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The systematic murder of roughly 6 million Jews, Roma, homosexuals and other minorities by the Nazis was the greatest horror of Europe in the 20th century, the legacy of which is still unfolding throughout Germany and Europe.

Facing Up to Anti-Semitism: 'We Will Win Because History Is On Our Side'

Facing Up to Anti-Semitism: 'We Will Win Because History Is On Our Side'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 30, 2018

Historian Deborah Lipstadt exposed author David Irving for being a Holocaust denier in 1993. Now, she warns of the growth of what she calls "softcore" anti-Semitism. Trump and his kind, she says, are even more dangerous than those who openly agitate against Jews. Interview Conducted by Annette Großbongardt more... Comment ]

A Lost Childhood: To Auschwitz and Back

A Lost Childhood: To Auschwitz and Back

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 23, 2018

The Germans stole Josef Salomonovic's childhood, but his mother wouldn't let him die -- neither in the Lodz ghetto nor in Auschwitz. This summer, he returned to the place where he was saved. By Takis Würger more... Comment ]


Balky Bavarians: US Congress Demands Action on Nazi Looted Art

Balky Bavarians: US Congress Demands Action on Nazi Looted Art

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 26, 2015

Are artworks looted by the Nazis from Jewish collectors still hanging in Bavarian museums? Twenty-nine members of the US Congress think so, and have written a letter to the German state demanding that officials stop dragging their feet on restitution. By Ulrike Knöfel more... Comment ]

Interview with a Sobibór Survivor: 'The Best Moment of My Life'

Interview with a Sobibór Survivor: 'The Best Moment of My Life'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 26, 2014

In an interview, 84 year old Sobibór survivor Philip Bialowitz discusses the importance of the recent discovery of the death camp's gas chambers and his risky escape from the Nazis in 1943. Interview Conducted By Claus Hecking more... Video | Comment ]


A Voice for the Dead: Recovering the Lost History of Sobibór

A Voice for the Dead: Recovering the Lost History of Sobibór

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 26, 2014

Henchman with the Nazi SS sought to cover up the mass murder that occurred at the Sobibór concentration camp in eastern Poland. Archeologists recently uncovered the site's hidden gas chambers and important artifacts that shed light on the victims. By Claus Hecking more... Video ]

Interview with an Auschwitz Guard: 'I Do Not Feel Like a Criminal'

Interview with an Auschwitz Guard: 'I Do Not Feel Like a Criminal'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 28, 2014

As a young man, Jakob W. worked in the watchtowers of Auschwitz. Charges against him were recently dropped, but he described to SPIEGEL what it was like to be a cog in the Nazis' horrific machinery of death.  Interview Conducted by Felix Bohr, Cordula Meyer and Klaus Wiegrefe more... Comment ]


The Auschwitz Files: Why the Last SS Guards Will Go Unpunished

The Auschwitz Files: Why the Last SS Guards Will Go Unpunished

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 28, 2014

In February, German prosecutors conducted a wave of raids targeting former SS concentration camp guards. It was hoped the proceedings could help make up for decades of inaction. Instead, they will likely mark the latest chapter in the German judiciary's shameful approach to the Holocaust. By Klaus Wiegrefe more...

War Crimes Investigations: 'We Don't Pursue Nazis, We Pursue Murderers'

War Crimes Investigations: 'We Don't Pursue Nazis, We Pursue Murderers'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 21, 2014

German prosecutors are currently looking in to pressing charges against several men believed to have been accomplices to murder at Auschwitz. Some in Germany are asking if justice can still be served almost 70 years after the war. By Benjamin Schulz more... Comment ]


Art Dealer to the Führer: Hildebrand Gurlitt's Deep Nazi Ties

Art Dealer to the Führer: Hildebrand Gurlitt's Deep Nazi Ties

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 23, 2013

Hildebrand Gurlitt, the man who assembled the astounding art collection recently discovered in a Munich apartment, was more deeply involved in the trade of looted artworks than had been previously assumed. He also profited from Nazi injustices after the war. more... Comment ]

'Justice Delayed': A Jewish Family's Fight to Reclaim Its Land

'Justice Delayed': A Jewish Family's Fight to Reclaim Its Land

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 20, 2013

A German-American lawyer and his family have been fighting for over two decades to reclaim lucrative properties lost under the Nazi regime. But he continues to face legal hurdles in trying to restore their legacy. By Steffen Winter more... Comment ]