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  • Canada selects design for national Holocaust monument

    May 12, 2014 | 10:40 am

    A team that includes world-renowned architect Daniel Liebeskind has been chosen over five other finalists to create a national Holocaust monument in Ottawa.

    The team was announced made Monday by Canadian Heritage Minister Shelly Glover, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and...

  • Obama says kidnapping of Nigerian girls shows man’s ‘darkest impulses’

    May 8, 2014 | 1:15 pm

    President Barack Obama issued a somber warning on Wednesday that the kidnapping of Nigerian girls and sectarian conflicts worldwide are a sign that "we have not extinguished man's darkest impulses."

    Obama accepted a humanitarian award from director Steven Spielberg at the...

  • Iranian-Jewish doctor spreads Holocaust truth in Farsi

    By Karmel Melamed

    May 7, 2014 | 1:34 pm

    As Jews worldwide remembered and honored the 6 million Jewish victims of the Holocaust in recent weeks, Dr. Ari Babaknia, a renowned Newport Beach Iranian-Jewish obstetrician and gynecologist, was crisscrossing the country — touring Southern California and New York City — and...

  • Survivor: Curt Lowens

    By Jane Ulman

    May 7, 2014 | 10:12 am

    "We are surrounded by Hitler Youth throwing stones. Get home as fast as you can.” Dr. Leonore Goldschmidt, director of the Goldschmidt Schule (School) in Berlin, told the students as she rushed into one of Curt Lowens’ (then Loewenstein’s) morning classes. Amid the chaos, Curt...

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  • Do visits to sites of another’s tragedy help promote peace?

    By Simone Wilson

    May 7, 2014 | 9:32 am

    On Yom HaShoah this year, when Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called the Holocaust “the most heinous crime to have occurred against humanity in the modern era,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu brushed off the unprecedented statement as “damage control” for...

  • School assignment in Rialto revised after ADL, Wiesenthal condemnation

    May 6, 2014 | 3:34 pm

    An assignment for eighth-graders in the Rialto Unified School District asking them to use critical thinking skills to determine whether or not the Holocaust occurred has been revised following condemnation by the local branch of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the Simon...

  • School district to revise essay assignment arguing whether Holocaust happened

    May 6, 2014 | 11:22 am

    A California school district said it will change an eighth-grade assignment that asked students to argue whether or not the Holocaust happened.

    The writing assignment for eighth graders in the Rialto Unified School District asked students to write an argumentative essay about the...

  • Post- Passover celebration, TLV’s new title, basketball history and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 28, 2014 | 6:20 pm

    Go, Maccabi!

    On Wednesday night (Israel time,) after a roller-coaster season of highs and lows, basketball team Maccabi Tel-Aviv scaled the highest summit in European basketball and earned itself a ticket to the Euroleague Final Four, for the first time since 2011. Maccabi...

  • Palestinian students say Auschwitz trip was ‘for educational purposes only’

    April 28, 2014 | 1:11 pm

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Despite the frequency with which students from high schools and colleges worldwide visit Holocaust death camps, it was no simple matter for Issa Jameel when he was asked whether he wanted to visit Auschwitz. For Jameel, a...

  • Netanyahu tells Abbas to ‘tear up’ pact with Hamas

    April 28, 2014 | 10:29 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday to "tear up" his pact with Hamas, saying Israel would not take part in Middle East peace talks with a Palestinian government backed by the Islamist group.

    Netanyahu also said...

  • Abbas calls Holocaust the ‘most heinous crime’ against humanity

    April 28, 2014 | 10:27 am

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called the Nazi Holocaust "the most heinous crime" against humanity in modern times, in an apparent bid to build bridges with Israel days after troubled peace talks collapsed.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected the overture on...

  • Living in the shadows – the story of the Holocaust’s “Hidden Children”

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 25, 2014 | 8:23 am

    When remembering the horrors of the Holocaust, one can’t avoid thinking about the kids. Jewish children who lived in Europe during the Third Reich were forced into a grown-up perspective on life and skipped the innocence of the childhood. They did not laugh, they did not play, they...

  • My 50 best friends are Holocaust survivors

    April 24, 2014 | 6:31 pm

    “How did you learn to make brushes? Who taught you?” I’m talking to Boris Abel on the phone, trying to fill in some small details requested by my editor of his Holocaust experiences. Boris tells me once again that when the Russians occupied Lithuania in 1940, they nationalized his...

  • Jews for Jesus video shows Jesus being sent to Nazi gas chambers

    April 24, 2014 | 10:50 am

    A Jews for Jesus video showing Jesus in the selection line at a Nazi concentration camp has spurred criticism “as a cynical abuse of the Holocaust.”

    The video, titled “That Jew Died For You,” was posted earlier this month on YouTube by the messianic organization and has garnered...

  • Giving meaning to Holocaust remembrance

    April 23, 2014 | 3:49 pm

    Much ink has been spilled since the release of the Pew Research Center survey on Jewish identity in the United States. Many have addressed a number of the findings of the survey, with varying degrees of concern. But as we approach Yom Hashoah, I would like to address one issue that...

