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World leaders pose for a family photo during the World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, Russian President Vladimir Putin,  French President Emmanuel Macron, and the presidents of Germany, Italy and Austria were among the more than 40 dignitaries attending the World Holocaust Forum, which coincides with the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp.  (Abir Sultan/Pool Photo via AP)

Key quotes from world leaders at Holocaust forum

Jan. 23, 2020 3:15 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The presidents of France and Germany warned of rising anti-Semitism. Israeli and American leaders lashed out at Iran. Russia's president took a swipe at eastern European members of NATO. The leaders who addressed the World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem were united in condemning the murder...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sarah stand with President Vladimir Putin at Netanyahu official residence in Jerusalem on January 23,2020 . Putin, will be a guest of honor Thursday at a ceremony at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum marking the 75th anniversary of the Soviet Red Army's liberation of the Nazi Auschwitz death camp. Presidents , prime ministers and royalty from around the world who arrived in Israel for the two-day World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem, marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. (Heidi Levine/Pool photo via AP)

Leaders vow to learn from Holocaust, offer competing lessons

Jan. 23, 2020 2:40 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Speaker by speaker, world leaders on Thursday denounced the rising threat of anti-Semitism and vowed never to forget the lessons of the Holocaust at a solemn ceremony in Jerusalem marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the infamous Auschwitz death camp. But the high-powered...

FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2019, file photo, the sun lights the buildings behind the entrance of the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim, Poland. World leaders will gather twice to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp _ once on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in Jerusalem and again on Jan. 27 at the Auschwitz site in southern Poland. The fact that there will be two competing ceremonies reflects how politically charged World War II remains for nationalist governments in Russia and Poland. (Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)

Russia-Poland feud over history clouds Auschwitz anniversary

Jan. 22, 2020 2:01 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Over the next several days, world leaders will gather twice to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the most notorious of Nazi Germany’s death camps. That there will be two competing ceremonies — one in Jerusalem on Thursday and the other...

Man gets probation for stealing WWII dog tags from archives

Jan. 22, 2020 1:44 PM EST

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A Virginia National Guard sergeant was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months of supervised probation for stealing World War II-era dog tags from the National Archives and Records Administration in Maryland. U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas DiGirolamo also ordered Robert Rumsby, 30, of...

In this Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020 photo members of a bomb disposal team search for World War II munition at the site of the planned new Tesla Gigafactory in Gruenheide near Berlin, Germany. Tesla CEO Elon Musk said during an awards ceremony in Berlin in November 2019 that 'we have decided to put the Tesla Gigafactory Europe in the Berlin area.' The company will also set up an engineering and design center in Berlin, Musk said. He wrote on Twitter that the new plant 'will build batteries, powertrains & vehicles, starting with Model Y.' (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

WWII-era ammunition found at Tesla factory site near Berlin

Jan. 22, 2020 9:32 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Authorities in Germany say 85 kilograms (187 pounds) of World War II ammunition have been found on the site where Tesla plans to build its first European factory. Local newspaper Maerkische Oderzeitung quoted officials in Brandenburg on Wednesday as saying they estimate about 25 unexploded...

Wreckage of Soviet WWII bomber, remains found in Poland

Jan. 22, 2020 9:06 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Historians in southern Poland say they have uncovered wreckage of a World War II bomber used by the Soviet air force before the plane was downed 75 years ago. Parts of the U.S.-made B-25 Mitchell and human remains were found Sunday in woods near the town of Bierun where witnesses...

FILE - In this May 2014 file photo, Michael Karkoc works in his yard in Minneapolis. Karkoc, a retired Minnesota carpenter whom The Associated Press exposed as a former commander of a Nazi-led unit accused of war atrocities, died Dec. 14, 2019, according to cemetery and public records. He was 100. His family maintained that he was never a Nazi or committed any war crimes. (Richard Sennott/Star Tribune via AP)

Minnesota man exposed as commander of Nazi-led unit dies

Jan. 21, 2020 6:39 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A retired Minnesota carpenter whom The Associated Press exposed as a former commander of a Nazi-led unit accused of war atrocities has died. Michael Karkoc, whose family maintained that he was never a Nazi or committed any war crimes, lived quietly in Minneapolis for decades until AP's...

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his meeting with ex-Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika and his appointed successor Igor Krasnov in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. The upper house of Russian parliament is set to approve Krasnov's appointment Wednesday. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Poland calls on Putin to tell truth at WWII event in Israel

Jan. 21, 2020 1:26 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday to refrain from using World War II and Holocaust victims for current political goals and pointed to wartime documents in which the Polish government called on the Allies to save Jews. Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Szymon...

In this image provided by the US Consulate General in Krakow, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi places a memorial light on the monument to some 1.1 million victims of the World War II Nazi death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau during a visit to the site of the former camp just days before the 75th anniversary of its 1945 liberation by the Soviet troops, at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum, in southern Poland, on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (US Consulate General in Krakow via AP)

US House Speaker Pelosi visits Auschwitz before anniversary

Jan. 21, 2020 11:29 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi led a congressional delegation Tuesday to the Auschwitz memorial site in Poland ahead of the 75th anniversary of the day Soviet troops liberated the sprawling World War II German Nazi death and concentration camp complex where an estimated 1.1 million...

Employees of the public order office block a road close to the Cologne Cathedral in Cologne, Germany, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. A train station, an opera house and a TV station in the western Germany city of Cologne are evacuated on Tuesday as experts prepare to defuse an American 500-kilogram (1,100-pound) bomb from World War II. (Roberto Pfeil/dpa via AP)

Experts defuse World War II bomb in German city of Cologne

Jan. 21, 2020 6:24 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Explosives experts on Tuesday successfully defused an unexploded American bomb from World War II in the western German city of Cologne, authorities said. The 500-kilogram (1,100-pound) bomb was found Monday evening during construction near the Rhine River in the center of the city. A TV...