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An Endless Legacy

World War II brought more suffering to humanity than any other event in the 20th century. Nearly 60 million people died throughout six years of war, which saw atomic bombs, cities flattened and the Holocaust. Out of the war sprung the atomic age, the Cold War and the division of Germany.

Art World Hunt: The Quest for Hitler's Lost Treasures

Art World Hunt: The Quest for Hitler's Lost Treasures

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 26, 2015

A Dutch detective and Berlin police spent months searching for art commissioned by Hitler that went missing after German reunification. Officials finally recovered the dubious works in raids last week -- here's how they did it. By Konstantin von Hammerstein more... Comment ]

Nazi Art: Sculptures from Hitler's Chancellery Discovered

Nazi Art: Sculptures from Hitler's Chancellery Discovered

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 22, 2015

The sculptures had been missing for decades. But on Wednesday, investigators found pieces of Nazi art that had once adorned Hitler's Chancellery in Berlin. more...

Skeletons of the Past: Helping Europe's War Dead Find a Final Resting Place

Skeletons of the Past: Helping Europe's War Dead Find a Final Resting Place

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 07, 2015

With excavations of Europe's killing fields still unearthing the mortal remains of thousands of fallen soldiers, World War II still isn't over for the people who find them, identify them and give them a proper burial. By Alexander Smoltczyk more... Comment ]

Nazi Extortion: Study Sheds New Light on Forced Greek Loans

Nazi Extortion: Study Sheds New Light on Forced Greek Loans

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 21, 2015

Is Germany liable to Athens for loans the Nazis forced the Greek central bank to provide during World War II? A new study in Greece could increase the pressure on Berlin to pay up. By Manfred Ertel, Katrin Kuntz and Walter Mayr more... Comment ]

Postwar Rape: Were Americans As Bad as the Soviets?

Postwar Rape: Were Americans As Bad as the Soviets?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 02, 2015

In the popular imagination, American GIs in postwar Germany were well-liked and well-behaved. But a new book claims that US soldiers raped up to 190,000 women at the end of World War II. Is there any truth to the controversial claim? By Klaus Wiegrefe 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...

Resurrecting Königsberg: Russian City Looks to German Roots

Resurrecting Königsberg: Russian City Looks to German Roots

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 25, 2014

The Allies bombed the Prussian city of Königsberg into the ground in 1944. Residents of what is today the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad, a desolate Soviet landscape, are considering rebuilding the city center to reflect some of its historical German architecture. By Susanne Beyer in Kaliningrad, Russia more... Comment ]