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20th Century's Specter

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.

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 ]

Nazi Scandal: Gestapo Chief Reportedly Buried in Jewish Cemetery

Nazi Scandal: Gestapo Chief Reportedly Buried in Jewish Cemetery

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 31, 2013

As head of the feared Gestapo secret police, Heinrich Müller perpetrated some of the worst crimes of the Nazi regime. His fate was unconfirmed -- but now a newspaper claims he was buried in a Berlin Jewish cemetery in 1945. more... Comment ]

The Exception: How Denmark Saved Its Jews from the Nazis

The Exception: How Denmark Saved Its Jews from the Nazis

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 17, 2013

Denmark was the only European country to save almost all of its Jewish residents from the Holocaust. After being tipped off about imminent roundups by prominent Nazis, resisters evacuated the country's 7,000 Jews to Sweden by boat. A new book examines this historical anomaly. By Gerhard Spörl more... Comment ]

Auschwitz Trial: Late Case Raises Questions about Justice System

Auschwitz Trial: Late Case Raises Questions about Justice System

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 30, 2013

Prosecutors claim 93-year-old former Auschwitz worker Hans Lipschis is complicit in the murder of thousands of people. The charges raise questions about how to interpret guilt in the Holocaust, as well as why the German justice system waited so long to pursue such cases. By Felix Bohr more...

Painful Past: German President Visits Nazi Massacre Site

Painful Past: German President Visits Nazi Massacre Site

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 04, 2013

President Joachim Gauck on Wednesday became the first German head of state to visit the French village of Oradour-sur-Glane, the site of a gruesome massacre by the Waffen SS in 1944. It was an emotional visit with heavy significance for French-German relations. By Florian Gathmann in Oradour-sur-Glane, France more... Comment ]

Late Justice: Germany to Prosecute 30 Auschwitz Guards

Late Justice: Germany to Prosecute 30 Auschwitz Guards

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 03, 2013

Germany's top official for investigating Nazi war crimes announced on Tuesday he has recommended 30 suspected former Auschwitz guards be prosecuted for accessory to murder. more...