The Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire was the worst fire disaster in American history. It occurred November, 1942 in Boston, MA. 492 people were killed and 100s more injured. The nightclub was filled to double its legal capacity when it caught fire. It was the result of a busboy using a match to replace a burned out light bulb. The fire took off in seconds. Many exits were blocked or locked, the doors opened inwards, victims were crushed in the revolving doors. Today it's a parking lot.
On the same day they entered Belgium, the Nazis thrust into Holland. Surrender terms were being negotiated when, on May 14, the Luftwaffe needlessly bombed the center of Rotterdam, killing more than 800 people and wounding several thousand. It was a vivid example of Hitler's use of Schrecklichkeit (frightfulness) to force his enemies into submission. Queen Wilhelmina escaped to England to set up a government in exile, and Dutch resistance continued throughout the war.
Late 1930's. German, Austrian and Czechoslovakian children of Jewish descent were permitted to leave their countries and families on the Kindertransport; a train bound for Britain. These children ranged in age from infant to 17 and were placed with families in Britain. Many never saw their parents again.