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Zhanna Nemtsova, daughter of Boris Nemtsov, and Prague’s mayor Zdenek Hrib during the official event of renaming the square where the Russian embassy is placed after the murdered Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov on the 5th anniversary of his assassination on February 27th, 2020. Photograph: Gabriel Kuchta/Getty

Prague has named a square beside its Russian embassy after Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov five years after he was shot dead, as the European Union and U(...)

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(...)

Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, whose life was spared as she was en route to the gas chamber at Auschwitz and it was discovered she could play cello

It’s the tiny details that make Belsen: Our Story (BBC 2, Tuesday, 9pm) so horrifying to sit through. One survivor of the Nazi death camp recollects t(...)

The Reverend Canon Dr Christopher Collingwood, Canon Chancellor of York Minster and Joshua Daniels from University of York Jewish Society light some of the 600 candles shaped as a Star of David on the floor of the Chapter House of York Minster as part of a commemoration for Holocaust Memorial Day last Thursday. Photograph: Ian Forsyth/Getty Images

Ever since the liberation of Auschwitz by the Red Army in 1945, opinions have diverged on whether the Holocaust should be commemorated as a singular h(...)

General Hussein Yazdanpanah points to the area where he and his troops were ambushed by Islamic State in 2014. Photograph: Lorraine Mallinder

Gen Hussein Yazdanpanah is sipping tea in a leafy shelter atop the arid, pine-dotted hills of Iraqi Kurdistan, gesturing southwards to Kirkuk province(...)

 The monument depicting  Ivan Konev in Prague, Czech Republic. Photograph: Martin Divisek/EPA

“Svoikh ne brosayem,” Russian officials and military men like to declare in praise of their country’s loyalty to its people: “We don’t abandon our own(...)

Hungarian border guard officer Arpad Bella (centre) on August 19th, 1989, when more than 600 East Germans pushed their way past his men and into Austria. He chose not to shoot on the crowd and let them pass in one of the landmark moments of the fall of the Iron Curtain. Photograph: Tamás Lobenwein. Courtesy Paneuropean Picnic’ 89 Foundation

It is nearly 30 years since Arpad Bella, then a border guard officer in communist Hungary, made a split-second decision that nudged the course of hist(...)

All Quiet on the Western Front: from the film of the novel by Erich Maria Remarque. Photograph: Ullstein Bild via Getty

For some years after the end of the first World War, the memoirs of generals and statesmen dominated publication about it – none more prominently than(...)

Jacob Rees-Mogg addresses a Leave Means Leave event, on the sidelines of the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham, on Monday. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

The Conservative Party conference in Birmingham this week is expected to be Theresa May’s last as leader and the contenders to succeed her are engaged(...)

Milos Matousek (78), who served in the Czechoslovak army, attends a ceremony outside the studios of Czech Radio to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Czechs have lambasted their current leaders on the 50th anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, when the Red Army crushed hopes for libe(...)

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