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  • ‘A Sacred Culture Rebuilt’ at Museum of Tolerance

    2 days ago

    Just inside the fluorescent-lit room, six picnic-style tables were supplied with arts and crafts essentials: scissors, glue sticks and stock photos. 

    “A lot of survivors don’t have pictures,” said Lori Shocket, artist and curator of the hands-on exhibition, so she came prepared...

  • Survivor: Eva Perlman

    By Jane Ulman

    1 week ago

    The alert came at dusk. Eva Perlman (then called Eva Hanna Gutmann), just 12 years old, looked out the window of the apartment her family was renting in Autrans, France, on the second story of what they called “the yellow house.” Not far away, she could make out the silhouettes of...

  • The Fear and Awe of Elie Wiesel

    By  Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    1 week ago

    When I was a child I discovered the holocaust at about eight. By perhaps ten I remember video images of tractors moving mounds of bodies into mass graves. I started learning about gas chambers and crematoria. I was struck by the monstrous, unspeakable injustice. Why did the world...

  • Hungarian film fest comes to North Hollywood

    By Tom Tugend

    2 weeks ago

    The latest film festival to open in Los Angeles features a title about a Holocaust survivor who has erased all memories of his Jewishness. Another honors a Swiss diplomat who saved thousands of Hungarian Jews. There is also the documentary about the world’s first female rabbi, and...

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  • Nicki Minaj’s new video filled with Nazi imagery

    2 weeks ago

    Nicki Minaj's new music video for the song "Only" (Lyric) ft. Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown is filled with stylized Nazi-esque imagery.

    According to Abraham H. Foxman, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League, "Nicki Minaj’s new video disturbingly evokes Third...

  • Kristallnacht’s lessons for today

    3 weeks ago

    Each year on the anniversary of Kristallnacht, we recall the opening salvo of the violent assault on Jews that foreshadowed the Holocaust and ask ourselves what should have been done at that moment.

    In thinking about Kristallnacht, we should also consider the outpouring of...

  • Witnesses to Kristallnacht

    By Jane Ulman

    3 weeks ago

    On a Wednesday evening in late 1938, the sounds of broken glass shattered the quiet streets of Germany, Austria and the Sudetenland. Over the next 24 hours, Nov. 9-10, rampaging Nazi mobs would torch more than 1,000 synagogues; vandalize Jewish homes, businesses and cemeteries; and...

  • Survivor: Jack Nierob

    By Jane Ulman

    3 weeks ago

    It was a beautiful winter’s night in early 1944 when Jack (then Icek) Nierob, 19, left his night-shift job in the steam room of Skarzysko’s Camp C to use the latrine, an outdoor shack near the labor camp’s barbed-wire fence. On his way back, a Ukrainian guard shouted for him to...

  • ‘Paper Love’: Paving the way for post-survivor storytelling

    3 weeks ago

    As the last generation of Holocaust survivors ages and dies, efforts to capture their final, untold stories have abounded. But in her new book “Paper Love: Searching for the Girl My Grandfather Left Behind,” Sarah Wildman has turned instead to the future, asking what it means bear...

  • Genocide, the Jews and why they call Israelis Nazis

    By  Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    3 weeks ago

    We’ve long witnessed Mahmoud Abbas – “the moderate” – naming public squares after Palestinian terrorists whose hands are dripping with Jewish blood. He posthumously bestowed the "Star of Honor" on Abu Jihad, the mastermind of the 1978 Coastal Road attack where 38 Israelis,...

  • At 105, ‘British Schindler’ celebrated in Prague

    October 28, 2014 | 3:25 pm

    A 105-year-old man known as the “British Oskar Schindler” — having saved hundreds of Jewish children from the Nazis — received the Czech Republic’s highest honor Tuesday.

    Sir Nicholas Winton was flown on a Czech military plane to Prague, where Czech President Miloš Zeman awarded...

  • Presidents of Israel, Poland tour new museum on Jewish history

    October 28, 2014 | 10:34 am

    The presidents of Israel and Poland together took a guided tour of a new museum of Jewish life on Tuesday that tells the story of how Poland was for centuries home to a flourishing Jewish community before becoming a graveyard for Jews in World War II.

    Polish President Bronislaw...

  • Survivor: Mike Popik

    By Jane Ulman

    October 23, 2014 | 10:34 am

    The SS entered Mauthausen’s overcrowded barracks 30 one night in February 1944 to punish the 120 boys, including 14-year-old Mike (Miki) Popik, who were engaged in a shoving match to avoid sleeping next to the cold, damp wall. Among the guards was one everyone called Sturmführer...

  • L.A.’s Iranian Jews must launch new Iran advocacy campaign

    By Karmel Melamed

    October 14, 2014 | 1:13 pm

    Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to speak to a Southern California Christian group about the significant human rights violations that the Iranian regime has waged against the Christians, Jews and other religious minorities living in Iran today. While this congregation was...

