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  • Survivor: Boris Abel

    By Jane Ulman

    1 week ago

    As Boris Abel — then Berelis Abelski — was being herded from the cattle car that had transported him to Auschwitz, he saw what was happening ahead and quickly tossed the small bag of gold and diamonds he was carrying into a nearby sewer. He and the other newly arrived prisoners...

  • A survivor’s Passover tale

    1 week ago

    I learned about Passover from my parents, from my teachers, but most of all from my uncle, Henry Kolber. The Nazis took Uncle Henry from his village in Poland at the very beginning of the war. For more than five years, he survived Nazi captivity. He was young. He was strong. He was...

  • Hunt for Nazi art shows museum failings, former minister says

    1 week ago

    A German pensioner's decision to let experts check his art trove for Nazi-looted treasures contrasts sharply with the approach of some museums that may hold works stolen from Holocaust victims, a former minister said on Tuesday.

    Over 2,000 German museums hold works created before...

  • Diplomacy is back in action, Pharell Williams is HAPPY with Israel and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    1 week ago

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is saved!

    The 11-day Foreign Ministry strike that closed embassies abroad and prevented high-profile visits both to and from Israel ended on Wednesday evening as the Treasury and the ministry’s workers committee signed a labor agreement. This ends...

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  • Ben Kingsley honors Holocaust stories with his film roles

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    2 weeks ago

    Sir Ben Kingsley’s piercing brown eyes flashed when he was asked if he remembered the first time he learned about the Holocaust.

    “I’m afraid I do,” the 70-year-old British thespian told the Journal at a recent United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) gala, where he became...

  • Germany’s Kiefer says Jewish collectors boosted career

    2 weeks ago

    German artist Anselm Kiefer, many of whose huge canvases examine the legacy of the Third Reich, attributes much of his success to Jewish collectors in New York who latched onto his art early in his career when his fellow Germans were not all that interested.

    Kiefer spoke on...

  • Survivor: Idele Stapholtz

    By Jane Ulman

    3 weeks ago

    The dining room of the Jewish orphanage in Dinslaken, Germany, suddenly went dark. Idele Stapholtz — then Ida Steuer — heard shouting and breaking glass as strange men began hurling tables and chairs through the windows lining the back wall. She and her friend Katie Kohn, both 12...

  • Survivor: Helen Freeman

    By Jane Ulman

    March 12, 2014 | 1:12 pm

    “Yes, Mother, I will not go too far,” Helen Freeman — then Chaja Borenkraut — promised her mother as she left their ghetto apartment in Radom, Poland, on a Thursday afternoon in July 1942. But, suddenly, only a short distance from the apartment, a truck stopped and two SS officers...

  • Leaving Israel, Africans face detention, possibly death

    By Simone Wilson

    March 11, 2014 | 5:31 pm

    “When the conflict started in the Darfur region and we came to Israel, all the people knew why,” said Yeman Adam, a 30-year-old Sudanese asylum seeker who fled to Israel in 2008. “The media was making comparisons between the Holocaust and Darfur genocide, and the Israeli government...

  • Maryland school bus strikes, kills Holocaust survivor

    February 28, 2014 | 1:35 pm

    A school bus killed a 91-year-old Holocaust survivor as he was crossing a street in a Maryland suburb of Washington.

    Elia Miranski was using a walker when the bus hit him in Silver Spring near Washington D.C., on Wednesday, the Silver Spring Patch news site reported. He died...

  • German WW II film shows war is hell — win or lose

    By  Tom Tugend

    February 26, 2014 | 5:21 pm

    The victors in any war write its history, so the saying goes. But what about the loser’s story?

    Germany was the loser in World War II, on the fighting front and the home front. Nowhere has this aspect of the war been told as graphically, accurately and powerfully as in the film...

  • Survivor: Fred Wolf

    By Jane Ulman

    February 26, 2014 | 4:41 pm

    At 5 a.m. on Nov. 9, 1938, Manfred (Fred) Wolf was awakened by loud banging on the front door of their home in Merl an der Mosel, Germany. He looked out his upstairs window to see two Brownshirts, members of a Nazi militia, standing below with bayoneted guns. “Ed Wolf, you have to...

  • Getting to know Germany…up close

    February 26, 2014 | 3:57 pm

    So this is where they did it,” I think to myself. I’m in Berlin, headed to a hotel, and all I can think about is the Holocaust. A truck pulls in front of me. On the back is written “Schnell!” The exclamation point cues me in. It’s an ad. It wants me to hurry up and buy something....

  • Netanyahu offers condolences to grandson of Alice Herz-Sommer

    February 25, 2014 | 1:41 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent a condolence letter to Ariel Sommer, the grandson of Alice Herz-Sommer, who was the world’s oldest Holocaust survivor.

    Herz-Sommer died Sunday in London at the age of 110.

    With her death, Yisrael Kristal, an Israeli candy maker...

  • Germans own up to their dark past

    February 25, 2014 | 11:27 am

    Having been a loquacious debater on multiple continents, both in structured and everyday situations, I am well aware that the first rule of debate is universal. That is, never bring up Hitler or the Holocaust. Never liken any current event, or potential future event, to either of...

  • Alice Herz-Sommer, oldest known Holocaust survivor, dies at 110

    February 23, 2014 | 8:59 pm

    Alice Herz-Sommer, the 110-year-old Holocaust survivor and concert pianist whose life was the subject of an Oscar-nominated documentary, has died.

    Herz-Sommer, who was believed to be the oldest Holocaust survivor and was still playing the piano, died Sunday morning in London.

