School students in Birmingham are learning about a Jewish musical prodigy from the Holocaust. Over a thousand young people throughout Birmingham are reading “The Children of Willesden Lane” by Grammy-nominated pianist Mona Golabek. It’s about Golabek’s mother.
For former state Rep. Pete Turnham of Auburn, "The Monuments Men" is not a Hollywood movie about World War II. It's part of his life. The 93-year-old businessman spent the summer and fall of 1945 guarding a Bavarian castle where the Nazis hid thousands of artworks seized during the war. Turnham was the company commander for 200 troops who guarded Neuschwanstein Castle to make sure none of the art was stolen or destroyed while experts worked on returning it to the rightful owners.
Tuskegee city officials say Lt. Col. Herbert Eugene Carter, one of the original Tuskegee Airmen, has died.
Tuskegee Mayor Johnny Ford said Carter died Thursday afternoon at East Alabama Medical Center. He was 95.
Carter flew 77 missions and crashed landed only once. The Tuskegee Airmen were the first black aviators in the U.S. military. They were trained in Alabama at the Tuskegee Institute, now Tuskegee University, as a segregated unit during World War II.
Ford said he's ordered all U.S. flags in Tuskegee to be flown at half-staff.