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  • Former Auschwitz guard apologizes at trial, says it was ‘nightmare’

    1 day ago

    A 94-year-old former Auschwitz guard on trial in Germany apologized in court to victims on Friday, telling them he regretted being part of a "criminal organization" that had killed so many people and caused such suffering.

    "I'm ashamed that I knowingly let injustice happen and...

  • From a Holocaust survivor, America gets the CEO of Viacom

    By Danielle Berrin

    2 days ago

    A few months ago, I had the pleasure of meeting 83-year-old Holocaust survivor Henri Dauman, a French-born Jew who was orphaned by the time he reached Bar Mitzvah age and by all accounts, should have disappeared from history.

    But like many survivors, Dauman knew only to keep...

  • Family connection found in long-lost box of puppets

    By Tess Cutler

    3 days ago

    "I will never have closure,” Katy Haber said. “I hate to say it, but I think closure is such an awful word. What does closure mean?"

    “No,” she said, as if to answer her own question, “you never have closure when you understand and learn what horrors your own personal family...

  • The last voice from the French internment camps

    3 days ago

    In 1942 on the eve of Passover, Dora Werzberg, a 21-year-old French Jew, walked through the gates of the Rivesaltes internment camp in Vichy, France.  She arrived at the camp not by force but by choice, as a volunteer social worker sent by the Oeuvre de Secours Aux Enfants, (OSE),...

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  • Survivor: David Wiener

    By Jane Ulman

    3 days ago

    David Wiener was standing on the corner outside his family’s apartment house in Lodz at sundown on Nov. 15, 1939, when German trucks abruptly swarmed the Altshtot (Old Town) synagogue across the street. “Raus, raus,” Gestapo officers shouted as they disembarked with their...

  • How my grandmother’s chutzpah helped Sugihara rescue thousands of Jews

    5 days ago

    The story of Chiune Sugihara – the Japanese consul in Kovno, Lithuania, who disobeyed his government’s orders in 1940 and issued transit visas through Japan to thousands of Jews seeking to flee war-torn Europe — wasn’t widely known until 1985, when Yad Vashem, Israel’s...

  • How a comic book kept this Dutch Jewish couple close but out of Nazis’ reach

    5 days ago

    As a Dutch Jewish couple hiding separately from the Nazis, Emmanuel Joels and Hetty van Son were literally drawn together by a comic book of Emmanuel’s romantic invention.

    After narrowly avoiding deportation to Auschwitz thanks to a policeman’s tip, the young...

  • Tens of thousands participate in March of the Living in Hungary

    2 weeks ago

    Three Christian bishops were among tens of thousands who took part Sunday in the March of the Living in Hungary, as well as the country’s largest anti-racist rally of the year.

    “It is a historic moment, when the leaders of the Christian and the Jewish religion are on the same...

  • Far-right Austrian leader visits Israel’s Holocaust memorial

    3 weeks ago

    The leader of Austria's far-right Freedom Party, Heinz-Christian Strache, visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem on Tuesday, laying a wreath under the engraved names of towns in Austria from where Jews were expelled by the Nazis.

    He said anti-Semitism had no place...

  • Austrian museum reaches settlement over Nazi-looted artwork

    3 weeks ago

    Vienna's Leopold Museum said on Thursday it had reached a settlement over five Nazi-looted works of art in its collection that will return two of them to the heir of their original Jewish owner, a victim of the Holocaust.

    The five pieces, all by Austrian painter Egon Schiele, had...

  • Thanks to viral video, Holocaust survivor gets wish to sing at Detroit Tigers game

    3 weeks ago

    An 89-year-old Holocaust survivor will sing the American national anthem at a Detroit Tigers baseball game, after her granddaughter circulated a video of her that went viral.

    Amid a flood of requests on her behalf, the Tigers invited Hermina Hirsch to fulfill her bucket list wish...

  • ‘Tell the truth,’ Auschwitz survivor urges accused in Nazi trials

    March 31, 2016 | 11:51 am

    A Holocaust survivor said on Tuesday that four suspects accused by German prosecutors of being accessory to murder at Auschwitz must have known of the mass killings taking place at the camp because of the "unbearable stench" of burning bodies.

    Germany is holding what are likely...

  • Microsoft pulls tweeting robot after it expresses admiration for Hitler

    March 24, 2016 | 2:28 pm

    Microsoft put the brakes on its artificial intelligence tweeting robot after it posted several offensive comments, including “Hitler was right I hate the jews.”

    The so-called chatbot TayTweets was launched by the Seattle-based software company on Wednesday as an experiment in...

  • Jesse Eisenberg on narcissism, the Holocaust, and getting to hit Ben Affleck

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 23, 2016 | 2:05 pm

    As Jesse Eisenberg sat down at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts to talk about his play, “The Revisionist,” the actor and playwright noticed that members of a camera crew from a previous interview were struggling to rearrange the furniture in the room. “Can I...

  • Survivor Fred Klein: ‘No name, no number’

    By Jane Ulman

    March 23, 2016 | 1:47 pm

    The doorbell rang at 6:45 a.m. on Sept. 1, 1939, waking 17-year-old Fred (then Friedrich) Klein, who was at home in Pilsen, Czechoslovakia, on vacation from art school in Prague. He heard a male voice address his father: “Alfred Klein, born May 17, 1887. Come with us.” Confused,...

