June 1, 1942 – News of death camp killings becomes public for first time

June 1, 1942 – News of death camp killings becomes public for first time

On this day in 1942, a Warsaw underground newspaper, the Liberty Brigade, makes public the news of the gassing of tens of thousands of Jews at Chelmno, a death camp in Poland-almost seven months after extermination of prisoners began.

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May 29, 1942 – Jews in Paris are forced to sew a yellow star on their coats

May 29, 1942 – Jews in Paris are forced to sew a yellow star on their coats

On this day in 1942, on the advice of Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, Adolf Hitler orders all Jews in occupied Paris to wear an identifying yellow star on the left side of their coats.

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May 10, 1941 – Hess lands in Scotland

May 10, 1941 – Hess lands in Scotland

On May 10, 1941, Rudolf Hess, deputy leader of Nazi Germany, flies a small plane to Scotland and parachutes to the ground in a bizarre attempt to negotiate a peace settlement with Britain.

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April 26, 1894 – Rudolf Hess is born

April 26, 1894 – Rudolf Hess is born

Rudolf Hess, Nazi party secretary and deputy to Adolf Hitler who caused an international sensation when he parachuted into Scotland in an attempt to negotiate a truce between Britain and Germany, is born on this day in Alexandria, Egypt.

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