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Dig at Nazi Camp Reveals Gas Chamber, Graves

Archeologist finds first physical evidence at Treblinka

(Newser) - The Nazis tore down their notorious Treblinka death camp in 1943 and did their best to hide any physical evidence it ever existed. The strategy mostly worked, but some high-tech archeology is finally revealing the camp's secrets, reports LiveScience . British archeologist Caroline Sturdy Colls led a team that conducted... More »

Iran's Supreme Leader Denies Holocaust

Ayatollah reiterates belief in speech for new year

(Newser) - So much for the moderate new Iran. The nation's supreme leader today marked the start of the Persian New Year by denying the Holocaust, reports Haaretz . "The Holocaust is an event whose reality is uncertain and, if it happened, it's uncertain how it happened," Ayatollah Ali... More »

Germany Arrests 93-Year-Old Auschwitz Medic

Prosecutors: He played a part in gas-chamber deaths in 1944

(Newser) - Add yet another elderly suspected Nazi to the list of those recently arrested for charges of aiding and abetting mass murder at Auschwitz. A 93-year-old former medic was arrested at his home north of Berlin this week and taken into pre-trial detention, the Guardian reports. Prosecutors say the ex-SS member... More »

Why Some Jews Fought Alongside Hitler

Allied against Russia, Finnish Jews wanted to prove themselves

(Newser) - The Nazis had an unlikely ally during World War II: the Jews of Finland. As Finns and Germans allied against Russia, Jewish soldiers fought in the Finnish military—and still find themselves defending the fact that they sided with Adolf Hitler, writes Paul Kendall in the Telegraph . "I had... More »

World's Oldest Holocaust Survivor Dies at 110

Pianist featured in Oscar-nominated documentary

(Newser) - The world's oldest Holocaust survivor, a pianist who gained international recognition in the 1930s, has died in London at age 110. Alice Herz-Sommer, the subject of Oscar-nominated documentary The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life, was born in Prague, where her music earned her fame as a... More »

3 Auschwitz Suspects Arrested

Germany raids homes of 9 suspected former guards

(Newser) - In a last push to punish Nazi atrocities, German authorities have swooped in on the homes of nine suspected former guards at the Auschwitz death camp. Three men aged 88, 92, and 94 were arrested yesterday in the southern state of Baden-Wuerttemberg and are now in a prison hospital, reports... More »

Hungarian Jews to Country: Own Up to Holocaust Role

Group will go through with boycott if demands not met

(Newser) - Hungary's Jews aren't happy with the way the country plans to commemorate the Holocaust this year—and the country's main Jewish group will boycott the 70th anniversary events entirely if certain conditions aren't met. At issue is how Hungary (initially a Hitler ally) is depicting its... More »

Anne Frank's Marbles Found, Go on Display

Childhood friend still had them after all these years

(Newser) - Shortly before Anne Frank and her family went into hiding from the Nazis, she gave some of her toys to a non-Jewish girlfriend who lived in the building next door. The Anne Frank House Museum says the toys have now been recovered, and Anne's tin of marbles will go... More »

Inside the Holocaust's 2M 'Invisible' Executions

Millions killed at thousands of sites throughout Eastern Europe

(Newser) - Yesterday marked the 69th anniversary of Auschwitz's liberation, and the New York Times marks the solemn occasion with a look at a less widely known fact about the Holocaust: At least 2 million of the 6 million Jews who were killed died not at Auschwitz or any other concentration... More »

'Jew' Is Only Word in 1,250-Page Book

'And Every Single One Was Someone' tries to stir up discussion

(Newser) - It's more than 1,200 pages long and contains just one word, six million times: "Jew." By signifying the number of Jews killed in the Holocaust, And Every Single One Was Someone is designed to stimulate discussion and meditation, the New York Times reports. "That’s... More »

Hitler's Villainous SS Chief Revealed in Nazi Trove

Heinrich Himmler's personal papers give unprecedented glimpse of Nazi leadership

(Newser) - In history books, he was the chief architect of the systematic genocide of 6 million Jews. But in the pages of Germany's Welt am Sonntag newspaper, SS chief Heinrich Himmler is intimately depicted feeding a fawn or strolling with a daughter, and as the author of love letters to... More »

Israel Trying to Ban the Word 'Nazi'

Bill would make everything to do with the word illegal

(Newser) - In response to what it calls rising anti-Semitism abroad, Israel is pushing to ban the word "Nazi" from its lexicon. But it's not stopping there: Uttering any other slur related to the Third Reich would also be a crime, as would using any Holocaust symbol, from swastikas to... More »

Holocaust Survivor Finds Soldier Who Helped Save Her

Some 68 years after the Mauthausen camp was liberated

(Newser) - On May 5, 1945, US soldiers liberated the Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria, ending a nightmare that began for Marsha Kreuzman nearly six years before. Kreuzman and her family were forced into the Krakow ghetto in 1939, when she was in her teens; the next year, her mother was taken... More »

69 Years Later, Holocaust Survivor Reunites With Savior

Czeslaw Polziec's family hid Leon Gersten's family during WWII

(Newser) - An interpreter broke down crying yesterday when he relayed a message from a Holocaust survivor to the Polish man whose family hid him in their attic during World War II—a man he had not seen for almost 70 years. "We never forgot the fact that you and your... More »

Nazi War Criminal Erich Priebke Dead at 100

Former SS captain played role in Italian massacre

(Newser) - Erich Priebke, a former Nazi SS captain who evaded arrest for nearly 50 years after taking part in one of the worst atrocities by German occupiers in Italy during World War II, died yesterday at age 100. Priebke was finally extradited to Italy from Argentina in 1995 to face trial... More »

Holocaust Survivor Finally Returns to Germany

Margot Friedlander, 92, once swore she never would

(Newser) - The Nazis found Margot Friedlander hiding in Germany in 1944 and shipped her off to a concentration camp. She not only survived, she met her future husband at the camp, and they immigrated to New York City after the war. Now, as NBC News reports, Friedlander has done something she... More »

Iranian Media: CNN Faked Rouhani's Holocaust Remarks

Admission that mass-murder happened ignites controversy

(Newser) - It was no doubt refreshing for Western audiences to hear Iran's president acknowledge the Holocaust, but it's set off a firestorm back in Iran, the New York Times reports. In a CNN interview Tuesday, Hasan Rouhani said historians should judge the "dimensions of the Holocaust" but that... More »

Virginia Woman: My Dad Ran Auschwitz

German immigrant reveals amazing long-kept secret

(Newser) - Every family has some dirty laundry but not like this: A woman in Virginia is now revealing that her father was the Kommandant of Auschwitz. Brigette Höss (which is her maiden name; she is keeping her married name secret out of fear for her own safety) had kept the... More »

'Most-Wanted Nazi' Dies Awaiting Trial—at 98

Hungarian Laszlo Csatary reportedly sent 16K Jews to death camps

(Newser) - A onetime most-wanted Nazi war crimes suspect, Laszlo Csatary , has died at age 98, the BBC reports. The Hungarian was awaiting trial when he died in a hospital in his home country. "He had been treated for medical issues for some time but contracted pneumonia, from which he died,... More »

Holocaust Survivors Live Longer—Among Men

Study looked at 55K emigrants from Poland to Israel

(Newser) - Think Holocaust victims suffer from survivor's guilt? Maybe, but according to a new study, Holocaust survivors live an average of 6 months longer than those who avoided the Nazi menace, Pacific Standard reports. Among 55,220 emigrants from Poland to modern-day Israel, men who lived in Europe between 1939... More »

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