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  • 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...

  • After intrigue, theft and deterioration, Holocaust collection secure at CU Boulder

    March 9, 2015 | 10:03 am

    The yellowing document is crumbling and fading, but the smooth signature on its cover is as legible as it is chilling: Rudolf Hess, the Nazi who served as a Hitler deputy from 1933 to 1941.

    The signature, which adorns a 70-year-old leniency plea for top Nazi Hermann Goering...

  • Three Israelis turn back clock in Berlin

    March 4, 2015 | 12:08 pm

    Alice Agneskirchner is not Jewish. In fact, before deciding to make her latest documentary, “An Apartment in Berlin,” which follows the lives of three young Israelis living in Berlin as they explore the story of a family killed in the Holocaust, Agneskirchner didn’t really know any...

  • Survivor: Ralph Hakman

    By Jane Ulman

    March 4, 2015 | 11:17 am

    Ralph Hakman was hiding in a barely noticeable house, almost a shack, when he was discovered by his mother. “You have to turn yourself in to the police,” Rose instructed her 17-year-old son, then known as Rachmil. Three days earlier, sometime in May 1942, Ralph’s father, Yitzhak,...

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  • Chasing Holocaust ghosts down Route 66

    March 2, 2015 | 11:25 am

    When I was 9 my father, Jacob, uprooted me from my magical boyhood in Detroit to chase ghosts down historic Route 66. We were bound for L.A.

    Like Dust Bowl Okies, the entire family—my parents, two sisters, and I—piled into a hapless 1960 American Motors Rambler crammed to the...

  • Vatican paper raps film depicting Pope Pius XII as rescuer of Jews

    March 2, 2015 | 10:45 am

    A new movie depicting Pope Pius XII as a savior of Jews was criticized by the Vatican newspaper and an Italian Jewish publication.

    “Shades of Truth,” featuring international stars Christopher Lambert and Giancarlo Giannini, had its premiere on Monday in Vatican City.

    The movie...

  • They’re coming for you: Survivor’s guilt and new anti-Semitism

    March 2, 2015 | 9:02 am

    Never forget, goes the Jewish pledge after the Holocaust. 

    But I am guilty of forgetting.

    The day my grandmother, "Oma" died, peacefully at home, Opa handed me a stack of papers, chewing his lips, a sign that he had something difficult to tell me. I looked closely to see...

  • Premieres of Holocaust films in Germany show strong interest in Nazi past

    February 24, 2015 | 1:42 pm

    Two starkly different images: a woman wrapped in shimmering gold, a man whipped and bleeding on a cold cement floor.

    The first, a 1907 painting by Austrian artist Gustav Klimt, is the centerpiece of “Woman in Gold,” a film starring Helen Mirren that had its world premiere last...

  • Germany sued for return of medieval collection sold to Nazis

    February 24, 2015 | 12:04 pm

    The heirs of four Jewish art collectors filed suit against Germany to regain a medieval gold treasure they claim was forcibly sold to the Nazis in 1935.

    Alan Phillip and Gerald Stiebel filed their claim on Monday against Germany and the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation in...

  • Holocaust film ‘Ida’ wins Oscar

    February 23, 2015 | 11:27 am

    “Ida,” a Polish film about a Catholic novitiate who discovers she is the Jewish child of Holocaust victims, won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

    Writer-director Pawel Pawlikowski collected the Oscar at the 87th annual Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday night in...

  • Martin Amis goes inside a fictional Nazi mind

    February 20, 2015 | 11:02 am

    While watching Adolf Eichmann’s trial in Jerusalem in 1961, the philosopher Hannah Arendt wondered: “Could the activity of thinking as such … be of such a nature that it 'conditions' men against evildoing?" To Arendt, Eichmann’s incapacity for critical thinking mirrored the...

  • ‘Holocaust by Bullets’ Reveals mass killing sites

    February 18, 2015 | 1:20 pm

    As is often the case with an idea that becomes a movement, Father Patrick Desbois’ interest in seeking out the dead originated with a personal quest. His grandfather Claudius Desbois was a French soldier who was deported during World War II and held as a prisoner of war in Rawa...

  • Nobel winner Elie Wiesel lends support to Netanyahu’s U.S. speech

    February 12, 2015 | 5:36 pm

    Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel is lending his support to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's March 3 speech to Congress on the dangers of Iran's nuclear program - an address that has antagonized the White House and divided American Jews.

    An...

  • In Japan, the Holocaust provides a lesson in dangers of nationalism

    February 11, 2015 | 10:57 am

    In the auditorium of this country’s main Holocaust education center, a teenage actor explains the dilemma that faced a Japanese diplomat during World War II.

    “My conscience tells me I must act a certain way, but doing so means defying my commanders,” says the actor portraying...

  • Enough With the “Holocaust Chic!”

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    February 11, 2015 | 5:55 am

    In the past year or so, several retail stores have placed for sale clothing items that resemble, almost too well, the uniforms prisoners in Nazi concentration camps were forced to wear. Time and time again, these stores offer their sincere apologies for the “mistake,” releasing...

