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Divers find Nazis' Enigma code machine in Baltic Sea

Berlin - German divers who recently fished an Enigma encryption machine out of the Baltic Sea, used by the Nazis to send coded messages during World War II, handed their rare find over to a museum for restoration on Friday.

'Choking on blood': AFP's report on final day of Nuremberg trials

Nuremberg - On the last day of the Nuremberg trials, the top surviving Nazi leaders made their final speeches from the dock, with most trying to minimise their role in the regime's crimes.

France honours six-year-old WWII resistance hero

Aixe-sur-vienne - France paid tribute to a boy regarded as its youngest-ever resistance hero on Wednesday as part of the nationwide Armistice Day ceremonies in memory of those who died in World Wars I and II.

France to remember six-year-old wartime resistance hero

Limoges - France this week commemorates the deeds of a boy who died aged just six hailed as the youngest French World War II hero for carrying messages under his shirt to leaders of the resistance against Nazi occupation.

Lifting the veil on a German father's Nazi secret

Hamburg - Barbara Brix admired her father, a doctor who passed on his love of history and literature. Until she learned years after his passing that he had been part of a Nazi death squad."I didn't meet my father until I was six years old.

Nuremberg preserves Nazi past, stone by stone

Nuremberg - When Nazi ruins begin to crumble, is it better for Germany to rip them down or restore them?That is the question now facing Nuremberg, site of the infamous vast marching grounds and torchlit parades immortalised by filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl.

Polish divers neutralise huge WWII bomb

Warsaw - Polish military divers on Tuesday defused a massive World War II bomb discovered at the bottom of a channel near the Baltic Sea, the navy said.

Hundreds evacuated as Polish divers begin high-risk bomb defusal

Warsaw - Hundreds of residents were evacuated on Monday as Polish military divers began a delicate operation to defuse a massive World War II bomb in a channel near the Baltic Sea.

Briton, Australian killed clearing WWII bomb in Solomons

Honiara - Two bomb disposal experts from Britain and Australia died in the Solomon Islands when World War II ordnance they were helping to clear exploded, officials said Monday.

Real-life 'Pianist' possessions up for auction in Poland

Warsaw - A fountain pen, silver pocket watch and other prized possessions of the late Jewish-Polish composer Wladyslaw Szpilman, the real-life hero of the Oscar-winning film "The Pianist," go under the hammer in Warsaw next week.

Nazi-looted French painting on display in search for rightful owner

Verdun - A 19th-century oil painting stolen from occupied France during World War II has gone on display in a bid to trace its rightful owners after being returned by the son of the German soldier who took it on orders from above.

Japanese ministers visit Yasukuni Shrine, first since 2016

Apo - Four Japanese cabinet ministers paid their respects on Saturday at a war shrine seen by neighbouring countries as a symbol of Tokyo's past militarism, in the first such visit since 2016.

From Manhattan to Hiroshima: the race for the atom bomb

Apo - The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki capped six years of top-secret work by scientists from Europe and North America. Here is an overview of how that process unfolded.

'Unspeakable horror': the attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Apo - Japan on Thursday marked 75 years since the world's first atomic bomb attack, which killed around 140,000 people in Hiroshima and left many more deeply traumatised and even stigmatised.

Japan marks 75th anniversary of Hiroshima atomic bombing

Yokogawa - Japan on Thursday marked 75 years since the world's first atomic bomb attack, with the coronavirus pandemic forcing a scaling back of ceremonies to remember the victims.

75 years on, Japan bomb survivors make final pleas for abolition

Apo - As Japan marks 75 years since the devastating attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the last generation of nuclear bomb survivors are working to ensure their message lives on after them.

From Manhattan to Hiroshima: the race for the atom bomb

Apo - The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki capped six years of top-secret work by scientists from Europe and North America. Here is an overview of how that process unfolded.

75 years on, Japan bomb survivors make final pleas for abolition

Apo - As Japan marks 75 years since the devastating attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the last generation of nuclear bomb survivors are working to ensure their message lives on after them.

