What We’re Reading

Today we’re starting a new weekly feature on AHA Today that will highlight articles and blog posts that may be of interest to historians. Check out the articles below and find out what we’re reading.

  • In the Shadow of Horror, SS Guardians Frolic
    This article from the New York Times describes 116 photographs of Auschwitz SS officers donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The photos are unique because they show the officers in their free time, rather than working in the death camp.

  • Gems from the archive of the New York Times
    Blog kottke.org, which posts articles about the liberal arts, reports on the New York Times no longer requiring readers have subscriptions to view NYT articles online. Kottke.org has picked out some some “gems” from the NYT archives available online. We did our own searching and found articles on the AHA dating back to the 1800’s, like this article reporting on the AHA’s sixth Annual Meeting, in 1889.

  • Veterans History Project Responds
    The Library of Congress’s blog sets the record straight on allegations of “fraud” and “misrepresentation” in the oral histories collected by the Veterans History Project.

  • Podcasts
    While the following podcasts can’t actually be “read” they’re definitely worth a listen. Head over to the Chronicle of Higher Education to hear an interview with historian Waskar Ari, who talks about the long and winding road (due to the U.S. Government stalling on granting his visa) to his job in the history department at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. And check out the latest episode of Digital Campus, which comes from staff at the Center for History and New Media. This episode addresses an issue we are all too familiar with–how to stay productive as teachers and scholars in this hyper-connected age.

- Contributions by Meaghan Gay, Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn, and Robert Townsend

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