He was the first hero of World War II and yet the American public has never seen his face.
In 1940, with Nazi Germany on the march, William G. Sebold, a naturalized American of German birth, risked his life to become the first double agent in the history of the FBI. Intensely patriotic and cool under pressure, he spent sixteen months in the Nazi underground of New York City, consorting with a colorful cast of spies that included rowdy sailors on shore leave, a Jewish femme fatale, high-level engineers privy to America’s most valuable military secrets, and a South African soldier of fortune with an exotic accent and a monocle… Read more >
At the height of the Irish Famine, now considered the greatest social disaster to strike nineteenth-century Europe, Anglo-Irish landlord Major Denis Mahon was assassinated as he drove his carriage through his property in County Roscommon. Mahon had already removed 3,000 of his 12,000 starving tenants by offering some passage to America aboard… Read more >
In 1941, three brothers witnessed their parents and two other siblings being led away to their eventual murders. It was a grim scene that would,of course, be repeated endlessly throughout the war. Instead of running or giving in to despair, these brothers — Tuvia, Zus, and Asael Bielski — fought back, waging a guerrilla war of wits against the Nazis… Read more >