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. This page collates DW material on World War II.
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. 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.
A trade dispute rooted in history is heating up between Japan and South Korea. From today, Tokyo is restricting exports of equipment needed to make semiconductors and computer displays. The move is intended to hurt South Korea's high tech industry.
Anne Frank is one of the most famous victims of the holocaust. Her World World War II diary is considered one of the most important works of the 20th century. She would have turned 90 on June 12. To mark the occasion 40 thousand students in Germany from hundreds of schools have taken part in Anne Frank Day. Keith Walker speaks with DW political correspondent Thomas Sparrow.
Europe has been marking the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings that turned the tide of World War II. With the dwindling number of veterans who lived through D-Day now in their 90s and beyond, this week's ceremonies on the Normandy beaches with world leaders is likely the last major commemoration they will attend. Jake Cigainero met with one of the last surviving veterans.