A view of Bavaria’s famous fairytale castle Neuschwanstein brought the highest price of €100,000 at the auction on Saturday. Photograph: Christof Stache/AFP/Getty Images

Fourteen watercolours and drawings by Adolf Hitler have fetched a total of €391,000 at a controversial auction in Nuremberg. A view of Bavaria’s famou(...)

 A sketch artist rendition of the scene inside the John J Moakley Federal Courthouse of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (left) and cousin Naida Suleimanov (right) with an interpreter during thesentencing of Tsarnaev’s trial. Image: Jane Flavell Collins/EPA

Sister Helen Prejean, a Roman Catholic nun and prominent opponent of the death penalty, testified on Monday that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had expressed sympa(...)

Trümmerfrauen: women clear rubble and recycle bricks outside the Reichstag, in Berlin, after the end of the second World War. Photograph: Ullstein/Getty

On a sunny Tuesday morning in Berlin I’m doing seated gymanstics with a group of women to the swelling melodies of Johann Strauss. Most are in their 8(...)

Ukrainian cadets in full voice as they participate in a patriotic forum “Two Generations – Two Wars” at the Museum of Great Patriotic War in Kiev, Ukraine. Photograph: Reuters

As warplanes roared over Red Square in rehearsal for tomorrow’s Russian celebration of 70 years since the defeat of Nazi Germany, Ukrainians in Kie(...)

Poland’s prime minister Ewa Kopacz meets UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon in Gdansk in advance of commemorations marking the 70th anniversary of the end of the second World War in Europe. Photograph: Adam Warzawa/EPA
VE Day commemorations

Poland’s president Bronislaw Komorowski is leading international commemorations today marking the 70th anniversary of the end of the second World War,(...)

Visitors look around the new Nazi museum in Munich. Photograph: Christof Stache/AFP

The best thing you can say about Munich’s new National Socialist Documentation Centre is that Adolf Hitler would have hated it. The stark white(...)

Adolf Hitler and his mistress Eva Braun dine in a still from a private home movie made by Braun’s sister Gretl Fegelein, early to mid-1940s. Hitler and Braun married on April 29th, 1945, the day before they took their own lives. Photograph: Express Newspapers/Getty Images

Adolf Hitler liked to think big. But on this morning 70 years go, his “thousand year” Reich was very small indeed. Six years earlier the German dictat(...)

 Oskar Groening (93) at the first day of his trial to face charges of being accomplice to the murder of 300,000 people at the Auschwitz concentration camp. Photograph:  Andreas Tamme/Getty Images  2:19

A 93-year-old former bookkeeper at Auschwitz who is accused of being an accessory to mass murder told a German court on Tuesday that he felt morally (...)

Louis Zamperini ran in the 1936 Berlin Olympics and was later and tortured by the Japanese during the second World War. Photograph: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Most New Year resolutions are broken after 24 hours. The first of mine was broken on the day itself. Because with cosmic irony the film Unbroken makes(...)

Break in Bruges: the best way to navigate Bruges is by taking a boat trip on the canals, which costs just €7.60 for half an hour with live – and lively – commentary. Photograph: Getty Images

War tourists have been coming to present-day Belgium since the Waterloo battlefield was sought out by curious British travellers in the aftermath o(...)