  • Kasich compares war against ISIS to Holocaust

    March 16, 2016 | 12:21 pm

    Republican presidential candidate John Kasich on Wednesday likened the war against ISIS to WWII and the Holocaust when the United States took a leading role and stepped in to destroy evil.

    Fresh off his primary win in the state of Ohio on Tuesday, Kasich held a town hall meeting...

  • Dustin Hoffman breaks down on ‘Finding Your Roots’ after discovering his Jewish history

    March 10, 2016 | 1:02 pm

    Dustin Hoffman didn’t know the names of his paternal grandparents when he appeared Tuesday on the PBS show “Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates.”

    After learning of the tragedies in his family’s past and how his great-grandmother survived a Russian concentration camp to...

  • About Anti-Semitism and Finding The Way Home

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 2, 2016 | 8:46 am

    When we think of anti-Semitism, Europe usually pops to mind. We think about swastikas being drawn on Jewish tombs, houses or places of business, about terror attacks at synagogues, or hate-filled protest. But even as we think about it, it seems like something that happens far away...

  • Former Auschwitz SS medic to stand trial in Germany

    February 29, 2016 | 3:00 pm

    A 95-year-old former Nazi SS paramedic at the Auschwitz death camp, accused of being an accomplice to the murder of thousands, is to stand trial in Germany on Monday, one in a series of such recent cases. 

    Hubert Zafke was serving as a medic in the SS at the biggest death camp in...

  • Holocaust survivor, 81, suing El Al over request to change seats

    February 29, 2016 | 10:30 am

    An 81-year-old Holocaust survivor is suing El Al airlines after she was asked to move her seat because a haredi Orthodox man refused to sit next to her.

    The Reform movement’s Israel Religious Action Center said it will sue El Al in a Tel Aviv court this week on behalf of Renee...

  • Honoring Native American Voices:  Recognizing Tragic History and Praising Brave Spirits

    By Lia Mandelbaum

    February 25, 2016 | 10:00 am

    In 2013, while watching the film Broken Rainbow at a film festival, I learned something shocking as they talked about the Long Walk of the Navajo, which was the 1864 deportation and attempted ethnic cleansing of the Navajo people by the U.S. government.  I learned that Hitler had...

  • Tragedy has No Borders: the Khojaly Massacre Remembered

    By Milikh Yevdayev

    February 24, 2016 | 9:16 am

    When I write my pieces for the Jewish Journal, I always think first, how would my new friends and my adopted Jewish family in the United States feel when reading this. My first thoughts always focus on a desire to share our joint faith, our joint passion for Jewish life and the...

  • If ribs visible, you were candidate for crematorium, Auschwitz survivor tells Nazi trial

    February 18, 2016 | 10:31 am

    Three survivors spoke on Friday of the smell of burnt bodies and piles of the dead at Nazi Germany's Auschwitz death camp, one of whose former guards stands accused of helping in the murder of at least 170,000 people.

    "If your ribs were visible, you were a candidate for the...

  • Poland wants punishments for use of ‘Polish death camp’ phrase

    February 18, 2016 | 10:29 am

    Poland is drawing up new regulations to punish use of the phrase "Polish death camps" when referring to wartime Nazi concentration camps on Polish soil, Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro said on Saturday.

    Poland has long sought to eliminate the misleading phrase from historical...

  • New book prompts soul-searching in Lithuania about Holocaust-era complicity

    February 17, 2016 | 3:40 pm

    As the author of a best-seller that deals with female sexuality after 50, the Lithuanian novelist Ruta Vanagaite is used to embarrassing questions from journalists about her private life.

    But even she was astonished when a reporter for a popular television station demanded to see...

  • Both 94, Auschwitz survivor faces camp guard in German court

    February 11, 2016 | 11:19 am

    A 94-year-old survivor of Nazi Germany's Auschwitz death camp gave his testimony in court on Thursday, face to face with a former guard, who is charged with helping in the murder of at least 170,000 people.

    Leon Schwarzbaum, who lost 35 family members during the Holocaust, calmly...

  • From Freedom of Speech to Hate- Speech

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    February 11, 2016 | 8:17 am

    Response to a request to remove a group named “Death to Israel” is the following: “Thank you for taking the time to report something that you feel may violate our Community Standards. Reports like yours are an important part of making Facebook a safe and welcoming environment. We...

  • Former Nazi, 93, to be third Auschwitz guard to face trial this year

    February 5, 2016 | 11:26 am

    A 93-year-old former Nazi guard at Auschwitz will go on trial in Germany in April — the third such case to be tried in 2016.

    A German court announced on Friday that the ex-Waffen SS guard, whose name has not been released, is fit to stand trial, Agence France Press reported.

    ...
  • Holocaust remembrance speeches: How Obama and Netanyahu’s worldviews differ

    January 28, 2016 | 8:32 am

    President Barack Obama spoke Wednesday evening at the Israeli embassy in Washington, D.C., to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day. He exchanged warm greetings with Ambassador Ron Dermer, who noted that the speech was unprecedented. (Folks present said the last time a...

  • What Matters Most.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    January 28, 2016 | 7:43 am

    Remember when life was simply beautiful?

    Children didn’t get cancer.  No one filed bankruptcy.  Marriages were mostly… good.  Hospitals were places young women went to deliver babies.

    I yearn for that innocent past- fruits that tasted like grandma's love, friends more loyal...

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