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.
The Second World War 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. In the following articles, DW looks at various aspects of World War II, including the issues that led up to the conflict, the rise of 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.
Over 70 years after Hitler's death, relics from his rule are still being discovered in churches and public buildings across Germany. Should they be demolished or preserved for posterity as eye witnesses dwindle?
This week, Hungary welcomed the first Israeli Prime Minister to visit the country since the collapse of communism in 1989. Prime Minister Victor Orban stood alongside Benjamin Netanyahu as he said that his country's collaboration with Nazi Germany during World War II was a "mistake" and a "sin" as it failed to protect its Jewish community. Correspondent Stefan Bos has more about the visit.
A work by a 17th-century Dutch master was smuggled to North American after World War II. After 75 years, it's been returned to the German museum where it belongs. Here's the tale of a painting that's fit for James Bond.