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Auschwitz Guard 'Couldn't Imagine' Jews Leaving Alive

93-year-old Oskar Groening's trial continues

(Newser) - A former Auschwitz guard being tried on 300,000 counts of accessory to murder has testified that it was clear to him Jews were not expected to leave the camp in Nazi-occupied Poland alive. "I couldn't imagine that" happening, former SS Sgt. Oskar Groening told the Lueneburg state... More »

'Accountant of Auschwitz,' Now 93, Heads to Trial

Oskar Groening was in charge of items stolen from Holocaust victims

(Newser) - Tomorrow, former SS guard Oskar Groening, 93, goes on trial in Germany on 300,000 counts of accessory to murder. He faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in a trial that will focus on whether legally he can be found an accessory to murder for his actions. Groening is... More »

How a Texas Man Created a Stunning Holocaust Archive

It's a story of Holocaust deniers and a man on a mission

(Newser) - It's thought to be one of the world's largest privately owned Holocaust archives: half-a-million items assembled over the decades by a man trained as a chemist. How it came to be is a fascinating tale recounted by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency roughly one year after the Mazal Holocaust... More »

Auschwitz Sees Record Number of Visitors

More than 1.5M visited in 2014

(Newser) - A record number of people—1,534,000—visited the grounds of the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau last year. The Auschwitz museum said yesterday on its website that most visitors came from within Poland, with tourists from Britain, the US (specifically, 92,000), Italy, and Germany rounding out... More »

Huge Swastika Spotted in Swimming Pool

Brazilian police say they can't press charges

(Newser) - Brazilian police were flying in a helicopter on a drug raid when they made a startling find: a huge swastika at the bottom of a swimming pool, RT.com reports. After investigating, police say the Nazi symbol had been there for 13 years but they can't press charges because... More »

House Unanimous at Last: No Social Security for Nazis

Moves to close loophole that let dozens collect millions after they left US

(Newser) - Suspected Nazi war criminals would be blocked from receiving Social Security benefits under a bill unanimously approved yesterday by the House, shutting a loophole that allowed suspected Nazis to be paid millions of dollars. Under the bill, benefits would be terminated for Nazi suspects who have lost their American citizenship.... More »

Thieves Steal Concentration Camp Gate

Infamous sign was stolen overnight, officials say

(Newser) - A gate with the chilling Nazi slogan "Arbeit Macht Frei"—"Work Makes You Free"—has been stolen from the former Dachau concentration camp in Bavaria. The 75-by-37-inch gate was set into a larger gate and security guards noticed it missing yesterday morning, reports the AP . Police... More »

US Paid Suspected Nazis Millions in Social Security

Benefits continue after they voluntarily leave US

(Newser) - As an incentive to get them off American soil, Nazi war criminals and suspects were in many cases allowed to keep their Social Security benefits. That left dozens of them—at least 38 of 66 suspects since 1979—to receive millions in US taxpayer dollars over the years, the AP... More »

Report: Hitler Was on Crystal Meth

Nazi leader took 74 drugs in all, says US dossier

(Newser) - Adolf Hitler apparently relied on a stunning array of drugs while ruling Nazi Germany, including one made popular by the show Breaking Bad: crystal meth. According to a 47-page US military dossier, a physician filled the Fuhrer with barbiturate tranquilizers, morphine, bulls' semen, a pill that contained crystal meth, and... More »

Austria Turning Hitler's Home Into Holocaust Museum

Austrian building will be called a 'house of responsibility'

(Newser) - Plans are in the works to open a Holocaust museum in what may seem a surprising location: Hitler's boyhood home in Austria. Local officials in Braunau am Inn, near the German border, have decided to turn it into the House of Responsibility, a center designed to educate the public... More »

