Tag: World War II (1939-45)

At Auschwitz, Survivors Plead ‘Never Forget’

AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU, Poland — In a solemn ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the last living witnesses to the crimes that took place in this Nazi concentration camp testified to their experience and called on others to never forget. Many were frail, walking only with the support of friends or relatives. They […]

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Fourth Spy at Los Alamos Knew A-Bomb’s Inner Secrets

Last fall, a pair of historians revealed that yet another Soviet spy, code named Godsend, had infiltrated the Los Alamos laboratory where the world’s first atom bomb was built. But they were unable to discern the secrets he gave Moscow or the nature of his work. However, the lab recently declassified and released documents detailing […]

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Before the Liberation of Auschwitz, a March of Misery

AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU, Poland — Along a desolate stretch of road in southeastern Poland, a dozen miles from Auschwitz, there is a graveyard. Candles and fresh flowers cover nearly all the marble tombs. But in the corner stands a large black marble slab separated from the rest. “Forty-two victims, women, men and children, prisoners from the Auschwitz […]

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75 Years After Auschwitz Liberation, Worry That ‘Never Again’ Is Not Assured

AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU, Poland — Even before the gas chambers were destroyed and the savage toll of years of industrialized mass murder revealed to the world, prisoners at the largest Nazi concentration camp were already repeating two words: Never again. But as the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz approaches, an occasion being marked by events […]

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Introducing ‘Beyond the World War II We Know’

You’re reading this week’s At War newsletter. Sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox every Friday. Email us at atwar@nytimes.com. It has been 75 years since World War II ended, and the conflict still feels like one of the most covered events of the century — from public-school curriculums to films, TV […]

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My Grandmother Kept Telling Us About the Nazis. Now I Know Why.

This is the first account from a new project called “Beyond the World War II We Know,” a series by The Times that will document lesser-known stories from World War II. Though much of the project will focus on the end and aftermath of the war, our first dispatch takes us back to 1939, when […]

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World Leaders Gather in Jerusalem 75 Years After Holocaust: Live Updates

Here’s what you need to know: ImageJewish families arriving in freight trains at Auschwitz, the concentration camp where the Nazis exterminated Jews during World War II.Credit…Sovfoto/UIG, via Getty Images Leaders from around the world descend on Jerusalem. Jerusalem is being swarmed by Western presidents, premiers and potentates, all descending on the Holy City to recall […]

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In Germany, a Jewish Millennial Argues That the Past Isn’t Past

ESSEN, Germany — Growing up in the 1990s in Berlin, the writer Max Czollek remembers, he and classmates occasionally unearthed human bones when they were playing outside their school. Years later, he learned that the site had been used as a deportation center during the Holocaust. “This was a place where Nazis gathered Jews and […]

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