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'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 »

German Judge Backs Men's Right to Pee Standing Up

Landlord went after tenant over floor damage

(Newser) - A German court has ruled that a tenant who liked to pee standing up doesn't owe his landlord money for damages apparently caused by missing his target. The Duesseldorf administrative court rejected the landlord's claim of $2,200 for damage to the bathroom's marble floor, the dpa... More »

German Right-Wing Leader Quits Over Hitler Pic

It was only 'satire,' Bachmann spokeswoman says

(Newser) - As the charismatic leader of a right-wing, anti-foreigner movement in Germany, Lutz Bachmann should probably have tried a little harder to distance himself from a certain figure in his country's past. Instead, the chief of PEGIDA—Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West—actually posed as Adolf Hitler,... More »

Germany Wants to House People in Old Nazi Camp

'Tasteless' Schwerte plan condemned

(Newser) - A rise in the number of people seeking asylum in Germany has led to huge anti-immigration rallies —and left one local authority so short of accommodations that it says it has to house asylum seekers in a former outpost of the Buchenwald concentration camp. Authorities in Schwerte in western... More »

Arsonists Hit German Paper That Ran Charlie Cartoons

Cops in Hamburger have busted 2 men

(Newser) - Police in Germany have detained two men suspected of an arson attack early today against a newspaper that republished the cartoons of French weekly Charlie Hebdo. The newspaper Hamburger Morgenpost said on its website the overnight arson attack destroyed several files in its archive, but didn't injure anyone. Hamburg... More »

German Anti-Islam Rallies Get Record Turnout

Counter-protesters also come out in huge numbers

(Newser) - Anti-"Islamization" and anti-immigration protesters in Germany turned out in record numbers last night despite a New Year's plea from Chancellor Angela Merkel to shun rallies organized by those with "prejudice, coldness, even hatred in their hearts." Some 18,000 people attended a rally in Dresden, the... More »

Student Dies After Rushing to Teen Girls' Rescue

Tugce Albayrak dies on 23rd birthday in Germany after attack by harasser

(Newser) - German President Joachim Gauck is considering awarding the national Order of Merit honor to a German-Turkish student who died on her 23rd birthday. The act that resulted in Tugce Albayrak's death: defending two teen girls from male harassers at an Offenbach McDonald's, then being attacked in the restaurant'... More »

Set for Auction: Painting by Adolf Hitler

Town hall image could bring in $60K: auctioneer

(Newser) - A painting set for auction in Germany could bring in more than $60,000, though its artist isn't best known for his abilities with a brush. Adolf Hitler produced some 2,000 paintings between 1905 and 1920; he painted the "Civil Registry Office and Old Town Hall of... More »

Neo-Nazis Tricked Into Anti-Nazi Fundraiser

Town in Germany turns their march into a charity event

(Newser) - When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. Or, if you're the fine citizens of Wunsiedel, Germany, when life hands you neo-Nazis marching uninvited into your town every year, you turn it to your advantage. That's exactly what fed-up residents did to deal with the 200 far-right extremists who... More »

Guy Feuds With Family, Blows Self Up

Angry German was a demolition expert, police say

(Newser) - A German man proved he was more than just a little upset today when he parked outside his family's house and blew himself up, the AP reports. The 49-year-old, who lived in the village of Homberg, had gotten in an argument at home and driven away, police say. He... More »

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