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1939–1945, global war between Axis and Allies

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World War II: 1939–1945, global war between Axis and Allies
World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945. The vast majority of the world's countries—including all the great powers—eventually formed two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. A state of total war emerged, directly involving more than 100 million people from more than 30 countries. The major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, blurring the distinction between civilian and military resources. World War II was the deadliest conflict in human history, marked by 70 to 85 million fatalities, most of whom were civilians in the Soviet Union and China. It included massacres, the genocide of the Holocaust, strategic bombing, premeditated death from starvation and disease, and the only use of nuclear weapons in war.

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Sorrow and triumph, an Auschwitz survivor's journey back to a former hell

Jona Laks could smell the burning flesh as she walked towards death at the Auschwitz crematorium. More than 75 years later, aged 90, she has returned to what was the most notorious Nazi death camp of..
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In southern Poland, archaeologists discover WW2 plane wreck

Archaeologists have discovered the wreck of a U.S.-made bomber flown by the Soviet Red Army in World War Two, along with the remains of four crewmen killed when it crashed in southern Poland, private..
Reuters - Published

Videos for World War II

‘We take everything for granted’: 93 year-old Auschwitz survivor warns future generations [Video]‘We take everything for granted’: 93 year-old Auschwitz survivor warns future generations

Siegmund Listwa had spent five and a half years in concentration camps during World War II, including two years at Auschwitz. This week marks 75 years since the Nazis’ most well-known extermination..

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 01:47Published


‘Leave history research to historians, not politicians': Israeli President in Auschwitz [Video]‘Leave history research to historians, not politicians': Israeli President in Auschwitz

The presidents of Israel and Poland call for the end of historical revisionism on Holocasut memorial day, after Vladimir Putin's latest comments regarding World War II. Adam Reed reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:26Published

Liberator or Persecutor? How Poland sees the role of the Soviet Union in World War Two [Video]Liberator or Persecutor? How Poland sees the role of the Soviet Union in World War Two

Liberator or Persecutor? How Poland sees the role of the Soviet Union in World War Two

Credit: Euronews English     Duration: 02:47Published

Italy regional elections: Salvini fails in left-wing stronghold [Video]Italy regional elections: Salvini fails in left-wing stronghold

League party looks set to lose in Emilia-Romagna, which left has traditionally governed since end of World War II.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:13Published

Dutch PM's apology for country's role in Holocaust [Video]Dutch PM's apology for country's role in Holocaust

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Sunday (January 26) he was sorry for his country's role during the Holocaust and the lack of action against the persecution of Jews, becoming the first Dutch..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:39Published

75 years after, Holocaust survivor struggles to recover property in Poland [Video]75 years after, Holocaust survivor struggles to recover property in Poland

Lea Evron saw much of her family die during the Holocaust. Now living in New York, she is seeking restitution for the property her family once owned.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:15Published

Pence and Netanyahu criticise 'anti-Semitic Iran' at Holocaust memorial event [Video]Pence and Netanyahu criticise 'anti-Semitic Iran' at Holocaust memorial event

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu both accused Iran of being anti-Semitic as world leaders gathered in Jerusalem to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:43Published

The awkward moment Prince Charles misses a handshake with Mike Pence [Video]The awkward moment Prince Charles misses a handshake with Mike Pence

Britain's Prince Charles failure to shake hands with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence at the start of a World Holocaust Forum at the Yad Vashem memorial centre in Jerusalem on Thursday raised..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:46Published

Auschwitz-Birkenau as it's never been seen before [Video]Auschwitz-Birkenau as it's never been seen before

Drone footage captures the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau as the museum on the site prepares to mark 75 years since the camp's liberation by the Soviet Red Army during the closing months..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:23Published

Four suspected unexploded WW2 bombs force evacuation of 14,000 in Dortmund [Video]Four suspected unexploded WW2 bombs force evacuation of 14,000 in Dortmund

Authorities in the German city of Dortmund moved around 14,000 people from homes and buildings due to four suspected unexploded WW2 bombs View on euronews