Nazi Official Sent 'Stupid' Spies to Britain on Purpose

Intelligence official wanted to sabotage Hitler, says historian

(Newser) - Who would send ill-prepared spies on a vital mission knowing they were bound to screw up? Nazi intelligence official Herbert Wichmann, that's who—at least according to one historian who argues that Wichmann and his circle were trying to sabotage Hitler's plans. In Operation Sealion: Resistance Inside the ... More »

Nazi Resister Returns Medal to Israel Over Gaza Bombs

Dutch resident saved Jewish boy from Nazis, but lost kin in Gaza airstrikes

(Newser) - In World War II, a Dutch man risked his life and saved a Jewish boy from the Nazis—a feat that earned Henk Zanoli Israel's prestigious Righteous Among the Nations medal after the war. This week, the 91-year-old gave it back, reports Haaretz . The reason? An Israeli airstrike killed... More »

Nazis' Ideal Aryan Baby Was Actually Jewish

'Telegraph' shares Hessy Taft's story

(Newser) - It turns out the Nazis' vision of the ideal Aryan baby—one that was slapped on the cover of a magazine, on postcards, and disseminated in party propaganda—was a Jewish baby. The Telegraph resurfaces the remarkable story of Hessy Taft (born Hessy Levinsons), a now 80-year-old who in 1935,... More »

Philadelphia Man, 89, Held on Nazi War Crimes

Johann Breyer was a guard at Auschwitz

(Newser) - An 89-year-old Philadelphia man may be headed back to Germany to face charges that he helped the Nazis slaughter Jews at Nazi death camps, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer . Johann Breyer, a native of the former Czechoslovakia, was arrested yesterday at his home by federal authorities and now faces an extradition... More »

How 50 Kids Were Saved From Hitler—by a US Couple

Meet Philly's Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus

(Newser) - They're a little like the American version of Oskar Schindler, but most probably haven't heard of Eleanor and Gilbert Kraus. Steven Pressman is out to change that with a new book called 50 Children: One Ordinary American Couple’s Extraordinary Rescue Mission into the Heart of Nazi Germany,... More »

Audi Reveals Dark Details of Its Nazi Past

Predecessor Auto Union used concentration camp labor

(Newser) - Audi has finally released what Germany's other major car manufacturers have—a report detailing how its predecessor company made use of concentration camp labor. The admission comes via a newly released historical study that the company itself called for. It found that 3,700 concentration camp inmates were made... More »

NYC Cabbie: Let Me Wear My Nazi Armband

But city's taxi commission suspends him for a month

(Newser) - A New York City taxi driver has been suspended for a month for proudly wearing a Nazi armband while tooling around the city, but Gabriel Diaz thinks he's getting a raw deal. "I'm a Nationalist Socialist, what you guys call a Nazi," the 26-year-old tells CBS... More »

Nazi-Art Hoarder Leaves $1.3B in Paintings to 'Sole Heir'

Cornelius Gurlitt wanted museum to sort out ownership

(Newser) - A Nazi-era art hoarder who died yesterday has left his entire $1.3 billion collection to the Bern Art Museum—which now has the unenviable task of deciding who owns which paintings, the BBC reports. Cornelius Gurlitt, the son of Adolf Hitler's art dealer, had no close relatives and... More »

Nazi-Art Hoarder, Germany Cut a Deal

Team will spend a year reviewing nearly half Cornelius Gurlitt's stash

(Newser) - Germany and Cornelius Gurlitt, who made headlines last year when his trove of Nazi-era art was uncovered, have hammered out a deal that could send some of the works back to their rightful owners, the New York Times reports. Under the official agreement announced yesterday, government-selected investigators will, over the... More »

Hitler May Have Married a Jew

Documentary suggests Eva Braun has Jewish ancestry

(Newser) - A British documentary airing next week makes an astonishing claim: Hitler inadvertently married a Jew in one of his last acts before suicide, reports the Telegraph . The Channel 4 show, Dead Famous DNA, maintains that hair from Eva Braun's brush suggests she had Jewish ancestry on her mother's... More »

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