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# World War Two

6th June 2023
# Nazi memorabilia
Pencil belonging to Hitler sells for £5,400, one tenth of pre-auction estimate
An original signed photograph of Hitler was also sold for thousands less than predicted.
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# Germany
Four injured after Second World War bomb explodes at Munich construction site
A column of smoke was seen rising from the site near the train station.
# blockbuster
60,000 people leave homes in Frankfurt so huge WWII bomb can be defused
The operation is the biggest evacuation of its kind in post-war Germany.
# Italy
Remains of bodies from migrant boat that drowned 800 to be raised off Italy
Italian PM Matteo Renzi has vowed to give all the victims decent burials.
# Dark Past
How a notorious Nazi war criminal was banned from his picturesque Waterford hideaway
Rumours about looted art in the Kilmacthomas estate persisted for years.
# World War Two
Goodbye letter from Dutch resistance fighter delivered 70 years on
Peter Will wrote the letter to his wife and son shortly before being sent to a concentration camp.
# yom kippur
TV station uses Nazi Holocaust symbol in a story about Jewish holiday
WGN TV say they are “extremely embarrassed” by their mistake.
# total rush
Apparently the Nazis were high on a crystal meth-style drug
The Nazis reportedly wanted Pervitin to rival Coca Cola.
# VJ Day
Japan's PM criticised for not apologising for forcing women into sex trade
South Korea’s President said that he felt the speech left “much to be desired”.
# Nostalgia
Watch this 92-year-old woman fly a Spitfire war plane
Joy Lofthouse was a pilot during the Second World War.
# ww2
Irish D-Day veteran awarded France's highest military honour
Patrick Gillen, aged 89, dedicated his medal to all of his comrades that did not survive the Second World War.
# secret history
The grim fate of Soviet and Italian troops sent to Nazi prisoner-of-war camps in World War II
Poland has been unearthing one of the darkest secrets of World War II.
Column: Did you know Hitler had an Irish sister-in-law?
The one-time Bridget Hitler was born and raised in Dublin.
Hundreds attend 99-year-old man's funeral after appeal goes viral
Harold Percival died without friends or close family to attend his funeral – so the internet took over.
# Japan
Japanese mayor: Wartime sex slaves were 'necessary'
The controversial mayor claimed that the forced prostitution of approximately 200,000 women during World War II was necessary to “maintain discipline” in the ranks.
# World War Two
Revealed: Ireland's surveillance activities during World War Two
The newly released files also uncover attempts to turn Ireland into a fascist state, in addition to Britain’s wartime recruitment within the 26 counties.
Column: Sick of government spin? Well, it’s nothing new…
Politicians have been manipulating the mass media for as long as it’s existed – and Ireland is no exception, writes Ciara Chambers.
Humiliated, tortured or executed: The little-known story of the Irish POWs
Some 650 Irish soldiers were taken prisoner by the Japanese during WW2. They were starved, beaten, even crucified – but showed incredible bravery, writes historian Robert Widders.
# Germany
Nazi-seized art ordered returned to American man
A German court has ruled a Berlin museum must return rare posters seized by the Gestapo during WWII to the victim’s relative – saying that keeping them would be a perpetuation of the crimes of the Nazis.
# Your Say
Poll: Should we wear poppies to honour the Irish war dead?
More than 50,000 Irish people died in the First and Second World Wars. Should we wear the poppy to commemorate them?
# WW2 Bomb
Paris evacuates thousands over WWII bomb
RAF bomb discovered last week in suburb of Paris was defused yesterday by military experts, forcing about 6,000 people to be evacuated from their homes.