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

    2 days ago

    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

    2 days ago

    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

    1 week ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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...

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  • What Matters Most.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    2 weeks ago

    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...

  • UN remembers 6 million dead Jews as Ban Ki Moon’s words endanger 6 million live Jews

    2 weeks ago

    Then UN Secretary General Kofi Annan once acknowledged that the United Nations “rose from the ashes of the Holocaust” to save the remnants of European Jewry and provide the Jewish people with an opportunity to fulfill their age-old aspirations through the new nation state of...

  • Merkel opens exhibition of Holocaust art in Berlin

    3 weeks ago

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel opened the biggest exhibition of Holocaust art outside Israel in Berlin on Monday, after pledging to take concerns about rising anti-Semitism seriously. 

    The "Art from the Holocaust" show features 100 works from Yad Vashem, Israel's official...

  • Celebrating Aristides de Sousa Mendes, diplomat and Holocaust hero, who saved 10,000 Jews

    By  Tom Tugend

    January 15, 2016 | 10:10 am

    Los Angeles Jews will celebrate the life and moral courage of a devout Catholic beginning Jan. 22, with the world premiere of an oratorio, an exhibition, film screenings and a memorial service.

    The honoree is the late diplomat Aristides de Sousa Mendes, who in 1940, while serving...

  • Rabbi’s remarks spark outrage about slated appearance

    By Jared Sichel

    January 6, 2016 | 2:55 pm

    Rabbi Yosef Mizrachi, a popular Sephardic rabbi in parts of the Charedi world, said in a speech filmed years ago — but not posted online until the end of December — that the number of Jews murdered in the Holocaust is below the historically accepted number of 6 million.

    Way...

  • Madame Tussauds Museum in London Removed Hitler Figure

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 6, 2016 | 8:31 am

    Until recently, the Madam Tussaud's wax museum in London was home to an Adolf Hitler statue. The Hitler figure was placed in the wax museum "World Leaders" display, positioned in a victorious posture next to a defeated Churchill, and had a plaque next to it calling Hitler a...

  • New York rabbi claims only 1 million halachic Jews killed in Holocaust

    December 31, 2015 | 9:19 am

    A New York-based haredi Orthodox rabbi who has posted thousands of popular outreach lectures online said only about 1 million halachic Jews died in the Holocaust.

    Rabbi Yosef Mizrachi in a video posted Tuesday on his YouTube channel, cited high assimilation rates in Europe before...

  • Survivor: Klara Wizel

    By Jane Ulman

    December 30, 2015 | 9:43 am

    “Seven, eight, four, five. Write that down,” Dr. Josef Mengele instructed a nearby guard as a naked and painfully thin Klara Wizel — then Iutkovits — stood before the Auschwitz doctor in yet another selection, her drab, gray dress draped over her right arm, her tattooed left arm...

  • Is Trump Hitler?

    By Rob Eshman

    December 16, 2015 | 11:05 am

    New York Times columnist Roger Cohen wondered in print whether Donald Trump isn’t the second coming of “the bully from the beer halls.”

    Me, I keep my Holocaust analogies to the bare minimum: Cambodia, Rwanda, Armenia. Those were holocausts. The Iran deal? The refugee crisis?...

  • Roman Polanski, 10 other Hollywood Jews open up about surviving Holocaust

    December 16, 2015 | 10:27 am

    The Hollywood Reporter is commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust with a feature on 11 survivors who went on to careers in American entertainment. The project, released Wednesday morning online and in print, includes moving video interviews with all the...

  • Teachers get a lesson in propaganda

    By Elyse Glickman

    December 9, 2015 | 3:38 pm

    Propaganda can come in many forms — even board games.

    When local educators gathered Dec. 5 for a teaching workshop presented by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, they were exposed to World War II-era posters, films, photographs and a disturbing board game from the...

  • Trump’s anti-Muslim, anti-Obama GOP Surge.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    December 8, 2015 | 9:44 am

    For the first time, some Americans are feeling the panic many of us experienced when the left was electing and re-electing Obama.  We knew this would lead to freeing up money to Iran, the largest sponsor of terror in the world, as well as undermine Israel’s security.  To many of...

  • I went to Auschwitz to learn something I had forgotten

    November 30, 2015 | 1:02 pm

    The other week, I went on a school trip. This is not your typical school trip to New York or Washington D.C; rather it was a trip to Poland, a country with one of the most tragic histories. Of course, the trip was filled with tears, but to simply cry about the past without taking...

