Secret Cold War chapter: 40,000 Nazis planned for war against communists

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Albert SchnezAlbert Schnez, a Nazi colonel during World War II, was the organizer of the shadow army, recruiting men and soliciting donations. He would later serve in West Germany’s reestablished military. Photo courtesy of Der Spiegel.

It sounds like the plot of a Cold War spy novel.

In the immediate aftermath of World War II, Germany was demilitarized by the Allies. But within five or six years of the Nazi surrender, 2,000 former officers of the Nazi Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS plotted to recruit a secret paramilitary force of 40,000 fighters, reports Der Spiegel. Continue reading

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Friends on Facebook track down stolen newborn

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babyvictoriaA Canadian couple “experienced the worst time of [their] lives” on Monday evening when their baby was snatched from a maternity ward in Quebec by a woman posing as a nurse, CBC reports.

“She walked calmly down the hall, wearing a nurse’s uniform. No one asked any questions about who she was,” a hospital employee tells Radio-Canada.

The police immediately issued an Amber Alert, which ended up on Facebook. Continue reading

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Pope, Netanyahu bickered about Jesus

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On Pope Francis’ recent trip to the Mideast, the Israeli prime minister was keen to emphasize the strong ties between Jews and Christians.

According to Reuters, at a public meeting in Jerusalem Benjamin Netanyahu told the pontiff: “Jesus was here, in this land. He spoke Hebrew.”

“Aramaic,” Francis corrected him.

Netanyahu stood his ground.

“He spoke Aramaic, but he knew Hebrew,” the prime minister insisted.

So, who’s right? Continue reading

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Video: FDR walks! Pa. museum gets very rare film

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In 1937, then-Washington Senators pitcher Jimmie DeShong, a Harrisburg native and a onetime Philadelphia Athletic, toted his 8mm home movie camera to the All Star Game.

He didn’t play that day but nonetheless he scored — with a very rare film of the clunky gait of the man who threw out the first pitch. DeShong’s daughter this month donated the film to the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Continue reading

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Stores near you may have gotten recalled hamburger

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Some of the nearly 2 million pounds of hamburger  in the latest E. coli O157:H7 scare may have been distributed to GFS stores in Pennsylvania, the USDA has said.

The agency’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has issued a list of stores that includes GFS, which has three locations in our region — in Monroeville, Pleasant Hills and Robinson. Continue reading

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