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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.

Neo-Nazi Worries: Bavaria Pulls Plug on Annotated 'Mein Kampf'

Neo-Nazi Worries: Bavaria Pulls Plug on Annotated 'Mein Kampf'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 11, 2013

For years, historians in Munich have been working on an annotated edition of Adolf Hitler's book "Mein Kampf" to be released when the copyright expires in 2015. The state of Bavaria gave the green light in 2012 -- but now they are trying to halt the project. more...

Monuments Men: The Soldiers Who Saved Europe's Art from Hitler

Monuments Men: The Soldiers Who Saved Europe's Art from Hitler

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 05, 2013

The story of a special Allied unit dubbed the "Monuments Men" has inspired a Hollywood film set to premier early next year. But who were these men who saved countless European cultural treasures from being lost or destroyed by Nazi forces? By Yvonne Schymura more... Comment ]

Sunken Sub: German WWII U-Boat Found Near Indonesia

Sunken Sub: German WWII U-Boat Found Near Indonesia

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 21, 2013

The rusted remains of a Nazi-era submarine have been discovered off the coast of Java, Indonesia. Researchers are looking through the wreckage, which includes human bones and plates with Nazi insignia, for clues that could identify the ship. more... Comment ]

Annual Payments: Berlin Helps Ethnic Germans in Eastern Europe

Annual Payments: Berlin Helps Ethnic Germans in Eastern Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 18, 2013

The German government spends more than 20 million euros per year on helping ethnic Germans living in Eastern Europe, SPIEGEL has learned. The payments are "an expression of special historical responsibility" for their suffering after World War II, Berlin says. more... Comment ]

'Degenerate Art': List of 25 Works from Munich Find Made Public

'Degenerate Art': List of 25 Works from Munich Find Made Public

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 12, 2013

German authorities on Monday published a list of 25 out of roughly 1,400 artworks discovered in a Munich apartment. The move is the first step in an effort to speed research into the provenance of Nazi-era acquisitions, following international criticism of Germany's handling of the discovery. more... Comment ]

Munich Find: Allies Briefly Confiscated Art after WWII

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 06, 2013

New details continue to emerge following the astounding discovery of more than 1,400 valuable paintings in a Munich apartment. Some of the works, including unknown masterpieces by Dix and Chagall, were reportedly confiscated by the Allies after World War II and then returned to the collector in 1950. more... Comment ]

75 Years Later: How the World Shrugged Off Kristallnacht

75 Years Later: How the World Shrugged Off Kristallnacht

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 05, 2013

In the days surrounding Nov. 9, 1938, the Nazis committed the worst pogrom Germany had seen since the Middle Ages. To mark the incident's 75th anniversary, an exhibition in Berlin gathers previously unknown reports by foreign diplomats, revealing how the shocking events prompted little more than hollow condemnation. By Klaus Wiegrefe more... Comment ]

Nazi Plunder: 1,500 Modern Artworks Found in Munich Flat

Nazi Plunder: 1,500 Modern Artworks Found in Munich Flat

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 04, 2013

The spectacular discovery of modernist masterpieces in a squalid Munich apartment is the latest twist in a story that began almost 80 years ago. Many of the works appear to be among those confiscated by the Nazis as "degenerate art," and it remains unclear what will become of them. more... Comment ]

Nazi Scandal: Gestapo Chief Reportedly Buried in Jewish Cemetery

Nazi Scandal: Gestapo Chief Reportedly Buried in Jewish Cemetery

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 31, 2013

As head of the feared Gestapo secret police, Heinrich Müller perpetrated some of the worst crimes of the Nazi regime. His fate was unconfirmed -- but now a newspaper claims he was buried in a Berlin Jewish cemetery in 1945. more... Comment ]

'Pseudo-Art': Russian Ambassador Slams Wartime Rape Sculpture

'Pseudo-Art': Russian Ambassador Slams Wartime Rape Sculpture

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 17, 2013

The brief appearance of a concrete sculpture in Gdansk last Saturday depicting a Red Army soldier raping a pregnant woman has sparked ire on both the Polish and Russian sides. Now the artist could be facing two years in prison. more... Comment ]

The Exception: How Denmark Saved Its Jews from the Nazis

The Exception: How Denmark Saved Its Jews from the Nazis

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 17, 2013

Denmark was the only European country to save almost all of its Jewish residents from the Holocaust. After being tipped off about imminent roundups by prominent Nazis, resisters evacuated the country's 7,000 Jews to Sweden by boat. A new book examines this historical anomaly. By Gerhard Spörl more... Comment ]