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Stolen 'Work will set you free' gate returned to Dachau

Dachau - An iron gate with the infamous slogan "Arbeit macht frei" ("Work will set you free"), stolen from the former Nazi concentration camp of Dachau in Germany two years ago, was returned to the site Wednesday.

Germany's AfD moves to expel state leader for Nazi guilt comment

Berlin - Germany's rightwing populist AfD Monday moved to expel a state leader who argued the country should turn the page on its World War II guilt, exposing a deepening rift within the party.

Germany Holocaust events marred by spat with rightwing MP

Berlin - German Holocaust remembrance events were marred Friday by an ugly spat with a rightwing populist politician who has argued that the country should focus less on its World War II guilt.

German right-wing lawmaker barred from Holocaust event

Berlin - A German right-wing populist politician was barred Friday from a Holocaust memorial event after he sparked outrage by arguing his country should focus less on its guilt over the Nazi past.

Germany remembers Nazis' 'euthanasia' victims

Berlin - Germany on Friday marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day with a tribute to the 300,000 ill and disabled people killed under the Nazis' "euthanasia" programme, who are often seen as forgotten victims of that era.

Populist who called to end Nazi guilt can stay: German party

Berlin - German rightwing populist party AfD decided Monday not to expel a leading member over a speech criticising Berlin's Holocaust memorial and urging the country to stop atoning for its Nazi past.

Outrage over German populist's call to end Nazi guilt

Berlin - A leading member of German right-wing populist party AfD sparked an outcry Wednesday by criticising the Holocaust memorial in Berlin and calling for the country to stop atoning for its Nazi past.

Nazi war criminal Brunner 'died in Syria basement in 2001'

Paris - Nazi war criminal Alois Brunner, responsible for the deaths of an estimated 130,000 Jews, died in 2001 at the age of 89, locked up in a squalid Damascus basement, a French magazine reported Wednesday.

Stolen Dachau 'Work will set you free' gate found in Norway

Munich - An iron gate with the infamous slogan "Arbeit macht frei" ("Work will set you free") stolen from the former Nazi concentration camp Dachau in Germany two years ago has been found in Norway, police said Friday.

'Swedish Schindler' declared dead by his homeland

Stockholm - Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who saved tens of thousands of Jews during World War II, was finally declared dead by his homeland on Monday over 70 years after disappearing into the hands of the Soviet Union.

Tiny wooden clog charm resurfaces at Auschwitz

Varsovia - A tiny carved wooden clog that once belonged to a woman the Nazis deported to the Auschwitz death camp has been rediscovered after more than 70 years, a local foundation told AFP on Thursday.

German trial of Auschwitz medic, 96, collapses

Berlin - Germany's trial of a 96-year-old former Nazi medical orderly at the Auschwitz death camp has collapsed, a court spokesman said Thursday.

Virtual reality helps net last Auschwitz criminals

Munich - Slipping on a virtual reality headset, the indelible images come into view: the steel rails, the imposing brick gatehouse, the rows of identical barracks, the gas chambers, the crematoria.

Sombre Ukraine marks 75 years since Nazi slaughter of Jews

Kiev - A sombre Ukraine on Thursday marked 75 years since the Nazis slaughtered 34,000 Jews on the outskirts of Kiev during one of the worst single massacres of the Holocaust.

Kiev's last survivor of Nazi 'path to death' at Babi Yar

Kiev - "We were gathered here, and sent along 'the path to death'," says Raisa Maistrenko, pointing to a Kiev ravine that 75 years ago witnessed one of the worst atrocities of World War II.

Trial of Auschwitz medic, 95, halted as anger mounts

Neubrandenburg - A German court Monday once again suspended the trial of a 95-year-old former medical orderly at the Auschwitz death camp, in a new setback for a case where a string of delays has sparked anger.

World's oldest man turns 113, readies for Bar Mitzvah

Jerusalem - The world's oldest man turned 113 on Thursday and the Holocaust survivor living in Israel readied for the Bar Mitzvah he was denied a century ago, his family said.

Ex-Auschwitz medic, 95, goes on trial in Germany

Berlin - A 95-year-old former medical orderly at the Auschwitz death camp went on trial in Germany on Monday, accused of more than 3,600 counts of accessory to murder.

Mickey Mouse figurine resurfaces near Auschwitz

Varsovia - A porcelain Mickey Mouse figurine that once belonged to a child the Nazis deported to the Auschwitz death camp has been rediscovered after more than 70 years, a local foundation told AFP on Friday.

Warsaw seeks jail time for 'Polish' death camps term

Varsovia - Poland's rightwing government on Tuesday said it would seek fines or jail terms of up to three years against anyone who refers to Nazi German death camps as Polish.

Rescued violins bring back Holocaust 'escape' tales

Telavi - Tucking the violin beneath his chin, the instrument's wood glistening under the packed auditorium's spotlights, Guy Braunstein's hand trembled from the weight of history.

Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel dies

Jerusalem - Elie Wiesel, the Holocaust survivor, writer and Nobel peace laureate who worked to keep alive the memory of Jews slaughtered during World War II, has died aged 87, Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust center said.

Netanyahu says Iran 'preparing another Holocaust'

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denounced Sunday a Tehran anti-Israel cartoon contest themed around the Holocaust, accusing Iran of denying and belittling it as well as "preparing another Holocaust.

