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Man, 98, Charged as Accessory to Murder at Nazi Camp

German was said to have worked at Sachsenhausen concentration camp as a juvenile

(Newser) - A 98-year-old man has been charged in Germany with being an accessory to murder as a guard at the Nazis' Sachsenhausen concentration camp between 1943 and 1945, prosecutors said Friday. The German citizen, a resident of Main-Kinzig County near Frankfurt, is accused of having "supported the cruel and malicious...

Germany to Build Monument to 'Forgotten Victims' of Nazis

Jehovah's Witnesses were 'persecuted, tormented, locked up, and murdered'

(Newser) - The German parliament has approved the construction of a memorial in Berlin to the Jehovah's Witnesses persecuted under the Nazis, a plan the country's culture minister hopes will help end their status as "forgotten victims." On Thursday evening, lawmakers backed a motion formally calling on the...

Far-Right Leader Adds Condemnation of Horrific Event

Giorgia Meloni calls leader of Rome's Jewish community on anniversary of 1943 roundup

(Newser) - Italy's far-right political leadership marked the 79th anniversary of the World War II roundup of Rome's Jews on Sunday with calls for such horror to never occur again, messages that took on greater significance following a national election won by a party with neo-fascist roots. Giorgia Meloni, who...

They Survived the Holocaust Together, Died Together, Too

Sisters Ilse Scheuer Nathan and Ruth Scheuer Siegler die 11 days apart in Alabama

(Newser) - Two sisters who together survived the Holocaust then settled within walking distance of each other in Alabama have died 11 days apart. Ilse Scheuer Nathan, 98, died Aug. 23, followed by sister Ruth Scheuer Siegler, 95, on Saturday, per USA Today . Their closeness in Birmingham must've been some comfort....

Twice a Survivor, 86-Year-Old Takes Family to Germany

Shaul Ladany was held in Bergen-Belsen and on Israeli Olympic team attacked in 1972

(Newser) - Shaul Ladany lived through a Nazi concentration camp and escaped the massacre of 11 fellow Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. Decades later, the 86-year-old is back in Germany to visit the two places where he narrowly avoided death. On Saturday, Ladany, who was born in 1936...

In Former Nazi Camp, a Devastating Find

Burned remains of 8K bodies found as Poland continues to press Germany for WWII reparations

(Newser) - A mass grave containing human ashes representing an estimated 8,000 people has been discovered near the former Nazi concentration camp of Soldau in northern Poland. The country's Institute of National Remembrance, which investigates crimes committed during the Nazi occupation of World War II and the subsequent period of...

Józef Walaszczyk Saved Scores of Jews During WWII

Member of Polish resistance bribed German official to rescue factory employees

(Newser) - Józef Walaszczyk, a member of the Polish resistance who rescued dozens of Jews during the Nazi German occupation of Poland during World War II, has died. He was 102 and died Monday, according to the Institute of National Remembrance, a Polish state historical body. Walaszczyk fell in love during...

After Twice Praising Hitler, an Apology From Peru's PM

Anibal Torres' comment comes amid a political crisis

(Newser) - Peru's prime minster has apologized for his praise of Adolf Hitler—the latest blow to a government already facing a political crisis over soaring inflation and corruption allegations. Anibal Torres, 79, had been speaking in a cabinet session in the Junín capital of Huancayo, the site of ongoing...

New Book Examines Hitler's Fatal Miscalculation

Declaring war on US wasn't just madness, authors say

(Newser) - The fates of nations could have gone in various directions in early December 1941. Japan might have attacked British installations in Asia instead of Pearl Harbor. Italy and the Vichy government of France could have followed through on negotiations to form a close alliance. And Adolf Hitler might have avoided...

100-Year-Old Former SS Guard Allegedly Helped Kill Thousands

Josef S. hides his face as trial begins in Germany

(Newser) - A man about to turn 101 is the oldest defendant yet to stand trial for allegedly aiding in the murder of prisoners at a German concentration camp almost 80 years ago. The former guard at the Sachsenhausen concentration camp near Berlin, who can only be identified as Josef S. due...

