Stolen Nazi painting returned to family

A painting of two young, 19th-century skaters that was looted by Nazis from a Jewish family in 1933 and recently discovered at a small museum in upstate New York has been returned after 87 years. (Oct. 15)

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Today in History for October 15th

Highlights of this day in history: Convicted Nazi war criminal Herman Goering commits suicide behind bars; World War I spy Mata Hari executed; Nikita Khrushchev ousted as Soviet Union’s leader; ‘I Love Lucy’ premieres on TV. (Oct. 15)

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Facebook bans Holocost denial, distortion posts

Facebook is banning posts that deny or distort the Holocaust and will start directing people to authoritative sources if they search for information about the Nazi genocide. (Oct. 12)

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Today in History for September 30th

Highlights of this day in history: Nuremberg tribunal convicts top Nazi leaders of war crimes; Berlin Airlift ends; James Meredith registers at Ole Miss; Mozart’s ‘Magic Flute’ premieres; Actor James Dean killed in a car crash. (Sept. 30)

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Today in History for September 20th

Highlights of this day in history: Magellan begins globe-trotting voyage; Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal dies; Actress Sophia Loren born; Billie Jean King beats Bobby Riggs in ‘Battle of the Sexes’; Singer Jim Croce dies in plane crash. (Sept. 20)

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Today in History for August 8th

Highlights of this day in history: President Richard Nixon says he’ll resign; Thieves stage Britain’s ‘Great Train Robbery’; Nazi saboteurs in the U.S. executed during World War II; Mexico’s Emiliano Zapata and actor Dustin Hoffman born. (Aug. 8)

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Today in History for August 4th

Highlights of this day in history: Nazi police arrest Anne Frank and family; Britain declares war on Germany in World War I; Three civil rights workers found slain in Mississippi; The Bordens axed to death; Jazz great Louis Armstrong born. (Aug. 4)

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Ex-Nazi camp guard, 93, gets two-year suspended sentence | AFP

93-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard Bruno Dey has been given a suspended sentence of two years for complicity in World War II atrocities, in what could be one of the last such cases of surviving SS guards.

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First visitors as Auschwitz-Birkenau museum reopens amid pandemic | AFP

Visitors with masks enter the Auchwitz-Birkenau museum in Poland as the former Nazi death camp reopens after months of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. IMAGES of tourists

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British PM and French President watch flypast to mark Charles de Gaulle’s wartime appeal | AFP

French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson watch a flypast in London to mark the 80th anniversary of wartime resistance leader Charles de Gaulle’s rallying cry against Nazi occupation from the British capital. IMAGES

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Macron talks with ex-combatant on 80th anniversary of De Gaulle’s ‘Nazi resistance’ call | AFP

French president Emmanuel Macron talks with a former combatant, 80 years to the day after General De Gaulle launched, from London, his famous call to resist Nazi Germany. Macron is visiting the Museum of the Order of the Liberation in Paris. IMAGES

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Macron visits Liberation Museum to commemorate De Gaulle’s ‘Nazi resistance’ call | AFP

Eighty years after General de Gaulle’s famous call, on June 18, 1940, to continue the resistance against Nazi Germany, Emmanuel Macron begins a day of commemoration by going to the Order of the Liberation Museum in the Hôtel des Invalides. The French President celebrates the anniversary in Paris, Suresnes and then London. IMAGES

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Today in History for June 6th

Highlights of this day in history: The D-Day invasion of World War II; Israel invades Lebanon to drive out Yasser Arafat; Remains of fugitive Nazi doctor Josef Mengele exhumed in Brazil; First drive-in theater opens in Camden, N.J. (June 6)

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Lives Lost: Veteran guarded Nazis during war trial

Lives Lost: A veteran who survived near misses during WWII and had confrontations with Hermann Goering while guarding senior Nazi’s during the Nuremberg trials died of COVID-19 at a Massachusetts long-term care home for aging soldiers. (May 28)

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Born in a concentration camp: the Holocaust’s youngest survivors | AFP

Two survivors of World War II share the same seldom discussed experience: they were born in Nazi concentration camps in 1945. Hana Berger Moran was born on April 12 in the Freiberg subcamp in eastern Germany and Florence Schulmann on March 24 in Bergen-Belsen in northern Germany. Their mothers were deported while pregnant, from Poland in the case of Schulmann, and from Czechoslovakia in Berger Moran’s case.

