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  • I went to Auschwitz to learn something I had forgotten

    1 day ago

    The other week, I went on a school trip. This is not your typical school trip to New York or Washington D.C; rather it was a trip to Poland, a country with one of the most tragic histories. Of course, the trip was filled with tears, but to simply cry about the past without taking...

  • Ben Carson on aborting baby Hitler: ‘I’m not in favor of aborting anybody’

    3 weeks ago

    Ben Carson, a staunch abortion foe, said he would not have aborted baby Hitler.

    Asked following the fourth Republican presidential candidates’ debate in Milwaukee on Tuesday whether he would be in favor of aborting baby Hitler, Carson, a front-runner in the GOP contest,...

  • New film looks at Hitler’s suicide

    By  Tom Tugend

    3 weeks ago

    The outsized figure of Adolf Hitler retains a strange fascination as the incarnation of absolute evil, responsible for the deaths of between 40 million and 50 million soldiers and civilians during World War II and the Holocaust.

    Even after Joseph Stalin’s top experts, who...

  • Jeb Bush: ‘Hell yeah’ I’d kill baby Hitler

    3 weeks ago

    Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said if given the opportunity he would kill Adolf Hitler as a baby.

    “Hell yeah, I would,” Bush told the Huffington Post in an interview previewed on Monday. “You gotta step up man.”

    Bush, the former governor of Florida, was responding...

  • Sanders pulls up sleeve discussing the Holocaust

    November 6, 2015 | 10:45 am

    Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders got personal about his Jewish upbringing during an interview with NPR’s “Morning Edtion” on Thursday.

    Speaking how the history of the Jewish people had inspired him to oppose the current upsurge in anti-immigrant sentiment and...

  • Remembering the November 1938 pogroms known as ‘Kristallnacht’

    By Michael Berenbaum

    November 4, 2015 | 3:16 pm

    What’s in a name?

    November 9, 2015, marks the 77th anniversary of the 1938 pogroms launched throughout Germany, a nation that, after March 1938, also included Austria. More than 1,000 synagogues were burned, 7,000 Jewish businesses were ransacked and looted and more than 30,000...

  • Survivor: Marianne Klein

    By Jane Ulman

    November 4, 2015 | 10:14 am

    "Get out, move,” Nazi and Arrow Cross soldiers shouted in German and Hungarian as they burst into the crowded four-story Swedish safe house in Budapest, Hungary, on Jan. 8, 1945. Marianne Klein — then 13 and called Marika Roth — had escaped to the house only days earlier....

  • What I learned on Kibbutz Kfar Menachem

    By Gina Nahai

    November 4, 2015 | 9:46 am

    You forget, you know, that there are other ways to live. Other than the daily pursuit of “more,” the constant reaching for success, the persistent longing for recognition, validation — for youth and beauty, intimacy and affection. 

    Out on Kibbutz Kfar Menachem — 36 miles...

  • Hollywood and the Jewish future

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 28, 2015 | 1:53 pm

    Of the great ironies lately — the German chancellor rescuing 800,000 refugees, the Israeli prime minister making a Holocaust gaffe — Hollywood adds another: “Homeland” has moved to Berlin. 

    The show that began as Israel’s “Hatufim” (Prisoners of War), about captured Israeli...

  • Ben Carson: Rabbis agree gun control contributed to Holocaust

    October 26, 2015 | 9:23 am

    Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson again defended his claim that gun control helped enable the Holocaust, saying even some rabbis backed his assertion.

    Appearing Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Carson reiterated his claim that gun control in Germany that began in the...

  • The mufti’s hotel was just ranked the best in the Middle East (yes, that mufti)

    October 22, 2015 | 2:03 pm

    This week we learned that the grand mufti of Jerusalem gave Hitler the idea for the Final Solution — or at least that Israel’s prime minister believes that.

    But it turns out that Palestinian nationalist Haj Amin al-Husseini was not merely a notorious anti-Zionist and anti-Semite:...

  • Hitler needed plenty of help to kill the Jews – but no inspiration

    By Michael Berenbaum

    October 21, 2015 | 3:07 pm

    In a speech to the World Zionist Congress, on Oct. 20, 2015, the prime minister of Israel said:

    “Hitler didn’t want to exterminate the Jews at the time [Nov. 28, 1941], he wanted to expel the Jews. And Haj Amin al-Husseini [the mufti of Jerusalem] went to Hitler and said, ‘If you...

  • Ben Carson, a skilled brain surgeon

    By Steve Greenberg

    October 21, 2015 | 2:54 pm

  • The truth about Jerusalem’s grand mufti, Hitler and the Holocaust

    October 21, 2015 | 1:36 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu went too far in recent comments that Nazi collaborator Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem before and during World War II, played a “central role in fomenting the Final Solution” by trying to convince Hitler to destroy the...

  • After Netanyahu comments, Germany says responsibility for Holocaust is ours

    October 21, 2015 | 10:52 am

    The German government said on Wednesday that responsibility for the Holocaust lay with the Germans, after Israel's prime minister sparked controversy before a visit to Berlin by saying a Muslim elder had convinced Adolf Hitler to exterminate Jews.

    "All Germans know the history of...

