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National Archives unveils donated ‘Hitler album’

A photo album depicting troves of precious art works looted by the Nazis during World War II was donated Thursday to the National Archives, America’s repository of historical artifacts. The album is one of 39 “Hitler albums” — essentially a catalogue of art confiscated by troops operating under orders from…

Historians battle loyalists at Nixon library over how to portray the disgraced president

Nearly 40 years after President Richard Nixon resigned in disgrace because of the Watergate scandal, the debate over how his legacy should be defined seems as vibrant as ever – at Nixon’s presidential library, at least. The Nixon library, which opened in 1990 in Yorba Linda, about 40 miles southeast…

Nearly 4,000 WWI diaries detailing trench warfare, gas attacks and horseback battles made available online

First-hand accounts of trench warfare, gas attacks and horseback battles digitised by National Archive and Imperial War Museum First-hand accounts of trench warfare, gas attacks and battles involving horses and machine guns, are contained in nearly 4,000 diaries released online on Thursday to mark the centenary of the 1914-18 world…

Documents reveal England’s King Edward VIII secretly bugged by government before abdication

Britain’s Edward VIII was secretly bugged shortly before his abdication as ministers worried about the potential impact of him standing down, documents newly released by the National Archives reveal. Home Secretary Sir John Simon made the decision that General Post Office (GPO) officials should listen in on the king’s phone…

Restored Magna Carta to go on display in Washington

WASHINGTON — A copy of the Magna Carta, the English royal manuscript setting out the rights of man, is to be displayed at the US National Archives in Washington from February 17, after a year of restoration work. The Magna Carta enshrined the rule of law in England at a…

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