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  • Maggie Gyllenhaal stars in SundanceTV’s “The Honorable Woman”

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    2 days ago

    In the opening moments of “The Honorable Woman,” an eight-part series premiering on Sundance TV on July 31, the young Nessa Stein looks on as an assassin plunges sharp tongs into her father’s neck, splattering her face with blood.

    The action then fast-forwards to the same room in...

  • Work completed overnight on Hungarian WWII monument

    4 days ago

    A controversial Nazi occupation monument was erected in downtown Budapest in the middle of the night after an appeals court rejected a petition to halt its construction.

    Workers completed the main components of the memorial in Freedom Square after midnight Sunday following the...

  • Not criticism, anti-Semitism

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    1 week ago

    So many people around the world lost their lives in armed conflicts, but all eyes are on Israel, which is often being compared to the Nazis. This is where criticism becomes anti-Semitism.

    In the past couple of weeks, hundreds of people died in Yemen, as a result of clashes...

  • Yad Vashem and sirens

    By Michael Berenbaum

    1 week ago

    I have been in Israel for the past several days attending conferences on the Holocaust at Yad Vashem and at the Ghetto Fighters’ House, near Nahariya — all amid the shelling. 

    Sirens go off in the morning and the evening, and we face a decision whether to hasten to the shelter or...

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  • Former Nazi guard, Johann Breyer, denied bail in Philadelphia

    2 weeks ago

    A former Nazi concentration camp guard awaiting extradition to Germany has been denied bail by a U.S. judge in Philadelphia.

    Lawyers for Johann Breyer, 89, had sought his release before an Aug. 21 extradition hearing, arguing in court papers he suffered from dementia and other...

  • German teacher caught smuggling inmates’ possessions from Auschwitz

    3 weeks ago

    A teacher from Germany was arrested at Auschwitz after being caught with items that belonged to Holocaust victims.

    The 47-year-old educator on Tuesday admitted to taking the items from an area where possessions of the former concentration camp inmates had been stored during World...

  • Robbers raid Holocaust victims’ mass grave in Ukraine

    June 27, 2014 | 8:56 am

    Grave robbers in Ukraine raided the final resting place of Jews executed en masse during the Holocaust, a Kiev-based watchdog on anti-Semitism reported.

    The raid occurred on June 20 near Volodymyr-Volynsky, a western city located just north of Lviv, according to Jewish Kiev group...

  • SS war criminal lived in Britain for 66 years, Nazi hunter said

    June 20, 2014 | 8:56 am

    A Nazi soldier who helped murder Jews during the Holocaust lived undetected in London for 66 years until his recent death, a British Nazi hunter said.

    The man, a former SS soldier in a unit that massacred Poles and Jews during World War II, was identified as Serhij Woronyj by the...

  • Considering future, Claims Conference weighs shutting down vs. Holocaust education

    June 19, 2014 | 3:02 pm

    A special panel tasked with examining the governance and strategic vision of the Claims Conference is recommending that the organization shift its long-term focus to Holocaust education and remembrance, JTA has learned.

    The panel was appointed last year following a scandal...

  • Philly man, 89, arrested for Nazi-era crimes

    June 18, 2014 | 2:58 pm

    An 89-year-old Philadelphia man, Johann Breyer, was arrested for abetting murder during his time as a Nazi guard at Auschwitz and Buchenwald.

    Breyer, a retired toolmaker originally from Czechoslovakia who is also known by the first name John, appeared in court Wednesday, a day...

  • In a country struggling with its past, a young Austrian bears witness

    By Jared Sichel

    June 18, 2014 | 10:08 am

    As she described how amazed she sometimes feels at no longer being afraid of Germans or Austrians, Holocaust survivor Dana Schwartz apologetically patted George Stoellinger — her 22-year-old Austrian driver — on the shoulder.

    Schwartz acknowledged how far Germany has come in...

  • Pope Francis defends Pius XII’s wartime record

    June 13, 2014 | 11:48 am

    Pope Francis defended Pius XII’s record during World War II, calling the former pope “the great defender of the Jews.”

    In an interview Monday with Spain’s La Vanguardia newspaper, the pope said Pius hid many Jews in convents and even his own residence, including 42 babies born in...

  • Cantor’s loss leaves Jewish Republicans bereft

    June 11, 2014 | 10:01 am

    Eric Cantor’s defeat in one constituency, Virginia’s 7th Congressional district, triggered mourning among another: Republican Jews.

    Since 2009, Rep. Cantor (R-Va.) has been the only Jewish Republican in Congress. After the 2010 GOP takeover of the House, he became the majority...

  • Survivor: Frida Berger

    By Jane Ulman

    June 4, 2014 | 11:32 am

    “You have to go to the synagogue,” the mailman announced, banging a drum as he stood outside the house Frida Berger (née Isac) shared with two sisters and two brothers in Comlausa, Romania. It was 7 a.m. on the day after Passover in 1944. Two Hungarian soldiers accompanying the...

  • Time to rethink our “never again” promise…

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 4, 2014 | 8:33 am

    “Never again means NEVER AGAIN” – in the past couple of months, I encountered this sentence online more times than I can count. It is usually associated with Israel’s National Holocaust Remembrance Day. We were taught this sentence every year since first grade, when our teacher...

