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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.

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 ]

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 ]