Thousands march at Auschwitz to honour victims

Oswiecim - Thousands of young Jews from 40 nations marched alongside a handful of Holocaust survivors and Polish teenagers Thursday in homage to the victims of the former Auschwitz-Birkenau WWII death camp in southern Poland.

Holocaust survivors finally get coming-of-age blessing

Jerusalem - Fifty holocaust survivors who were prevented from getting a traditional Jewish coming-of-age ceremony finally received it during an emotional event at the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Monday.

Holocaust survivor Martin Gray dies in Belgium

Brussels - Best-selling author and Holocaust survivor Martin Gray has died in Belgium aged 93, a local official told AFP on Monday.

Nazi-era Jewish remains laid to rest in Hungary

Budapest - The remains of Jews murdered during World War II and found in the Danube river in 2011 were buried in Budapest on Friday, laying to rest a long-running saga over their identity and cause of death.

Austria museum settles feud over Nazi-looted art

Vienna - Vienna's famous Leopold Museum on Thursday settled a long-running feud over five Nazi-plundered drawings by Austrian painter Egon Schiele with the descendants of the works' Jewish former owner.

Anne Frank Dutch 'escape bunker' game under fire

Den Haag - A Dutch adventure company has come under fire for a tourist attraction challenging visitors to escape from a bunker that includes a secret annexe built to look like the Amsterdam apartment where Anne Frank hid from the Nazis with her family.

Israeli Holocaust survivor named world's oldest man

Jerusalem - Yisrael Kristal survived two world wars and the Holocaust but doesn't consider himself particularly remarkable, despite being named the world's oldest living man Friday at age 112.
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The house of art collector Cornelius Gurlitt is pictured in Salzburg November 6  2013
The house of art collector Cornelius Gurlitt is pictured in Salzburg November 6, 2013
With permission by Reuters / Dominic Ebenbichler
Bones of anti-Nazi German women still are in the crematoriums in the German concentration camp at We...
Bones of anti-Nazi German women still are in the crematoriums in the German concentration camp at Weimar (Buchenwald), Germany, taken by the 3rd U.S. Army. Prisoners of all nationalities were tortured and killed. 04/14/1945.
Photographer: Pfc. W. Chichersky. (Army)
Nazi extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau
Nazi extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau
Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski and Israeli counterpart Reuven Rivlin will on Tuesday inaugura...
Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski and Israeli counterpart Reuven Rivlin will on Tuesday inaugurate a Warsaw museum chronicling the vibrant 1,000-year history of Poland's Jewish community, all but wiped out during the Holocaust
Janek Skarzynski, AFP/File
The front cover of the book Marking Humanity
The front cover of the book Marking Humanity
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German Ekkeheart Gurlitt  cousin of art hoarder Cornelius Gurlitt  gestures during an interview in B...
German Ekkeheart Gurlitt, cousin of art hoarder Cornelius Gurlitt, gestures during an interview in Barcelona, November 7, 2013
With permission by Reuters / Albert Gea
Holocaust survivor reunited with rescuer.
Holocaust survivor reunited with rescuer.
Dirk Heuer, HISTORY Germany
Memorial for Holocaust survivors - yad ve shem  Jerusalem
Memorial for Holocaust survivors - yad ve shem, Jerusalem
RESPECTS: Former President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush tour the United States Holocaust...
RESPECTS: Former President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush tour the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., in April 2001.
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General Pétain meeting Adolf Hitler in October 1940
General Pétain meeting Adolf Hitler in October 1940
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Selection of Jews at the ramp in Auschwitz-II (Birkenau) German Nazi death camp  May/June 1944
Selection of Jews at the ramp in Auschwitz-II (Birkenau) German Nazi death camp, May/June 1944
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Train to Nazi extermination camps
Train to Nazi extermination camps
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Yad Vashem
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A view of an apartment building in Munich  November 10  2013  where it is believed that German custo...
A view of an apartment building in Munich, November 10, 2013, where it is believed that German customs discovered 1,406 missing artworks with a value up to one billion euros ($1.34 billion). Cornelius Gurlitt was sitting on at least part of the collection of his father Hildebrand, who worked for the Nazis selling art branded "degenerate" that was taken from museums or stolen or extorted from Jews fleeing the Holocaust.
With permission by Reuters / Michael Dalder
A French court upheld a ban on a show by French comedian Dieudonne M Bala M Bala  also known as just...
A French court upheld a ban on a show by French comedian Dieudonne M'Bala M'Bala, also known as just "Dieudonne", accused of insulting the memory of Holocaust victims
With permission by Reuters / Gonzalo Fuentes
Berthold Beitz photographed in 1972  as Chairman of the Krupp Group
Berthold Beitz photographed in 1972, as Chairman of the Krupp Group
Photo: Sven Simon / ThyssenKrupp
People gathering at the Menorah Memorial in Kielce for the 65th anniversary of the Kielce Pogrom
People gathering at the Menorah Memorial in Kielce for the 65th anniversary of the Kielce Pogrom
A screenshot of Urban Outfitters online catalog shows a t-shirt that features Holocaust imagery.
A screenshot of Urban Outfitters online catalog shows a t-shirt that features Holocaust imagery.
Screenshot/Jewish News One via YouTube
Memorial for the victims of  Nazi extermination camps
Memorial for the victims of Nazi extermination camps
A screenshot of Urban Outfitters online catalog shows a t-shirt that features Holocaust imagery.
A screenshot of Urban Outfitters online catalog shows a t-shirt that features Holocaust imagery.
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