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Legendary Nazi Gold Train May Be Just a Legend

Treasure hunters admit they've found neither train nor tunnel

(Newser) - Explorers' great hopes for finding a legendary Nazi gold train in Poland appeared dashed Wednesday when, after digging extensively, they admitted they have found "no train, no tunnel" at the site, the AP reports. The legend has sparked a gold rush, drawing in treasure hunters from across Europe to... More »

She Was Inside the Nazi Regime, Still Says She Knew Nothing

Brunhilde Pomsel gives an interview at age 105

(Newser) - It was only after World War II, after she had served five years in a prison camp and returned to Berlin, that Brunhilde Pomsel says she learned about "the matter of the Jews." That's her circumlocution for the Holocaust, and it's a fairly surprising assertion considering... More »

Treasure Hunters to Finally Find That Nazi Gold Train. Maybe

A new search starts Monday in Poland

(Newser) - It's been a year since two treasure hunters claimed to have found a Nazi gold train buried under Poland and yet no Nazi gold train has actually been produced. That isn't stopping a team of 35 people, who plan to resume the hunt Monday, Deutsche Welle reports. Last... More »

German Nazi Hunter Finds 8 More Elderly Suspects

They allegedly worked at a concentration camp where 65K were killed

(Newser) - Eight elderly men and women could be charged with working at a Nazi concentration camp in Poland during WWII, the AP reports. German investigators say the four men were guards at Stutthof concentration camp and the four women were telephone operators and secretaries. According to Reuters , the eight individuals were... More »

Himmler's Lost Diaries Reveal Nazi's Last Years

They provide a timetable for the years 1938, 1944, 1945

(Newser) - Among their 1,000 pages, the newly found diaries of Holocaust architect Heinrich Himmler track his hourly schedule—filled with activities both mundane and grotesque—over the years 1938, 1943, and 1944. The Jewish Chronicle reports that some of Himmler's diaries were discovered in the 1950s, and hundreds of... More »

Monuments Men Rescued the Art. Nazis Got It Back

It was 'restitution to the Nazis rather than to their victims'

(Newser) - The Monuments Men are famous for rescuing art looted from Jewish families during World War II—but it turns out that many pieces never made it back to their original owners. That's because when the famed group turned over the artwork to the Bavarian state after the war, the... More »

Tunnel Hand-Dug by Jews to Flee Nazis Found in Lithuania

It's been the stuff of legend for more than 70 years

(Newser) - A 100-foot escape tunnel dug by Jewish prisoners using only their hands and spoons has been unearthed in Lithuania, a research team announced Wednesday. From 1941 to 1944, about 100,000 people (70,000 of them Jews from nearby Vilnius) were slaughtered by the Nazis, then dumped into burial pits... More »

Rare Nazi Coding Machine Found on eBay

It was stored in a garden shed

(Newser) - You never know what you’ll find on eBay. Case in point: A volunteer with the UK’s National Museum of Computing spotted a rare machine used by the Nazis to send encrypted messages during WWII on the auction site, the Guardian reports. Listed as a “telegram machine,”... More »

German Man Claims 'Fantastical' Find: Nazi Nukes

Peter Lohr warns his alleged find will eventually decay

(Newser) - A Nazi gold train . The Amber Room . Claims of legendary Nazi-era finds have been surfacing of late—and, it's worth noting, not panning out —and Nazi nukes now join that list. In what it describes as a "fantastical" claim, the Local reports retired mechanical engineer and amateur... More »

Ring Was Hidden at Auschwitz for More Than 70 Years

Once, it was somebody's 'ray of hope'

(Newser) - The owner of a gold ring and necklace found at Auschwitz was almost certainly murdered by the Nazis, but she hid her valuables so well that they weren't found by her killers—or by anybody else for another 70 years. The Auschwitz Museum says curators discovered the items in... More »

Man Teaches Pug Nazi Salute, Is Charged With Hate Crime

Markus Meechan, 28, trained girlfriend's dog to raise a paw to slurs

(Newser) - A 28-year-old Scottish man insists it was all a joke "to annoy my girlfriend," but his video of himself training her pug to make a Nazi-like salute has landed him in the slammer on hate crime charges, reports the Guardian . Markus Meechan posted the video, which he calls... More »

Historian: $500M Treasure Hides in Old Nazi Bunker

Is it really Russia's lost 'Amber Room'?

