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Tragic Tale of the German Who Wouldn't Salute Hitler

Ex-Nazi August Landmesser's life was torn apart after refusing to do a 'Sieg Heil'

(Newser) - Look at the black-and-white photo taken at a 1936 Nazi rally in Hamburg, Germany, and you'll see a wave of unbroken "Sieg Heil" salutes to Hitler, in town to christen a new German navy vessel, per Business Insider . Look even more closely, though, and you'll spot one... More »

7 Leaders Try to Solve World's Vexing Problems

Atop today's G7 agenda: terrorism, climate change

(Newser) - It's now past lunchtime in Germany, where seven world leaders are huddling for 26 hours in a bid to address an "ambitious agenda" of world issues. The latest from the G7:
  • Atop the agenda today: terrorism and climate change. Angela Merkel is pushing the G7 to come to
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What 7 World Leaders Will Try to Tackle in 26 Hours

Terrorism, Ukraine, Ebola to come up at the G7

(Newser) - For the second year in a row, Russia has been left out of the G8, er, G7 summit, which will see President Obama meet with the leaders of Germany, Britain, France, Italy, Canada, and Japan at the Sunday-Monday summit, held at the Schloss Elmau castle, south of Munich. The participating... More »

German Teen Makes Left Turn—Into Tank Convoy

Look left, right, left again

(Newser) - Police in western Germany say a novice driver escaped unharmed but her car was crushed after she inadvertently turned into the path of a convoy of British tanks. Lippe police spokesman Lars Risserbusch said today the 18-year-old had apparently not seen the convoy when she made a left turn in... More »

Congrats, Japan, You're No Longer World's Worst at Procreating

Germany is the world's new panda of birth rates

(Newser) - Japan, having long fretted over its sexless image , has managed to escape its worst-in-the-world-at-procreation status: The new lowest birth rate in town belongs to Germany, which saw about 8.3 births per 1,000 people in the five years ending in 2013, edging under Japan's 8.4, reports Bloomberg... More »

Cops Called on Armed Mob Find Asparagus Pickers

"10 to 15 people armed with knives" turns out to be less ominous

(Newser) - Police in rural northeastern Germany rushed out to track down a reported mob of up to 15 people armed with knives and sticks. Instead, they found a group of asparagus harvesters. Police in the town of Ludwigslust said a man called their emergency number yesterday to report having seen "... More »

Germany: Group Plotted to Bomb Mosques, Refugees

4 being held on terrorism charges

(Newser) - German authorities conducted raids across the country today, seizing explosives and arresting four people accused of founding a right-wing extremist group to attack mosques and housing for asylum seekers. Police arrested three men and a woman accused of leading the group during raids by some 250 investigators on homes in... More »

Germany: We Foiled Imminent Terror Attack

Officials think couple was preparing Boston Marathon-style hit

(Newser) - German security officials say they have foiled what they believe was an imminent Boston Marathon-style attack after raiding the home of a suspected Islamic extremist. The chief of police for western Hesse state says authorities found a pipe bomb, 100 rounds of ammunition, parts of an assault rifle, and a... More »

Amazon Deliveries Coming to Audi Car Trunks

Only in Munich next month in test program, but project could expand

(Newser) - Like Santa sneaking down the chimney, Amazon is planning to drop packages off in customers' car trunks while they're at work or otherwise unavailable for delivery, the New York Times reports. The caveat (for now): Recipients need to live in Munich, have a select Audi equipped with special technology,... More »

'Accountant of Auschwitz,' Now 93, Heads to Trial

Oskar Groening was in charge of items stolen from Holocaust victims

(Newser) - Tomorrow, former SS guard Oskar Groening, 93, goes on trial in Germany on 300,000 counts of accessory to murder. He faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in a trial that will focus on whether legally he can be found an accessory to murder for his actions. Groening is... More »

65-Year-Old Expecting Quadruplets Defends Choice

Annegret Raunigk is being 'irresponsible,' bioethicist says

(Newser) - A lot of 65-year-olds are looking forward to new challenges in their lives—but only one is looking forward to giving birth to quadruplets . In an interview with German channel RTL, Annegret Raunigk says it is "quite a strain battling against the cliches" about her age, the Guardian reports.... More »

Nobel-Winning Author Guenter Grass Dies at 87

German writer known for The Tin Drum faced controversy in recent years

(Newser) - Guenter Grass, the Nobel-winning German writer who gave voice to the generation that came of age during the horrors of the Nazi era but later ran into controversy over his own World War II past and stance toward Israel, has died. He was 87. Grass was lauded by Germans for... More »

'Hitler's Resort' Now Hot Property

Massive Prora complex turned into hotels, condos

(Newser) - Almost 80 years after Adolf Hitler picked a design for a massive seaside resort for weary German workers to recharge their batteries, the Prora complex is finally popular. The mammoth Nazi-era complex on a Baltic Sea island is being redeveloped into apartments and hotels—and with the German property market... More »

Here's How Much Greece Wants in WWII Reparations

Only a measly $303B from Germany

(Newser) - Greece says it's about time Germany opens its checkbook and pays $303 billion in reparation money stemming from the Nazi occupation of Greece in World War II. Greece's deputy finance minister says the sum, put forth by the General Accounting Office, accounts for war reparations, the repayment of... More »

China Now the World's 3rd-Largest Arms Exporter

Buyers turn to China instead of US, Russia for cheaper, comparable weapons

(Newser) - From 2005 to 2009, China reigned as the world's top weapons importer, but since then, it's fallen to third place—while sliding into the third slot on another list: It's displaced Germany as the third-largest weapons exporter. China retains only 5% of the global export market—the... More »

Man Thinks He Knows Where Nazis Hid the 'Amber Room'

But Karl-Heinz Kleine needs a new drill to continue his search of Wuppertal

(Newser) - The fabulous Amber Room looted by the Nazis from a Russian palace in 1941 may be the world's "most valuable piece of lost art," according to Reuters —and a 68-year-old man in western Germany thinks he knows where it is. Karl-Heinz Kleine and friends from his... More »

Jewish Heirs Sue Germany for Art Trove Sold to Nazis

US filing says pressure led to unfair sale of Welfenschatz in 1935

(Newser) - In 1935, not long after Adolf Hitler rose to power, Jewish art dealers sold a major collection of medieval treasure to the state of Prussia in Germany. The collection of gold and jewels known as the Welfenschatz contains pieces that date back some 800 years; it's considered Germany's... More »

Germany Charges Alleged Nazi With 170K Counts

Court: Auschwitz guard was accessory to thousands of murders

(Newser) - A German court says a 93-year-old man has been charged with 170,000 counts of accessory to murder on allegations he served as an SS guard at the Nazis' Auschwitz death camp in occupied Poland. The defendant, whose name wasn't disclosed in line with privacy laws, allegedly served in... More »

Germany Cancels Big Parade Over 'Concrete Threat'

Braunschweig Carnival parade axed at last second

(Newser) - Rattled in the wake of twin attacks in Denmark , police in the German city of Braunschweig have canceled a popular Carnival street parade because of fears of an imminent Islamist terror attack. Police spokesman Thomas Geese said police received credible information that there was a "concrete threat of an... More »

US, Germany Stand Tight on Achieving Ukraine Peace

But Obama and Angela Merkel disagree on arming Ukraine against Russia

(Newser) - To arm or not to arm Ukraine is the question—and although the US and Germany may not agree on the answer to that question, for now they're presenting a unified front in finding a solution to Ukraine's conflict with Russia. President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel... More »

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