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  • The welcome enemy: Nazis in the U.S.

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    1 week ago

    One of the bitter facts of history is that the United States’ immigration quota for Germany and Austria went unfilled during the 1930s when hundreds of thousands of Jews were clamoring to escape the Third Reich. And further, when the war against Germany was finally won in 1945,...

  • Witnesses to Kristallnacht

    By Jane Ulman

    November 6, 2014 | 11:08 am

    On a Wednesday evening in late 1938, the sounds of broken glass shattered the quiet streets of Germany, Austria and the Sudetenland. Over the next 24 hours, Nov. 9-10, rampaging Nazi mobs would torch more than 1,000 synagogues; vandalize Jewish homes, businesses and cemeteries; and...

  • U.S. spy agencies hired at least 1,000 Nazis, new book alleges

    October 27, 2014 | 12:25 pm

    U.S. spy agencies hired at least 1,000 ex-Nazis during the Cold War, a new book reports.

    According to Eric Lichtblau’s “The Nazis Next Door: How America Became a Safe Haven for Hitler’s Men,” excerpted Monday in The New York Times, the CIA and other American agencies employed...

  • Why some Nazis are collecting Social Security

    October 27, 2014 | 9:47 am

    On October 20, 2014, AP issued its Big Story with the sensational title "Millions in Social Security for expelled Nazis." The story was picked up by major news outlets in the United States and around the world. Written in the form of an exposé, it presents the shocking fact that...

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  • The Audacity of Hope: Raising Little Messiahs.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    July 14, 2014 | 7:43 pm

    “Seventy years ago these beautiful men would likely have been members of the Nazi party” emailed me a friend while watching Germany battle for the World Cup. 

    I saw another perspective.  As I watched many fellow Jews cheer for Germany, I realized one day peace is possible.

    ...
  • The true story of how scientists battled Typhus and sabotaged the Nazis

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    July 9, 2014 | 10:29 am

    By now, of course, we know full well that the Holocaust is a bottomless pit. More than a half-century after the liberation of the last camp, new and wholly unsuspecting tales of both suffering and redemption continue to reach us. “The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl: How Two...

  • Czech lawmaker says Catholic Church approved Nazi murders of Jews

    June 24, 2014 | 10:55 am

    A Czech lawmaker who said the Catholic Church collaborated with the Nazis is being called on to apologize.

    “The Catholic Church did not suffer during World War II; it was one of the biggest allies of Nazi Germany,” Igor Jakubcik of the Social Democrat Party said during a debate...

  • 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...

  • Monuments Men Adjacent, “The Roses Underneath” by C.F. Yetmen

    By Melanie Chartoff

    February 10, 2014 | 9:00 am

    In "The Roses Underneath," a confident first novel by C.F. Yetmen, the details of one German female's wily life skills are forefront against the backdrop of the Allies cataloguing fine art stolen, sold and hidden during the Holocaust.

    Anna struggles to salvage a life for herself...

  • Russell Brand, Hugo Boss & Nazi Uniforms

    By Ilana Angel

    September 15, 2013 | 3:14 pm

    I have loved Russell Brand for a long time.  I think he is funny, smart, wise, deep, spiritual, and oddly attractive. He is a bad boy, which is both sexy and intimidating. In the interest of full disclosure, if I could have dinner with any celebrity, he would be my choice. ...

  • Reclaiming the swastika

    July 19, 2013 | 9:34 am

    A swastika banner will fly over New York City and appear in other major cities around the world this Saturday.

    No, the Nazis aren’t invading. This Saturday marks the fourth annual World Swastika Rehabilitation Day, organized by the International Raelian Movement. Founded in 1974,...

  • Do You Davven With That Mouth?

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    July 10, 2013 | 9:26 am

    A number of years ago, I attended a rather large gathering of Jews. On Shabbat, I found myself sitting at a table with a group of ultra-Orthodox Jews, including some rabbis, who hailed from Brooklyn.

    Right after motzi, some of them started talking about what we would now call the...

  • Robert Geminder

    By Jane Ulman

    June 26, 2013 | 4:40 pm

    In the early morning of Oct. 12, 1941, German authorities ordered the Jews of Stanislawow, Poland, to report to the town square. Six-year-old Robert (Bob) Geminder huddled there with his mother, grandmother and brother, George. The group of approximately 20,000 Jews was then...

  • Lessons of the Holocaust

    By Dennis Prager

    April 10, 2013 | 3:07 pm

    This week, Jews around the world observed Holocaust Remembrance Day. This day ought to be universally observed, because the lessons of the Holocaust are universal. Here are some of them:

    1. The Jews are the world’s canary in the mine.

    When Jews are murdered, it is a warning to...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 8, 2013 | 12:04 pm

    Stephen Hawking to visit Israel

    The praised British astrophysicist, Stephen Hawking (71), will arrive in Israel this coming June to take part in the 5th Israeli Presidential Conference 'Facing Tomorrow.' The last time the author of A Briefer History of Time visited Israel was in...

