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Ex-SS Guard: I Knew Camp Was Bad, but I Didn't Do Bad Things

Johann Rehbogen, 94, is on trial in Germany for being an accessory to murder at Stutthof

(Newser) - A 94-year-old former SS guard says he was aware of the terrible conditions endured by prisoners in the Stutthof concentration camp in Poland, but he claims he didn't take part in atrocities against them. The statement came in the third day of his trial, which opened last week. The... More »

94-Year-Old Former Nazi Guard: I Knew Nothing

Johann Rehbogen is on trial for his time at a concentration camp

(Newser) - A former SS guard is on trial for allegedly serving as an accessory to hundreds of mass killings at a Nazi concentration camp, the AP reports. Johann Rehbogen, 94, isn't accused of a specific crime, but he served at Stutthof concentration camp in what is now Poland. More than... More »

His Plot to Make $607,933.50: 3 Bombs, One Soccer Team

Electrician Segej Wenergold is on trial in Germany after bizarre scheme

(Newser) - In April of last year, three bombs detonated as a bus carrying the Borussia Dortmund soccer team left a hotel in Germany. As it turns out, only one player suffered minor injuries, but the high-profile attack led authorities to assume that Islamist terrorists were to blame. They could not have... More »

Man Admits to Being Among 'Most Prolific Serial Killers'

Niels Hoegel's latest trial opens in Oldenburg, Germany

(Newser) - A German man in court on Tuesday essentially admitted being "one of the world's most prolific serial killers," as the BBC puts it. That he was a killer was already known: Niels Hoegel, a 41-year-old former nurse, is currently serving a life sentence in connection with the... More »

For Germany's Merkel, a 'Watershed Moment'

She will reportedly step down as chancellor at end of current parliamentary term

(Newser) - It looks like the beginning of the end for Angela Merkel's long tenure as Germany's chancellor. After her ruling party under-performed in state elections, Merkel told leaders of her Christian Democratic Union that this would be her final parliamentary term as chancellor, reports the AP . The current term... More »

Norway: Sorry How We Treated WWII's 'German Girls'

Women who had children with German soldiers faced severe consequences

(Newser) - When Germany invaded Norway in 1940, Nazi leader Heinrich Himmler endorsed the concept of German soldiers hooking up with Norwegian women, as that would help bring the Nazis closer to the Aryan master race they wished for. Per the BBC , about 50,000 Norwegian women ended up in relationships with... More »

Germany's Foreign Minister: Country Must 'Get Off the Couch,' Fight Racism

As far-right protesters, counter-protesters clash in Chemnitz

(Newser) - Thousands of far-right protesters gathered Saturday in Chemnitz, Germany, to denounce migration after a German was killed in the city, allegedly by two migrants from Iraq and Syria. After the march, as well as a counter-protest from leftists in support of migration, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas didn't mince... More »

Deported Nazi Guard Likely to Get Off Scot-Free

German investigator cites lack of evidence of crimes in case of Jakiw Palij

(Newser) - Getting booted from the US may be the only punishment to befall former Nazi prison guard Jakiw Palij. Though US authorities say he was involved in the deaths of 6,000 Jewish people at the Trawniki concentration camp in occupied Poland, the 95-year-old is unlikely to be convicted because of... More »

Officials Make Admission About Alien Life

Germany admits it lacks plan for extra-terrestrials

(Newser) - The German government says it has made no preparations for the possibility that aliens might land in the European country, the AP reports. In a response to questions from opposition Green Party lawmaker Dieter Janecek, the government says "there are no protocols or plans for a possible first contact... More »

'People Were Terrified': Empathy Expert Is Accused of Bullying

Tania Singer takes a sabbatical amid flurry of workplace stories

(Newser) - A celebrated neuroscientist known for her work on human empathy is now being called a workplace bully who can reduce colleagues to tears, the Cut reports. Tania Singer, director of the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany, has taken a sabbatical to "calm... More »

This Case Is 'Worst of Its Kind in German Criminal History'

Mother, partner sentenced to jail for selling boy to pedophiles via the dark web

(Newser) - A warning before you read on: As far as child abuse cases go, the Guardian calls this one "the worst of its kind in German criminal history." A 48-year-old woman and her 39-year-old partner (himself a convicted pedophile) have been convicted of selling the woman's now-10-year-old son... More »

Men Flee Nursing Home to Attend Heavy Metal Festival

Police managed to locate the metalheads

(Newser) - Some 75,000 people were expected to attend the world's largest heavy-metal festival last weekend, and just two of those attendees are getting international press. That's because the German men allegedly fled their nursing home Friday in order to go to Wacken Open Air, which featured the likes... More »

Serial Killer 'Accidentally' Kills Himself

Egifius Schiffer, 62, was being held in a German prison

(Newser) - It involves a lamp—that's all you need to know. For those reading on, serial killer Egifius Schiffer died in what appears to be an autoerotic sex act while serving life in a German prison, Oxygen reports. Schiffer, 62, was found last week hooked up to a lamp cable... More »

Trump's Blast at Germany Calls Attention to Huge Pipeline

US worried proposed project would give Russia too much money, influence in Europe

(Newser) - President Trump came out swinging as expected Wednesday at the start of the NATO summit, but he went beyond his familiar criticism that nations such as Germany weren't spending enough on defense. Instead, he called attention to a proposed pipeline that would run gas under the Baltic Sea, from... More »

'Particularly Heavy Guilt' Found, Neo-Nazi Sentenced

Beate Zschaepe gets life in prison in Germany for her part in 10 racially motivated murders

(Newser) - A member of a neo-Nazi group in Germany has been sentenced to life in prison for her role in 10 racially motivated murders, though her lawyer claims she "was demonstrably present at no crime scene and never fired a weapon or detonated a bomb." Beate Zschaepe, 43, of... More »

Burning Bird Torches 17 Acres of Land

It takes 50 firefighters to battle the blaze

(Newser) - Police say a burning bird falling from an overhead electric line set fire to a field in northern Germany that was parched by dry weather, torching some 17 acres of land, the AP reports. Police in the Baltic Sea port city of Rostock say witnesses reported that the bird caused... More »

Merkel Survives, With a Huge Concession

German leader agrees to tough border policies to stay in power

(Newser) - Germany's Angela Merkel has struck a deal to remain in power, at least for now. Merkel, long seen as a champion of the rights of immigrants to move freely within the European Union, agreed to toughen border policies to end a revolt from within her own governing coalition, reports... More »

Sandwich Killer? Man May Have Poisoned Up to 21 Co-Workers

German man allegedly caught sprinkling toxic substance onto a co-worker’s lunch

(Newser) - Police have arrested a man suspected of killing as many as 21 engineering workers over two decades at a valve manufacturing company in western Germany, reports CNN . The 56-year-old metal-fittings worker, identified only as Klaus O, was caught on surveillance video sprinkling a powdery substance onto a co-worker’s sandwich... More »

World Cup Elimination a First Since 1938 for Germany

It's 4th defending champion in last 5 tournaments to be eliminated in group stage

(Newser) - Germany is out of the World Cup, the fourth defending champion in the last five tournaments to be eliminated in the group stage. The four-time champions lost to South Korea 2-0 Wednesday, allowing a pair of injury-time goals while knowing a 1-0 victory would have been enough to advance because... More »

Building Explodes in Germany

Explosion in city of Wuppertal has no clear cause

(Newser) - Twenty-five people were injured, four of them severely, when an explosion destroyed an apartment building in the western German city of Wuppertal, police said Sunday. Police said the explosion rocked the several-story building shortly before midnight Saturday with a large bang, scaring people in surrounding homes so much they ran... More »

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