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Inside Shark Island, Germany’s First Concentration Camp — Used Decades Before The Holocaust

Inside Shark Island, Germany’s First Concentration Camp — Used Decades Before The Holocaust

From 1904 to 1908, more than 80 percent of Namibia’s Herero people and 50 percent of its Nama people were killed by German forces in a genocide carried out in concentration camps like the one on Shark Island.
From Hollywood Starlet To Cloistered Nun: The Conversion Of Dolores Hart

From Hollywood Starlet To Cloistered Nun: The Conversion Of Dolores Hart

Dolores Hart was compared to Grace Kelly and starred opposite Elvis Presley, but she gave up fame at just 24 to live a monastic life as a nun, renouncing all earthly pleasures.
The Secret Life Of Roald Dahl: From Fighter Pilot To Spy To Renowned Children’s Author

The Secret Life Of Roald Dahl: From Fighter Pilot To Spy To Renowned Children’s Author

Before he wrote “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” Roald Dahl spent his 20s flying fighter jets and spying on the Roosevelts during World War II.
How Adolf Dassler’s Nazi-Era Sneaker Company Became Adidas And Puma

How Adolf Dassler’s Nazi-Era Sneaker Company Became Adidas And Puma

A bitter feud between German sneaker giants Rudolf and Adolf Dassler saw that their company split into the two behemoths we know today.
The Legend Of The French Heiress Lost At Sea And Found On The Throne Of The Ottoman Empire

The Legend Of The French Heiress Lost At Sea And Found On The Throne Of The Ottoman Empire

When Aimée du Buc de Rivéry disappeared at the end of the 18th century, people speculated that she may have somehow become the Sultana Valide of the Ottoman Empire. But could this be true?
Who Was The Man In The Iron Mask, The Anonymous 17th-Century French Prisoner?

Who Was The Man In The Iron Mask, The Anonymous 17th-Century French Prisoner?

Even after his death, the government took great care to hide the identity of the Man in the Iron Mask. His clothes were promptly burned at dawn and his cell was immediately scraped and whitewashed.
Meet Madame De Montespan, The Unofficial ‘Queen Of Versailles’ Dethroned By Rumors Of Infanticide

Meet Madame De Montespan, The Unofficial ‘Queen Of Versailles’ Dethroned By Rumors Of Infanticide

The Marquise de Montespan had the heart of the king, but it was rumored that she'd used black magic to get it.
The Full Story Of Judy Garland’s Death — And Her Tragic Final Days

The Full Story Of Judy Garland’s Death — And Her Tragic Final Days

When Judy Garland died of a drug overdose after struggling with addiction at age 47 in 1969, many were sad but few were surprised. Unfortunately, how she died was all too similar to how she lived.
Meet Darya Saltykova, The Russian Blood Countess Who Slaughtered 138 Of Her Serfs For Fun

Meet Darya Saltykova, The Russian Blood Countess Who Slaughtered 138 Of Her Serfs For Fun

It was said Darya Saltykova flayed her young servants, poured boiling water on them, and even trampled the belly of one who was pregnant.
Inside Slavutych, The Eerie Soviet City Built To House The Survivors Of Chernobyl

Inside Slavutych, The Eerie Soviet City Built To House The Survivors Of Chernobyl

Constructed from scratch 30 years ago, Slavutych was intended to be a "paradise" after the infamous nuclear disaster — but it hasn't exactly worked out as planned.
How French ‘Casket Girls’ Were Forced Into The New World To ‘Tame’ The Male Settlers

How French ‘Casket Girls’ Were Forced Into The New World To ‘Tame’ The Male Settlers

In the 1700s, there were too many men and not enough women in France's Louisiana territory. So King Louis XIV devised a "solution."