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Former Nazi SS guard, 93, goes on trial in Hamburg

Oct. 17, 2019 8:57 AM EDT

HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — From his post as a teenage SS private in a watchtower in Nazi Germany's Stutthof concentration camp, Bruno Dey could hear the screams of Jews dying in the gas chamber. And, Dey later told investigators, the carting of their lifeless bodies to the camp's crematorium was a daily...

In 'Jojo Rabbit,' Waititi attempts his boldest balancing act

Oct. 14, 2019 11:29 AM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — It's just a few hours before "Jojo Rabbit" will make its world premiere and writer-director Taika Waititi is still figuring out how to talk about it. "I still don't even really know how to describe it without making people shift uncomfortably," says Waititi with a shrug. "Jojo Rabbit" is as...

Germany probes synagogue suspect, pledges better security

Oct. 10, 2019 2:00 PM EDT

HALLE, Germany (AP) — German investigators puzzled Thursday over how the suspect in a botched attack on a synagogue on Judaism's holiest day managed to amass at least 4 kilograms (nearly 9 pounds) of explosives and acquire four firearms, an arsenal they said he planned to use in a massacre. While many...

Public to get access to Nuremberg trials digital recordings

Oct. 10, 2019 10:28 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Audio recordings from the Nuremberg trials of Nazi leaders will be made available to the public for the first time in digital form after nearly two years of work conducted in secret. The Memorial of the Shoah in Paris will officially accept the recordings at a ceremony Thursday evening. The...

Aging Holocaust survivors try to sue over Nazi-era insurance

Oct. 8, 2019 5:01 PM EDT

AVENTURA, Fla. (AP) — When David Schaecter was a child in Slovakia in the 1930s, he counted more than 100 people in his extended family. By the end of World War II, he alone survived. The rest had been killed in Nazi concentration camps or by roving SS death squads. Schaecter lost not only his family, but...

Garden honors woman whose family saved Jews in World War II

Sep. 27, 2019 12:05 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — After immigrating to the United States, Wilhelmina Wiegman rarely talked about how her family in the Netherlands sheltered a Jewish couple and their daughter fleeing Nazi persecution during World War II. But descendants of the couple, Georg Froehlich and Edith Froehlich, wanted to do...

Unearthed Gandhi WWII letter wishes Jews 'era of peace'

Sep. 24, 2019 1:02 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — On the same day World War II broke out in Europe, Mahatma Gandhi wrote a short Jewish New Year greeting to a local Indian Jewish official, offering ominous good wishes to his "afflicted people." The National Library of Israel recently unearthed the 80-year-old handwritten letter during a...

Convicted Nazi who escaped justice dies in Germany at 96

Sep. 23, 2019 9:43 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Karl Muenter, a former SS soldier who was convicted in France of a wartime massacre but who never served any time for his crimes, has died in northwestern Germany. He was 96. Marcus Tischbier, a representative of the district mayor's office in Nordstemmen, the village where Muenter lived,...

Berlin celebrates postwar visitor program for expelled Jews

Sep. 15, 2019 3:35 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Berlin was the last place Helga Melmed had expected to see again. She was 14 when the Nazis forced her and her family onto a train from their home in the German capital to the Jewish ghetto in Lodz, Poland, in 1941. That started a gruesome odyssey that later saw her imprisoned at Auschwitz...

Poles who saved Jews during Holocaust honored in Warsaw

Sep. 8, 2019 2:29 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A U.S.-based Jewish foundation honored Polish gentiles who rescued Jews during the Holocaust, a number that grows smaller each year, with U.S. and Israeli diplomats also paying their respects at the event Sunday in Warsaw to the elderly Poles who put their lives in danger to save...