World War II

World War II lasted a handful of years and cost millions of lives, many of which belonged to noncombatants targeted by genocide and brutal activities later considered war crimes. Use these resources to learn about the war and its many facets, including the Holocaust and Nanjing massacre. 



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North Korea has often been described as one of the world’s most secretive societies. Learn the basics about the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea with this breakdown from the BBC. North Korea emerged in 1948, following the end of the Second World War. Today, it remains one of the few countries still (nominally) under communist rule. Key facts unpack the realities of everyday life inside North Korea.

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This video highlights the history, content, and ongoing significance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the UDHR. The document serves as a common human rights standard for everyone, everywhere. This video unpacks the purpose, the preamble, and all 30 articles of the UDHR. Watch this six-minute video by UN Human Rights for a summary of the UDHR.

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The Northrop P-61 Black Widow was the first American airplane designed and built to fight at night. It was a large, twin-engined aircraft with a distinctive radar dome in the nose. Armed with four 20mm cannons and six .50 caliber machine guns, the craft was used by the U.S. Army Air Force in the European and Pacific theaters during World War II. The Black Widow was a very effective night fighter, and it is credited with shooting down hundreds of enemy aircraft. This two-part series explores the history of one of the US military's most iconic aircraft.

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