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How the Last Surviving Nazis Could Be Brought to Justice

Hubert Zafke, a 95-year-old former member of the Nazi SS who served as a medic at the Auschwitz concentration camp, is the latest to be prosecuted in …

World History

Growing Up as a Black Kid in Nazi Germany

Remembering the life of Hans J. Massaquoi, who managed to survive under Hitler's xenophobic regime.<p>In 1933, a young Hans J. Massaquoi stood in a schoolyard in Hamburg, wearing a swastika patch on his sweater, surrounded by the load of fair-haired, blue-eyed kids, that you see in the photo …

Horns

Former Auschwitz medic 'with dementia' to stand trial over deaths of 3,600 people

Hubert Zafke was a medical orderly at the Nazi death camp from August 1944 to September 1945<p>A 95-year-old former Auschwitz medic who reportedly suffers from dementia is to stand trial on more than 3,600 counts of accessory to murder, according to German prosecutors.<p>Hubert Zafke was a medical …

The Legacy of a Lost WWII Bomber Crew

<i>This post is in collaboration with The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, which brings together scholars and researchers from around</i> …

New Mexico

Can we make a little room for World War II's female pilots in Arlington National Cemetery?

<i>Update: On May 11, Congress passed legislation allowing women who served as Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) during Wold War II to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.</i><p>Erin Miller describes herself as "the proud granddaughter of a World War II pilot WASP."<p>WASP stands for Women Airforce …

Military

Meet the man credited with shortening World War II by 2 years

Balme, a lieutenant commander, was credited with helping to shorten World War II by two years after he led the boarding party that raided U-110, east of Cape Farewell, Greenland, in 1941.<p>David Edward Balme was born in Kensington, west London, on October 1, 1920.<p>He joined Dartmouth Naval College in …

Royal Navy

The Japanese soldiers who cannibalized US pilots in World War II

In 1944, pilots shot down over Chichi Jima Island in the Pacific were captured and executed by the Japanese before being turned into gruesome dishes for the soldiers defending the island.<p>The U.S. Navy bombed and shelled the Bonin Islands from late 1944 to early 1945 in anticipation of the invasion …

Mein Kampf Returns to Germany

The Fuehrer’s bible of hate, banned for 70 years, is available once again in Germany. The scholarly edition is supposed to protect the public from …

World History

London's forgotten network of massive underground air raid shelters is being found again

During World War II, London was a dangerous place. Attacks by the German Luftwaffe killed around 30,000 people with another 50,000 injured and many more made homeless.<p>One of the ways to stay safe was to take shelter underground. Some used London Underground train stations, but as the bombing …

England

Ukraine (finally) recognizes the hidden genocide of the Crimean Tatars

On 12 November 2015 the Ukrainian Parliament took the bold step of recognizing the destruction of the Crimean Tatar nation by the Soviet Army in 1944 …

World History

Ann Caracristi, who cracked codes, and the glass ceiling, at NSA, dies at 94

Ann Caracristi, who became one of the highest ranking and most honored women at the code breaking National Security Agency after a career extending from World War II through much of the Cold War, died Jan. 10 at her home in Washington. She was 94.<p>The cause was complications from dementia, said a …

National Security Agency (NSA)

Remains of last U.S. sailors killed in Pearl Harbor attack identified

Almost 75 years after they were killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor, the remains of five U.S. sailors who perished when their battleship was sunk, have been identified, the Pentagon said Monday.<p>The five men, who were exhumed last year from their graves in Hawaii and examined in special military …

Military

Royal Navy bomb disposal experts remove a World War Two shell discovered in a nature reserve

• <b>A World War Two bomb was discovered in a Plymouth nature reserve</b>• <b><br>Amateur metal detector found the shell and partially dug it up</b>• <b><br>Royal Navy experts</b> …

Polish press invokes Nazi imagery as war of words with EU heats up

A popular Polish weekly news magazine has depicted EU leaders including Angela Merkel wearing Nazi uniforms<p>Relations between Brussels and Poland’s hardline Eurosceptic government have deteriorated further after a Polish magazine published a cover portraying five leading EU politicians – including …

Europe

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Facebook and Stanford officials discuss online terrorist propaganda

PALO ALTO — The Nazis harnessed the power of radio in the 1930s to reach the masses, but with social media sites rising in popularity, terrorists …

Uncovering Holocaust perpetrators where few have looked

BOSTON — With new access to archives and other primary sources, historians are supplanting archetypal images of Aryan Nazi men as the Holocaust’s …

World History