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  • Pinning of yellow star on 3-year-old reignites Israeli education debate

    2 days ago

    On April 19, Keren Zachmi’s daughter returned from her kindergarten near Tel Aviv wearing a yellow patch emblazoned with the word “Jude.”

    A teacher had put the yellow star on 17 kindergarteners so they would feel like Holocaust victims during Yom Hashoah, Israel’s national...

  • Merkel says Germans can never forget death camp horrors

    2 days ago

    Germans will never forget the "unfathomable horrors" that the Nazis inflicted at the death camps, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday at a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp near Munich.

    In a moving speech to 120 elderly...

  • On Dachau’s 70th anniversary of liberation, a new “Arbeit macht frei” gate

    1 week ago

    A German blacksmith who painstakingly rebuilt an iron gate at the Dachau concentration camp bearing the notorious "Arbeit macht frei" (work sets you free) slogan  hoped no one would notice his work was a replica.

    Michael Poitner said he was honoured to win the contract to...

  • At Bergen-Belsen memorial, warnings and worry on Holocaust remembrance

    1 week ago

    At the former Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, hundreds of survivors, along with their children and grandchildren, stood together last weekend under gray skies on a ground alive with memories doing their part for the future.

    “I ask young people to please take the right decisions...

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  • Armenia immortalizes fascists, anti-Semites who participated in the Holocaust

    1 week ago

    A few days ago, former Armenian Prime Minister Hrant Bagratyan submitted a draft resolution recognizing the Holocaust in the country`s legislative body. However, when further explaining his move, he told the media: “Some say that we should not recognize the Holocaust unless Israel...

  • FBI chief tells Poland’s U.S. envoy he regrets Holocaust remarks

    2 weeks ago

    The head of the U.S. intelligence service told the Polish ambassador to the United States that he regretted his remarks on what Poland has said was an accusation of complicity in the Holocaust, the Polish foreign ministry said on Thursday.

    Poland now considers the matter settled,...

  • On the eve of Yom Hazikaron, some thoughts on the Armenian Genocide

    2 weeks ago

    More than 60 years ago, my Aunt Ruth and her family escaped through the back door of their home as Nazi soldiers broke down the front.  She spent the next seven years of her life hiding in basements, monasteries and praying that she would survive.  She went on to have four...

  • Five Minutes, Every Year - When Israel Stops to Remember

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    2 weeks ago

    One of the most inimitable characteristics of Israel is its “small community” atmosphere. Here, we often call each other “brother” and “sister,” even if we’re talking to a stranger, because most chances are he served in the same military base as us, or a relative of his went to...

  • Two survivors speak out on the anniversaries of the Armenian Genocide and the liberation of Auschwitz

    3 weeks ago

    This article is being jointly run with Asbarez — a publication serving the Armenian-American community.


     

    This year marks the passage of two major anniversaries that reveal man’s unbelievable capacity for cruelty and evil. It has been 100 years since the outbreak of the...

  • Passing an art legacy on to the next generation

    3 weeks ago

    During the lengthy visits she would have with her great-uncle and great-aunt, David and Rivka Labkovski, at their home in South Africa, Leora Raikin — who was a young girl at the time — recalls these relatives being a bit eccentric.

    David owned one pair of shoes, and Rivka — the...

  • How can we Heal After the Holocaust?

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    3 weeks ago

    Look at images on Google for the word Holocaust and feel the hole in your soul. It hurts. It's silencing. The enormity and barbarism of the Holocaust are so unfathomable and have traumatized our entire people. This trauma manifests in so many ways both visible and invisible. Most...

  • He witnessed — and filmed — the horror of the Holocaust

    By Roberto Loiederman

    3 weeks ago

    In early April 1945, Arthur Mainzer, barely 22, was a United States Army Air Forces cameraman assigned to documenting the war in Europe; he’d been serving for three years, and, so far, World War II had not been a horrific experience for him. In fact, it had been exciting. He’d had...

  • The remembrance tools of the Jewish disaster

    By Shmuel Rosner

    3 weeks ago

    There's no escape from asking how we will continue to remember in the future, and until when. There's no escape from asking how we will continue to remember in the future, and in what way. The annals of Jewish history are rich in tragedies. We don’t really count the small ones...

  • ‘The Last Girl at Victoria Station’ a Kindertransport story

    3 weeks ago

    Every morning in 1936, Anne Forchheimer would bicycle to school, over a bridge in the German town of Coburg. She tried not to notice the signs of hate she passed along the way.  Hate for Jews and the call for their removal from German society. German law had forbidden Jewish...

  • At Auschwitz-Birkenau, the silence and the song

    3 weeks ago

    Snow brings a strange silence. No more so than in the vastness of Auschwitz-Birkenau, where on Jan. 27 we all began several months of remembering the unfolding of the liberation of the Nazi camps 70 years ago. That day, I walked alongside Los Angeles resident Dario Gabbai in the...

