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Jews commemorate 'Croatian Auschwitz', fearing far-right surge

Jasenovac - Jews mourned victims of Croatia's most notorious World War II death camp on Friday, boycotting next week's official commemorations as they accuse authorities of failing to respond to a revival of pro-Nazi ideology.

Rotterdam's WWII letter of surrender found 70 years on

Den Haag - More than 70 years after the Nazi bombing blitz of Rotterdam turned the port into "a sea of fire" and forced the Netherlands to surrender, a historian has found the city's long-lost letter of capitulation.

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.

Former far-right leader Le Pen fined for gas chambers comment

Paris - The former leader of France's far-right National Front (FN), Jean-Marie Le Pen, was fined 30,000 euros ($34,000) Wednesday for repeating his view that the Nazi gas chambers were a "detail" of history.

'Great Escape' hero denied payout due to insufficient hardship: Files

London - A survivor of the fabled "Great Escape" from a World War II Nazi concentration camp was initially denied compensation after the British government ruled he had not suffered enough, declassified documents revealed Thursday.

Serbia returns seized property of Holocaust victims to Jews

Belgrade - In 1945, Aleksandar Lebl returned to Serbia after escaping the extermination of Jews in World War II and reclaimed his family's confiscated house.

Poland opens first museum honouring Poles who saved WWII Jews

Poland - Poland on Thursday opened its first museum in tribute to Poles who lost their lives helping Jews during World War II, on the exact spot where Nazis executed a young family for providing shelter.

Memorial plans for Polish hole where family hid WWII Jews

Poland - Fit as a fiddle at 85, Jozef Jarosz slips into a muddy underground hideout in Poland. Memories flash through his mind: this is where his family hid 14 Jews during World War II.

Latvia's 'Nazi' veterans stage controversial parade

Riga - Latvian veterans who fought for Nazi Germany against the Soviets in World War II staged a controversial march through Riga Wednesday to mark a key 1944 battle.

Pope Francis to visit Auschwitz camp

Varsovia - Pope Francis will visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp as part of his visit to Poland in July when he will chair World Youth Day, organisers announced Saturday.

Auschwitz museum launches 'Polish death camps' text corrector

Varsovia - The Auschwitz museum on Tuesday launched a multi-lingual computer application that writers can use to avoid the mistake of referring to Nazi German death camps as being "Polish".

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.
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A US 26th Calvary Division reenactor
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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Every year, volunteers gather to pay tribute to the American forces that died in WWII at Epinal cemetery in France
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Reenactors at the annual WWII Weekend at Sully Historic Site in Chantilly, Va.
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This past August, the entire village of Bennwihr celebrated and honored the surviving veterans of World War II.
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Armored reconnaissance jeep of US 82nd Airborne Division, Ardennes Forest, Belgium, Dec 1944
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Japanese Army attacked North Point. The chimneys belong to North Point Power Station 1941
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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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Mustard gas was used in WWI.
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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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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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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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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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one of the original Supermarine Spitfires, heroes of the Battle of Britain in 2005
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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.
Seal of the USS Atlanta
Seal of the USS Atlanta
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Picture of a forest
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Screenshot of FM 2 "Wildcat" Fighter pulled out of Lake Michigan
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