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WWII sacrifice of 'Free French' defending Hong Kong

Hong Kong - Seventy-five years ago, a handful of idealistic "Free French" took up arms to defend the British colony of Hong Kong in a futile battle against Japanese invaders.But their sacrifice, though largely unknown in their homeland, is not forgotten in Asia.

The Fall of Hong Kong: 75 years since Japan took the city

Hong Kong - High up on a hillside in the south of Hong Kong, shaded beneath dense green foliage, are the pockmarked remnants of World War II pillboxes, a reminder of the city's failed attempt to fend off a Japanese invasion.

Pro-Nazi slogan at Croatia death camp condemned

Zagreb - The Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Centre on Tuesday condemned a pro-Nazi slogan on a memorial plaque in a small Croatian town that housed a notorious World War II death camp.

Japanese navy veteran recalls Pearl Harbor 75 years on

Osaka - Navy aircraft mechanic Kuniyoshi Takimoto watched as Japanese planes roared off the aircraft carrier Hiryu to attack Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

Wife of Putin aide shocks with Holocaust-themed skating routine

Moscow - The wife of President Vladimir Putin's spokesman faced a storm of criticism on Monday for performing a Holocaust-themed ice-dancing routine with striped costumes based on concentration camp uniforms.

Croatian president poses with pro-Nazi regime symbol

Zagreb - Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic sparked online debate Saturday as it emerged she posed for a photo during her recent Canada trip with a flag carrying a symbol of her country's wartime pro-Nazi regime.

Indonesia agrees to help solve mystery of missing shipwrecks

Jakarta - Indonesia has agreed to work with the Netherlands to investigate the mysterious disappearance of several World War II shipwrecks -- considered war graves -- from the bottom of the Java Sea, the Dutch prime minister said Wednesday.

Huge interest as Anne Frank poem goes up for auction

Haarlem - A very rare handwritten poem by Jewish diarist Anne Frank goes under the auctioneer's hammer Wednesday, amid a flurry of interest which may push the price well above the 30,000 euros ($32,000) reserve.

Around Auschwitz, Holocaust items rescued from oblivion

Poland - Things are looking good for a group of unusual treasure hunters who have already removed dozens of items from a small wooden cabin in southern Poland.

Indonesia says not to blame for missing WWII shipwrecks

Jakarta - Indonesia refused to take the blame Thursday for the disappearance of at least six British and Dutch World War II shipwrecks -- considered war graves -- that investigators believe could have been salvaged for scrap.

'Rare' Anne Frank poem to be auctioned

Den Haag - An "extremely rare" handwritten poem by Anne Frank, penned shortly before she went into hiding from the Nazis, is to be auctioned and could fetch up to 50,000 euros ($55,000), the auctioneers said Thursday.

England's oldest hotel, dating back to 1769 destroyed in fire

Exeter - Exeter, England's Royal Clarence Hotel has been destroyed in a fire that broke out in a nearby building on Cathedral Green on Friday. The fire spread and engulfed the hotel, burning for close to 24 hours.

Hollande admits France's WWII role in Roma internment

Montreuil-bellay - President Francois Hollande acknowledged Saturday France's "broad responsibility" for the internment of thousands of Roma by the World War II Vichy regime and in the early months of the post-war government.

Slovenia starts burial of WWII mass killing victims

Maribor - Slovenia on Thursday started burying the remains of some 800 alleged Nazi collaborators killed by communist forces in the aftermath of World War II, and discovered in a giant mine in 2009.

Japan cabinet ministers visit controversial war shrine

Toukyo - Two Japanese cabinet ministers visited a controversial war shrine Wednesday, after a mass visit by lawmakers angered China and South Korea which see it as a painful reminder of Tokyo's past aggression.

Dozens of Japan lawmakers visit controversial war shrine

Toukyo - Dozens of Japanese lawmakers visited a controversial war shrine on Tuesday in an annual pilgrimage criticised by China and South Korea, which see it as a painful reminder of Tokyo's aggressive past.

