World War II

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting on the transport system development via video conference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday, May 7, 2020. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
May 07, 2020 - 4:10 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed progress in combating the coronavirus pandemic along with arms control issues and oil prices in a phone call Thursday, the White House and the Kremlin said. The White House said Trump spoke with Putin “to...
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In this photo taken on Wednesday, April 29, 2020, the Rear-Front Memorial sculpted by Lev Golovnitsky and drawn by Yakov Belopolsky, the first part of a triptych also consisting of The Motherland Calls in Volgograd and Warrior Liberator in Treptower Park, Berlin, is seen in Magnitogorsk, Russia. A Magnitogorsk memorial honors both those who fought and those who supplied them. The Rear-Front Memorial shows a soldier and a steelworker holding a sword together, with the worker facing the vast steel mills that were key suppliers to the Soviet defense effort. (AP Photo/Maxim Shmakov)
May 07, 2020 - 3:28 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Russians this year won't be able to mark Victory Day, the end of World War II in Europe, with the usual elaborate parades because of coronavirus restrictions . But they can turn their eyes to a remarkable array of war monuments. The Soviet Union's suffering and valor in the war has...
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In this photo taken on Tuesday May 5 2020, Marion Nivard, 15, a student at Saint-Louis Middle School in Cabourg, shows a photo of WWII veterans, including Bill Ridgewell, in Varaville, Normandy.As V-E Day approached, Nivard and her classmates in the Normandy region thought of 94-year-old Bill Ridgewell and other vets living in isolation because of the COVID-19 pandemic — just as they were. The teens decided to swap stories with the men about their lives under lockdown. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
May 07, 2020 - 3:11 am
CABOURG, France (AP) — French student Marion Nivard starting writing last year to a World War II veteran in Britain, thanking him for taking part in the Normandy invasion that freed her country from the Nazis. As VE Day approached, Nivard and her classmates in the Normandy region thought of 94-year...
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FILE - In this May 8, 1945 file photo Parisians march through the Arc de Triomphe jubilantly waving flags of the Allied Nations as they celebrate the end of World War II in Europe. Nazi commanders signed their surrender to Allied forces in a French schoolhouse 75 years ago this week, ending World War II in Europe and the Holocaust. (AP Photo, File)
May 06, 2020 - 4:14 am
REIMS, France (AP) — Nazi commanders signed their surrender to Allied forces in a French schoolhouse 75 years ago this week, ending World War II in Europe and the Holocaust. Unlike the mass street celebrations that greeted this momentous news in 1945, surviving veterans are marking V-E Day this...
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In this photo released by Russian Embassy in the DPRK/Russian Foreign Ministry Press Service on Tuesday, May 5, 2020, Russian Ambassador to Democratic People's Republic of Korea Alexander Matsegora, left, and Democratic People's Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Ri Son-gwon, foreground right, both wearing face masks to protect against coronavirus, attend a ceremony of awarding North Korean leader Kim Jong-un with Russia's 75th anniversary Victory medal for his major contribution in commemorating Soviet soldiers, who died in 1945 during Korea's liberation, at the Mansudae Palace of Congress in Pyongyang, North Korea. Russian President Vladimir Putin has awarded Kim Jong Un a commemorative war medal marking the 75th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany. (Russian Embassy in the DPRK/Russian Foreign Ministry Press Service via AP)
May 05, 2020 - 4:38 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has awarded Kim Jong Un a commemorative war medal marking the 75th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany, the Russian embassy in Pyongyang said Tuesday. The medal was awarded to the North Korean leader for his role in preserving the memory of...
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In this Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019 photo, the remains of a Soviet soldier are exhumed, during a search for fallen WWII soldiers near the village of Klessin in Germany. In eastern Germany, today's verdant pastures were killing fields 75 years ago as the Soviet Red Army pushed toward the Nazi capital in the final weeks of World War Two. Volunteers from across Europe comb across the area looking for the remains of the thousands of missing soldiers, working from old maps and aerial photos to identify the trenches, foxholes and strongpoints where they could be buried. They strive to give the dead a proper burial, and wherever possible identify the remains to provide closure for families. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
May 05, 2020 - 3:23 am
KLESSIN, Germany (AP) — Thomas Siepert looks across the verdant grain field, glowing in the sun after a spring thunderstorm, as windmills slowly churn in the distance. Wild boar piglets trundle across the road into town and a hare pops out and dashes away. Yet the serene scene belies the slaughter...
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May 01, 2020 - 5:44 am
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia’s leftist president walked out of a state ceremony in protest Friday after one of the participants wore a T-shirt displaying a salute used during World War II by a pro-Nazi regime in the country. “This is a deliberate provocation," Zoran Milanovic said. “I don't want...
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In this picture taken, April 26, 2020, a family album photograph showing Hannelore Fischer Cruz singing is placed on her piano at the house where she used to live in Braga, northern Portugal. Born amid the ruins of wartime Vienna, Hannelore Fischer was sent as a small child to Portugal where her flamboyant manner and outstanding soprano voice would later help her build a life far from her place of birth. She died of COVID-19 on March 25, 2020, after four days on a ventilator at Braga's hospital. (AP Photo/Luis Vieira)
May 01, 2020 - 1:01 am
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — After Adolf Hitler annexed his native Austria and Allied bombs laid waste to Vienna, Hannelore Cruz traveled to Portugal without her parents as a refugee from hunger, cold and postwar deprivation. She arrived with a group of other children when she was 5 years old. A...
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Holocaust survivors Manya Herman, left, and Eliezer Rabinovich wear masks and gloves as they keep a distance while attending an annual Holocaust memorial ceremony held outside this year because of the coronavirus, in the northern Israeli city of Haifa, Israel, Tuesday, April 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
April 21, 2020 - 4:48 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — With the global coronavirus pandemic ravaging the elderly, Israel’s aging population of Holocaust survivors finds itself on the country’s annual Holocaust Remembrance Day this year much like they were during World War II — alone and in fear of the unknown. Some survivors say the...
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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a video conference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday, April 16, 2020. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
April 16, 2020 - 1:58 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday postponed next month's Victory Day celebrations marking the 75th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II, citing the worsening coronavirus pandemic for putting off the lavish festivities that have dominated the Kremlin's...
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