Her daughter says Betty Grable has been honored to provide “happiness” to the troops

The legacy of Betty Grabel and her million dollar legs still lives on nearly 50 years after her death. The illustrious star of Hollywood’s golden age secured her status as one of America’s top pinup girls during World War II, with the military drooling over her picture guarding the trenches. Victoria Colucci, daughter of Grabel, spoke with Closer Weekly About her late mother and why the actress felt proud to be loved by the troops. “She was just saying she’s a dancer who can act,” Colucci said. “But she felt…

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13 WWII vets give advice to America’s youth

This may be a final opportunity to hear from them: men and women of grit, resourcefulness, and courage who saved the world for future generations of Americans.  World War II veterans alive today, 80 years after humanity’s worst conflict, include minority Americans who fought Nazi racism, despite Jim Crow laws in their own imperfect nation. They loved their country, and some, including civil rights leader Johnnie A. Jones Sr., harnessed skills gained overseas to push for change at home.  A number are centenarians. Many stress unity, so essential in achieving…

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Splash it or skip it?

Netflix short film Camp Secret: America’s Secret Nazis It tells the story of Operation Paperclip from a different perspective: American Jewish immigrants who worked as military interpreters and hosts for Nazi scholars were illegally brought to America not as prisoners, but to be exploited for their knowledge. Directors Moore Lucci and Daniel Sivan mix animation with live documentary footage to tell the story of two Jewish men who find themselves caught up in a moral dilemma. essence: We see reel-to-reel tape winding machine. After World War II, a secret military…

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Movie reveals affair between Auschwitz prisoner, Nazi captor

When Bat-Sheva Dagan first began her duties inside the hellish confines of Auschwitz, she was supervised by SS guards led by a young Nazi officer named Franz Wunsch. Given his position in charge, it wasn’t immediately clear why he spent so much time on the processing floor. But he’d pace the area where Dagan and other Jewish women worked, sorting through the suitcases that had been unloaded from trains bringing in tens of thousands of people to meet their deaths at the camp. Soon, however, the Polish teenager became suspicious…

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