    ...
  • Survivor: Emil Jacoby

    By Jane Ulman

    February 12, 2014 | 4:00 pm

    On Saturday evening, March 18, 1944, Emil Jacoby’s father walked him to the train station in Cop, Czechoslovakia. Emil, just 20, had spent an emotional weekend with his family — their last weekend together, though they didn’t know it at the time — and was returning to Budapest....

  • WeHo display equates Putin to Hitler, disturbs survivors

    By Jared Sichel

    February 6, 2014 | 2:29 pm

    Since Monday, Feb. 3, the storefront window at LA Jock’s on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood has displayed a mannequin wearing a striped concentration camp-style uniform adorned with an inverted pink triangle – the symbol used by the Nazis to identify homosexuals.

    The...

  • Iran’s Zarif: Holocaust ‘should not happen again’

    February 4, 2014 | 9:10 am

    Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said the Holocaust was “tragically cruel and should not happen again.”

    Zarif, addressing the Munich Security Conference, again distanced his government led by President Hassan Rouhani, who was elected last summer, from its predecessor led by...

  • Survivor: Betty Cohen

    By Jane Ulman

    January 29, 2014 | 10:58 am

    During her first night in Birkenau, on May 22, 1944, Betty Cohen — née Beppe (Rebecca) Corper — slid out of her lower bunk and stepped outside to use the toilet. Just 23, she had arrived that morning with her parents, aunt and grandmother, as well as her fiance and his family, from...

  • International holocaust day 2014: Holocaust denial - becoming scarily reliable

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 28, 2014 | 12:12 pm

    How positive you are that the Holocaust really occurred? That it is not one big fraud planned by the US and its allies? That the pictures that you see of piles of dead bodies are not just the bodies of Jews who fled to Europe from communist Russia and died from typhus disease? That...

  • Bonham Carter, Rabbi Mirvis named to British Holocaust panel

    January 27, 2014 | 2:37 pm

    Actress Helena Bonham Carter and Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis were among those chosen for the new British Holocaust Commission.

    Members of the commission, which will investigate ways to educate Britons about the Shoah, were announced Monday by Prime Minister David Cameron, the...

  • Anti-Semitism past and current decried at Holocaust memorials

    January 27, 2014 | 1:55 pm

    The president of the European Jewish Congress, making reference to the quenelle gesture, decried a new wave of anti-Semitism sweeping Europe at an International Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony in Brussels.

    Dr. Moshe Kantor made his remarks at the official annual European...

  • Six million reasons I don’t like the new Holocaust book

    January 27, 2014 | 12:00 pm

    I admit it. I dropped the ball on the story about the new remember-the-Holocaust-by-printing-the-word-Jew-six-million-times book. I saw it sitting in a veteran Jewish journalist’s office a week ago, but forgot to bring it up to my fellow JTA editors.

    And then I look at the...

  • Letter from Shin Dong-hyuk

    January 24, 2014 | 12:22 pm

    I learned of the history of the Jewish people for the first time in South Korea, after my escape from political prison Camp 14 in North Korea. I also learned about the horrific Holocaust, the genocide suffered by the Jewish people at the hands of the Nazis some 70 years ago. 

    ...
  • Auschwitz in North Korea

    By Rob Eshman

    January 23, 2014 | 10:43 am

    This week’s cover story by Jared Sichel is one of the most important pieces the Jewish Journal has published in our 28-year history.

    It is not about the Holocaust, or Israel, or modern Jewish life. It’s about the unrelenting evil of North Korean concentration camps. And it’s...

  • Holocaust in North Korea

    By Jared Sichel

    January 23, 2014 | 10:13 am

    As Shin Dong-hyuk crawled over his friend’s lifeless body, the 23-year-old North Korean could feel the electric current shooting through him. 

    Luckily, for Shin, the two pairs of pants he was wearing, coupled with his friend’s corpse, shielded him for the most part from the...

  • 북한 내 대학살 Holocaust in North Korea (translation)

    By Jared Sichel

    January 22, 2014 | 10:57 am

    신동혁이 그의 친구, 23살의 북한 사람의 죽은 시체를 기어 올랐을 때, 그는 그를 관통한 전기 총격의 전류를 느낄 수 있었습니다. 

    운이 좋게도, 신씨는 그가 입고 있던 바지로 그의 친구의 시체를 연결 시켜, 가시 철사 울타리를 통한 치명적인 전압의 흐름의 대부분으로부터 그를 보호할 수 있었습니다.

    이 울타리는 그가 수용소, 수도 평양시로부터 북쪽으로 약  50마일 떨어진 언덕에 있는 태동강에 있는 북한 수용소 내에서 태어났을 때부터 그를  억류한 울타리었습니다.

    그러나 가혹한 오후,...

  • Behind Japanese fascination with Anne Frank, a ‘kinship of victims’

    January 21, 2014 | 4:18 pm

    She speaks only Japanese and is not entirely sure what country she’s in, but 18-year-old Haruna Matsui is happy to stand in the rain for an hour with two friends to see the home of a person she has never met yet nonetheless considers her soul mate.

    “We visited Paris and Brussels,...

  • Survivor: Sarah Leisner

    By Jane Ulman

    January 16, 2014 | 2:48 pm

    Sarah Leisner — née Kanzer — was digging foxholes in a frozen field in northern Poland on the bitter cold and dark afternoon of Dec. 31, 1944, when she spied several small houses nearby, with smoke rising from the chimneys. “Let’s break in and steal a needle and thread,” Sarah, 19,...

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