SPIEGEL ONLINE - 10.01.2012
Following the end of World War II, photographer Hein Gorny took spectacular aerial shots of the ravaged German capital. His son Peter explains how Hein defied a flying ban imposed by the Allies and managed to snap the dramatic shots. more...
SPIEGEL ONLINE - 21.12.2011
Two anti-tank mines from World War II have exploded spontaneously in the ground next to a road in the eastern German state of Brandenburg. Fortunately, nobody has been hurt so far. Experts are warning that the risk of such sudden blasts is growing because the trigger mechanisms are decaying with age. more... [ Forum ]
SPIEGEL ONLINE - 07.12.2011
The trade in Nazi relics is booming in the United States, driven by private collectors who want to own a piece of world history's most notorious era. This week a US auction house at the helm of the trend will sell personal documents left behind by Joseph Goebbels, one of Hitler's closest cohorts. By Jan Friedmann and Axel Frohn more... [ Forum ]
SPIEGEL ONLINE - 06.12.2011
German officials have raided the homes of six former SS soldiers suspected of taking part in the massacre of 642 French civilians in 1944, prosecutors said this week. But the investigation may not get far. Little evidence was found, and the suspects were either unfit for interrogation or denied the allegations. more...
SPIEGEL ONLINE - 30.11.2011
This weekend, a large section of the German city of Koblenz will come to a standstill as bomb experts gingerly defuse a massive World War II bomb that recently emerged from the Rhine River due to low water levels. Almost half of the residents will be evacuated, the largest such operation in the city's history. more... [ Forum ]
SPIEGEL ONLINE - 30.11.2011
Historians conducting an internal study of ties between employees of the German foreign intelligence agency and the Third Reich have made a shocking discovery. In 2007, the BND destroyed personnel files of employees who had once been members of the SS and the Gestapo. By Klaus Wiegrefe more... [ Forum ]
SPIEGEL ONLINE - 25.11.2011
Dedicated to the Nazi leader Hermann Göring and decorated with swastikas, a bell located in a war memorial in the northern German community of Tümlauer-Koog has sparked a scandal. But locals didn't mind that it was on display -- until the state governor intervened. By Björn Hengst in Tümlauer-Koog, Germany more... [ Forum ]
SPIEGEL ONLINE - 18.11.2011
In a SPIEGEL interview, the best-selling British historian Ian Kershaw talks about the last days of the Third Reich, why the Germans persevered when it was clear that all was lost and the devastating consequences of the failed July 20, 1944 attempt to assassinate Hitler. more... [ Forum ]
SPIEGEL ONLINE - 18.10.2011
The "Great German Art Exhibitions" showcased what Hitler thought was the best art the Third Reich had to offer. Now a publicly accessible online archive of the images displayed will reveal the full extent of the Nazi aesthetic -- and includes details about who bought which work of art. The Führer himself was a major customer. By Ulrike Knöfel more...
SPIEGEL ONLINE - 11.10.2011
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...