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FILE - In this July 11, 2017, file photo, Holocaust survivor Steve Ross, left, founder of the New England Holocaust Memorial, embraces former Boston Mayor Raymond Flynn during a a rededication ceremony for the repaired New England Holocaust Memorial in Boston. Ross, a Holocaust survivor who spent decades searching for the soldier who helped him at a concentration camp in 1945, died Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said in a tweet. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

Steve Ross, founder of New England Holocaust Memorial, dies

Feb. 24, 2020 11:53 PM EST

Steve Ross, a Holocaust survivor who founded the New England Holocaust Memorial and spent decades searching for a soldier who helped him at a concentration camp in 1945, died Monday, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said in a tweet. “Today Boston lost a giant, and the world quite honestly lost a giant,”...

Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, D-Torrance, in back, joins Japanese Americans who were incarcerated during World War II after the California Assembly passed House Resolution 77 on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Sacramento. Muratsuchi is the author of the resolution, which apologizes for the state's role in supporting the internment and its failure to protect the civil rights of citizens of Japanese ancestry. HR 77 passed one day after the anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066, which authorized the incarceration, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1942. (Paul Kitagaki Jr./The Sacramento Bee via AP).

California apologizes for Japanese American internment

Feb. 20, 2020 9:42 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Assembly apologized Thursday for discriminating against Japanese Americans and helping the U.S. government send them to internment camps during World War II. The Assembly unanimously passed the resolution as several former internees and their families looked on....

Vintage WWII fighter plane to fly sightseers over Hawaii

Feb. 18, 2020 9:16 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Sightseers will soon have an opportunity to experience history while viewing Hawaii when a vintage World War II fighter plane begins passenger flights. A private company has modified a P-51D Mustang to allow space for the pilot and a backseat passenger beginning in March, The Honolulu...

FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2016, file photo, Donald Stratton, center, a USS Arizona survivor, acknowledges a friend at Kilo Pier next to the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Honolulu. Stratton passed away in his sleep at his Colorado Springs home Saturday, Feb. 16, 2020 with his family in attendance. Stratton was one of the survivors of the Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese aerial attack on the U.S. Navy base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii that killed 1,100 Arizona crew members. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner, File)

USS Arizona crew member, Pearl Harbor survivor dies age 97

Feb. 16, 2020 8:03 PM EST

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — One of the remaining USS Arizona crew members who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor has died. Donald Stratton passed away at his Colorado Springs home in his sleep Saturday with his family in attendance. The 97-year-old veteran had been in poor health since contracting...

In this photo taken Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, Les Ouchida holds a 1943 photo of himself, front row, center, and his siblings taken at the internment camp his family was moved to, as he poses at the permanent exhibit titled

California to apologize for internment of Japanese Americans

Feb. 16, 2020 12:48 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Les Ouchida was born an American just outside California's capital city, but his citizenship mattered little after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor and the United States declared war. Based solely on their Japanese ancestry, the 5-year-old and his family were taken from their home in...

People form a human chain on the banks of the Elbe river with the historical old town in background, marking the 75th anniversary of the destruction of Dresden in the Second World War, in Dresden, Germany, Thursday Feb. 13, 2020.  A 1945 allied bombing campaign reduced the centre of Dresden to rubble leaving about 25,000 people dead. (Robert Michael/dpa via AP)

German president marks Dresden bombing, warns of rising hate

Feb. 13, 2020 3:44 PM EST

DRESDEN, Germany (AP) — Germany's president called Thursday for his countrymen to stand up to extremism and nationalism, warning that hatred and a desire for authoritarianism are on the rise again in Europe, including in his country. Speaking at a ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the bombing of...

FILE - In this file photo taken on Tuesday, May 22, 2007, Russian President Vladimir Putin Putin, left, awards Russian intelligence veteran Alexei Botyan with the Hero of Russia award at the Moscow's Kremlin, Russia. Botyan, hailed for saving the Polish city of Krakow from being blown up by the Nazis during World War II, died Thursday Feb. 13, 2020, at the age of 103. (AP Photo/ Mikhail Metzel, Pool, File)

Russian WWII intelligence veteran Botyan dies at 103

Feb. 13, 2020 1:20 PM EST

Alexei Botyan, a veteran of Soviet intelligence hailed for saving the Polish city of Krakow from being blown up by the Nazis during World War II, has died at 103. Russian President Vladimir Putin hailed Botyan as a “legendary intelligence officer” and a “true patriot” in a telegram of...

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 19, 2007 file photo German movie producer Joseph Vilsmaier attends the awarding ceremony of the Bavarian Movie Award at the Prinzregententheater in Munich, Germany. German filmmaker Joseph Vilsmaier, whose striking portrayal of the Battle of Stalingrad brought home the horrors of war to a new generation, has died. His agent confirmed Wednesday that Vilsmaier 'died peacefully at his home' in Bavaria on Tuesday at the age of 81. (AP Photo/Christof Stache, file)

German filmmaker Vilsmaier, known for 'Stalingrad,' dies

Feb. 12, 2020 8:17 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Joseph Vilsmaier, a German filmmaker whose striking portrayal of the Battle of Stalingrad brought home the horrors of war to a new generation, has died. He was 81. His agent confirmed Wednesday that Vilsmaier “died peacefully at his home” in Bavaria on Tuesday. Vilsmaier's 1993...

FILE - This Jan. 26, 2020 file photo, shows the West Bank Jewish settlement of Mitzpe Yeriho. As President Donald Trump presented a Mideast plan favorable to Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday, Jan. 28, announced plans to move ahead with the potentially explosive annexation of large parts of the occupied West Bank, including dozens of Jewish settlements. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)

In blessing annexation, Trump erodes an international norm

Feb. 4, 2020 7:25 AM EST

Annexation, at its heart, is a byproduct of conflict. Almost never is it an act of peace, though it has been cast that way at times throughout human history. Certainly not under international law, which describes it as the forcible acquisition of territory by one state at the expense of another. It often...

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier takes part in a wreath-laying ceremony at the World Holocaust Forum marking 75 years since the liberation of the Nazi extermination camp Auschwitz, at Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial centre in Jerusalem, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. (Ronen Zvulun, Pool via AP)

Israel's Holocaust museum apologizes for inaccurate videos

Feb. 3, 2020 11:10 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust memorial, issued an apology Monday for videos presented during a ceremony attended by world leaders last month, saying they included “a number of inaccuracies.” Dan Michman, head of Yad Vashem's International Institute for Holocaust Research,...