World War II

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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 »

He Spent His Life Assuming His Brother Died in WWII. He Didn't

Eliahu Pietruszka, 102, met the nephew he never knew he had on Thursday

(Newser) - Eliahu Pietruszka shuffled his 102-year-old body through the lobby of his retirement home Thursday toward a stranger he had never met and collapsed into him in a teary embrace. Only days earlier, the Holocaust survivor who thought his entire family had perished in WWII learned that a younger brother had... More »

'Impromptu Spy' of WWII Dead at 96

Irv Refkin carried out daring missions for Britain, then America

(Newser) - Irv Refkin enlisted in the Army in 1940, at age 19, and was sent to Canada after basic training to learn about explosives. But once there, a senior officer with whom he clashed sent him to Britain without notice. Shortly after arriving—the British military still thought he was Canadian,... More »

Man Who Famously Fought Off the Nazis Has Died

Easy Company's Donald Malarkey was 96

(Newser) - Donald Malarkey, a World War II paratrooper who was awarded the Bronze Star after parachuting behind enemy lines at Normandy to destroy German artillery on D-Day, has died. He was 96. Malarkey was one of several members of "Easy Company" portrayed in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers. He... More »

Wreck of One of WWII's 'More Horrible' Tales Found

Paul Allen's expedition finds the wreckage of the USS Indianapolis

(Newser) - On July 30, 1945, having just helped deal what would prove to be a death knell to World War II, the USS Indianapolis was fatally torpedoed by the Japanese. She sank fast—in 12 minutes, giving no time for a distress call—and only 316 of the 1,196 Americans... More »

Tunnel Used in Biggest Nazi Prison Break of WWII Found

83 German prisoners of war escaped Welsh prison camp in 1945

(Newser) - In March 1945, 83 German prisoners of war escaped a prison camp in South Wales. It was the biggest escape of German prisoners during World War II, and now—thanks to a report published earlier this month in the Journal of Conflict Archaeology —we know how they did it.... More »

On Hiroshima's Anniversary, Specter of N. Korea

72 years since US dropped first atomic bomb

(Newser) - Hiroshima's appeal of "never again" on the anniversary Sunday of the world's first atomic bomb attack has gained urgency as North Korea moves ever closer to nuclear weapons, reports the AP . "Nuclear weapons just are unacceptable for mankind," says Toshiki Fujimori, who was just a... More »

96-Year-Old Ex-Auschwitz Guard Ruled Fit for Prison

Oskar Groening was convicted of being an accessory to murder

(Newser) - German prosecutors say they consider a 96-year-old former Auschwitz death camp guard who was convicted as an accessory to murder fit to go to prison, the AP reports. Oskar Groening was convicted in July 2015 of being an accessory to the murder of 300,000 Jews and sentenced to four... More »

Poland May Demand Germany 'Pay Terrible Debt They Owe'

Analysis of whether to make reparations claim due by Aug. 11

(Newser) - Poland is looking into demanding reparations from Germany for the massive losses inflicted on Poland during World War II. Arkadiusz Mularczyk, a lawmaker with the ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS), said Wednesday the Polish Parliament's research office is preparing an analysis of whether to make the claim and... More »

Remains of Pilot Shot Down in WWII Finally Identified

Charles E. Carlson of NYC was shot down over Germany in 1944

(Newser) - The remains of a World War II pilot from New York City have been identified more than 70 years after he was killed in combat, the AP reports. The Pentagon's Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Monday the remains of Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Charles E. Carlson, of Queens,... More »

France Is Not Happy With Nolan's Dunkirk

Christopher Nolan's film prompts a new look at epic WWII evacuation

(Newser) - The hot movie of the moment is Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk , which retells the story of the evacuation of allied troops from the French city of that name during World War II. But this was an epic evacuation, with more than 333,000 mostly British and French soldiers rescued from... More »

After 73 Years, Remains of WWII Soldiers May Come Home

Divers retrieved possible human remains from a sunken WWII bomber

(Newser) - The bodies of three soldiers who were never recovered from a sunken WWII aircraft may finally get their homecoming. LiveScience reports that possible human remains were recovered from a B-24 bomber nicknamed the Tulsamerican that crashed off the coast of Croatia toward the end of the war, some 73 years... 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 »

The Wreckage Was Found in 2010. Now, Bones

Discovery made near wreckage of the Tulsamerican off Croatia

(Newser) - Divers have located human bones near the wreckage of a US bomber that crashed in the Adriatic Sea in Croatia in 1944. The discovery was made last week at the site of the crash of the Tulsamerican, the last B-24 Liberator bomber built in Tulsa, Okla., near the end of... More »

Nightclub's 1985 Time Capsule Causes Evacuation in NYC

Letters to the future were stored, buried in WWII practice bomb

(Newser) - Back in 1985, the staff of famous New York City nightclub Danceteria (which was featured in Madonna's Desperately Seeking Susan, per CBS New York ) buried a time capsule that looked like a WWII bomb. "I kind of mentioned it as a joke back then," the former... More »

Prison Evacuated After 500-Pound Bomb Found

The WWII bomb was found near the prison in Germany

(Newser) - Authorities in the southeastern German city of Regensburg have evacuated a prison after discovering an unexploded bomb from World War II, the AP reports. More than 100 prisoners were taken to an undisclosed location on Saturday. Some 1,500 residents living in nearby houses were also ordered to leave their... 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 »

Army May Bring Back Uniforms of 'Greatest Generation'

Most respondents to 'Army Times' survey want to bring back WWII's 'pinks and greens'

(Newser) - Uncle Sam wants you … to look like you're a World War II soldier. Sergeant Major of the Army Dan Dailey tells the Army Times he'll be lobbying at a meeting later this month to bring back a vintage "pinks and greens" Army uniform as regular business... More »

WWII Vet Receives Love Letter From His Late Wife

'I love you Rolf, as I love the warm sun'

(Newser) - A love letter lost in the walls of a New Jersey home reached a World War II veteran 72 years after it was written, the AP reports. Melissa Fahy and her father found the letter in a gap under the stairs while renovating her Westfield home. The letter, postmarked May... More »

How 1.3M Jews Are 'Missing' in the Holocaust

Recording names is a big focus as Israel marks its Holocaust Remembrance Day

(Newser) - It's an unforgettable number—6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust—but it's accompanied by a less known one: 4.7 million. The latter is the number of victims whose names we know thanks to the efforts the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial has made since 1954. And on... More »

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