  • The concentration camp currency you’ve never heard of

    October 19, 2015 | 3:01 pm

    In the 70 years since the fall of the Third Reich, the trappings of Nazi power have become infamous icons of evil — think of the swastika flag, the yellow badge or the striped concentration camp uniform.

    But have you ever heard of “Holocaust money,” the currencies that the Nazis...

  • Could guns for German Jews have prevented the Holocaust?

    By Tom Tugend

    October 13, 2015 | 4:32 pm

    In the mid-1930s, an English scholar wrote a book — with many learned citations — proving that Nazism was the wave of the future and made for a happier and healthier nation.

    In reviewing the book, one critic noted that if the distinguished author had spent only one day actually...

  • Carson calls ADL response to gun/Holocaust remarks ‘total foolishness’

    October 9, 2015 | 10:35 am

    This post originally appeared at Jewish Insider.

    Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson on Friday pushed back against Jewish criticism of comments he made on Thursday that Jews could’ve been saved from persecution by the Nazis in Europe were they allowed to carry armed-guns...

  • Ben Carson blames gun control for the Holocaust

    October 8, 2015 | 2:19 pm

    Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson blamed gun control for the extent of the Holocaust.

    In an interview Thursday on CNN, Carson said fewer people would have been killed by the Nazis had more citizens been armed.

    “I think the likelihood of Hitler being able to accomplish...

  • Is it really a shock that 1/3 of Americans wouldn’t hide Jews?

    October 2, 2015 | 10:21 am

    Is the glass one-third empty or two-thirds full?

    A poll commissioned by distributors of Holocaust film “Return to the Hiding Place” asked 1,000 Americans a question many Jews have pondered: “If you were living during World War II, would you have risked the imprisonment and death...

  • Survivor: David Lenga

    By Jane Ulman

    September 30, 2015 | 9:11 am

    David Lenga was riding a streetcar in Lodz, Poland, on Sept. 1, 1939, traveling across town on an errand for his mother, when the city’s air-raid sirens began blasting. The streetcar halted abruptly, and within minutes the 11-year-old saw German warplanes swooping down,...

  • Letters to the editor: Eshman and Suissa work together; Breech babies; Moishe House and more

    September 24, 2015 | 9:43 am

    Divine Unity

    A hearty yasher koach to Rob Eshman and David Suissa (“Forward … Together,” Sept. 18). Together is where we must be, left wing and right wing. After all, with one wing, no bird can fly. Here’s to more unity in 5776.

    Rabbi Baruch Cohon, Los Angeles

    Thanks to Rob...

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

    September 21, 2015 | 1:58 pm

    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...

  • 93-year-old Auschwitz guard faces trial pending medical clearance

    September 18, 2015 | 2:17 pm

    A German court is waiting for medical clearance before trying a 93-year-old former Auschwitz guard on 170,000 counts of accessory to murder.

    If Reinhold Hanning is determined mentally competent to stand trial, it will be the second trial this year of an ex-Nazi over the age of...

  • Historian Timothy Snyder presents a provocative, new take on the Holocaust

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 9, 2015 | 2:41 pm

    Yale historian Timothy Snyder is among the world’s leading scholars of Eastern Europe. Educated at Oxford, he is the author of five award-winning books, including the acclaimed “Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin,” about Nazi and Soviet mass killings in the 20th century....

  • The Holocaust in a new and revelatory light

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    September 9, 2015 | 2:18 pm

    Scholars are notoriously critical and even cranky readers, especially when it comes to the Holocaust. Lucy Dawidowicz (“The War Against the Jews 1933-1945”) was bitterly disparaged by Raul Hilberg (“The Destruction of the European Jews”), and Hilberg was faulted by Hugh...

  • The Forgotten Ghetto: Kolozsvar

    By Milad Doroudian

    September 9, 2015 | 10:24 am

    It is wholly unthinkable what it must have been like to be taken out of your home, simply because you belonged to a certain ethno-religious group, and thrown into a ghetto, where your fate was already decided by forces that were beyond your control. Yet, this is by no means a...

  • Personal grief, national grief and how we remember

    By Esther D. Kustanowitz

    September 8, 2015 | 5:35 pm

    It’s that time of year again, when I feel less like a citizen of Los Angeles and more like the New Yorker I was before my Western migration seven years ago. A look at the calendar, a clear blue sky, a helicopter circling overhead all cause an idiopathic pang that transports me back...

  • Ester Wilhelm Tepper

    By Jane Ulman

    September 8, 2015 | 3:46 pm

    In the early morning darkness of Oct. 9, 1942, Ester Tepper (née Estera Wilhelm), just 10 years old, stood half-dressed and shivering in her family’s apartment in the Radomsko ghetto, which was surrounded by German soldiers. Ester’s mother, Gucia, had awoken Ester and her two older...

  • Portman’s directorial debut is a bitter-sweet Israeli homecoming

    September 3, 2015 | 1:47 pm

    Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman made her directorial debut with a film sympathetic to the Holocaust-haunted refugees who founded her native Israel, but she bristles at the idea that the portrayal might be patriotic.

    Instead, she considers "A Tale of Love and Darkness," her...

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