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  • Surviving terror in two generations

    January 23, 2013 | 4:29 pm

    Auschwitz survivor Liza Zajac Novera — who goes by Lea — was on an anniversary cruise with her husband to Iguazu Falls in September 1977, when she got the call. Her sister-in-law told her that armed men had come to their apartment in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and had taken away her...

  • 67 years later, Holocaust survivor reunites with rescuer

    November 26, 2012 | 12:00 pm

    Even though 67 years had passed since they last saw each other, Wladyslawa Dudziak and Rozia Beiman reunited as if they hadn't missed a moment.

    Dudziak, 85, was flown to New York last week from Poland to meet with Beiman, whom she had saved from the Nazis more than a half-century...

  • Poster collection looted by Nazis to be auctioned

    November 5, 2012 | 10:15 am

    A collection of pre-World War II posters that were returned to the heir of a Jewish dentist who fled the Nazis is going on sale.

    The more than 4,300 posters collected by Hans Sachs and looted by the Nazis will be auctioned at Guernsey's in New York on Jan. 18, though the auction...

  • Comparing animal rights and the Holocaust

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 10, 2012 | 4:54 pm

    On Oct. 2, Alex Hershaft, a Holocaust survivor and founder of the nonprofit Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM), sat on the ground with some 100 other protesters in front of the Farmer John pig slaughterhouse in Vernon, Calif., blocking the entrance from two bi-level trucks carrying...

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  • Surviving a Survivor

    October 10, 2012 | 4:24 pm

    It’s an age-old, common dilemma faced by adult children of aging parents: What is the right thing to do when those parents begin to lose their faculties? That theme is at the heart of “Surviving Mama,” by playwright Sonia Levitin, which opens Oct. 12 at the Edgemar Center for the...

  • Alex Friedman

    By Jane Ulman

    October 3, 2012 | 3:13 pm

    The train arrived at Dachau one morning in late November 1944. As the doors opened, German soldiers wielding big sticks yelled, “Raus, raus” (“Out, out”). Alex Friedman and the other Jewish prisoners exited, were marched toward the camp and, outside in the snow and cold, ordered to...

  • Regina Hirsch

    By Jane Ulman

    September 12, 2012 | 10:20 am

    “Leave your possessions. We will bring them to you,” a Jewish commando greeted the trainload of Jews arriving at Auschwitz. He pointed to Regina Landowicz’s mother: “Too old.” And to her sister Lillie: “Too young.” Sally, another sister, took scissors from her rucksack and quickly...

  • Eli Zborowski, founder of American Society for Yad Vashem, dies

    September 11, 2012 | 10:02 am

    Eli Zborowski, a Holocaust survivor who founded and served as the chairman of the American Society for Yad Vashem, has died.

    Zborowski,  who founded the society in 1981and served as its chairman until his death, died Monday in New York. He was 87.

    Zborowski was born in Zarki,...

  • Edith Frankie

    By Jane Ulman

    August 29, 2012 | 4:48 pm

    “Hey, you Jew. Open up the door.” It was 4 a.m. on a Sunday morning, just before Passover 1944, when two gendarmes in the village of Chiesd, Transylvania, banged on the door where 12-year-old Edith Izsak lived with her parents, three siblings and two young cousins. “Take all the...

  • Hedy Fingerman

    By Jane Ulman

    August 15, 2012 | 1:39 pm

    The cattle car doors opened onto the Auschwitz platform and Hedy Markowitz, abruptly separated from her mother and younger brothers, was pushed along a walkway. She was first detained at a building where two Jewish prisoners shaved her head, and was then ushered into another...

  • ‘Tree of Testimony’ showcases redemption, hope

    August 8, 2012 | 1:13 pm

    Ablack lattice of metal piping spreads in front of a dark, curved wall holding a large cluster of television screens. About 20 people stand or sit transfixed beneath this Tree of Testimony, watching the faces of about 70 Holocaust survivors as they laugh, cry, gesticulate and often...

  • Survivor: Sol Berger

    By Jane Ulman

    August 1, 2012 | 11:58 am

    “Where are the dollars?” two plainclothes Gestapo officers demanded as they appeared without warning on both sides of Sol Berger. Sol denied any knowledge, even though the daughter of a local currency dealer was hovering nearby at the train station in Tarnow, Poland, holding the...

  • Survivor: Sonja Telias

    By Jane Ulman

    July 18, 2012 | 3:58 pm

    From the upstairs bedroom she shared with four girls, Sonja Blits heard the soldiers marching through the quiet village of Zaandijk, outside Amsterdam, where she was being hidden by a generous Dutch family. “Remember, stay below the windowsill,” Moe Haidel, the other girls’ mother,...

  • In a new network, Jewish cancer survivors are finding the understanding they need

    July 12, 2012 | 10:53 am

    Roni Bibring was 15 when she was diagnosed with leukemia. Four years later, her treatment completed, she says her biggest challenge—having lost touch with many of her friends—is making new friends who understand what she’s been through.

    “Most people don’t even realize that...

  • Survivor: Masha Loen

    By Jane Ulman

    July 5, 2012 | 12:30 pm

    As Masha Sapoznikow returned to the Kovno ghetto just past noon on March 27, 1944, she sensed an eerie quiet. German and Lithuanian soldiers, armed with machine guns, were uncharacteristically posted at the gate. Masha, looking older than her 13 years, was coming back, along with...

