Category Archives: History

Al Capone’s first Chicago home—a historical landmark, or at least it should be

In the deep south side of Chicago lay a red brick house that today is used as a two-flat home. It’s in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood, just between the I-90 and the I-94, about 11 miles south from the … Continue reading

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The celebrities of Mount Carmel Cemetery

About 20 miles west of Chicago, in Hillside, IL, lies a huge plot of land. It’s Mount Carmel Cemetery and it’s the final resting place of many famous characters whom most of us know from history and through numerous books, … Continue reading

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Kidnapping of Estonian officer is political – as is everything related to Russia

On 5 September, operatives of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) illegally entered the territory of the Republic of Estonia, a member of NATO and the European Union, and kidnapped by force an officer of the Internal Security Service (ISS) … Continue reading

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The Cold War hasn’t gone anywhere

In 1946, the author, George Orwell, wrote that Russia had “began to make a ‘cold war’ on Britain and the British Empire.” To add to this, Bernard Baruch said a year later, “we are today in the midst of a … Continue reading

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Jewish soldiers buried in Normandy, at Colleville-sur-Mer

In the recent days—on and around the 70th anniversary of D-Day—hundreds of people have reached my blog looking for the answer to the question, how many Jewish soldiers were buried at the American cemetery in Normandy, at Colleville-sur-Mer, just next … Continue reading

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To the men who won our freedom

Tonight 70 years ago, at the very early hours of June 6, 1944, over 150,000 men were deployed on a mission that to this day is considered the largest seaborne invasion in history. And despite the hardships before and after … Continue reading

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The Clutter house—probably the most famous murder house in America

On November 15, 1959, Richard Hickock and Perry Smith broke into a house in Holcomb, KS. They were looking for a safe that was supposedly filled with money. Unfortunately for them, they never found it—mainly because it didn’t exist. That … Continue reading

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The Chicago streetcar—a piece of history

When the communists of the Chicago municipality started digging up my main street to work on its streetscape—that means, building pedestrian islands in the middle of the road every few hundred feet and in the process changing a four-lane street … Continue reading

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January 27, 1945. Holocaust Remembrance Day

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Remembering a great man, 50 years later

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