History Updates: Bernanke, McGovern, Hitler, and World War Two
In our continuing effort to keep our history and our biographies up to date, edits and updates to several historyguy.com pages have occurred recently.
The political biography of former Senator and presidential candidate George McGovern has been edited for clarity and purpose. You may recall that McGovern was the Democratic presidential candidate who lost heavily to President Richard M. Nixon in 1972. McGovern captured the imagination of many young Democrats with his strong anti-war stance.
Also edited was the biography of Ben Bernanke, the former Chairman of the Federal Reserve. Bernanke served in that role during the economic downturn dubbed the Great Recession. Updates have been made to put an ending year (2014) on his term as Fed Chairman, as well as to add the fact that he published a book in 2015 that discussed the global economic recession and the dangerous times the world managed to avoid.
Finally, we edited for clarity our page on German dictator and World War Two villain, Adolf Hitler. We realized that when that page was originally published, we left out a few items and that the writing needed some cleaning up.
There are some tertiary connections between McGovern and Hitler (and, in a very round-about way) , Bernanke. Hitler, of course, was the leader of Germany in World War Two, and McGovern was an American bomber pilot in the European Theater, where he flew many bombing missions against German forces. Hitler began the European part of World War Two by invading Poland (and we also edited and updated our German Invasion of Poland page recently), and, as it turned out, Ben Bernanke’s paternal grandfather, Jonas Bernanke, immigrated to the United States in 1891 from the Polish city of Przemyśl. At that time in history, Poland was not yet an independent nation, and Przemyśl was a part of the old Austrian-Hungarian Empire.
One of the fun things about history is how so many disparate people, events, and things are, in some small way, all connected.