Music composed by Auschwitz prisoners to debut next week after near-decade of restoration

Music composed by Auschwitz prisoners during the Holocaust will finally see the light of day. “Orchestras of Auschwitz” will feature four of the more than 200 pieces discovered in 2015 by conductor-composer Leo Geyer when he visited the death camp in formerly Nazi Germany-occupied Poland.

Prisoners surrender in Iraq, 1991

Somewhere in Iraq, February 1991: Iraqi prisoners of war are checked after their surrender to American troops from Iron Troop, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment.

Recovering remains from a WWII bomber, 2012

Laumersheim, Germany, Dec. 15, 2012: Volunteers carry a piece of metal recovered from the site of a World War II plane crash outside Laumersheim.

Did Thomas Jefferson hate Thanksgiving?

As president, Thomas Jefferson intentionally axed a long American tradition of thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving in Afghanistan, 2015

Bagram Airfield, Aghanistan, Nov. 26, 2015: American soldiers with the 10th Mountain Division eat a Thanksgiving Day meal.

How the world reacted to news of JFK’s death, from Biden to Khrushchev

Joe Biden was leaving a college class. The Soviet ambassador was in a dentist’s chair. Fidel Castro was at lunch. Kennedy’s death 60 years ago shocked them all.

Quick Reactionary Force, 2003

Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, Sept. 10, 2003: Quick Reactionary Force soldiers load onto a Chinook at the flight line.

How a new book uncovers the lost history of World War II US troop newspapers

The story of the American military’s troop newspapers in World War II has faded like old newsprint in the eight decades since that war was fought. But at their peak as many as 4,600 individual newspapers were in circulation around the world.

From the archives, 1950: The Saga of Europe’s Greatest Treasure Hunt

International Tracing Service knifes red tape in search for children seized by the Germans.

International Tracing Service in Germany, 1952

Esslingen, West Germany, Sept. 27, 1952: Clerks and investigators search through row upon row upon row of records in the massive factory floor-turned-records room of the International Tracing Service’s offices.

JFK and his place in America’s weird turkey-pardoning tradition

Just days before his 1963 assassination, JFK spared the life of a 55-pound broad white tom, part of a long and odd history of American presidents and turkeys.

Learning convoy-ambush survival tactics, 2006

Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 1, 2006: Staff Sgt. Edwin Mena of the 374th Logistics Readiness Squadron pulls security beside a Humvee with other airmen while learning convoy-ambush survival tactics.

Prelude to Speed and Power, 2015

Ramstein Air Base, Germany, June 20, 2015: Sgt. 1st Class James Browning of Company C, 3rd Combined Arms Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, watches an Air Force C-5 transport plane taxi.

Tangi Valley in Afghanistan, 2009

Tangi Valley, Afghanistan, Nov. 7, 2009: Soldiers with 3rd Platoon, Company A, 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment set off from Combat Outpost Tangi en route to the site of a discovered roadside bomb.

Quartermaster Self-Service Supply Center in South Korea, 1958

Yongdong-po, South Korea, Oct. 1958: Master Sgt. William J. Ward of the 13th Quartermaster Battalion holds a coffee pot and a clip board as he checks the inventory.

Live-fire exercise in Macedonia, 1998

Petrovec, Macedonia, March 28, 1998: A Finnish officer shouts instructions as Americans test fire Finnish rifles during a live-fire exercise near Skopje airport.

Time to relax, 1991

Qayyaray West Airfield, Iraq, Jan. 5, 1991: Soldiers with the 1st Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division prepare to board the Big Blue Bus to Freedom.

From the archives, 1968: Traveling doc keeps ‘em smiling in combat

Three times a month, Capt. Earle Yeamans and his assistant, Spec. 5 Richard Ackley, hoist their 600-pound portable dentist’s office aboard a helicopter and head for the boonies — to add electric drills and evil looking picks to the infantryman’s normal ration of combat grief.

Dentist on the move, 1968

Di An Base, Vietnam, Oct. 14, 1968: An 1st Infantry Division soldier opens wide for his dental treatment.