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China mulls days to remember defeat of Japan, Nanjing Massacre

China is considering designating formal days of remembrance to commemorate Japan's defeat in World War II and the Nanjing Massacre, state media reported Tuesday, amid bitter disputes over territory and history. The National People's Congress (NPC) is mulling making September 3 "Victory Day of the Chinese People's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression", the official Xinhua news agency said, citing the legislature.

Three suspected former Auschwitz guards arrested in Germany

BERLIN (Reuters) - Three suspected former guards of the Auschwitz death camp run by the Nazis during World War Two have been arrested in southwestern Germany, the public prosecutor's office in Stuttgart said on Thursday. it said the three accused, aged 88, 92 and 94 years old, are believed to have been involved in the murder of prisoners at Auschwitz in Nazi-occupied Poland.

Germany arrests three suspected former Auschwitz guards

Germany has arrested three suspected former SS guards of the Nazi death camp Auschwitz in a series of home raids across three states, prosecutors said Thursday. Israel's Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Center praised the police action and said prosecutions should be expedited "to maximise justice while still possible". "The passage of time in no way diminishes the guilt of the killers," said the centre's Efraim Zuroff. "Old age should not protect those who helped run the largest death camp in human history."

Germany arrests 3 suspected former Auschwitz guards

Germany has arrested three suspected former SS guards of the Nazi death camp Auschwitz in a series of home raids across three states, prosecutors said Thursday. The three men remanded in custody Wednesday were aged 88, 92 and 94 and lived in the southwestern state of Baden-Wurttemberg, said prosecutors in the city of Stuttgart. They are suspected of having participated in murders at the Nazis' Auschwitz extermination camp in occupied Poland where more than one million people were killed in World War II.

German atrocities in the occupied territories

Following the invasion of Belgium and France in August 1914, the atrocities committed by German imperial troops earned them a reputation as "barbarians" that ultimately proved hugely counter-productive. The Germans justified the massacre of thousands of civilians and the destruction of cultural treasures by invoking the threat of snipers among the population, a claim that was strongly disputed by historians after the war.

China criticizes Japan over comments doubting Nanjing massacre

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Foreign Ministry has criticized remarks by a board member of Japan's state broadcaster who said a massacre carried out by Japanese troops in China's then-capital of Nanjing in 1937 did not happen. China consistently reminds people of Japan's historical brutality, such as the Nanjing Massacre in which China says Japanese troops killed 300,000 people. A post-war Allied tribunal put the death toll at 142,000, but some conservative Japanese politicians and scholars deny a massacre took place.

Israel's Knesset at Auschwitz to mark liberation

The largest ever Knesset delegation to leave Israel toured Auschwitz-Birkenau on Monday to mark the 69th anniversary of the Nazi German death camp's liberation and honour the dwindling number of survivors. The 55 members of the Israeli parliament walked through the infamous "Arbeit macht frei" wrought-iron gate of the camp, which the Nazis set up in the southern city of Oswiecim after occupying Poland in World War II.

Israel's Knesset at Auschwitz to mark liberation

The largest ever Knesset delegation to leave Israel toured Auschwitz-Birkenau on Monday to mark the 69th anniversary of the Nazi German death camp's liberation and honour the dwindling number of survivors. The 55 members of the Israeli parliament walked through the infamous "Arbeit macht frei" wrought-iron gate of the camp, which the Nazis set up in the southern city of Oswiecim after occupying Poland in World War II.

US scholar returns Hungary award over Holocaust 'whitewash'

An American professor and prominent Holocaust scholar said Sunday he was handing back a Hungarian state award in protest at the government's "falsification of history". "After following developments in Hungary in recent years, it is with heavy heart that I have made this decision," Randolph L. Braham, a Romanian-born Holocaust survivor and professor at the City University of New York, wrote in a letter to the Hungarian state news agency MTI.

WWII landings re-enacted in Italy on 70th anniversary

Soldiers waded onto a beach, fighter planes flew overhead and jeeps filed along the seaside at Anzio in Italy this weekend as the resort town marks the 70th anniversary of Allied landings during World War II. Thousands of American, British and Canadian troops lost their lives in and around Anzio in one of the key battles of the war which, after months of trench warfare, led to the liberation of Rome from the Nazis. The landings began in the early hours of January 22, 1944 -- a day local man Alfredo Rinaldi remembers well.
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