  • What happened at Belzec

    April 3, 2013 | 2:22 pm

    In the summer of 1993, my father and I visited the site of the extermination camp of Belzec in eastern Poland, where my grandparents were among half a million Jews murdered by the Nazis in 1942.

    That visit would change my life. 

    I was working on a book about my father’s...

  • Rescuers of the ‘50 Children’

    April 3, 2013 | 2:09 pm

    On Holocaust Remembrance Day, we honor those lost in the Shoah and the few who were saved through circumstance, luck or the efforts of courageous individuals. People like Oskar Schindler, Raoul Wallenberg and the Bielski brothers immediately come to mind, having been the subjects...

  • Spielberg directs kids to ‘iWitness’ history

    By Tom Tugend

    March 7, 2013 | 7:49 am

    In a video, a Holocaust survivor remembers how he had to kill the family dog as he faced deportation to a wartime ghetto, where there would not be enough food for humans and none for animals.

    After watching the testimony and letting it sink in, a New York high school student went...

  • The Holocaust just got more shocking

    March 3, 2013 | 7:02 am

    Thirteen years ago, researchers at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum began the grim task of documenting all the ghettos, slave labor sites, concentration camps and killing factories that the Nazis set up throughout Europe.

    What they have found so far has shocked even...

  • Claims Conference offers last chance for East Germany property heirs

    February 20, 2013 | 12:06 pm

    Jews who owned property seized by the Nazis in what became East Germany have a last chance to receive compensation for it.

    For the first time in a decade, the Claims Conference has agreed to review new claims by potential heirs to Jewish-owned properties in the former East...

  • Resurrecting Lithuania’s Jewish past

    February 7, 2013 | 9:35 am

    During the course of one month in 1941, most of the thousands of Jewish residents of Utena, Lithuania, were rounded up by the Nazis, taken into the forest and murdered. Only a few dozen managed to escape.

    That episode nearly buried the entire history of the centuries-old town,...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 11, 2012 | 11:01 am

    Douglas, Isle of Man-based Odyssey Moon Ltd. and Israeli-based NSL Satellites Ltd., in partnership with NanoRacks LLC of the U.S., together launched a number of educational microgravity experiments to the International Space Station (ISS). Three of them are the outcomes of...

  • Henry Jaglom’s ‘45 Minutes from Broadway’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 27, 2012 | 11:01 pm

    Henry Jaglom’s 18th film, “Just 45 Minutes From Broadway,” revolves around an eccentric family of actors with roots going back to the Yiddish theater, spotlighting one spring in their ramshackle country house outside New York City.  There’s the patriarch, George “Grisha”...

  • Jews and guns

    By Dennis Prager

    August 8, 2012 | 11:33 am

    It is a given among liberal and progressive Jews that gun ownership among the general population is a bad thing. The ideal is near-universal disarmament with only a handful of individual exceptions and, of course, the police.

    The majority of Americans have the opposite view. They...

  • “Wally” explores dramatic Nazi looted art case

    By  Tom Tugend

    July 22, 2012 | 11:23 pm

    Nearly 70 years after Hitler’s downfall, the legal and political struggles continue to return Nazi-looted art works, dubbed “the last prisoners of war,” to their original Jewish owners.

    The documentary follows the twists and turns, involving a large cast of Austrian and American...

  • Himmler’s Brain

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    June 6, 2012 | 11:38 am

    Not long ago, I reviewed Peter Longerich’s benchmark biography of Heinrich Himmler in these pages—a work of meticulous and compelling scholarship about the master architect of the Final Solution, a mostly ordinary human being whose claim on history is that he succeeded in putting...

  • Always remember. Never forget.

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 18, 2012 | 11:08 am

    When reaching the 11th grade here, in Israel, you get a chance to go with your classmates on an eight-day journey to Poland, partially sponsored by school. This journey follows the years of the Holocaust, and is an opportunity for a different way of learning about the worst time of...

  • Paul Weitz on dads, De Niro and “Being Flynn”

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 5, 2012 | 2:18 pm

    Father figures emerge prominently in the films of Paul Weitz—as do complex relationships between fathers and sons.  The last time I spoke with the convivial filmmaker was regarding “About a Boy”, the 2003 film Weitz made with his brother, Chris Weitz (“A Better Life”), about a...

  • The Cinderella stories of Aline Brosh McKenna

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 30, 2011 | 7:30 pm

    When Aline Brosh McKenna pitched her very first script in her first screenwriting class circa 1990, her words were met by a hushed, possibly startled, silence.  The setting was an extension course at New York University: “I just remember somebody writing something about an art...

  • The genesis of psychoanalysis [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 23, 2011 | 12:37 pm

    How the brilliant, disturbed Sabina Spielrein influenced Freud and Jung

    It is the summer of 1912 in “A Dangerous Method” — a film whose storyline is drawn from real-life events — and Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley), a young Russian-Jewish psychoanalyst, is discussing with...

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