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    Cultural history of World War II

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    • Attacks on places of worship during World War II

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    • Culture in German occupied Belgium during World War II

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    • Entertainments National Service Association personnel

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    • Events cancelled due to World War II

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    • World War II fiction

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    • Home front during World War II

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    • World War II poems

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    • Ruined churches of World War II

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    • Sociology of World War II

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    • Songs of World War II

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    • Vichy France in fiction

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    • 1943 steel cent

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      1943 steel cent refers to a U.S. one-cent coin that was struck in steel due to wartime shortages of copper. The Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco mints each produced these 1943 Lincoln cents. The unique composition of the coin (low-grade steel coated with zinc, instead of the usual bronze composition) has led to ... Read »


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    • 2012 Munich artworks discovery

    • In February 2012, the District Prosecutor of Augsburg confiscated 121 framed and 1,285 unframed artworks found in an apartment in Schwabing, Munich in the course of an investigation into possible tax evasion. The apartment was rented to Cornelius Gurlitt, the son of celebrated art historian and dealer Hildebrand Gurlit ... Read »


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    • Art and World War II

    • War is a common theme in art and has inspired great works of art. Throughout history, most representations of war depict military achievements and often show significant battle scenes. However, in the 19th century a “turn” in the visual representation of war became noticeable. Artists started to show the disa ... Read »


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    • Art theft and looting during World War II

    • Art theft and looting occurred on massive scale during World War II. It originated with the policies of the Axis countries, primarily Nazi Germany and Japan, which systematically looted occupied territories. Near the end of the war the Soviet Union, in turn, began looting reclaimed and occupied territories. Although t ... Read »


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    • Association football during World War II

    • When World War II was declared in 1939, it had a negative effect on association football; competitions were suspended and players signed up to fight, resulting in the deaths of many players. The Republic of Austria had ceased to exist with the Anschluss in 1938 and the Austrian league had become a part of the Germ ... Read »


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    • List of footballers killed during World War II

    • Many former professional and top-level footballers lost their lives during World War II. These include: ... Read »


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    • The Black Book

    • The Sonderfahndungsliste G.B. ("Special Search List Great Britain") was a secret list of prominent British residents to be arrested, produced in 1940 by the SS as part of the preparation for the proposed invasion of Britain codenamed Unternehmen Seelöwe (Operation Sea Lion). After the war, the list became known as T ... Read »


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    • Entertainments National Service Association

    • The Entertainments National Service Association or ENSA was an organisation set up in 1939 by Basil Dean and Leslie Henson to provide entertainment for British armed forces personnel during World War II. ENSA operated as part of the Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes. It was superseded by Combined Services Entertainme ... Read »


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    • Veronica Foster

    • Veronica Foster, (January 2, 1922 – 2000), popularly known as "Ronnie, the Bren Gun Girl", was a Canadian icon representing nearly one million Canadian women who worked in the manufacturing plants that produced munitions and materiel during World War II. Foster worked for John Inglis Co. Ltd producing Bren light ... Read »


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    • Four Freedoms (Norman Rockwell)

    • Four Freedoms (Norman Rockwell)

      The Four Freedoms is a series of four 1943 oil paintings by the American artist Norman Rockwell. The paintings—Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear—are each approximately 45.75 inches (116.2 cm) × 35.5 inches (90 cm), and are now in the Norman Rockwell Museu ... Read »


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    • Four Freedoms Monument

    • The Four Freedoms Monument was commissioned by President Franklin D. Roosevelt following his articulation of the "Four Freedoms" in his 1941 State of the Union Address. This was yet before the Attack on Pearl Harbor and the participation of the United States in World War II. Roosevelt felt that, through the medium of t ... Read »


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    • Fri Norsk Scene

    • Fri Norsk Scene was a theatre group consisting of Norwegian actors residing as refugees in Sweden during World War II. It was established in 1944, and was active until May 1945. The group was led by Halfdan Christensen. Among the theatre's productions were Ibsen's play The Master Builder (Norwegian: Bygmester Solness), ... Read »


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    • G.I. Generation

    • G.I. Generation (also known as the Greatest Generation and the WWII Generation) is the demographic cohort following the Lost Generation. There are no precise dates for when this cohort starts or ends; demographers and researchers typically use the early 1900s as starting birth years and ending birth years ranging from ... Read »


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    • Greatest Generation

    • The Greatest Generation is a term made popular by journalist Tom Brokaw to describe the generation who grew up in the United States during the deprivation of the Great Depression, and then went on to fight in World War II, as well as those whose productivity within the war's home front made a decisive material contribu ... Read »


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    • Informationsheft Grossbritannien

    • Informationsheft Grossbritannien, also known as Informationsheft G.B. (in English Information Brochure Great Britain), was a book produced by Nazi Germany in preparation for the invasion of Great Britain, Operation Sea Lion, during World War II. It is commonly thought to have been compiled by SS-Brigadeführer Walter ... Read »


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    • Keep Calm and Carry On

    • Keep Calm and Carry On was a motivational poster produced by the British government in 1939 in preparation for World War II. The poster was intended to raise the morale of the British public, threatened with widely predicted mass air attacks on major cities. Although 2.45 million copies were printed, and although the B ... Read »


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    • Anne Lenner

    • Anne Lenner (1912–1997) was a popular English female vocalist, singing with the dance bands of the 1930s and 1940s. She is most closely associated with Carroll Gibbons and the Savoy Orpheans, a band who regularly played at the Savoy Hotel in London; she made many studio recordings with this band. The British bands ... Read »


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    • London Counties cricket team

