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Merkel praises would-be Hitler assassins

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel paid tribute on Saturday to the army officers who attempted to assassinate Adolf Hitler towards the end of the Second World War.
In the Media by AFP

Nazi-themed Indonesian cafe reopens

Bandung - A controversial Nazi-themed cafe in Indonesia that closed shop last year after sparking international outrage reopened Saturday with its walls still bearing swastikas and a painting of Adolf Hitler.
In the Media by Timur Matahari (AFP) - 2 comments

U.S. arrests alleged Auschwitz guard, 89

New York - An 89-year-old man has been arrested and denied bail in the United States for alleged war crimes as a teenage Nazi guard at Auschwitz.
In the Media by AFP

Rising sea levels unearth 'WWII Japan soldiers' in Pacific

Tokyo - The skeletal remains of what are believed to be Japanese soldiers have been exposed on a remote Pacific island where rising sea levels have eroded the seashore, Japanese and local officials said Monday.
In the Media by AFP

British veteran back at care home after D-Day 'Great Escape'

Hove - An 89-year-old veteran who ran away from his care home to join the D-Day commemorations in France returned to Britain Saturday, hailed as the embodiment of World War II fighting spirit.
In the Media by AFP

Bittersweet memories as D-Day veterans 'come home'

Bayeux - "It's wonderful as an old man of 91 - it's like coming home."As he was pushed in his wheelchair past the white gravestones of the Commonwealth war cemetery in Bayeux, Australian Bob Cowper was transported seven decades back in time.
In the Media by Alice Ritchie (AFP)

Obama, Putin join veterans for D-Day anniversary

Caen - US President Barack Obama and Russia's Vladimir Putin will be among leaders joining veterans in Northern France to mark 70 years since D-Day on Friday, with the Ukraine crisis casting a pall over the commemorations.
In the Media by Alice Ritchie (AFP)

Veterans make emotional return to D-Day beaches

Caen - D-Day veterans marched back to Normandy's beaches and villages Thursday in an emotional return to mark 70 years since the launch of the invasion that hastened the defeat of Nazi Germany.
In the Media by Alice Ritchie (AFP)

On the eve of D-Day, veterans take centre stage

Caen - Seventy years to the day after the first planes set off for the invasion of France, veterans gathered in Normandy on Thursday to remember the dead and be honoured for risking their lives on D-Day.
In the Media by Alice Ritchie (AFP)

Media outlets given free access to D-Day broadcasts

Paris - Broadcast images of events marking the D-Day landings will be made freely available to news agencies and media outlets across the world at the request of the French presidency, broadcasters announced on Wednesday.
In the Media by AFP

Last of original group of Navajo Code Talkers dies

The last of the original group of 29 Navajo Code Talkers of WWII has passed away. Chester Nez of Albuquerque, New Mexico, age 93, died Wednesday morning of kidney failure. Announcing his death was Judy Avila, who helped Nez write his memoirs.
In the Media by Karen Graham - 1 comment

World prepares to salute D-Day heroes

Caen - The flags are up, the medals have been polished and the veterans have begun to arrive: Normandy is ready to deliver an emotional salute to the heroes of D-Day.
In the Media by Chloe Coupeau, Alice Ritchie (AFP)

Jokes and nightmares: British veterans return to Normandy

Lisieux - "Here we are at the start of a new Normandy invasion!" Don Sheppard announced over the loudspeaker as the coach carrying British D-Day veterans pulled out of the rain-soaked car park.
In the Media by Alice Ritchie (AFP)

Last surviving child of Winston Churchill dies

Lady Mary Soames, the last surviving child of Sir Winston Churchill, died at her home in west London Saturday evening after a short illness. Lady Soames, who was 91 years old was surrounded by her family.
In the Media by Karen Graham - 1 comment

Former 'comfort women' demand apology from Japan

Tokyo - Six former "comfort women" joined an international activist meeting in Tokyo Saturday to demand Japan formally atone for sexual slavery in its wartime military brothels, an emotive legacy still haunting the country.
In the Media by AFP

Korean 'comfort women' honored near U.S. capital

Fairfax - A suburb of the U.S. capital dedicated a monument to World War II sex slaves in the latest local victory by Korean Americans in historical disputes with Japan.
In the Media by AFP

News agencies cry foul over TV rights to D-Day events

Paris - Tens of millions of viewers around the world could be deprived of live images of the 70th anniversary commemorations of D-Day because of a decision by the French presidency to allow host broadcasters to charge international news agencies for access.
In the Media by AFP

How news of D-Day reached the death camps

Paris - News of the Allied invasion of Normandy quickly spread across Europe, fuelling hope even among those languishing in Nazi concentration camps.
In the Media by AFP

D-Day: the view from a tank on Omaha Beach

Washington - From inside his tank, the young soldier could see "practically nothing" on Omaha Beach. Seventy years later, William Gast still wonders whether he rolled over his comrades sheltering from German gunfire that day.
In the Media by Mathieu Rabechault (AFP)

D-Day: Watching your mates gunned down

Wootton Bassett - Scared stiff but with nowhere to hide, Ken Scott tried to block out the sight of his comrades being gunned down as he pushed up the Normandy beach on D-Day.
In the Media by Alice Ritchie (AFP)

A jump in the dark: A U.S. paratrooper recalls D-Day

Howell - As the paratroopers' plane descended low over the Normandy coast, the commanding officer gave the order: "Stand Up and Hook Up!
In the Media by AFP

