Anne Frank is one of the most prominent figures of the Holocaust, famous for recording the daily life of a Jewish family hiding from the Nazis. The diary she kept as she was hiding from the Nazis is one of the best-known sources about Nazi Germany as well as a vivid record of her spirit and courage amid dangers and suffering.
Anne Frank had been hiding in her house in Amsterdam for 25 months before the Gestapo found her and her family. The entire family was taken to concentration camps and her father, Otto, was the sole survivor. Anne died in April of 1945, just a few weeks before the war ended.Learn More
Richard Winters was a U.S. Army officer who served in World War II, Operation Market Garden, the Western Allied invasion of Germany and in the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star on two occasions.Full Answer >
The attack on Pearl Harbor happened because the Japanese wanted to destroy the U.S. Pacific Fleet so it could not impede Japanese expansion through the South Pacific. Japan also hoped to shatter the morale of the United States to prevent it from entering World War II.Full Answer >
The code name for the allied invasion of France was Operation Overlord. Though the plan was scheduled to take effect some time in the spring of 1944, formal strategizing for this huge amphibious invasion began in 1943.Full Answer >
World War II lasted approximately six years. The war began with the Nazi invasion of Poland on Sept. 1, 1939, and ended with Japan's surrender in August 1945.Full Answer >