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WWII Bomb Kills 8 in Bangkok

Scrap shop workers tried to cut it open

(Newser) - Workers at a scrap shop in Thailand's capital accidentally detonated a large bomb believed to have been dropped during World War II, killing at least eight people and injuring 20 others, police say. Bangkok's bomb squad chief says construction workers found the bomb buried at a building site... More »

Pearl Harbor Remains IDed, Then Buried as Unknowns

Now families want 4 caskets exhumed

(Newser) - The remains of 27 sailors killed at Pearl Harbor were identified through dental records in 1949, but instead of being returned to their families, the remains were placed in five caskets and buried as unknown soldiers at the Hawaiian cemetery known as "Punchbowl." "They didn't have... More »

'Great Escape' Survivor Tells His Tale, 70 Years On

Dick Churchill thinks his name may have saved him

(Newser) - Monday marked the first "formal act of remembrance" held in the name of the World War II prisoners who participated in the "Great Escape," the famed March 24, 1944, breakout from German POW camp Stalag Luft III that saw only three men make it to freedom. The... More »

Brit Who Cracked Hitler's Code Dies at 93

Raymond "Jerry" Roberts remembered

(Newser) - Britain has lost one of its last World War II code breakers, credited with shortening the war by at least two years and saving millions of lives. Raymond "Jerry" Roberts—who died at 93 after a short illness—served as a German linguist and cryptographer at Britain's premier... More »

WWII Soldier Coming Home, No Thanks to Pentagon

German, France investigate remains after US balks at process: ProPublica

(Newser) - A US Army private killed in World War II is finally coming home, but only because the nation he fought againstGermanystepped up when the nation he fought for—America—didn't want to pursue the matter, reports ProPublica . Lawrence Gordon was killed in Normandy in August 1944 and... More »

Why Some Jews Fought Alongside Hitler

Allied against Russia, Finnish Jews wanted to prove themselves

(Newser) - The Nazis had an unlikely ally during World War II: the Jews of Finland. As Finns and Germans allied against Russia, Jewish soldiers fought in the Finnish military—and still find themselves defending the fact that they sided with Adolf Hitler, writes Paul Kendall in the Telegraph . "I had... More »

Navy Vet Famous for WWII Kiss Photo Dead at 86

Glenn McDuffie is thought to be the sailor in Times Square

(Newser) - The Navy sailor believed to have stolen what might be the famous kiss in US history is dead at age 86, reports NBC News . Glenn McDuffie is credited with being the vet smooching a nurse in Times Square on Aug. 14, 1945, to mark the end of World War II.... More »

Band of Brothers' 'Wild Bill' Dies

He fought for 'Easy Company' during and after WWII

(Newser) - William "Wild Bill" Guarnere was lucky to survive 70 minutes after a combat jump into Normandy on D-Day, let alone almost 70 years. Guarnere, who has died at the age of 90 and who was part of the "Band of Brothers" celebrated in an HBO miniseries, landed in... More »

Found in Used Book: Unopened WWII Letter

Finder determined to return it to its intended recipient

(Newser) - A lost message from more than 60 years ago may finally finish its long journey. Sheila Polk bought a book from a Goodwill in Plant City, Fla., but when she flipped to the back page she got a lot more than she bargained for: A lost, still-sealed letter sent in... More »

One of WWII's Most 'Authoritative' Diaries Goes Online

Admiral Nimitz's war diary is made public

(Newser) - Another WWII diary is in the news : What's described as "the most authoritative source on the Pacific War available anywhere," one formerly seen by only a handful of historians, is now available online to everyone—all 4,000-plus pages of it. Well, everyone who can get it... More »

The Wind Rises Is a Beautiful, Difficult Finale for Miyazaki

Film is typically lyrical, atypically realistic, and a little controversial

(Newser) - What might be Hayao Miyazaki's last film makes its US debut this weekend, and naturally critics are in love with it. The beloved filmmaker announced his retirement after The Wind Rises debuted at the Venice Film Festival last year. Since then the movie—a biopic of Jiro Horikoshi, who... More »

3 Auschwitz Suspects Arrested

Germany raids homes of 9 suspected former guards

(Newser) - In a last push to punish Nazi atrocities, German authorities have swooped in on the homes of nine suspected former guards at the Auschwitz death camp. Three men aged 88, 92, and 94 were arrested yesterday in the southern state of Baden-Wuerttemberg and are now in a prison hospital, reports... More »

Hungarian Jews to Country: Own Up to Holocaust Role

Group will go through with boycott if demands not met

(Newser) - Hungary's Jews aren't happy with the way the country plans to commemorate the Holocaust this year—and the country's main Jewish group will boycott the 70th anniversary events entirely if certain conditions aren't met. At issue is how Hungary (initially a Hitler ally) is depicting its... More »

Did Nazis Try to Weaponize Mosquitoes?

Researcher thinks documents prove Hitler's biological weapon ban was ignored

(Newser) - Were Nazi scientists planning to unleash disease-carrying mosquitoes on the Allies? It's a long-running debate, but one biologist thinks he's uncovered evidence that indicates they were. Klaus Reinhardt believes that the entomological institute at Dachau was actually working on weaponizing mosquitoes, National Geographic reports. As evidence, he cites... More »

Things Getting Frosty With Japan ... Over WWII

Japan broadcasting official: US made up 'Rape of Nanking'

(Newser) - Remember the "Rape of Nanking," which saw Japanese troops kill up to 300,000 Chinese soldiers and civilians, according to Chinese numbers, in 1937? Well the word from Naoki Hyakuta—newly-appointed to the board of governors of Japan's state broadcaster, known as NHK, and a personal friend... More »

How WWII Researchers Starved Men in Minnesota

Scientists wanted to see effects of limited food

(Newser) - With those in occupied territories during World War II facing the threat of starvation, American researchers sought to learn more about the effects of limited food—by starving their own subjects. "Will you starve that they be better fed?" asked a volunteer-seeking brochure showing children on its cover. Hundreds... 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 »

Japanese WWII Soldier Who Hid in Jungle 29 Years Dies

For Hiroo Onoda, war ended in 1974

(Newser) - Former Japanese Imperial Army soldier Hiroo Onoda has died at the age of 91—roughly 40 years after he stopped fighting World War II. Onoda, the last Japanese soldier to surrender, hid out in the jungles of the Philippines for almost 30 years after 1945, only coming out of hiding... More »

Monopoly: The Game That Helped WWII POWs Escape

Eccentric British officer Clayton Hutton made it happen

(Newser) - Monopoly was more than a game for many World War II POWs, who used tools hidden in the boxed sets to help them escape. The story's been told before, but Christian Donland at Eurogamer looks deeply into the life of a high-strung, eccentric British intelligence officer named Clayton Hutton,... More »

Ex-Nazi, 88, in Young Offender Court Over WWII Massacre

Was 19 when 642 slain at Oradour-sur-Glane

(Newser) - Werner C. is 88 years old, but his fate now rests with the young offenders chamber of the Cologne court. That's because the man was just 19 during the 1944 massacre at Oradour-sur-Glane in France, in which 642 people were killed, Reuters reports. Men were herded into barns and... More »

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