  • Ben Carson on aborting baby Hitler: ‘I’m not in favor of aborting anybody’

    November 12, 2015 | 11:02 am

    Ben Carson, a staunch abortion foe, said he would not have aborted baby Hitler.

    Asked following the fourth Republican presidential candidates’ debate in Milwaukee on Tuesday whether he would be in favor of aborting baby Hitler, Carson, a front-runner in the GOP contest,...

  • New film looks at Hitler’s suicide

    By  Tom Tugend

    November 9, 2015 | 3:48 pm

    The outsized figure of Adolf Hitler retains a strange fascination as the incarnation of absolute evil, responsible for the deaths of between 40 million and 50 million soldiers and civilians during World War II and the Holocaust.

    Even after Joseph Stalin’s top experts, who...

  • Jeb Bush: ‘Hell yeah’ I’d kill baby Hitler

    November 9, 2015 | 1:13 pm

    Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said if given the opportunity he would kill Adolf Hitler as a baby.

    “Hell yeah, I would,” Bush told the Huffington Post in an interview previewed on Monday. “You gotta step up man.”

    Bush, the former governor of Florida, was responding...

  • Sanders pulls up sleeve discussing the Holocaust

    November 6, 2015 | 10:45 am

    Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders got personal about his Jewish upbringing during an interview with NPR’s “Morning Edtion” on Thursday.

    Speaking how the history of the Jewish people had inspired him to oppose the current upsurge in anti-immigrant sentiment and...

  • Remembering the November 1938 pogroms known as ‘Kristallnacht’

    By Michael Berenbaum

    November 4, 2015 | 3:16 pm

    What’s in a name?

    November 9, 2015, marks the 77th anniversary of the 1938 pogroms launched throughout Germany, a nation that, after March 1938, also included Austria. More than 1,000 synagogues were burned, 7,000 Jewish businesses were ransacked and looted and more than 30,000...

  • Survivor: Marianne Klein

    By Jane Ulman

    November 4, 2015 | 10:14 am

    "Get out, move,” Nazi and Arrow Cross soldiers shouted in German and Hungarian as they burst into the crowded four-story Swedish safe house in Budapest, Hungary, on Jan. 8, 1945. Marianne Klein — then 13 and called Marika Roth — had escaped to the house only days earlier....

  • What I learned on Kibbutz Kfar Menachem

    By Gina Nahai

    November 4, 2015 | 9:46 am

    You forget, you know, that there are other ways to live. Other than the daily pursuit of “more,” the constant reaching for success, the persistent longing for recognition, validation — for youth and beauty, intimacy and affection. 

    Out on Kibbutz Kfar Menachem — 36 miles...

  • Hollywood and the Jewish future

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 28, 2015 | 1:53 pm

    Of the great ironies lately — the German chancellor rescuing 800,000 refugees, the Israeli prime minister making a Holocaust gaffe — Hollywood adds another: “Homeland” has moved to Berlin. 

    The show that began as Israel’s “Hatufim” (Prisoners of War), about captured Israeli...

  • Ben Carson: Rabbis agree gun control contributed to Holocaust

    October 26, 2015 | 9:23 am

    Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson again defended his claim that gun control helped enable the Holocaust, saying even some rabbis backed his assertion.

    Appearing Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Carson reiterated his claim that gun control in Germany that began in the...

  • The mufti’s hotel was just ranked the best in the Middle East (yes, that mufti)

    October 22, 2015 | 2:03 pm

    This week we learned that the grand mufti of Jerusalem gave Hitler the idea for the Final Solution — or at least that Israel’s prime minister believes that.

    But it turns out that Palestinian nationalist Haj Amin al-Husseini was not merely a notorious anti-Zionist and anti-Semite:...

  • Hitler needed plenty of help to kill the Jews – but no inspiration

    By Michael Berenbaum

    October 21, 2015 | 3:07 pm

    In a speech to the World Zionist Congress, on Oct. 20, 2015, the prime minister of Israel said:

    “Hitler didn’t want to exterminate the Jews at the time [Nov. 28, 1941], he wanted to expel the Jews. And Haj Amin al-Husseini [the mufti of Jerusalem] went to Hitler and said, ‘If you...

  • Ben Carson, a skilled brain surgeon

    By Steve Greenberg

    October 21, 2015 | 2:54 pm

  • The truth about Jerusalem’s grand mufti, Hitler and the Holocaust

    October 21, 2015 | 1:36 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu went too far in recent comments that Nazi collaborator Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem before and during World War II, played a “central role in fomenting the Final Solution” by trying to convince Hitler to destroy the...

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