History Heartwarming / WorldWarII

25th Apr '16 9:30:08 PM HK-99
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** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1d4Z0FtRI7A This was so awesome and heartwarming that Sabaton wrote a song about it.]]

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** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1d4Z0FtRI7A This was so awesome and heartwarming that Sabaton wrote a song about it.]]]]
** There's also a book about it called A Higher Call and a movie adaptation of it in the works.
21st Apr '16 12:51:37 PM Berrenta
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* Captain Laus-Dei Saxell, Finnish Air Force, whose dive bomber flight was ordered to bomb three large Russian Orthodox churches at island of Kizhi, Lake Onega, Karelia. Finns suspected the Soviets were using the churches as artillery fire control towers. When he saw the beauty of the churches from air and the intact snow around, he flatly refused to destroy "those magnificent pieces of art, faith and architecture", realized there was no Soviet troops at the island and ordered his flight to turn away. They instead found a Soviet steamer at the lake and bombed it instead. Turned out the steamer which they had sunk had been a floating radio propaganda station. The Finns later captured the island and the churches intact. When they retreated 1944, they left the churches intact. Today the island and the churches belong in the Unesco World Heritage.
** ItGetsBetter: Saxell himself visited the churches 1999 and saw them firsthand.

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* Captain Laus-Dei Saxell, Finnish Air Force, whose dive bomber flight was ordered to bomb three large Russian Orthodox churches at island of Kizhi, Lake Onega, Karelia. Finns suspected the Soviets were using the churches as artillery fire control towers. When he saw the beauty of the churches from air and the intact snow around, he flatly refused to destroy "those magnificent pieces of art, faith and architecture", realized there was no Soviet troops at the island and ordered his flight to turn away. They instead found a Soviet steamer at the lake and bombed it instead. Turned out the steamer which they had sunk had been a floating radio propaganda station. The Finns later captured the island and the churches intact. When they retreated 1944, they left the churches intact. Today the island and the churches belong in the Unesco World Heritage. \n** ItGetsBetter: Even better, Saxell himself visited the churches 1999 and saw them firsthand.
27th Feb '16 3:47:00 AM TheWildWestPyro
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** That woman was Gerda Weissmann Klein.
** It gets better. The girl and the American soldier? They got married.

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** That woman was Gerda Weissmann Klein. \n And the soldier was Lieutenant Klaus Klein.
** It gets better. The girl and the American soldier? They slowly fell in love and got married.married within a few months, never leaving each other.
28th Nov '15 12:46:04 AM morane
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** His second wife, Eleonore Katharina Schwindt, a German Catholic, was herself a concentration camp survivor and had been imprisoned by the Nazis for her beliefs.
28th Nov '15 12:39:08 AM morane
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* Captain Laus-Dei Saxell, Finnish Air Force, whose dive bomber flight was ordered to bomb three large Russian Orthodox churches at island of Kizhi, Lake Onega, Karelia. Finns suspected the Soviets were using the churches as artillery fire control towers. When he saw the beauty of the churches from air and the intact snow around, he flatly refused to destroy "those magnificent pieces of art, faith and architecture", realized there was no Soviet troops at the island and ordered his flight to turn away. They instead found a Soviet steamer at the lake and bombed it instead. Turned out the steamer which they had sunk had been a floating radio propaganda station. The Finns later captured the island and the churches intact. When they retreated 1944, they left the churches intact. Today the island and the churches belong in the Unesco World Heritage.
** ItGetsBetter: Saxell himself visited the churches 1999 and saw them firsthand.
28th Nov '15 12:13:22 AM morane
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** Algot Niska, a notorious Finnish bootlegger, began during the WWII to smuggle Jews away from German occupied areas. He was also a skillful artist, and he used his graphical skills to forge passports. His speedboat, designed for smuggling alcohol, was faster than anything the officials could set against him. Finland flatly refused to cede any Jews or Gypsies to the Nazis.
24th Nov '15 6:16:59 PM TheWildWestPyro
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* There's a story about several Jewish children and their mother hiding from the Nazis in an attic. The Germans did a sweep of the village they were in, and a policeman who disliked Jews found them in the attic. He could have earned massive amounts of money and a promotion if he captured them. But when the soldier's commanding officer called out to him if he had found anyone, he replied with a no and left them alone.

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* There's a story about several Jewish children and their mother hiding from the Nazis in an attic. The Germans did were doing a sweep of the village Polish ghetto they were in, and a Polish policeman who disliked Jews found them in the attic. He could have earned massive amounts of money and a promotion if he captured them. But when the soldier's commanding SS officer in charge called out to him if he had found anyone, he replied with a no and left them alone. All of the children and their mother survived the war.
25th Oct '15 6:56:44 AM BDasher
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[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1d4Z0FtRI7A This was so awesome and heartwarming that Sabaton wrote a song about it.]]

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[[https://www.**[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1d4Z0FtRI7A This was so awesome and heartwarming that Sabaton wrote a song about it.]]
25th Oct '15 6:55:58 AM BDasher
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* During the Battle of the Philippine Sea, American Admiral Marc Mitscher took a gamble to strike at the Japanese fleet with a wave of planes launched late in the day. By the time the planes returned from their successful attack, the sun had set. Standard procedure would have had the fleet under blackout, and left the pilots struggling to find their carriers with rapidly-emptying fuel tanks. Aware of the risk of exposing their ships to enemy attack, the admiral nonetheless gave the order "Turn On The Lights" to causing the fleet to be illuminated with flares and lights so that the [[NoOneGetsLeftBehind the pilots would be able to make it back.]]

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* During the Battle of the Philippine Sea, American Admiral Marc Mitscher took a gamble to strike at the Japanese fleet with a wave of planes launched late in the day. By the time the planes returned from their successful attack, the sun had set. Standard procedure would have had the fleet under blackout, and left the pilots struggling to find their carriers with rapidly-emptying fuel tanks. Aware of the risk of exposing their ships to enemy attack, the admiral nonetheless gave the order "Turn On The Lights" to causing the fleet to be illuminated with flares and lights so that the [[NoOneGetsLeftBehind the pilots would be able to make it back.]]
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_Brown_and_Franz_Stigler_incident The Charlie Brown and Franz Stigler Incident.]] A Nazi fighter pilot has the opportunity to shoot down a severely damaged Allied bomber without a lick of trouble. Instead, he escorts the plane back to Allied territory. After the war, the pilot of the bomber located the German fighter ace through a newspaper ad and became fast friends.
[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1d4Z0FtRI7A This was so awesome and heartwarming that Sabaton wrote a song about it.
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4th Sep '15 9:26:06 PM Quag15
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* For that matter, UsefulNotes/PiusXII. Contrary to the image as a 'nazi sympathizer', he saved many, many Jews as seen here: http://www.ptwf.org/Downloads/Did%20Pope%20Pius%20XII.pdf

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* For that matter, UsefulNotes/PiusXII.UsefulNotes/PopePiusXII. Contrary to the image as a 'nazi sympathizer', he saved many, many Jews as seen here: http://www.ptwf.org/Downloads/Did%20Pope%20Pius%20XII.pdf
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