Looking back: Remembering World War II
We offer a selection of stories marking the 70th anniversary of the start of World War II.
But while the ceremony underlined how Europe has been able to heal its divisions in the intervening years, old wounds were clear to see with fresh disputes over its historical legacy.
The bitter accusations reopened wounds on the very day Prime Minister Vladimir Putin attended ceremonies in Poland to mark the outbreak of the war 70 years ago amid continued tensions with Warsaw over the history of the conflict.
The Polish head of state also said the 1938 Munich Agreement between France, Britain and Nazi leader Adolf Hitler had the effect of "violating the integrity of Czechoslovakia."
The postmen were among the first victims of a six-year conflict that was to claim 50 million lives.
The train will trace its 1939 route via Germany and the Netherlands to London where it will be met by Nicholas Winton, now aged 100, the man who organised the children's safe passage out of Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia.
The thunder of the Schleswig-Holstein's guns in Danzig (modern-day Gdansk) was the trigger for six years of global warfare whose controversies rage to this day.
There was a real-life squadron of Jewish soldiers who hunted down SS officers in Austria immediately after the war in an operation called "Nakam."
Bespectacled and frail, she says if she had her way, she would still be covering the world's news hotspots.
The "Wolfsschanze" (Wolf's Lair), the Nazi German dictator's command post for much of the war, has long been a major draw for history buffs.
That has become a stock image: hapless, quixotic Poles facing the all-powerful invaders at the outbreak of World War II.
Until the end of World War II in 1945, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and his closest aides and ministers plotted the downfall of Nazi Germany in the labyrinth basement of what is now the Treasury.
In what is claimed to be a world first, the records also recount gruesome details of life for Allied soldiers held in Germany, Austria and Poland in World War II, including being forced to extract gold from dead Jews' bodies.
The museum hopes the exhibition will resonate with the British public, now consumed with the mounting death toll of the war in Afghanistan, which hit 200 last week.
The project aims to bring to light the names of victims were never registered, as well as to gather death records dispersed across Poland, Germany, Ukraine and Israel in one place accessible to all.
Minesweeping operations in Estonian waters have been organised since 1994 with nearly 600 mines being found, while the estimated number of all unexploded mines in the Baltic Sea is around 80,000, most dating from WWII.
A day ahead of his visit to Poland to mark the outbreak of World War II, Putin described the 1939 Nazi-Soviet pact as "immoral," in stark contrast to the praise heaped on the agreement by some Russian figures in the last weeks.