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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.

CIA Wiretap Records Reveal Link: Nazi Criminal Rademacher Spied for West Germany 

CIA Wiretap Records Reveal Link: Nazi Criminal Rademacher Spied for West Germany 

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 11, 2011

A wiretap operation conducted by the CIA against the BND, West Germany's foreign intelligence service, in the early 1960s revealed that the BND employed a senior Nazi war criminal, Franz Rademacher, to spy for it in Syria, CIA records show. Rademacher, a foreign ministry official during the war, submitted a notorious travel expense claim in 1941 -- 'Liquidation of Jews in Belgrade.' By Axel Frohn and Klaus Wiegrefe more...

SS Colonel Walter Rauff: West German Intelligence Protected Fugitive Nazi

SS Colonel Walter Rauff: West German Intelligence Protected Fugitive Nazi

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 27, 2011

Newly-released files have uncovered evidence that the BND, West Germany's international intelligence service, sheltered former SS officer Walter Rauff and made him an agent after the war, even though he was a key perpetrator of Nazi crimes. By Klaus Wiegrefe more... Comment ]

Reinhard Heydrich Biography: The First In-depth Look at a Nazi 'God of Death'

Reinhard Heydrich Biography: The First In-depth Look at a Nazi 'God of Death'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 19, 2011

As the chair of the Wannsee Conference and head of the Reich Main Security Office, Reinhard Heydrich was the personification of the cruelest aspects of Nazi Germany. But the first scholarly biography of him finds that a combination of shame, love and luck -- rather than purely inherent evil -- led him to pursue a path of Nazi terror. By Georg Bönisch more... Comment ]

Grass' Gaffe: Political Thinking Shouldn't Be Left to Novelists

Grass' Gaffe: Political Thinking Shouldn't Be Left to Novelists

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 06, 2011

Why do people continue to stubbornly believe that novelists have anything special to contribute to political matters? As German Nobel laureate Günter Grass has repeatedly shown, just because you can come up with pleasant stories doesn't mean that will translate to sage political thinking. A Commentary By Jan Fleischhauer more... Comment ]

Fighting Nazis with Fakes: The Hidden Life of the Humanitarian Forger

Fighting Nazis with Fakes: The Hidden Life of the Humanitarian Forger

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 25, 2011

Adolfo Kaminsky started forging documents after escaping deportation to a Nazi death camp. The Frenchman went on to become one of the world's best forgers, creating documents that saved the lives of Jews, spies and freedom fighters. But even his daughter knew nothing about the real man behind the fake documents. By Nora Reinhardt more...

Records Reveal Warm Words for Holocaust Organizer: Protestant Church Said Eichmann Was 'Kind-Hearted'

Records Reveal Warm Words for Holocaust Organizer: Protestant Church Said Eichmann Was 'Kind-Hearted'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 22, 2011

Protestant church officials in Austria and Germany lobbied the West German government to try to help Adolf Eichmann, one of the main organizers of the Holocaust, after his arrest by Israeli agents in 1960. One church leader described Eichmann as "fundamentally decent" and "kind-hearted." more...

Haifa's Helping Hand: Retirement Home Supports Impoverished Holocaust Survivors

Haifa's Helping Hand: Retirement Home Supports Impoverished Holocaust Survivors

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 18, 2011

Many Holocaust survivors living in Israel spend what should be their golden years in a state of poverty. A retirement home in Haifa that opened in 2010 is lending a helping hand to one of the country's neediest groups. The project is being largely funded by Christians, with the assistance of volunteers from Germany. By Jessica Donath in Haifa, Israel more... Comment ]

Adventures in German Radicalism: Leftist Terrorist Turned Neo-Nazi Says Was Stasi Informant Too

Adventures in German Radicalism: Leftist Terrorist Turned Neo-Nazi Says Was Stasi Informant Too

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 02, 2011

Horst Mahler was a leader of the German radical left in the 1960s and '70s. Now he's a member of the radical right, sitting in jail for denying the Holocaust. But he's reportedly verified reports that he informed for Communist spies in the '60s. more...

'German History Isn't Beautiful': Dresden Museum Seeks to Tell Truth about War

'German History Isn't Beautiful': Dresden Museum Seeks to Tell Truth about War

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 12, 2011

A revolutionary German military museum, designed by the star architect Daniel Libeskind, will soon open in Dresden. Although set up by the German armed forces, the Bundeswehr, its curators hope the museum will cast new light on war and the suffering it causes. As such, it is a very German project. By Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]

Holocaust Remembrance: German Concentration Camp Criticized for Charging Entrance Fee

Holocaust Remembrance: German Concentration Camp Criticized for Charging Entrance Fee

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 28, 2011

The Sachsenhausen concentration camp memorial north of Berlin has come under fire for introducing a one-euro fee for visitors in commercial tour groups. Critics say the levy is unwarranted at the publicly funded site and runs counter to its duty to inform everyone about the Holocaust -- free of charge. By David Crossland more...

The Ghost of Bad Feilnbach: Bavarian Town Plays Awkward Host to Demjanjuk

The Ghost of Bad Feilnbach: Bavarian Town Plays Awkward Host to Demjanjuk

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 17, 2011

To the uninitiated, Bad Feilnbach seems like just another quaint spa town in southern Germany. But the town is also host to recently convicted Nazi death camp guard John Demjanjuk. Officials would prefer to ignore the 91-year-old's presence, but some in the town are unhappy. By Benjamin Schulz more...