Obits: WWII Code Breaker Mavis Batey Rocked the Hardest Word Jumble

This puzzle box that Elizabeth and Philip are fretting over is an enigma code breaking machine, and is probably pretty similar to a device used by the late Mavis Batey, one of Britain's only female code breakers during World War II. Batey died earlier this month at the age of 92, but her efforts at unscrambling the… » 11/24/13 6:30pm 11/24/13 6:30pm

Osaka Mayor Offers Non-Apology for ‘Comfort Women’ Comments

Toru Hashimoto, the unfortunately loquacious mayor of Osaka, Japan, managed to keep talking long enough to apologize for one offensive comment he made about contemporary American Marines making “more use” of Japan’s local, legal sex industry to “relieve” their sexual energy, and then stand by the other offensive… » 5/27/13 1:30pm 5/27/13 1:30pm

Japan Might Rescind Their 1993 Apology To World War II's 'Comfort Women'

Japan's current Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a stern conservative and nationalist who stepped down from his post in 2007 only to re-emerge this year, might be taking back a 1993 apology that the nation issued to World War II "comfort women," thousands of female citizens who were forced into brothels across Asia to… » 12/29/12 1:30pm 12/29/12 1:30pm

Who Are The Female Firefighters In This Pearl Harbor Photo?

In honor of the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor yesterday, MSNBC posted a series of photos taken that day, including one amazing shot of female firefighters directing a hose shortly after the bombing. Many readers asked questions about the women and now the site is trying to use the power of the… » 12/08/11 1:05am 12/08/11 1:05am

Jewish Girl's Memoir Describes Outwitting Nazis

Next year the British publisher of Anne Frank's diary will release a diary by Helga Weiss, one of the few children from the Czech ghetto of Terezin who survived Auschwitz. Weiss, who grew up to be an internationally known artist, was confronted by Josef Mengele in the camps, but managed to save herself and her mother… » 10/17/11 10:40am 10/17/11 10:40am

Coco Chanel Was Allegedly A Nazi Spy

A new biography of Coco Chanel sheds more light on her wartime activities, and the house of Chanel seems to be bracing itself for backlash. What was ol' Gabrielle up to during World War II? Palling around with Nazis at the Ritz, basically — but the house of Chanel is denying that its founder and namesake spied for the… » 8/18/11 2:00pm 8/18/11 2:00pm

French Resistance Hero Nancy Wake Dies At 98

Today in "ladies we probably should have learned about in history class," we have Nancy Wake, a freelance journalist turned high-society hostess turned decorated French resistance hero, who died last Sunday in London at 98. During World War II, Wake escorted hundreds of Allied troops through occupied France, helped… » 8/14/11 8:02pm 8/14/11 8:02pm