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Poland, Ukraine still divided by WWII massacres

Warsaw - Poland and Ukraine held separate ceremonies on Sunday marking 75 years since a WWII-era ethnic conflict between their nations claimed thousands of lives, as a row over history continued to sour bilateral ties.

Missing US WWII bomber found off Belgian coast

Apo - A US B-17 bomber that disappeared during World War II has been found largely intact in the North Sea off the Belgian Coast, officials said on Tuesday.

On a bike, ex-child refugee retraces escape from Nazi Germany

Berlin - Paul Alexander was just a toddler when his mother handed him to a volunteer nurse on a train leaving Nazi Germany in 1939.

WWII bomb defused in Dresden after mass evacuation, fire

Dresden - A German bomb disposal team Thursday gave the all-clear after defusing an unexploded World War II bomb that forced a mass evacuation in the city of Dresden.

Latvia's Russians mark 73 years since Soviet victory

Riga - Latvia's large Russian minority gathered in the capital Riga on Wednesday in tribute to fallen Red Army soldiers 73 years since the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany ended World War II on the eastern front.

German search for WWII missing drawing to sombre close

Munich - Diethild Heubel pulls a precious document from a binder: a yellowed decades-old letter, neatly handwritten by her father, a German soldier taken prisoner at the end of World War II.

German memorial to honour forced labourers of forgotten Nazi camp

Germany will on Friday inaugurate a memorial at the long-forgotten site of a World War II Nazi concentration camp where forced labourers built an aircraft factory deep inside a Bavarian forest.

WWII bomb forces mass evacuation in central Berlin

Berlin - German police began evacuating thousands of people around Berlin's central railway station on Friday, as bomb disposal experts prepare to move in to defuse an unexploded World War II explosive unearthed on a building site.

WWII bomb forces mass evacuation in central Berlin

Berlin - The planned disposal of an unexploded World War II bomb Friday will force a mass evacuation around Berlin's central railway station and likely spark transport chaos in the German capital.

WWII bomb to force mass evacuation in central Berlin Friday

Berlin - The discovery of an unexploded World War II bomb will force a mass evacuation around Berlin's central railway station Friday, covering several government ministries and a hospital, police said.

Names of members of Japan WWII 'germ warfare' unit to be released

Apo - A group of Japanese scholars is set to reveal the names of the members of a Japanese World War II germ warfare unit that infected and starved Chinese and allied POWs in a series of gruesome experiments.

Holocaust survivors sue publisher over Nazi-era books

Warsaw - Two Holocaust survivors and a Polish anti-Nazi resistance fighter have filed a lawsuit against the publisher of books praising Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler in a civil case that the plaintiffs' lawyers said on Monday is the first of its kind in Poland.

Court upholds Jean-Marie Le Pen fine for Holocaust comment

Paris - France's top appeals court upheld a 30,000-euro fine Tuesday against former far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen for dismissing the Nazi gas chambers as a "detail" of history.

Anger after Croatia leader praises Argentine immigrants

Zagreb - The Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Center on Wednesday condemned the Croatian president for praising the country's immigrants to Argentina and warned they included many officials of its World War II pro-Nazi regime.

France's Jean-Marie Le Pen defends Vichy leader in memoirs

Paris - France's wartime leader Philippe Petain did not dishonour himself by signing the 1940 armistice that allowed Nazi forces to occupy the north of the country, former far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen says in his memoirs.

Putin marks 75 years since Battle of Stalingrad victory

Volgograd - Russia on Friday marked 75 years since the Soviet Union's victory in the major World War II Battle of Stalingrad, extolled as a symbol of the country's resilience at a time when President Vladimir Putin campaigns for his fourth term.

Dutch urge probe into WWII mass grave on Java reports

Den Haag - The Netherlands pressed Indonesia on Thursday to probe reports that the remains of Dutch sailors from illegally-salvaged WWII shipwrecks off its coast were dumped in a mass grave.

