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German police find Hitler's long-lost horse sculptures

Berlin - German police Wednesday recovered two life-sized bronze sculptures of horses worth millions that once stood outside Adolf Hitler's chancellery but vanished in the year the Berlin Wall fell.

Wiesenthal Centre urges Croatia to end pensions to Nazi allies

Zagreb - The Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Center on Tuesday urged Croatia to stop paying pensions to people who served in the country's World War II Nazi-allied armed forces, labelling the policy an insult to their victims.

Nazi letter to Soviet wartime agent found in Japan

Toukyo - A birthday letter from a Nazi foreign minister to a legendary spy credited with helping turn the tide of Germany's advance on Moscow has been found in Tokyo, a book dealer said Tuesday.

Croatian leader pays tribute to killed pro-Nazi collaborators

Zagreb - Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic paid tribute Thursday to the country's pro-Nazi collaborators and civilians who were killed by communist partisans in Austria and Slovenia after the end of World War II.

22,000 mark 70 years since Nazi camp liberated

Vienna - More than 22,000 people including around 50 survivors on Sunday marked the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Mauthausen in Austria, one of the Nazis' biggest concentration camps, organisers said.

Putin defends notorious Nazi-Soviet pact

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday defended the infamous pact between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union that agreed to divide up eastern Europe, during a visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Merkel urges Russia cooperation after paying respects to WWII dead

Moscow - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday paid tribute to Soviet soldiers killed in WWII as she called for cooperation with Russia amid tensions over Ukraine.

Ukraine rebels stage WWII parade as Kiev holds low-key event

Donetsk - Tanks and rocket systems rolled through the rebel bastion of Donetsk in east Ukraine Saturday as pro-Russian insurgents feted 70 years since victory over Nazi Germany in WWII.

Latvia's Russians mark 70 years since Soviet 'victory'

Riga - Latvia's large Russian minority gathered in the capital Riga Saturday to mark 70 years since the end of World War II and to commemorate the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany.

500,000 Muscovites march in memory of WWII victory

Moscow - Brimming with pride and clutching portraits of relatives, more than 500,000 Russians flooded central Moscow on Saturday to commemorate 70 years since Soviet victory over Nazi Germany, in the biggest march of Vladimir Putin's rule.

Putin brushes off Western snub at huge WWII victory parade

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin shrugged off a boycott by Western leaders at a huge military parade Saturday to mark the 70th anniversary of victory in WWII before joining mammoth crowds for a commemorative march.

Athens metro screens films demanding German WWII reparations

Atenas - Screens across Athens' metro, usually reserved for weather forecasts, have shown more controversial subject matter this month with the broadcast of a government-backed film demanding German reparations for World War II.

For Lithuanian resistance, Soviet WWII win meant new war

Kavarskas - Jonas Kadzionis was just 17 when the Soviet Union celebrated victory in WWII. But for him and thousands of other Lithuanians, it only marked the start of another brutal conflict.

Europe marks WWII victory under shadow of new threats

Paris - Europe on Friday marked 70 years since the defeat of Nazi Germany with sombre ceremonies overshadowed by modern day threats, such as the war in Ukraine and Islamic extremism.

Putin meets China's Xi as leaders head to Moscow for WWII parade

Moscow - China's Xi Jinping flew into Moscow Friday as some two dozen world leaders headed to Russia for a grandiose World War II victory parade that has been snubbed by the West.

Germany hails 'liberation' from Nazis 70 years on

Berlin - Germany on Friday celebrated its "liberation" from the Nazis 70 years ago, with the speaker of parliament Norbert Lammert hailing the willingness of the country's neighbours to forgive.

Ukraine breaks with Russia as it marks WWII anniversary

Kiev - A new symbol, date and even name: Ukraine is distancing itself from Russia as it marks 70 years since victory over Nazi Germany in World War II while locked in a brutal conflict with pro-Moscow rebels.

Ukraine's Poroshenko slams 'appeasement' of Moscow

Gdansk - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday criticised what he termed a policy of appeasement towards Russia in the context of the separatist conflict in Ukraine's east.

German FM marks WWII anniversary at site of Stalingrad battle

Volgograd - Germany's Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Thursday laid a wreath at the site of the Battle of Stalingrad as part of commemorations to mark 70 years since the defeat of Nazi forces in WWII.

