Nazi occupation

Latvian musical celebrates life of Nazi commander

By Josh Jackman, October 24, 2014

A musical which celebrates the life of an alleged Nazi war criminal has been condemned by the Israeli government.

Cukurs, Herbert Cukurs, which premiered in Latvia earlier this month, is about a Nazi pilot who was deputy commander of Arajs Kommando, a unit which killed around 26,000 Jews.

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Nobel winner forced France to face Nazi past

By Nathalie Rothschild, October 14, 2014

The writer who won the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature, Patrick Modiano, has been hailed as the man who helped France face up to its dark past of collaboration with the Nazis.

Denis Cosnard, a Le Monde journalist who has written a book about Mr Modiano's work, said that the author "tore apart the myth of a France that had supposedly been entirely on the side of resistance".

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Great Danes — the story of the wartime rescue

By Sandy Rashty, February 28, 2014

As a former diplomat and the current editor of leading Danish newspaper Politiken, Bo Lidegaard knows how to report a good story. He certainly does so in his new book, Countrymen: The untold story of how Denmark’s Jews escaped the Nazis.

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George Clooney sees the big picture in recovery of Nazi-looted art

By Sandy Rashty, February 13, 2014

German Jew Harry Ettlinger took part in one of the greatest treasure hunts in history during his wartime service with the US Army, helping to recover five million pieces of looted Nazi art. Now, the exploits of Ettlinger and his comrades from 13 Allied nations, dubbed The Monuments Men, are the subject of a new film starring and directed by George Clooney.

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Looted art: Gurlitt 'wants his paintings back'

By Marcus Dysch, November 18, 2013

The reclusive German pensioner accused of hoarding more than 1,400 pieces of art thought to have been looted by the Nazis has said he wants to keep the collection.

Cornelius Gurlitt said he "loved" the paintings and wanted authorities to conclude their investigation so "I can finally have my pictures back".

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Dramatic turning of tables on the Gestapo

By Anna Sheinman, July 30, 2013

Knock, knock. Who’s there? A former Gestapo officer asking the Jewish man he used to give orders to for a job reference. There is no need to guess the punchline because this is not a joke.

It reflects a meeting that took place in the summer of 1945 in the German city of Mainz and is the subject of The Gestapo Minutes, a Radio 4 play by Adam Ganz, which is being broadcast next week.

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Tombstones hidden from the Nazis uncovered in Vienna

By Josh Jackman, July 10, 2013

Hundreds of Jewish tombstones which were hidden from the Nazis have been uncovered in Vienna.

Memorials at the Rossau site, the oldest Jewish cemetery in Vienna, were buried in 1943 by the few Jews who remained in the Austrian capital. They were unearthed during a recent renovation.

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Cruel Crossing

By Anna Sheinman, June 9, 2013

Ninette Dreyfus, a young girl from grand Parisian stock, the Louis-Dreyfus family, did not know she was Jewish until the war broke out. When the Germans approached the capital, she and her family left for Marseille in a chauffer-driven Chrysler.

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Remembering those who fought back

By Martin Winstone, April 18, 2013

The landscape of Holocaust remembrance is punctuated by anniversaries, but few dates are as resonant as April 19, which marked the start of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in 1943. Its enduring symbolism is attested to by the fact that it is the national Holocaust Remembrance Day in Poland, the country from which more than half of the victims of the Shoah came.

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Austrians say life was not bad under Hitler

By Sandy Rashty, March 14, 2013

Forty two per cent of respondents to a survey commissioned ahead of Tuesday’s 75th anniversary of the Anschluss — the Nazi-led union of Germany with Austria — said that life under Hitler was “not all bad”.

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