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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 »

Microsoft Co-Founder Makes Big Find in Coral Sea

Billionaire Paul Allen found the wreckage of WWII's USS Lexington, one of the first US aircraft carriers

(Newser) - Badly damaged after four days of battle with the Japanese, "Lady Lex" was deliberately sent to the depths of the Coral Sea with a reported 216 bodies on board. It's there that one of the first US aircraft carriers slumbered undisturbed for 76 years, until a crew led... More »

Polish Official Says Germany Owes Poland $850B for WWII

'We are talking about very large, but justified amounts of compensation'

(Newser) - A Polish official said Friday that Germany could owe his country $850 billion for the damage it inflicted during World War II, the AP reports. Arkadiusz Mularczyk is leading a team in the parliament that is assessing potential reparations to Poland. Germany killed 6 million Polish citizens and caused great... 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 »

Report: Ripped From Ships, WWII Sailors Dumped in Mass Grave

Bones believed buried in shallow grave near Brondong

(Newser) - Their metal coffins ripped apart in the ocean, World War II sailors have reportedly found a new home: a shallow mass grave. Months after reporting that metal scavengers had destroyed some 40 British, American, Australian, Dutch, and Japanese warships in the Java Sea, the Guardian now describes what happened to... More »

Inspiration for 'Rosie the Riveter' Dies at 96

Naomi Parker Fraley worked in wartime machine shop

(Newser) - Former wartime factory worker Naomi Parker Fraley has died at age 96, years after a discovery that brought her great joy: She's believed to have been the real-life inspiration for the iconic "Rosie the Riveter" poster. Michigan factory worker Geraldine Doyle, who died in 2010 , was long thought... More »

Queen Learns Where Crown Jewels Were Hidden in War

Inside a cookie tin

(Newser) - A BBC documentary that aired last weekend about Queen Elizabeth had all kinds of interesting royal nuggets, but one revelation in particular was news to the queen herself. The makers of The Coronation were able to tell Elizabeth where her father hid the most precious of the crown jewels during... More »

'Bookkeeper of Auschwitz' Must Go to Prison

Appeal of 96-year-old Oskar Groening is denied

(Newser) - German authorities have rejected a former Auschwitz death camp guard's bid for clemency, removing the final barrier to the 96-year-old serving his sentence for accessory to murder. Prosecutors rejected former SS sergeant Oskar Groening's clemency request filed earlier this week, per the AP . Groening had been known as... More »

One of Army's Most Heroic Dogs Is Finally Honored

Chips attacked a machine-gun nest during World War II, survived

(Newser) - A US Army dog that attacked a machine-gun nest during World War II was posthumously awarded Britain's highest honor for animal bravery on Monday. Chips, a German shepherd-husky cross, was awarded the Dickin Medal for actions during a 1943 beach landing in Sicily. According to the US soldiers, Chips... More »

Auction House Asks That You Not Judge This Car Too Harshly

Hitler rode in it, but 'it did not choose its user or its use'

(Newser) - It's being called "the most historically significant automobile ever offered for public sale": the 1939 "Super Mercedes" once occupied by a standing Adolf Hitler. The AFP reports just four of the Mercedes-Benz 770K Grosser models were built, and the one being put up for sale in Arizona... More »

New Steam in Search for Lost Medal of Honor Recipient

And his 10 fellow crew members, who went down near Papua New Guinea in 1943

(Newser) - A search for a US military aircraft that disappeared near Papua New Guinea during World War II is getting renewed attention ahead of the 75th anniversary of its disappearance. The B-17, nicknamed the San Antonio Rose, was flying on a mission to bomb a Japanese shipping convoy on Jan. 5,... More »

Man Who Doubts Auschwitz's Gas Buys Emperor's WWII Memoir

Dr. Katsuya Takasu paid $275K for Japanese Emperor Hirohito's recollections

(Newser) - Japanese Emperor Hirohito's WWII memoir was expected to fetch as much as $150,000 at auction in New York Wednesday. It instead sold for $275,000, but the sale price is potentially less interesting than the buyer: Dr. Katsuya Takasu, a man the BBC describes as an accused Holocaust... More »

Emperor's Memoir, Written at MacArthur's Request, to Be Sold

Japanese Emperor Hirohito's recollections could fetch as much as $150K

(Newser) - A memoir by Japanese Emperor Hirohito that offers his recollections of World War II is predicted to fetch between $100,000 and $150,000 at an auction in New York. The 173-page document was dictated to his aides soon after the end of the war. It was created at the... More »

King Who Famously Switched to the Allied Cause Dies at 96

Romanian King Michael I 'bravely' arrested country's pro-Hitler dictator on Aug. 23, 1944

(Newser) - Former Romanian King Michael I, who was forced to abdicate by the communists in the aftermath of World War II, died on Tuesday. He was 96. Michael, who played a pivotal role in Romania's switch to the Allied cause following a coup in 1944, spent decades in exile working... 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 »

He Loaned His Pissarro to This Museum. Then, a Lawsuit.

Simon Bauer's relatives say it was confiscated by the Vichy regime during WWII

(Newser) - Back in 1995, when they spent $800,000 on a work by impressionist painter Camille Pissarro in New York, Bruce Toll claims he had no idea the canvas had been looted by the Vichy regime during World War II. "I just know that I bought the painting from Christie'... More »

US Museum Will Stop Displaying Soldier's Skull

Australian soldier's skull will be returned and reunited with his body

(Newser) - Private Thomas Hurdis' death in October 1917 was a grisly one. The Australian soldier was shot in the face with lead bullets during the Battle of Passchendaele in France, blinding the 27-year-old and destroying parts of his jaw and sinuses. Philadelphia ophthalmologist WT Shoemaker tended to the soldier, who bled... More »

Germany Orders Biggest Evacuation Since WWII

Some 70K people need to evacuate Frankfurt on Sunday

(Newser) - The US and UK blanketed Germany with at least 1.3 million tons of bombs during World War II, and as much as 10% of that never exploded, with the Smithsonian reporting in 2016 that more than 2,000 tons of unexploded munitions are found in the country annually. That... More »

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