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Dozens of volunteers from across western Illinois spent their holiday weekend scrubbing swastikas from more than 200 headstones across the Sunset Hill Memorial Estates Cemetery in  Glen Carbon, Illinois, ahead of the community's annual celebration of fallen service members, the New York Times reports.

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On April 22, 1945, a victorious U.S. Army destroyed one of the greatest symbols  of Germany’s Nazi regime: a giant marble swastika that overlooked the Zeppelintribüne, Adolf Hitler’s most powerful pulpit, at the heart of the Nazi party rally grounds.

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