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  • Ben Carson blames gun control for the Holocaust

    2 hours ago

    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?

    6 days ago

    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

    1 week ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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

    3 weeks ago

    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...

  • In defense of Natalie Portman

    September 2, 2015 | 12:09 pm

    Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman is taking a pretty good beating in the Jewish community for her remarks on the Holocaust during a recent interview with a British newspaper, The Independent, to promote her directorial debut, “A Tale of Love and Darkness.”  Her sin? She...

  • Auschwitz ‘showers’ for tourists cool off some, offend others

    August 31, 2015 | 9:49 am

    Out of all places on planet Earth, where is one of the last locations many would expect to see a shower of any kind – even one that just shoots mists of cold water for overheated visitors?

    Probably the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

    However, that was the scene this...

  • Natalie Portman should be commended, not criticized

    August 28, 2015 | 9:27 am

    Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman clearly hit a nerve when, in a recent interview with the British newspaper, The Independent, she questioned the validity of the type of Holocaust education she had received growing up.

    “I think a really big question the Jewish community needs...

  • Natalie Portman says Jewish community is too focused on the Holocaust

    August 24, 2015 | 10:36 am

    Natalie Portman has more ties to the Holocaust than some of her fans might realize. Portman’s great-grandparents were killed in Auschwitz and the Jewish actress played Anne Frank in a 1997 Broadway adaptation of “The Diary of Anne Frank.” Her latest project, a Hebrew-language...

  • As Maccabi Games come and go at Hitler’s stadium, is Germany now a (relative) light for Europe’s Jews?

    By Jared Sichel

    August 12, 2015 | 1:40 pm

    Soccer broadcaster Marcel Reif, 65, has received many angry letters during his three decades as one of Germany’s most famous sports personalities. He was born in Silesia in 1949. His father was a Jew who survived the Holocaust. His mother was a Polish Catholic. And Reif and his...

  • Artist paints over anti-Semitic graffiti on Berlin Wall monument

    By JNi.media

    August 3, 2015 | 11:12 am

    Gunther Schaefer, who painted “Vaterland” an image of the German flag with a Star of David painted on it, has covered the anti-Semitic graffiti and the hate slogans that marred the mural on the East Side gallery of the wall.

    The graffiti appeared on Friday, and Schaefer says his...

  • What Huckabee could learn from Bibi about Holocaust analogies

    July 29, 2015 | 1:55 pm

    Much of the outrage over Mike Huckabee’s Holocaust-Iran analogy was about sense and sensibility.

    First, sensibility. Sure, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu compares the ayatollahs to the Nazis all the time — and warns that permitting them a pathway to the bomb is opening the...

  • German Holocaust film ‘Phoenix’ examines life after death camps

    By Tom Tugend

    July 29, 2015 | 11:33 am

    The phoenix is a mythical firebird that lives for centuries, dies in flames and then rises from its ashes to start life anew.

    Phoenix is the name of a nightclub in 1945 Berlin, a city consumed by Allied bombs and Russian canons, trying to rise again after Germany’s crushing...

  • Never Stay Indifferent, Never Stop Caring

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 29, 2015 | 8:27 am

    I remember the first anti-Semitic remark I received. It was a comment to one of my posts here, and it said "What a shame Hitler didn't finish what he started." That night, I couldn't sleep. I was concerned and bothered, but most of all- I was horrified. Later, as I became more...

  • Huckabee’s gas chamber reference to Iran deal draws Israeli criticism

    July 28, 2015 | 9:44 am

    U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee drew rare criticism from Israel on Tuesday for comments in which he accused President Barack Obama of marching Israelis "to the door of the oven" in a nuclear deal with Iran.

    Israeli Transport Minister Yisrael Katz said on...

  • Huckabee tweets that Obama is marching Israelis ‘to the door of the oven’

    July 27, 2015 | 8:41 am

    Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee cited threats from Israel’s enemies in his continued assault on the Iran nuclear deal.

    A series of Twitter posts on Sunday night followed a day after Huckabee said that President Barack Obama will march Israelis “to the door of the...

  • Geneva is not Munich, and President Obama is not Neville Chamberlain

    By Michael Berenbaum

    July 22, 2015 | 3:28 pm

    If I could wave a magic wand, I would ask the Jewish community to stop using Holocaust analogies. They simply don’t work. We are different and the world is different.

    Permit me a simple example. No one disputes that Israel has second-strike capacity and that anyone who...

  • Jerry Springer urges Jews to ‘discover’ family Holocaust records

    July 14, 2015 | 3:25 pm

    Best known as the ringmaster of ’90s daytime television, Jerry Springer has in recent years shown an earnest interest in his Jewish family tree, which was nearly uprooted by the Holocaust.

    Following up on a televised exploration of this painful history, Springer last week visited...

  • Miranda Richmond Mouillot’s fascination with an ancestral divorce

    July 13, 2015 | 4:23 pm

    Acknowledging her own anger frightens Miranda Richmond Mouillot more than she realizes, as we discover in her new book, “A Fifty-Year Silence: Love, War and a Ruined House in France” (Crown).  And she has plenty to be angry about.  She grew up a nervous and anxious child in a...

  • Rare Holocaust-era hideout preserved near Warsaw

    July 10, 2015 | 9:51 am

    Polish officials registered a rare hideout used by Jews during the Holocaust as national monument.

    The hideout in Rekowka, a village situated 90 miles south of Warsaw, was used by two non-Jewish families, the Skoczylas and Kosioróws, for sheltering several Jews in 1942, according...

  • A child’s life in the Warsaw Ghetto

    By Avishay Artsy

    July 9, 2015 | 9:33 am

    Polish-Jewish doctor and educator Janusz Korczak was famous throughout Europe as director of the Warsaw Ghetto orphanage and an advocate for children’s rights. Despite offers of sanctuary, he chose to accompany his orphans to the gas chambers of Treblinka. This long-heralded hero...

  • Nicholas Winton and the goodness effect

    By Danielle Berrin

    July 8, 2015 | 2:53 pm

    In our celebrity-obsessed, information-worshiping culture, where TED Talks determine what’s cool, and technology icons are conferred with near-mythological status, it’s good to be reminded of who the real heroes are. 

    Last week, we learned of the death of 106-year-old Sir...

  • Survivor: Sidonia Lax

    By Jane Ulman

    July 8, 2015 | 1:12 pm

    Early on the designated morning in December 1943, 16-year-old Sidonia Lax (née Sydonia Lewin) and her parents, Cyla and Isaac, left their bunker in the Przemysl ghetto, where they had been living for three months, and made their way to a building near one of the gates. Having heard...

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