World War II
Discovering that her paternal grandfather had been a member of an SS-led death squad in Nazi-occupied Latvia led writer Linda Kinstler on a personal journey into the tangled and painful politics of remembrance in Eastern Europe. She joins New Lines’ Amie Ferris-Rotman to talk about justice and memory in a part of the world where the crimes of World War II are still very much present — even as, increasingly, those who witnessed them are not.
Churchill described the final triumph at El Alamein as the "end of the beginning" of WWII, with Montgomery and Rommel as its mythic figures. But piecing together long-lost secret evidence, we can see that a strange espionage affair led to both the battle and its outcome.