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  • Survivor: Henry Oster

    By Jane Ulman

    1 week ago

    Achtung,” a German officer shouted. “Attention.” Fifteen-year-old Henry Oster, then called Heinz, lined up with his mother in a Lodz ghetto courtyard on a mid-August day in 1944. He and the others gathered there had been instructed to report for special permits to help harvest the...

  • SCI-Arc exhibit reconsiders a future for Auschwitz

    By Avishay Artsy

    November 5, 2014 | 11:29 am

    The word Auschwitz connotes more than just the concentration camp in Poland that carries the name. It’s shorthand for the horrors of the Holocaust and evidence of man’s capacity for extreme inhumanity to man.

    And perhaps because the place is such a symbol, nearly 70 years after...

  • Survivor: Stella Esformes

    By Jane Ulman

    September 23, 2014 | 9:49 am

    It was 1944, and Stella Esformes — then Sterina Haleoua — was looking forward to watching the national Independence Day parade in Larissa, Greece. She had even purchased a new pair of beige and brown shoes for the occasion. But the day before the event, in the early morning of...

  • Palestinian students say Auschwitz trip was ‘for educational purposes only’

    April 28, 2014 | 1:11 pm

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Despite the frequency with which students from high schools and colleges worldwide visit Holocaust death camps, it was no simple matter for Issa Jameel when he was asked whether he wanted to visit Auschwitz. For Jameel, a...

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  • Betty Cohen

    By Jane Ulman

    January 29, 2014 | 10:58 am

    During her first night in Birkenau, on May 22, 1944, Betty Cohen — née Beppe (Rebecca) Corper — slid out of her lower bunk and stepped outside to use the toilet. Just 23, she had arrived that morning with her parents, aunt and grandmother, as well as her fiance and his family, from...

  • 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...

  • Yom HaShoah: An eternal nation, bound together by our faith

    April 8, 2013 | 10:32 am

    A few months after my bar mitzvah, my father disappeared.

    We didn’t know what had happened to him.

    In our apartment in Budapest, there was a couch under the window and I would stand on it day after day looking into the street, watching, waiting for my father to appear.

    In a...

  • Survivor: Edith More

    By Jane Ulman

    June 20, 2012 | 12:44 pm

    Edith Klein and her mother lined up on the Auschwitz II-Birkenau roll-call field. It was September 1944, and they feared being transported to a different camp. “Let’s hide,” Edith’s mother suggested, and the two darted into an empty barracks. But soon, afraid they would be...

  • Jessica Chastain and John Madden on “The Debt”

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 23, 2011 | 6:33 pm

    As Jessica Chastain was preparing for her role in the Mossad thriller “The Debt,” her voluminous research led her to the story of a survivor who witnessed the destruction of her entire family in the Holocaust. “It was a woman’s memory of something she had seen as a young...

  • Record numbers visit Auschwitz

    January 13, 2011 | 10:43 am

    The Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp attracted a record number of visitors in 2010.

    Some 1.38 million people visited the site in southern Poland, up from 1.3 million in 2009, the Auschwitz memorial museum announced Wednesday.

    More than a half-million Poles visited the site, as well as...

  • L.A. ghetto fantasy emerges from visit to Israel

    By Argenis Villa

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    My mother was worried sick that her son was about to visit Israel at a time when Hezbollah rockets were raining down indiscriminately. To me, the danger seemed comparatively negligible.
     
    My mom lives in San Diego. She had no idea that in the two weeks prior to my trip abroad, gang...
  • Teens Take a March to Remember

    By Jane Ulman

    May 12, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    David Grossman, 18, wanted to make the Holocaust more personal. Eliya Shachar, 18, wished to understand her grandmother's pain. And Max Kappel, 17, wanted to find a tangible place to comprehend the Shoah.

    They were among 51 teenagers from Los Angeles who took part in last week's...

  • 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...

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