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How'd Deported Nazi Guard Get in US? With Help

Fellow SS member vouched for him on false visa application: historian

(Newser) - Now that former Nazi prison guard Jakiw Palij is out of the US , the New York Times explores how he got in, and it wasn't through his efforts alone. As Nazi records of his SS membership weren't uncovered until the 1990s, Palij successfully applied for a visa under... More »

Deported Nazi Guard Likely to Get Off Scot-Free

German investigator cites lack of evidence of crimes in case of Jakiw Palij

(Newser) - Getting booted from the US may be the only punishment to befall former Nazi prison guard Jakiw Palij. Though US authorities say he was involved in the deaths of 6,000 Jewish people at the Trawniki concentration camp in occupied Poland, the 95-year-old is unlikely to be convicted because of... More »

Ex-Nazi Guard in Queens Is Deported to Germany

Queens resident Jakiw Palij faces possible war crimes charges

(Newser) - In 1966, a man named Jakiw Palij and his wife bought a home near LaGuardia Airport from a Polish Jewish couple who had survived the Holocaust, reports the AP . It's likely they never would have sold had they known Palij's past—he served as a Nazi prison guard... More »

Australia Reels Over Senator's Call for a 'Final Solution'

Fraser Anning was speaking of Muslim migration

(Newser) - An Australian's senator's use of the term "final solution" has gone over about as well as you'd expect, which is to say, very poorly. Fraser Anning floated what the New York Times calls the "Nazi euphemism for genocide" on Tuesday during his first speech to... More »

Protesters Far Outnumber 'Unite the Right' Crowd in DC

Dozens of white nationalists encountered hundreds in counterprotest near White House

(Newser) - A contingent of about 30 white nationalists was seen marching down a Washington street toward the White House surrounded by a protective bubble of police officers and vehicles, per the AP . Hundreds of counterprotesters were walking alongside the group but keeping on the sidewalks, many of them shouting and taunting... More »

Trump Jr.: Democratic Platform 'Awfully Similar' to Nazi Party

He says people have been misled by leftist academics

(Newser) - Donald Trump Jr. is taking flak for comparing the platform of the Democratic Party to that of the Nazis in the 1930s—and he wonders what all the fuss is about. It started with an interview Thursday, in which the president's son told the One America News Network that... More »

School Quotes WWII German General in 'Inspirational' Email

But the University of Exeter has apologized

(Newser) - Quoting a German World War Two general may not be the best way to inspire young people, as a British school learned this month. Now Exeter University in South West England has apologized after sending a mass email to staff and students quoting former general Erwin Rommel, USA Today reports.... More »

Buyer Wants $800K After Learning of Painting's Messy Past

Alain Dreyfus says Christie's should have figured out it had been stolen by the Nazis

(Newser) - The buyer of a painting reportedly stolen by Nazis wants some $800,000 from Christie's auction house, which he claims "didn't do enough work" to clear the provenance of Alfred Sisley's "First Day of Spring in Moret." French art dealer Alain Dreyfus says he... More »

As She Headed to Auschwitz Gas Chamber, She Wrote This

Vilma Grunwald's letter now lives at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

(Newser) - That Vilma Grunwald's letter even exists is extraordinary. She penned it in the minutes before she was gassed at Auschwitz, addressed it to her husband, and handed it to a Nazi guard who did the improbable—delivered it to the man, who was also imprisoned at the camp. The... More »

'Bookkeeper of Auschwitz' Dies Without Ever Serving Sentence

Oskar Gröning was tried and convicted of being an accessory to 300K murders

(Newser) - A Nazi serviceman dubbed the "Bookkeeper of Auschwitz" for his role as an accountant at the death camp has died without ever serving out the sentence he received upon being convicted as an accessory to 300,000 murders. Oskar Gröning was 96 when he died Friday at a... More »

They Sold Painting to Escape Nazis. Now, Heirs Get It Back

Jewish couple parted with Joachim Patinir artwork under duress

(Newser) - A 16th-century oil painting that fell into Nazi hands during World War II was returned by France's government to a Jewish couple's heirs Monday. The Flemish painting Triptych of the Crucifixion is attributed to Joachim Patinir and it had sat unclaimed in a French museum for seven decades,... More »

Queen Learns Where Crown Jewels Were Hidden in War

Inside a cookie tin

(Newser) - A BBC documentary that aired last weekend about Queen Elizabeth had all kinds of interesting royal nuggets, but one revelation in particular was news to the queen herself. The makers of The Coronation were able to tell Elizabeth where her father hid the most precious of the crown jewels during... More »

'Bookkeeper of Auschwitz' Must Go to Prison

Appeal of 96-year-old Oskar Groening is denied

(Newser) - German authorities have rejected a former Auschwitz death camp guard's bid for clemency, removing the final barrier to the 96-year-old serving his sentence for accessory to murder. Prosecutors rejected former SS sergeant Oskar Groening's clemency request filed earlier this week, per the AP . Groening had been known as... More »

Government Seized Shkreli's Nazi Code Machine

They also auctioned off letters from Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin

(Newser) - Martin Shkreli owes New York hundreds of thousands of dollars, and to get it back the state's tax office has been seizing and selling some of the most prized possessions of the so-called "pharma bro." On Friday, state tax officials told CNBC they had already auctioned off... More »

Auction House Asks That You Not Judge This Car Too Harshly

Hitler rode in it, but 'it did not choose its user or its use'

(Newser) - It's being called "the most historically significant automobile ever offered for public sale": the 1939 "Super Mercedes" once occupied by a standing Adolf Hitler. The AFP reports just four of the Mercedes-Benz 770K Grosser models were built, and the one being put up for sale in Arizona... More »

Painting Stolen by Nazis Goes Home, With US Help

It was found near Philadelphia

(Newser) - A 19th century painting that was looted by the Nazis during World War II and recovered by the FBI in Pennsylvania has returned home to Poland, reports the AP . It was publicly unveiled Wednesday by members of both the American and Polish governments in a ceremony that marked one of... More »

In US Army Vault, 'Heinous' Art Includes a Hitler Bust

Andrew Beaujon explores Nazi art collection at Fort Belvoir

(Newser) - Getting to the 3-foot bust of Adolf Hitler, taken from his mountaintop retreat known as the Eagle's Nest, was a monthslong effort. Even on the day that Andrew Beaujon would set his eyes upon it, he had to pass through a security gate, drive a mile to its host... More »

White Nationalists March on University of Virginia

Officials are worried about violence at neo-Nazi rally Saturday

(Newser) - Neo-Nazis, white nationalists, and other members of the alt-right clashed with counter-protesters Friday night at the University of Virginia ahead of what the Southern Poverty Law Center says could be the "largest hate-gathering of its kind in decades in the United States," CNN reports. Images from Charlottesville, Virginia,... More »

French Candidate Takes Flak for Comments on Jews in WWII

Marine Le Pen says France not to blame for mass arrest in Paris

(Newser) - Marine Le Pen has been accused in the past of being anti-Semitic, and her words over the weekend on a famous World War II raid didn't help put that allegation to bed. Per Reuters , the far-right French presidential contender spoke to media groups Sunday and referenced the Vel d'... More »

Stolen 'Work Sets You Free' Gate Back at Dachau

Famous wrought-iron gate was found under a tarp in a Norwegian parking lot

(Newser) - The wrought-iron gate to the Nazis' Dachau concentration camp, which prompted an international outcry when it was stolen more than two years ago, has been returned to the German memorial site. The gate, bearing the slogan "Arbeit macht frei," ("Work sets you free"), was located in... More »

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