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Anne Frank Center to Tim Allen: 'Have You Lost Your Mind?'

Wants apology from Allen for comparing being conservative star to being in '30s Germany

(Newser) - The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect is calling on Tim Allen to apologize for comparing the experience of being a conservative in Hollywood to living in Germany in the 1930s. Allen made the comments on Jimmy Kimmel Live last week while discussing his attendance at President Trump's inauguration,... More »

US Tennis Association Plays (Very) Wrong German Anthem

Outdated song was identified with Nazis, lauded 'Germany, Germany, above all'

(Newser) - The United States Tennis Association has apologized after an outdated version of the German national anthem that later became associated with the Nazi regime was performed before a Fed Cup match in Hawaii, reports the AP . The anthem was sung Saturday before a Fed Cup quarterfinal between the United States... More »

Nazi Propagandist's Secretary Dies With a Final Hope

Brunhilde Pomsel hoped history wouldn't repeat itself

(Newser) - Brunhilde Pomsel, the former secretary to Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, died in her sleep at a care home in Munich on Friday, a few weeks after her 106th birthday. Christian Kroenes, who extensively interviewed Pomsel for last year's documentary film, A German Life , confirmed the news, per the... More »

In Nazi Death Camp, a Mysterious Link to Anne Frank

Pendant identical to hers found at Sobibor, believed to belong to girl the same age

(Newser) - Researchers excavating the remains of one of the most notorious Nazi death camps have uncovered a pendant that appears identical to one belonging to Anne Frank, Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial said Sunday. Yad Vashem says it has ascertained the pendant belonged to Karoline Cohn—a Jewish girl who... More »

In Germany, a Neo-Nazi Trial Has Troubling Undertones

Guardian report suggests nation allows these groups to thrive

(Newser) - A criminal trial underway in Germany is straightforward enough: A woman named Beate Zschaepe is accused of helping two Neo-Nazi male friends pull off a string of immigrant murders over several years beginning in 2000. The two men are dead and the 41-year-old Zschaepe, who faces life in prison, says... More »

He Fled Germany in 1933. Now His Heirs Want His Paintings

Alfred Flechtheim's heirs claim 8 paintings were sold under duress after 1933

(Newser) - Renowned German art dealer Alfred Flechtheim had been named part of the "Jewish world conspiracy" in the Nazi press even before 1933, so when Adolf Hitler came to power, he chose to flee, and died 4 years later in London, reports Courthouse News . His art collection remained in Berlin... More »

Eva Braun's Things, Found in Abandoned Bunker, Are Sold

Silk panties sold at auction for $3.6K

(Newser) - A pair of lilac panties, trimmed in lace and ribbon, sold at auction this week for about $3,600—and they're used. The reason for the crazy price? The panties were those of Adolf Hitler's longtime partner, Eva Braun, whom he married shortly before their deaths in April... More »

VW's New Headache: Historian Who Exposed Nazi Past

Open letter from 75 academics says Manfred Grieger was punished for exposing Nazi ties

(Newser) - Volkswagen's troubles continue after its record-breaking $14.7 billion emissions-scandal settlement last week, with the controversy now swirling around a historian who helped uncover the company's Nazi past. The New York Times dives into the sudden end of Manfred Grieger's contract with VW, now being criticized for... More »

Nazi Time Capsule Unearthed in Poland

Contents include more than one copy of Mein Kampf

(Newser) - A time capsule buried during the construction of a Nazi training center in Poland has been unearthed—82 years after it was buried, and 71 years after Adolf Hitler's "Thousand-Year Reich" was eradicated. The copper cylinder recovered from the foundation of the Ordensburg Krossinsee building in Zlocieniec contains... 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 »

Professor Tells the Secret Story of the 'Nazi Titanic'

Accidental bombing of Cap Arcona killed thousands of concentration-camp inmates

(Newser) - The ship was fashioned after the Titanic, and met an end no less tragic, but the tale of the Cap Arcona—and the thousands of concentration-camp prisoners who lost their lives aboard it—is one you've likely never heard. The "Nazi Titanic" gets its due in a new... More »

'Ashamed' Auschwitz Guard Gets 5 Years

Reinhold Hanning, 94, apologized in court

(Newser) - A 94-year-old former SS sergeant who served as a guard at Auschwitz has been found guilty of more than 170,000 counts of accessory to murder for helping kill 1.1 million Jews and others at the Nazi death camp. The state court in Detmold, Germany, sentenced Reinhold Hanning to... More »

Dark Details of France's WWII Vichy Regime Exposed

French law requires documents be made public now that 75 years have elapsed

(Newser) - The town of Vichy, France, has long tried to shake its sinister image: After Germany invaded the country in 1940, the collaborationist government established in Vichy under Marshal Philippe Pétain helped deport 76,000 Jews, including children, reports the BBC . But that effort may be about to stall out... More »

One Twin Was a Nazi, the Other a Jew

Jack Yufe's death highlights his unusual family tale

(Newser) - A California man named Jack Yufe died this week at age 82, and his life story is so fascinating that the AP likens it to a Hollywood script nobody would believe; the Los Angeles Times draws a comparison to a "tabloid headline." The reason? Yufe was born in... 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 »

Ex-Auschwitz Guard Will Stand Trial If Doctor Gives OK

'Reinhold H.' faces 170K counts of accessory to murder

(Newser) - A German court is waiting for a doctor's take to see if it can haul a 93-year-old man into court to stand trial on 170,000 counts of accessory to murder. Officially referred to as "Reinhold H." (though the British press has IDed him as Reinhold Hanning),... More »

Child Taken From Mother by Nazis Finally Finds Her

Margot Bachmann was placed in a children's home shortly after her birth

(Newser) - One of the countless millions of family bonds severed by the chaos and horror of World War II has been made whole again after 71 years. Margot Bachmann's Italian mother was living in a forced-labor camp in Germany in 1944 when she was impregnated by a German soldier she... More »

US Judge: Museum Can Keep Nazi-Seized Art

He rules against Jewish woman's heirs

(Newser) - A federal judge in California has dealt a blow to a Jewish family's prolonged battle to regain ownership of a painting now on display in a museum in Spain that was seized from a woman fleeing Nazi Germany in 1939. The judge found that under Spanish law, the Thyssen-Bornemisza... More »

Hitler's Long-Lost Bronze Horses Are Found

They once stood outside his chancellery in Berlin

(Newser) - Two life-size bronze horses commissioned to stand outside Adolf Hitler's chancellery disappeared from their last known location in Germany in 1989. Some 25 years later, the masterpieces have been discovered in an illegal art bust, the Local reports. After a year-long investigation, authorities conducting 10 raids across Germany yesterday... 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 »

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