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He Trained Girlfriend's Pug to Do Nazi Salute, Now Has to Pay

Markus Meechan, 30, fined about $1,100

(Newser) - He says he was just trying to annoy his girlfriend; a Scottish court decided in March it qualified as a hate crime. Now, Markus Meechan will have to pay roughly $1,100 over the video he posted in April 2016 that showed his girlfriend's pug making a Nazi-like salute.... More »

Nazis' Attempt to Cloak Its Ship Affected Norway's Trees

The Tirptiz tried to create a 'chemical fog'

(Newser) - A German dendrochronologist stumbled on something puzzling while gathering wood cores on the Norwegian coast in 2016: some trees were missing rings. "We got back to the lab and measured the tree rings, and saw that they were very narrow—in some cases nearly absent—for 1945," Claudia... More »

Using Ink and Urine, He Secretly Recorded the Nazis' Horrors

Anthony Acevedo was a medic captured at the Battle of the Bulge, kept in Berga

(Newser) - After the Pearl Harbor attack, Anthony Acevedo was determined to defend his homeland—which meant returning to it. Acevedo was born in 1924 in California to Mexican parents who were deported 13 years later; he and his siblings went to Mexico, too, and he re-entered the US at age 17... More »

Auschwitz Guard Makes Plea to Avoid Prison

Oskar Groening says he's too frail at age 96

(Newser) - A former Auschwitz death camp guard has submitted a fresh request for clemency in a bid to avoid serving his sentence for accessory to murder. German news agency dpa reported Thursday that officials say former SS sergeant Oskar Groening has asked Lower Saxony's justice minister to spare him from... More »

Poland Going Ahead With Holocaust Bill the US Decried

Polish President Andrzej Duda will sign bill into law, but wants court to take a look

(Newser) - The US and Israel pitched a fit , but it ultimately wasn't enough to fully stop Poland from moving ahead with its controversial Holocaust law. Polish President Andrzej Duda on Tuesday announced he would sign a bill that prohibits speech that states or suggests his nation was complicit in Nazi... More »

One of Last Known Sobibor Survivors Has Died

Arkady Waispapir was 96

(Newser) - Almost everyone who entered Sobibor perished inside. Now, one of the last known survivors of the camp in Poland has died. Arkady Waispapir was 96. The BBC reports an estimated 250,000 Jews were thought to have been killed at the concentration camp, which was the site of a famous... More »

I Asked the Nazis to Kill Me. Then My Ordeal Began

Holocaust survivor Edith Fox finally tells her story

(Newser) - Edith Fox says she's "afraid people are forgetting," which spurred the 90-year-old to do something she hasn't done in more than 70 years: recount her Holocaust story of survival. First appearing in the Arizona Daily Star in November, her account was on Saturday shared by the... More »

New York Times Nazi Story Triggers Big Backlash

Newspaper explains rationale behind profile, regrets offending people

(Newser) - A New York Times story over the weekend caused such a ruckus that the newspaper has responded publicly. But this one wasn't about politics or sexual harassment—the story in question was a profile of Ohio resident Tony Hovater, a white nationalist and Nazi sympathizer who took part in... More »

Dutch Red Cross Admits 'Painful' WWII Truth

Investigation finds it largely abandoned Jews

(Newser) - The Dutch branch of the Red Cross did "little or nothing" to help Jews persecuted by Nazi occupiers in the Netherlands during World War II or those transported to camps elsewhere in Europe, a historian said Wednesday. The conclusions come in Questions of Life and Death: The Netherlands Red ... More »

Man Wearing Swastika Gets Knocked Out in Seattle

Witnesses say he was harassing people downtown

(Newser) - A man wearing a swastika armband was knocked out cold on the streets of Seattle Sunday after reportedly instigating fights in the city's downtown area. Police say they were on the scene within minutes of the fights being reported, but arrived to find the man already unconscious on the... More »

White Nationalists March on University of Virginia

Officials are worried about violence at neo-Nazi rally Saturday

(Newser) - Neo-Nazis, white nationalists, and other members of the alt-right clashed with counter-protesters Friday night at the University of Virginia ahead of what the Southern Poverty Law Center says could be the "largest hate-gathering of its kind in decades in the United States," CNN reports. Images from Charlottesville, Virginia,... More »

Nazi 'Death Train' Survivors Get 'Small Measure of Justice'

Roughly 1K Iasi survivors to receive pensions from Germany

(Newser) - After years of fighting for it, about 1,000 living survivors of Nazi persecution in Romania are now eligible for compensation from the German government. The New York-based Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany on Wednesday said Jews who survived the 1941 pogrom in the Romanian city of Iasi... More »

Hidden Room Yields Trove of Nazi Artifacts

Cops make disturbing find in Argentina home

(Newser) - In a hidden room in a house near Argentina's capital, police believe they have found the biggest collection of Nazi artifacts in the country's history, including a bust relief of Adolf Hitler, magnifying glasses inside elegant boxes with swastikas, and even a macabre medical device used to measure... More »

Police Find Nazi Machine Gun During Routine Traffic Stop

Officers found an MP40 sub-machine gun and 60 rounds of ammo

(Newser) - Police have arrested a 40-year-old man in Australia after they found a Nazi sub-machine gun and 60 rounds of ammunition in the car he was riding in during a traffic stop. New South Wales police say they're performing a forensic exam in order to determine whether the weapon can... More »

Secret UN Holocaust Files Contain 'New Evidence'

UN War Crimes Commission archive will be made public

(Newser) - In late 1944, the UN War Crimes Commission indicted Adolf Hitler in secret, and it's far from the only clandestine thing related to the commission, which was commissioned before the actual United Nations was in 1945. As the Guardian reports, the secret material held in the UNWCC's archive... More »

Poland: Minnesota Man Was Nazi Commander

The nation seeks to extradite Michael Karkoc

(Newser) - Poland will seek the arrest and extradition of a Minnesota man exposed by the AP as a former commander in an SS-led unit that burned Polish villages and killed civilians in World War II, prosecutors said Monday. Prosecutor Robert Janicki said evidence gathered over years of investigation into US citizen... More »

Names of 8.5K Who Ran Auschwitz Put Online

The hope is some of them can still be brought to justice

(Newser) - Historians in Poland have put online what they say is the most complete list of Nazi SS commanders and guards at the Auschwitz concentration camp in hopes that some of them can still be brought to justice. The state-run Institute of National Remembrance said Monday that the SS KL Auschwitz... More »

Authorities Think They've Found Infamous Nazi Gate

It was stolen from the Dachau memorial in Germany in 2014

(Newser) - Two years ago when someone stole an infamous iron gate from the former Nazi concentration camp at Dachau, Angela Merkel called the theft "appalling" and the director of the Dachau memorial said it was a "deliberate, reprehensible attempt to deny and obliterate the memory of the crimes."... More »

Schindler Saved 1,200 Jews in This Factory. Can It Be Saved?

Inside the effort to preserve the Brnenec textile factory

(Newser) - August brought the news that the Czech factory where Oskar Schindler famously saved the lives of 1,200 Jews had perhaps found a savoir of its own. In extreme disrepair since it ceased operations a dozen years ago, the Brnenec textile factory had after what the Telegraph describes as protracted... More »

In Houston Shooter's Porsche: 2,500 Rounds of Ammo

(Newser) - The disgruntled lawyer killed by police in Houston after randomly shooting six drivers outside a condo complex Monday morning definitely had a thing for the Nazis, but police aren't sure whether that was his motive. Capt. DW Ready, head of the police homicide division, says the shooter—identified by... More »

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