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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 »

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 »

Former Concentration Camp to Become 'Party' Hotel

Montenegro's parliament approves plan for resort at Mamula

(Newser) - Thousands of people were held at Campo Mamula, an island concentration camp off Montenegro, during World War II, including 130 who died there. Soon, people will mostly go there to party. Despite protests from relatives of those imprisoned at the site, Montenegro's government has approved a plan to transform... More »

Rabbi Detained for Singing at Auschwitz

His group sang songs their grandparents sang as they were led to their deaths

(Newser) - Is singing appropriate at a memorial site, where it might bother other visitors? What if it's not just any singing, but an homage to relatives who sang those very songs as they were led to their deaths at Auschwitz? An Israeli rabbi who was there guiding a group of... 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 »

Holocaust Far Worse Than We Thought

Museum research greatly raises number of camps, ghettos

(Newser) - No doubt you've heard of Auschwitz, Treblinka, and the Warsaw Ghetto, but probably not the Munchen-Schwabing camp in Germany. It was perhaps the smallest slave-labor camp run by the Nazis, with maybe a dozen people there at a time forced into manual labor, writes Eric Lichtblau in the New ... More »

Letter Baring Hitler's Jewish Hatred Goes on Display

Chillingly warns of 'removal' of Jews under 'strong' nation

(Newser) - A Jewish "hate letter" written by Adolf Hitler will go on public display for the first time ever in a Los Angeles museum. The four-page typed letter, written years before Hitler came to power and believed to be his first significant writing about Jews, expresses his disdain for Jews... More »

German Court Fines Bishop for Holocaust Denial

Richard Williamson fails to show up

(Newser) - A German court has convicted a British bishop of inciting racial hatred and fined him $13,544 for denying the Holocaust in a 2009 TV interview. Richard Williamson wasn’t in the courtroom, the BBC reports. The court heard a tape of Williamson declaring that only “200,000 to... More »

German Chapel Becomes Neo-Nazi Shrine

Church built with stones quarried by Jewish slaves

(Newser) - A German chapel built using ruins from Hitler's luxury retreat has become a hit with neo-Nazis. The Bavarian government only recently acknowledged that marble blocks and stones quarried by Jewish slaves in Hitler's Berghof in Berchtesgaden were used to build Wegmacher Chapel in 1997. Now leather-jacketed "pilgrims" with shaved... More »

New Details Emerge From Anne Frank's Last Weeks

Told fairy tales to smaller children at Bergen Belsen

(Newser) - Anne Frank spent the final weeks of her life distracting younger children from the horrors of the Nazi concentration camp in which she ultimately died by telling them fairy tales, says a Dutch woman who as a six-year-old was interned with her at the Bergen Belsen camp. In a new... More »

Last of Anne Frank's Guardians Dead at 100

Miep Gies kept girl's papers, helped father assemble diary

(Newser) - The last surviving member of the Dutch group that protected famed diarist Anne Frank and her family in Amsterdam during World War II died today at 100. Miep Gies assembled Anne’s papers after she and her family were discovered by the Nazis in 1944 and, because they were Jewish,... More »

Hilter Used Jews' Gold Fillings in His Mouth

Dentist had 11 pounds of gold for senior Nazi officials

(Newser) - Adolf Hitler's dentist placed  ten fillings in the führer's mouth in 1944, most likely made from gold fillings removed from Jews at concentration camps, according to a new book. Hitler's dentist had 11 pounds of gold from concentration camp fillings at his disposal to treat senior Nazi officials, according... More »

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