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The systematic murder of roughly 6 million Jews, Roma, homosexuals and other minorities by the Nazis was the greatest horror of Europe in the 20th century, the legacy of which is still unfolding throughout Germany and Europe.

The Death of Marie Sophie Hingst: Why It Was Right to Report on Her Lies

The Death of Marie Sophie Hingst: Why It Was Right to Report on Her Lies

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 06, 2019

In June, I wrote an article exposing fabrications in Marie Sophie Hingst's blog about Jewish family members who allegedly died in the Holocaust. In mid-July, she was found dead in her apartment. Now, I am grappling with the question of whether my reporting was necessary. By Martin Doerry more...

'Literature, Not Journalism': The Historian Who Invented 22 Holocaust Victims

'Literature, Not Journalism': The Historian Who Invented 22 Holocaust Victims

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 06, 2019

A German blogger living in Dublin and pretending to be Jewish spread fictitious stories about her family's Holocaust history, even submitting false claims to the Yad Vashem Memorial in Jerusalem. But it was all made up. By Martin Doerry more... Comment ]


Saving a Memorial: The Immense Challenge of Preserving Auschwitz

Saving a Memorial: The Immense Challenge of Preserving Auschwitz

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 16, 2019

Conservators at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial are doing all they can to preserve artifacts left behind by those murdered at the camp in the Holocaust. Structures, too, need refurbishment. But the goal of authenticity is a difficult one to reach. By Martin Doerry more... Comment ]

Facing Up to Anti-Semitism: 'We Will Win Because History Is On Our Side'

Facing Up to Anti-Semitism: 'We Will Win Because History Is On Our Side'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 30, 2018

Historian Deborah Lipstadt exposed author David Irving for being a Holocaust denier in 1993. Now, she warns of the growth of what she calls "softcore" anti-Semitism. Trump and his kind, she says, are even more dangerous than those who openly agitate against Jews. Interview Conducted by Annette Großbongardt more... Comment ]


A Lost Childhood: To Auschwitz and Back

A Lost Childhood: To Auschwitz and Back

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 23, 2018

The Germans stole Josef Salomonovic's childhood, but his mother wouldn't let him die -- neither in the Lodz ghetto nor in Auschwitz. This summer, he returned to the place where he was saved. By Takis Würger more... Comment ]

Balky Bavarians: US Congress Demands Action on Nazi Looted Art

Balky Bavarians: US Congress Demands Action on Nazi Looted Art

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 26, 2015

Are artworks looted by the Nazis from Jewish collectors still hanging in Bavarian museums? Twenty-nine members of the US Congress think so, and have written a letter to the German state demanding that officials stop dragging their feet on restitution. By Ulrike Knöfel more... Comment ]


Interview with a Sobibór Survivor: 'The Best Moment of My Life'

Interview with a Sobibór Survivor: 'The Best Moment of My Life'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 26, 2014

In an interview, 84 year old Sobibór survivor Philip Bialowitz discusses the importance of the recent discovery of the death camp's gas chambers and his risky escape from the Nazis in 1943. Interview Conducted By Claus Hecking more... Video | Comment ]

A Voice for the Dead: Recovering the Lost History of Sobibór

A Voice for the Dead: Recovering the Lost History of Sobibór

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 26, 2014

Henchman with the Nazi SS sought to cover up the mass murder that occurred at the Sobibór concentration camp in eastern Poland. Archeologists recently uncovered the site's hidden gas chambers and important artifacts that shed light on the victims. By Claus Hecking more... Video ]


Interview with an Auschwitz Guard: 'I Do Not Feel Like a Criminal'

Interview with an Auschwitz Guard: 'I Do Not Feel Like a Criminal'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 28, 2014

As a young man, Jakob W. worked in the watchtowers of Auschwitz. Charges against him were recently dropped, but he described to SPIEGEL what it was like to be a cog in the Nazis' horrific machinery of death.  Interview Conducted by Felix Bohr, Cordula Meyer and Klaus Wiegrefe more... Comment ]

The Auschwitz Files: Why the Last SS Guards Will Go Unpunished

The Auschwitz Files: Why the Last SS Guards Will Go Unpunished

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 28, 2014

In February, German prosecutors conducted a wave of raids targeting former SS concentration camp guards. It was hoped the proceedings could help make up for decades of inaction. Instead, they will likely mark the latest chapter in the German judiciary's shameful approach to the Holocaust. By Klaus Wiegrefe more...