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How Do You Make Amends When Your Nazi Grandfather Was One of the Worst Mass Murderers in Human History?

Rainer Höß's grandfather was a top exterminator at Auschwitz and his family denies the Holocaust to this day, but he's devoted himself to righting their wrongs any way he can.<p>If there was a pin-up boy for the age-old axiom, "You can choose your friends, but not your family," Rainer Höß would …

Public Understanding of the Holocaust, From WWII to Today

Seventy years ago next week, the Soviet army liberated prisoners at the Auschwitz concentration camp. How much did Americans at the time understand about the horrors that were unfolding in Europe, and how much do they know about the Holocaust today? A look at what public opinion polling tells us …

Newly Discovered 31 Rolls of Film Shot by an Unknown Soldier During WWII

Founded by photographer Levi Bettweiser, the Rescued Film Project works to recover and develop unclaimed rolls of film from the 1930s to 1990s in an effort to reveal hidden memories and significant moments from past decades. In late 2014 at an auction in Ohio, Bettweiser came across one of his …

Holocaust Survivors Share Memories of Auschwitz 70 Years Later

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From Appomattox to Afghanistan: Portraits of American GIs

They Served<p>They served in the Civil War, World War II, Vietnam, and Iraq—and now 50 servicemen and –women are together for the first time in American …

Kansas City

After the bomb: photographs show Japan’s rebirth from the rubble

On midday on 15 August 1945, a radio broadcast announced the surrender of Japan to allied forces in the second world war.<p>For many Japanese people, it was as if time itself had been stilled and the unthinkable had occurred. On hearing the news, the photographer Hiroshi Hamaya ran out into the street …

Japan

Forgotten Alfred Hitchcock Holocaust Documentary Gets New Life

Margaret Bourke-White—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images<p>Margaret Bourke-White—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images<p>Margaret Bourke-White—Time & Life …

Recovered Film Gives An Amazing First Look At Scenes From World War II

Photographer Levi Bettweiser has spent the last two years collecting and developing old and abandoned rolls film, recovered from thrift stores and acquired from donors.<p>Last year, a contact delivered 31 rolls of film to Bettweiser; as he developed the film, he discovered amazing images capturing …

Nazis 'built underground nuclear weapons facility using slave labour'

Austrian documentary-maker believes he has uncovered a sealed complex of underground tunnels in the town where notorious Gusen II concentration camp was, larger than previously thought<p>New evidence has emerged of a possible underground nuclear weapons facility built by the Nazis that has lain secret …

Archaeology

Inspirational

Girl surprises prom date, walking for the first time in 10 months (Video)<p>By: Arden<p>304 Liked! 17 Disliked 0<p>humanity<p>Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson quotes …

The man who revealed the horror of Auschwitz to the world

Rudolf Vrba escaped from Auschwitz in 1944 and was one of the first people to give first-hand evidence of the gas chambers, mass murder and plans to exterminate a million Jews. Nearly 70 years on from the liberation of the concentration camp, the Telegraph looks back on his legacy<p>So horrific was …

World History

History of maps in WWII: Stanley Turner dated war event maps.

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