Latest World War II News

Preproduction of Oppenheimer movie underway in New Mexico

Jan. 29, 2022 00:11 AM EST

Preproduction is underway in northern New Mexico for a film directed by Christopher Nolan about J. Robert Oppenheimer, the physicist called the father of the atomic bomb for his leading role in World War II's Manhattan Project. Four-hour casting calls were scheduled Saturday and...

World remembers Holocaust as antisemitism rises in pandemic

Jan. 27, 2022 15:36 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Survivors recalled their agony to a world they fear is forgetting, Israel's parliamentary speaker wept in the German parliament and politicians warned of a resurgence of antisemitism on Thursday's International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The day falls on the...

Ukraine crisis updates: What to know as tensions rise

Jan. 26, 2022 20:33 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Russia has placed more than 100,000 troops near Ukraine's border and ratcheted up war games in the region. Moscow denies it is planning an assault, but the United States and its NATO allies fear that Russia is planning for war — and are making preparations...

Ukraine's front line: Where lives turn on distant decisions

Jan. 26, 2022 16:24 PM EST

In trenches dusted with snow and tinged with soot, men search for enough cellphone signal to hear the latest from the distant capitals that will decide their fate. Moscow, Washington, London, Paris, Berlin, Vienna. Sometimes Kyiv. But only sometimes. These Ukrainians...

China 2008 vs 2022: Richer, stronger, more confrontational

Jan. 25, 2022 23:13 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China has undergone history-making change since the last time it was an Olympic host in 2008: It is richer, more heavily armed and openly confrontational. As President Xi Jinping’s government prepares for February’s Winter Olympics, it has greater leverage to...

Ukrainian leaders: Stay calm, Russian invasion not imminent

Jan. 25, 2022 16:09 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's leaders sought Tuesday to reassure the nation that an invasion from neighboring Russia was not imminent, even as they acknowledged the threat is real and received a shipment of U.S. military equipment to shore up their defenses. Moscow has denied it...

77 years after Auschwitz, Jews honor those who rescued them

Jan. 25, 2022 03:36 AM EST

DURACH, Germany (AP) — Andrzej Sitkowski was 15 years old when his mother told him that she had been asked by a neighbor to hide a little Jewish girl from the Nazis at their home. “It was a short conversation, and then, yes, we decided to take in Hadassah and she was brought over...

Veteran known for his harmonica playing, Pete DuPre, dies

Jan. 21, 2022 14:42 PM EST

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Pete DuPre, a WWII veteran known for playing the harmonica at community events, died Tuesday at 98, according to his family. DuPre, of Fairport, was a medic in the 114th General Hospital Unit and became a beloved figure in the Rochester region, remembered for...

UN approves resolution condemning denial of Nazi Holocaust

Jan. 20, 2022 17:11 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly approved an Israeli-sponsored resolution Thursday condemning any denial of the Holocaust and urging all nations and social media companies “to take active measures to combat antisemitism and Holocaust denial or distortion.” The...

German actor Hardy Kruger, star of adventure movies, dies

Jan. 20, 2022 07:58 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Hardy Kruger, considered one of post-war Germany’s best actors, has died. He was 93. His Hamburg-based literary agent, Peter Kaefferlein, said Thursday that Kruger died “suddenly and unexpectedly” Wednesday in California, where he lived with his third wife,...