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City pays respects to D-Day hero 'who taught people what Normandy was all about' [Video]City pays respects to D-Day hero 'who taught people what Normandy was all about'

More than 100 members of the public turned out to show their respects to D-Day veteran John Jenkins as his funeral procession passed the museum where he volunteered and the football club he loved. Mr..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:05Published

Italy: 54,000 Brindisi residents evacuated as WWII bomb defused [Video]Italy: 54,000 Brindisi residents evacuated as WWII bomb defused

Italy: 54,000 Brindisi residents evacuated as WWII bomb defused

Credit: Euronews English     Duration: 00:55Published

Angela Merkel visits the Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial [Video]Angela Merkel visits the Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki walked past the infamous "Work Sets You Free" gate at the Auschwitz memorial on Friday. Emer McCarthy reports.

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Two shot dead by sailor at Hawaii military base [Video]Two shot dead by sailor at Hawaii military base

A gunman opened fire at Hawaii's Pearl Harbor military base on Wednesday, killing two and injuring another before fatally shooting himself, three days before the anniversary of Japan's 1941 attack of..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:13Published

 

French unions warn Macron pension strikes will drag on for months

France's hardleft trade unions on Friday threatened industrial action for months to come, as they searched for a way to force President Emmanuel Macron to ditch the biggest overhaul of the country's..
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Germany still dealing with 'same evil' that led to Holocaust, president says in Jerusalem

Germany has still not learned "once and for all" its lesson from the Holocaust, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Thursday, as he expressed sorrow for his country's role in the murder of..
Reuters - Published

75 years on, Holocaust survivors struggle to recover property in Poland

Lea Evron, 85, has only fragments of memories of the fur factory and the three-story apartment building her family owned before World War Two in Zywiec, a small town in southern Poland.
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EU raps Russia for saying Poland helped start World War Two

The European Commission said on Wednesday it would not tolerate distortion of historic facts after Russia suggested Poland was partly responsible for starting World War Two and said it would challenge..
Reuters - Published

Italian city evacuates 54,000 people to defuse WW2 bomb

Around 54,000 people were evacuated from the southern Italian city of Brindisi on Sunday as experts worked to defuse a World War Two bomb, authorities said.
Reuters - Published

Australia should lead a new resettlement deal to tackle the global refugee crisis: Labor MP

In the face of the largest global refugee crisis since WWII, Labor MP Peter Khalil has called for an urgent change in global refugee policy.
SBS - Published

Not so nasty: NATO avoids a car crash summit

It was shaping up for a repeat of NATO's disastrous summit of July 2018, when U.S. President Donald Trump unleashed a tirade against European allies and threatened to pull America out of the..
Reuters - Published

Japanese Christians in Nagasaki tearful, excited to hear Pope speak

Japanese Christians lined up before dawn on Sunday to get seats at a Mass being said by Pope Francis in Nagasaki, where 27,000 people were killed instantly when the United States dropped a second..
Reuters - Published

Factbox: Pope Francis calls for nuclear abolition at Japan's bombed cities

Pope Francis on Sunday called for the abolition of nuclear weapons during a visit to Japan's western cities of Nagasaki and Hiroshima, the only two cities in the world subjected to atomic bombing..
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Pope Francis brings anti-nuclear message to Japan's bombed cities

Pope Francis, a passionate anti-nuclear campaigner, brings his message that nuclear weapons should be abolished to Nagasaki and Hiroshima, the two Japanese cities devastated by atomic bombings in World..
Reuters - Published

Why it's so wrong to play down Australia's role in fighting climate change

No one says that Australia only contributed around 1.3 per cent of the total forces in World War II so our contribution was irrelevant.
The Age - Published

Japan foreign minister to visit Russia to discuss formal WWII treaty: official

Japan's foreign minister agreed on Friday to visit Russia next month for talks about a formal World War Two peace treaty, a ministry official said, following a decades-old dispute that has prevented..
Reuters - Published

