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  • A French survivor seeks honors for his Rosh Hashanah rescuers

    2 days ago

    For Jews all over the world, the High Holidays are a time for closure and new beginnings. Not for Jacques Stuzalft, an 84-year-old Holocaust survivor from France.

    Haunted by his experiences on the eve of Rosh Hashanah when he was 10 years old, he relives his narrow escape from...

  • ADL, museum have Holocaust-based lesson for police

    By Eitan Arom

    4 days ago

    Nineteen police officers sat in four rows of plastic chairs in the second-floor library of the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (LAMOTH), the spines of books with names of authors like Primo Levi and Elie Wiesel peering down on them from shelves on four sides.

    The officers’...

  • Seeking Holocaust reconciliation in Lithuania, from Los Angeles

    By Eitan Arom

    4 days ago

    The Museum of Genocide Victims in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, occupies a stately stone building on a large, forested park in the city’s center. It is notably not a Holocaust museum. To find the Holocaust Exposition, look for a small, clapboard wooden building on a narrow...

  • My behind-the-scenes ‘Denial’ story

    1 week ago

    "Denial," opening nationwide September 30, captures the drama, importance, and personalities of the 2000 London Holocaust denial trial of David Irving vs. Penguin and Deborah Lipstadt.

    In 1993 Lipstadt – then as now a distinguished professor at Emory University –  wrote a book...

  • Ken Burns film spotlights Holocaust rescuers

    By Gerri Miller

    2 weeks ago

    The Yad Vashem memorial in Jerusalem recognizes more than 26,000 non-Jews for their efforts to save Jewish people during the Holocaust. Thanks to books and films, some of these Righteous Among the Nations are well known, such as Oskar Schindler and Irena Sendler, but most of them...

  • Lithuanian towns mark 75th anniversary of Holocaust massacres of Jews

    August 30, 2016 | 11:59 am

    The president of Lithuania called the Holocaust a tragedy for the entire country at a ceremony commemorating the 1941 massacre of Jewish residents in Moletai.

    “Their memory is an uncompromising obligation for all Lithuanian people to fight against hatred, violence, discrimination...

  • European Union allocates $1.5 million to expand Lodz train station museum

    August 29, 2016 | 4:02 pm

    The European Union allocated $1.5 million for the expansion of the museum at the Radegast train station in Lodz, from which Jews were shipped to death camps during the Holocaust.

    The money will be used to modernize the building and construct a multimedia model of the Lodz Ghetto,...

  • Lithuanian city defends recreational events at former Nazi concentration camp

    August 9, 2016 | 9:42 am

    The city of Kaunas in Lithuania defended the operator of a former concentration camp where recreational events are held near the graves of thousands of Jews killed by Nazis and local collaborators.

    Deputy Mayor Povilas Maciulis made his defense of the Seventh Fort this week...

  • Raoul Wallenberg, Swedish Holocaust hero, executed in Soviet prison, diaries reveal

    August 8, 2016 | 3:34 pm

    Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who saved thousands of Hungarian Jews from the Nazi gas chambers, was executed in a Soviet prison, according to a KGB head’s diaries.

    The diaries of Ivan A. Serov, who ran the former Russian secret police and intelligence agency...

  • Joseph Wilf, Holocaust survivor and major Jewish philanthropist, dies at 91

    August 3, 2016 | 5:54 pm

    Joseph Wilf, a Polish-Jewish Holocaust survivor and founder of one of the country’s largest real estate development companies, has died at 91.

    He and his brother Harry founded the Wilf Family Foundation in 1964 and have since contributed more than $200 million to Jewish causes....

  • Hours after historic Auschwitz visit, pope says ‘the same thing is happening’ today in many places

    July 29, 2016 | 1:48 pm

    Human cruelty “did not end in Auschwitz,” Pope Francis said.

    In Krakow, following his historic visit to the Nazi death camp in Poland Friday, the pope compared contemporary atrocities around the world to the atrocities in Auschwitz, The Associated Press reported.

    Citing torture...

  • Clinton or Trump, Jews should celebrate!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    July 29, 2016 | 7:56 am

    After 2500 years, we Persian Jews were chased out of Iran.  My family came to America.  My uncle made Aliyah.  A school friend moved to France.  With increasing anti-Semitism, recently, half of his family moved to America and the other half made Aliyah.

    We Jews were divided on...

  • Survivor Sidi Grunstein Gluck: More than half a dozen camps, then liberation

    By Jane Ulman

    July 27, 2016 | 11:17 am

    “Whose child?” Dr. Josef Mengele demanded, looking down at Sidi Grunstein’s younger sister, Vera, age 6, who stood before him flanked by Sidi, 21, and their mother, tightly gripping their hands. No one spoke, and Mengele quickly dispatched them to a line of women and children. It...

  • Sidi Grunstein Gluck: More than half a dozen camps, then liberation

    By Jane Ulman

    July 27, 2016 | 10:53 am

    "Whose child?” Dr. Josef Mengele demanded, looking down at Sidi Grunstein’s younger sister, Vera, age 6, who stood before him flanked by Sidi, 21, and their mother, tightly gripping their hands. No one spoke, and Mengele quickly dispatched them to a line of women and children. It...

  • President Cartes to Netanyahu: ‘Paraguay had its own Holocaust’

    July 22, 2016 | 2:24 pm

    President Horacio Cartes, the first Paraguayan head of state to visit Israel, told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that his South American nation also faced a Holocaust.

