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  • 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...

  • Nazis’ stooge or well-meaning Jew?

    By Tom Tugend

    January 27, 2014 | 3:04 pm

    When the French director Claude Lanzmann completed the editing of his eight-hour epic documentary, “Shoah,” in 1985, he still had stashed away nearly 11 hours of interviews with one man.

    That man was Benjamin Murmelstein, the last president of the Judenrat (Jewish Council) in the...

  • 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...

  • At Auschwitz, Israel’s Netanyahu says Jews still threatened

    June 13, 2013 | 9:31 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, visiting the former Nazi death camp at Auschwitz on Thursday, said the Jewish state would act -- alone if necessary -- to prevent a repetition of the Holocaust.

    Netanyahu's speech at the camp in southern Poland where the Nazis killed...

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  • A suit and a story

    By Rob Eshman

    May 1, 2013 | 10:51 am

    It had been a tough week. The more news I read about the Boston bombing, the less I understood. Who were these young men, full of grievance, using a fresh start in America to maim and kill innocents?

    In the midst of the mess, I decided to finally buy myself a new suit. I have...

  • Nazi role-playing at Santa Monica High School causes stir

    By Ryan Torok

    April 24, 2013 | 2:34 pm

    Generally, expert advisers counsel against teaching about the Holocaust by having students do exercises that re-create the experience. Role-play activities can reinforce negative views, stereotype group behavior and are pedagogically unsound, according to the Anti-Defamation...

  • 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...

  • Gordon, Schulman appointed to U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council

    April 10, 2013 | 5:33 am

    Rabbi Samuel N. Gordon and Maureen Schulman are the newest members of the U. S. Holocaust Memorial Council.

    They were appointed Tuesday by President Obama.

    Rabbi Samuel N. Gordon is the founding rabbi of Congregation Sukkat Shalom in Wilmette, Ill. and is vice president of the...

  • April 9, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 9, 2013 | 3:30 am

    The US

    Headline: U.S. Senators Seeking Tougher Economic Sanctions on Iran

    To Read: Military specialists Steven Metz and Douglas Lovelace argue that the US military should be careful of marginalizing its infantry and relying too heavily on high technology:

    Relying on a...

  • Israel stops to remember victims of Holocaust

    April 8, 2013 | 8:21 am

    Israel came to a standstill as a siren sounded for two minutes in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.

    Following the siren Monday morning, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry participated in a wreath-laying ceremony in the Yad Vashem Hall of Remembrance as part of Yom Hashoah,...

  • A Turkish Muslim perspective on Yom HaShoah

    April 8, 2013 | 5:58 am

    When people of reason and conscience look back on the subject of Shoah (otherwise known as the Holocaust) today, it is common to hear questions like: "How could a nation of philosophers, composers of classical music, technology, poets, in this seat of the Enlightenment itself,...

  • Shoah: Breadcrumbs of life

    By David Suissa

    April 4, 2013 | 5:36 am

    The Holocaust is really too big and too dark to fathom. It’s larger than life, larger than death, even larger than evil. The human mind can’t quite comprehend an evil that wants to destroy a whole race of humans — and succeeds in destroying about a third of it.

    No matter how many...

  • The last generation

    April 4, 2013 | 5:23 am

    All my adult life, I have felt a burden to live more than one life. I am a child of survivors and a mourner of many who did not survive. In 1944, my grandparents and more than 700 others were murdered in a little-known massacre in Kremnicka, Slovakia. This, after Max and Alzbeta...

  • Survivor initiative to thrive on common cents

    April 3, 2013 | 2:30 pm

    Sixty-eight years after being liberated from the horrors of the Holocaust, many aging survivors are living another nightmare — poverty without hope.

    “Every single one of them came to this country destitute, with zero resources, and had to start from the beginning,” Stephen D....

  • 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...

  • Reliving the Holocaust

    By Jane Ulman

    April 3, 2013 | 2:15 pm

    "They’re going to come with the dogs. They’re going to start beating me.” Pola Lipnowski spoke in Yiddish, an expression of sheer terror on her face. She turned to her daughter, Hendel Schwartz, for protection. 

