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  • VIDEO: Holocaust Survivors 2014 - Faces, Not Numbers

    By Jeremy Elster

    May 20, 2014 | 5:15 am

    On Holocaust Remembrance Day 2014, Israel Social TV reflects on the government’s treatment of the 200,000 living Holocaust survivors in Israel. We attended a new photographic exhibit in Jaffa titled “Holocaust Survivors 2014” and asked the following question. How well is the...

  • Letters to the editor: Election tactics, survivors and interfaith discussions

    April 30, 2014 | 9:41 am

    More Than Just Surviving

    Looking at those amazing faces on the cover and learning their stories, it struck me, perhaps for the first time, that the term “Holocaust Survivor” may be insufficient (“My 50 Best Friends Are Holocaust Survivors,” April 25). 

    Those brave people faced...

  • Letters to the Editor: Survivors. Garcetti cartoon, 99 Cents Only store

    June 7, 2013 | 2:48 pm

    Survivor Stories Have Merit

    I was not raised Jewish, but I like to read the Journal and discuss articles in it with acquaintances and friends. I learn so much from the Survivor stories.

    I have just read the story of Charlotte Seeman (May 31). I read it twice! I couldn’t believe...

  • Hatred of Jews remains strong, Netanyahu and Peres tell Yom Hashoah rite

    April 8, 2013 | 6:22 am

    The hatred of Jews is still strong more than 70 years after the Holocaust began, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres said at the national Yom Hashoah ceremony at Yad Vashem.

    "The map of Europe still contains local stains of anti-Semitism," Peres...

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  • 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,...

  • 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....

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Obituaries: Sept. 21-27, 2012

    By JewishJournal

    September 19, 2012 | 10:42 am

    Eunice Bordon died Aug. 16 at 96. Survived by son Robert (Alison); 2 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Hillside

    Boris M. Bronstein died Aug. 11 at 56. Survived by companion Stella Kantor; sons Daniel, Michael. Mount Sinai

    Arnold Brounstein died Aug. 17 at 84. Survived by wife...

  • 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...

  • 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,...

  • 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....

  • March of the Living Honors Survivors, Prepares Next Generation to Carry Torch

    By Ryan Torok

    April 4, 2012 | 11:58 am

    “I’m a simple man … [and] life is very simple,” Max Webb said. “Only problem we have is people make it complicated.”

    Webb, a home builder and philanthropist, addressed approximately 500 people as he accepted the Eternal Flame Award during March of the Living’s Tribute...

  • The story of Titanic survivors Leah and ‘Filly’ Aks

    March 29, 2012 | 5:16 pm

    When Titanic departed on its first and last voyage from Southampton, England on Wednesday, April 10, 1912, 18-year-old Jewish immigrant Leah Aks and her 10-month-old son, Philip were on board.

    Passover had concluded the day before. On sailing day, Leah was pleased to find that the...

  • Holocaust Remembrance Day: Survivor stories

    January 26, 2012 | 6:06 pm

    A collection of Holocaust survivor stories by Jane Ulman.

    Motek Kleiman

    “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...

  • Rita Kahane and Serena Rubin

    By Jane Ulman

    December 14, 2011 | 10:45 am

    “Schnell, schnell,” the SS soldiers, with dogs and guns, yelled at the newly arrived Auschwitz prisoners. “Hurry, hurry.” Twins Rita and Serena Siegelstein, then 17, were suddenly separated from their parents and two brothers and rushed into a large building. Female guards...

  • Opinion: Ending the injustice: Making Holocaust survivors whole

    December 7, 2011 | 5:05 pm

    Sixty-six years ago, when the Allied forces dismantled Hitler’s Nazi regime, the world swore never to forget the horrors of the Holocaust and the millions of lives lost. Yet, to this day, many Holocaust survivors continue to suffer grave injustices from that grim period in history...

  • Germany adds payments for ghetto survivors

    December 5, 2011 | 11:11 am

    Following negotiations with the Claims Conference, Germany has agreed to loosen the criteria for payment to certain survivors of ghettos.

    Under the new rules, which go into effect Jan. 1, any Jew who spent at least 12 months in a ghetto, in hiding or living under a false identity...

  • Aharon Samuel

    October 19, 2011 | 12:48 pm

    Aharon Samuel suddenly spied a train coming slowly down the tracks. “I was so nervous,” he said. He was 17, skinny, and had been waiting for this train — for any train — for eight months while confined to a ghetto in the Transylvanian city of Cluj. He hesitated as nine cars passed....

  • For third straight year, Germany doubling up on funding for Holocaust survivors’ home care

    December 7, 2010 | 10:37 am

    The German government is doubling the amount of money it will provide for home care for poor Holocaust survivors, the Claims Conference said.

    The increase announced Monday to $145 million for 2011, doubling the amount given in 2010, is meant to meet a growing need among the elderly...

  • Obituaries

    December 18, 2008 | 2:18 am

    Dr. David Lieber Dies

    At press time The Jewish Journal received word that Dr. David Lieber, born 1925, died Dec. 16. A rabbi and scholar, Dr. Lieber was president emeritus of the University of Judaism (now known as the American Jewish University), senior editor of the Etz Hayim...

  • Obituaries

    December 3, 2008 | 10:37 pm

    Jules Porter, Community Lay Leader and Preeminent Social Photographer, Dies at 72

    Jules Porter, community lay leader and preeminent social photographer, died of pancreatic cancer Nov. 22 at the age of 72. Working from his well-known Jules Porter Photographer's studio on Pico...

  • Obituaries

    November 26, 2008 | 5:47 pm

    Irving Brecher, Radio, Stage, Screen Comedy Writer, 94

    Irving Brecher, a comedy writer whose career in radio, television and film included writing two Marx Brothers comedies and co-writing the Judy Garland musical, "Meet Me in St. Louis," has died. He was 94.

    Brecher died of...

  • Obituaries

    November 13, 2008 | 12:35 am

    Gabriel Almond died Oct. 12 at 97. He is survived by his wife, Hilda; sons, Laurence and Paul; and brother, Nathan. Chevra Kadisha

    Gerald Bemel died Oct. 23 at 76. He is survived by his son, Kevin (Melanie); daughters, Melissa and Marla; and two grandchildren. Sholom Chapels

    Lee...

  • Obituaries

    October 10, 2008 | 1:04 am

    Helen Daniels, Barrier Breaker, Dies at 85

    Dedicated volunteer and former social worker Helen Daniels died Sept. 28 at age 85 of metastatic cancer.

    She was born in Brookline, Mass., and was the only child of Joseph Ettinger and Eva Frutman. After her mother's death when she was 6...

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