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Why France's World War II defense failed so miserably

The country capitulated just six weeks after Hitler's land invasion began on May 10, 1940.<p>France had a system of defense, built in the more than ten years leading up to 1939, but it failed miserably.<p>The problem was that Maginot Line, a great line of fortifications that spanned France's borders with …

World History

Survivors mark 70th anniversary of the liberation of Buchenwald | DW | 11.04.2015

Around 80 former inmates of Buchenwald near Weimar in eastern Germany gathered in the main square of the camp on Saturday to mark their liberation by …

World War II History

Gandhi's 1940 letter to Adolf Hitler: Seek peace or someone will 'beat you with your own weapon'

Starting in 1921, Gandhi led the Indian independence movement through such methods, finally achieving freedom from the British empire in 1947, just six months before his death.<p>Less known is Gandhi's efforts through a series of letters in 1939 and 1940 to keep German dictator Adolf Hitler from …

World History

'Nazi refuge' unearthed by archaeologists in Argentina | DW | 23.03.2015

For years, a worn-looking sign reading "Pathway to Bormann's House," has lead the way to the ruins at the center of the archaelogists research. …

Argentine archaeologists find secret Nazi lair in jungle

Stone structures in the remote region of Misiones are thought to be the ruins of a hideout build by Nazis, in case their leaders needed to flee Germany<p>A team of <b>Argentine</b> archaeologists investigating a series of ruins in the jungle, close to the border with Paraguay, believe they have discovered a</b> …

Out with Hitler and in with the New Berlin | DW | 15.03.2015

"Whenever people think about the Olympics and Berlin, it always evokes images of 1936," says Barbara John, a respected former Berlin politician who …

Summer Olympics

Does Germany owe Greece wartime reparations money?

<b>The Greek government has threatened to seize German property as compensation for Nazi crimes in World War Two. The government says its calculations indicate that Germany should pay nearly €279bn ($303bn; £204bn).</b><p>But what does Germany owe Greece, if anything, and why?<p>What are the claims based on?<p>The …

Europe

Does Germany owe Greece over Nazi occupation? | Europe

Greece's newly elected leader has reignited the debate over reparation and compensation for past injustices.<p>Alexis Tsipras says Germany owes Greece more than $170bn for atrocities committed during the Nazi occupation in World War Two.<p>The demand is likely to further strain relations between two …

World War II History

DW | 11.03.2015

Germany‘s Chancellor Angela Merkel will not attend Moscow's annual Victory Day parade on May 9, but will visit the Russian capital a day later, her …

Russia

World War II History

Extreme Tattoos, Piercings and more during Expo Tatuaje

Do you want a new Tattoo or other modification on your body? Watch this pictures from the "Expo Tatuaje" international, a tattoo expo, in Monterrey …

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27 February 1945: Churchill … Polish – German border to be redrawn

Poland had suffered terribly during the war, apart from the Holocaust in which around three million Polish Jews were murdered, nearly the same number …

Who Started the Reichstag Fire?

It’s a semi-mystery that’s over eight decades long: who set fire to the Reichstag, the German parliament, on Feb. 27, 1933?<p>As described in the Mar. …

How safe are Jews in Germany? | DW | 27.02.2015

The Bavarian regional parliament made an appeal: Its delegates unanimously adopted a motion that called on Jews to stay in the southern German state. …

Israel

Nazi Documentation Center opens in Munich | DW | 27.02.2015

The newly constructed building stands on Königsplatz, a historical part of the city where the "Brown House" - Nazi party headquarters - once stood, …

A Tourist Map of Occupied Paris, Issued to German Soldiers During WWII

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The Reichstag Fire

On February 27, 1933, the German parliament (<i>Reichstag</i>) building burned down due to arson. The government falsely portrayed the fire as part of a …

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German Sudetenland group revises charter to exclude 'reclamation of homeland' | DW | 01.03.2015

Bernd Posselt, a Bavarian CSU politician and spokesman for the "Sudetendeutsche Landsmannschaft," welcomed the changes to the group's charter at its …

Amazing Found Photos of Life During Wartime

<i>Ransom Riggs turned his found photo collection into a book called Talking Pictures.</i><p>I have all kinds of snapshots with writing on them, but some of my …

World War II

Jewish heirs sue Germany over Nazi medieval hoard

<b>The heirs of Jewish art dealers who claim their relatives were forced to sell a medieval treasure trove to the Nazis have filed a US lawsuit against the German state.</b><p>They allege that the Nazis forced the sale of dozens of relics known as the Welfenschatz or Guelph treasure.<p>They want to recover the …

World History

Germany Plans to Republish 'Mein Kampf'

The Free State of Bavaria has blocked publication of Hitler's infamous manifesto for the past 70 years, because they own the book's copyright. But that copyright is due to expire at the end of this year.<p>Earlier this week, Germany's Institute for Contemporary History (IfZ) announced details of its …

When a black German woman discovered her grandfather was the Nazi villain of 'Schindler's List'

In the mid-1990s, near the end of the period during which she lived in Israel, Jennifer Teege watched Steven Spielberg’s film “Schindler’s List.” She …

Nazi Prisoners' Imaginary Feasts Explored in Berlin Documentary

<b>Berlin:</b> A documentary screening at the Berlin film festival looks at how Nazi concentration camp prisoners, POWs in Japan and people trapped in the …