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Third Nazi memorabilia auction in Canberra in six months
Medals, belt buckles and regalia from the Nazi regime will go on auction in the ACT for the third time in six months, angering a national Jewish group. Dozens of pieces of Nazi memorabilia were sold over two events at the Auction Barn in December, including arm bands, stamps featuring Adolf Hitler and a Hitler Youth knife. Auction Barn auction co-ordinator Stan Jordan said it was not the intention of the business to cause distress to members of the community: "This is a business and we auction items on behalf of our sellers. Items for auction at times include Japanese, German, Australian and British war memorabilia. While we respect people`s opinions, if we blocked accepting particular items for sale that would be discriminating to those items or people."

Hidden in the depths of the Argentine jungle, secret Nazi bolthole for fleeing war criminals
A secret Nazi bolthole for fleeing war criminals has been found in a jungle area of Argentina. The group of stone structures still hold piles of German coins from the late 1930s, porcelain bearing the `Made in Germany` stamp, and Nazi insignia is scrawled across the walls. Daniel Schavelzon, from the University of Buenos Aires, led a team which spent months exploring the site in the Teyu Cuare provincial park, in the Misiones region of northern Argentina. South America has had an unusual relationship with the Nazis who escaped there in droves after the War. Nazis fled to Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil, Uruguay, Chile and Bolivia. Archaeologists suspect that the ruins in the Teyu Cuare park in the north of the country were part of a Nazi hideout built by supporters while the war still raged

The Great Escape Drove the Nazis Nuts
On March 24, 1944, 76 Allied prisoners of war crawled out of a tunnel during a moonless night and headed through the snow-covered woods of Poland. They were fleeing the German prison camp Stalag Luft III. What happened next confounded Nazi Germany`s security forces for weeks, infuriated Hitler and led to the murder of 50 of the escapees by the Gestapo. It`s known as `The Great Escape,` and it was World War II`s most daring and ingenious effort by Allied POWs to flee their German captors. But more than 70 years later, what many forget is that despite months of dangerous and backbreaking work, only three men made it all the way to freedom.

Conflict-Series: A highly rated strategy game series for Android
If you love classic PC war games and legendary strategy board games make sure to check out the highly rated Conflict-series for Android. Some of the WWII Campaigns include D-Day 1944, Operation Barbarossa, Invasion of Poland 1939, France 1940, Kursk 1943, Market Garden, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Rommel's North African campaign, the Battle of Bulge, and the Battle of Berlin 1945. In addition there are American Civil War, First World War and American Revolutionary War scenarios available.
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Video: 10 Evil Nazis That Escaped Justice
Video: 10 Evil Nazis That Escaped Justice

The Only Nazi Concentration camp built on British soil will be protected
The only German Second World War concentration camp ever built on British soil is to be protected. Lager-Sylt, on the Island of Alderney, was a slave labour camp, before briefly becoming an SS-run concentration camp towards the end of the conflict. The channel islands are preparing to commemorate the 70th anniversary of their liberation, when the move to preserve the site was announced.

Huge unexploded WWII bomb causes chaos in London after being dug up by builders
London`s Tower Bridge was shut to traffic after an unexploded Second World War bomb was dug up by builders. Construction workers on a site in The Grange, Bermondsey, alerted authorities shortly after the discovery. The huge explosive is believed to be around 5ft long and 1,000lbs in weight. Hundreds of people were evacuated from flat blocks on large estates surrounding the site and two schools had to be shut as a precaution. Officers put in a 400 metre exclusion zone, closing some of London`s busiest roads.

Early painting by Hitler - depicting flowers - goes to auction
A still-life watercolor painting of flowers by a young Adolf Hitler will be sold at auction in Los Angeles this week, organisers have announced. The 1912 canvas, painted by the future Nazi leader when he was a struggling artist in his mid-20s, is going under the hammer at the Nate D Sanders auction house. The painting shows a blue ceramic pitcher holding orange, red and soft pink flowers – an unusual subject at a time when Hitler was focusing more on landscapes and architecture.

Battlefields and bunkers: Exploring Okinawa`s World War II history
With the exception of the march across the Philippine island of Luzon, the battle of Okinawa was the only major American land campaign in the Pacific during World War II. Launched on April 1, 1945, it was fought in villages and towns as well as across the island`s forbidding mountain ridges and valleys. For the American attackers, the battle was an operation of logistics as well as military strategy. "Never before ... had there been an invasion armada the equal of the 1,600 seagoing ships carrying 545,000 American GIs and Marines that streamed across the Pacific," wrote historian Robert Leckie in Delivered From Evil: The Saga of World War II. "In firepower, troops, and tonnage it eclipsed even the more famous D day in Normandy."

