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Diary of 'Polish Anne Frank' Emerges After 70 Years in Vault

Heartbreaking journal from Jewish teen Renia Spiegel will be published on Sept. 24

(Newser) - When Renia Spiegel was 15, she started keeping a diary. Now, 70 years later, the journal from the girl some call the "Polish Anne Frank" is set to be published. Per NBC News , Renia's Diary: a Holocaust Journal will be out Sept. 24 after decades stashed in a... More »

'Goebbels Would Approve': German Ride Looks Like This

Eagle's Flight was shut down by park management

(Newser) - A ride at a German theme park was scuttled this week over objections it resembled flying swastikas, the New York Times reports. Called Eagle's Flight, the attraction had two sets of four cars, each joined at right angles, which some said resembled the infamous Nazi symbol. "First of... More »

Man With Giant Swastika in His Yard: 'Get Over It'

California's Steve Johnson says he thinks landscaping design looks 'cool'

(Newser) - Steven Johnson doesn't see what the big deal is with what he used to replace the weeds in his yard in California's El Sobrante, but he does concede that "a few people don't like it." What Johnson's neighbors and other locals are perturbed about,... More »

Museum, Not Holocaust Survivor's Kin, to Keep Nazi-Looted Art

Judge rules work by Camille Pissarro to stay in Spanish museum

(Newser) - A federal judge in Los Angeles ruled Tuesday that a Spanish museum that acquired a priceless, Nazi-looted painting in 1993 is the work's rightful owner, and not the survivors of the Jewish woman who surrendered it 80 years ago to escape the Holocaust. Per the AP , although US District... More »

What the Nazis Destroyed in 1943 Reappears for 2 Hours

The Great Synagogue of Warsaw is recreated with light

(Newser) - The Great Synagogue of Warsaw, which was destroyed by German forces during World War II, made a brief reappearance as an apparition of light during commemorations for the Ghetto Uprising of 1943. Light was projected Thursday night onto the modern glass building in the place where the synagogue used to... More »

Americans Can Finally See Holocaust Artifacts

700 of them arrived in Manhattan on Sunday

(Newser) - On a Sunday morning, a crane lowered a rusty remnant of the Holocaust onto tracks outside Manhattan's Museum of Jewish Heritage—a vintage German train car like those used to transport men, women, and children to Auschwitz and other Nazi death camps, the AP reports. The windowless boxcar is... More »

'Abominable': Congressman Links Democrats, Nazis

Mo Brooks isn't alone in calling Hitler a 'socialist'

(Newser) - Politico is pointing out that the National Socialist German Workers' Party, aka the Nazi Party, "was fascist, not socialist—the opposite end of the political universe from socialists" following what it calls an "inane debate" among members of Congress. It began Monday as Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks... More »

Nazis Stole It in 1941. Painting Is Finally Going Home

Jan van der Heyden work was stolen from Austrian couple nearly 80 years ago

(Newser) - In 1941, the Gestapo stole more than 160 paintings from a Jewish couple, who'd fled Nazi-annexed Austria. Hitler's photographer, Heinrich Hoffmann, nabbed "View of a Dutch Square" by Jan van der Heyden, but he didn't have long to enjoy it. Retrieved by the Allies after the... More »

Remnants of Nazi Massacre Found in Germany

400 artifacts found during excavation

(Newser) - Between March 20 and 23 in 1945, Nazis killed three groups of Polish and Soviet forced laborers—208 people in all—in Germany's Arnsberg Forest. The remains were exhumed and reburied by 1947, but those victims are now being remembered and discussed following a trio of excavations of the... More »

One of Third Reich's Most Famous Children Is Dead

Edda Goering, 80, was the daughter of Hermann Goering

(Newser) - How to describe Edda Goering? She "was a sort of Shirley Temple of Nazi Germany," writes the Telegraph , while the New York Times calls her "practically a princess of the Third Reich." Both provide a sense of the media attention the daughter of Hitler henchman Hermann... More »

Students in Nazi Photo to Meet With Anne Frank's Stepsister

Eva Schloss will speak privately with California high schoolers

(Newser) - A group of California high school students drew widespread scorn this week when a party photo emerged showing them giving the Nazi salute over cups arranged in a swastika pattern. Some of the students already have apologized, notes the Los Angeles Times , and on Thursday they'll get another chance... More »

Finland Admits WWII Atrocity

Finnish volunteers in Nazi forces massacred Jews

(Newser) - A senior Israeli Holocaust historian is praising Finnish authorities for publishing a report concluding that Finnish troops likely participated in the mass murder of Jews during World War II, the AP reports. Efraim Zuroff, of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, on Sunday lauded the determination of the National Archives of Finland... More »

After 70 Years, Nazi Conspiracy Theory Debunked

DNA tests confirm Rudolf Hess died in prison

(Newser) - The man who hanged himself at the age of 93 in Berlin's Spandau Prison in 1987 really was Rudolf Hess, Adolf Hitler's former deputy, DNA tests have confirmed, quashing a conspiracy theory that persisted for more than 70 years. Researchers trying to prove that the Nazi was not... More »

Nazis Had Blueprint for an American Holocaust

Canadian archive buys the book from a US seller

(Newser) - Canada's national archive has acquired what may be the blueprint for a Holocaust that never happened—the one in North America, the Guardian reports. Bought from an American bookseller for $4,500, Statistics, Media, and Organizations of Jewry in the United States and Canada by German researcher Heinz Kloss ... More »

Millions of Library Books Were Looted in War

But researchers are reuniting them with Jewish families

(Newser) - "People have looked away for so long, but I don't think they can anymore." So says a Nazi-looting expert about millions of works stolen during World War II—not paintings by master artists, but books once owned by Jewish families and institutions. Researchers in Europe and America... More »

These May Be the 3 Deadliest Months in Human History

In terms of people killed by their fellow man

(Newser) - When it comes to people killed by human hands, it's likely "the deadliest three months in human history," as USA Today puts it. That would be August through October 1942, according to a new peer-reviewed study. Researchers used detailed train transportation records to estimate 1.47 million... More »

He Saved Hundreds of Jews. Some by Throwing Them a Ball

Georges Loinger was a French resistance hero

(Newser) - A French resistance hero who helped hundreds of Jewish children escape during World War II has died in Paris at the age of 108, AFP reports. Georges Loinger, acclaimed for his athletic ability and savvy schemes, drummed up various ways of getting children across the French border into Switzerland. In... More »

Kansas Governor Wants 'Master Race' Official to Step Down

A county commissioner made the statement to a black city planner.

(Newser) - The Kansas governor has issued a response to a controversy over a county commissioner who made statements that evoked Nazi ideology while addressing a black city planner: Louis Klemp needs to apologize and quit, Gov. Jeff Colyer said over the weekend. "Racial and discriminative language have no place in... More »

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 »

On NYC Subway, a 'Tragic End to the Everyday Jostle'

Man who fled from Nazis in Austria dies after being pushed to ground by rushing fellow commuter

(Newser) - The New York Times calls Dr. Kurt Salzinger's death "a tragic end to the everyday jostle of straphangers," which the New York Post paints as "a daily underground hazard." His stepdaughter calls it "a complete disregard for the elderly," per the Times. Salzinger... More »

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