On the eve of the second world war, Germany, Italy, and Japan signed a three-way pact to oppose their mutual enemies. These five goos repesent some of the best and worst people associated with the Axis side of the war.



Salvo D'Acquisto

publication date: Friday, November 1, 2013

category: Humanitarianism

clue: When his nation switched sides, this soldier made a saintly sacrifice to prevent Germans from executing 22 of his countrymen.

explanation: Italian soldier D'Acquisto confessed to a bombing that he did not commit so that Germans would execute him instead of 22 civilians that they suspected. He is on track to be beatified by the Catholic Church. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Chris Lemler, and Mike Rothstein


Hiroo Onoda

publication date: Thursday, October 31, 2013

category: Records

clue: The last native Japanese soldier to give up the war now has a home in Brazil.

explanation: Onoda continued fighting the war alone on a Pacific Island for almost thirty years before discovered. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Mike Rothstein, and Elaine Beckland


Koko Kondo

publication date: Wednesday, October 30, 2013

category: Humanitarianism

clue: Pearl Buck and Ralph Edwards have this hibakusha in common.

explanation: Kondo was an anti-war advocate who survived the atomic blast at Hiroshima (the term "hibakusha" describes these survivors). She lived with Buck in America, and appeared on Edwards's television program This is Your Life. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, and Richard Slominsky


Otto Skorzeny

publication date: Tuesday, October 29, 2013

category: Military

clue: This scar-faced German gained fame for liberating another nation's leader from captivity.

explanation: Skorzeny led an operation that freed Benito Mussolini. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Matthew Preston, Mike Rothstein, Erik Bates, and Elaine Beckland


Amon Goeth

publication date: Monday, October 28, 2013

category: Crime

clue: As many as twelve thousand prisoners died in his concentration camp at Plaszów, many shot by him personally from his balcony.

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Matthew Preston, Mike Rothstein, Erik Bates, and Elaine Beckland

trivia: The source photo is an action figure made in Goeth's likeness, though the resemblance is closer to Ralph Fiennes in character as Goeth in Schindler's List.


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