  • Urban Outfitters is shaming the memory of the Holocaust

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    February 10, 2015 | 3:10 pm

    A “tapestry” reminiscent of the concentration camp garb the Nazis cruelly made homosexuals wear; a yellow six-pointed star on a sea of cerulean stripes; a shirt pattern eerily close to drenched blood. Normally, browsing for clothes doesn’t inspire righteous anger. Yet, sadly, in...

  • Coffee in Amsterdam with Anne Frank’s Best Friend

    By  Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    February 9, 2015 | 1:25 pm

    Next month is the 70th anniversary of the death of Anne Frank. The exact date that she died in Bergen-Belsen in 1945 is not known other than it is in the first few days of March.

    Anne Frank is the most famous victim of the holocaust, her very memory conjuring up the innocent dead...

  • The post-war West Germans’ post-Holocaust distortions

    February 6, 2015 | 4:11 pm

    Historians understand that language is not a benign force.  It has tremendous power to radically alter our perception of the “truth.”  Those in power who control the dominant cultural narrative can create an accepted historical reality that never existed, or one that integrates...

  • LAMOTH remembers 70th anniversary of Auschwitz liberation

    By Ryan Torok

    February 4, 2015 | 1:45 pm

    It’s been 70 years since the liberation of Auschwitz, but it’s essential to remember that the horrors of anti-Semitism live on, according to Consul General of Israel in Los Angeles David Siegel.

    “This is not ancient history; it is right now,” Siegel said during a Jan. 27 speech....

  • Survivor: Jean Greenstein

    By Jane Ulman

    February 4, 2015 | 11:31 am

    At 5 o’clock one morning in April 1944, Jean Greenstein — ne Egon Grünstein — heard the bell ringing at the front gate of his family’s home in Velky Sevlus, Czechoslovakia. Soon, two or three SS troopers, along with a couple of local youth, burst into Jean’s bedroom, then bound his...

  • Inernational Holocaust Remembrance Day 2015 - WATCH some of the most outrageous Holocaust deniers

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 30, 2015 | 12:09 pm

    Typing the word "Holohoax" on YouTube reveals a world of hundreds of Holocaust denial videos. Hateful people spend hours, days and even years to develop conspiracy theories that supposedly prove the Holocaust never existed, or that it did occur, but it was nothing like history...

  • Moving ‘God, Faith & Identity’ passes mantle of remembrance

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    January 28, 2015 | 2:56 pm

    Seventy years ago, the Red Army liberated the death camp at Auschwitz, an event that now marks the observance of International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Ever since that day, we have been struggling to explain and understand what happened in the killing fields and concentration...

  • Survivors return to Auschwitz determined to share their stories

    January 27, 2015 | 1:25 pm

    What kept you alive? Did your non-Jewish friends reject you? Could you ever forgive?

    Those were some of the questions posed by Jewish young adults to Holocaust survivor Marcel Tuchman on Monday at the Galicia Jewish Museum here.

    “What kept me alive was having my father with...

  • Hungary’s Orban acknowledges country’s complicity in Holocaust

    January 27, 2015 | 9:24 am

    Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban apologized for Hungarians’ role in deporting Jews to concentration camps, his first acknowledgement of Hungarian complicity in the Holocaust.

    In a speech Monday at a Jewish cemetery in Budapest, Orban called the Holocaust a “national tragedy”...

  • EU official: Tensions with Russia must not muddle Holocaust record

    January 27, 2015 | 9:19 am

    Political tensions with Russia must not be allowed to obfuscate the historical record on the Holocaust, a senior European Union official said.

    Frans Timmermans, the first vice president of the European Commission — the EU’s executive branch — made the plea Monday at an event in...

  • World leaders join last survivors in recalling Auschwitz

    January 27, 2015 | 9:17 am

    World leaders joined around 300 Auschwitz survivors at the site of the former Nazi death camp on Tuesday to mark 70 years since its liberation by Soviet troops, an anniversary held in the shadow of war in Ukraine and a rise in anti-Semitism in Europe.

    Tuesday's gathering in...

  • Lauder, Spielberg warn of rising anti-Semitism

    January 27, 2015 | 9:08 am

    European leaders must do more to combat rising anti-Semitism on their home turf, Jewish leaders urged on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

    Governments must adopt a “zero tolerance” policy toward preachers of hate and importers of jihad, World Jewish...

  • Politics, Putin cast shadow over Auschwitz liberation anniversary

    January 27, 2015 | 8:55 am

    When they announced the ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, Polish officials insisted that at this year’s event, “the eyes of the world will be focused” on about 300 Holocaust survivors whose presence Tuesday at the former Nazi death camp near...

  • International Holocaust Remembrance Day - we must remember, remind and never forget.

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 27, 2015 | 8:38 am

    Seven years ago, I stood on Auschwitz Birkenau’s railroad, where more than 1 million Jews were led to their death only 65 years beforehand.  It was part of a special 8-day journey offered to 11th graders in Israel, to travel to Poland and learn more, and from up-close, about the...

  • When the office is a death camp

    January 26, 2015 | 10:48 am

    Seventy years ago this month, Germany evacuated 58,000 prisoners from the concentration camps at Auschwitz and Birkenau, burning documents and blowing up gas chambers and crematoria. On Jan. 27 — the day now celebrated as International Holocaust Remembrance Day — the Soviet Red...

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