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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... More »

Long-Sought WWI Wreck Is Found, Guns at the Ready

German ship SMS Scharnhorst was sunk off Falkland Islands in 1914

(Newser) - It was an "extraordinary" moment as the long-sought shipwreck appeared a mile beneath the waves, says the search team's leader. "Suddenly she just came out of the gloom with great guns poking in every direction," Mensun Bound says of the discovery of SMS Scharnhorst, a German... More »

Germany Makes Move Against Russia After August Murder

Chechen separatist Zelimkhan Khangoshvili shot in the back of the head in Berlin park

(Newser) - In a case likened to the attempted murder of former Russian intelligence agent Sergei Skripal, a former Chechen rebel commander was shot from behind in the head at a Berlin park in August and died. Now two Russian diplomats are being expelled from Germany. The country believes the murder of... More »

'Being Licked by a Dog Can Be Fatal'

Doctors describe rare case in Germany

(Newser) - A man has died of multiple organ failure in Germany, where doctors blame a lick from his own dog. The 63-year-old had been completely healthy before experiencing three days of fever and difficulty breathing. Arriving at a hospital, he was found to suffer from severe sepsis and the sepsis-associated disorder... More »

Video Shows Thieves Using Axe in Museum Heist

They made off with around 100 pieces of jewelry from priceless collection

(Newser) - The raid on Dresden's Green Vault early Monday took just a few minutes, authorities say—but it was long enough for the thieves to make off with jewelry believed to be worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Surveillance video released Monday shows two thieves using an axe to break... More »

Thieves Raid Europe's Largest Collection of Treasures

Authorities are still trying to assess what was taken from the Green Vault in Dresden, Germany

(Newser) - Early Monday, firefighters in Dresden, Germany, rushed to the scene of a fire at a power distributor. Not long after, another call came in: The Gruenes Gewoelbe museum, or Green Vault, had been robbed. Now authorities say they're trying to figure out if the two incidents are connected, as... More »

Ex-German President's Son Stabbed to Death During Speech

Richard von Weizsaecker's son Fritz, 59, was killed at hospital where he was a head physician

(Newser) - The son of former German president Richard von Weizsaecker, one of the country's most popular leaders, was stabbed to death while giving a lecture at a Berlin hospital where he worked as a head physician, police said Wednesday. A 57-year-old German man is in custody after he leaped from... More »

Germans Celebrate the Fall of Berlin Wall, Tweaking Trump

Pro-democracy group sends an original section to White House

(Newser) - With the help of leaders from other European nations, Germany marked the fall of the Berlin Wall 30 years ago with ceremonies, reenactments and an examination of the historic event's meaning. "The Berlin Wall, ladies and gentlemen, is history, and it teaches us: No wall that keeps people... More »

Doctor's Clever Plan to Free Boy's Stuck Tongue: a Wine Hack

Anesthesiologist recalled long-ago method to free 7-year-old's tongue from grape juice bottle

(Newser) - A 7-year-old boy too eager to suck down all of his grape juice is lucky Dr. Christoph Eich drinks wine—or at least knows how to open a wine bottle without a corkscrew. NBC News reports on this odd injury out of Germany, a case documented this week in the... More »

Upstate NY Museum 'Upset' to Discover Painting's Origin

A Nazi-looted painting stolen from Jewish family somehow ended up at the Arkell Museum

(Newser) - A painting stolen by the Nazis from a Jewish family in the year Adolf Hitler was appointed chancellor of Germany has been found hiding in plain sight: on the wall of a museum in upstate New York. US industrialist Bartlett Arkell bought the painting—Winter by American artist Gari Melchers—... More »

Teen's Desperate Measures to Get Ex Back Earn Him a Bust

Half-naked 18-year-old was intercepted trying to get to former girlfriend's window at German prison

(Newser) - A teenager has broken into a German prison in an attempt to win back his ex-girlfriend. Prison authorities in the northwestern town of Vechta told news agency DPA the 18-year-old scaled a 13-foot wall last week to get to his ex's window. Prison officials intercepted the man, the AP... More »

New Syria Proposal: Internationally Controlled 'Security Zone'

Ceasefire is set to expire

(Newser) - Germany's defense minister proposed Tuesday the establishment of an internationally controlled security zone in Syria, hours before a five-day ceasefire between Turkish troops and Syrian Kurdish fighters was set to expire in the war-torn country. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer told German news agency dpa that "the creation of an internationally... More »

Former Nazi Guard, 93, Headed to Juvenile Court

Stutthof guard Bruno Dey, now 93, charged as accessory to murder in 5,230 deaths

(Newser) - What is likely to be one of the last trials of a former Nazi guard kicks off Thursday in juvenile court in Germany. Bruno Dey is 93 and in poor health, per Deutsche Welle , but prosecutors say that in the height of World War II, he was a 17-year-old SS... More »

Van Halen Member Has Cancer—and a Theory

Eddie Van Halen has been flying to Germany for treatments

(Newser) - Legendary rock guitarist Eddie Van Halen has traveled to Germany for years to treat his throat cancer—for which he has an unusual explanation, TMZ reports. "I used metal picks—they're brass and copper—which I always held in my mouth, in the exact place where I got... More »

Berlin March Protests Rising Anti-Semitism

Two people were killed near a synagogue in Halle

(Newser) - Thousands of people have protested in Berlin against an increase anti-Semitism, days after a man attacked a synagogue in the eastern German city of Halle. More than 6,000 people participated in the march through the German capital Sunday, the AP reports. The rally was organized by the civil rights... More »

This 3-Minute 1980s Song Baffles Internet Sleuths

Nobody can figure out the group

(Newser) - If you took 3 minutes to listen to this song and then were somehow able to identify the group behind it, you'd make a lot of people happy all over the world. Why? As Rolling Stone explains, the song just happens to be nicknamed the "Most Mysterious Song... More »

Shooting Suspect Was Unable to Get Past Synagogue's Doors

Twitch says livestreamed Germany attack had more than 2K viewers

(Newser) - An attack that killed two people near a synagogue in eastern Germany Wednesday was livestreamed and watched by more than 2,000 people, streaming site Twitch has confirmed. The site says its "investigation suggests that people were coordinating and sharing the video via other online messaging services," the... More »

They Were Honoring Judaism's Holiest Day When Gunman Arrived

2 killed near synagogue in German city of Halle

(Newser) - A suspect is in custody, but one or more others are believed to have fled, after a fatal shooting that appeared to target a German synagogue on Judaism's holiest day. Gunmen tried to enter the synagogue in the east-central city of Halle, where 70 to 80 worshipers had gathered... More »

2 Zebras Escaped the Circus, With 2 Different Fates

One animal was captured; the other was shot dead on a German highway

(Newser) - Two zebras busted out of a German circus Tuesday night, but only one of them was brought back alive. Rostock police say the runaway that didn't make it back ended up on a local highway Wednesday, wreaking havoc in traffic, damaging vehicles, and even spurring a car accident when... More »

Stuck Deer Gets Ironic Help

A hunter gives her a leg up out of an empty pool in Germany

(Newser) - With a little help from a hunter, firefighters have freed a deer that got stuck in an empty swimming pool in a German town, reports the AP . The fire service in Wetter an der Ruhr, in western Germany, said it was alerted to the animal's plight on Monday. Five... More »

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