    But Lipnowski was not in Poland. She was in her room at Emmy Monash...

  • 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...

  • Joan Rivers and the consequences of Holocaust jokes on broadcast television

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 6, 2013 | 11:08 am

    On the February 25th episode of the E! Entertainment's  television show "Fashion Police", comedian Joan Rivers made a remark on Heidi Klum's Academy Awards dress, saying: “The last time a German looked this hot was when they were pushing Jews into the ovens.”  The Anti-Defamation...

  • Germany should award pensions to ghetto survivors, Jewish body says

    March 3, 2013 | 7:08 am

    Germany's main Jewish body is calling on the German government and parliament to step in on behalf of survivors of World War II ghettoes who have not yet received a German pension for their work.

    Dieter Graumann, head of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, said in a statement...

  • Harry Magid

    By Jane Ulman

    February 27, 2013 | 1:29 pm

    "The Jews are going to be taken from the ghetto and killed.” Harry Magid — known then as Herschel — urged his mother to escape with his younger brother, Alex. Harry had learned from a Ukrainian friend of his father that 300 horse-drawn wagons had been ordered to transport the...

  • A day of Holocaust memories

    By Ryan Torok

    February 27, 2013 | 12:45 pm

    When 89-year-old Max Stodel arrived for a Feb. 17 program at the Skirball Cultural Center marking the run-up to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s (USHMM) 20th anniversary in April, he didn’t come alone.

    In addition to his daughter, Betty Lazarus, the survivor of the...

  • Naples to open Jewish library

    February 14, 2013 | 6:56 am

    Naples is getting a Jewish library, one of three in all of Italy.

    An exhibition called “Judaism and the Shoah in 500 Books from Five Centuries” opened Wednesday in the local Tucci library.

    The Italian Jewish portal Moked reported that when the exhibition is over, the 500 books...

  • Holocaust’s enduring lessons

    By Tom Tugend

    February 13, 2013 | 2:02 pm

    The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) will be transplanted, at least in part, from Washington, D.C.’s National Mall to Los Angeles on Feb. 17.

    In a daylong commemoration and celebration at the Skirball Cultural Center, marking the run-up to the museum’s 20th...

  • French Rapper Booba ‘Cyber-lynched’ for Mentioning Shoah

    February 7, 2013 | 9:57 am

    Dozens of anti-Semitic messages were left on the Facebook page of the popular French rapper Booba for vowing in a new song to avenge the victims of the Holocaust.

    Booba, the son of a Muslim father from Senegal, raps in a song titled “Master Yoda” that was posted Feb. 2 on his...

  • 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,...

  • ‘Lore’ sees Holocaust through German teen’s eyes

    By Tom Tugend

    February 6, 2013 | 12:53 pm

    To help us grasp the enormity of the Holocaust, we have the testimonies of survivors, of liberators, even of bystanders, but what about the perpetrators and, even more, their children, who grew up worshipping Adolf Hitler?

    “Lore,” the movie, grapples with that complex question...

  • ‘Freud’s Sister’: Abandoned by her brother to the Nazis, a story of childhood love and betrayal

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    January 17, 2013 | 1:42 pm

    Sometimes the human mind seems inadequate to understand and explain the enormity of the Shoah, which may explain why Freud is so often invoked by writers of Holocaust literature, ranging from D. M. Thomas in “The White Hotel” to Primo Levi in “The Drowned and the Saved.”  Perhaps...

  • Leon Leyson, Schindler survivor, 83

    January 16, 2013 | 12:31 pm

    Leon Leyson, the youngest Jew to be saved by Oskar Schindler and his famous list during the Holocaust, died Jan. 12 in Whittier, following a four-year struggle with lymphoma. He was 83.

    Called “Little Leyson” by the German industrialist who saved him and 1,100 other Jews, Leyson...

  • Artists from inside the concentration camps

    By Tom Tugend

    January 9, 2013 | 1:11 pm

    The Nazis gassed and murdered 1 million prisoners at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp complex, but they could not kill the human urge to create and leave behind a sign of their existence for future generations.

    Some 20 examples of the prisoners’ artistic legacy are on...

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