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  • Netanyahu offers condolences to grandson of Alice Herz-Sommer

    February 25, 2014 | 1:41 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent a condolence letter to Ariel Sommer, the grandson of Alice Herz-Sommer, who was the world’s oldest Holocaust survivor.

    Herz-Sommer died Sunday in London at the age of 110.

    With her death, Yisrael Kristal, an Israeli candy maker...

  • Germans own up to their dark past

    February 25, 2014 | 11:27 am

    Having been a loquacious debater on multiple continents, both in structured and everyday situations, I am well aware that the first rule of debate is universal. That is, never bring up Hitler or the Holocaust. Never liken any current event, or potential future event, to either of...

  • Alice Herz-Sommer, oldest known Holocaust survivor, dies at 110

    February 23, 2014 | 8:59 pm

    Alice Herz-Sommer, the 110-year-old Holocaust survivor and concert pianist whose life was the subject of an Oscar-nominated documentary, has died.

    Herz-Sommer, who was believed to be the oldest Holocaust survivor and was still playing the piano, died Sunday morning in London.

    ...
  • Emil Jacoby

    By Jane Ulman

    February 12, 2014 | 4:00 pm

    On Saturday evening, March 18, 1944, Emil Jacoby’s father walked him to the train station in Cop, Czechoslovakia. Emil, just 20, had spent an emotional weekend with his family — their last weekend together, though they didn’t know it at the time — and was returning to Budapest....

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  • WeHo display equates Putin to Hitler, disturbs survivors

    By Jared Sichel

    February 6, 2014 | 2:29 pm

    Since Monday, Feb. 3, the storefront window at LA Jock’s on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood has displayed a mannequin wearing a striped concentration camp-style uniform adorned with an inverted pink triangle – the symbol used by the Nazis to identify homosexuals.

    The...

  • Iran’s Zarif: Holocaust ‘should not happen again’

    February 4, 2014 | 9:10 am

    Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said the Holocaust was “tragically cruel and should not happen again.”

    Zarif, addressing the Munich Security Conference, again distanced his government led by President Hassan Rouhani, who was elected last summer, from its predecessor led by...

  • Betty Cohen

    By Jane Ulman

    January 29, 2014 | 10:58 am

    During her first night in Birkenau, on May 22, 1944, Betty Cohen — née Beppe (Rebecca) Corper — slid out of her lower bunk and stepped outside to use the toilet. Just 23, she had arrived that morning with her parents, aunt and grandmother, as well as her fiance and his family, from...

  • International holocaust day 2014: Holocaust denial - becoming scarily reliable

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 28, 2014 | 12:12 pm

    How positive you are that the Holocaust really occurred? That it is not one big fraud planned by the US and its allies? That the pictures that you see of piles of dead bodies are not just the bodies of Jews who fled to Europe from communist Russia and died from typhus disease? That...

  • Bonham Carter, Rabbi Mirvis named to British Holocaust panel

    January 27, 2014 | 2:37 pm

    Actress Helena Bonham Carter and Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis were among those chosen for the new British Holocaust Commission.

    Members of the commission, which will investigate ways to educate Britons about the Shoah, were announced Monday by Prime Minister David Cameron, the...

  • Anti-Semitism past and current decried at Holocaust memorials

    January 27, 2014 | 1:55 pm

    The president of the European Jewish Congress, making reference to the quenelle gesture, decried a new wave of anti-Semitism sweeping Europe at an International Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony in Brussels.

    Dr. Moshe Kantor made his remarks at the official annual European...

  • Six million reasons I don’t like the new Holocaust book

    January 27, 2014 | 12:00 pm

    I admit it. I dropped the ball on the story about the new remember-the-Holocaust-by-printing-the-word-Jew-six-million-times book. I saw it sitting in a veteran Jewish journalist’s office a week ago, but forgot to bring it up to my fellow JTA editors.

    And then I look at the...

  • Letter from Shin Dong-hyuk

    January 24, 2014 | 12:22 pm

    I learned of the history of the Jewish people for the first time in South Korea, after my escape from political prison Camp 14 in North Korea. I also learned about the horrific Holocaust, the genocide suffered by the Jewish people at the hands of the Nazis some 70 years ago. 

    ...
  • Auschwitz in North Korea

    By Rob Eshman

    January 23, 2014 | 10:43 am

    This week’s cover story by Jared Sichel is one of the most important pieces the Jewish Journal has published in our 28-year history.

    It is not about the Holocaust, or Israel, or modern Jewish life. It’s about the unrelenting evil of North Korean concentration camps. And it’s...

  • Holocaust in North Korea

    By Jared Sichel

    January 23, 2014 | 10:13 am

    As Shin Dong-hyuk crawled over his friend’s lifeless body, the 23-year-old North Korean could feel the electric current shooting through him. 

    Luckily, for Shin, the two pairs of pants he was wearing, coupled with his friend’s corpse, shielded him for the most part from the...

  • 북한 내 대학살 Holocaust in North Korea (translation)

    By Jared Sichel

    January 22, 2014 | 10:57 am

    신동혁이 그의 친구, 23살의 북한 사람의 죽은 시체를 기어 올랐을 때, 그는 그를 관통한 전기 총격의 전류를 느낄 수 있었습니다. 

    운이 좋게도, 신씨는 그가 입고 있던 바지로 그의 친구의 시체를 연결 시켜, 가시 철사 울타리를 통한 치명적인 전압의 흐름의 대부분으로부터 그를 보호할 수 있었습니다.