The ghostly WWII ruins of Europe`s northern coasts
Marc Wilson spent four years chasing the ghosts of World War II for his series The Last Stand, wandering 23,000 miles of shoreline to capture eerie photos of bunkers and blockades that still dot the landscape. During the war, the Allies and Nazis fortified the coast of Northern Europe with pillboxes, gun emplacements and huge barriers meant to repel ships and tanks. They were largely forgotten after the invasion of Normandy, abandoned as the Allies pressed on toward Germany. Nearly 80 years later, only ruins remain.

Bletchley Park and the Enigma code: The women who helped win the war
The Imitation Game would have us believe Turing cracked it single-handedly in a shed. In reality it took the work of hundreds of codebreakers and thousands of general staff. Some of the former and most of the latter were women, and until now they have had little attention. Women worked at every level of the organisation, and the place saw the first outbreaks of the social revolution that would occur three decades later. The Bletchley women came from far and wide, volunteers at first and then conscripts. Historian Tessa Dunlop has found nine of them still living, ranging from Pamela Rose, a showgirl and actress about to make her West End debut before duty called, to the mathematician Ann Williamson, by way of the exotic Georgette and Doris Moller, sisters who had spent a year escaping to Britain across occupied Europe.

Hitler`s First Victims: And One Man`s Race for Justice by Timothy W Ryback (review)
The first official concentration camp in Nazi Germany opened its gates to receive prisoners on 22 March 1933, fulfilling a promise made by the Nazis that `subversives` would be put into camps without trial. The camp was located in a disused munitions factory in Dachau, just outside Munich. Conditions were poor, and the police, army and inmates worked hard to construct the necessary buildings. Within a couple of weeks, however, the Bavarian police, whose recently appointed head, Heinrich Himmler, had ordered the establishment of the camp, handed it over to the SS, of which Himmler was also in charge. Immediately the whole nature and tone of camp life changed. The new SS camp commandant, Hilmar Wäckerle, a smartly dressed young officer in his mid-30s who always carried a bullwhip in his hand, established a regime of unrestrained barbarity and cruelty.

Josef Goebbels` Diary - 13th March 1945
From the diary of Germany`s Reich Minister of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda Josef Goebbels, March 13th 1945: `This evening`s Mosquito raid was particularly disastrous for me because our Ministry was hit. The whole lovely building on the Wilhelmstrasse was totally destroyed by a bomb. The throne-room, the Blue Gallery and my newly rebuilt theatre hall are nothing but a heap of ruins. .... In addition, fire has now broken out in the ruins, bringing with it an even greater risk, since 500 bazooka missiles are stored underneath the burning wreckage."

Who owns Nazi-era art?
WWhen World War II ended, it left a Europe in shambles—overflowing with refugees and chaos, and overwhelmed with lingering questions about the legacy of Nazi rule in Germany and other occupied nations. Now, news that the heirs of Jewish art dealers whose works were claimed under Nazi-era laws have brought a $226 million lawsuit to reclaim medieval-era antiquities from German museums is a reminder that the war is far from over.

German historian: US soldiers raped up to 190,000 women at the end of World War II
German historian Miriam Gebhardt has published a new volume casting doubt on the accepted version of America`s role in German postwar history. The work takes a closer look at the rape of German women by all four victorious powers. In particular, though, her views on the behavior of American GIs are likely to raise eyebrows. Gebhardt believes that members of the US military raped as many as 190,000 German women by the time West Germany regained sovereignty in 1955. The author bases her claims in large part on reports kept by Bavarian priests in the summer of 1945. For example: Father Andreas Weingand, from Haag an der Amper wrote on July 25, 1945: "The saddest event during the advance were three rapes, one on a married woman, one on a single woman and one on a spotless girl of 16-and-a-half. They were committed by heavily drunken Americans."

Billionaire Paul Allen`s team finds sunken Japanese warship Musashi
A team led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has found the sunken Japanese warship Musashi, one of the largest battleships ever built, where it was sunk during World War Two off the coast of the Philippines. US aircraft sank the Musashi on Oct. 24, 1944, killing more than 1,000 Japanese, or about half the vessel`s crew. The Musashi, named after a province in Japan, was commissioned in August 1942. The Musashi weighed 73,000 tons when fully loaded and had nine main guns, along with aircraft and other features. Its largest guns fired shells weighing more than 1.5 tons, and the ship itself measured nearly 863 feet (263 metres) in length.

