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  • Interacting with a ‘virtual’ holocaust survivor

    By Avishay Artsy

    3 days ago

    Those dedicated to preserving the memory of the Holocaust are facing a difficult deadline. Seventy years after the end of World War II, most of the Holocaust survivors still alive were children or teenagers during the war, and soon even they won’t be able to share their experiences...

  • Survivor: Simone Richlin

    By Jane Ulman

    4 days ago

    Just a minute,” Rebecca, the receptionist at the Laboratoire Rambouillet in Paris, told 5 1/2-year-old Simone Richlin (née Tolstonog) and her two cousins, Serge, 12, and Riton, 9. The children had come to visit their mothers, who worked at the suppository manufacturing company;...

  • The Nazi Worldview exchange, part 1: ‘A world without Jews’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    4 days ago

    Alon Confino is a professor of history at the University of Virginia and at Ben Gurion University, Israel. Professor Confino received his PhD from Berkley University. He has written extensively and influentially on historical memory, historical method and German history. He has...

  • French National Assembly approves $60 million Holocaust reparations fund

    1 week ago

    The French National Assembly voted to approve the creation of a $60 million fund to compensate Holocaust victims transported to Nazi camps by the state railroad SNCF.

    The fund, to be administered by the United States, would compensate foreign nationals and also protect France...

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  • Entering the Promised Land:  The Blessing and Curse of Memory.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    1 week ago

    You arrive at my office with your fiancé.  You have never traveled together.  You sit on a sofa and I turn off the lights.  The projector shows the two of you dining in Paris, climbing Everest, crossing the Nile, zip-lining in Africa, paragliding in Australia.  As you walk out,...

  • Poem: In my hands

    3 weeks ago

    In my hands I lift

    the goblet of red wine

    in the middle of a field

    up toward the sky

    and bless the red strength

    that flames

    like a torch

    in dark

    bony hands.


    “In My Hands” is translated by Sarah Traister Moskovitz. The poem is from the Ringelblum Archives and appears in poetryinhell.org

    Simkha Shayevitch died 1944 in Auschwitz of typhoid. He was one of the best-known poets in the Lodz Ghetto and his poetry was popular throughout Jewish Poland.

  • Jeb Bush tours Auschwitz

    3 weeks ago

    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.

  • A team player and leader

    By Ryan Torok

    June 10, 2015 | 2:19 pm

    Elizabeth Byrnes-Mandelbaum, 17
    Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences
    Going to: Duke University

    Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences senior Elizabeth Byrnes-Mandelbaum’s high school career has been filled with academic highs, athletic accomplishments and extracurricular...

  • Child Holocaust survivors get $60 million – in a single day

    June 1, 2015 | 12:43 pm

    The Claims Conference sent out payments totaling about $60 million in a single day last week – the first of an estimated 70,000 one-time payments of approximately $2,750 to child survivors of the Holocaust.

    The payments follow the creation last year of a new $190 million Child...

  • 70 years on, Hitchcock Holocaust doc finds an audience

    May 19, 2015 | 2:32 pm

    “This was a woman,” the narrator explains, as the camera pans over a figure so emaciated and burnt that it’s barely recognizable as human.

    It’s one of the more arresting scenes in “German Concentration Camps Factual Survey,” a highly unusual Holocaust...

  • Pinning of yellow star on 3-year-old reignites Israeli education debate

    May 4, 2015 | 8:38 am

    On April 19, Keren Zachmi’s daughter returned from her kindergarten near Tel Aviv wearing a yellow patch emblazoned with the word “Jude.”

    A teacher had put the yellow star on 17 kindergarteners so they would feel like Holocaust victims during Yom Hashoah, Israel’s national...

  • Merkel says Germans can never forget death camp horrors

    May 4, 2015 | 8:18 am

    Germans will never forget the "unfathomable horrors" that the Nazis inflicted at the death camps, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday at a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp near Munich.

    In a moving speech to 120 elderly...

  • On Dachau’s 70th anniversary of liberation, a new “Arbeit macht frei” gate

    April 29, 2015 | 10:39 am

    A German blacksmith who painstakingly rebuilt an iron gate at the Dachau concentration camp bearing the notorious "Arbeit macht frei" (work sets you free) slogan  hoped no one would notice his work was a replica.

    Michael Poitner said he was honoured to win the contract to...

  • At Bergen-Belsen memorial, warnings and worry on Holocaust remembrance

    April 29, 2015 | 9:59 am

    At the former Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, hundreds of survivors, along with their children and grandchildren, stood together last weekend under gray skies on a ground alive with memories doing their part for the future.

    “I ask young people to please take the right decisions...

