Latest World War II News

Georgia WWII veteran receives French Legion of Honor

Sep. 19, 2021 18:12 PM EDT

THOMSON, Ga. (AP) — A 98-year-old World War II veteran who took part in the D-Day invasion and the Battle of the Bulge and witnessed the German surrender during the war has been honored by France. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that...

Dutch king unveils Holocaust name monument in Amsterdam

Sep. 19, 2021 10:25 AM EDT

AMSTERDAM (AP) — King Willem-Alexander officially unveiled a new memorial in the heart of Amsterdam's historic Jewish Quarter on Sunday honoring more than 102,000 Dutch victims of the Holocaust, and the Dutch prime minister vowed that it would remind citizens today to be vigilant against...

Today in History

Sep. 17, 2021 00:12 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Friday, Sept. 17, the 260th day of 2021. There are 105 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 17, 1787, the Constitution of the United States was completed and signed by a...

Berlin memorial to Polish WWII victims moves a step closer

Sep. 15, 2021 11:18 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A memorial in Berlin to the Polish victims of World War II has moved a step closer to realization, and Germany's foreign minister said Wednesday that construction should start during the next German parliament's four-year term. The project was mandated...

Alaska Democratic lawmaker apologizes after Nazi comment

Sep. 14, 2021 20:37 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A member of the Alaska Legislature has apologized for saying Nazi experimentation on prisoners “produced results.” State Rep. Sara Hannan, a Democrat from Juneau, made the comment Saturday when House minority Republicans were attempting a vote...

Oldest US veteran of WWII celebrates his 112th birthday

Sep. 13, 2021 13:36 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana man who is the oldest living World War II veteran in the United States has marked his 112th birthday. Lawrence Brooks celebrated Sunday with a drive-by party at his New Orleans home hosted by the National World War II Museum, The...

Mississippi World War II veteran celebrates 100th birthday

Sep. 13, 2021 11:36 AM EDT

VANCLEAVE, Miss. (AP) — A World War II veteran on the Mississippi Coast celebrated his 100th birthday over the weekend. Talmage Byrd of Vancleave was born in 1921 and joined the U.S. Navy when he was 20 years old. He said he was influenced to become a member of the...

US flag, sewn at POW camp, settles at Smithsonian

Sep. 11, 2021 15:33 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Its beginnings were humble, but proud and brave too. An American flag, assembled secretively and at risk in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp, was fashioned out of pieces of red blanket, white bedsheets and blue denim dungarees. ...

Merkel calls migrant push at EU's border 'unacceptable'

Sep. 11, 2021 11:41 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday that she found it unacceptable that refugees were being used to apply pressure to Poland and other European Union members on the border with Belarus. Speaking at a news conference during what she said...

Slovakia government apologizes for WWII anti-Jew laws

Sep. 08, 2021 12:03 PM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia’s government apologized on Wednesday for World War II legislation that stripped the country’s Jews of their human and civil rights. Marking the 80th anniversary of the “Jewish Code” adopted on Sept 9, 1941, the government...