'Unspeakable horror': the attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Apo - Japan this week marks the 75th anniversary of the atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which killed over 200,000 people and left many more deeply traumatised and even stigmatised.

Japan court recognises more Hiroshima bomb survivors

Apo - A Hiroshima court issued a rare ruling Wednesday expanding the designation of atomic bomb survivors to include more people hit by radioactive "black rain", 75 years after the US nuclear attack on Japan at the end of World War II.

Court verdict due in trial of ex-Nazi camp guard, 93

Hamburg - A German court will give its verdict Thursday in the high-profile trial of a former Nazi concentration camp guard, 93, accused of complicity in the murder of thousands of people during World War II.

'We don't want that time to be reborn': Witness in SS guard's trial speaks out

Warsaw - The pyres of burning bodies in the forests around Nazi Germany's Stutthof concentration camp still haunt 93-year-old Marek Dunin-Wasowicz, a crucial witness in the trial of former SS guard Bruno Dey which is expected to close on Thursday.

Ex-SS guard apologises to Holocaust victims ahead of verdict

Hamburg - A 93-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard apologised to Holocaust victims at a Hamburg court Monday, ahead of the verdict in a high-profile trial over his complicity in World War II atrocities.

Spitfire tribute as UK says goodbye to WWII icon Vera Lynn

Ditchling - Two Royal Air Force Spitfires staged a ceremonial fly-past Friday as thousands of people turned out to pay their last respects to British World War II icon Vera Lynn.

Experts remove British WWII bomb from French port city

Saint-nazaire - Hundreds of people had to leave their homes in a coastal French city on Wednesday to allow explosive experts to deal with a 500-kilogram bomb from World War II.

German prosecutors seek three years for former Nazi camp guard

Hamburg - German prosecutors on Monday demanded three years in jail for a 93-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard who they said was "without a doubt" complicit in the murder of more than 5,000 people during World War II.

Former Nazi camp guard, 93, faces German court reckoning

Berlin - The prosecution's closing arguments will be heard on Monday in the trial of a 93-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard for complicity in the murder of more than 5,000 people during World War II.

Russia and Europe trade barbs over WWII narratives

Moscow - The Kremlin has become entrenched in a war of words with Europe over the legacy of World War II, as both sides accuse each other of cynically rewriting history for political gain.

Secrecy shrouds deadly WWII sinking of ship off France

Nantes - Eighty years ago on Wednesday, thousands of people met a watery Atlantic grave when Nazi planes sank a cruise ship requisitioned by the British government to evacuate troops from France after the invasion by German troops.

Necco Wafers making a 'sweet comeback' after a two-year absence

How sweet is this news? Necco Wafers, a beloved American candy with roots dating back to 1847 is making a triumphant comeback after a two-year absence,
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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.
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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
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
Nagasaki  JAPAN
Nagasaki, JAPAN
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
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.
Courtesy of Lauren Steinhauer
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.
Mazbln
A Bristol Beaufighter taking off.
A Bristol Beaufighter taking off.
Royal Air Force official photographer
This past August  the entire village of Bennwihr celebrated and honored the surviving veterans of Wo...
This past August, the entire village of Bennwihr celebrated and honored the surviving veterans of World War II.
Courtesy of Carole Bumpus
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
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)
USS Atlanta  WWII
USS Atlanta, WWII
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.
Picture of a forest
Picture of a forest
Jean-Pol GRANDMONT
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.
Jessica Chastain stars in  The Zookeeper s Wife
Jessica Chastain stars in 'The Zookeeper's Wife'
Elevation Pictures
the Himalayas shot from above 20 000 ft.
the Himalayas shot from above 20,000 ft.
Teton Gravity Research
A young man looks at the antisemitic caricature in the display window of the Danzig office of  Der S...
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.
Wide World Photo
Relocation of Japanese-Canadians to camps in the interior of British Columbia
Relocation of Japanese-Canadians to camps in the interior of British Columbia
Library and Archives of Canada/C--046355
Barracks at a Japanese internment facility in the United States
Barracks at a Japanese internment facility in the United States
OSU Special Collections & Archives

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