(Newser) - Some consider it "the world's most valuable piece of lost art," says Reuters , and according to a Polish historian, the Russian treasure may have been located. Bartlomiej Plebanczyk on Friday told his country's TVN24 he's "almost certain" the Amber Room, a chamber made of... More »

Family Says Museum's Priceless Passover Manuscript Is Rightfully Theirs

They claim it was stolen during Nazi rule

(Newser) - The Birds' Head Haggadah—the oldest illustrated Passover manuscript in the world and one of its most intriguing—has been a prized possessions of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem for the past 70 years, the AP reports. Now the grandchildren of a Jewish lawyer killed by the Nazis say the... More »

Austria Wants to Seize Hitler's Birth Home

The vacant building, sometimes a Neo-Nazi hot spot, is proving quite a headache

(Newser) - In an effort to prevent the "increasingly decrepit" building from falling into further disrepair, Austrian officials say they plan to draft a law that would allow them to seize Adolf Hitler's birth home in Braunau, a quaint town of 17,000 on the German border, reports the New ... More »

German Historian: AP Was in Cahoots With the Nazis

Claims that Nazis even had a propaganda plant as an AP photographer

(Newser) - A historian at Germany's Martin Luther University has uncovered what she says is proof from Associated Press archives that it was in formal cahoots with Adolf Hitler's Nazi regime in exchange for being the only Western news agency to report from there, the New York Times reports. In... More »

Years After Mysterious Death, 1st Nazi Hunter in Limelight

Prosecutor Fritz Bauer wasn't just Jewish, but a gay atheist

(Newser) - Nearly 50 years after he was mysteriously found dead in a bath tub, two new films are helping to put Germany's first Nazi hunter Fritz Bauer "back where he belongs: in the collective consciousness," reports Munich daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung , via AFP . Both Labyrinth of Lies by Giulio... More »

Only 67 Survived Treblinka. Now None Remain

Samuel Willenberg died on Friday

(Newser) - The last survivor of the Nazi death camp Treblinka—which systematically murdered 875,000 people during World War II, a gruesome toll eclipsed only by Auschwitz—died Friday at his home in Israel at the age of 93. Samuel Willenberg, born in Poland in 1923, was a physically fit bricklayer... More »

Auschwitz Guard, 94, to Stand Trial on 170K Counts

Reinhold Hanning's lawyer argues he worked in less-deadly section

(Newser) - A 94-year-old former SS guard at the Auschwitz death camp is going on trial this week on 170,000 counts of accessory to murder, the first of up to four cases being brought to court this year in an 11th-hour push by German prosecutors to punish Nazi war crimes. Reinhold... More »

Homes of Suspected Nazis Raided Over 1944 Massacre

3 elderly men believed to have helped massacre 86 people in France

(Newser) - German authorities raided the homes of three elderly men whom they suspect played a role in a massacre on French soil while members of the Nazi SS during WWII, NBC News reports. According to the AP , the men—all around the age of 90—may have been involved in the... More »

Holocaust Victims Return to Auschwitz 71 Years Later

Some wore sashes that recalled the striped clothing prisoners were forced to wear

(Newser) - Dozens of elderly Holocaust survivors lit candles at Auschwitz on Wednesday, exactly 71 years after the Soviet army liberated the death camp that has become the most powerful symbol of the human suffering inflicted by Nazi Germany during World War II. The commemoration at the former death camp in southern... More »

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