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  • Baring their soles: Holocaust shoes tell unusual saga

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 6, 2016 | 10:36 am

    There have long been rumors — never authenticated — that the Nazis made lampshades and other merchandise from the skin of human victims at Auschwitz.

    Testimony at a war crimes trial asserted that such items were produced at Dachau, according to Aaron Breitbart of the Simon...

  • Belarusian Nobel Prize laureate accuses Poles of persecuting Jews in Holocaust

    July 6, 2016 | 9:31 am

    A Belarusian Nobel Prize laureate has stirred controversy in Poland by saying that many Poles, including priests, participated in the persecution of Jews during the Holocaust.

    Svetlana Alexievich, who was awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature, made the accusation last month...

  • Jewish community reacts to the death of Elie Wiesel

    July 5, 2016 | 2:36 pm

    Marilyn Harran, Director of the Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education at Chapman University

    Harran knew Elie Wiesel from the four years during which he visited as a distinguished scholar. On the day of his death, she sent the following message to the Rodgers Center board:


  • Elie Wiesel: A personal reflection

    July 5, 2016 | 2:10 pm

    In Elie Wiesel’s book-lined office, there were no photos of the many world leaders with whom he met. In fact, there was only one photo.  It sat propped on his desk facing him.

    In 1991, I wanted to engage in public dialogue with someone who had influenced the political, social or...

  • Elie Wiesel — the Jew who taught us melancholy

    By David Suissa

    July 3, 2016 | 1:02 pm

    Of all the contributions Eli Wiesel made to humanity as a global humanitarian, prolific author, Nobel laureate, proud Zionist, Judaic professor and Holocaust memoirist, maybe the least-talked about is his embracing of melancholy.

    It’s rare to see a laughing picture of Wiesel, who...

  • A friend recalls Wiesel a caring mentor, moral guide

    By Eitan Arom

    July 2, 2016 | 4:57 pm

    Elie Wiesel, Nobel laureate, author and Holocaust survivor, who died July 2 at the age of 87, served as an emissary for survivors to the world’s leaders. But to those who knew him, he was most of all a caring mentor and friend who eschewed the label of public figure.

    “I don’t...

  • Quotes from Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel

    July 2, 2016 | 1:46 pm

    As a survivor of the Nazi death camps, Elie Wiesel saw mankind at its worst. He wrote about it in some 50 books, starting with the powerful "Night," and made it his life's mission to ensure it was never repeated.

    Following are quotes from Wiesel.

    "Indifference, to me, is the...

  • Excerpts from works of Elie Wiesel, 1986 Nobel Peace Prize winner

    July 2, 2016 | 1:36 pm

    Following are excerpts from some of the works of Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize winner and author, whose death at 87 was announced on Saturday.


    "For the survivor who chooses to testify, it is clear: his duty is to bear witness for the dead and for the living. He has no...

  • Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Holocaust survivor, dies at 87

    July 2, 2016 | 12:27 pm

    Holocaust survivor, activist and writer Elie Wiesel, who won a Nobel Peace Prize for becoming the life-long voice of millions of Holocaust victims, has died, Israel's Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem said on Saturday.

    Wiesel, a philosopher, speaker, playwright and professor who also...

  • Following a Visit to Berlin - Can We Compare?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 29, 2016 | 12:03 pm

    During a speech given at a Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony back in April, the IDF deputy chief, Yair Golan, said a few words that sparked a controversy.  “If there is something that frightens me in the memory of the Holocaust, it is identifying horrifying processes that occurred in...

  • Why Sugihara’s selflessness still matters

    By Elyse Glickman

    June 29, 2016 | 11:52 am

    Most Jewish Americans are familiar with the story of heroism told in Steven Spielberg’s 1993 film “Schindler’s List” about German industrialist Oskar Schindler, who is credited with saving more than 1,000 Jewish lives during the Holocaust. 

    Far fewer know the story of how Chiune...

  • French high court reaffirms prison sentence for Holocaust-denying professor

    June 29, 2016 | 9:52 am

    France’s highest court affirmed a one-year prison sentence for a professor who questioned the Holocaust’s veracity.

    The Court of Cassation rejected the appeal last week of Vincent Reynouard, who has since fled the country and is presumed escaped. It was the last of several...

  • Leader of Poland’s largest political party honors victims of synagogue burning

    June 28, 2016 | 10:55 am

    The leader of the largest political party in Poland took part in ceremonies commemorating the burning of a synagogue in Bialystok during the Holocaust.

    In his speech at the Great Synagogue of Bialystok, Jaroslaw Kaczynski stressed German responsibility for the Holocaust, the...

  • Lviv Ghetto memorial vandalized in anti-Semitic attack

    June 27, 2016 | 9:39 am

    A monument to the victims of the Holocaust-era ghetto of Lviv in western Ukraine was vandalized in what police suspect is an anti-Semitic incident.

    Unidentified vandals on Friday threw several gallons of green paint on the memorial, which was erected in 1992 in memory of tens of...

  • Auschwitz really happened — and this artsy architecture exhibit proves it

    June 23, 2016 | 1:45 pm

    It’s been more than 50 years since the Nuremberg trials, yet proving the Holocaust actually happened remains an ongoing project.

    Why? For one, the Nazis covered their tracks, deliberately leaving gaps in the historical record. (In the death-camp blueprints that survive, for...

