The young Holocaust survivor interviewed by the BBC in 1945

Shortly after the liberation of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in April 1945, 15-year-old Hetty Verolme spoke to the BBC’s Patrick Gordon Walker. The Dutch teenager had been a prisoner with her two brothers for over a year. More than 70 years after the liberation, Hetty returns to the site of the former Nazi concentration camp. […]

‘Act of God’ threatens Irish church

Image copyright Diocese of Derry and Raphoe Image caption Built in 1828, Donegal Parish Church is one of the town’s oldest buildings More than €150,000 (£131,000) is needed to repair the spire of a County Donegal church that was badly damaged by a Christmas Day lightning strike two years ago. A fundraising appeal has been […]

Hans Asperger ‘collaborated with Nazis’ in WWII

Image copyright TOPFOTO Image caption Asperger’s syndrome was first identified by Prof Asperger in 1944 Newly uncovered documents suggest Hans Asperger, the paediatrician whose name describes a form of autism, was actively involved in the Nazi regime’s euthanasia programme in Austria. The evidence comes from previously unexamined Nazi-era documents and patient records. They suggest Dr […]

German police investigate anti-Semitic attack in Berlin

Media captionFootage shows the attack in the Prenzlauer Berg area of Berlin German police are investigating an assault on two young men in Berlin, in which the attacker was filmed shouting anti-Semitic abuse. The men say they were harassed in the Prenzlauer Berg area on Monday while wearing Jewish skullcaps (kippahs). A video of the […]

Belgium firms prosecuted over exporting Sarin precursor to Syria

Image copyright AFP Image caption There are claims Sarin has been used in a number of recent attacks in Syria, but the country’s stockpiles of the nerve agent are supposed to have been destroyed Three Belgian companies are to be prosecuted for exporting chemicals that could be used in the production of the deadly nerve […]

German mass raids target forced prostitution gang

Image copyright Reuters More than 100 people have been detained across Germany in raids against an organised crime gang involved in people trafficking and forced prostitution. Germans and Thais were among those held as police commandos targeted dozens of brothels and flats in 12 states. Women and transsexual victims were smuggled in on fake visas, […]

Iceland’s Bitcoin heist suspect ‘flees on PM’s plane’

Image copyright Iceland police Image caption Sindri Thor Stefansson was arrested in February A man suspected of masterminding the theft of 600 computers that were being used to attack virtual currencies has escaped custody in Iceland, police say. Sindri Thor Stefansson escaped the low-security prison through a window and fled to Sweden on a passenger […]

France’s Macron urges EU to shun nationalism

Media caption“I don’t want to belong to a generation of sleepwalkers” French President Emmanuel Macron has warned that “there seems to be a European civil war” between liberal democracy and rising authoritarianism. He urged the EU to renew its commitment to democracy, in a passionate speech to the European Parliament in Strasbourg. “I don’t want […]

Armenia parliament swears in new PM despite protests

Media captionArmenians protested again on Tuesday, a day after clashes with riot police Armenia’s National Assembly has sworn in a new prime minister after days of protests against him. Demonstrators object to the former president, Serzh Sargsyan, becoming the new premier. Opposition MP Nikol Pashinyan said the protests constitute a “non-violent velvet revolution”. “We must […]

France’s Macron: EU in ‘civil war’ over democracy

Media caption“I don’t want to belong to a generation of sleepwalkers” French President Emmanuel Macron has warned that “there seems to be a European civil war” between liberal democracy and rising authoritarianism. He urged the EU to renew its commitment to democracy, in a passionate speech to the European Parliament in Strasbourg. “I don’t want […]