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California apologizes for Japanese American internment

By CUNEYT DIL | February 20, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Assembly apologized Thursday for discriminating against Japanese Americans and helping the U.S. government send them to internment camps during World War II.The Assembly unanimously passed the resolution as several...

USS Arizona crew member, Pearl Harbor survivor dies age 97

February 16, 2020

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — One of the remaining USS Arizona crew members who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor has died.Donald Stratton passed away at his Colorado Springs home in his sleep Saturday with his family in attendance.The 97-year-old...

California to apologize for internment of Japanese Americans

By CUNEYT DIL | February 16, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Les Ouchida was born an American just outside California's capital city, but his citizenship mattered little after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor and the United States declared war. Based solely on their Japanese ancestry, the 5-year-old...

German president marks Dresden bombing, warns of rising hate

By FRANK JORDANS | February 13, 2020

DRESDEN, Germany (AP) — Germany's president called Thursday for his countrymen to stand up to extremism and nationalism, warning that hatred and a desire for authoritarianism are on the rise again in Europe, including in his country.Speaking at a ceremony...

Russian WWII intelligence veteran Botyan dies at 103

February 13, 2020

Alexei Botyan, a veteran of Soviet intelligence hailed for saving the Polish city of Krakow from being blown up by the Nazis during World War II, has died at 103.Russian President Vladimir Putin hailed Botyan as a “legendary intelligence officer”...

In blessing annexation, Trump erodes an international norm

By TAMER FAKAHANY | February 4, 2020

Annexation, at its heart, is a byproduct of conflict. Almost never is it an act of peace, though it has been cast that way at times throughout human history.Certainly not under international law, which describes it as the forcible acquisition of territory...

Israel’s Holocaust museum apologizes for inaccurate videos

February 3, 2020

JERUSALEM (AP) — Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust memorial, issued an apology Monday for videos presented during a ceremony attended by world leaders last month, saying they included “a number of inaccuracies.”Dan Michman, head of Yad Vashem's International...

The mission for 100-year-old veterans: Super Bowl coin flip

By TIM DAHLBERG | January 31, 2020

MIAMI (AP) — Charles McGee flew 136 combat missions in World War II as part of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, attacking targets in Italy and supporting the rescue of 1,000 prisoners of war in Romania. He went on to become a colonel and fly in wars in Korea...

Battle of Britain fighter pilot Paul Farnes dies at 101

January 30, 2020

LONDON (AP) — Paul Farnes, one of the last remaining Battle of Britain fighter pilots who helped protect the U.K. during World War II, has died. He was 101.Farnes, who was a wing commander during the war, died at his home Tuesday, the Battle of Britain...

Auschwitz survivor inspires many, but others find fault

By VANESSA GERA | January 29, 2020

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — An Auschwitz survivor's warning about indifference to discrimination is reverberating strongly in his native Poland, with some people praising the 93-year-old's World War II anniversary speech as wise but others criticizing it...

Auschwitz survivors warn of rising anti-Semitism 75 years on

By VANESSA GERA | January 27, 2020

OSWIECIM, Poland (AP) — Survivors of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp prayed and wept as they marked the 75th anniversary of its liberation, returning Monday to the place where they lost entire families and warning about the ominous growth of anti-Semitism...

Survivor in Slovenia turns 100 on Holocaust Remembrance Day

By ALI ZERDIN | January 26, 2020

RAKEK, Slovenia (AP) — For Marija Frlan it's as symbolic as it can get: A survivor of a Nazi concentration camp during World War II, the Slovenian woman turns 100 years old on Monday, the international Holocaust Remembrance Day.Frlan, who was held at...