Oslo fells London's annual Christmas tree in decades-old tradition

From an Oslo forest comes the Christmas gift Norway gives Britain every year - a towering tree for London's Trafalgar Square, a token of gratitude for British support during World War Two.
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Tireless worker for Anzacs and their families

World War II veteran and prisoner of war Bill Rudd, who has died a few weeks before his 102nd birthday, was known for his generosity and gentle nature.
The Age - Published

Chinese land deal in Solomon's Guadalcanal disrupts access to WWII site

The battle fields of Guadalcanal, in the Solomon Islands, draw visitors from the United States and its war allies, as well as those from Japan, decades after the bloody campaign in the South Pacific..
Reuters - Published

Lost WW2 British submarine found sunk off the coast of Malta

The wreck of a British submarine, which vanished at the height of World War Two, has been discovered lying at the bottom of the sea off Malta, university marine archaeologists said on Thursday.
Reuters - Published

Japan, South Korea reject report of WWII forced labor economic plan

Japan and South Korea on Tuesday rejected a media report that the two governments were studying plans for a joint economic program that aims to ease strains over the issue of forced Korean labor in..
Reuters - Published

Japan, South Korea to study fund to ease wartime forced labor issue: Kyodo

The South Korean and Japanese governments are studying plans for a joint economic program involving companies from both countries which aims to ease strains over the issue of forced Korean labor in..
Reuters - Published

Inside the plotting room bunker on Sydney's front line

The Second World War information centre on North Head, which is currently being restored, is opening to the public for the first time.
The Age - Published

Some Japanese welcome emperor's proclamation, others shrug

Japanese Emperor Naruhito, 59, the nation's first monarch born after World War Two, officially proclaimed his enthronement to the world on Tuesday in a centuries-old ceremony attended by hundreds of..
Reuters - Published

Romania gives green light for Holocaust museum

Romania's President Klaus Iohannis gave the green light on Tuesday for the creation of the country's first national Holocaust museum in Bucharest, more than seven decades after the end of World War..
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Eyeing elections, Britain's Labour Party pledges more spending, less work

Britain's opposition Labour Party pledged on Monday to mobilize financial resources on a scale not seen since the post-World War Two reconstruction, promising a shorter working week and higher public..
Reuters - Published

Mould-breaking court to shape Britain's Brexit agony

Britain is renowned for its ancient, august and male-dominated institutions - yet its biggest moment since World War Two may be shaped by a mere decade-old court run by a very modern woman.
Reuters - Published

Climate strike: This is a 97-year-old World War II veteran's message to Scott Morrison

Bill Ryan is a 97-year-old WWII veteran. And he has a message for the government on climate change: ‘Listen to the people’.
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Russia's Putin plans to visit Israel in January 2020

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday he planned to visit Israel in January next year to inaugurate a memorial to World War Two victims in Jerusalem.
Reuters - Published

Dutch resistance fighter risked her life to save Jews, shelter fugitives

It wasn’t until 1978 that Diet Eman realised she had an obligation to reveal her story of heroism during World War II.
The Age - Published

Blast at Indonesian police warehouse holding World War Two munitions

An explosion went off on Saturday in an Indonesian police evidence warehouse containing munitions dating from World War Two, injuring one officer and prompting the evacuation of nearby residents,..
Reuters - Published

Putin rebuffs call by Japan's Abe to sign World War Two peace treaty

Russian President Vladimir Putin told his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe on Thursday that Tokyo's military ties with the United States and many other issues made it hard for Japan and Russia to sign a..
Reuters - Published

Churchill's grandson says Brexit is sending UK's influence into 'free fall'

Nicholas Soames, the grandson of World War Two leader Winston Churchill, said on Wednesday that Brexit is sending Britain's status into "free fall" after he was sacked from the Conservative Party for..
Reuters - Published

Churchill's grandson to be expelled from Conservative Party after defying Johnson

Nicholas Soames, the grandson of Britain's World War Two leader Winston Churchill, will be expelled from the Conservative Party after voting against Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Brexit.
Reuters - Published

Winston Churchill's grandson to vote against PM Johnson, risking expulsion from party

