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  • Survivor: Miriam Bell

    By Jane Ulman

    August 27, 2014 | 11:00 am

    As the candles glowed, Miriam Bell (née Galperin), her parents and six siblings were singing and welcoming the Sabbath into their comfortable home in Kovno (Kaunas), Lithuania. Then gunshots were fired, and screaming erupted. The family ran outside to see Nazi soldiers, who had...

  • 40 Holocaust survivors condemn Israel for Gaza war

    August 25, 2014 | 3:32 pm

    Some 40 Jewish Holocaust survivors and more than 200 direct descendants of survivors signed a public letter condemning Israel’s military operation in Gaza.

    “As Jewish survivors and descendants of survivors and victims of the Nazi genocide we unequivocally condemn the massacre of...

  • Interview with Pastor John Hagee, founder of ‘Christians United for Israel’

    August 18, 2014 | 3:10 pm

    Last month Christians United for Israel (CUFI) – the largest pro-Israel organization in America with nearly 1.8 million members (and 1.2 million Facebook followers – 15 times as many as AIPAC) – held its ninth annual Washington Summit, with 4,800 delegates from all 50 states....

  • It’s over for the Jews of Europe

    August 15, 2014 | 2:39 pm

    It is now almost three years since I moved with my family to the United States. Life for a Jew in the USA is markedly different to the European experience. American Jews are proud of being Jewish, understandably, and they project that pride without equivocation. The idea that you...

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  • Warsaw to restore 1,000 Jewish tombstones used for construction

    August 15, 2014 | 12:38 pm

    The City of Warsaw has agreed to return and preserve 1,000 Jewish headstones that were used to construct a recreational facility inside one of the city’s parks.

    The headstones, which are currently part of a pergola and stairs at a park in Warsaw’s Praga district, will be returned...

  • Memories of Ravensbrück

    By Tom Tugend

    August 14, 2014 | 2:12 pm

    By the time she turned 8 and arrived in a cattle car at the Ravensbrück concentration camp for women and children, Eva Katz had survived forced labor in a brick factory and heard the rifle shots that killed her mother.

    At the camp, Eva, along with several other women, was put in...

  • Robin Williams’ Holocaust film

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 12, 2014 | 1:41 am

    I experienced Robin Williams’ generosity of spirit even before I got on the phone with him for an interview about his Holocaust-themed film, “Jakob the Liar,” in 1999.   The time our interview was set happened to land on the day a white supremacist went on a shooting spree at the...

  • N.Y. man accused of hiding mother’s death to collect Holocaust benefits

    By tessc

    August 4, 2014 | 1:17 pm

    A New York man was charged with hiding his Holocaust survivor mother’s death in order to collect her reparations benefits.

    Gary Jacoby, 61, was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court on Thursday on grand larceny and forgery charges, the Daily News reported. If convicted, he faces up...

  • Anti-Semitic voicemail targets far-left Israel group

    By Ryan Torok

    July 28, 2014 | 3:48 pm

    L.A. Jews for Peace – a far-left organization that criticizes Israel’s policies toward Palestinians – has received a voicemail in which members of the organization are referred to as, “Jew traitors, filthy Jew traitors, bastard Jew traitors.”

    L.A. Jews for Peace representative...

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

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 23, 2014 | 1:00 pm

    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

    July 21, 2014 | 11:54 am

    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

    July 17, 2014 | 8:32 am

    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

    July 16, 2014 | 3:23 pm

    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...

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

    July 10, 2014 | 10:55 am

    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

    July 3, 2014 | 1:36 pm

    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...

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