  • What’s wrong with March of the Living?

    3 weeks ago

    The evening before we visited Auschwitz, over pizza with a group of young people in Oswiecim, the town on whose outskirts lies that infamous symbol, one of my students approached me with tears in her eyes.

    Tears are hardly uncommon to visitors of sites of mass death. But for this...

  • In Budapest, thousands mark the Holocaust at March of the Living

    3 weeks ago

    Thousands came out for the the March of the Living in Budapest, where World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder  reminded the Hungarian government to speak out against anti-Semitism.

    Lauder also denounced the far-right Jobbik party, the second largest in the country, as...

  • An extensive history of the Holocaust

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    April 9, 2015 | 10:53 am

    On Holocaust Remembrance Day, we are confronted by a bitter irony. The vast and ever-expanded scholarship of the Shoah has never been greater, and yet, at the same time, we still hear insistent voices that minimize or even deny that it happened. That’s why the most crucial form of...

  • Budapest street exhibition on Holocaust survivors defaced

    April 8, 2015 | 12:45 pm

    An exhibition about Holocaust survivors was defaced in Budapest.

    The incident was reported Sunday by the Hungarian Jewish community’s watchdog on anti-Semitism, the Action and Protection Foundation, or TEV.

    According to the report on TEV’s Facebook page, unknown individuals on...

  • When Holocaust truth is stranger than fiction, do we need fiction?

    April 7, 2015 | 10:38 am

    At the age of 5, Moshe Tirosh’s main concern was keeping his younger sister quiet as they lived in isolation at a subterranean hideout under the feet of Nazi troops stationed at the zoo of occupied Warsaw.

    His extraordinary account of surviving the Holocaust came back to me on...

  • Book alleges Nazi collaborator betrayed Anne Frank’s family

    April 7, 2015 | 10:19 am

    A Dutch author published a book alleging that his aunt may have told Nazi authorities where to find Anne Frank and her family.

    The allegation appeared in a biography that was published Tuesday about the Dutch resistance activist Elisabeth “Bep” Voskuijl.

    The book, coauthored by...

  • ‘Letters to Afar’: Glimpses of a lost world

    By Tom Teicholz

    April 2, 2015 | 7:51 pm

    “Once upon a time” is a phrase we use for fairy tales and fables. Yet most Jews carry with them another time, another land, another city. It could be the Pale of Settlement or Vilnius, Krakow or Lvov or, in more recent times, the Lower East Side, the Bronx, Tehran, Moscow, Buenos...

  • Aaron M. Cohen

    By Jane Ulman

    April 2, 2015 | 5:23 pm

    “Get your things. Let’s go,” the policemen ordered. Aaron (then Henri) Cohen, his parents and his younger brother gathered some belongings from their apartment in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, and began walking toward the Jewish school, about a mile away. There, about 600, Aaron estimates, of...

  • New research shows Anne Frank died earlier than believed

    April 1, 2015 | 4:43 pm

    Anne Frank died earlier than previously believed, according to new research.

    Researchers from the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam looking into the last months of the teenage diarist and her sister Margot concluded that they died in February 1945, according to a statement from the...

  • Child Holocaust survivors share their stories

    April 1, 2015 | 1:39 pm

    Everyone knows about the 6 million. Beth Cohen, a religious-studies lecturer at CSUN, wanted to focus on a different number as she convened a March 26 panel discussion on campus with three child survivors of the Holocaust.

    “Perhaps what is lesser known is that 1.5 million...

  • Tending the roots: Making meaning of the heritage of the Holocaust in my family

    March 25, 2015 | 4:56 pm

    I am the grandchild of Holocaust survivors on my mother’s side. Both her parents survived with one sibling. The rest — brothers, sisters, parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles — did not survive. On my father’s side, though his parents and grandparents immigrated to Israel before...

  • Helen Mirren plays out a story of restitution and intrigue

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 25, 2015 | 1:44 pm

    Dame Helen Mirren may be best known for her portrayal of Elizabeth II in Stephen Frears’ 2006 film, “The Queen,” for which she received an Academy Award, and her public persona, as well, appears always to exude a measure of both elegance and hauteur — so much so that Frears...

  • Painting by Hitler to be auctioned, gallery asking $30K

    March 24, 2015 | 11:56 am

     A Los Angeles gallery is auctioning a painting by Adolf Hitler, with an initial asking price of $30,000.

    Hitler’s floral still life, painted in 1912 before he entered politics, will be auctioned on Thursday by the Nate D. Sanders gallery.

    As a teenager and young man, Hitler...

  • A memorable march

    March 11, 2015 | 10:14 am

    Some 70 years ago, my now-89-year-old grandfather, Andrew Gardner, marched.  He marched, by force, in death marches, alongside so many who eventually perished at the hands of the Nazis.  This week, my grandfather marched through the vast Walter E. Washington Convention Center...

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