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.
Sixty-five years ago the Greek island of Zakynthos was devastated by an earthquake. Buildings collapsed and fires spread through the city and countryside. Reconstruction would be expensive, but a surprising benefactor came forward to help. As Sandy Hausman reports, the State of Israel was showing its gratitude for a little-known act of heroism during World War II.
A German computer industry body has ruled that swastikas and Hitler's mustache can be depicted in the World War II game Wolfenstein. The group had previously judged that images should be doctored to remove Nazi symbols.
There's no shortage of world class museums in Berlin. Big names like the Pergamon and the German Spy Museum dazzle the crowds with their sleek artefacts and electronic visual displays. But occasionally it’s the little quirky institutions that steal the show. Nathan Morley visits Berlin to meet a group of men that set up their own museum…and it’s proving a hit.
4,000 Sinti and Roma were murdered from August 2-3, 1944, in Auschwitz-Birkenau. Ten-year-old Mano Höllenreiner and his family barely escaped death — but not unspeakable horrors. Andrea Grunau reports from Bavaria.