    “Paraguay has had a Holocaust. We lost practically all our population in a war that was called the Triple...

  • Report from Jerusalem: The continuing struggle for Holocaust justice

    July 21, 2016 | 3:14 pm

    Seventy-one years after the end of World War II, the struggle for Holocaust justice continues. Germany still prosecutes aging Nazi perpetrators, though they are now in their 90s. In just a few years, however, this part of Holocaust justice will end. The last of the perpetrators...

  • Prosecuting the Holocaust: A personal and legal history

    By Danielle Berrin

    July 14, 2016 | 9:44 am

    It is not often that a book comes along so vital to our understanding of human rights law that it becomes recommended reading for American presidents. But that is precisely what happened after French intellectual Bernard-Henri Levy reviewed “East West Street: On the Origins of...

  • 7 Elie Wiesel books that show the range of his influence

    July 7, 2016 | 9:46 am

    Most people know Elie Wiesel as the author of “Night,” one of the first published autobiographical accounts of what life was like inside Nazi concentration camps. The book, which helped shape the American understanding of the effects of the Holocaust, has since become a staple on...

  • Clinton camp disavows writer who accused Elie Wiesel of ‘inciting hatred’

    July 6, 2016 | 2:56 pm

    The Clinton campaign rejected comments by a journalist who accused Elie Wiesel, the Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize laureate who died July 2, of “inciting hatred” and “defending apartheid.”

    “Secretary Clinton emphatically rejects these offensive, hateful, and...

  • Elie Wiesel, the moral force who made sure we will never forget the evil of the Holocaust

    By Michael Berenbaum

    July 6, 2016 | 1:47 pm

    Elie Wiesel, the world’s best-known and most-influential Holocaust survivor, is no longer. His death at 87, announced July 2, makes us ever more acutely aware that we are coming to the end of an era. Soon, all too soon, there will be no survivors.

    Elie Wiesel was a unique figure...

  • Baring their soles: Holocaust shoes tell unusual saga

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 6, 2016 | 10:36 am

    There have long been rumors — never authenticated — that the Nazis made lampshades and other merchandise from the skin of human victims at Auschwitz.

    Testimony at a war crimes trial asserted that such items were produced at Dachau, according to Aaron Breitbart of the Simon...

  • Belarusian Nobel Prize laureate accuses Poles of persecuting Jews in Holocaust

    July 6, 2016 | 9:31 am

    A Belarusian Nobel Prize laureate has stirred controversy in Poland by saying that many Poles, including priests, participated in the persecution of Jews during the Holocaust.

    Svetlana Alexievich, who was awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature, made the accusation last month...

  • Jewish community reacts to the death of Elie Wiesel

    July 5, 2016 | 2:36 pm

    Marilyn Harran, Director of the Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education at Chapman University

    Harran knew Elie Wiesel from the four years during which he visited as a distinguished scholar. On the day of his death, she sent the following message to the Rodgers Center board:


  • Elie Wiesel: A personal reflection

    July 5, 2016 | 2:10 pm

    In Elie Wiesel’s book-lined office, there were no photos of the many world leaders with whom he met. In fact, there was only one photo.  It sat propped on his desk facing him.

    In 1991, I wanted to engage in public dialogue with someone who had influenced the political, social or...

  • Elie Wiesel — the Jew who taught us melancholy

    By David Suissa

    July 3, 2016 | 1:02 pm

    Of all the contributions Eli Wiesel made to humanity as a global humanitarian, prolific author, Nobel laureate, proud Zionist, Judaic professor and Holocaust memoirist, maybe the least-talked about is his embracing of melancholy.

    It’s rare to see a laughing picture of Wiesel, who...

  • A friend recalls Wiesel a caring mentor, moral guide

    By Eitan Arom

    July 2, 2016 | 4:57 pm

    Elie Wiesel, Nobel laureate, author and Holocaust survivor, who died July 2 at the age of 87, served as an emissary for survivors to the world’s leaders. But to those who knew him, he was most of all a caring mentor and friend who eschewed the label of public figure.

    “I don’t...

  • Quotes from Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel

    July 2, 2016 | 1:46 pm

    As a survivor of the Nazi death camps, Elie Wiesel saw mankind at its worst. He wrote about it in some 50 books, starting with the powerful "Night," and made it his life's mission to ensure it was never repeated.

    Following are quotes from Wiesel.

    "Indifference, to me, is the...

  • Excerpts from works of Elie Wiesel, 1986 Nobel Peace Prize winner

    July 2, 2016 | 1:36 pm

    Following are excerpts from some of the works of Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize winner and author, whose death at 87 was announced on Saturday.


    "For the survivor who chooses to testify, it is clear: his duty is to bear witness for the dead and for the living. He has no...

  • Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Holocaust survivor, dies at 87

    July 2, 2016 | 12:27 pm

    Holocaust survivor, activist and writer Elie Wiesel, who won a Nobel Peace Prize for becoming the life-long voice of millions of Holocaust victims, has died, Israel's Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem said on Saturday.

    Wiesel, a philosopher, speaker, playwright and professor who also...

  • Following a Visit to Berlin - Can We Compare?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 29, 2016 | 12:03 pm

    During a speech given at a Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony back in April, the IDF deputy chief, Yair Golan, said a few words that sparked a controversy.  “If there is something that frightens me in the memory of the Holocaust, it is identifying horrifying processes that occurred in...

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