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Forest Outside Nazi Death Camp Yields Disturbing Find

Hundreds of shoes, belts, clothing found in forest near Stutthof

(Newser) - For decades, the items sat hidden by shadows and foliage. Then a recent hike through a forest outside the former Stutthof Nazi concentration camp in Poland revealed the disturbing sight: previously unknown artifacts, including hundreds of pairs of shoes, belts, and strips of prisoner uniforms, up to a foot deep,... More »

Painting Looted by Nazis Turns Up in Ohio Home

Portrait of a Young Man was returned to Poland last week

(Newser) - A nearly 300-year-old painting stolen from Poland's National Museum by the Nazis during WWII was found in July hanging in an Ohio family's home, the Columbus Dispatch reports. Krzysztof Lubieniecki's Portrait of a Young Man is believed to have been looted by Nazi troops—like 70% of... More »

Polish Army Swoops In on Nazi 'Gold Train' Site

Explosives, radiation experts assessing site to rule out possible dangers

(Newser) - The world has been hearing about the Nazi gold train for weeks, and we may finally be getting closer to a confirmation or denial. The Polish army has converged upon the southwestern Poland site where the train could be located, with explosives, chemical, and radiation experts making sure there's... More »

Latest Charged as a Nazi: 91-Year-Old Woman

She's charged with accessory to murder

(Newser) - German prosecutors say they've charged a 91-year-old woman with 260,000 counts of accessory to murder on allegations she was a member of the Nazi SS who served in the Auschwitz death camp complex. Schleswig-Holstein prosecutors' spokesman Heinz Doellel said today the woman, whose name wasn't disclosed due... More »

Author: Nazi Soldiers Were High on Crystal Meth

Norman Ohler's new book also describes Hitler's drug use

(Newser) - You can add drug abuse to the long list of Nazi exploits, according to author Norman Ohler, who claims Adolf Hitler's soldiers were as high as a kite during World War II. When a friend mentioned Nazi soldiers used drugs, Ohler began scouring US and German archives and uncovered... More »

Explorer: I Found Massive Nazi Shelter Buried Underground

It's also in Poland, near search for 'gold train'

(Newser) - This might sound familiar: A treasure hunter says he's found something intriguing hidden beneath the earth by the Nazis in Poland. Except this isn't about a nearly mythical "gold train" that has set off frenzied search in the city of Walbrzych. Instead, Krzysztof Szpakowski says he's... More »

Nazi Train Town's New Fear: Gold Hunters Getting Killed

People in the city of Walbrzych have been walking on in-use train tracks

(Newser) - Polish authorities have blocked off a wooded area near a railroad track after scores of treasure hunters swarmed southwest Poland looking for an alleged Nazi gold train . The city of Walbrzych and its surrounding wooded hills are experiencing a gold rush after two men, a Pole and a German, informed... More »

'Deathbed' Map Led to Site of Possible Nazi Gold Train

Man who allegedly helped bury it 70 years ago revealed secret before dying

(Newser) - Because the potential discovery of a long-lost "Nazi gold train" wasn't tantalizing enough: It turns out that the two men who say they've found it got the information from a deathbed confession. Poland's deputy culture minister explained yesterday that one of the men who allegedly helped... More »

Curt Schilling Loses Gig for Comparing Muslims to Nazis

ESPN yanks him from Little League broadcast

(Newser) - Retired baseball player Curt Schilling discovered today that when it comes to retweeting Hitler memes, sometimes it's one strike and you're out. The New York Daily News reports ESPN removed Schilling from his gig covering the Little League World Series, and the former pitcher could face further punishments... More »

How 2 Nazi POWs Escaped Into the Wilds of Minnesota

They were among 13 who escaped in Minnesota during WWII

(Newser) - Nazi Cpl. Heinz Schymalla, 22, and fellow captive Walter Mai, 21, were among some 200 Germans cutting timber for Minnesota's pulp industry in a prisoner-of-war camp in 1944. Both captured in Tunisia in May 1943, they gained momentary notoriety when, moved to act in part by news that Schymalla'... More »

