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  • Far-right Austrian leader visits Israel’s Holocaust memorial

    April 12, 2016 | 9:42 am

    The leader of Austria's far-right Freedom Party, Heinz-Christian Strache, visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem on Tuesday, laying a wreath under the engraved names of towns in Austria from where Jews were expelled by the Nazis.

    He said anti-Semitism had no place...

  • Austrian museum reaches settlement over Nazi-looted artwork

    April 8, 2016 | 11:40 am

    Vienna's Leopold Museum said on Thursday it had reached a settlement over five Nazi-looted works of art in its collection that will return two of them to the heir of their original Jewish owner, a victim of the Holocaust.

    The five pieces, all by Austrian painter Egon Schiele, had...

  • Thanks to viral video, Holocaust survivor gets wish to sing at Detroit Tigers game

    April 8, 2016 | 11:21 am

    An 89-year-old Holocaust survivor will sing the American national anthem at a Detroit Tigers baseball game, after her granddaughter circulated a video of her that went viral.

    Amid a flood of requests on her behalf, the Tigers invited Hermina Hirsch to fulfill her bucket list wish...

  • ‘Tell the truth,’ Auschwitz survivor urges accused in Nazi trials

    March 31, 2016 | 11:51 am

    A Holocaust survivor said on Tuesday that four suspects accused by German prosecutors of being accessory to murder at Auschwitz must have known of the mass killings taking place at the camp because of the "unbearable stench" of burning bodies.

    Germany is holding what are likely...

  • Microsoft pulls tweeting robot after it expresses admiration for Hitler

    March 24, 2016 | 2:28 pm

    Microsoft put the brakes on its artificial intelligence tweeting robot after it posted several offensive comments, including “Hitler was right I hate the jews.”

    The so-called chatbot TayTweets was launched by the Seattle-based software company on Wednesday as an experiment in...

  • Jesse Eisenberg on narcissism, the Holocaust, and getting to hit Ben Affleck

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 23, 2016 | 2:05 pm

    As Jesse Eisenberg sat down at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts to talk about his play, “The Revisionist,” the actor and playwright noticed that members of a camera crew from a previous interview were struggling to rearrange the furniture in the room. “Can I...

  • Survivor Fred Klein: ‘No name, no number’

    By Jane Ulman

    March 23, 2016 | 1:47 pm

    The doorbell rang at 6:45 a.m. on Sept. 1, 1939, waking 17-year-old Fred (then Friedrich) Klein, who was at home in Pilsen, Czechoslovakia, on vacation from art school in Prague. He heard a male voice address his father: “Alfred Klein, born May 17, 1887. Come with us.” Confused,...

  • Kasich compares war against ISIS to Holocaust

    March 16, 2016 | 12:21 pm

    Republican presidential candidate John Kasich on Wednesday likened the war against ISIS to WWII and the Holocaust when the United States took a leading role and stepped in to destroy evil.

    Fresh off his primary win in the state of Ohio on Tuesday, Kasich held a town hall meeting...

  • Dustin Hoffman breaks down on ‘Finding Your Roots’ after discovering his Jewish history

    March 10, 2016 | 1:02 pm

    Dustin Hoffman didn’t know the names of his paternal grandparents when he appeared Tuesday on the PBS show “Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates.”

    After learning of the tragedies in his family’s past and how his great-grandmother survived a Russian concentration camp to...

  • About Anti-Semitism and Finding The Way Home

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 2, 2016 | 8:46 am

    When we think of anti-Semitism, Europe usually pops to mind. We think about swastikas being drawn on Jewish tombs, houses or places of business, about terror attacks at synagogues, or hate-filled protest. But even as we think about it, it seems like something that happens far away...

  • Former Auschwitz SS medic to stand trial in Germany

    February 29, 2016 | 3:00 pm

    A 95-year-old former Nazi SS paramedic at the Auschwitz death camp, accused of being an accomplice to the murder of thousands, is to stand trial in Germany on Monday, one in a series of such recent cases. 

    Hubert Zafke was serving as a medic in the SS at the biggest death camp in...

  • Holocaust survivor, 81, suing El Al over request to change seats

    February 29, 2016 | 10:30 am

    An 81-year-old Holocaust survivor is suing El Al airlines after she was asked to move her seat because a haredi Orthodox man refused to sit next to her.

    The Reform movement’s Israel Religious Action Center said it will sue El Al in a Tel Aviv court this week on behalf of Renee...

  • Honoring Native American Voices:  Recognizing Tragic History and Praising Brave Spirits

    By Lia Mandelbaum

    February 25, 2016 | 10:00 am

    In 2013, while watching the film Broken Rainbow at a film festival, I learned something shocking as they talked about the Long Walk of the Navajo, which was the 1864 deportation and attempted ethnic cleansing of the Navajo people by the U.S. government.  I learned that Hitler had...

  • Tragedy has No Borders: the Khojaly Massacre Remembered

    By Milikh Yevdayev

    February 24, 2016 | 9:16 am

    When I write my pieces for the Jewish Journal, I always think first, how would my new friends and my adopted Jewish family in the United States feel when reading this. My first thoughts always focus on a desire to share our joint faith, our joint passion for Jewish life and the...

  • If ribs visible, you were candidate for crematorium, Auschwitz survivor tells Nazi trial

    February 18, 2016 | 10:31 am

    Three survivors spoke on Friday of the smell of burnt bodies and piles of the dead at Nazi Germany's Auschwitz death camp, one of whose former guards stands accused of helping in the murder of at least 170,000 people.

