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

    By Jane Ulman

    20 minutes ago

    "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...

  • Black Lives Matter

    By Ilana Angel

    17 hours ago

    I started and stopped this article over and over again because I wasn’t sure what I wanted to say, or maybe I felt what I wrote didn’t sound right, or perhaps I thought I didn’t really have the right to have an opinion since I’m not black.  At the end of the day I am blessed to...

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

    5 days ago

    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

    6 days ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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

    3 weeks ago

    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’

    3 weeks ago

    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

    3 weeks ago

    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

    3 weeks ago

    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

    3 weeks ago

    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

    3 weeks ago

    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

    3 weeks ago

    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

    3 weeks ago

    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...

  • Why Sugihara’s selflessness still matters

    By Elyse Glickman

    June 29, 2016 | 11:52 am

    Most Jewish Americans are familiar with the story of heroism told in Steven Spielberg’s 1993 film “Schindler’s List” about German industrialist Oskar Schindler, who is credited with saving more than 1,000 Jewish lives during the Holocaust. 

    Far fewer know the story of how Chiune...

  • French high court reaffirms prison sentence for Holocaust-denying professor

    June 29, 2016 | 9:52 am

    France’s highest court affirmed a one-year prison sentence for a professor who questioned the Holocaust’s veracity.

    The Court of Cassation rejected the appeal last week of Vincent Reynouard, who has since fled the country and is presumed escaped. It was the last of several...

  • Leader of Poland’s largest political party honors victims of synagogue burning

    June 28, 2016 | 10:55 am

    The leader of the largest political party in Poland took part in ceremonies commemorating the burning of a synagogue in Bialystok during the Holocaust.

    In his speech at the Great Synagogue of Bialystok, Jaroslaw Kaczynski stressed German responsibility for the Holocaust, the...

  • Lviv Ghetto memorial vandalized in anti-Semitic attack

    June 27, 2016 | 9:39 am

    A monument to the victims of the Holocaust-era ghetto of Lviv in western Ukraine was vandalized in what police suspect is an anti-Semitic incident.

    Unidentified vandals on Friday threw several gallons of green paint on the memorial, which was erected in 1992 in memory of tens of...

  • Auschwitz really happened — and this artsy architecture exhibit proves it

    June 23, 2016 | 1:45 pm

    It’s been more than 50 years since the Nuremberg trials, yet proving the Holocaust actually happened remains an ongoing project.

    Why? For one, the Nazis covered their tracks, deliberately leaving gaps in the historical record. (In the death-camp blueprints that survive, for...

  • Polish government wants to take over, upgrade Treblinka museum

    June 23, 2016 | 9:42 am

    Poland’s government offered to take over from a local authority the responsibility for preserving the grounds of the former Nazi death camp Treblinka, where 870,000 people were murdered.

    The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage made the offer in a letter it sent last week to...

  • German lawmaker accused of anti-Semitism, Holocaust denial

    June 22, 2016 | 9:02 am

    A right-wing lawmaker in Germany accused of anti-Semitism in his writings has avoided being expelled from his party, at least for now.

    Dr. Wolfgang Gedeon will remain a voting member of the Baden-Württemberg state parliament with no party affiliation after temporarily waiving his...

  • Drug abuse, shame and the Holocaust figure in film about family of notorious Dutch lawyers

    June 21, 2016 | 1:43 pm

    In a country where 75 percent of Jews were murdered in the Holocaust, the Moszkowicz family of lawyers stood out as a unique Jewish success story.

    Descended from Max Moszkowicz, a steel-willed Auschwitz survivor who became Holland’s first modern celebrity attorney, his four...

  • Auschwitz ex-guard, 94, sentenced to 5 years in Germany

    June 17, 2016 | 8:35 am

    A former SS guard who is now 94 was sentenced to five years in prison for his role as an accessory in the murder of at least 170,000 people in the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp in Poland.

    The verdict and sentence of Reinhold Hanning were handed down Friday afternoon from...

  • Holocaust survivor finds peace in art

    By Eitan Arom

    June 15, 2016 | 1:59 pm

    Eva Nathanson doesn’t feel the same guilt her parents did for having been spared an anonymous death at the hands of Nazis, when so many others perished.

    Instead, she feels a compulsion to never spend a moment wasting time and to treat every minute of life as the miracle it is.

  • Michigan mandates genocide education, including Holocaust, in high schools

    June 15, 2016 | 11:32 am

    Michigan public schools must teach about genocide, including the Holocaust and the Armenian Genocide, under a new law.

    The legislation, which was signed into law on Tuesday by the state’s governor, Rick Snyder, calls for six hours of instruction about genocide between eighth and...

  • Swedish nun who saved Jews from Nazis made a saint

    June 6, 2016 | 10:41 am

    A Swedish nun who saved Jewish families from the Nazis during the Holocaust was made a saint.

    Mary Elizabeth Hesselblad was canonized on Sunday by Pope Francis during a ceremony at St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican. She becomes the first Swedish saint in more than 600 years.

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