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  • 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...

  • 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,...

  • 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.


  • 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...

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