    • London Counties was a representative cricket side that was formed during the Second World War by Charles Jones. Upon the outbreak of the Second World War, the government issued an order "closing all places of entertainment and outdoor sports meetings". However, this was soon rescinded and there was instead an emphasis ... Read »


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    • Vera Lynn

    • Vera Lynn

      Dame Vera Margaret Lynn CH DBE OStJ (née Welch; born 20 March 1917), widely known as "the Forces' Sweetheart", is an English singer, songwriter and actress. Her musical recordings and performances were enormously popular during the Second World War. During the war she toured Egypt, India, and Burma as part of ENSA, ... Read »


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    • Glenn Miller

    • Glenn Miller

      Alton Glenn Miller (March 1, 1904 – missing in action December 15, 1944) was an American big band musician, arranger, composer, and bandleader in the swing era. He was the best-selling recording artist from 1939 to 1943, leading one of the best known big bands. Miller's recordings include "In the Mood", "Moonlight ... Read »


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    • Kunstschutz

    • Kunstschutz (art protection) is the German term for the principle of preserving cultural heritage and artworks during armed conflict, especially during the First World War and Second World War, with the stated aim of protecting the enemy's art and returning after the end of hostilities. It is associated with the image ... Read »


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    • Polish culture during World War II

    • Polish culture during World War II was suppressed by the occupying powers of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, both of whom were hostile to Poland's people and cultural heritage. Policies aimed at cultural genocide resulted in the deaths of thousands of scholars and artists, and the theft and destruction of innumerabl ... Read »


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    • Portrait of a Young Man (Raphael)

    • Portrait of a Young Man (Raphael)

      Portrait of a Young Man is a painting in oil on panel, probably from 1513–1514, by the Italian High Renaissance Old Master painter and architect Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino better known simply as Raphael. The painting was stolen by the Nazis from Poland. Many historians regard it as the most important painting miss ... Read »


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    • Rosie the Riveter

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      Rosie the Riveter is a cultural icon of the United States, representing the American women who worked in factories and shipyards during World War II, many of whom produced munitions and war supplies. These women sometimes took entirely new jobs replacing the male workers who were in the military. Rosie the Riveter is u ... Read »


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    • Ruby Loftus Screwing a Breech Ring

    • Ruby Loftus Screwing a Breech Ring

      Ruby Loftus Screwing a Breech Ring is a 1943 painting by the British painter Laura Knight depicting a young woman, Ruby Loftus (1921–2004), working at an industrial lathe as part of the British war effort in World War II. The painting was commissioned by the War Artists' Advisory Committee (WAAC), and is now part ... Read »


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    • Special Prosecution Book-Poland

    • Special Prosecution Book-Poland

      Special Prosecution Book-Poland (German: Sonderfahndungsbuch Polen, Polish: Specjalna księga Polaków ściganych listem gończym) was the proscription list prepared by the Germans immediately before the onset of war, that identified more than 61,000 members of Polish elites: activists, intelligentsia, scholars ... Read »


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    • The Squadronaires

    • The Squadronaires is a Royal Air Force band which began and performed in Britain during and after World War II. The official title of the band was 'The Royal Air Force Dance Orchestra', but it was always known by the more popular title "The Squadronaires". In 1939 the Royal Air Force implemented a plan to raise mo ... Read »


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    • Stars in Battledress

    • Stars in Battledress (SiB) was an organisation of entertainers who were members of the British Armed Forces during World War II. In Britain, during the Second World War, entertainment was considered an essential to keep morale high. In 1939 ENSA was organised by Basil Dean to send groups of entertainers to factori ... Read »


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    • United States home front during World War II

    • Home Front

      The home front of the United States in World War II supported the war effort in many ways, including a wide range of volunteer efforts and submitting to government-managed rationing and price controls. Everyone agreed that the sacrifices were for the national good "for the duration." The labor market changed radically ... Read »


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    • V-mail

    • V-mail, short for Victory Mail, was a hybrid mail process used by America during the Second World War as the primary and secure method to correspond with soldiers stationed abroad. To reduce the cost of transferring an original letter through the military postal system, a V-mail letter would be censored, copied to film ... Read »


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    • Winter War in popular culture

    • The influence of the Winter War in popular culture has been deep and wide, both in Finnish culture and worldwide. The Winter War began three months after World War II started, and the war had full media attention as other European fronts had a calm period. The Soviet documentary film, The Mannerheim Line (1940), p ... Read »


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    • World War II and American animation

    • World War II changed the possibilities for animation. Prior to the war, animation was seen as a form of childish entertainment. The attack on Pearl Harbor was a turning point in its utility. On December 8, 1941, the U.S. Army began working with Walt Disney at his studio, stationing Military personnel there for the dura ... Read »


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    • World War II in popular culture

    • There is a wide range of ways in which people have represented World War II in popular culture. Many works were created during the years of conflict and many more have arisen from that period of world history. Some well-known examples of books about the war, like Nobel laureate Kenzaburō Ōe's Okinawa Notes, coul ... Read »


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    • World War II looting of Poland

    • The looting of Polish cultural artifacts during World War II was carried out by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union side by side after the invasion of Poland of 1939. A significant portion of Poland's cultural heritage, estimated at about half a million art objects, was plundered by the occupying powers. Cataloged pieces ... Read »


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    • World War Zoo gardens

    • World War Zoo gardens is a research project and recreation of a wartime "dig for victory" garden, created at Newquay Zoo in 2009 based on those created in many a zoo and botanic garden throughout Britain and Europe during and after World War II. The gardens project won a BIAZA national zoo award in November 2011. ... Read »


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