  • The boy who ran, the man who lived

    By Tom Tugend

    April 23, 2014 | 3:27 pm

    Every survivor of the Holocaust has a distinct story, and among the most remarkable is the one told in the movie “Run Boy Run.”

    It’s the tale of an 8-year-old boy who escapes the Warsaw Ghetto and survives on his own for three years in Nazi-occupied Poland; the story could easily...

  • Hidden in plain sight

    April 23, 2014 | 3:24 pm

    Harry Davids was about 6 years old when his parents called him into the bedroom of their home in South Africa to deliver a message he will never forget.

    “They say, ‘Are you aware we’re not your real parents? We’re your uncle and aunt. Your parents were killed in a big war.’ ”

    ...
  • Elie Wiesel talks passing the torch

    By Jared Sichel

    April 23, 2014 | 3:12 pm

    As the author and renowned Holocaust speaker Elie Wiesel concluded an April 11 roundtable at Chapman University, Justine Volkman, a senior at the school, shed a few tears. Asked why, she didn’t mention any of Wiesel’s dozens of inspiring works or the fact that his health today is a...

  • Frank Schiller

    By Jane Ulman

    April 23, 2014 | 1:25 pm

    In October 1941, Frank Schiller, his parents, brother and grandmother were ordered to report to Prague’s Exhibition Hall. There, Frank’s parents spent their days filling out documents while Frank and his brother wandered around. At night, they slept on straw mattresses. To Frank,...

  • Yom HaShoah: The value of memory

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    April 23, 2014 | 11:00 am

    In the Torah, God is constantly remembering, and that remembering is followed by action. God remembers Noah and then stops the flood. God remembers the Israelites and then frees them from bondage. When we speak about the Sabbath, we say “Shamor v’zachor b’dibur echad,” that the...

  • Surviving survival: Living life after genocide

    April 23, 2014 | 9:57 am

    April brings many moments for reflection and sorrow. On April 24, 1915, the Armenian Genocide began; the massacres in the killing fields of Cambodia began on April 17, 1975; and on April 7, 1994, the genocide in Rwanda exploded with ferocity that would last for 100 days. Yom...

  • Five years after landmark declaration, Holocaust restitution moves slowly in Eastern Europe

    April 22, 2014 | 4:23 pm

    When a 2009 Holocaust-era assets conference concluded with a landmark statement of principles on Holocaust restitution, many restitution advocates had high hopes that a corner had been turned in the struggle for survivor justice.

    The Terezin Declaration, which had the support of...

  • State Dept. sees state bids to tie SNCF deals to reparations as ‘obstacle’

    April 18, 2014 | 10:43 am

    Bids by state legislatures to tie contracts with a French rail company to extracting Holocaust-era reparations “pose a serious obstacle” to achieving reparations, the U.S. State Department said.

    “The United States and France have entered into discussions of compensation for...

  • Boris Abel

    By Jane Ulman

    April 9, 2014 | 12:14 pm

    As Boris Abel — then Berelis Abelski — was being herded from the cattle car that had transported him to Auschwitz, he saw what was happening ahead and quickly tossed the small bag of gold and diamonds he was carrying into a nearby sewer. He and the other newly arrived prisoners...

  • A survivor’s Passover tale

    April 9, 2014 | 12:06 pm

    I learned about Passover from my parents, from my teachers, but most of all from my uncle, Henry Kolber. The Nazis took Uncle Henry from his village in Poland at the very beginning of the war. For more than five years, he survived Nazi captivity. He was young. He was strong. He was...

  • Hunt for Nazi art shows museum failings, former minister says

    April 8, 2014 | 1:08 pm

    A German pensioner's decision to let experts check his art trove for Nazi-looted treasures contrasts sharply with the approach of some museums that may hold works stolen from Holocaust victims, a former minister said on Tuesday.

    Over 2,000 German museums hold works created before...

  • Diplomacy is back in action, Pharell Williams is HAPPY with Israel and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 7, 2014 | 8:39 am

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is saved!

    The 11-day Foreign Ministry strike that closed embassies abroad and prevented high-profile visits both to and from Israel ended on Wednesday evening as the Treasury and the ministry’s workers committee signed a labor agreement. This ends...

  • Ben Kingsley honors Holocaust stories with his film roles

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 2, 2014 | 2:04 pm

    Sir Ben Kingsley’s piercing brown eyes flashed when he was asked if he remembered the first time he learned about the Holocaust.

    “I’m afraid I do,” the 70-year-old British thespian told the Journal at a recent United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) gala, where he became...

  • Germany’s Kiefer says Jewish collectors boosted career

    April 1, 2014 | 12:59 pm

    German artist Anselm Kiefer, many of whose huge canvases examine the legacy of the Third Reich, attributes much of his success to Jewish collectors in New York who latched onto his art early in his career when his fellow Germans were not all that interested.

    Kiefer spoke on...

  • Idele Stapholtz

    By Jane Ulman

    March 26, 2014 | 1:21 pm

    The dining room of the Jewish orphanage in Dinslaken, Germany, suddenly went dark. Idele Stapholtz — then Ida Steuer — heard shouting and breaking glass as strange men began hurling tables and chairs through the windows lining the back wall. She and her friend Katie Kohn, both 12...

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