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  • A collective effort to remember the first woman rabbi on her yahrzeit

    By Rabbi Laura Geller

    2 weeks ago

    This summer, we had a wonderful congregational riverboat cruise along the Danube, exploring the Jewish dimensions of Europe, and the roles Jews played throughout the centuries in what is now Hungary, Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic. In almost every town, even when there...

  • 91-year-old woman charged as accessory to murder for SS work at Auschwitz

    3 weeks ago

    A 91-year-old woman alleged to have been a Nazi SS member working in Auschwitz has been charged with 260,000 counts of accessory to murder.

    German prosecutors said Monday that the woman, whose name was not disclosed, is accused of serving as a radio operator for the notorious...

  • Plummer plays Auschwitz survivor in Venice film ‘Remember’

    September 10, 2015 | 10:53 am

    Christopher Plummer plays an Auschwitz survivor searching for a former camp guard in a film that explores the themes of memory and undying anger.

    In Canadian director Atom Egoyan's "Remember", competing for the top prize at the Venice Film Festival, Plummer, 85, plays Zev, a...

  • ‘Labyrinth of Lies’: One man’s hunt for forgotten Nazis

    By Tom Tugend

    September 8, 2015 | 1:13 pm

    When the film “Labyrinth of Lies” opens, the year is 1958, Germany is rising from the ruins of the Nazi Reich, and its people are largely in a state of forgetfulness and denial about the recent past.

    Millions of Jews exterminated in SS concentration camps? That’s Greuelpropaganda...

  • Renee Firestone: From Auschwitz to LACMA

    By Julie Bien

    September 3, 2015 | 9:05 am

    Former fashion designer Renee Firestone will never forget how devastated she was when she walked into her Washington Boulevard shop one morning in 1961, just three days before her first fashion show in Los Angeles.

    The night before, she recalled, “We had just finished the line. I...

  • In defense of Natalie Portman

    September 2, 2015 | 12:09 pm

    Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman is taking a pretty good beating in the Jewish community for her remarks on the Holocaust during a recent interview with a British newspaper, The Independent, to promote her directorial debut, “A Tale of Love and Darkness.”  Her sin? She...

  • Matisyahu performs outside Auschwitz following Spain appearance

    August 27, 2015 | 10:40 am

    Three days after a performing at a reggae festival in Spain that had previously disinvited him, Matisyahu brought his music to a synagogue near the gates of Auschwitz.

    The Jewish-American singer gave an intimate acoustic concert Tuesday night in the tiny Chevra Lomdei Mishnayot...

  • Natalie Portman says Jewish community is too focused on the Holocaust

    August 24, 2015 | 10:36 am

    Natalie Portman has more ties to the Holocaust than some of her fans might realize. Portman’s great-grandparents were killed in Auschwitz and the Jewish actress played Anne Frank in a 1997 Broadway adaptation of “The Diary of Anne Frank.” Her latest project, a Hebrew-language...

  • When a Dutch Jewish woman taught SS officers how to dance

    August 17, 2015 | 3:18 pm

    Even before Nazi racial laws turned her into a wanted person in her native Netherlands, Roosje Glaser had limited patience for rules.

    A lighthearted and sometimes frivolous Jewish dance instructor who loved jazz music and the company of handsome men, Glaser ignored the 1940 Nazi...

  • On Greek isle of Rhodes, Jews return to celebrate ancient community all but wiped out

    August 17, 2015 | 2:24 pm

    Each summer, tens of thousands of tourists descend on Rhodes, Greece’s easternmost island. They are drawn by the sandy beaches, the turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea, the casino resorts and the prospect of exploring the medieval walled old city that was built by Crusader knights....

  • Geneva is not Munich, and President Obama is not Neville Chamberlain

    By Michael Berenbaum

    July 22, 2015 | 3:28 pm

    If I could wave a magic wand, I would ask the Jewish community to stop using Holocaust analogies. They simply don’t work. We are different and the world is different.

    Permit me a simple example. No one disputes that Israel has second-strike capacity and that anyone who...

  • Schindler’s List producer presents his Oscar to Yad Vashem memorial

    July 22, 2015 | 9:03 am

    Auschwitz survivor Branko Lustig, one of the producers of "Schindler's List," presented his Academy Award to Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial on Wednesday, saying it had found its rightful resting place.

    Lustig, 83 from Croatia, worked with director Steven Spielberg on the...

  • German court cancels trial for Auschwitz medic, 94

    June 23, 2015 | 10:33 am

    A German court will not put on trial a 94-year-old man who was charged as an accomplice in thousands of murders at Auschwitz, saying he was mentally unfit to stand trial.

    The district court of Neubrandenburg on Monday announced the decision in the case of Hubert Z., a medic at...

  • Father’s Day: Sending love from the bimah

    By Ellie Kahn

    June 17, 2015 | 3:31 pm

    Australian-born Janine Lowy is the mother of three daughters and one son. Her father, Chazzan Andre Winkler, was born in Hungary in 1923, and his father, Chazzan Pinchas Winkler, was a protégé of the famous Cantor Yossele Rosenblatt. Andre’s parents, three sisters and their...

  • Jeb Bush tours Auschwitz

    June 12, 2015 | 1:32 pm

    Jeb Bush made an unannounced visit to Auschwitz during a European tour.

    The former Florida governor, who is visiting Germany, Poland and Estonia ahead of his expected formal announcement next week of his run for the Republican presidential nomination, visited the former Nazi concentration camp on Wednesday, Bloomberg News reported.

