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Questions tagged [world-war-ii]

Questions related to the war fought from 1939 to 1945 between the Axis powers — Germany, Italy, and Japan — and the Allies, including France and Britain, and later the Soviet Union and the United States.

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Does the German President's apology for WWII reflect the prevailing views of the people of Germany?

A recent CNN article says: Germany's President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has asked for Poland's forgiveness 80 years after the start of World War II. "I stand before you, those who have survived, ...
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Kurds in World War 2

I am reading quotes of Trump saying "They didn’t help us in the second world war, they didn’t help us with Normandy" in regards to Kurds. How could an ethnic group spread between multiple different ...
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Why does Russia bother to justify the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact?

According to this Guardian article, Russia is trying to justify the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact which is a very complex matter that was not even recognized until the end of the Soviet Union: Eighty ...
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Poland 80th anniversary of WW2. How many international leaders rejected personal visit?

As known, Poland recently marks 80th anniversary of WW2 start: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ww2-anniversary-poland/poland-marks-80th-anniversary-of-start-of-world-war-two-idUSKCN1VL0TL Also, I'...
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Has Holocaust Remembrance Day been used to commemorate what happened to indigenous peoples?

Some individuals have described what has been done by some countries to some indigenous peoples as genocide. For example, Australia Day parties without the white guilt: The failed sentiment of the ...
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Did most French people change their opinion about who contributed most to the defeat of Nazi Germany?

It seems implausible, but I have found many sources citing this image: If this is true is it unique to France or do other countries follow a similar pattern in change of opinion?
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How are people in Germany educated about crimes of the Wehrmacht?

The AfD gained seats in the parliament, even though the chairman was saying he is proud of Wehrmacht achievements. That raises the question, are people in Germany properly educated about WWII and the ...
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Is Japan still bound by the terms of its surrender in WWII?

After Japan surrendered to Allied forces in 1945, the Potsdam Declaration required Japanese military forces to be disarmed, limited Japanese sovereignty to specific islands, and prohibited Japanese ...
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What legal accountability was available for the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

What legal accountability, if any, was available regarding the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki around that time? Who could request an investigation into the incident? Could people who weren'...
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Was the bombing of Hiroshima/Nagasaki a war crime? [closed]

Was the bombing of Hiroshima/Nagasaki a war crime? The Wikipedia definition of war crime includes intentionally killing civilians and the destruction of civilian property.
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Is Obama the first American president to ever visit Hiroshima?

In most articles about Obama's visit to Hiroshima, they say that the visit is the first to Hiroshima by a sitting U.S. president. This implies that there may have been visits by presidents before or ...
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Why did America only attack Japan with atomic bombs and spare Germany?

Why did America use atomic bombs to end WWII with Japan but not do the same to end the war with Germany?
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What Japanese government members have visited Pearl Harbor?

Japanese Prime Minister has indicated that he doesn't have any plans to visit Pearl Harbor in reciprocation for Obama's visit to Hiroshima. What Japanese government members have visited Pearl Harbor? ...
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Are Japan's neighbours opposed to a US apology for Hiroshima?

In the discussion about the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, I've heard about opinion within the United States, and opinion within Japan, such as the the Pew Research Center's article 70 ...
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Why is Obama visiting Hiroshima?

Obama will be visiting Hiroshima. He has said that he isn't going to be apologising, and it seems unlikely that he'll be there to praise the fruits of a government scientific/technological project ...
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What do Americans nowadays think about WWII internment?

I'm aware that the federal US government apologised to and compensated Japanese-Americans who were interned or their descendants, and that there's a play currently in broadway about internment. On ...
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Why did western allies oppose Japan while fighting the Axis in Europe?

Several western Allied governments placed embargoes on Japan in response to its actions in China. I assume, though I'm not certain, that it contributed to Japan's decision to declare war against the ...
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Have Japan and Russia technically been at war since World War II?

I just learned that Japan and Russia never formally signed a peace treaty after WWII, and according to Wiki As of 2015 matters remain unresolved Does that mean that Japan and Russia are still ...
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Why is Japan more revisionist about its World War II era actions than Germany?

Germany and Japan both committed horrific crimes against humanity in the lead up to, and during world war II. Both countries are now more or less democracies. Yet the two countries seem to have dealt ...