  • Armenia immortalizes fascists, anti-Semites who participated in the Holocaust

    April 28, 2015 | 11:59 am

    A few days ago, former Armenian Prime Minister Hrant Bagratyan submitted a draft resolution recognizing the Holocaust in the country`s legislative body. However, when further explaining his move, he told the media: “Some say that we should not recognize the Holocaust unless Israel...

  • Cartoon: Do you believe?

    By Steve Greenberg

    April 23, 2015 | 12:56 pm

  • FBI chief tells Poland’s U.S. envoy he regrets Holocaust remarks

    April 23, 2015 | 9:02 am

    The head of the U.S. intelligence service told the Polish ambassador to the United States that he regretted his remarks on what Poland has said was an accusation of complicity in the Holocaust, the Polish foreign ministry said on Thursday.

    Poland now considers the matter settled,...

  • On the eve of Yom Hazikaron, some thoughts on the Armenian Genocide

    April 21, 2015 | 11:54 am

    More than 60 years ago, my Aunt Ruth and her family escaped through the back door of their home as Nazi soldiers broke down the front.  She spent the next seven years of her life hiding in basements, monasteries and praying that she would survive.  She went on to have four...

  • Five Minutes, Every Year - When Israel Stops to Remember

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 21, 2015 | 8:19 am

    One of the most inimitable characteristics of Israel is its “small community” atmosphere. Here, we often call each other “brother” and “sister,” even if we’re talking to a stranger, because most chances are he served in the same military base as us, or a relative of his went to...

  • 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...

  • Passing an art legacy on to the next generation

    April 17, 2015 | 11:04 am

    During the lengthy visits she would have with her great-uncle and great-aunt, David and Rivka Labkovski, at their home in South Africa, Leora Raikin — who was a young girl at the time — recalls these relatives being a bit eccentric.

    David owned one pair of shoes, and Rivka — the...

  • How can we Heal After the Holocaust?

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    April 16, 2015 | 4:16 pm

    Look at images on Google for the word Holocaust and feel the hole in your soul. It hurts. It's silencing. The enormity and barbarism of the Holocaust are so unfathomable and have traumatized our entire people. This trauma manifests in so many ways both visible and invisible. Most...

  • He witnessed — and filmed — the horror of the Holocaust

    By Roberto Loiederman

    April 16, 2015 | 12:30 pm

    In early April 1945, Arthur Mainzer, barely 22, was a United States Army Air Forces cameraman assigned to documenting the war in Europe; he’d been serving for three years, and, so far, World War II had not been a horrific experience for him. In fact, it had been exciting. He’d had...

  • The remembrance tools of the Jewish disaster

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 16, 2015 | 4:36 am

    There's no escape from asking how we will continue to remember in the future, and until when. There's no escape from asking how we will continue to remember in the future, and in what way. The annals of Jewish history are rich in tragedies. We don’t really count the small ones...

  • ‘The Last Girl at Victoria Station’ a Kindertransport story

    April 15, 2015 | 2:25 pm

    Every morning in 1936, Anne Forchheimer would bicycle to school, over a bridge in the German town of Coburg. She tried not to notice the signs of hate she passed along the way.  Hate for Jews and the call for their removal from German society. German law had forbidden Jewish...

  • At Auschwitz-Birkenau, the silence and the song

    April 15, 2015 | 2:24 pm

    Snow brings a strange silence. No more so than in the vastness of Auschwitz-Birkenau, where on Jan. 27 we all began several months of remembering the unfolding of the liberation of the Nazi camps 70 years ago. That day, I walked alongside Los Angeles resident Dario Gabbai in the...

  • What’s wrong with March of the Living?

    April 14, 2015 | 9:07 am

    The evening before we visited Auschwitz, over pizza with a group of young people in Oswiecim, the town on whose outskirts lies that infamous symbol, one of my students approached me with tears in her eyes.

    Tears are hardly uncommon to visitors of sites of mass death. But for this...

  • In Budapest, thousands mark the Holocaust at March of the Living

    April 13, 2015 | 10:35 am

    Thousands came out for the the March of the Living in Budapest, where World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder  reminded the Hungarian government to speak out against anti-Semitism.

    Lauder also denounced the far-right Jobbik party, the second largest in the country, as...

  • An extensive history of the Holocaust

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    April 9, 2015 | 10:53 am

    On Holocaust Remembrance Day, we are confronted by a bitter irony. The vast and ever-expanded scholarship of the Shoah has never been greater, and yet, at the same time, we still hear insistent voices that minimize or even deny that it happened. That’s why the most crucial form of...

  • Budapest street exhibition on Holocaust survivors defaced

    April 8, 2015 | 12:45 pm

    An exhibition about Holocaust survivors was defaced in Budapest.

    The incident was reported Sunday by the Hungarian Jewish community’s watchdog on anti-Semitism, the Action and Protection Foundation, or TEV.

    According to the report on TEV’s Facebook page, unknown individuals on...

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