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The mass murder of Polish intellectuals — and the German Nazis who got away with it | Europe| News and current affairs from around the continent | DW

Maria chose the warmest sweater, the one with a zipper and collar. She was afraid that Wladyslaw would get cold, as the autumn temperatures in Poland were dropping. She approached the Bydgoszcz barrack fence on Danziger Street, which the Germans had renamed Adolf Hitler Street. She gave her husband the clothes, they exchanged a few words.

How can Germany better protect its synagogues? | Germany| News and in-depth reporting from Berlin and beyond | DW

Splinters protrude from the heavy wooden door of the synagogue in Halle. The lock is peppered with bullet holes — but the door did not open. If it had given way, the assailant could have carried out a massacre. Behind the door, some 80 people were gathered for Yom Kippur, the most important holiday of the

In Germany, memorials for Nazi terror victims vandalized | News | DW

Multiple memorial sites for victims of the National Socialist Underground (NSU) have been desecrated — some more than once, Germany’s Welt am Sonntag newspaper reported on Sunday. The right-wing NSU terror cell killed nine people with immigrant backgrounds and a policewoman between 2000 and 2007. The group’s three members evaded police for years, hiding out in the eastern

Germany calls for Facebook to nix encryption plans | News | DW

Germany joined the US, UK, and Australia on Saturday in calling on Facebook to rethink its plans to introduce new encryption for its main platform as well as chat services Messenger and WhatsApp. Facebook had announced in March that it intends to roll out end-to-end encryption for all its services. In a statement, the German

Germany: Halle suspect confesses to Yom Kippur shooting | News | DW

A 27-year-old suspect has confessed to the attack at the synagogue in Halle ​​​​​​that left two dead, Germany’s Federal Prosecutor’s Office said on Friday. During a lengthy meeting with German investigators on Thursday, Stephan B. spoke “very extensively” and admitted that anti-Semitic and right-wing extremist beliefs motivated him to commit the attack, a spokesperson for the Federal Prosecutor’s Office said.

German synagogue attacker′s online extremist circles revealed | Germany| News and in-depth reporting from Berlin and beyond | DW

On Thursday morning, less than 24 hours since the attack on a synagogue in Halle, Germany, a young man sits in front of a computer screen, taking part in a live chat. He is a gamer and hosts his own channel on Twitch, the streaming platform used by synagogue attacker Stephan B. to live-stream his killing spree on the internet

Germany charges Iraqi man with genocide for killing Yazidi child | News | DW

Greek authorities extradited an Iraqi man to Germany where he now faces charges of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and human trafficking, German prosecutors said on Friday. German officials identified the suspected “Islamic State” (IS) militant as Taha A.-J., in accordance with the country’s privacy laws. Prosecutors say the suspect joined the militia in 2013.

Germany: Endangered turtle dove is 2020 bird of the year | News | DW

The European turtle dove’s populations in Germany have declined by more than 90% since 1980, according to NABU, which has named the migratory species the 2020 bird of the year. “Our smallest dove can barely survive due to loss of habitat. In addition, both legal and illegal hunting are threatening the species,” NABU’s Heinz Kowalski

Opinion: The world must wake up to the horror of anti-Semitism | Opinion | DW

When news broke of the thwarted attack on a synagogue in Germany yesterday, I was reminded of the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice anywhere … Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” Similarly, anti-Semitism anywhere is a threat to religious freedoms everywhere. But its startling resurgence has largely

Germany: Asylum-seeker who killed Kandel teen found dead in prison cell | News | DW

Abdul D., an Afghan asylum-seeker convicted of stabbing his 15-year-old ex-girlfriend to death, was found dead at a juvenile prison in the western state of Rhineland-Palatinate, police and prosecutors said on Thursday. Authorities said in a statement that Abdul D.’s body was found in his cell and that he had died from an apparent hanging. They

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