German Nobelist Gunter Grass dies at 87

Apr 14, 2015

German Nobelist Gunter Grass dies at 87

Germany’s Nobel-winning author, Gunter Grass, who acted as a moral compass for many in the postwar nation but later provoked criticism over his own World War II past, died Monday aged 87, his publishers said. The writer, one of Germany’s most influential if controversial ...

Argentine site may give up Nazi secrets

Mar 24, 2015

Argentine site may give up Nazi secrets

An Argentine archaeologist who discovered what he thinks was a hideout built for German Nazis to flee to after World War II said Monday more dark secrets may be buried there. Daniel Schavelzon grabbed headlines and revived uncomfortable memories for Argentina, a notorious refuge ...

Japan, Poland plan Tokyo summit this month

Feb 8, 2015

Japan, Poland plan Tokyo summit this month

The Japanese and Polish governments are arranging to hold a postponed summit meeting in Tokyo in late February, diplomatic sources said Saturday. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will propose to Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski cooperation between the two countries in their efforts to promote global ...

Anti-Islam group PEGIDA holds first Austria march

Feb 3, 2015

Anti-Islam group PEGIDA holds first Austria march

PEGIDA, the anti-Islam movement born in Germany, drew hundreds of supporters and counterdemonstrators to the streets of Vienna when it held its first march in neighboring Austria on Monday. With 1,200 police officers deployed in Austria’s capital as a precaution, around 250 marchers carrying ...

Former German president Richard von Weizsaecker dies at 94

Feb 1, 2015

Former German president Richard von Weizsaecker dies at 94

Former German President Richard von Weizsaecker, who declared Germany’s World War II surrender a “day of liberation” for his country as he urged it to confront the Nazi past, and promoted reconciliation during a tenure spanning the reunification of west and east, has died. ...

Survivors visit Auschwitz a day ahead of 70th anniversary

Jan 27, 2015

Survivors visit Auschwitz a day ahead of 70th anniversary

The voices of Auschwitz survivors praying for their murdered loved ones reverberated Monday amid the barracks and barbed wire of the former Nazi death camp, with one survivor crying out in a pained voice: “I don’t want to come here anymore!” The survivors were ...

Jan 26, 2015

Past horrors haunt a Polish town

Bogumila recalls how as a small girl growing up in the Polish town of Oswiecim she saw prisoners beaten by Nazi guards and watched with her mother the distant glow of the crematorium fires of the Auschwitz concentration camp. “Everyone sat in their homes ...

70 years after Auschwitz liberation, a survivor remembers

Jan 26, 2015

70 years after Auschwitz liberation, a survivor remembers

Marta Wise was ill and emaciated when she heard the distant sound of soldiers marching toward Auschwitz. The 10-year-old Slovakian Jew assumed it was German troops coming to get her but once she saw the red stars on their uniforms she realized they were ...