  • Opinion: Jewish organizations, others must stop interfering with Holocaust survivors' rights

    July 2, 2012 | 4:42 pm

    [This column is a response to a piece by Menachem Rosensaft:
    Crafting a Holocaust insurance solution that works
    ]

    The JTA recently published an op-ed by Menachem Rosensaft which gratuitously offers an “alternative” to the legislation that Holocaust survivors and children and...

  • Legislation to support Holocaust survivors introduced

    June 29, 2012 | 12:28 pm

    Three U.S. senators introduced legislation Thursday aimed at supporting programs to assist aging Holocaust survivors.

    The bipartisan measure, Responding to Urgent needs of Survivors of the Holocaust (RUSH), was introduced by original cosponsor Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) along with Ben...

  • Crafting a Holocaust insurance solution that works

    June 27, 2012 | 3:46 pm

    [Read a response to this column: Jewish organizations, others
    must stop interfering with Holocaust survivors’ rights
    ]

    There is a solution to get us beyond the seemingly endless stalemates and complications that continue to characterize the ongoing debate over Holocaust-era...

  • Claims Conference steps up aid to Greek Holocaust survivors

    June 27, 2012 | 10:18 am

    The Claims Conference is tripling its aid to Greece’s Holocaust survivors in light of the country’s economic crisis and funding an education program on anti-Semitism due to the recent rise of a neo-Nazi party.

    The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, which...

  • Gad Beck, the last known gay Holocaust survivor, dies at 88

    June 26, 2012 | 10:34 am

    Gad Beck, the last known gay Jewish survivor of the Holocaust, died in Berlin. 

    Beck, 88, who was a resistance fighter during World War II for Chug Chaluzi, an underground Zionist resistance youth group, died on June 24, just six days before his 89th birthday. Chug Chaluzi played a...

  • Survivor: Edith More

    By Jane Ulman

    June 20, 2012 | 12:44 pm

    Edith Klein and her mother lined up on the Auschwitz II-Birkenau roll-call field. It was September 1944, and they feared being transported to a different camp. “Let’s hide,” Edith’s mother suggested, and the two darted into an empty barracks. But soon, afraid they would be...

  • Gitta Seidner Ginsberg

    By Jane Ulman

    June 6, 2012 | 1:59 pm

    Gitta Seidner—known at the time by the Christian name Jannine Spinette—was abruptly awakened around 4:30 a.m. by a large commotion outside her farmhouse bedroom in Waterloo, Belgium. “No, no, no. What do you want with my goddaughter?” she heard her godmother, Alice Spinette, say....

  • Holocaust survivor’s family must return artifact to Berlin museum

    June 1, 2012 | 10:30 am

    The family of a deceased Holocaust survivor must return to a German museum a 3,200-year-old artifact that he had brought with him to the United States, a New York state appellate court has ruled.

    It is not clear how Riven Flamenbaum gained ownership of the ancient gold Assyrian...

  • Jack Seror

    By Jane Ulman

    May 23, 2012 | 12:14 pm

    Jack Seror didn’t know what to do. He was 25 and knew he had to leave Salonika; it wasn’t safe for Jews. And now a contact from the Greek resistance had come to fetch him. Jack stood with his parents in their living room, crying. They hugged, kissed and hugged some more. “We have...

  • Arno Lustiger, historian and Holocaust survivor, dies at 88

    May 16, 2012 | 12:04 pm

    Arno Lustiger, a Holocaust survivor and historian who put a spotlight on Jewish resistance against the Nazis, has died.

    Lustiger died Tuesday in Frankfurt, Germany, at the age of 88.

    Lustiger’s “greatest contribution for all time” was in “rescuing from oblivion the story of Jewish...

  • Julius Bendorf

    By Jane Ulman

    May 9, 2012 | 1:07 pm

    The morning stillness was shattered in the German village of Ober-Ramstadt, as people started running through the streets, crying out that the synagogue was burning. Julius Bendorf, 23, could see the flames from his house. Later, around 1 p.m., a group of men broke into his...

  • Child Holocaust survivors speak up for those who can’t

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    May 2, 2012 | 11:38 am

    Only a precious remnant of Holocaust survivors is alive today, and many of them were just children when they went into hiding or ended up behind barbed wire. Indeed, there’s a heartbreaking irony in the fact that the last survivors are the ones who were the most at risk, precisely...

  • Toronto woman charged in Holocaust claims case

    April 27, 2012 | 10:17 am

    A woman living in Toronto was charged in the United States with taking part in a scheme to steal from a Holocaust survivors’ fund.

    Documents obtained by the CBC, the state-owned broadcaster, show that the FBI alleges Luba Kramrish was part of a conspiracy that falsified documents to...

  • Living with Holocaust ghosts

    By Susan Freudenheim

    April 25, 2012 | 12:42 pm

    Ed Asner, aka Lou Grant, walked slowly to the front of the stage at the Museum of Tolerance on Sunday night, and in his familiar growl — this time with a Latvian accent — he softly spoke: “Thank you for the help that is not only material, but also moral. A person lives through...

  • Jack Adelstein

    By Jane Ulman

    April 25, 2012 | 12:09 pm

    “Raus, raus!” (Out, out!) Jack Adelstein — then Janek Eidelstein, 4 years old — was abruptly awakened by a dozen SS soldiers and Polish farmers. He was sleeping in a cave in a dense forest outside Krasnik, Poland, where he was hiding with his father, brother and an older sister....

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