WWII Soviet bomber parts found in lake near Auschwitz

Warsaw - A Polish carp breeder found fragments of a Soviet bomber aircraft from World War II when he drained his lake near the former German Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, local history buffs announced Friday. "The discovery was made just before Christmas....

Poland jails Belarussians who stripped naked at Auschwitz

Warsaw - A Polish court on Wednesday jailed the organisers of an anti-war stunt that saw a dozen people strip naked last year at the former German Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau before one of them slaughtered a lamb.

Poland seeks to tamp down German war reparations row

Berlin - Warsaw on Wednesday played down a row with Germany over its demand for World War II reparations, with Poland's foreign minister saying the issue should not hinder good relations between neighbours.

Berlin woman revives Red Army ghosts in Reichstag graffiti

Berlin - Berlin has preserved countless traces of its World War II destruction as chilling reminders of its militaristic past -- few are more striking than Red Army graffiti left at the iconic Reichstag.

Hitler's Nazi-parade Mercedes set for US auction

Washington - A 1939 luxury Mercedes limousine used to carry Adolf Hitler around Germany will be auctioned in the US state of Arizona next month -- one of only four such models ever built.Powered by a 7.

Jewish trove hidden from Nazis, Soviets gives up its secrets

Vilnius - For decades, a confessional in a church in Lithuania's capital Vilnius kept a precious secret: a trove of documents offering an unprecedented glimpse into Jewish life in Eastern Europe before and during the Holocaust.

Nagasaki A-bomb survivors lose suit seeking official recognition

Toukyo - Survivors of the Nagasaki atomic bomb in 1945 who were close to ground zero but outside the government's officially designated zone on Monday lost their battle with Japan's top court for official recognition as victims.

Far-right Dutch party drops polls hopeful for praising revisionist

Den Haag - Far-right Dutch MP Geert Wilders Friday withdrew a leading candidate for his Freedom Party (PVV) in next year's local elections after he praised British historian David Irving, who was briefly jailed for denying the Holocaust.

Sirens, doves as China marks 80 years since Nanjing massacre

Nanjing - Sirens blared and thousands of doves were released as Chinese President Xi Jinping presided over a sombre ceremony in Nanjing marking 80 years since the wartime massacre in the city by Japanese troops.

China marks 80th anniversary of Nanjing massacre

Nanjing - China on Wednesday marks the 80th anniversary of the Nanjing massacre by Japanese troops, an enduring source of bad blood as present-day rivalry between the two countries keeps a spotlight on historical animosities.

Germany charges ex-Nazi camp guards over hundreds of deaths

Berlin - German prosecutors investigating Nazi-era crimes said Wednesday they had charged two former SS officers in their 90s with complicity in hundreds of murders at the Stutthof concentration camp.

Dutch Red Cross apologises for failing Jews in WWII

Den Haag - The Dutch Red Cross offered its "deep apologies" Wednesday for failing to do enough to protect and help Jews during World War II, after being sharply criticised by a respected research institute.

Dual exhibitions lift veil on Nazi-era art hoard

Bern - Hundreds of artworks from a spectacular collection hoarded by the son of a Nazi-era dealer will be shown for the first time since World War II in parallel exhibitions in Switzerland and Germany starting Thursday.
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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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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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USS Atlanta, WWII
Overview of the more than 5 000 graves at Epinal in France.
Overview of the more than 5,000 graves at Epinal in France.
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Seal of the USS Atlanta
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Mustard gas was used in WWI.
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Barracks at a Japanese internment facility in the United States
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Armored reconnaissance jeep of US 82nd Airborne Division, Ardennes Forest, Belgium, Dec 1944
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Reenactors representing WWII soldiers with guns used in the war, both German and Canadian guns.
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the Himalayas shot from above 20,000 ft.
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Japanese Army attacked North Point. The chimneys belong to North Point Power Station 1941
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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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This past August, the entire village of Bennwihr celebrated and honored the surviving veterans of World War II.
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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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Jessica Chastain stars in 'The Zookeeper's Wife'
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one of the original Supermarine Spitfires, heroes of the Battle of Britain in 2005
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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.
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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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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