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Adolf Hitler and Gestapo chief Heinrich Himmler (left) observe a parade of Nazi stormtroopers in 1940. Photograph: Reuters/Corbis

During the second World War, Nazi medical doctors conducted medical experiments on concentration camp prisoners. This work was extremely cruel, the pr(...)

Gillian O’Brien: “It is unusual to go to a general history site and not to be told something about 1916 even though 1916 took place geographically in very few places.”  Photograph: Alistair Daniel

Author Gillian O’Brien felt that there was a tendency towards a ‘traditional’ telling of history in Ireland, and set out to find the darkness in he(...)

Walter Bujakowski, who was originally from Biala Podlaska in Eastern Poland, survived Auschwitz and later moved to London where he met and married Kathleen Hurley from Drimoleague.

Warm tributes have been paid to an Auschwitz concentration camp survivor who lived in West Cork for almost 40 years but passed away last weekend at th(...)

 DeSean Jackson announced his intention to visit Auschwitz and to continue to educate himself about the suffering of the Jewish people after recent anti-Semitic social media posts. Photograph:  Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

Earlier this month, the Philadelphia Eagles’ DeSean Jackson posted what he believed to be an Adolf Hitler quote on Instagram. It read: “because the wh(...)

Polish president Andrzej Duda, a vocal supporter of the populist PiS Law and Justice Party greets supporters in Lomza, central Poland. Since the president can veto legislation there is more at stake in this election than the domestic and international projection of a figurehead. Photograph: Getty Images

Next Sunday sees a run off between the incumbent, Andrzej Duda, a vocal supporter of the populist PiS Law and Justice Party and Rafa Trzaskowski, the (...)

Anne Frank, the Jewish girl who wrote her world-famous diary  while living in hiding in Amsterdam during the second World War. Photograph: AP

As the Netherlands celebrates the 75th anniversary of its liberation this week, the Anne Frank House – perhaps the country’s most famous symbol of Jew(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel speaks on the shooting in Hanau at the chancellery in Berlin. Photograph: Omer Messinger/EPA

Angela Merkel has said the murder of nine people in a shooting rampage by a suspected rightwing extremist has revealed the “poison” of racism and hate(...)

David Baddiel and Dermot Mulqueen. Photograph: BBC

David Baddiel is seated on a bench in the middle of Ennis explaining why he isn’t Louis Theroux. “What he’s very good at is, with people who have extr(...)

Some 800 British bombers dropped 1,400 tonnes of explosives and phosphorous bombs over the Saxon capital. About 25,000 died, many asphyxiated as the flames sucked up all  oxygen. Photograph: AFP/Slub Dresden  Deutsche Fotothek/ RIchard Peter Sen

German president Frank Walter Steinmeier has urged his country to challenge efforts by political extremists to hollow out democracy and relativise Naz(...)

In a Word . . .

I’ve been toying with the idea of writing a bestseller novel. Yes, I know, it’s hard for a man to do that these days. I could use a woman’s name. Like(...)

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