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  • 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...

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  • 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....

  • Julia Moshe

    By Jane Ulman

    April 11, 2012 | 11:38 am

    In early October 1943, a day or two after Rosh Hashanah, Julia Moshe — née Costi — was walking to her bookkeeping job at the Atlas Watch Co. in Volos, Greece, when she heard footsteps behind her. “Mademoiselle, don’t turn around your head,” a male voice warned. “Yesterday SS...

  • Miriam Rothstein

    By Jane Ulman

    March 29, 2012 | 5:42 pm

    “I don’t know where I am.” After three days and nights in a cramped cattle car, Miriam Rothstein — neé Farkas — was thrust onto the Auschwitz-Birkenau platform. Her sister Margaret and Margaret’s three children were sent to one side,  her brother Baruch to another. Where was...

  • Albert Rosa

    By Jane Ulman

    March 15, 2012 | 3:23 pm

    Albert Rosa spied his older sister Luna across the chain-link fence. He remembered her as beautiful, with big, blue eyes and long, dark hair. Now she was skinny and filthy, her head shaved. “It broke my heart,” he said. Albert had been at Auschwitz only three weeks and had given up...

  • Reality TV Overdose

    By Ilana Angel

    March 10, 2012 | 10:03 am

    I watch much more reality television than I write about.  Some shows are impossible to recap because they are simply not good, and others I watch for me, and so blogging about them makes it work, and therefore takes the pleasure out of it.  While I have many favorites, I can’t...

  • Survivor: Sara Gilmore

    By Jane Ulman

    March 1, 2012 | 2:36 pm

    The train carrying about 1,600 Jews from the island of Rhodes pulled up to the Auschwitz platform in mid-August, 1944. Ezra Hanan, along with all the other men, was corralled into one line. His wife and six children were pushed into another.

    Amid the chaos, Miriam Hanan went...

  • Drama: My Personal Samoa Survivor (Video)

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    February 27, 2012 | 9:58 am

    Enjoy this article and video about Samoa and my personal Drama at Virgin Cove—right where they filmed SURVIVOR SAMOA! Drama at Virgin Cove: Face-Planted on the Ground


    At 1:30am as I lay on the cement step outside the bathroom. I thought, “Hmm, why am I on the ground? How did...

  • Liselotte Hanock

    By Jane Ulman

    February 15, 2012 | 6:05 pm

    Liselotte Hanock — née Ortner — was sent by her grandmother to buy food on a cold, rainy November afternoon in 1944. She was wearing only a light raincoat when she left her yellow-star apartment in Budapest — a de facto ghetto, where she lived with her paternal grandparents and two...

  • Partisan Vitka Kovner dies at 92

    February 15, 2012 | 10:45 am

    Holocaust survivor and partisan Vitka Kovner, who was active in the Vilna Jewish underground, has died. 

    Kovner, the widow of the poet and partisan Abba Kovner, died Wednesday in her home at Kibbutz Ein Hahoresh at the age of 92.

    Born and raised in the Polish city of Kalish,...

  • Grandson of Auschwitz survivor takes the ice for Germany

    February 10, 2012 | 10:36 am

    More than 65 years ago Kurt Kaufmann was liberated from the Auschwitz concentration camp. This weekend his U.S.-born grandson, Evan Kaufmann, is taking the ice for the German national hockey team.

    After finishing a successful college hockey career at the University of Minnesota,...

  • Ernest Braunstein

    By Jane Ulman

    February 1, 2012 | 5:47 pm

    Ernest Braunstein was walking back to his barracks at the Bor labor camp, in Yugoslavia, when he spotted a man suspended from a post by his wrists, which had been tied tightly behind the man’s back. He had passed out, and Ernest brought him water. A guard, witnessing the...

  • Polio survivor’s new film explores sexual surrogacy

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 18, 2012 | 4:35 pm

    Nine years before Mark O’Brien died, the 36-year-old poet and journalist, who was also a polio survivor living in an iron lung, decided he wanted to lose his virginity. Until then, he’d always been ashamed of his sexuality, which he believed served no purpose save to mortify him...

  • ‘50/50’s’ Will Reiser to compete against Woody, Diablo

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 6, 2012 | 7:32 pm

    When I spoke to screenwriter Will Reiser and Seth Rogen at Canter’s deli last fall, they were about to premiere their film, “50/50,” which is loosely based on Reiser’s battle with cancer while in his 20s.  Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Rogen as stand-ins for the real...

  • Donna Tuna

    By Jane Ulman

    January 4, 2012 | 12:14 pm

    Suddenly, midday on Sept. 1, 1939, Donna Tuna — then Golda Tajchman — spotted planes flying low over her small town of Ryki, Poland, machine-gunning the inhabitants, who were running, panicked, in all directions. Donna, along with her mother, sister Regina, and younger twin...

  • Rosalie Greenfield

    November 29, 2011 | 6:07 pm

    The train pulled up to the platform at Auschwitz. Men and women were immediately separated. Rosalie Schwartz had only a couple of minutes to say goodbye to her 69-year-old father, a hearty man who now appeared weary and old to the 21-year-old. “A happy man is one who can die in his...

  • Motek Kleiman

    By Jane Ulman

    November 16, 2011 | 1:58 pm

    “It was such a winter, with wind and snow. It was Dante’s night.”

    It was Jan. 21, 1945, and Motek Kleiman and the prisoners of Blechhammer, a sub-camp of Auschwitz, were being liquidated, dispatched on a two-week forced march to Gross-Rosen, another sub-camp. There, Motek...

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