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Fresh look at Kristallnacht as Germany marks 75th anniversary

As Germany prepares to mark the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht this weekend, a new book calls into question the event long cited as triggering the pogrom. The attacks of November 9 and 10, 1938, saw Nazi thugs plunder Jewish businesses throughout Germany, torch synagogues and round up about 30,000 Jewish men for deportation to concentration camps. Some 90 Jews were killed in the orgy of violence also known as 'The Night of Broken Glass'.

Mystery of Gestapo chief's fate is 'solved', shocking German Jews

By Stephen Brown BERLIN (Reuters) - Gestapo chief Heinrich Mueller, the most senior Nazi whose fate has until now remained unknown, died in Berlin in 1945 and, in a chilling twist for an organizer of the Holocaust, lies in a Jewish cemetery, a German historian says. Mueller, who ran the Gestapo secret police before and during World War Two, was last spotted in Adolf Hitler's bunker in Berlin the day after the Nazi leader committed suicide in 1945.

Nazi Gestapo chief buried in Jewish cemetery

The head of Hitler's Gestapo secret police and one of the organisers of the Holocaust, Heinrich Mueller, was buried in a Jewish cemetery in Berlin in 1945, a German newspaper reported Thursday. For 68 years, the fate of "Gestapo-Mueller" has been unclear but Bild, based on documents found by a historian, said he died at the end of the war and was buried in a common grave in a Jewish cemetery in central Berlin. "Mueller didn't survive the end of the war," the mass circulation newspaper quoted Johannes Tuchel, head of the Memorial to the German Resistance, as saying.

Lang Lang waltzes into UN peace job

Acclaimed Chinese pianist Lang Lang said Monday he is ready to play in a conflict zone as he was named a UN messenger of peace. The 31-year-old virtuoso said he was "truly humbled" to become a UN messenger alongside the likes of actors George Clooney and Charlize Theron and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel. Lang Lang played Chopin's Waltz No 1 for UN leader Ban Ki-moon to mark his new job and was then asked whether he would be ready to go to Syria or another danger zone.

Holocaust memorial app launches in Germany

Smartphones in Germany are now delivering messages from the past, with a new app launched Wednesday that shows the names and pictures of Holocaust victims to people walking by their former homes. "What we envision is a virtual, floating museum over Munich," Martina Bachmann, spokeswoman for the app development company based in the southern German city, told AFP. "We want to put the fate of Nazi victims into the open, give the victims a face and a biography."

In Argentine Nazi refuge Bariloche, silence was de rigueur

Bariloche, a popular Argentine tourist resort ringed by the Andes, where Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke found refuge after World War II, has kept mostly silent on its long history as a home to Nazis. For 40 years, Priebke lived undisturbed among its citizens, until he was finally extradited to Italy in the 1990s over a World War II massacre for which he has never expressed regret. Since his death in Rome last week at age 100, Priebke's body has been in limbo, with Argentina refusing to accept the remains so that he might be buried next to his wife in Bariloche.

Italy contacts Germany amid chaos over Nazi

Italy contacted Germany on Wednesday over what to do with the body of Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke who has caused outrage even after his death in Rome at the age of 100 last week. The furore comes at a particularly sensitive time on the day that Italy commemorates the 70th anniversary of the decimation of Rome's historic Jewish community after a raid by Nazi troops. "We are in contact with Germany," Rome's prefect Giuseppe Pecoraro told reporters.

Italian Jews laud protests against Nazi war criminal funeral

By Naomi O'Leary ROME (Reuters) - The head of Rome's Jewish community praised protesters who blocked the funeral of a convicted Nazi war criminal as Italy marked on Wednesday the 70th anniversary of the deportation of Jews from the Rome ghetto. Erich Priebke's final resting place is now unclear after the protesters forced a suspension of his funeral on Tuesday in the Italian town of Albano Laziale. His body is lying at a military airport near Rome pending a decision from the authorities.

70 years on, unsung hero of Nazi camp revolt remembered

Russia and Poland on Monday marked the 70th anniversary of a revolt at the Sobibor death camp led by a Red Army officer, the biggest and most successful prisoner escape under the Nazi regime. Ahead of the anniversary, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the defence ministry to come up with a plan to "immortalise the memory of heroes who raised a revolt" at the extermination camp in occupied Poland on October 14, 1943.

Cremation calls as Nazi's death sparks dispute in Rome

The death in Rome of a Nazi war criminal has sparked a furore after the Vatican banned a church funeral, Argentina refused the body and relatives of his victims called for him to be cremated. Erich Priebke, who was found guilty of a 1944 massacre in Rome and had been living under house arrest in the city, died last week aged 100. As his body lies in a Rome hospital morgue, debate rages over what to do with the mortal remains of a man who never expressed any regret, insisting to the end that he was just following orders.
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