By Michael D. Hull After six years of global destruction, suffering, and death, World War II was almost over in the Spring of 1945. Much of Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy lay under rubble, dictators Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini were dead, and a sinister collection of top Axis henchmen were in custody, awaiting Allied justice as war criminals. After mourning the estimated 50 million dead of World War II, the liberating nations rejoiced. Flags fluttered brightly from windows as


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