When Germany invaded Poland in September 1939, it propelled the world into the most widespread conflict in history. World War II lasted from 1939 to 1945. DW looks at the history of the war and its aftermath.
World War II started with Nazi Germany's invasion of Poland in September 1939 and ended in Europe with the Western Allies' invasion of Germany, the capture of Berlin by the Soviet Union and the unconditional surrender on May 8, 1945. In Asia, the war ended on August 15, 1945, when Japan surrendered to the United States following the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This is a collection of DW's content on World War II. DW looks at various aspects of the war, including the issues that led up to the conflict, the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis, the Holocaust and the peace-building process following Germany's defeat and the division of the country. Several articles also look at the impact the war had on other regions in Europe, Russia and Asia.
German authorities are selling part of the destroyed Ludendorff Bridge, or "Bridge at Remagen", to the highest bidder. One of WWII's most important battles was the Battle of Remagen when US forces captured the bridge. Patrick Tarasovitch coordinates an annual reenactment of the battle in the US state of Pennsylvania. He shared his thoughts about the bridge being up for sale with Keith Walker.
Police have charged two people over the violent murder of Holocaust survivor Mireille Knoll. The 85-year-old, who escaped anti-Jewish purges in Paris during World War II, was stabbed and burned to death last week.
Mireille Knoll survived anti-Jewish purges in Paris during World War II, but was stabbed and burnt to death on the anniversary of a similar case. France's Jewish population has warned of increasing anti-Semitism.