Famed Nazi Hunter Goes After SS Guard, 90

He wants Denmark to investigate Helmuth Leif Rasmussen

(Newser) - A leading Nazi hunter has asked Denmark to investigate a 90-year-old Dane suspected of being involved in the mass murder of Jews in Belarus during World War II. Efraim Zuroff of the Simon Wiesenthal Center filed the request yesterday with the Copenhagen police after the Justice Ministry last year turned... More »

German Man Uncovers Nazi-Era Treasure

217 gold coins were found in a field

(Newser) - For anyone with a metal detector collecting dust in the closet, this story should keep the dream alive. A man in northern Germany turned up a gold coin in October while searching near a pine tree at a field's edge. Further searching yielded nine coins, at which point Florian... More »

British Tabloid Shows Queen as Girl in Nazi Salute

Buckingham Palace angry at 'exploited' footage from early 1930s

(Newser) - Buckingham Palace is seething today at images in the Sun of a young Queen Elizabeth raising her hand in the Nazi salute. Rupert Murdoch's tabloid obtained a short film clip of the royal family horsing around in 1933 or 1934, when Elizabeth was about 7 years old. In the... More »

Trump Tweet Accidentally Includes Nazis

As poll puts him as GOP frontrunner

(Newser) - A Donald Trump tweet featured soldiers in Nazi uniforms along with the White House, the US flag, $100 bills, and Trump himself, but the campaign stresses that it was a mistake made by a "young intern" and the Waffen-SS logos are not part of Trump's vision for America.... More »

Telegram That Riled Hitler in Final Days Sells at Auction

Some think message from Goering helped drive him to suicide

(Newser) - An important piece of World War II history sold at auction this week—a telegram to Hitler from aide Hermann Goering that angered the fuhrer so much some think it helped drive him to suicide. And the crazy part is that the telegram got scooped up by an American soldier... More »

Violinist Finishes What the Nazis Interrupted

Nazis forced dad Ernest Drucker offstage in '33

(Newser) - In 1933, promising young Jewish-German violinist Ernest Drucker left the stage midway through a Brahms concerto in Cologne at the behest of Nazi officials, in one of the first anti-Semitic acts of the regime. More than 80 years later, his son, Grammy-winning American violinist Eugene Drucker, has completed his father'... More »

We Paid Suspected Nazis $20M in Social Security

US made payments for decades to 133 linked to Third Reich

(Newser) - The United States Social Security Administration paid out $20.2 million to 133 suspected Nazis over the course of decades—a pattern that ended only in January with the implementation of the No Social Security for Nazis Act —according to a new inspector general's report obtained by the... More »

Family Endures Nazi Occupation in Reality Show

'Holiday in the Protectorate' raises eyebrows among critics

(Newser) - Imagine channel-surfing one night and stumbling on a reality show about life in a crushing Nazi regime. Well, that show exists in the Czech Republic—and some people aren't too thrilled to see the Nazis turned into casual entertainment, the Guardian reports. Called Holiday in the Protectorate , the show... More »

In a Small Dutch Village, Our Dead Soldiers Are Loved

How our fallen are cared for at a cemetery on the outskirts of Margraten

(Newser) - As many lay wreaths and place flowers at the graves of fallen soldiers this Memorial Day weekend, the Washington Post takes readers to a cemetery far beyond our borders: one in the Dutch village of Margraten, the only American military cemetery in the Netherlands, per the American Battle Monuments Commission... More »

Lithuanian Building Holds Secret of Nazi, Soviet Past

Local discovers it was made from tombstones pilfered from Jewish cemetery

(Newser) - Giedrius Sakalauskas always thought there was something strange about the graffiti-sprayed, bunker-like structure in a leafy area outside Vilnius, Lithuania. Why build an electrical substation with granite blocks instead of regular bricks? When he examined the building more carefully this month, he made a chilling discovery: Dozens of stones had... More »

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