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Protests in Vienna as far-right ministers enter Austria’s government

Austria becomes only country in western Europe with far-right presence in government, as president swears in coalition led by 31-year-old Sebastian Kurz.

Austria’s president has sworn in a new government amid protests against the far right’s prominent role in the cabinet.

At the weekend, the new chancellor, Sebastian Kurz of the Austrian People’s party, struck a deal with the Freedom party, a nationalist group founded after the second world war by former members of the Nazi party, now headed by Heinz-Christian Strache.

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Polish Holocaust survivor who escaped Auschwitz dies aged 98

Warsaw (AFP) – Polish Holocaust survivor Kazimierz Piechowski, who spectacularly escaped Auschwitz by stealing the car of a Nazi SS officer, died on Friday aged 98, the state Institute for National Remembrance (INR) said.

Piechowski, who became prisoner number 918 when he was deported to the infamous death camp in 1940, escaped two years later with three fellow prisoners in one of the most daring escape efforts of World War II.

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Austrian party suspends member over Nazi salute claim

Official in Styria region accused of having said ‘Heil Hitler’ in council meeting.

A member of Austria’s far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ) was kicked out over allegations that he gave a Nazi salute, less than a week before the country goes to the polls, local media reported.

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Nazi-seized Picasso painting sells for $45 million at auction

One of Picasso’s most famous portraits, “Seated Woman in Blue Dress,” has sold at auction for $45 million. During World War II, the painting was confiscated by the Nazis but rescued from a train by the French Resistance.

A Pablo Picasso oil painting fetched $45 million (40.9 million euros) at a New York auction on Monday night, the Christie’s auction house announced.

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Nazi Enigma machine up for auction

An Enigma machine on display at Bletchley Park. (CC BY SA Flickr/Tim Gage)
An Enigma machine on display at Bletchley Park. (CC BY SA Flickr/Tim Gage)

Rare World War II encoding apparatus to go under the hammer in London, where it is expected to fetch over $100,000

A German World War II-era Enigma machine, used by the Nazis to encrypt their military transmissions during the war, will go up for auction in London next week.

According to a report in the Guardian, the encoding machine — surviving models of which are rare — will be up for offer at Sotheby’s in Mayfair, West London, where it is expected to sell for around £70,000 ($108,000).

The Sotheby’s website described the item as “a rare and exceptionally well-preserved example of the famous German cipher machine.”

The Enigma machine was invented at the end of World War I and used by the German military from the 1930s onward to encrypt messages. With trillions of possible combinations, its codes were considered impregnable.

Benedict Cumberbatch in 'The Imitation Game' as Alan Turing, the man chiefly responsible for cracking the vaunted Enigma code used by the Germans in World War II. (courtesy)

However, following on earlier breakthroughs by Polish intelligence services, in 1939 a British team led by Alan Turing at Bletchley Hall finally managed to break the Enigma machine codes, giving the allies an inestimable advantage over the Nazis.

It is widely believed that cracking the Enigma shortened the war by several years and saved millions of lives.

British mathematician Alan Turing. (screen capture: Youtube/The Telegraph)

The success was one of the most closely guarded secrets of the war and afterwards, as Britain encouraged former colonies that had gained their independence to use the enigma machines for their own military secrets.

Turing and his work were brought to increased public awareness by the 2014 film “The Imitation Game,” which starred Benedict Cumberbatch as the eccentric genius.