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Dig at Nazi Camp Reveals Gas Chamber, Graves

Archeologist finds first physical evidence at Treblinka

(Newser) - The Nazis tore down their notorious Treblinka death camp in 1943 and did their best to hide any physical evidence it ever existed. The strategy mostly worked, but some high-tech archeology is finally revealing the camp's secrets, reports LiveScience . British archeologist Caroline Sturdy Colls led a team that conducted... More »

Inside the Holocaust's 2M 'Invisible' Executions

Millions killed at thousands of sites throughout Eastern Europe

(Newser) - Yesterday marked the 69th anniversary of Auschwitz's liberation, and the New York Times marks the solemn occasion with a look at a less widely known fact about the Holocaust: At least 2 million of the 6 million Jews who were killed died not at Auschwitz or any other concentration... More »

Virginia Woman: My Dad Ran Auschwitz

German immigrant reveals amazing long-kept secret

(Newser) - Every family has some dirty laundry but not like this: A woman in Virginia is now revealing that her father was the Kommandant of Auschwitz. Brigette Höss (which is her maiden name; she is keeping her married name secret out of fear for her own safety) had kept the... More »

Germany Has Tracked Down 40 Auschwitz Guards

They're still alive, and could face prosecution

(Newser) - Germany's last-ditch effort to go after Nazi guards has reportedly taken a big step forward. An investigation based on a list of 50 former Auschwitz guards who were never prosecuted found that at least 40 of them are still alive and living in Germany—and they may now face... More »

Merkel Visits Nazi Camp, Then Beer Tent

Historic visit followed by campaign rally, doesn't sit well with some

(Newser) - Angela Merkel made history yesterday by becoming the first German chancellor to visit the site of Dachau, the Nazi concentration camp where more than 41,000 people died ... and then she promptly and unfortunately retired to a beer tent for a re-election campaign rally. The two events were separated by... More »

'Escape Tunnel' Found Under Concentration Camp

It ran from barracks under a barbed wire fence at Sobibor

(Newser) - Archaeologists think they've found the first evidence of prisoners trying to dig their way out of a Nazi death camp. The find comes after more than a decade of excavations at the Sobibor camp in Poland; Nazis leveled the place after its prisoners revolted in 1943, LiveScience explains. In... More »

Obama to Poland: Sorry About Gaffe

He regrets the death-camp error, he writes in letter to president

(Newser) - President Obama has apologized to Poland for the "Polish death camp" gaffe he made earlier this week, the AP reports. "In referring to 'a Polish death camp' rather than 'a Nazi death camp in German-occupied Poland,' I inadvertently used a phrase that has caused many... More »

Man Sent to Nazi Camp for Being Gay Dead at 98

Rudolf Brazda was last known survivor of persecution over homosexuality

(Newser) - Rudolf Brazda, believed to be the last surviving person who was sent to a Nazi concentration camp because of his homosexuality, died yesterday at age 98. Brazda was sent to Buchenwald in 1942 and held there until its liberation by US forces in 1945. Nazi Germany declared homosexuality an aberration... More »

Nazi Trial Witness Now Probed as Nazi Murderer

94-year-old Alex Nagorny accused of having role in mass killings

(Newser) - A witness in the trial of accused Nazi guard John Demjanjuk is himself under investigation for Nazi killings, a German prosecutor tells the AP . Former guards have stated that 94-year-old Alex Nagorny participated in mass shootings at the Treblinka concentration camp in occupied Poland, says the prosecutor. Nagorny, a Ukrainian,... More »

Polish Cops Find Auschwitz Sign Cut Into 3 Pieces

5 men in custody after nationwide search

(Newser) - The infamous sign stolen last week from the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz has been recovered, and five men are under arrest, Polish police said tonight. The sign, which reads "Arbeit Macht Frei" ("work makes you free"), had been cut into three pieces, one holding each word.... More »

Poland Hunts for Auschwitz Sign, Tightens Border

Officials declare its recovery a national priority

(Newser) - Polish authorities stepped up security checks at airports and border crossings and searched scrap metal yards today as the search intensified for the infamous Nazi sign stolen from the Auschwitz death camp memorial. The brazen overnight theft yeterday of one of the Holocaust's most chilling and notorious symbols sparked outrage... More »

Infamous Auschwitz Sign Stolen

Thieves remove 'Work Makes You Free' inscription from gate

(Newser) - Thieves have made off with the "Arbeit Macht Frei" sign that spans a gate at Auschwitz. The sign—which reads "Work Makes You Free" in German—was unscrewed and carried away overnight, AP reports. Police have no suspects but they are reviewing surveillance video footage and pursuing several... More »

Fever Delays Demjanjuk Trial

Alleged Nazi war criminal too sick to go to court

(Newser) - The trial of John Demjanjuk on charges of accessory to the murder of 27,900 Jews as a Nazi death camp guard was called off for the day today after a doctor determined he was too ill to come to court. Presiding Judge Ralph Alt said the doctor examined Demjanjuk,... More »

Survivors Weep at Demjanjuk Trial

Names of Sobibor victims read aloud in court

(Newser) - Survivors of Nazi concentration camps and relatives of victims shed tears today at the trial of accused guard John Demjanjuk. The plaintiffs heard a partial list of the 27,900 victims of the Sobibor death camp, where the prosecution alleges Demjanjuk worked. The defendant, strapped to a stretcher, held firm... More »

Stretcher-Bound Demjanjuk Begins Trial

Defense accuses court of 'double-standard' in prosecution

(Newser) - Accused Nazi guard John Demjanjuk started his trial for complicity in 27,900 Holocaust murders in Munich today first in a wheelchair, and then on a stretcher. The Red Army POW/Ohio autoworker even forced a halt to proceedings when he flailed and gasped for breath in the courtroom. “It’... More »

Prop-Wielding Senators: Beware Jon Stewart

Daily Show host questions validity of comparing reform to Holocaust

(Newser) - Republicans who rallied against the health care bill used everything from a picture of a Nazi concentration camp to a baby to make their point, and none of it got by Jon Stewart . When Michele Bachmann used a lei brought to her by Hawaiian constituents as a prop, saying, “... More »

Demjanjuk Fit to Stand Trial, Germany Rules

Accused Nazi death-camp guard, 89, is officially stateless

(Newser) - John Demjanjuk is physically able to stand trial for his alleged role as an accessory to murder in a Nazi death camp, German officials ruled today. The family of the retired Ohio autoworker, 89, had said ill health made him unfit, but the only condition doctors imposed was a limit... More »

Obama Visits Buchenwald

Great-uncle helped free Buchenwald

(Newser) - President Obama toured the Nazi concentration camp Buchenwald today, the BBC reports. “These sites have not lost their horror with the passage of time,” said Obama, accompanied on his visit by German chancellor Angela Merkel and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel. Obama noted that his great-uncle, part of the... More »

Nazis Ran a Staggering 20K Concentration Camps

Decade-long study could change scholars' 'mental universe'

(Newser) - A year's work on a new Holocaust encyclopedia pointed researchers to some 15,000 concentration camps they hadn’t known about, a finding that could shift the public's perception of the Holocaust, the Washington Post reports. “Instead of thinking of main death camps, people are going to understand that... More »

Demjanjuk Won't Contest High Court Decision

Deportation to Germany, trial now await alleged Nazi

(Newser) - Alleged Nazi guard John Demjanjuk, 89, will not seek another review of his case by the Supreme Court after the first was dismissed without comment, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. The concession paves the way for the Ohio man’s deportation to Germany, where he is charged as an accessory... More »

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