Latest World War II News

US Vice President Mike Pence makes his first Auschwitz visit

Feb. 15, 2019 3:11 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence visited the memorial site of Auschwitz on Friday along with the Polish president and Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of President Donald Trump, viewing a train car, crematoriums and the hair of victims that make it such a powerful testament to the evil...

US vice president honors Jews, Poles who resisted Nazis

Feb. 14, 2019 3:43 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence paid homage Thursday to the suffering of the Jewish and Polish people under German occupation during World War II with visits to memorials honoring their suffering and heroism. The heavily symbolic visits to a city destroyed by Adolf Hitler's forces were...

Vessel discovers wreck of World War II carrier Hornet

Feb. 14, 2019 3:24 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A research vessel funded by the late Seattle billionaire Paul Allen has discovered the wreckage of an American aircraft carrier sunk in the South Pacific during World War II. It is the latest in an ongoing effort to discover sunken vessels. Allen's Vulcan Inc. announced this week that an...

Today in History

Feb. 13, 2019 12:01 AM EST

Today in History Today is Wednesday, Feb. 13, the 44th day of 2019. There are 321 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 13, 2016, Justice Antonin Scalia, the influential conservative and most provocative member of the U.S. Supreme Court, was found dead at a private residence in the Big Bend...

Report: Finnish SS volunteers likely killed Jews in WWII

Feb. 10, 2019 3:45 PM EST

HELSINKI (AP) — An Israeli Holocaust historian praised authorities in Finland on Sunday for publishing a report that concluded Finnish volunteers serving with Nazi Germany's Waffen-SS "very likely" took part in World War II atrocities, including the mass murder of Jews. Efraim Zuroff of the Simon...

Japan's Abe vows to resolve territorial dispute with Russia

Feb. 7, 2019 1:57 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed Thursday to take a "step-by-step" approach in resolving a territorial dispute with Russia left over from World War II. Abe told a rally of former residents of four islands seized by Russia in the war's final days and their supporters Thursday that...

Woman enslaved by Japan's military mourned near protest site

Feb. 1, 2019 1:49 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The funeral procession of a woman sexually enslaved by Japanese soldiers as a girl during WWII concluded Friday near the Japanese Embassy in Seoul, where Kim Bok-dong had protested for decades against what she called Japanese failure to come to terms with its wartime brutality....

Israel leader scorned for wooing Holocaust-distorting allies

Jan. 30, 2019 4:35 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's warm welcome to Lithuania's prime minister marks his latest embrace of an eastern European leader who has offered strong political support while promoting a distorted image of the Holocaust. Lithuania is among a slew of former communist nations...

SKoreans mourn death of wartime sex slave who fought Tokyo

Jan. 30, 2019 3:02 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean woman who was forced as a girl into a brothel and sexually enslaved by the Japanese military during World War II was mourned Wednesday by hundreds of protesters who demanded reparations from Tokyo over wartime atrocities. Kim Bok-dong had been a vocal leader at the...

The Latest: Romania to give Holocaust survivors top honors

Jan. 27, 2019 6:27 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Latest on International Holocaust Remembrance Day (all times local): 12:05 a.m. Romania's president is giving one of the country's highest honors to eight Romanian Jews who survived the Holocaust and dedicated their lives to keeping the memory of Holocaust victims alive. President...