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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.

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 ]

Searching for Justice: An SS Soldier and the Massacre in Oradour-sur-Glane

Searching for Justice: An SS Soldier and the Massacre in Oradour-sur-Glane

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 20, 2014

Werner Christukat, 89, has been indicted for participating in the 1944 massacre perpetrated by the SS in Oradour-sur-Glane. He says he wasn't directly involved. Seventy years after the fact, there are more questions than answers, and proof is elusive. By Beate Lakotta more... Comment ]

Xi Jinping's Germany Trip: Berlin Nixes Holocaust Memorial Request

Xi Jinping's Germany Trip: Berlin Nixes Holocaust Memorial Request

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 03, 2014

Amid tensions over Japan's historical war crimes, Chinese President Xi Jinping had wanted Chancellor Angela Merkel to show him World War II memorials during his upcoming visit to Berlin. Germany, however, wants no part of Beijing's propaganda offensive. more... Comment ]

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 ]

World War I Guilt: Culpability Question Divides Historians Today

World War I Guilt: Culpability Question Divides Historians Today

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 14, 2014

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I and the 75th of the start of World War II. Questions over the degree of German guilt remain contentious among historians, who have been fighting over the issue for years. By Dirk Kurbjuweit more... Comment ]

The Thirty Years' War: How Peace Kept WWI Alive

The Thirty Years' War: How Peace Kept WWI Alive

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 07, 2014

On two separate occasions, in 1918 and 1945, the world had to decide what to do with Germany. The second time around, world leaders almost made the same mistakes that failed to keep the Germans down after World War I. By Jan Fleischhauer more... Comment ]

Berlin Blunder: Google Maps Brings Back 'Adolf Hitler Square'

Berlin Blunder: Google Maps Brings Back 'Adolf Hitler Square'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 10, 2014

Online mapping service Google Maps temporarily mislabeled a square in central Berlin with its former Nazi-era name: Adolf Hitler Square. Google couldn't explain the error when contacted by reporters but said they were looking into the matter. 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 ]

Britain's Luftwoofe: The Heroic Paradogs of World War II

Britain's Luftwoofe: The Heroic Paradogs of World War II

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 17, 2013

As they prepared for D-Day and the fight against Nazi Germany, the 13th Parachute Battalion of the British Army developed a new weapon: parachuting dogs. One heroic hound would even earn a medal for his service. By Lazar Backovic more... Comment ]

Dresden Museum: Soldiers Confront a Complex Military History

Dresden Museum: Soldiers Confront a Complex Military History

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 17, 2013

The Military History Museum in Dresden has become an important resource for German soldiers, particularly as they wrestle with their evolving role in German society and in the world. By Christopher Alessi more... Comment ]