained alive to face justice for their crimes.</p><p>From November 1945 to October 1946, the world watched as the Allied forces tried 21 of those leaders for war crimes and crimes against humanity. In the background, unnoticed by most, was an army chaplain from St. Louis named Henry Gerecke.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:58:55 +0000 Camille Phillips 35121 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Author Discussion: 'Mission at Nuremberg' Reflection On A Pastor Who Ministered To Nazis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/reflection-pastor-who-ministered-nazis <p>When I saw that Tim Townsend had written a book centered on the Lutheran chaplain at the Nuremberg trials, I knew I would read it.</p><p>The Rev. Henry Gerecke ended his career in Chester, Ill. There he was assistant pastor of St. John Lutheran Church and the chaplain at the state prison and mental hospital. I graduated from the church’s grade school and relatives work at that prison.</p><p>But I have no personal memory of Gerecke. He died the year before we moved from the farm into town. And when we lived on the farm, we went another direction to church.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 02:43:38 +0000 Donna Korando 34576 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Reflection On A Pastor Who Ministered To Nazis Remembering The Battleship USS Missouri http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/remembering-battleship-uss-missouri <p>On January 29, 1944, the USS Missouri (BB-63) launched into the sea for the first time, the last battleship of her kind ever built. Harry S. Truman was a senator at the time, and his daughter Margaret christened the ship.</p><p>To mark the 70<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the Missouri, <em>St. Louis on the Air</em> host Don Marsh spoke with Michael Carr, president and COO of the USS Missouri Memorial Association and two St. Louis area residents who served aboard the ship. He also spoke with former U.S. Senator and First Lady of Missouri Jean Carnahan about the historic ship's silver.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 22:28:30 +0000 Camille Phillips 33179 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Remembering The Battleship USS Missouri Shutdown Doesn't Stop Missouri Veterans From Visiting WWII Memorial http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/shutdown-doesnt-stop-missouri-veterans-visiting-wwii-memorial <p>On day two of the government shutdown, it continues to cause headaches, including for a group of Missouri and Kansas veterans that flew to Washington.&nbsp;</p><p>The nonprofit Heartland Honor Flight organized the trip and the closed National World War II Memorial was the first stop Wednesday. The group was met by many Missouri and Kansas lawmakers, who helped them get inside the memorial where barriers had been set up.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 21:25:20 +0000 Bill Raack & The Associated Press 30363 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Shutdown Doesn't Stop Missouri Veterans From Visiting WWII Memorial Navigator Flies Again, 68 Years After Final Mission http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/navigator-flies-again-68-years-after-final-mission <p>In September 1944, just nine days before his 23rd birthday, <a href="http://www.388bg.info/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&amp;id=388-I-NIC04-02&amp;dataType=Person">1st&nbsp;Lt. Don Nicholson</a> boarded the B-17 bomber known as “Little Chum” for a run over Germany. It was his <a href="http://www.388bg.info/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&amp;id=388-M196&amp;dataType=Mission">26th mission</a> navigating the plane referred to as the "flying fortress."</p> Tue, 09 Oct 2012 11:25:00 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 5166 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Navigator Flies Again, 68 Years After Final Mission