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.
The UK is being urged to continue to offer places to child refugees, 80 years after the first 200 Jewish children arrived from Nazi Germany. Their escape was made possible by British, Jewish and Quaker organizations.
The Netherlands' state-owned train company will compensate Holocaust survivors and people whose relatives were deported on its trains to Nazi concentration camps during World War II. Trains operated by Nederlandse Spoorwegen sent more than 100,000 Jews to their deaths. Keith Walker speaks with Bas Kortholt from the Centre for Memory at Westerbork in the Netherlands.
Despite recent restitutions, Germany is stalling on the return of Nazi-looted art. Ahead of a Berlin conference 20 years after an agreement to track proper ownership, African countries are now also claiming restitution.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has apologized for Canada's refusal to allow Jewish refugees to seek asylum before World War II. More than 900 German Jews set sail for the Americas to escape Nazi persecution in 1939.