    이 울타리는 그가 수용소, 수도 평양시로부터 북쪽으로 약  50마일 떨어진 언덕에 있는 태동강에 있는 북한 수용소 내에서 태어났을 때부터 그를  억류한 울타리었습니다.

    그러나 가혹한 오후,...

  • Behind Japanese fascination with Anne Frank, a ‘kinship of victims’

    January 21, 2014 | 4:18 pm

    She speaks only Japanese and is not entirely sure what country she’s in, but 18-year-old Haruna Matsui is happy to stand in the rain for an hour with two friends to see the home of a person she has never met yet nonetheless considers her soul mate.

    “We visited Paris and Brussels,...

  • Sarah Leisner

    By Jane Ulman

    January 16, 2014 | 2:48 pm

    Sarah Leisner — née Kanzer — was digging foxholes in a frozen field in northern Poland on the bitter cold and dark afternoon of Dec. 31, 1944, when she spied several small houses nearby, with smoke rising from the chimneys. “Let’s break in and steal a needle and thread,” Sarah, 19,...

  • Hitchcock Holocaust documentary to be screened

    January 13, 2014 | 3:41 pm

    A documentary about the Holocaust by Alfred Hitchcock will be screened for the first time as the renowned late director intended, a British newspaper reported.

    “Memory of the Camps,” as the film is titled now, will be screened on British television early next year to mark the...

  • French court scraps ban on Dieudonne show

    January 9, 2014 | 10:33 am

    A French court scrapped a municipal ban on a performance by the comedian Dieudonne M’bala M’bala.

    The administrative court in Nantes on Thursday rejected an argument by a municipal administrator, Christian de Lavernée, that a performance by Dieudonne would create a disturbance to...

  • Karl Wozniak

    By Jane Ulman

    January 3, 2014 | 10:47 pm

    One dark November evening in 1938, as 14-year-old Karl Wozniak and his younger brother, Max, left their Cologne apartment for a walk, they saw a fire burning in nearby Horst Wessel Park. They headed toward the flames and spied a group of Nazis standing around the fire. They stayed...

  • Sidonia Lax: A survivor marches with the living

    By Elyse Glickman

    January 2, 2014 | 4:34 pm

    Sidonia Lax, now 86, survived the Holocaust but won’t let that define her. “I am a thriver,” she said. A stroll through her Sherman Oaks home is proof — her walls overflow with decades of family photos and mementos of her work as a member of the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council...

  • Leon Shkrab: Bearing witness to Russians’ Holocaust stories

    By Ryan Torok

    January 2, 2014 | 3:21 pm

    For the past seven years, Leon Shkrab, 67, has volunteered every week at Bet Tzedek Legal Services, conducting intake interviews in Russian with Holocaust survivors who are applying for Holocaust reparations through the representation of lawyers at the pro bono law firm.

    For...

  • The anti- Semite Quenelle salute is sweeping Europe, and the world stands still

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 30, 2013 | 11:53 am

    A new "Nazi salute" is sweeping Europe, and the world stands still. The neo-Nazi gesture is spreading rapidly among anti-Semites in Europe. In the past few couple of months, it gained popularity when hundreds of Europeans posted online pictures of themselves performing the new...

  • Small steps on NewGround for Muslims and Jews

    December 30, 2013 | 11:45 am

    On Saturday night, I joined 250 or so of my fellow Muslim and Jewish Angelinos at a storytelling event hosted by Mack Sennett Studios and sponsored by NewGround, an organization working to “replace the current atmosphere of mutual suspicion among Jews and Muslims” with a feeling of...

  • Remembering Anne Frank, BDS, mission to space and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 23, 2013 | 12:35 pm

    A look at Israel’s most unique buildings

    Ynetnews.com turned to several leading Israeli architects and asked them to recommend specially designed building worth visiting in Israel. From the Museum of Art at Ein Harod to the Glass House in Haifa – take a glimpse at the best of the...

  • NRA official invokes Holocaust in N.J. gun safety debate

    December 17, 2013 | 10:34 am

    A National Rifle Association board member in criticizing a New Jersey mayor for supporting gun safety proposals noted the mayor’s grandparents were Holocaust survivors.

    Scott Bach, also the executive director of the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs, in an...

  • Engelina Billauer

    By Jane Ulman

    December 13, 2013 | 10:55 am

    On Oct. 1, 1942, the passenger train carrying 1,000 Jews from Berlin and 250 young Jewish women from Frankfurt-am-Main halted next to a large empty field in Estonia. “Raus, raus” (“Out, out”), SS yelled as they herded the Jews into one line. But they held back 15-year-old Engelina...

  • One man’s crusade to prove Hollywood mogul Carl Laemmle was a hero

    By Danielle Berrin

    December 10, 2013 | 4:28 pm

    Sandy Einstein is not an easy man to deter.

    I first encountered him in August 2012, when he contacted the Journal about a little-known and heart-warming story concerning movie mogul Carl Laemmle, founder of Universal Studios. Einstein claimed that not only had Laemmle saved his...

  • Welcome to the world of the New Anti- Semitism

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 25, 2013 | 1:15 pm

    Welcome to the world of the New anti-Semitism. While it does not replace the classical Anti-Semitism, which is well-known for its caricatures and the association between Jews and money, it rather adds a more modern touch to it, adjusting it to a broader audience who are clueless to...

  • With Iran deal signed, what’s Netanyahu’s next move?

    November 25, 2013 | 10:54 am

    With an interim agreement on Iran’s nuclear program in place, President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu each face formidable challenges ahead.

    For Obama, the goal will be to move from the interim agreement to a broader and more permanent deal within six...

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