Scottish historian finds 'Hitler's first autobiography'

Edinburgh - The first biography of Adolf Hitler which presented him as "Germany's saviour" and compared him to Jesus may have been written by the future dictator himself, a Scottish historian has claimed.

Sombre Ukraine marks 75 years since Nazi slaughter of Jews

Kiev - A sombre Ukraine on Thursday marked 75 years since the Nazis slaughtered 34,000 Jews on the outskirts of Kiev during one of the worst single massacres of the Holocaust.

Kiev's last survivor of Nazi 'path to death' at Babi Yar

Kiev - "We were gathered here, and sent along 'the path to death'," says Raisa Maistrenko, pointing to a Kiev ravine that 75 years ago witnessed one of the worst atrocities of World War II.

Woman in famous WWII kiss photo dies at 92

Washington - The woman dramatically kissed by a sailor celebrating the end of World War II in an iconic photograph seen around the world has died, according to The New York Times. She was 92.

Japan sends 1bn yen to S. Korea 'comfort women' foundation

Seoul - Japan sent Thursday a promised one billion yen ($9.6 million) to a South Korea foundation for former sex slaves for wartime Japanese soldiers, as part of a controversial deal struck last year aimed at settling the "comfort women" issue.

Polish dig turns up no sign of fabled 'Nazi gold train'

Varsovia - Two treasure hunters who have been digging for a Nazi gold train believed to be buried in southwest Poland said on Thursday they had given up after two weeks and zero results.

Russia frees Japanese man held on disputed Kunashir island

Toukyo - Russia has released a Japanese citizen detained on a disputed island claimed by both countries, Tokyo's foreign ministry said Thursday, ahead of diplomatic talks on the long-running territorial dispute.

Warsaw seeks jail time for 'Polish' death camps term

Varsovia - Poland's rightwing government on Tuesday said it would seek fines or jail terms of up to three years against anyone who refers to Nazi German death camps as Polish.

Hunt for Nazi 'gold train' resumes in Poland

Walbrzych - Treasure hunters on Friday relaunched their search for a lost Nazi gold train allegedly loaded with loot and buried in southwestern Poland, despite there being no scientific evidence it exists.

Nagasaki marks 71st atomic bombing anniversary

Toukyo - The Japanese city of Nagasaki on Tuesday marked 71 years since its destruction by a US atomic bomb, with its mayor lauding a visit by US President Barack Obama to Hiroshima earlier this year.

Japan marks Hiroshima bombing anniversary

Toukyo - Japan on Saturday marked 71 years since the city of Hiroshima was destroyed by a US atomic bomb, as its mayor urged the world to unite in abolishing nuclear weapons.

Himmler diaries reveal chilling details of Nazi wartime life

Berlin - Wartime diaries kept by top Nazi henchman Heinrich Himmler, serialised this week in Germany's daily Bild, offer chilling insights into the life of one of the principal architects of the Holocaust.

Real-life 'Pianist' family wins defamation appeal

Varsovia - The family of the late Jewish-Polish protagonist of Oscar-winning Holocaust film "The Pianist" said Monday they had won an appeal against defamation over claims in a book that he was a Nazi collaborator.

Holocaust Survivor Band returns home to Poland

Varsovia - They survived the Holocaust, and held on to their love of life despite their childhood ordeal -- and in their twilight years, now living in the United States, they started a band.
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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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Screenshot of FM 2 "Wildcat" Fighter pulled out of Lake Michigan
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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.
War Office official photographer, Horton (Cpt)
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.
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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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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
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
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
USS Atlanta  WWII
USS Atlanta, WWII
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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
Wikipedia
Mustard gas was used in WWI.
Mustard gas was used in WWI.
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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.
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
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.
Barracks at a Japanese internment facility in the United States
Barracks at a Japanese internment facility in the United States
OSU Special Collections & Archives
Every year  volunteers gather to pay tribute to the American forces that died in WWII at Epinal ceme...
Every year, volunteers gather to pay tribute to the American forces that died in WWII at Epinal cemetery in France
Jocelyne Papelard
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
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Picture of a forest
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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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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

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