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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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'It's overwhelming': 104-year-old WWII vet receives thousands of cards for Valentine's Day

Maj. Bill White retired from the Marines 55 years ago after serving active duty for 30 years. He's also believed to be the oldest living Marine.
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‘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.

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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

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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.

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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..

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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.

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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..

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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..

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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..

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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..

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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

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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..

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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..
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Introducing ‘Beyond the World War II We Know’

Here are five articles from The Times you might have missed.
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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..
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US Navy honors Pearl Harbor hero Doris Miller with first aircraft carrier named for an African American

The U.S. Navy named an aircraft carrier after an African American for the first time on Monday, honoring World War II hero Doris Miller.
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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..
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A WWII veteran, 103, finally receives medals of honor — 75 years after he served

Peter Fantasia, 103, received eight medals, including a Bronze Star and a Victory Medal. "He represents the best of America," Rep. Seth Moulton said.
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Do You Have Living Relatives Who Lived Through World War II? Help Us Tell Their Story

If a relative or friend of yours has an interesting story from World War II, help us get in touch with them. Or, if you lived through the war, tell us about your experience directly.
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‘It’s an Atomic Bomb’: Australia Deploys Military as Fires Spread

With more than a month still to go in the fire season, the government announced a large-scale use of military assets, a deployment not seen since World War II.
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Today in History for January 2nd

Highlights of Today in History: WV mine blast; JFK declares he's running for President; Japan captures Manila, Philippines during WWII; Lindbergh baby trial; Annie closes on Broadway. (Jan. 2)  
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AP Top Stories December 16 P

Here's the latest for Monday, December 16th: Senator says President Donald Trump will announce U.S. troop drawdown; Democrats release impeachment report; Hundreds re-enact WWII battle on 75th..
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Ceremony marks 75 years since Battle of the Bulge

Side by side, the Allies and former enemy Germany together marked the 75th anniversary of one of the most important battles in World War II — the Battle of the Bulge, which stopped Adolf Hitler's..
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On Battle of the Bulge's 75th anniversary, WWII vets return to celebrate — and pay tribute

Louisville native George Merz is among a group of American WWII veterans whose return to Europe marked the 75th anniversary of Battle of the Bulge.
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Today in History for December 16th

The Boston Tea Party takes place; World War Two's Battle of the Bulge begins; Ludwig van Beethoven is born. (Dec 16)  
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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.
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Congress Is Poised to Allow Troops to Sue Over Medical Blunders

A must-pass spending bill would loosen the Feres doctrine, a bar to suing the government for injuries sustained on active duty. It is named for a heroic World War II paratrooper.
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Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Japanese planes bombed the Hawaii naval base 78 years ago and launched the U.S. into World War II.
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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..
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Almanac: The 1969 draft lottery

While the war in Vietnam was drawing increasing protests at home, America's first military draft lottery since World War II was held on December 1, 1969
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Giant funeral shaping up for WWII veteran who died without family

It turns out that 99-year-old Arthur Schroeder had a huge family of fellow veterans and an even larger circle of friends whose lives he's touched.  
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Tupperware: Put a lid on it

Successfully marketed at parties by armies of entrepreneurial women, the "burping" plastic bowls popularized after World War II are being forced to redefine themselves in a new era, even via pop-up..
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Tupperware: A blast from the past

Successfully marketed at parties by armies of entrepreneurial women, the "burping" plastic bowls popularized after World War II are being forced to redefine themselves in a new era - even via pop-up..
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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..
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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..
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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..
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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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Tom Brokaw: Yesterday, "Today" and tomorrow

For five decades journalist and storyteller Tom Brokaw served as a pillar of NBC News, reporting from such hotspots as Tiananmen Square and the Berlin Wall. His 1998 book, "The Greatest Generation,"..
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War Department wanted to keep WWII bombings in Michigan quiet

November marks the 75th anniversary of a mostly unknown chapter of WWII — an attack on the U.S. with bomb-laden balloons.  
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2 dead, several injured in Calif. school shooting; WWII's only U.S. black female Army battalion.
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All-black Women's Army Corps unit still fighting for recognition

Nearly 900 members strong, the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion was the first and only all-black Women's Army Corps unit deployed to Europe during WWII. They made sure soldiers received their..
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WWII veteran prepares to run across the country a second time

In 2016, Ernie Andrus became the oldest person to run across the country, from California to Georgia. Now at 95, he will start a new journey. Steve Hartman has his story on the road.
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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..
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Anti-Trump protesters clash with WWII vet at NYC Veterans Day Parade

As President Trump spoke before the parade, protesters outside blew whistles and shouted "Traitor" — and even clashed with a World War II veteran in the parade.
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Missing for 75 years, WWII submarine found after translation error discovered

The USS Grayback, a World War II sub, sank in February 1944 and had been missing ever since. A team of explorers just found it off the coast of Japan.
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WWII sub missing for 75 years is discovered: "We just found 80 men"

According to the Navy​, the USS Grayback was one of the most successful submarines in the war, sinking a total of 14 ships
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Reading my parents' World War II diary, written in a broken time, helped heal my broken life

I saw a side of my parents I never knew, and a journal about a war that tore the world apart helped me piece myself back together again.
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"Mobituaries": Marlene Dietrich goes to war

During World War II the German-born Hollywood film star fought for her adopted country
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Fact-checking 'Midway': How accurate is Roland Emmerich's WWII movie starring Nick Jonas?

The World War II Battle of Midway gets the Hollywood treatment in Roland Emmerich's new movie starring Nick Jonas and Darren Criss. Is it accurate?
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U.S. Navy Destroyer Sunk in World War II Is Found 20,000 Feet Under the Sea

Researchers say they believe the debris field off the Philippines is from the U.S.S. Johnston DD-557, which played a pivotal role in the Battle of Leyte Gulf.
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The capture and trial of Adolf Eichmann

“Operation Finale” is a travelling exhibition that tells the story of the pursuit of the Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann, who made his way to Argentina after World War II. At his trial, Eichmann..
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Almanac: Gen. Douglas MacArthur

On July 8, 1950, President Truman named World War II hero General Douglas MacArthur the commander of U.S. and other forces in Korea. Lee Cowan reports.
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Almanac: The day Japan bombed Oregon

On September 9, 1942, the U.S. mainland was firebombed by an enemy pilot. Jane Pauley reports on a little-known chapter of World War II history.
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President George H.W. Bush: Remembering 41

Rita Braver looks back at the life and career of President George Herbert Walker Bush, who spent most of his life in service to his country, and who is remembered for his sense of honor, decency and..
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