World War II

  • Vladek Spiegelman Born

    Vladek Spiegelman Born
    Born in Poland, Spiegelman was a survivor of the Holocaust and of Nazi labor camps. Moved tothe U.S. sometime after the war. His son, Art, later makes him the subject Maus, a graphic novel depicting Vladek's experiences leading up to and during the Holocaust and WWII.
  • Eliezer Weisel Born

    Eliezer Weisel Born
    Romanian born Jewish-American Holocaust survivor. Born in Sighet, taken in 1944 from his, separted from his mother and sisters, and forced into work camp Buna with his father. Only member of his family to have survived the wok camps. Became well known for his writings of his accounts in labor camps. Earned a Nobel Peace Prize after writing Night in 1955. Still alivwe today at the age of 84.
  • Vladek Spiegelman marries Anja Zylberberg

    Vladek Spiegelman marries Anja Zylberberg
    Newlywed couple moves into one of Zylberberg's father's appartments before the war.
  • Formation of the Third Reich

    Formation of the Third Reich
    After appointment of Adolf Hitler as Chancellor of Germany, the Third Reich became the common name for the totalitarionism in Germany during World War II.
  • German Invasion of Poland

    German Invasion of Poland
    Nazi forces invade and capture Poland for German rule. Later annexed between Germany and the Soviet Union.
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    World War II

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  • Vladek Spiegelman Drafted into Polish Army

    Vladek Spiegelman Drafted into Polish Army
    Spiegelman is drafted into service to fight on the Polish front. Exact date is unclear. Taken as a prisoner of war for several months. Returning home after sneaking through Polish lines.
  • Germany advances on Denmark and Norway

    Germany advances on Denmark and Norway
    German forces push forward to capture both Denmark and Norway for Nazi control.
  • Wiesel Family Sent to Ghettos

    Wiesel Family Sent to Ghettos
    Exact date unknown. Wiesel and his family are transported to one two ghettos is Sighet before being sent to labor camps.
  • Battle of France

    Battle of France
    Information available here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_France
  • Battle of Moscow

    Battle of Moscow
    Soviet forces fight of German advance to invade and capture Moscow.
  • Attack on Pearl Harbor

    Attack on Pearl Harbor
    Japanese bombers attack Pearl Harbour early on December 7. Single event that pushed the United States into war.
  • Battle of Hong Kong

    Battle of Hong Kong
    Japanese forces move in and capture Hong Kong. Resulting in many Brittish, Canadian, and Indian soldiers.
  • Battle of the Coral Sea

    Major Naval battle between U.S. naval ships and the Empire of Japan. Was first time aircraft carriers were used in combat.
  • Battle of the Midway

    Battle of the Midway
    U.S. fleets attack Japanese naval fleets in first major allied victory.
  • Guadalcanal Campaign

    Guadalcanal Campaign
    First major offensive by Allied forces against the Empire of Japan.
  • Battle of Stalingrad

    Battle of Stalingrad
    Decisive battle between Axis Powers and the Soviet Union for control of Stalingrad.
  • Battle of Tarawa

    Battle between U.S. forces and Japanese amphibious forces. Result was decisive U.S. victory.
  • Wiesel imprisioned in Buna (Auschwitz III-Monowitz)

    Wiesel imprisioned in Buna (Auschwitz III-Monowitz)
    Taken from his home in Sighet, Wiesel spends over a year in a Nazi concentration camp beside his father. Given the number "A-7713", and forced into work until near death.
  • Invason of Normandy

    Invason of Normandy
    Allied forces storm the beaches of Normandy to establsih Allied control in France.
  • Battle of Peleliu

    Battle between Allied forces and Empire of Japan of Air Base on Peleliu island. Result was decisive Allied Victory.
  • Battle of the Bulge

    Major German offensive launched through the densely forested Ardennes mountain region of Wallonia in Belgium, and France and Luxembourg
  • Wiesel's Father Dies in Camp

    Wiesel's Father Dies in Camp
    Only weeks before liberation, Wiesel's father is beaten by Nazi guards and by other inmates until he died from his injuries, Chlomo Wiesel was also suffering from dysentary, starvation, and exhaustion.
  • Nuclear Bomb dropped on Hiroshima

    Nuclear Bomb dropped on Hiroshima
    The first nuclear bomb is dropped on Hiroshima, prompting the end of the war in the Pacific Front.
  • Battle of Iwo Jima

    U.S. launched attack to capture the island of Iwo JIma from Japanese forces.
  • Battle of Okinawa

    Battle for control of Okinawa, only a few hundred miles off of the coast of the Japanese mainland. Result was Allied victory leading to formation of Nuclear Bomb.
  • Wiesel is Liberated From Buchenwald

    Wiesel is Liberated From Buchenwald
    Wiesel and other are libereated by U.S. troops from Nazi camps by U.S. forces. Wiesel being the only survivor of his family.
  • Adolf Hitler Commits Suicide

    Just before capture by the Red Army in 1945, Adolf Hitler takes his own life instead of being captured by Soviet Forces.
  • Victory Over Japan Day

    Japanese representatives aboard the USS Missouri mark the end of the war in the Pacific front and Japanese surrender.
  • Night is Published

    Night is Published
    Elie Wiesel recalls his acount of labor camps as a 16 year old child. Book is the first in a three part series telling of his physical and emotional struggle with his ordeal.
  • Anja (Zylberberg) Spiegelman Commits Suicide

    After years of suffering from PTSD, Anja commits suicide years after surviving the Holocaust.
  • Nobel Peace Prize Awarded to Elie Wiesel

    Nobel Peace Prize Awarded to Elie Wiesel
    Information available here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elie_Wiesel
  • Maus is published

    Maus is published
    Art Spiegelman writes the story of his fathers endevours during the Holocasut at Auschwitz.