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  • He witnessed — and filmed — the horror of the Holocaust

    By Roberto Loiederman

    3 weeks ago

    In early April 1945, Arthur Mainzer, barely 22, was a United States Army Air Forces cameraman assigned to documenting the war in Europe; he’d been serving for three years, and, so far, World War II had not been a horrific experience for him. In fact, it had been exciting. He’d had...

  • Josef Kreitenberg

    By Jane Ulman

    3 weeks ago

    As the transport from Tacova, Czechoslovakia (then called Tecso, Hungary), pulled up to the Birkenau platform in late May 1944, the doors of the cattle cars slammed open. “Raus, raus,” the SS shouted, directing those fit for work into separate men’s and women’s lines. The others,...

  • At Auschwitz-Birkenau, the silence and the song

    3 weeks ago

    Snow brings a strange silence. No more so than in the vastness of Auschwitz-Birkenau, where on Jan. 27 we all began several months of remembering the unfolding of the liberation of the Nazi camps 70 years ago. That day, I walked alongside Los Angeles resident Dario Gabbai in the...

  • Nazi-hunter group praises Germany’s efforts to track down ex-Nazis

    3 weeks ago

    The Simon Wiesenthal Center praised Germany’s recent efforts in tracking down former Nazis while noting a general lack of progress in finding them throughout the rest of the world.

    The organization’s 14th Annual Status Report on the Worldwide Investigation and Prosecution of Nazi...

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  • Manuscript by Nazi code breaker Alan Turing sells for $1 million

    3 weeks ago

    A 56-page handwritten notebook that belonged to World War II Nazi code breaker and computer pioneer Alan Turing, played by actor Benedict Cumberbatch in the film "The Imitation Game," sold for more than $1 million at an auction in New York, Bonhams said on Monday.

    Turing, a...

  • Jewish dealers’ heirs turn to U.S. to recover German art trove

    February 24, 2015 | 1:32 pm

    The heirs of Jewish art dealers who say their families were forced to sell the Nazis a trove of medieval church treasure worth some $250 million today have turned to a U.S. court to reclaim it, after failing in their attempts in Germany.

    The collection, known as the Guelph...

  • Urban Outfitters sells tapestry ‘eerily reminiscent’ of Holocaust garb

    February 10, 2015 | 1:18 pm

    The Anti-Defamation League is urging fashion retailer Urban Outfitters to stop selling a gray-and-white striped tapestry with pink triangles that is reminiscent of the garb that gay men were forced to wear in Nazi concentration camps.

    ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman wrote...

  • Mirren stars in ‘Woman in Gold’ spotlighting Nazi-looted art

    February 9, 2015 | 12:30 pm

    Actress Helen Mirren said on Monday her portrayal of a Jewish woman's struggle to get back paintings confiscated when her ancestors fled Austria to escape Nazi rule throws a spotlight on the slow pace of restitution of looted Jewish property.

    In "Woman in Gold", being shown at...

  • World leaders join last survivors in recalling Auschwitz

    January 27, 2015 | 9:17 am

    World leaders joined around 300 Auschwitz survivors at the site of the former Nazi death camp on Tuesday to mark 70 years since its liberation by Soviet troops, an anniversary held in the shadow of war in Ukraine and a rise in anti-Semitism in Europe.

    Tuesday's gathering in...

  • Auschwitz survivors urge a troubled Europe not to forget

    January 27, 2015 | 9:12 am

    Auschwitz's last survivors urged the world not to forget the horror of the Holocaust 70 years after the Nazi death camp was liberated in the final throes of World War Two, an anniversary that finds Europe again confronted by intolerance.

    European Jews warn of a growing...

  • Orban acknowledges some Hungarians ‘chose evil over good’ in Holocaust

    January 26, 2015 | 10:53 am

    Prime Minister Viktor Orban overcame unease within his government to acknowledge Hungary's role in the Holocaust on Monday, saying many people in the central European country acted "shamefully" in World War II.

    Speaking at a memorial for Jewish soldiers who died defending...

  • 'Lisette’s List' walks readers through tumultuous, war-torn World War II Europe

    January 22, 2015 | 4:30 pm

    In her captivating historical novel, “Lisette’s List” (Random House), Susan Vreeland, the New York Times bestselling author of “Girl in Hyacinth Blue,” takes readers by the hand and guides them, with assured steps and astute historical knowledge, through the tumultuous, war-torn,...

  • Turning ‘never again’ into action: the legacy of Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    January 22, 2015 | 3:09 pm

    70 years ago this week, the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp was liberated. From the ashes of the murdered arose the words “Never Again” – spoken as shorthand for our collective responsibility to act in the face of genocide. However, on the world stage, the words “Never Again” soon...

  • Bombing the death camps during World War II

    January 21, 2015 | 4:17 pm

    Every decade, someone indignantly tells us that the United States and Britain should have bombed the rail lines at Auschwitz and other death camps during World War II. They imagine modern GPS-guided bombs that are accurate enough to enter a window. They think World War II bombs had...

  • Why religion is a laughing matter

    January 9, 2015 | 12:09 pm

    Satire and caricature are funny things. The most effective satire makes us laugh — but then it also gives us something to chew on, to think about.  

    Not all satire is humorous, however. In the Middle Ages, caricatured figures were generally not intended to be funny, as for...

