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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 »

Pics Show POWs Performing in Nazi Camp

Germany used Oflag VII-A to dupe the Red Cross

(Newser) - Photos have emerged from a Nazi POW camp that show officers performing theater and playing music—signs that Germany used the camp to help conceal the Holocaust, Der Spiegel reports. Reports of Polish officers enjoying some cultural life at Oflag VII-A, in Murnau, Germany, have circulated for years, but were... More »

Marion Barry Apologizes for Gaffe ... With New Gaffe

Recalls troubles of the 'Polaks'' in US

(Newser) - Marion Barry has apologized again for incendiary comments about Asians —but his apology has him in more hot water. The DC Council member recently said he'd "do something about these Asians coming in, opening businesses, those dirty shops. They ought to go." Within weeks, he complained... More »

Brit Tycoon Murder Suspect Tried to Flee by Sea

Visited marina day after girlfriend found dead

(Newser) - A British millionaire sought in the murder of his Polish girlfriend in a tony Paris hotel tried to buy a cabin cruiser to flee, reports Times of London. Ian Griffin visited a British marina earlier this week after his girlfriend was found beaten to death and tried buy a vessel—... More »

Polish Meaning of New Name Embarrasses 'Syfy'

Slang for VD probably not what network had in mind for rebranding

(Newser) - The much-maligned rebranding of the channel formerly known as Sci-Fi has yielded another embarrassment for the network. “Syfy”—the new name—is Polish slang for syphilis, Broadcasting & Cable reports. Native Poles, however, may be less offended by the name change than hard-core fans: Polish embassy officials say... More »

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