A newspaper reported the Nazis were trying for peace in 1940.
The Nazis couldn’t stop culture, argued this 1939 editorial. Note Hitler’s displeasure with the German Nobel Peace Prize winner, which was echoed this year by China’s reaction to one of its dissidents winning the prize. Some things never change.
In 1939, homeowners decorated Worthington while Germany was blaming attempts on Hitler’s life on Great Britain.
In 1939, Germany torpedoed a ship in U.S. waters, pretty much right after they captured an American ship. But it was two more years before the U.S. entered the war.
I had never heard of the SS City of Flint, the first American ship captured by Germany in World War II. It happened in October 1939, and the U.S. did not enter the war for two more years, after Pearl Harbor was bombed. The trouble seemed to have begun after they picked up the passengers…