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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.

Book of Hate: The†Bold Attempt to Demystify Hitler's 'Mein Kampf'

Book of Hate: The†Bold Attempt to Demystify Hitler's 'Mein Kampf'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 15, 2016

For the first time since 1945, Adolf Hitler's 'Mein Kampf' is available for sale in Germany. With a new annotated edition, Historians hope to "defuse" the Nazi-era bestseller. Even after seven decades, it remains a dangerous proposition. By Martin Doerry and Klaus Wiegrefe more... Comment ]

Hitler's Bronze Horses: How Fans Smuggled Nazi Art To West Germany

Hitler's Bronze Horses: How Fans Smuggled Nazi Art To West Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 22, 2015

In one of the most curious stories of art smuggling from the Eastern Bloc prior to the fall of the Berlin Wall, two classic car dealers smuggled Nazi artworks from a Soviet barracks to West Germany in 1989. The full account is only now coming to light. By Konstantin von Hammerstein more... Comment ]

Pippi Longstocking's Creator: Wartime Diaries Reveal the True Astrid Lindgren

Pippi Longstocking's Creator: Wartime Diaries Reveal the True Astrid Lindgren

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 24, 2015

Who was the woman behind Pippi Longstocking?†Freshly released wartime diaries along with a new biography reveal†Astrid Lindgren,†author of some of the world's most beloved children's literature, to be as radical and determined as her best-known character. By Claudia Voigt more... Comment ]

London Mayor Boris Johnson: 'We Can't Leave Europe, We're Part of the Continent'

London Mayor Boris Johnson: 'We Can't Leave Europe, We're Part of the Continent'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 12, 2015

In a wide-ranging interview with SPIEGEL, London Mayor Boris Johnson discusses his recent Churchill biography, his views on Britain's planned referendum on EU membership and why he believes Greece will ultimately exit the euro zone. Interview Conducted†by Thomas HŁetlin and Christoph Scheuermann more... Comment ]

Normandy Secrets: Forgotten Nazi†Arms Caches†a Bonanza for Historians

Normandy Secrets: Forgotten Nazi†Arms Caches†a Bonanza for Historians

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 13, 2015

For decades, a vast network of Nazi arms caches and supply depots in the forest of Normandy lay forgotten. Now, research shows the extent to which the Wehrmacht sought to defend itself against the impending Allied invasion. By Frank Thadeusz more... Comment ]

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 ]