UK politicians say Charles 'free to speak' after Putin-Hitler row

London - British politicians defended the right of Prince Charles to speak his mind on Wednesday after he reportedly compared the actions of Russian President Vladimir Putin in Ukraine to those of Adolf Hitler.
In the Media by AFP

Germany probes former Nazi camp guards

Berlin - German authorities said Wednesday they were probing nearly 20 former guards at a Nazi-era concentration camp on suspicion of aiding and abetting murder.
In the Media by AFP

Putin to join D-Day ceremonies despite Ukraine tensions

Paris - Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend ceremonies in France next month marking the 70th anniversary of D-Day despite the Ukraine crisis, the ambassador to Paris said Thursday.
In the Media by AFP

Putin 'to visit Crimea' for May 9 military parade

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin will make his first visit to the Crimean peninsula since Russia annexed the territory in March, reports said Wednesday, in a move to bolster public support amid simmering tensions in Ukraine.
In the Media by AFP - 4 comments

Hungary police oust protestors from WWII monument site

Budapest - Police in Hungary forcibly removed protestors on Tuesday from the site of a planned World War II monument which Jewish critics say glosses over the country's role in the Holocaust.
In the Media by AFP

Obama says Japan's wartime sex slavery was 'terrible' violation

Seoul - The Japanese wartime system of sex slavery was a "terrible" violation of human rights and its victims need to be heard, US President Barack Obama said Friday in Seoul.
In the Media by AFP

S. Korea, Japan hold rare 'comfort women' talks

Seoul - South Korea and Japan held rare high-level talks Wednesday on the extremely sensitive issue of wartime sex slavery, which has contributed to a virtual freeze in diplomatic ties.
In the Media by AFP

French Resistance veteran's ashes buried in German cemetery

Berlin - The ashes of a French Resistance veteran were interred on Friday near the mass grave of a former German concentration camp following his wish to be laid to rest near his fellow detainees.
In the Media by AFP

Disputed Hungary Holocaust monument sparks fresh protest

Budapest - Several hundred protesters blocked work on a controversial monument in Budapest Tuesday which Jewish critics say glosses over Hungary's active role in the Holocaust.
In the Media by AFP
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The Prime Minister Winston Churchill s daughter  Mary  cuts into a cake made to celebrate her 21st b...
War Office official photographer, Horton (Cpt)
The Prime Minister Winston Churchill's daughter, Mary, cuts into a cake made to celebrate her 21st birthday with a midshipman's dirk on board HMS RENOWN on 15 September 1943. Her mother Clementine can be seen on the right.
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Screenshot of FM 2 "Wildcat" Fighter pulled out of Lake Michigan
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Reenactors representing WWII soldiers with guns used in the war  both German and Canadian guns.
Reenactors representing WWII soldiers with guns used in the war, both German and Canadian guns.
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While an avid fan of Sherlock Holmes and a dedicated keeper of the true essence of the Sir Conan Arthur Doyle series-writings, author/researcher Lauren Steinhauer has been on an investigative quest of his own researching the facts and mysteries behind the strange and dangerous association between Dr. Kersten of Finland and one of the most notorious and evil men of the Nazi regime in World War II.
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Armored reconnaissance jeep of US 82nd Airborne Division  Ardennes Forest  Belgium  Dec 1944
US National Archives
Armored reconnaissance jeep of US 82nd Airborne Division, Ardennes Forest, Belgium, Dec 1944
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Seal of the USS Atlanta
Seal of the USS Atlanta
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my father s service medals from his service in the Canadian Forestry Corps during WWII. he wore thes...
my father's service medals from his service in the Canadian Forestry Corps during WWII. he wore these every Remembrance Day for the march to the cenotaph and the service. he kept them polished, unlike me.
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A US 26th Calvary Division reenactor
A US 26th Calvary Division reenactor
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USS Atlanta  WWII
USS Atlanta, WWII
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A German Dornier Do-17 drops its payload of bombs during WWII.
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A German Dornier Do-17 drops its payload of bombs during WWII.
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one of the original Supermarine Spitfires, heroes of the Battle of Britain in 2005
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Reenactors at the annual WWII Weekend at Sully Historic Site in Chantilly  Va.
Reenactors at the annual WWII Weekend at Sully Historic Site in Chantilly, Va.
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Barracks at a Japanese internment facility in the United States
OSU Special Collections & Archives
Barracks at a Japanese internment facility in the United States
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Nagasaki, JAPAN
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This Wikipedia photo shows a scene of destruction in a Berlin street just off the Unter den Linden, 3 July 1945
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Plaque at Perrache train station  Lyon France  in honor of the thousands of Jews who were deported t...
Plaque at Perrache train station, Lyon France, in honor of the thousands of Jews who were deported to Nazi death camps during WWII
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Japanese Army attacked North Point. The chimneys belong to North Point Power Station 1941
Mainichi Newpaper, Japan
Japanese Army attacked North Point. The chimneys belong to North Point Power Station 1941
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My father with his brother and sisters along with his Dad and Mom in 1927; immigration photo. taken in Norway before leaving.
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a view of the Orangerie Palace in Karlsaue  Kassel  Germany  showing how beautifully rebuilt the pal...
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a view of the Orangerie Palace in Karlsaue, Kassel, Germany, showing how beautifully rebuilt the palace is after the complete destruction of the WWII Allied bombing campaign.
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