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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.

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...

Preventing Neo-Nazi Pilgrimages: Town Removes Grave of Hitler Deputy Hess

Preventing Neo-Nazi Pilgrimages: Town Removes Grave of Hitler Deputy Hess

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 21, 2011

For years it has been a pilgrimage site for right-wing extremists who wanted to celebrate Rudolf Hess as a martyr. It was also the object of shame among many locals. But now the controversial gravesite of Hitler's right-hand man has been removed from the Bavarian town of Wunsiedel. 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 ]

'I Had Always Been Blessed with Good Fortune': At 98, Gay Concentration Camp Survivor Shares Story

'I Had Always Been Blessed with Good Fortune': At 98, Gay Concentration Camp Survivor Shares Story

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 06, 2011

For decades, the subject of the Nazi persecution of homosexuals during the Third Reich was swept under the rug and reparations were almost never paid. Rudolf Brazda, who may be the last living gay man to have survived the terror, shares his life story in a newly published book. By Frank Hornig more... Comment ]

Beach Fun in Hitler Hotel: German Youth Hostel Opens in Giant Former Nazi Resort

Beach Fun in Hitler Hotel: German Youth Hostel Opens in Giant Former Nazi Resort

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 06, 2011

A monstrous, 4.5 kilometer-long concrete complex built by the Nazis to offer package holidays for 20,000 people at a time has been partly refurbished and now houses a 400-bed youth hostel. The project is controversial -- neo-Nazis have praised the initiative, claiming it preserves Hitler's dream of offering affordable holidays.   more...

Controversial Chapters: Can a Jointly Written History Erase Centuries of German-Polish Strife?

Controversial Chapters: Can a Jointly Written History Erase Centuries of German-Polish Strife?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 20, 2011

The history of German-Polish relations is full of suffering and mutual recriminations. Experts from both countries have been developing a history textbook meant to teach high-school students on both sides of the border a common narrative. But critics view the effort as destined to fail. By Jan Friedmann 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...

Naked Nazis: Book Reveals Extent of Third Reich Body Worship

Naked Nazis: Book Reveals Extent of Third Reich Body Worship

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 16, 2011

Science fiction, jokes and forbidden love: The book market in Nazi Germany was surprisingly varied. But perhaps the most bizarre bestseller to make it past the censors was an unabashed collection of nudist photography. It was a celebration of the Aryan body. more...

Listening for the Enemy: Giant Ears on the British Coast

Listening for the Enemy: Giant Ears on the British Coast

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 31, 2011

The enormous concrete shells are as tall as a house, and they were designed to listen for enemy aircraft in the 1920s and 30s. Pre-World War II acoustic experiments led to some extraordinary architecture -- and to a remarkably effective technology which ultimately succumbed to the invention of radar. By Solveig Grothe more... Comment ]