    Bush, who toured the site with his wife, Columba, did not announce the visit so reporters would not accompany them, “out of respect for the site and those affected,” Bloomberg reported.

  • Auschwitz bookkeeper admits ‘moral guilt’ at Holocaust trial

    April 21, 2015 | 8:49 am

    A 93-year-old former bookkeeper at Auschwitz who is accused of being an accessory to mass murder told a German court that he felt morally guilty for his work at the Nazi death camp, describing in detail the grisly killings he had witnessed there.

    Oskar Groening, in what could be...

  • Two survivors speak out on the anniversaries of the Armenian Genocide and the liberation of Auschwitz

    April 17, 2015 | 12:02 pm

    This article is being jointly run with Asbarez — a publication serving the Armenian-American community.


    This year marks the passage of two major anniversaries that reveal man’s unbelievable capacity for cruelty and evil. It has been 100 years since the outbreak of the...

  • Survivor: Guta Peck

    By Jane Ulman

    March 18, 2015 | 12:30 pm

    Guta Peck nee Kasz was sitting on the sole latrine inside her Auschwitz barracks one evening in early September 1944, when a drunken SS soldier picked her up. He carried her the length of the overcrowded building — “You become like a stone; there’s no way out,” she recalled — to...

  • Auschwitz’s volunteer prisoner

    By Avishay Artsy

    February 25, 2015 | 11:34 am

    The long-lost story of Capt. Witold Pilecki and his heroic actions during World War II is finally coming to light. Pilecki, a Polish army officer, volunteered to enter Auschwitz as a prisoner to gather information about life inside the concentration camp. He wrote the first...

  • LAMOTH remembers 70th anniversary of liberation of Auschwitz

    By Ryan Torok

    January 28, 2015 | 5:45 pm

    It’s been 70 years since the liberation of Auschwitz, but it’s essential to remember that the horrors of anti-Semitism live on, according to Consul General of Israel in Los Angeles David Siegel.

    “This is not ancient history; it is right now,” Siegel said during a Jan. 27 speech....

  • Survivors return to Auschwitz determined to share their stories

    January 27, 2015 | 1:25 pm

    What kept you alive? Did your non-Jewish friends reject you? Could you ever forgive?

    Those were some of the questions posed by Jewish young adults to Holocaust survivor Marcel Tuchman on Monday at the Galicia Jewish Museum here.

    “What kept me alive was having my father with...

  • EU official: Tensions with Russia must not muddle Holocaust record

    January 27, 2015 | 9:19 am

    Political tensions with Russia must not be allowed to obfuscate the historical record on the Holocaust, a senior European Union official said.

    Frans Timmermans, the first vice president of the European Commission — the EU’s executive branch — made the plea Monday at an event in...

  • World leaders join last survivors in recalling Auschwitz

    January 27, 2015 | 9:17 am

    World leaders joined around 300 Auschwitz survivors at the site of the former Nazi death camp on Tuesday to mark 70 years since its liberation by Soviet troops, an anniversary held in the shadow of war in Ukraine and a rise in anti-Semitism in Europe.

    Tuesday's gathering in...

  • Auschwitz survivors urge a troubled Europe not to forget

    January 27, 2015 | 9:12 am

    Auschwitz's last survivors urged the world not to forget the horror of the Holocaust 70 years after the Nazi death camp was liberated in the final throes of World War Two, an anniversary that finds Europe again confronted by intolerance.

    European Jews warn of a growing...

  • Lauder, Spielberg warn of rising anti-Semitism

    January 27, 2015 | 9:08 am

    European leaders must do more to combat rising anti-Semitism on their home turf, Jewish leaders urged on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

    Governments must adopt a “zero tolerance” policy toward preachers of hate and importers of jihad, World Jewish...

  • Politics, Putin cast shadow over Auschwitz liberation anniversary

    January 27, 2015 | 8:55 am

    When they announced the ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, Polish officials insisted that at this year’s event, “the eyes of the world will be focused” on about 300 Holocaust survivors whose presence Tuesday at the former Nazi death camp near...

  • Orban acknowledges some Hungarians ‘chose evil over good’ in Holocaust

    January 26, 2015 | 10:53 am

    Prime Minister Viktor Orban overcame unease within his government to acknowledge Hungary's role in the Holocaust on Monday, saying many people in the central European country acted "shamefully" in World War II.

    Speaking at a memorial for Jewish soldiers who died defending...

  • Survivor: Joseph Alexander

    By Jane Ulman

    December 3, 2014 | 11:02 am

    Half the people in the cattle car were already dead when the train pulled in after midnight to the station in the Polish city of Oswiecim (Auschwitz). It was February or March of 1943, and 20-year-old Joseph Alexander — known then as Idel Aleksander — stepped over the bodies as...

  • Auschwitz guard, now 93, charged with 300,000 counts of accessory to murder

    September 15, 2014 | 2:03 pm

    German prosecutors have charged a 93-year-old man with 300,000 counts of accessory to murder for his service as a Nazi SS guard at Auschwitz.

    Oskar Groening of Hannover, Germany, has acknowledged that he was a guard at Auschwitz but said he did not personally commit any of the...

  • Reflections on Sept. 1, 1939

    August 27, 2014 | 11:32 am

    Sept. 1, 2014, commemorates the 75th anniversary of the invasion of Poland. On that day in 1939, Germany launched the invasion of Poland, marking the beginning of hostilities in World War II.  Sixty million people died in the conflict over the next six years, including 6 million...

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