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Germany's last Nazi hunter Thomas Walther, interview: 'I was retiring so I decided to do something useful'

Thomas Walther tells Tony Paterson in Lüneburg that it was only when he retired as a lawyer in 2006 that he realised he had to 'do something useful'

The Nazis’ answer to Butlin’s; the seaside apartments at New Prora

New Prora: Luxury flats on a German island with all mod cons... and a past as a Nazi holiday camp

With estate agents waxing lyrical about the “smell of the sea, the scent of pines and  panoramic views of nature” you could almost be forgiven for forgetting the sinister past of  the luxury Baltic seaside apartments at New Prora, which were purpose built for 20,000 members of Adolf Hitler’s Aryan “master race”.

Beate Klarsfeld helped to unmask the former SS officer Klaus Barbie as a Naz

Beate Klarsfeld honoured: Germany's top Nazi hunter awarded Federal Cross of Merit for bringing war criminals to justice

In 1968, she struck West German President Georg Kiesinger across the ear in protest against his work for Adolf Hitler's propaganda machine

Chancellor Angela Merkel, pictured at a news conference yesterday, is said to have known about German co-operation with the NSA

Berlin spy scandal: Angela Merkel takes hit as US revelations escalate

Germany shocked and alarmed while Chancellor faces further political embarrassment

Chancellor Angela Merkel has been drawn into a deepening espionage scandal

Germany espionage scandal: Did it spy on EU allies on behalf of US?

Previously Angela Merkel has vowed to clamp down on US spies after her mobile phone was bugged

Eva Kor, 81, withstood torturous medical experiments at Auchwitz

Oskar Groning trial: Auschwitz survivor recounts being subjected to brutal experiments at the hands of infamous Nazi doctor Josef Mengele

Eva Kor reveals how she and her twin sister were both injected with unknown substances as she gives testimony at trial of guard charged with complicity in Holocaust

A visitor walks past the gates with the 'death wall' behind it in the former Auschwitz concentration camp held by the Nazis in Oswiecim

Oskar Groning: Auschwitz guard, 93, on trial for complicity in murder of 300,000

The frail, white-haired widower has declared he is ready to speak about the horrors of Auschwitz, where he was a guard from 1942 to 1944

Volkswagen backs CEO Martin Winterkorn – but row with chairman Ferdinand Piech rumbles on

Some observers suggested that the statement of confidence in Mr Winterkorn was an unprecedented defeat for Mr Piech

Ferdinand Piech, the chairman, at the Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg, Germany

Why has the Volkswagen boss turned his back on heir apparent?

Ferdinand Piëch, the powerful chair of VW, has fallen out with his chief executive and protégé Martin Winterkorn. Tony Paterson lifts the bonnet and examines what’s going on at the German automobile giant

The fire-damaged roof of the hostel in Tröglitz

Troglitz: The German village standing up to the neo-Nazis' flames of hatred after refugee hostel arson and beheading threats

Tony Paterson reports from the front line of Germany's ideological battle

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