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Ex-Auschwitz SS guard, 93, faces trial in April

Berlin - A 93-year-old former SS guard at the Auschwitz death camp will stand trial in April on a charge of accessory to murder, a German court said Friday.

Former Korean sex slave blasts Japan over 'comfort women' deal

Toukyo - A South Korean woman forced into sexual slavery for Japanese soldiers more than 70 years ago heaped scorn on Wednesday on an agreement between Tokyo and Seoul aimed at settling the so-called comfort women issue.

Merkel opens Holocaust art expo with anti-Semitism warning

Berlin - Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday opened a major exhibition featuring works by Jewish concentration camp prisoners, as she pledged to combat a feared rise in anti-Semitism in Germany linked to a record influx of refugees.

Auschwitz survivor triumphs in sell-out dance duet at age 90

Budapest - "It's never too late," smiles Eva Fahidi, a Hungarian Holocaust survivor who, at the age of 90, is currently starring in a sold-out duet production with a much younger dancer.

Holocaust survivor donates tiny 'freedom shoes' to Auschwitz museum

Varsovia - Ninety-year-old Auschwitz survivor Batszewa Dagan on Wednesday said she had donated a pair of miniature shoes that helped her live through the Holocaust to the museum at the site of the former Nazi German death camp.

S. Korean academic pleads not guilty to defaming 'comfort women'

Seoul - A South Korean academic accused of writing a book that defamed wartime sex slaves denied the charge in court on Wednesday, insisting her work was in the public interest.

German art experts defend slow progress on Nazi-era hoard

Berlin - A German task force investigating the provenance of a spectacular Nazi-era art hoard of hundreds of works said Thursday that only five had been proved to be looted thus far, and defended its slow progress.

Anne Frank's diary goes online despite rights dispute

Paris - A French academic and an MP published online Friday the famous diary of Anne Frank, despite a dispute with rights holders as to whether the work is now in the public domain.

Two British teens to face trial over Auschwitz theft

Varsovia - Two British teenagers, fined in June on charges of stealing artefacts from the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz, will now face trial for the same offence, a Polish prosecutor said Wednesday.

'One of the last taboos' — France opens Vichy regime files

Paris - France's decision to open up archives from its World War II collaboration with Nazi occupiers is being seen as breaking one of the last taboos that has poisoned debate about the era for years."This brings an end to the fear of scandal.

Emperor Akihito turns 82 urging Japan to remember war

Toukyo - Japan should remember its bitter lessons from World War II, Emperor Akihito said in an interview to mark his 82nd birthday on Wednesday, recalling events related to the 70th anniversary of the war's end.

Geologists fail to turn up Nazi 'gold train' in Poland

Walbrzych - No evidence supports the existence of a Nazi "gold train" loaded with treasures and buried in Poland at the end of World War II, researchers said Tuesday.

Op-Ed: Travel & Food writer now novelist overwhelmed by Veterans of WWII Special

San Carlos - While food and travel blog writer turned-novelist Carole Bumpus is pleased that the companion cookbook "Recipes for Redemption" to her novel "A Cup of Redemption" has been well-received,

Former Auschwitz guard, 93, faces trial in Germany: court

Berlin - A 93-year-old former Auschwitz death camp guard will go on trial in February, charged with at least 170,000 counts of accessory to murder, a German court said Monday.

Explosion hits controversial Tokyo war shrine, no injuries

Toukyo - A suspected explosive device damaged a bathroom at Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine on Monday, but no one at the controversial war memorial was hurt, officials and news reports said.

Nuremberg: 70 years ago international justice was born

Paris - Almost 70 years ago, on November 20, 1945, leaders of the World War II Nazi regime faced court in the German city of Nuremberg at the biggest trial in history.

S. Korea, Japan hold first post-summit talks on WWII sex slaves

Seoul - South Korea and Japan on Wednesday discussed their long-running dispute over Korean women forced into wartime sexual slavery -- the first such talks since their leaders vowed to push for a mutually acceptable settlement.

Rain puts damper on hunt for 'Nazi treasure train'

Walbrzych - Heavy rain on Monday put a damper on moves by experts to begin inspecting the alleged site in Poland of a fabled Nazi train that could contain looted treasure.

