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David Chrisinger's essays and articles published in various print publications as well as websites.

Survivors gather on May 3, 1945, to salute the Allies and to remember people who perished in Dachau.Credit...United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Courtesy of National Archives and Records Administration, College Park
The New York Times

A Secret Diary Chronicled the ‘Satanic World’ That Was Dachau

For two years, a prisoner in the German concentration camp kept a journal that would later be used to convict those who had persecuted him and killed his fellow pri...

The War House

The Army Medic in the Hole

“'I can’t believe this is how I’m going to die,' he thought."

The body of Ernie Pyle laid to final rest
The War House

Ernie Pyle—The Original War Horse

I’m leaving for one reason only—because I have just got to stop. 'I’ve had it,’ as they say in the Army. I have had all I can take for a while. I’ve been ...

Reaper Airman
The War House

The Surge Nobody’s Talking About: The U.S. War in Somalia

“They either don’t know who they are killing,” says Abdullahi Hassan, Amnesty International’s Somalia researcher, or AFRICOM is “afraid of admitting respo...

Marine Corps machine gunner, wearing Confederate flag bandana, checking gun barrel. (Adobe Stock)
The War House

White Supremacy in the Military “Like a Drop of Cyanide in Your Drin...

Until the military knows approximately how many white nationalists it has in its ranks, the threat will continue to have a destructive effect not only on the morale...

Article by David Chrisinger published in UChicago Magazine Winter 2020
The University of Chicago Magazine

An exhibition upends traditional representations of Native American cu...

"Placing historical artifacts alongside pieces that show contemporary Crow culture "transforms the meanings of the artifacts themselves," Jonathan Lear says. "They ...