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  • Current Event
    4 years ago
    by rawlings
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    France opens archives of WW2 pro-Nazi Vichy regime

    France is opening up police and ministerial archives from the Vichy regime which collaborated with Nazi occupation forces in World War Two. More than 200,000 declassified documents are being made public on Monday. They date from the 1940-1944 regime of Marshal Philippe Petain. During the war the Vichy regime helped Nazi Germany to deport 76,000 Jews from France, including many children.

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by geoleo
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    Auschwitz medic Hubert Zafke goes on trial at fourth attempt

    A 95-year-old former SS medic has gone on trial in Germany, after his mass murder trial was postponed three times for health reasons. Hubert Zafke appeared in court in Neubrandenburg in north-eastern Germany accused of assisting in the killing of 3,681 people at the Auschwitz death camp. The indictment covers one month, from 15 August to 14 September 1944. The Nazis killed about 1.1m people in Auschwitz, most of them Jews. Shortly before the pre-trial hearing began, Hubert Zafke was given a medical check to determine under what conditions the trial could take place.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by doodlegirl
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    Historian stole nearly 300 dog tags of WWII fallen soldiers from National Archives, authorities say

    Hundreds of World War II dog tags disappeared for years as Antonin DeHays constantly visited the National Archives. On Monday, the 33-year-old historian was sentenced in federal court to 364 days in prison for stealing the artifacts. He sold most of them on eBay and elsewhere, the Department of Justice said.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by everlost
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    Philippines quietly removes WWII sex slave statue, sparking anger

    A statue honouring women who were forced to work in Japanese military brothels during the Second World War has been quietly removed from a busy seaside promenade in the Philippine capital, angering women’s groups. Manila City Hall said in a statement that the bronze statue of a blindfolded Filipina, unveiled alongside Manila Bay in December, will be returned once drainage work is completed. It gave no time frame for the project, alarming activists who suspect that the Japanese government pressured the Philippines to take the monument down.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by hxxp
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    WWII Bombs Had Rippling Effect on the Edge of Space

    Nearly 80 years on, impacts from the violent bombings of World War II are still felt around the globe. Christopher Scott would know —two of his aunts were killed at just 9 and 11 years of age during the London Blitz, Nazi Germany's eight-month onslaught against the British. Those aerial raids didn't just have rippling effects through generations of families. Scott, who is a space and atmospheric physicist at the University of Reading in the U.K., recently found that the bombs were felt at the edge of space, too.