Concentration Camp Secretary, 96, Flees Before Trial Begins

Irmgard Furchner was detained hours later

(Newser) - Some 76 years after the end of World War II, an alleged Nazi war criminal made one last effort to escape justice Thursday. A warrant was issued for the arrest of 96-year-old Irmgard Furchner and she was declared a fugitive after she failed to appear at her trial for aiding...

Centenarian to Face Trial for Nazi Death Camp Crimes

100-year-old man was said to have been a guard at Sachsenhausen concentration camp near Berlin

(Newser) - There aren't many living Nazi war crimes suspects still wandering the Earth, but one more is about to face a reckoning. As Reuters reports, a 100-year-old man will go to trial in October, about 75 years after he's accused of having been a guard at the Sachsenhausen concentration...

Music Helped Esther Bejarano Survive Auschwitz, Fight Racism

Activist sometimes conveyed her message with a hip-hop group

(Newser) - Esther Bejarano, a survivor of the Auschwitz death camp who devoted much of her life to the fight against antisemitism and racism—often through through the power of music—has died. She was 96. Bejarano died peacefully Saturday at the Jewish Hospital in Hamburg. A cause of death was not...

Gestapo Leader Didn't Have to Hide From US After War

Franz Josef Huber avoided punishment by working in German intelligence

(Newser) - Although Austria wanted to try him for war crimes, Franz Josef Huber wasn't put on trial at Nuremberg. He didn't have to go into hiding or flee, newly released documents show, as other Nazi leaders did. Instead, Huber, a high-ranking Gestapo official who helped send thousands of Jews...

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Poland Fights Holocaust Finding
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Poland Fights Holocaust Finding

'Memory wars' rage over role in the killing of Jews

(Newser) - The US isn't the only nation fighting over competing versions of its past. While political and educational arguments rage over the 1619 Project , Poland's internal struggle over the Holocaust has resurfaced in a court case involving a recent academic history, Masha Gessen writes in a New Yorker column....

After 60-Plus Years in US, Ex-Nazi Guard Gets the Boot

Friedrich Karl Berger, 95, deported for working at 'atrocious' Neuengamme subcamp in Germany

(Newser) - Authorities in the US deported a 95-year-old man Friday who acknowledged working as a guard in a Nazi concentration camp. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency said in a statement that Friedrich Karl Berger, a German citizen, was sent back to Germany this month for serving as a guard for...

Former Nazi Guard, 100, Charged as Accessory to Murder

Unnamed man hit with more than 3.5K counts

(Newser) - German prosecutors have charged a 100-year-old man with 3,518 counts of being an accessory to murder on allegations he served during World War II as a Nazi SS guard at a concentration camp on the outskirts of Berlin, authorities said Tuesday. The man is alleged to have worked at...

Nazi Symbols Help Identify Ship That Sank 80 Years Ago

Torpedoed warship sits upright 1,600 feet below the surface

(Newser) - The swastikas gave it away. Eighty years after a British submarine sank the German warship Karlsruhe during World War II, images from a remotely operated vehicle have helped identify the wreckage. The cruiser is sitting upright 1,607 feet below the surface off the southern coast of Norway, Live Science...

He Described a 'Satanic World' in 1.8K Pages. It Wasn't Fiction
He Described a 'Satanic World'
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He Described a 'Satanic World' in 1.8K Pages. It Wasn't Fiction

'NYT Magazine' revisits Edgar Kupfer-Koberwitz's Holocaust diary

(Newser) - That Edgar Kupfer-Koberwitz's Holocaust diary exists at all is staggering; that it numbers more than 1,800 pages even more so. He wrote it over the course of nearly two years spent at Dachau, a feat managed in part because of the job he was assigned as an office...

Krispy Kreme Owners Do Something About 'Disgusting' Past

Reimann family to donate $5.5M to Holocaust survivors after discovery of past Nazi ties

(Newser) - In March, it was reported that ancestors of the Reimann family—whose JAB Holding Co. owns a controlling stake in Krispy Kreme, Panera Bread, Pret a Manger, and other well-known brands—had used French POWs and Russian civilians as forced laborers under the Nazi regime. Now the family, one of...

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