The Nazis` Handgun: The Luger P08 has a sinister reputation
George Luger designed a pistol known for its accuracy, the ammunition it introduced to the militaries of the world and the evil reputation it later gained. The P08 nine-millimeter Parabellum - or Luger - pistol was the brainchild of its namesake inventor, and it served Germany faithfully during both world wars. Often linked with the Nazi regime, it was the handgun of the Kaiser`s Soldaten before Hitler took power. Yet it`s more closely associated with the latter. If you watch a WWII movie, you almost expect a barking Gestapo officer to start frantically waving a Luger around.

Elizabeth McIntosh, American WWII spy girl stationed in India, turns 100
Elizabeth "Betty" McIntosh, an American spy girl who was stationed in India for a few years from 1943 and helped spread disinformation that would undermine Japanese troops, has turned 100. CIA Director John Brennan hosted Betty, who was stationed in India as an officer of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), which is CIA`s predecessor, at the spy agency`s headquarters to celebrate her 100th birthday.

First edition of Mein Kampf signed by Hitler expected to fetch more than $35,000 at auction
A first edition of Mein Kampf signed by Adolf Hitler is set to fetch at least $35,000 in a controversial online auction. The two-volume set was published from 1925 and inscribed by the far-Right leader to Philipp Bouhler, the 12th member of the Nazi party who oversaw the murders of 70,000 people. It is the third copy of Hitler`s racist autobiographical manifesto to be sold by the same Los Angeles auction house in just a month - with the previous two fetching $64,850. Volumes of Mein Kampf signed by Hitler are scarce, but these volumes take on extra significance because Hitler inscribed them to Philipp Bouhler - man responsible for the Nazi Aktion program.

The Jews Who Fought Back: Jewish partisans were among the deadliest resistance fighters
According to one familiar narrative about the Holocaust, millions of Jews passively went to the Nazi death camps likes lambs to the slaughter, unable to fight back against oppression and genocide. The problem is—that story isn`t true. More than 30,000 Jews joined armed resistance movements throughout occupied Europe during World War II. Not only did they face death from the Germans and their European allies, they often endured dangerous anti-Semitism within their own partisan groups. Yet despite these obstacles, Jewish partisans were among the most successful resistance fighters of the war.

The Third Reich in History and Memory by Richard J Evans
Thirty to 40 years ago, historians argued about whether Nazism was the horrific outcome of some twisted path to modernity that distinguished Germany from other western societies. For subscribers to this view, Hitler`s dictatorship was traceable to the failure of liberalism in the 1848 revolution, the power of aristocratic elites, Prussian militarism, a politically deferential middle class and the way all these factors combined to undermine the 1919-33 Weimar Republic. As Richard Evans observes, these arguments have not stood the test of time. As a result, many ask different questions about Nazi Germany. What is the relevance of Germany`s shortlived experience as a colonial power to the Nazi era? Was the Holocaust fundamentally little different from other modern genocides?

How many of German POWs became a welcome part of British society and had the time of their lives
Hitler may never have invaded Britain, yet 1939-1945, Essex was occupied by thousands of German and Italian soldiers. Soldiers in what became known as `Hitler`s last army`, they were the prisoners-of-war, who lived in camps scattered round the county, often working on local farms or or in factories. They were the enemy, yet they became part of the scenery, and in many cases they were friends to the communities where they were imprisoned. A new book, Hitler`s Last Army, provides a comprehensive survey of the POW camps in Essex and elsewhere. Overall, testimonies by POWs build up into a heartwarming tale.

Beyond the battlefield - Women artists of the two world wars
During the war years, most women artists neither vanished nor stopped work, and in Australia Margaret Preston, Grace Cossington-Smith and Nora Heysen continued to work and exhibit and frequently in their art addressed the war effort. In America, Lee Miller, and in Britain, the wonderful Dame Laura Knight, not only continued to work but established for themselves a national following. What this book achieves is to bring together women artists from Britain, the United States, Canada, New Zealand and Australia, who worked during the two world wars. Through the examination of the work of 62 selected artists, Speck weaves an account of the social, political and cultural history of this period.

Victor Gregg, the only Briton who was on Dresden soil during the Allied bombings, believes Churchill "should have been shot"
The enviably vital old gentleman wearing shirt and tie and sitting in the office of the London publishing house Bloomsbury seems so even-keeled that it`s difficult to imagine him as a psychopath. But Victor Gregg had become a very "dangerous and even violent" man after World War II. "What I saw in Dresden transformed me into a psychopath," he explains, referring to the Allied bombings on the German city toward the end of the war. But he says later that "the hatred just runs out eventually." A lot of time has passed since Dresden, after all.

New documentary traces Wernher von Braun`s path from Nazi Party to American space hero
A new 30-minute television documentary -- called "How We Got Here: Nazis Get Us to the Moon" -- traces how Wernher von Braun escaped Nazi Germany at the end of World War II and became America`s best hope for beating the Soviets to the moon.