Nicholas Soames, the grandson of Britain's World War Two leader Winston Churchill, said he would vote against Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Brexit on Tuesday, a step that enforcers have warned would..
Reuters - Published

Bulgaria condemns Russian exhibit lauding WW2 'liberation' of Eastern Europe

Bulgaria lambasted a World War Two exhibition organized by the Russian Embassy marking "the liberation of Eastern Europe from Nazism", saying the region had instead being subjected to a half century of..
Reuters - Published

Rise of populists in Europe resembles eve of WW2, warns London mayor

Europe is starting to resemble the situation on the eve of World War Two, with leaders using divisive language to win popularity and spreading hatred against minorities, London Mayor Sadiq Khan warned..
Reuters - Published

Germany asks for forgiveness as Poland marks 80th anniversary of war

Germany's president asked for forgiveness for his country on Sunday for the suffering of the Polish people during World War Two as Poland marked 80 years since the Nazi German invasion that unleashed..
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Poland marks 80th anniversary of start of World War Two

Leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday mark 80 years since the start of World War Two in Poland, with the conflict still a live political issue..
Reuters - Published

Greek PM says settlement of WW2 reparations claim would boost German ties

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Thursday a settlement of a Greek reparations claim against Germany over Nazi occupation of the country could tighten relations.
Reuters - Published

The comic, the captain and the lawyer - who's who in Italy's political crisis

Italy is struggling to form its 67th government since World War Two. The fate of its latest political crisis will be determined by five politicians and a comedian, an eclectic group riven by..
Reuters - Published

Italy president begins talks to seek way out of government crisis

Italian President Sergio Mattarella begins two days of talks with parties on Wednesday to seek a way out of a political crisis that will lead to formation of the country's 67th government since World..
Reuters - Published

Reluctant war hero passionate about community, country and environment

Dudley Marrows, who died at the age of 101, was not only one of the RAAF’s most highly decorated WWII veterans, but also an exceptional Australian. Dudley contributed significantly to the development..
The Age - Published

A WW2 battle reverberates in Poland's national election campaign

A monument to a battle fought in the opening days of World War Two has become a new frontline in the fight between Poland's ruling nationalists and the liberal opposition in the countdown to a..
Reuters - Published

Australian Bravery Awards: Nauru Five honoured 76 years after WWII execution

Five Australians have posthumously received bravery awards 76 years after being executed by Japanese forces on Nauru during WWII.
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Bravery award for Aussies on Nauru in WWII

Five Australians have posthumously received bravery awards 76 years after being executed by Japanese forces on Nauru during WWII.
SBS - Published

South Korea urges dialogue with Japan in measured World War Two anniversary message

On the anniversary of Japan's World War Two surrender, South Korea's president on Thursday urged Japan to contemplate its wartime past and offered to engage in talks to repair strained ties, while..
Reuters - Published

Japan's new emperor echoes father, expresses deep remorse over war

Japan's new emperor, Naruhito, expressed deep remorse over the country's wartime past and prayed for global peace on Thursday, echoing his father's words in remarks at an annual ceremony marking..
Reuters - Published

Japan PM Abe sends offering to Yasukuni shrine for war dead: Kyodo

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering to the controversial Yasukuni shrine for war dead on Thursday, the anniversary of Japan's World War Two surrender, Kyodo News said of a gesture..
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Germany to put 92-year old man on trial for Nazi crimes

A 92-year old German man will go on trial in October charged with helping to murder 5,230 prisoners, many of them Jewish, at a Nazi death camp in World War Two, prosecutors said on Thursday.
Reuters - Published

China denounces Australian lawmaker's World War Two Germany remark

China said on Thursday it "strongly deplores" comments by the head of Australia's parliamentary intelligence committee, who likened the West's attitude to China to the inadequate French response to the..
Reuters - Published

'I wanted to die': Last survivor of Australia's biggest prison breakout returns to Cowra

Teruo Murakami, 98, survived the Cowra breakout in World War II. Seventy-five years on, he has made what is likely to be his final journey to the regional Australian town where he almost lost his life.
SBS - Published

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