Flemish nationalist leader De Wever disowns WWII Nazi collaboration

Brussels - Right-wing Flanders leader Bart De Wever has disowned Flemish nationalist collaboration with the Nazis in World War II, still a hugely sensitive issue in a sharply divided Belgium.

Japan academics call on Tokyo to face history

Toukyo - A group of nearly 200 academics, including Pulitzer Prize winners, has published an open letter calling on Japan to face up to its World War II crimes, including its system of sex slavery.

Russia to roll out Red Square military parade on huge scale

Moscow - Russia is pulling out all the stops for celebrations on Saturday marking the 70th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany with 16,000 troops marching in a Red Square parade, along with hundreds of units of military hardware.

Family, politics shape Putin's view of WWII anniversary

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin grew up with tales of how his father battled the Nazis as a Red Army soldier and his mother lived through the punishing siege of Leningrad.

Poland recalls dark side of WWII victory

Varsovia - Poland on Thursday marks 70 years since the end of World War II, with an emphasis on the dark side of history: that victory over Nazi Germany triggered 45 years of Soviet domination.

Red Army veteran's war years end in Gulag

Moscow - Lev Netto felt nothing but delight when a crackly radio loudspeaker in a town outside Moscow announced on June 22, 1941 that the Nazis had invaded and the Soviet Union was now at war."I was ecstatic at the thought that finally we would have a real war....

Germany's post-WWII 'occupation children' speak out

Berlin - Many faced social stigma and were long kept in the dark about their true parental origins, with birth certificates that usually said "father unknown".

Russia raises Stalin's ghost amid nostalgia for past glories

Moscow - Law student Mikhail Kosyrev used to have a negative view of Stalin but his attitude has drastically changed in recent years, he said, insisting the wartime tyrant meant well.

UN chief to attend Russian Victory Day despite criticism

New York - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will attend celebrations in Moscow on Saturday of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War II, despite criticism from Ukraine and other central European countries.

'We are victors': Russia fetes WWII win despite Western snub

Moscow - Russia is preparing this week to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany with imperial flair and a military parade viewed as an unapologetic show of force.

Russians embrace Kremlin-backed WWII ribbon

Moscow - Millions of Russians will on May 9 don black-and-orange striped ribbons to mark Soviet victory in World War II, but critics accuse the Kremlin of using them to link wartime glory to current policies.
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Japanese Army attacked North Point. The chimneys belong to North Point Power Station 1941
Japanese Army attacked North Point. The chimneys belong to North Point Power Station 1941
Mainichi Newpaper, Japan
While an avid fan of Sherlock Holmes and a dedicated keeper of the true essence of the Sir Conan Art...
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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USS Atlanta  WWII
USS Atlanta, WWII
A US 26th Calvary Division reenactor
A US 26th Calvary Division reenactor
the Himalayas shot from above 20 000 ft.
the Himalayas shot from above 20,000 ft.
Teton Gravity Research
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.
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.
Barracks at a Japanese internment facility in the United States
Barracks at a Japanese internment facility in the United States
OSU Special Collections & Archives
Screenshot of FM 2  Wildcat  Fighter pulled out of Lake Michigan
Screenshot of FM 2 "Wildcat" Fighter pulled out of Lake Michigan
NBC News
one of the original Supermarine Spitfires  heroes of the Battle of Britain in 2005
one of the original Supermarine Spitfires, heroes of the Battle of Britain in 2005
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The Prime Minister Winston Churchill s daughter  Mary  cuts into a cake made to celebrate her 21st b...
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.
War Office official photographer, Horton (Cpt)
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Nagasaki, JAPAN
This Wikipedia photo shows a scene of destruction in a Berlin street just off the Unter den Linden  ...
This Wikipedia photo shows a scene of destruction in a Berlin street just off the Unter den Linden, 3 July 1945
Wikipedia
My father with his brother and sisters along with his Dad and Mom in 1927; immigration photo. taken ...
My father with his brother and sisters along with his Dad and Mom in 1927; immigration photo. taken in Norway before leaving.
Seal of the USS Atlanta
Seal of the USS Atlanta
a view of the Orangerie Palace in Karlsaue  Kassel  Germany  showing how beautifully rebuilt the pal...
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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A German Dornier Do-17 drops its payload of bombs during WWII.
A German Dornier Do-17 drops its payload of bombs during WWII.
Wikipedia/Bundesarchive
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.
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
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