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German bishop apologizes for Catholic abuses

by Kent Covington
Posted 9/26/18, 11:21 am

A top German bishop has apologized for thousands of sexual abuse cases that took place inside the Catholic Church there. “I’m ashamed for so many looking away, not wanting to recognize what happened and not helping the victims,” Cardinal Reinhard Marx, head of the German Bishops Conference, told reporters. “That goes for me as well.” A devastating report released Tuesday concluded that clergy members abused nearly 4,000 people between 1946 and 2014. The report found that more than half of the victims were age 13 or younger and most were boys.

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Meth-fueled war

Books | The pill-popping Nazi Germany invaders of France
by Norman Ohler
Posted 9/22/18, 08:32 am

Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich is Norman Ohler’s tautly written account, based on previously overlooked documents, of how drugs fueled Adolf Hitler’s rapid rise during the 1930s and sensational fall during the second half of World War II. Among the conclusions: Methamphetamines distributed to thousands of soldiers made possible the blitzkrieg that killed France in 1940. Hitler became dependent on a witch’s cornucopia of heroin and other drugs during World War II.

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WWII’s winners and losers

Books | A moral appraisal of the 20th century’s greatest conflict
by Victor Davis Hanson
Posted 9/08/18, 01:09 pm

If you read only one new book on the greatest conflict of the last century, Victor Davis Hanson’s The Second World Wars—plural—should be it. It made our 2017 Books of the Year short list in the History category because Hanson’s expertise about both ancient Greece and modern war allowed him present a comprehensive look at wars against Germany and Japan on land, at sea, and in the air that were largely distinct.

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