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Denmark's German refugees remember forgotten WWII chapter

Copenhagen - Barbed wire and tunneling beneath it to go and pick flowers outside his refugee camp in Denmark are what Jorg Baden remembers most clearly 75 years on from World War II.

Experts remove British WWII bomb from French port city

Saint-nazaire - Hundreds of people had to leave their homes in a coastal French city on Wednesday to allow explosive experts to deal with a 500-kilogram bomb from World War II.

Russia seeks 15 years jail for Gulag historian

Moscow - Russian prosecutors demanded Tuesday that a respected Gulag historian be sentenced to 15 years in prison over alleged sexual assault in a case his allies say has been trumped up to silence him.

UK historian quits Cambridge over slavery claim

London - A British royal historian who said slavery was not genocide has quit his honorary position at Cambridge University and been dropped by his publisher HarperCollins.

France returns skulls of Algerians who fought colonisation

Alger - Algeria on Friday received the skulls of 24 resistance fighters decapitated during France's colonial occupation of the North African country, and which had been stored for decades in a Paris museum.

Museum or mosque? Top Turkey court to rule on Hagia Sophia

Istanbul - Turkey's top court convened Thursday to consider whether Istanbul's emblematic landmark and former church Hagia Sophia can be redesignated as a mosque, a ruling which could inflame tensions with the West.

Auschwitz museum reopens to visitors after lockdown

Oswiecim - The Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum reopened to the public on Wednesday after nearly four months under a coronavirus lockdown that forced it to appeal for funding as revenues from visitors dried up.

Norway starts digging up first Viking ship in a century

Oslo - Norway began work on Friday to excavate the first Viking ship to be unearthed in the country in more than a century, with experts hoping it will shed light on the era of the Nordic seafarers.

Top French historian slams Macron's statue stance as another is attacked

Paris - A top French historian slammed President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday for trying to shut down debate on the country's colonial past as a prominent statue linked to slavery was attacked in Paris.

Top French historian slams Macron's hardline stance on statues

Paris - A leading historian attacked French President Emmanuel Macron's stance on disputed statues linked to the country's colonial past Wednesday, saying he had "hugely confused" history and memory.

Russia stages grand WWII parade ahead of vote on Putin reforms

Moscow - Columns of tanks and troops paraded through Moscow on Wednesday as Russian President Vladimir Putin presided over grand World War II commemorations to stir up patriotic fervour ahead of a vote on extending his rule.

French 'Black Code' author's statue defaced in Paris

Paris - The statue of Jean-Baptiste Colbert, the man behind a legal decree that defined the conditions of slavery in the French colonies, was defaced with red paint in Paris on Tuesday.

Russia and Europe trade barbs over WWII narratives

Moscow - The Kremlin has become entrenched in a war of words with Europe over the legacy of World War II, as both sides accuse each other of cynically rewriting history for political gain.

Putin hails Russian war dead at giant new army cathedral

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin paid homage to Russia's World War II dead on Monday as he visited an enormous new Orthodox cathedral built to honour the military.

Stalin purges added to vast human cost of WWII

Moscow - The Soviet Union suffered the greatest losses of any country as it fought the Nazis in World War II.At the same time, Joseph Stalin's regime attacked its own citizens, executing, incarcerating and exiling those it viewed as hostile.

Putin to host Russia WWII parade ahead of key vote

Moscow - Thousands of Russian troops will march in Moscow on Wednesday as President Vladimir Putin brushes off virus fears to host a World War II commemoration ahead of a crucial vote on his rule.

Tanks and trinkets: five things about Checkpoint Charlie

Berlin - Monday marks the 30th anniversary of the removal of the Checkpoint Charlie border crossing between the communist East and capitalist West Berlin during the Cold War.

Lenin statue unveiled in western Germany after legal battle

Gelsenkirchen - A divisive new monument to Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin was unveiled in Germany on Saturday, in the middle of a global row over the controversial background of historical figures immortalised as statues.

Lenin statue unveiled in western Germany after legal battle

Gelsenkirchen - A divisive new monument to Soviet leader Lenin was unveiled in Germany on Saturday, in the middle of a global row over the controversial background of historical figures immortalised as statues.

Belgium should apologise for colonial past, says first black mayor

Apo - Belgium is due a reckoning with its colonial past, and things left unsaid must now be discussed, argues the Congolese-born 72-year-old who became the country's first black mayor.Pierre Kompany's family has made a name for itself in Belgium.

Macron marks de Gaulle's wartime appeal with UK visit

London - French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday made his first overseas trip since the coronavirus outbreak began, visiting London to mark the 80th anniversary of wartime resistance leader Charles de Gaulle's rallying cry against Nazi occupation from the ...

Rhodes will go — Oxford college backs statue removal

London - An Oxford University college has voted in favour of removing a statue of 19th-century colonialist Cecil Rhodes, less than two weeks after thousands of protestors called for it to be taken down.

Secrecy shrouds deadly WWII sinking of ship off France

Nantes - Eighty years ago on Wednesday, thousands of people met a watery Atlantic grave when Nazi planes sank a cruise ship requisitioned by the British government to evacuate troops from France after the invasion by German troops.

America's original sin: Floyd death prompts historical soul-searching

Washington - Confederate monuments are coming down and statues of Christopher Columbus are being toppled as Americans grapple with the ghosts of the country's racial history in the wake of George Floyd's death.

In DR Congo, King Leopold's statue stoic as protests rage elsewhere

Apo - Overlooking Kinshasa from the seclusion of a presidential garden, the statue of Belgian King Leopold II stares over the Congo River far from the protests and rage targetting colonial figures elsewhere.

UK PM defends history in statue row, as fears grow over protests

London - Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday said a wave of anti-racism protests across Britain had been "hijacked by extremists", as fears mounted about clashes between activists and far-right groups, and vandalism spread.

French city adds info plaques to slave trader street names

Bordeaux - As statues of slave traders and colonial figures tumble worldwide in a wave of anger against racism, Bordeaux wants to inform the public with a different tactic.

Britain takes new look at colonial history as statues fall

London - A statue to worldwide scout movement founder Robert Baden-Powell on Thursday became the latest historical monument to face removal as Britain's colonial past confronted a wave of anti-racism protests.

UK anger at toppled slave trader statue but few want it back

London - The British government on Monday denounced the toppling of a slave trader's statue during anti-racism protests, urging campaigners to use democratic means for change rather than breaking the law.

Hungary marks 100 years since post-WW1 treaty losses

Budapest - Hungary marked Thursday the centenary of a post-World War I peace treaty that saw the surrender of two-thirds of its territory to neighbouring states and is still resented by many Hungarians.
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Original photo by Jonathan Farrell 2010
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