  • Nazi hunter says Adolf Eichmann’s top aide presumed dead in Syria

    December 1, 2014 | 5:15 pm

    One of the world's most wanted war criminals, the reputed top lieutenant of Nazi mastermind Adolf Eichmann, is presumed to have died at least four years ago in Syria, where he lived under government protection, a leading Nazi hunter said on Monday.

    Alois Brunner, an Austrian SS...

  • Hitler watercolor fetches 130,000 euros at Nuremberg auction

    November 25, 2014 | 12:25 am

    A 1914 watercolor by Adolf Hitler fetched 130,000 euros ($161,000) at auction in the German city of Nuremberg on Saturday, the auctioneers said.

    The buyer was a private person from the Middle East who attended the sale in person, said Kathrin Weidler, head of the auction house....

  • Nicki Minaj’s new video filled with Nazi imagery

    November 10, 2014 | 10:55 am

    Nicki Minaj's new music video for the song "Only" (Lyric) ft. Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown is filled with stylized Nazi-esque imagery.

    According to Abraham H. Foxman, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League, "Nicki Minaj’s new video disturbingly evokes Third...

  • Survivor: Jack Nierob

    By Jane Ulman

    November 5, 2014 | 10:59 am

    It was a beautiful winter’s night in early 1944 when Jack (then Icek) Nierob, 19, left his night-shift job in the steam room of Skarzysko’s Camp C to use the latrine, an outdoor shack near the labor camp’s barbed-wire fence. On his way back, a Ukrainian guard shouted for him to...

  • ‘Last Witness’ of Treblinka keeps camp’s memory alive in film, art

    October 27, 2014 | 1:30 pm

    Samuel Willenberg, the last known living survivor of the notorious Nazi extermination camp Treblinka is nearing the end of a life's mission to tell of the horrors that he saw there.

    Now 92, his remarkable story, featured in a documentary film produced by Miami public TV channel...

  • Modiano, writer of memory and guilt under Nazi occupation, wins Nobel literature prize

    October 9, 2014 | 12:48 pm

    French writer Patrick Modiano has won the 2014 Nobel Prize for Literature for works that made him "a Marcel Proust of our time" with tales often set during the Nazi occupation of Paris during World War II, the Swedish Academy said on Thursday.

    Relatively unknown outside of France...

  • “Heil Hitler” at the heart of London - an open letter to the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 30, 2014 | 8:53 am

    Not sure if it was because of the growing anti- Semitism or constant terror threats, but when my boyfriend surprised me with a trip to London, my initial and immediate response was "but I don't want to die."  Since tickets were already booked, we boarded the plane, extra carefully,...

  • Jews and the birth of Film Noir

    By Avishay Artsy

    September 22, 2014 | 10:19 am

    The 1942 classic “Casablanca” follows a complicated love story between two star-crossed lovers, played by Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. But it’s also about refugees fleeing their home country for safety. It’s an apt metaphor for the experience of Jews escaping Nazi Germany,...

  • Dig uncovers gas chambers at Sobibor death camp

    September 17, 2014 | 12:08 pm

    An archaeological dig at Sobibor has uncovered the Nazi death camp’s gas chambers.

    The excavations in Poland have been going on since 2007, and thousands of inmates’ personal items have been found at the site. They include rings, pendants, earrings, jewelry, perfume bottles,...

  • Just little bits of history repeating

    By Steve Greenberg

    September 10, 2014 | 1:50 pm

  • Zara ‘sorry’ for t-shirt that looks like Nazi camp uniform

    August 27, 2014 | 9:48 am

    Global fashion chain Zara, owned by Spain's Inditex, pulled from sale on Wednesday a striped children's top decorated with a large six-pointed star after it was likened to uniforms worn by Jewish concentration camp inmates in Nazi Germany.

    The shirt, bearing horizontal blue and...

  • A sunken Nazi sub discovered off Texas coast

    July 15, 2014 | 2:08 pm

    In a shocking reminder of how close the Second World War came to America, a German U-boat has been discovered by marine archaeologists working off the shores of Texas in the Gulf of Mexico.

    That Nazi subs once prowled the Gulf of Mexico may come as a bit of surprise to Americans.

    "And there's a very good reason," said shipwreck diver Richie Kohler in a WFAA video. "The United States government didn't want us to know. They didn't want us to know how Germany was taking us to task, how successful these U-boats were."

    Read more on io9.com.

  • Former Nazi guard, Johann Breyer, denied bail in Philadelphia

    July 10, 2014 | 10:55 am

    A former Nazi concentration camp guard awaiting extradition to Germany has been denied bail by a U.S. judge in Philadelphia.

    Lawyers for Johann Breyer, 89, had sought his release before an Aug. 21 extradition hearing, arguing in court papers he suffered from dementia and other...

  • eBay rejects auction of Nazi chief’s car

    June 27, 2014 | 2:14 pm

    Auction website eBay has refused to list a World War II-era Mercedes Benz once owned Hermann Goering, a Nazi leader who commanded the German air force, citing a policy prohibiting the sale of offensive items.

    The 1941 Mercedes Benz 540 K Cabriolet B, custom built by Daimler-Benz...

  • Journalist Torgny Segerstedt speaks truth to Nazi power in Swedish film, ‘The Last Sentence’

    By  Tom Tugend

    June 18, 2014 | 9:57 am

    The Swedish film “The Last Sentence” opens with a 1933 newsreel of Adolf Hitler strutting as Germany’s new chancellor and ends with 1945 footage of Russian troops closing in on the Führer’s bunker.

    During those 12 years, as Hitler first threatened and then swallowed one European...

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