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German Cookie Fortune Heir Apologizes for Saying Nazi-Era Forced Laborers Were Treated 'Well'

At a recent conference, 25-year-old Verena Bahlsen also said, "I want to make money and buy sailing yachts from my dividend and stuff."
Jelisa Castrodale

How the far-right is weaponizing Nazi history in Germany

The AfD is pushing to downplay the crimes the Nazi era, amid fears of a new wave of German nationalism.
Tim Hume

How Tattoos Saved These Indonesian Women from Sexual Slavery in World War II

A local marriage tradition in the island of Timor helped these women escape becoming comfort women during Japanese occupation.
Kathleen Malay
Rizky Rahad

Getting Rid of Nazi Memorabilia Is Harder Than It Sounds

What do you do when your mom wants to sell your grandfather's Nazi-killing trophies, but she lives in the middle of deep-red Florida?
Allie Conti

It's now a crime in Poland to suggest Poles were complicit in the Holocaust

Poland’s conservative government has described the law as a measure to defend national honor
Tim Hume

Poland's Embassy defaced after PM claims Jews were complicit in the Holocaust

"There were Polish perpetrators, as there were Jewish perpetrators, as there were Russian perpetrators, as there were Ukraine and German perpetrators.”
Tim Hume

Portraits of Europe's Remaining Holocaust Survivors

"My cousin, aunt and uncle were all murdered.​ I didn't deserve to survive. I didn't deserve to be so fortunate."
Kamil Biedermann
The VICE Guide to Right Now

A German Called the Cops over a Bomb That Was Actually Just a Giant Zucchini

Police decided not to bring in the bomb squad after realizing the explosive was edible.
Drew Schwartz
the vice reader

The Forgotten Female Sniper Who Killed 75 Nazis

Read an excerpt from Nobel Prize winner Svetlana Alexievich's breathtaking new book, 'The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II.'
Svetlana Alexievich

The Boxing Career Of Nazi Defector and Waffen-SS Recruit Eric Pleasants

Though Eric Pleasants was seemingly an unlikely recruit to the fascist British Free Corps, he nonetheless served under the banner of Hitler’s political crack troops. He also boxed for them, using his expertise from back home.
Will Magee
A Tour of Hell, from Hell

On the Road to Warsaw

My first full day of a two-week Holocaust tour and already I'm buying into racial stereotypes.
Jerry Stahl

Why Gay German Men Are Seeking Reparations for a Homophobic Nazi Law

Remembering Paragraph 175, the outrageous law which persecuted German gay men long after the fall of Nazi rule.
Samuel Clowes Huneke