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Did eight Jesuit priests survive the nuking of Hiroshima without serious injury?

Yes, they survived the blast. No, their survival was not unexplainable. The Jesuits are at two locations: They reside at Novitiate of the Society of Jesus in Nagatsuke two kilometers from the edge of ...
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Did Obama defy precedent by not visiting the D-Day monument?

No, he did not. Snopes says: In fact, any public presidential activity paying tribute to fallen U.S. and Allied soldiers on the anniversary of D-Day has been an exception rather than the rule in ...
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Did Obama defy precedent by not visiting the D-Day monument?

The daily schedules of past US presidents are, in many cases, publicly available. So just for completeness, let's try to collect a list of what the sitting President was doing on June 6 of every year....
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Did the Allies reverse the threads on secret microfilm-hiding buttons to thwart the Germans?

This claim appears to have been distorted from an original about hidden compasses, not microfilm. The compass version has been confirmed by the British Military intelligence officer responsible, ...
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Does the "survivorship bias" airplane diagram come from World War II research on returning war planes?

You can just look at the Wikipedia page for the very same image, and find the following information: Description English: Illustration of hypothetical damage pattern on a WW2 bomber. Based on a ...
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Did WWII Japanese soldiers engage in cannibalism of their enemies?

I'd like to note that this answer contains mentions of particular instances of cannibalism, and while no unnecessary details have been included, it may still be upsetting to some people. Yes, ...
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Was the German V2 rocket the only weapon whose production killed more than its use?

Q.1: This struck me as a fairly extreme claim. Is it true that the V2 production killed more than its use? In all likelihood, yes. The director of the Mittelbau-Dora commemoration site is quoted ...
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Did Truman say this about helping whichever of Germany and Russia were losing during the war?

Yes, in so far as he allegedly told these lines a reporter from the New York Times and was then quoted in that way in the New York Times. The sought snippet reads as (image slightly manipulated to ...
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Did a million Germans die after World War 2 in "Eisenhower's death camps"?

Most likely, no: that number is not correct. The article that you link to appears to be a re-published 1989 article by Canadian writer James Bacque. In the book Other Losses published in the same year,...
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Did eight Jesuit priests survive the nuking of Hiroshima without serious injury?

There were 4 priests at the closest location to ground zero, but they were 1,400 yards from ground zero according to John Hersey's 1946 book Hiroshima . Other people (non-priests) survived being as ...
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Was plastic from a seaplane shot down in 1944 recently found in an albatross stomach?

There are earlier sources and more information about this story. The 23 April 2006 Pacific Northwest Sunday Magazine published by the Seattle Times says: Take a piece of plastic marked "VP-101&...
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Did New York Times post this Hitler apology stating Jews baited the Nazis by trying to fight back on June 15, 1934?

Thanks to Laurel for locating the original article. As we can see, the quoted text did appear in the New York Times on June 15, 1934. I wanted to point out some important context that makes the ...
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Did besieged Russians eat 'library candy' made from boiled down book binding glue?

I think the author did derive this from a real description of "candy." However, I find no support for the novel's depiction of Leningrad's books being decimated by people eating the bindings....
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Did New York Times post this Hitler apology stating Jews baited the Nazis by trying to fight back on June 15, 1934?

As the source of the image says, it’s from the June 15, 1934 issue of The New York Times. Here’s a screenshot of the article, "URGES GOOD WILL BY JEWS FOR NAZIS" by Henry J. Cadbury the ...
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Did 57% of people in France believe that the USSR contributed the most to the defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945?

Yes, it is true This document (PDF, in french) is a summary of the recent and previous polling by IFOP, written by IFOP and hosted on their website. Page 5 has the question, and a table with answers ...
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Did the Allies reverse the threads on secret microfilm-hiding buttons to thwart the Germans?

I also read almost exactly this as a child, circa 50 years ago, in Of Spies and Stratagems (1963) by Stanley P Lovell, who was the head of the US's Office of Strategic Services R&D division: ...
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Does plutonium exist in the world, apart from being manufactured?

Two billion years ago, conditions in an ore body in present-day Gabon were suitable for the creation of naturally-occurring fission reactors, based on the fission of U-235, which at the time made up 3%...
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Do only 49% of Americans know which country bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

Richard Shenkman is taking his information from the 1997 book What Americans Know about Politics and why it Matters, and has corrected the statement in the 2010 version of his book. The 1997 book ...
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Did Gen. Patton say "We defeated the wrong enemy?"

It is at least an accurate paraphrase: The 1975 Bodyguard of Lies Volume II says: Patton was relieved of command of the 3rd Army by Eisenhower just after the end of the war for stating publicly ...
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Secret instructions for the German submarines for the cruise to Agartha, a hidden land in the Antarctic. Are they authentic?

No. This is at first glance a quite elaborate but then on only slighty closer inspection quite sloppy fake in all respect. Other versions of the same scam in varying qualities, click to enlarge: ...
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Did 40% of the NKVD (Soviet police) leadership have Jewish nationality?

This is an at one time accurate and still highly misleading number. The total numbers and ratios of Jews in that organisation varied enormously. While true for at 'the highest point', this point is ...
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Does plutonium exist in the world, apart from being manufactured?

I assume "the world" means Earth. It is likely that somewhere in the universe where a supernova (or a neutron star merger, see comment) has recently occurred during which the r-process prevailed, ...
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Did Germans receive corn instead of wheat and rye after WW2 due to a translation error?

Yes, they did, as far as I can tell. I was looking for references to this in German media/academic publications, but could not find much. I could however find this article from the archives of "Die ...
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Was the first German bombing of London an accident?

Yes, we have a number of reasons for believing the idea that it was an accident, based on Luftwaffe bombing patterns, the raid itself, and Hermann Göring's orders. The Luftwaffe was not trying to ...
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Do ~25% of Japanese people believe that USSR dropped nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

Firstly, the article cited in the OP itself clearly says that the 25% is not true: Not 25 per cent For true information, quoting Culture Shock and Japanese-American Relations: Historical Essays by ...
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Was Koenigsberg area given to the USSR for 50-year administration rather than permanently?

There is no mention of a 50-year timetable in the Potsdam Agreement, nor does there seem to be any reference to such a timetable in other the treaties related to the partitioning of Germany. From the ...
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Was the German V2 rocket the only weapon whose production killed more than its use?

Tools of War: History of Weapons in Modern Times by Syed Ramsey claims that there was a 2011 BBC documentary stating numbers of 9000 killed in attacks, with 12000 forced laborers and concentration ...
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Were the Dene people unaware they had mined ore for the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki until the 1990s?

The 1988 book The Social Dynamics of Peace and Conflict: Culture in International Security Georges Erasmus, former President of the Dene Nation, pointed out, "We're aware that the uranium for the ...
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Has destruction in Gaza thus far (Dec 11 or so) been greater than in German cities during WW2?

As there are many ways to define destruction, let's narrow it down to mean damage to buildings (we exclude damage to infrastructure, farmland, movable property, etc). Moreover, let's measure amount of ...
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