Today in History for September 12th

Highlights of this day in history: America faces the aftermath of the Sept. 11th attacks; Nazis rescue Italy’s Mussolini; JFK confronts critics of his religion; Student leader Steven Biko killed in South Africa; Singer Johnny Cash dies. (Sept. 12)

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Polish and German heads of state commemorate WWII 80th anniversary | AFP

The Polish and German Presidents, Andrzej Duda and Frank Walter Steinmeier, together commemorate the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the Second World War in Wielun, the first city bombed by Nazis on 1 September 1939.

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Today in History for August 23rd

Highlights of this day in history: Nazis and Soviets sign a non-aggression pact on eve of World War II; Sacco and Vanzetti executed; Defrocked priest John Geoghan killed; Movie star Rudolph Valentino and Broadway’s Oscar Hammerstein die. (Aug. 23)

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The Bootcamp Where Students Are Trained To Be Pro-Life Foot Soldiers

The circle of students sat quietly, scribbling down answers to the prompt they’d just been given: “Write down three similarities between the Holocaust and abortion.”

After a minute or two, they launched into discussion. Innocent people were, and are, being killed, they said. The Nazis discriminated against the Jews, just as “the unborn” face discrimination today. Bystanders aren’t doing enough to stand up against injustice.

Sarah Ruiz, the Texas A&M University senior leading the group, added another idea. Sometimes, she said, people who support abortion rights will say they wouldn’t get an abortion but they don’t want to stop anyone else from getting one.

“You can draw parallels … to slavery, to child abuse, to animal cruelty,” she told her students, as other clusters of students debated the same topic nearby. “‘Well, I wouldn’t kill my neighbor. But what you do is up to you. I wouldn’t beat my child. But what you do is up to you. I don’t like slavery, don’t own a slave.’

“You can plug in literally anything into that.”

As Ruiz spoke, her voice soft and solemn, her pupils nodded along, their faces determined. This was, after all, very serious business: If they could convince someone that abortion in the United States is a holocaust, they might be able to keep them from getting one — and save a life.

Welcome to pro-life boot camp.

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Malick’s “A Hidden Life” questions political climate, says star

German actor August Diehl, the star of Terrence Malick’s World War II drama, “A Hidden Life”, about an Austrian conscientious objector guillotined by the Nazis in 1943, says he hopes the film would inspire people to question the current European political climate, rather than “jumping on a train heading in the wrong direction.”

Today in History for May 10th

Highlights of this day in history: A golden spike completes America’s first transcontinental railroad; Nazis burn books in Germany; Rudolf Hess parachutes into Scotland; Nelson Mandela takes office in S. Africa; U2’s frontman Bono born. (May 10)

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