World War II

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Dentist's Handwritten Records End Mystery of Missing Marine

Independent researcher identifies remains of Richard Murphy

(Newser) - Gerard Murphy never met his uncle Richard. But the Potomac, Maryland, native grew up hearing stories of the former journalist who enlisted in the Marines during World War II and disappeared during the June 15, 1944, amphibious assault on the Pacific island of Saipan. "This was a mystery in... More »

Nazi Hunters Who Found 'Butcher of Lyon' Honored

Serge and Beate Klarsfeld receive some of France's top awards from Macron

(Newser) - When they married in 1963, Serge and Beate Klarsfeld swore a lifelong mission together: to track down Nazis, by both "legal and illegal" methods, so justice could be meted out. Among those they found was ex-Gestapo officer Klaus Barbie—aka "the Butcher of Lyon"—in 1971 in... More »

Osaka Mayor to San Francisco: We're Done

Japanese city outraged at statue depicting 'comfort women' during WWII

(Newser) - San Francisco has nearly 20 "sister cities" worldwide, fostering goodwill through cultural, educational, and economic exchanges. Osaka was its first, but after more than 60 years—and months of the Japanese city threatening to cut ties —it looks like the split is happening. "I have arrived at... More »

Just End for Painting Stolen by Nazis From Bank Vault

Granddaughter of late Jewish art collector thinks it's 'lovely'

(Newser) - "Lovely colors. Lovely painting," was Sylvie Sulitzer's reaction upon first seeing Pierre-Auguste Renoir's "Two Women in a Garden," a 1919 painting owned by her grandfather and stolen by Nazis. One of 13 paintings Jewish art collector and dealer Alfred Weinberger stored in a Paris... More »

Shipwreck From Only WWII Battle in US Found

It's the last resting place of dozens of Americans

(Newser) - Daryl Weathers remembers trying to pull men from the sea off Alaska's Aleutian Islands after a US Navy destroyer hit a mine left by the Japanese following the only World War II battle fought on North American soil. The explosion, which ripped the stern off the USS Abner Read,... More »

Fire in Ireland Reveals Giant WWII Warning

Wildfire uncovers sign designed to alert aerial bombers they were over neutral territory

(Newser) - The US isn't the only nation battling wildfires, and one blaze in Ireland has revealed a relic of sorts from World War II. The wildfire on the eastern coast burned away vegetation that has long hidden a giant warning embedded into the earth using whitewashed stones, reports the Irish ... More »

He Was Deemed 'Nonrecoverable,' but His Remains Have Been Found

Capt. Lawrence E. Dickson was a Tuskegee airman lost during WWII

(Newser) - At 76, Marla Lawrence Dickson Andrews had long given up hope of ever finding her father, who died during World War II when she was just two and whose remains were deemed "nonrecoverable" in 1949. On Friday, what she had given up on came to be: The remains of... More »

At 5-Foot-2, This 'Spitfire Girl' Proved Them Wrong in WWII

Mary Ellis was a pioneering female pilot

(Newser) - “Everybody was flabbergasted that a little girl like me could fly these big airplanes all by oneself,” Mary Ellis said at her 100th birthday party last year in Britain. But fly them she did, delivering British Spitfires and other warplanes to the front lines during World War II,... More »

Historians: Anne Frank's Family Tried to Flee to United States

'Their efforts were thwarted by American bureaucracy, war, and time'

(Newser) - Research suggests the family of Anne Frank attempted to immigrate to the United States and later also to Cuba, but their efforts were thwarted by America's restrictive immigration policy and the outbreak of World War II. The Anne Frank House in Amsterdam and the US Holocaust Memorial Museum said... More »

Unknown X-9352 Will Finally Rest Beside His Twin

Brothers reunited 74 years after WWII deaths at Normandy

(Newser) - For decades, he was known only as Unknown X-9352 at a World War II American cemetery in Belgium where he was interred. On Tuesday, the now-identified soldier will be reunited with his twin brother at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in France, 74 years after their deaths on June... More »

One of the Last WWII Navajo Code Talkers Has Died

Samuel Holiday was 94

(Newser) - Samuel Tom Holiday, one of the last surviving Navajo Code Talkers, died in southern Utah on Monday surrounded by family members who raised money through a crowdfunding campaign to be by his side. He was 94. Holiday was among hundreds of Navajos who used a code based on their native... More »

Woman Who Comforted Dying Anne Frank Dies at 95

Gena Turgel survived multiple concentration camps, told her story for decades

(Newser) - Gena Turgel, a Holocaust survivor who comforted Anne Frank at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp before the young diarist's death and the camp's liberation a month later, has died. She was 95. Turgel died Thursday, Britain's chief rabbi said. The Polish native touched many in the decades as... More »

Study of 'Hitler's Teeth' Slams Conspiracy Theorists

'We can stop all the conspiracy theories about Hitler,' says study co-author

(Newser) - Conspiracy theorists, take note: A new study of teeth and bone stored in Moscow concludes that Hitler really did die in 1945, AFP reports. "The teeth are authentic, there is no possible doubt," says study co-author Philippe Charlier. "Our study proves that Hitler died in 1945. We... More »

Discovery of Nazi Sub Dispels a Hitler Myth

The U-boat was sunk and did not reach Argentina, as conspiracy theorists have argued

(Newser) - When one of Germany's most advanced U-boats vanished the day after Nazi forces surrendered in parts of Europe, some speculated that it had carried leaders, maybe even Adolf Hitler, to safety in Argentina, reports CBS News . The conspiracy theory, repeated after World War II, is now officially debunked, according... More »

They Experimented on Live POWs. Now, Names Released

Members of Japan's Unit 731 conducted germ warfare experiments during WWII

(Newser) - It had the boring and bureaucratic name of the Epidemic Prevention and Water Purification Department. But this secretive unit of the Japanese army during World War II—better known as Unit 731—conducted germ warfare and other lethal experiments on live prisoners of war, explains the Guardian . Now, at the... More »

Researchers Mark Death of Pearl Harbor Mastermind

They're trekking to jungle crash site where Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto was shot down

(Newser) - A group from the US and Japan is trekking to a remote Pacific island jungle to document what is considered one of the most important wreck sites of World War II: where American fighters shot down a Japanese bomber carrying the mastermind of the Pearl Harbor attack. Three members of... More »

Drunk Sergeant Stole a Cargo Plane. So Where Is It?

Seems Paul Meyer flew C-130 into the English Channel

(Newser) - Sgt. Paul Meyer was so homesick in 1969 that he drunkenly stole a military cargo plane and flew it over the English Channel—the last anyone saw of him. Now wreck divers are hoping to find the lost USAF C-130 Hercules transport aircraft and uncover the truth behind what must... More »

Famous WWII Wreck of Sullivan Brothers Discovered

USS Juneau found off the coast of the Solomon Islands by Paul Allen's crew

(Newser) - Another remarkable find for Paul Allen: The billionaire Microsoft co-founder funding the search for missing warships has discovered the USS Juneau resting 2.5 miles below the surface of the Pacific Ocean off the coast of the Solomon Islands, reports the Guardian . Japanese torpedoes sank the ship in November 1942... 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 »

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