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Docs Injected Fake Typhus to Outsmart Nazis

The false positives let prisoners live in quarantine

(Newser) - It all started with a man so desperate to escape forced labor in Nazi Germany in 1941 that he considered cutting off his own arm. Instead, on a whim, his doctor in Poland stuck a needle in his arm, the man tested positive for the oft-deadly typhus, and he was... More »

Last of Anne Frank's Guardians Dead at 100

Miep Gies kept girl's papers, helped father assemble diary

(Newser) - The last surviving member of the Dutch group that protected famed diarist Anne Frank and her family in Amsterdam during World War II died today at 100. Miep Gies assembled Anne’s papers after she and her family were discovered by the Nazis in 1944 and, because they were Jewish,... More »

'French Anne Frank' Diaries a Hit

Account of life in Nazi-occupied Paris only now available

(Newser) - Often called France’s Anne Frank, Helene Berr was a young Jewish student living in Nazi-occupied Paris who, like Frank, kept a diary detailing the journey from her privileged life to the reality of her fate. Just published for the first time, the diary has become a literary phenomenon, selling... More »

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