  • Polish government wants to take over, upgrade Treblinka museum

    June 23, 2016 | 9:42 am

    Poland’s government offered to take over from a local authority the responsibility for preserving the grounds of the former Nazi death camp Treblinka, where 870,000 people were murdered.

    The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage made the offer in a letter it sent last week to...

  • German lawmaker accused of anti-Semitism, Holocaust denial

    June 22, 2016 | 9:02 am

    A right-wing lawmaker in Germany accused of anti-Semitism in his writings has avoided being expelled from his party, at least for now.

    Dr. Wolfgang Gedeon will remain a voting member of the Baden-Württemberg state parliament with no party affiliation after temporarily waiving his...

  • Drug abuse, shame and the Holocaust figure in film about family of notorious Dutch lawyers

    June 21, 2016 | 1:43 pm

    In a country where 75 percent of Jews were murdered in the Holocaust, the Moszkowicz family of lawyers stood out as a unique Jewish success story.

    Descended from Max Moszkowicz, a steel-willed Auschwitz survivor who became Holland’s first modern celebrity attorney, his four...

  • Auschwitz ex-guard, 94, sentenced to 5 years in Germany

    June 17, 2016 | 8:35 am

    A former SS guard who is now 94 was sentenced to five years in prison for his role as an accessory in the murder of at least 170,000 people in the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp in Poland.

    The verdict and sentence of Reinhold Hanning were handed down Friday afternoon from...

  • Holocaust survivor finds peace in art

    By Eitan Arom

    June 15, 2016 | 1:59 pm

    Eva Nathanson doesn’t feel the same guilt her parents did for having been spared an anonymous death at the hands of Nazis, when so many others perished.

    Instead, she feels a compulsion to never spend a moment wasting time and to treat every minute of life as the miracle it is.

  • Michigan mandates genocide education, including Holocaust, in high schools

    June 15, 2016 | 11:32 am

    Michigan public schools must teach about genocide, including the Holocaust and the Armenian Genocide, under a new law.

    The legislation, which was signed into law on Tuesday by the state’s governor, Rick Snyder, calls for six hours of instruction about genocide between eighth and...

  • Swedish nun who saved Jews from Nazis made a saint

    June 6, 2016 | 10:41 am

    A Swedish nun who saved Jewish families from the Nazis during the Holocaust was made a saint.

    Mary Elizabeth Hesselblad was canonized on Sunday by Pope Francis during a ceremony at St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican. She becomes the first Swedish saint in more than 600 years.

  • K-8 charter school studies Holocaust through an artistic lens

    June 2, 2016 | 9:06 am

    Three months ago, eighth-graders at Canoga Park’s Multicultural Learning Center (MLC), a dual-language charter school with a mostly Latino student body, had little more than a basic understanding of the horrors of the Holocaust. 

    Or, as teacher Maria Jose Estivarez put it: “They...

  • The Congressional Holocaust Survivors Resolution and Memorial Day

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    May 29, 2016 | 8:24 am

    At the end of May, many Americans look forward to a three-day holiday weekend. Memorial Day began as a somber day of remembrance and has evolved for many to a first sign of summer and time for a barbecue. Over one million soldiers gave their lives in service of  the United States...

  • Holocaust survivor sings national anthem at Detroit Tigers game

    May 23, 2016 | 3:54 pm

    A Holocaust survivor, fulfilling a lifelong dream, sang the national anthem at a Major League Baseball game.

    Hermina Hirsch, 89, performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” on Saturday at Comerica Park in Detroit prior to the Tigers’ game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

    Hirsch in an ...

  • Vedem: The ‘Dead Poets Society’ of Terezin

    By Evan Henerson

    May 18, 2016 | 1:05 pm

    Based on accounts of the people who knew him during his short life, Petr Ginz was the perfect person to create and pilot an underground magazine. The fact that he was 14 when he founded the magazine Vedem only adds to Ginz’s legacy. 

    Vedem translates to “in the lead,” and the...

  • Ani Ma’amin - a poem for Yom HaShoah

    By Rick Lupert

    May 4, 2016 | 2:26 pm

    I believe

    my wife’s grandfather was a hero.
    Born in a place where they put up walls

    to contain people just like him.
    Built a statue in Philadelphia

    to commemorate how those walls
    were torn down.

    Three generations of people
    called him Zeydi.

    with perfect...

  • A painful but important Holocaust remembrance

    By Ryan Torok

    May 4, 2016 | 11:18 am

    Two weeks before his bar mitzvah, Henry Oster was deported from his German home and, eventually, taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau. After surviving the Holocaust, he vowed never to return to his native land — but then something changed his mind.

    “When people ask me to give one reason...

  • Dying to be heard: Shmuel Ziegelboim’s last words

    By David Suissa

    May 3, 2016 | 5:05 pm

    On May 12, 1944, a Polish man named Shmuel Ziegelboim was desperate to tell the world that millions of his fellow Jews were being murdered in Poland. So, in his London flat, he wrote a letter and then killed himself.

    The letter found its way into a little corner of The New York...

  • Against orders, some diplomats saved Jews during Holocaust

    May 3, 2016 | 10:33 am

    Representatives of the Chinese, El Salvadorian and Albanian governments gathered in Jerusalem on Monday to discuss responses among members of the diplomatic community to the Holocaust, highlighting the role of consuls and ambassadors who took it upon themselves to save Jews despite...

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