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

    1 day ago

    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

    4 days ago

    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

    1 week ago

    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

    3 weeks ago

    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...

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  • 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...

  • ‘Schindler’s List’ producer donating Oscar to Yad Vashem

    July 7, 2015 | 11:21 am

    A Croatian Holocaust survivor who worked as a producer on “Schindler’s List” will give his Academy Award from the movie to Yad Vashem.

    Branko Lustig, 83, a survivor of the Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen concentration camps, said that the Holocaust memorial and museum in Jerusalem...

  • Interacting with a ‘virtual’ holocaust survivor

    By Avishay Artsy

    July 2, 2015 | 9:46 am

    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

    July 1, 2015 | 1:41 pm

    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

    July 1, 2015 | 3:59 am

    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

    June 25, 2015 | 1:54 pm

    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...

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

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    June 25, 2015 | 12:15 pm

    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

    June 17, 2015 | 2:44 pm

    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

    June 12, 2015 | 1:32 pm

    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...

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