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A multimedia resource on WW2 history brought to you by the award winning historian and filmmaker Laurence Rees. More about us

  • American edition

    My new book in the USA
    You can now buy my Holocaust book in America. It's published by Public Affairs in New York.

  • Laurence Rees' Blog

    My New Book
    A selection of the reviews of my new work on the Holocaust.

  • Expert interviews

    World class historians
    Many of the greatest WW2 experts in the world are interviewed at length, exclusively for WW2History.com.

  • Video

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    7:03

    Pacific

    1942

    Battle of Midway
    After the inconclusive action that was the Battle of the Coral Sea, the scene was set for an epic encounter between the Americans and Japanese in the Pacific around Midway.

  • Testimony

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    12:13

    Holocaust

    1941

    German Jewish deportee
    In October 1941, Lucille Eichengreen, her sister and her mother were forcibly deported east to the Lodz ghetto from their home in Hamburg. She movingly describes their struggle for survival.

  • Key Moment

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    Western

    1944

    Warsaw uprising begins
    At 5pm on 1 August the commander of the Polish Home Army of resistance ordered an uprising to take place in Warsaw. The fight would be horrific, with the Germans committing many atrocities.

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More information on Laurence Rees

  • Laurence Rees

    Laurence Rees is an acclaimed historian and filmmaker who has specialised in writing books and making TV documentary series about the Second World War for twenty years. In 2006 he won the British Book Award for history book of the year for 'Auschwitz: the Nazis and the 'Final Solution''. His many television awards include a BAFTA, a Grierson Award, a Broadcasting Press Guild Award, a BANFF festival award, an International Documentary Award, a Broadcast Award and a George Foster Peabody Award.
    Read Laurence Rees’ full biography

  • "Rees knows a vast amount about the Second World War and his judgments can seldom be faulted."
    Sir Max Hastings, Sunday Times.

    "Scholars across the world owe a considerable debt of gratitude to Laurence Rees for his immense and unique contribution to historical understanding."
    From the citation awarding Laurence Rees an Honorary Doctorate, University of Sheffield

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