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  • U.S. falters on Auschwitz funds

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 3, 2014 | 3:23 pm

    Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Nazi death camp where 1.1 million Jews and other victims were murdered, was not built to last forever. But that’s exactly what the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation is charged with making happen, and the foundation is hoping to collect some $160 million from a...

  • U.S. Holocaust museum returns barracks to Auschwitz

    December 30, 2013 | 10:51 am

    The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum has returned a section of wooden barracks that was given on long-term loan by the Auschwitz museum 24 years ago.

    The barracks — half of a wooden building in which Jewish prisoners slept while imprisoned in the death camp — arrived at Poland’s...

  • Congressman pledges to end delay to U.S. gift for Auschwitz-Birkenau preservation

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    December 23, 2013 | 10:35 am

    Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Nazi death camp where 1.1 million Jews and other victims were murdered, was not built to last forever. But that’s exactly what the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation is charged with doing, and it is collecting $160 million from a group of 28 countries to make...

  • Survivor: Lidia Budgor

    By Jane Ulman

    June 13, 2013 | 11:22 am

    The cattle car pulled up to the Auschwitz platform. As the doors opened, German soldiers with guns and barking dogs began pushing out the more than 100 Jews arriving from the Lodz Ghetto. “Raus, raus,” they shouted, “Out, out.” Lidia Budgor — then Lola Gryngras — fell and cut her...

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  • Moving speeches mark March of the Living

    April 10, 2013 | 1:34 pm

    Spring came exceptionally late to southern Poland this year, the patches of snow along the railway track into the former Birkenau concentration camp a reminder that winter had begun to loosen its grip just two days earlier. Yet that didn’t stop some 11,000 people marching the 3...

  • Australian businessman and survivor Frank Lowy addresses March of the Living

    April 10, 2013 | 5:29 am

    Australian-based Holocaust survivor Frank Lowy delivered the keynote address at the March of the Living ceremony at Auschwitz-Birkenau on Yom Hashoah.

    The program also marked the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising.

    Lowy, who survived the war on the run from his...

  • A Turkish Muslim perspective on Yom HaShoah

    April 8, 2013 | 5:58 am

    When people of reason and conscience look back on the subject of Shoah (otherwise known as the Holocaust) today, it is common to hear questions like: "How could a nation of philosophers, composers of classical music, technology, poets, in this seat of the Enlightenment itself,...

  • Justin Bieber’s guitarist visits Auschwitz-Birkenau with March of the Living

    By Ryan Torok

    March 29, 2013 | 11:50 am

    Dan Kanter, Justin Bieber’s musical director and guitarist, visited Auschwitz-Birkenau on March 25, during Bieber’s 2013 “European Believe Tour” stop in Poland.

    International March of the Living—an annual educational program that brings students from all over world to Poland in...

  • Thessaloniki Jews to mark 70th anniversary of Nazi deportations

    March 14, 2013 | 8:18 am

    The Jewish community of Thessaloniki in northern Greece will hold a series of events commemorating the 70th anniversary of the first deportations of the city’s Jews to Auschwitz.

    On March 15, 1943, the Nazis sent the first convoy of some 4,000 Jews from Thessaloniki to the...

  • ‘Rescue during the Holocaust’: Honoring courage to resist

    January 23, 2013 | 4:33 pm

    You would not suspect anything out of the ordinary was happening  as the silver-haired interviewee describes his day at the office. But Per Anger and his colleagues in Budapest, Hungary, were on a mission. His self-effacing modesty veils the significance of his role in attempting...

  • Antwerp mayor announces new monument naming city’s Shoah victims

    August 16, 2012 | 10:29 am

    The mayor of Antwerp announced plans to build a monument to commemorate every Antwerp Jew murdered in the Holocaust.

    “It is unacceptable that unlike other European cities, the municipality of Antwerp has never erected a single monument in memory of the history” of the Holocaust,...

  • Mahmoud Abbas adviser visits Auschwitz

    July 27, 2012 | 11:35 am

    An adviser to Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas visited Auschwitz on Friday.

    Ziad al-Bandak, a Christian who advises Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Christian affairs, visited prisoner blocs, gas chambers and a crematorium in the Auschwitz-Birkenau complex in...

  • ‘Incident at Vichy’ probes moral questions of ongoing relevance

    By  Tom Tugend

    July 25, 2012 | 11:26 am

    In 1964, the New York Herald Tribune asked playwright Arthur Miller to cover the war crimes trial in Germany of the Nazi officials who ran the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp.

    While listening to the testimony of man’s inhumanity to man, Miller started writing “Incident at Vichy,” and...

  • Welcome to Erev Rav

    By Robin Podolsky

    June 15, 2012 | 3:35 pm

    Yes, this blog is named for an old yeshivish groaner.  We first read about the erev rav in the Torah (Exodus 12:38) “And also a mixed multitude (Erev Rav) went up with them…” We learn that a group of people, most of them Israelites, were liberated from slavery and became one people...

  • Survivor: Miriam Rothstein

    By Jane Ulman

    March 29, 2012 | 5:42 pm

    “I don’t know where I am.” After three days and nights in a cramped cattle car, Miriam Rothstein — neé Farkas — was thrust onto the Auschwitz-Birkenau platform. Her sister Margaret and Margaret’s three children were sent to one side,  her brother Baruch to another. Where...

  • Opinion: When the world was upside down

    January 25, 2012 | 3:13 pm

    To mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day, on Jan. 27, Mark Rothman was invited by the Krakow Medical Society at Jagiellonian University Medical College in Krakow, Poland, together with the university’s Centre for Holocaust Studies,  and Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum to...

  • Britain giving $3.4 million to Auschwitz site preservation

    May 26, 2011 | 10:53 am

    Britain will contribute about $3.4 million to help preserve the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp memorial.

    The donation to the foundation for the preservation of the former death camp site will be used for restoration and preservation.

    “I am determined that the government should...

  • Trouble Mars Pope’s Trip to Auschwitz

    By Dinah Spritzer

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Eleven years ago, at ceremonies marking the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, misunderstandings between Poles and Jews ran so deep that even a rabbi's desire to say the Mourner's Kaddish reportedly disturbed some Polish politicians.

    In fact, there were so...

  • Ceremonies to Mark Auschwitz Liberation

    By Carolyn Slutsky

    January 20, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Each year, the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau by Soviet forces is marked on Jan. 27, but this year, the 60th anniversary has given Poland, site of the most infamous Nazi death camps, a special opportunity for remembrance and reflection.

    The anniversary ceremonies, which will be...

  • Anne Frank: A Stepsister’s Story

    By Ori Golan

    June 10, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday, June 12, marks Anne Frank's 75th birthday, and Eva Geiringer, who posthumously became her stepsister, reflects on the young Dutch girl and their Holocaust experiences.

    Eva Geiringer was 9 years old when her childhood came to an abrupt end. "I had had a very safe,...

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