  • MSNBC’s Toure apologizes for tweet on Holocaust survivors

    May 29, 2014 | 8:50 am

    MSNBC host Toure Neblett apologized for a tweet in which he suggested that Jewish survivors of the Holocaust succeeded because they are white.

    “Late last week, I foolishly got involved in a twitter exchange regarding an article about reparations,” Toure tweeted on Tuesday...

  • Educating the next generation to care

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 28, 2014 | 8:47 am

    "World Peace" – a lifetime wish we all carry in our hearts. Every day when we read the news, we pray for a hate-free world, but how can we achieve this world when we are the ones pushing it further away?! Furthermore, how can more attention dedicated to educating the younger...

  • Pope weaves through Mideast obstacle course as visit ends

    May 26, 2014 | 11:15 am

    Pope Francis navigated the minefield of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and humbly bowed to kiss the hands of Holocaust survivors on Monday, the last day of a successful Mideast trip laden with bold personal gestures.

    "Never again, Lord. Never again!" he said in the dimly lit...

  • Pope Francis and the need to confront evil

    By  Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    May 26, 2014 | 10:38 am

    No one can deny that Pope Francis is a man who walks the walk. While many disagree with his neo-socialist world-view, who can feel anything but respect for a world leader who eschews the perks of office to champion the poor and the oppressed. The Pope is also courageously...

  • Survivor: William Harvey

    By Jane Ulman

    May 21, 2014 | 10:48 am

    “You have to leave your home. We’re taking you to work.” Rifle-carrying soldiers banged on William Harvey’s (then Wilheim Herskovits) door, giving the family five minutes to pack. William grabbed his best coat, which his mother had fashioned from a mohair blanket he had received...

  • UK’s Prince Charles likens Russia’s Putin to Hitler, Paper

    May 21, 2014 | 8:40 am

    Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, has likened Russian President Vladimir Putin to German Nazi leader Adolf Hitler over his stance on Ukraine, according to a British newspaper.

    During a royal tour of Canada, the 65-year-old prince told a Jewish woman who fled from...

  • VIDEO: Holocaust Survivors 2014 - Faces, Not Numbers

    By Jeremy Elster

    May 20, 2014 | 5:15 am

    On Holocaust Remembrance Day 2014, Israel Social TV reflects on the government’s treatment of the 200,000 living Holocaust survivors in Israel. We attended a new photographic exhibit in Jaffa titled “Holocaust Survivors 2014” and asked the following question. How well is the...

  • In eye of Nazi storm, Dutch Jews found unlikely refugee

    May 19, 2014 | 3:53 pm

    In her nightmares, Tilly Walvis pictured German soldiers storming the house where she was hiding and deporting her children and the Christian couple sheltering them.

    Walvis had good reason to fear. At the time, her family was living in the home of Albert and Frederika Santing in...

  • In L.A., children of Holocaust survivors say ‘Never Again’ — with a gun

    May 19, 2014 | 3:39 pm

    It’s a sunny morning in Southern California and Lea Rosenfeld, a soft-spoken, bespectacled woman who looks like a Jewish grandmother, squares her feet, faces her target and squeezes off five shots with a handgun.

    All of them miss.

    “I never even held a gun in my hands before,”...

  • Moving and Shaking: Obama at Shoah Foundation, Righteous Among the Nations Award given

    By Ryan Torok

    May 15, 2014 | 12:20 pm

    Recalling the horrors of the Holocaust, President Barack Obama urged nations to fight growing anti-Semitism and threats against Israel in his remarks on May 7 to 1,200 supporters of the University of Southern California Shoah Foundation. Obama called for “confronting a rising tide...

  • Canada selects design for national Holocaust monument

    May 12, 2014 | 10:40 am

    A team that includes world-renowned architect Daniel Liebeskind has been chosen over five other finalists to create a national Holocaust monument in Ottawa.

    The team was announced made Monday by Canadian Heritage Minister Shelly Glover, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and...

  • Obama says kidnapping of Nigerian girls shows man’s ‘darkest impulses’

    May 8, 2014 | 1:15 pm

    President Barack Obama issued a somber warning on Wednesday that the kidnapping of Nigerian girls and sectarian conflicts worldwide are a sign that "we have not extinguished man's darkest impulses."

    Obama accepted a humanitarian award from director Steven Spielberg at the...

  • Iranian-Jewish doctor spreads Holocaust truth in Farsi

    By Karmel Melamed

    May 7, 2014 | 1:34 pm

    As Jews worldwide remembered and honored the 6 million Jewish victims of the Holocaust in recent weeks, Dr. Ari Babaknia, a renowned Newport Beach Iranian-Jewish obstetrician and gynecologist, was crisscrossing the country — touring Southern California and New York City — and...

  • Survivor: Curt Lowens

    By Jane Ulman

    May 7, 2014 | 10:12 am

    "We are surrounded by Hitler Youth throwing stones. Get home as fast as you can.” Dr. Leonore Goldschmidt, director of the Goldschmidt Schule (School) in Berlin, told the students as she rushed into one of Curt Lowens’ (then Loewenstein’s) morning classes. Amid the chaos, Curt...

  • Do visits to sites of another’s tragedy help promote peace?

    By Simone Wilson

    May 7, 2014 | 9:32 am

    On Yom HaShoah this year, when Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called the Holocaust “the most heinous crime to have occurred against humanity in the modern era,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu brushed off the unprecedented statement as “damage control” for...

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