  • Remembering Four Women of the Holocaust

    By Ilana Angel

    October 9, 2014 | 3:42 pm

    I worked at Steven Spielberg’s Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation for many years. It is now the USC Shoah Foundation and continues to do important work. I am very proud to be have been a part of this organization and look back on my years there with laughter, tears,...

  • Documentary gets inside head of Heinrich Himmler

    By  Tom Tugend

    October 7, 2014 | 12:24 pm

    In 1941, Heinrich Himmler took time out from organizing the Final Solution to write to his 12-year-old daughter, Gudrun: “In life, one must always be decent, courageous and kind-hearted.”

    This fatherly advice illustrates one side of the SS Reichsfuehrer and the real architect of...

  • Survivor: Sally Zielinksi Roisman

    By Jane Ulman

    October 7, 2014 | 11:46 am

    Sally Roisman — at the time Sara Pola Zielinksi — was asleep in a bed she shared with her mother and two sisters in the Sosnowiec ghetto when she was suddenly awakened by loud pounding on the door. A Gestapo officer entered the room. “Get dressed,” he ordered, pointing at Sally....

  • The Jewish dressmaker FDR turned away

    October 6, 2014 | 11:31 am

    Was the Jewish “lady tailor” who ran a Prague dressmaking shop a potential Nazi spy? The Roosevelt administration apparently thought so.

    The Jewish Museum Milwaukee recently opened a remarkable exhibit about the late Hedy Strnad, a Jewish-Czech dressmaker who with her husband,...

  • “Heil Hitler” at the heart of London - an open letter to the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 30, 2014 | 8:53 am

    Not sure if it was because of the growing anti- Semitism or constant terror threats, but when my boyfriend surprised me with a trip to London, my initial and immediate response was "but I don't want to die."  Since tickets were already booked, we boarded the plane, extra carefully,...

  • A Survivor’s Last Wish

    September 24, 2014 | 8:48 pm

    Sylvia Badner turned 80 years old in 2007, and her son Victor threw a small party in his home, inviting a few friends, cousins and neighbors to mark the milestone.

    Everyone showed up except Sylvia, who adamantly refused to attend.

    The Queens, N.Y. housewife had been lying about...

  • Poland is the safest place in Europe for Jews today

    September 23, 2014 | 12:56 pm

    I survived the Holocaust in a sub-cellar in Tarnopol (Ternopil), a city now located in western Ukraine that once had a thriving Jewish as well as Polish population. Before coming to the U.S., I grew up after the war in France when philo-Semites like Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre...

  • 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...

  • Are Jews losing their story?

    By David Suissa

    September 17, 2014 | 2:06 pm

    As we look back on the triumphs and failures of the past year, let’s reflect on one of the perennial shortfalls of the Jewish world — how we consistently overlook the importance of teaching the extraordinary story of the Jewish people. 

    When I say “the story of the Jewish...

  • Israeli artist depicts pain of rootless Jews in Berlin exhibition

    September 16, 2014 | 9:07 am

    Moshe Gershuni's expressive, historically loaded art, which places symbols of the Holocaust in a religious setting and seeks to polarize opinion about current Israeli society, seems unlikely to reward the casual viewer.

    Titled "No Father No Mother", the retrospective of paintings...

  • Young Americans and Israel

    By Rob Eshman

    September 3, 2014 | 6:15 pm

    The new concern in the American-Jewish community is the number 25. According to a Gallup poll conducted in the midst of the Gaza war, 42 percent of all Americans supported Israel’s action. Among people aged 18 to 29, that number was 25 percent.

    This set off all the usual alarm...

  • Beheaded journalist Steven Sotloff held Israeli citizenship

    September 3, 2014 | 9:40 am

    Journalist Steven Sotloff, who was beheaded by the jihadist group ISIS, was a dual American-Israeli citizen and studied in Israel, Israel’s Foreign Ministry said.

    The Foreign Ministry cleared for publication Wednesday that Sotloff, 31, held Israeli citizenship. His connections to...

  • 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...

  • Survivor: Miriam Bell

    By Jane Ulman

    August 27, 2014 | 11:00 am

    As the candles glowed, Miriam Bell (née Galperin), her parents and six siblings were singing and welcoming the Sabbath into their comfortable home in Kovno (Kaunas), Lithuania. Then gunshots were fired, and screaming erupted. The family ran outside to see Nazi soldiers, who had...

  • 40 Holocaust survivors condemn Israel for Gaza war

    August 25, 2014 | 3:32 pm

    Some 40 Jewish Holocaust survivors and more than 200 direct descendants of survivors signed a public letter condemning Israel’s military operation in Gaza.

    “As Jewish survivors and descendants of survivors and victims of the Nazi genocide we unequivocally condemn the massacre of...

  • Interview with Pastor John Hagee, founder of ‘Christians United for Israel’

    August 18, 2014 | 3:10 pm

    Last month Christians United for Israel (CUFI) – the largest pro-Israel organization in America with nearly 1.8 million members (and 1.2 million Facebook followers – 15 times as many as AIPAC) – held its ninth annual Washington Summit, with 4,800 delegates from all 50 states....

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