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23 World War II facts – Crimes against humanity

world war II facts 1SS used to open a bank account to deposit money and gold taken from concentration camp inmates under the name Max Heiliger.  Tweet This


2Denying or apologising the Holocaust is outlawed in many countries; in some others, however, the official state policy is to dismiss it as a hoax. Tweet This



3Bulgaria was part of the Axis Powers yet did not allow deportation of Jews, gypsies and other minorities to camps. Tweet This



world war II facts 4Remnants of Croatian troops marched into Austria, willing to surrender to the British. British refused, sending them back to the Yugoslavian partisans, who killed them all (Bleiburg repatriations). Tweet This


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5Jehovah’s Witnesses were also persecuted and sent to German concentration camps. Tweet This


G6erman U-Boat torpedoed British ship and then started rescuing the survivors. Equipped with red cross and sending open radio signals to Allies, it had its deck packed with people when U.S. bomber deliberately attacked, killing many of them. Bomber’s crew was then awarded medals for bravery (Laconia incident). Tweet This


7In 1940, Red Army executed over 20,000 Polish officers, events better known as the Katyn massacre. Tweet This


8The Holodomor or “Extermination by hunger” policy of USSR led to the death of several million Ukrainians in 1933-34. Tweet This


world war II facts 9Japanese Army forced women to prostitute, keeping them in sexual slavery.  The used term was “comfort women”. Tweet This


10Japanese Army killed and raped tens of thousands of civilians in Nanking, China. It remained in the history as Nanking Massacre or Nanking Rape. Tweet This


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11Allied bombardments of German cities led to high dead toll amongst civilians. In just one night, over 90% of Dresden population was wiped out – more than 125,000 civilians. Tweet This



12More than one million German and Austrian women and girls were raped during Russian occupation. Tweet This


13Many rape-murders are ascribed to U.S. occupation troops stationed for many years in Okinawa, Japan. Tweet This


14More American citizens were kept in camps on American land from U.S. government, than there were U.S. prisoners of war (PoW) in Japanese camps. Tweet This


world war II facts 15U.S. dropped both A-bombs over civil population in Japan more as a declaration to the world it’s an undisputed superpower, rather than from military necessity. Tweet This


16In U.S. military bases, white PoWs were better treated than coloured U.S. soldiers. Tweet This


17Both U.S. and German troops shot unarmed PoWs in early 1945 in Bastogne and  Malmedy massacres respectively.  Tweet This


18Auschwitz Concentration Camp was the only place where inmates received identification number tattoos. Tweet This


19Almost 600,000 Jews served in the United States armed forces. Tweet This


20Prisoners of war in Russian camps suffered from almost 90% mortality rate. Tweet This


21Last German PoWs returned home in 1955. Tweet This


22Most soldiers in the Waffen SS were not German. Tweet This


23Staff of Unit 731 (Japanese testing biological agents on prisoners) was granted immunity by U.S. in exchange for information for America’s own biological warfare program. Tweet This

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