    "If your ribs were visible, you were a candidate for the...

  • Poland wants punishments for use of ‘Polish death camp’ phrase

    February 18, 2016 | 10:29 am

    Poland is drawing up new regulations to punish use of the phrase "Polish death camps" when referring to wartime Nazi concentration camps on Polish soil, Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro said on Saturday.

    Poland has long sought to eliminate the misleading phrase from historical...

  • New book prompts soul-searching in Lithuania about Holocaust-era complicity

    February 17, 2016 | 3:40 pm

    As the author of a best-seller that deals with female sexuality after 50, the Lithuanian novelist Ruta Vanagaite is used to embarrassing questions from journalists about her private life.

    But even she was astonished when a reporter for a popular television station demanded to see...

  • Both 94, Auschwitz survivor faces camp guard in German court

    February 11, 2016 | 11:19 am

    A 94-year-old survivor of Nazi Germany's Auschwitz death camp gave his testimony in court on Thursday, face to face with a former guard, who is charged with helping in the murder of at least 170,000 people.

    Leon Schwarzbaum, who lost 35 family members during the Holocaust, calmly...

  • From Freedom of Speech to Hate- Speech

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    February 11, 2016 | 8:17 am

    Response to a request to remove a group named “Death to Israel” is the following: “Thank you for taking the time to report something that you feel may violate our Community Standards. Reports like yours are an important part of making Facebook a safe and welcoming environment. We...

  • Former Nazi, 93, to be third Auschwitz guard to face trial this year

    February 5, 2016 | 11:26 am

    A 93-year-old former Nazi guard at Auschwitz will go on trial in Germany in April — the third such case to be tried in 2016.

    A German court announced on Friday that the ex-Waffen SS guard, whose name has not been released, is fit to stand trial, Agence France Press reported.

  • Holocaust remembrance speeches: How Obama and Netanyahu’s worldviews differ

    January 28, 2016 | 8:32 am

    President Barack Obama spoke Wednesday evening at the Israeli embassy in Washington, D.C., to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day. He exchanged warm greetings with Ambassador Ron Dermer, who noted that the speech was unprecedented. (Folks present said the last time a...

  • What Matters Most.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    January 28, 2016 | 7:43 am

    Remember when life was simply beautiful?

    Children didn’t get cancer.  No one filed bankruptcy.  Marriages were mostly… good.  Hospitals were places young women went to deliver babies.

    I yearn for that innocent past- fruits that tasted like grandma's love, friends more loyal...

  • UN remembers 6 million dead Jews as Ban Ki Moon’s words endanger 6 million live Jews

    January 27, 2016 | 8:38 am

    Then UN Secretary General Kofi Annan once acknowledged that the United Nations “rose from the ashes of the Holocaust” to save the remnants of European Jewry and provide the Jewish people with an opportunity to fulfill their age-old aspirations through the new nation state of...

  • Merkel opens exhibition of Holocaust art in Berlin

    January 25, 2016 | 2:50 pm

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel opened the biggest exhibition of Holocaust art outside Israel in Berlin on Monday, after pledging to take concerns about rising anti-Semitism seriously. 

    The "Art from the Holocaust" show features 100 works from Yad Vashem, Israel's official...

  • Celebrating Aristides de Sousa Mendes, diplomat and Holocaust hero, who saved 10,000 Jews

    By  Tom Tugend

    January 15, 2016 | 10:10 am

    Los Angeles Jews will celebrate the life and moral courage of a devout Catholic beginning Jan. 22, with the world premiere of an oratorio, an exhibition, film screenings and a memorial service.

    The honoree is the late diplomat Aristides de Sousa Mendes, who in 1940, while serving...

  • Rabbi’s remarks spark outrage about slated appearance

    By Jared Sichel

    January 6, 2016 | 2:55 pm

    Rabbi Yosef Mizrachi, a popular Sephardic rabbi in parts of the Charedi world, said in a speech filmed years ago — but not posted online until the end of December — that the number of Jews murdered in the Holocaust is below the historically accepted number of 6 million.


  • Madame Tussauds Museum in London Removed Hitler Figure

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 6, 2016 | 8:31 am

    Until recently, the Madam Tussaud's wax museum in London was home to an Adolf Hitler statue. The Hitler figure was placed in the wax museum "World Leaders" display, positioned in a victorious posture next to a defeated Churchill, and had a plaque next to it calling Hitler a...

  • New York rabbi claims only 1 million halachic Jews killed in Holocaust

    December 31, 2015 | 9:19 am

    A New York-based haredi Orthodox rabbi who has posted thousands of popular outreach lectures online said only about 1 million halachic Jews died in the Holocaust.

    Rabbi Yosef Mizrachi in a video posted Tuesday on his YouTube channel, cited high assimilation rates in Europe before...

  • Survivor: Klara Wizel

    By Jane Ulman

    December 30, 2015 | 9:43 am

    “Seven, eight, four, five. Write that down,” Dr. Josef Mengele instructed a nearby guard as a naked and painfully thin Klara Wizel — then Iutkovits — stood before the Auschwitz doctor in yet another selection, her drab, gray dress draped over her right arm, her tattooed left arm...

  • Is Trump Hitler?

    By Rob Eshman

    December 16, 2015 | 11:05 am

    New York Times columnist Roger Cohen wondered in print whether Donald Trump isn’t the second coming of “the bully from the beer halls.”

    Me, I keep my Holocaust analogies to the bare minimum: Cambodia, Rwanda, Armenia. Those were holocausts. The Iran deal? The refugee crisis?...

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