From the rise of Hitler and the Third Reich to the Wehrmacht and the Holocaust, DW takes a closer look at the darkest chapter in German history from 1939-1945.
The discovery of files in Washington has provided fresh insight into a perennially controversial issue: the Nazi Wehrmacht, its self-image and its war crimes. DW talked to historian Felix Römer about his findings. (17.10.2012)
In summer 1942, Ukrainian and German soccer teams met in Kyiv. The Wehrmacht was marched in. This was no ordinary soccer match – one side was the occupiers, the other the occupied. (06.06.2012)
Because it was the first major sporting group to exclude Jews in the 1930s, the German Alpine Association examined its role in Nazi Germany and how climbing feats became fodder for Hitler's propaganda machine. (02.09.2012)
Reinhard Kleist tells the story of the Polish Jew Harry Haft in the form of a comic. To entertain the Nazi soldiers in Auschwitz, Haft had to box against other prisoners - for life or death. (13.08.2012)
Discovered in a cupboard 20 years ago, the only surviving police archive documenting the deportation of French Jews has been opened up to public view for the first time. The contents are a treasure trove for historians. (27.07.2012)
Poland has commemorated the 70th anniversary of the first deportations from the Warsaw Ghetto, which led to more than a quarter million of the city's Jews being killed, including 50,000 children. (22.07.2012)
France's president has used a ceremony marking a black day in the country's history to pledge to crack down on all forms of anti-Semitism. More than 13,000 French Jews were rounded up and sent to Auschwitz in July, 1942. (22.07.2012)
75 years ago in July, 1937, the concentration camp Buchenwald was built near the city of Weimar. The memorial there today draws people from around the world, and its program has seen some shifts in recent years. (13.07.2012)
Here were the desks at which the Holocaust was organized, and atrocities were planned. The Topography of Terror Documentation Center looks back over 25 years with an exhibition which asks how it happened. (04.07.2012)
Anne Frank left footprints all over Amsterdam. Now the Anne Frank House has developed an app that links the past with the present and offers locals a whole new perspective on their own city. (20.06.2012)
Hans Rosenthal survived the Second World War hiding in a Berlin garden. The author Valentin Senger survived with fake papers. These are the fates of two Jews documented in a new exhibition in Frankfurt. (11.05.2012)
It's a race against time: Germany's Central Office for the Investigation of National Socialist Crimes is looking for more than 50 former concentration camp guards. Even 70 years later, it could still secure convictions. (29.04.2013)
On July 14, 1933, the National Socialists introduced the Law for the Prevention of Hereditarily Diseased Offspring. As a result, hundreds of thousands of people were forcibly sterilized. Others were murdered. (14.07.2013)
Journalist and author Inge Deutschkron survived the Holocaust in Berlin. She shares her experiences in her books and in schools. This courageous woman is now celebrating her 90th birthday. (23.08.2012)
After experiencing the atrocities of World War Two, Arno Lustiger remained silent for 40 years. Then, in the 1980s, he began to write about Nazi horrors and Jewish resistance, lending history his words and voice. (18.05.2012)
The Nazis systematically persecuted artists whose work they did not approve of, denouncing it as "degenerate art." A new exhibition shows how the disastrous consequences of the campaign can still be felt today. (04.04.2013)
They've been hot on the trail of works by Dix, Kollwitz and Marc. For years, experts and students have been solving the mysteries behind artworks confiscated by the Nazis and have created a one-of-a-kind database. (17.04.2013)
Some of Germany's most valuable creative works went up in flames on May 10, 1933. The mass book burnings marked a turning point in the Nazis' ideology campaigns. And they were largely organized by university students. (10.05.2013)
A Swedish diplomat who assisted in saving several thousand Jews during the Holocaust has been given the distinction of becoming Australia's first honorary citizen. Many of the rescued Jews settled in Australia. (06.05.2013)
Poland has preliminarily approved a law making it a jailable offense to use the phrase "Polish death camps" for sites run by Nazi Germany in Poland during WWII. The distinction is real but very difficult to enforce.
With right-wing extremism rearing its head in Germany, reflecting on the country's Nazi past is more relevant than ever. A new documentation center opens at a symbolic location in Munich 70 years after the end of WWII.
Was Germany defeated or liberated on May 8, 1945 - and was it a day of shame or a turning point? For 70 years Germans have agonized over the war, its origins and its end - and the question of German guilt.
Often looked down upon as "pidgin German," dialects are an important part of cultural memory and diversity. Researchers say the vibrant spectrum of regional variations of German is under threat.
A suspected member of the self-declared 'Islamic State' group has been arrested at Dusseldorf airport on his return from Turkey. He is believed to have attended a Syrian training camp.
European leaders met in the Austrian capital to find a common solution to the wave of migration to the continent. Germany's chancellor has proposed accords to return rejected asylum seekers to their countries of origin.
Max Mannheimer, who spent two years in Nazi death camps, including Auschwitz, has passed away at a Munich hospital. No cause of death has been given.
A 12-year-old sustained life-threatening injuries after allegedly suffering a brutal attack at the hands of three classmates in Euskirchen, west of Bonn. The suspects may be too young to face any legal consequences.
European leaders have met in the Austrian capital to find a common solution to the wave of migration to the continent. The European Council's president has called for restoring control over the EU's external borders.
A leading German Social Democrat has hinted at coalition prospects with the Left party, once shunned during Cold War communism. His hint follows further gains in voter surveys by the upstart far-right AfD party.
A Montenegrin man caught in Germany with arms in his car has admitted being a gun runner, but denied knowing of any attack plans. His arrest occurred shortly before deadly Islamist attacks in the French capital.
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