Experts to inspect alleged site of 'Nazi treasure train'

Varsovia - Experts will next week begin inspecting the site in the southwestern Polish city of Walbrzych where a Nazi train that could contain looted treasure is allegedly buried, the city said Thursday.

Hitler marble bust by official sculptor found in Poland

Varsovia - Polish construction workers have dug up a marble bust of Adolf Hitler by one of the Third Reich's official sculptors during work at a museum in the northern city of Gdansk, officials said Thursday.

WWII bomb discovered at German airport, 7 flights cancelled

Berlin - A World War II bomb was destroyed in a controlled explosion Monday at the main international airport in the western German city of Duesseldorf, briefly halting air traffic.

Shipwrecks along U.S. coastal waters pose environmental threat

In the past 100 years, commerce and warfare have left the coastal waters of the United States littered with thousands of sunken vessels. Even though shipwrecks are fascinating, there are now environmental concerns that need to be addressed.

Nazi archives shed light on WWII atrocities in Greece

Atenas - From the number of Cretans to be executed for every dead German soldier to advice on which brothel to use, new research is shedding light on Nazi wartime atrocities in Greece.

Warsaw acts over claim 'Poles killed more Jews than Germans'

Varsovia - Polish prosecutors on Thursday opened a libel probe against a US historian after he claimed Poles killed more Jews than Germans during World War II.

Suspense mounts over fabled Nazi gold train

Varsovia - The mystery surrounding a fabled Nazi gold train allegedly buried in southwestern Poland intensified Friday after a week of tests by an army unit including a bomb squad appeared to have produced no clues.

Polish army inspects alleged site of Nazi gold train

Varsovia - Poland's army said Monday it has begun inspecting the southwestern area where two men claim to have discovered an armoured Nazi gold train buried at the end of World War II.

Russian ambassador backtracks on Poland's 'co-responsibility' for WWII

Varsovia - Russia's ambassador to Poland on Monday backtracked on controversial weekend comments suggesting Warsaw was partly to blame for World War II that sparked outcry."I regret having been imprecise ...

Poland 'co-responsible' for WWII, says Russian ambassador

Varsovia - The Russian ambassador to Poland has alleged that Warsaw was partly to blame for World War II, prompting a storm of protest in the country which claims to be its greatest victim.

Plaque stolen from Hitler's WWII lair in Poland

Varsovia - Police on Friday said someone has stolen a plaque honouring German resistance to the Nazis from Adolf Hitler's former command headquarters in northern Poland.

Pole claims to have discovered two 'Nazi' tunnels

Varsovia - A treasure-hunter on Friday claimed to have located two more Nazi built railway tunnels in southwestern Poland, adding to the global buzz around a possible World War II 'gold train' in the area.
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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.
A German Dornier Do-17 drops its payload of bombs during WWII.
A German Dornier Do-17 drops its payload of bombs during WWII.
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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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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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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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A young man looks at the antisemitic caricature in the display window of the Danzig office of "Der Stuermer." The poster reads: "The Jews are our misfortune." Danzig, 1939. Courtesy of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
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Seal of the USS Atlanta
Seal of the USS Atlanta
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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one of the original Supermarine Spitfires, heroes of the Battle of Britain in 2005
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This past August, the entire village of Bennwihr celebrated and honored the surviving veterans of World War II.
Courtesy of Carole Bumpus
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Barracks at a Japanese internment facility in the United States
Barracks at a Japanese internment facility in the United States
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Nagasaki, JAPAN
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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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War Office official photographer, Horton (Cpt)
Overview of the more than 5 000 graves at Epinal in France.
Overview of the more than 5,000 graves at Epinal in France.
Jocelyne Papelard
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Mustard gas was used in WWI.
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Picture of a forest
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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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Armored reconnaissance jeep of US 82nd Airborne Division  Ardennes Forest  Belgium  Dec 1944
Armored reconnaissance jeep of US 82nd Airborne Division, Ardennes Forest, Belgium, Dec 1944
US National Archives