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Today in History for April 30th

Highlights of this day in history: Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler commits suicide; End of the Vietnam War as Saigon falls; George Washington sworn in as America’s first president; The Louisiana Purchase; Country singer Willie Nelson born. (April 30)

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Russia set to unveil giant ‘Orthodox Cathedral of Armed Forces’ | AFP

A giant Orthodox cathedral located at Patriot military park outside the Russian capital is slated to be unveiled next month to celebrate victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. Besides the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany in 1945, the church also glorifies other “feats of arms of the Russian people” including Moscow’s takeover of Crimea in 2014, according to Russian Defence Ministry spokesperson. Standing 96 meters tall and crowned by six golden globes, the cathedral will be Russia’s third-largest Orthodox Christian church. The unprecedented project has been steeped in symbolism, with the bell chamber’s height — 75 meters — symbolising the 75th anniversary of victory over the Nazi. Melted-down elements of Nazi tanks and planes have been used to build the cathedral’s steps, the defence ministry spokesman said. Even before its formal opening on May 9, the church has become the target of fierce criticism and ridicule. It will be the first time that the Russian Orthodox Church has agreed that the image of Stalin — who famously clamped down on religion — appear in a cathedral, historians said.

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Romans fly flags and sing ‘Bella Ciao’ from windows to mark Liberation Day | AFP

Residents of a building in Rome wave Italian flags and sing along to ‘Bella Ciao’ to celebrate Liberation Day. The national Italian holiday commemorate the end of Nazi occupation during World War II and the victory of the Resistance in Italy. IMAGES

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Today in History for April 11th

Highlights of this day in history: President Harry Truman relieves Gen. Douglas Mcarthur of his command in Asia; Napoleon Bonaparte banished to Island of Elba; American soldiers liberate first Nazi concentration camp; Idi Amin deposed as Uganda’s President; Apollo 13 blasts off. (April 11)

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Coronavirus: abandoned movie set traps Paris streets in 1942 | AFP

Filming for the movie adaptation of the French play “Adieu Monsieur Haffmann” was well underway in Paris when the Covid-19 crisis put the entire city on pause. Since confinement began, two streets of the Montmartre neighborhood have remained stuck in the time of the Nazi occupation of France, complete with period store fronts and propaganda posters. IMAGES

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Unsual friendship between Holocaust survivor and ‘son of a Nazi’ in Belgium | AFP

One is Jewish, a Holocaust survivor, the other calls himself the “son of a Nazi”. Two Belgians, both of whom suffered the tragedy of World War II, now bear witness together to their history and to the deep friendship that unites them. Simon Gronowski and Koenraad Tinel, aged 88 and 85, are to receive honorary doctorates from the Free Universities of Brussels — the Dutch-speaking VUB and the French-speaking ULB — later this year in the Belgian capital.

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Pacino and Lerman are Nazi ‘Hunters’ in new Amazon series

Al Pacino and Logan Lerman, stars of new Amazon Prime series “Hunters,” about a vigilante group fighting a Nazi uprising in America, discuss the show’s examination of facism and revenge. (Feb. 21)

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The art of filmmaking | AFP Animé

Videographic on the art of filmmaking. Diversity, politics and revelations from the Nazi era will dominate the agenda when the Berlin film festival launches its 70th edition in the heart of the German capital on Thursday.VIDEOGRAPHIC

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Peele: ‘This idea of Nazis in America… is very close to home’

Producer Jordan Peele says he feels the themes in new Amazon series “Hunters” – which follows a band of Nazi hunters in ’70s New York – resonate in contemporary America, adding that during the pitch he “felt a similar moment as the moment when ‘Get Out’ hit.” (Feb 20)

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