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  • In Senate, Lautenberg maintained commitment to the Jewish community

    June 3, 2013 | 9:23 am

    In 1982, Frank Lautenberg was running for New Jersey’s U.S. Senate spot at a time when  Democrats in the state were down on their political fortunes.

    The Jewish community knew and liked Lautenberg, a data processing magnate who died Monday at 89 after serving more than 30 years...

  • What if the Nazis had tweeted?

    May 23, 2013 | 1:13 pm

    What could Goebbels have done with 140 characters?

    The question, disturbing as it might sound, can no longer be approached only as theoretical.

    As the arch-propagandist of Nazism, Joseph Goebbels spread the demonic messages of his Fuehrer via the written word, mass...

  • Jewish groups ask Kerry to fight anti-Semitism in Hungary

    May 16, 2013 | 11:57 am

    A dozen Jewish organizations sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry expressing their concern over the rise of anti-Semitism in Hungary.

    The May 14 letter commended Kerry for his offices’ recent human rights report that detailed the rise of the xenophobic and...

  • “A German Life – Against All Odds, Change is Possible” by Bernd Wollschlaeger – Book Recommendation

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    May 14, 2013 | 6:26 am

    Bernd Wollschlaeger, born in 1958 in the small German town of Bamberg, is the son of a former Nazi tank commander and member of one of the elite units of the Wehrmacht, the Germany army, for which he was awarded the Knight’s Cross personally by Hitler.

    Bernd loved his parents and...

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  • Dutch bounty hunters preyed on Jews during Holocaust, study shows

    April 19, 2013 | 9:44 am

    Dozens of Dutchmen preyed on Jews for cash during the Holocaust, according to a new study.

    According to the research by Pinchas Bar Efrat, 82, as many as 80 bounty hunters roamed the Netherlands during the German occupation during World War II.

    Led by two men, Wim Henneicke and...

  • 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...

  • How the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum changed my life

    By Michael Berenbaum

    April 3, 2013 | 1:59 pm

    My daughter, Ilana, then a young college student, asked if she could go with me to the opening of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, on April 22, 1993 (the date was tied to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising’s 50th anniversary). I said: “I will be leaving very early.” She...

  • Gloria Ungar

    By Jane Ulman

    March 28, 2013 | 8:11 am

    "Sorry, children. I’m not going to jeopardize my life for your father’s money.” The Christian forester smuggling three Jewish children across the border from Poland to Slovakia had stopped abruptly, wished them luck and told them to keep walking. But Gloria Ungar — then Gitta Nagel...

  • Vienna Philharmonic acknowledges honoring Nazi war criminal

    March 11, 2013 | 6:37 am

    The famed Vienna Philharmonic has acknowledged that many of its musicians were Nazi party members during Hitler's rule and that its director may have delivered a prestigious orchestra award to a Nazi war criminal two decades after the end of World War Two.

    The orchestra, which...

  • 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...

  • Ceremony honors Jewish vet killed in World War II

    February 27, 2013 | 1:01 pm

    For nearly 40 years, the Purple Heart medal sat locked in a box, left behind in a West Hollywood apartment building’s laundry room.

    Until very recently, Hyla Merin never knew about the box or its contents, which tell the heroic story of her father, Hyman Markel, who was killed...

  • Warsaw Jews want to trade historic building for new offices

    February 4, 2013 | 10:22 am

    The Jewish community of Warsaw is advancing plans to demolish one of its historic ghetto-era buildings in favor of new offices.

    Under the plan, the White House on Twarda Street would be replaced with a 20-story building where the community, which has tripled in size since the...

  • Italian Holocaust victims remembered

    By Ryan Torok

    January 31, 2013 | 3:15 pm

    The names of 8,000 Italian Jewish victims of the Holocaust were read aloud on Jan. 25 as part of four area events in honor of Italy’s Holocaust Remembrance Day.

    The names were split among four venues in L.A. County: the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (LAMOTH) in Pan Pacific...

  • Preserving Auschwitz?

    By Ryan E. Smith

    January 30, 2013 | 5:11 pm

    For many, the everlasting power of Auschwitz is understood only by visiting the infamous death camp and walking the grounds where more than 1 million people were killed during the Holocaust.

    The problem, according to two local architects, is in assuming the camp itself will be...

  • The power of maps, in history and politics

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    January 30, 2013 | 3:58 pm

    On display in my office is a globe that captures a perilous moment in time — the world as it existed on very eve of World War II.  The Japanese puppet-state of Manchukuo can be seen in what is today northeast China, but both Austria and Czechoslovakia have disappeared into the...

  • Top Egyptian official calls Holocaust a ‘myth’

    January 30, 2013 | 10:53 am

    A top Egyptian official close to President Mohamed Morsi called the Holocaust a myth.

    "The myth of the Holocaust is an industry that America invented,” Fathi Shihab Eddim reportedly claimed in recent days.

    Shihab Eddim reportedly is responsible for appointing the editors of all...

  • ADL calls on conservatives to keep Nazi analogies out of gun debate

    January 25, 2013 | 10:24 am

    The Anti-Defamation League called on conservatives to keep Nazi analogies out of the gun control debate.

    "The idea that supporters of gun control are doing something akin to what Hitler’s Germany did to strip citizens of guns in the run-up to the Second World War is historically...

  • Abbas claims link between Nazis and Zionists

    January 22, 2013 | 10:43 am

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told a Lebanese television station that the Nazis and Zionists worked in collaboration before World War II.

    The subject was the topic of Abbas' dissertation for his doctorate in history from the Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow.

    ...
  • Hundreds of Jewish gravestones found in Greece

    December 21, 2012 | 11:51 am

    Police in northern Greece have recovered hundreds of headstones from Jewish graves destroyed during the Holocaust.

    The 668 fragments were found buried in a plot of land in central Thessaloniki, Greece's second largest city, following a 70-year search for the remains of graves...

  • ‘Fill the Void’ not on Oscar foreign language film shortlist

    By Tom Tugend

    December 21, 2012 | 9:44 am

    Israel’s Oscar-nomination run hit another bump Friday , when “Fill the Void,” the country’s entry, failed to make the list of nine semi-finalists among foreign-language films.

    This year’s entries from 71 countries showed a renewed interest in Holocaust and World War II themes....

  • Excerpt from ‘The Auschwitz Volunteer: Beyond Bravery’ by Captain Witold Pilecki

    December 6, 2012 | 1:14 pm

    CAPTAIN WITOLD PILECKI’S 1945 AUSCHWITZ REPORT

    Summer 1945

    So, I am to write down the driest of facts, which is what my friends want me to do.

    They have told me: “The more you stick to the bare facts without any kind of commentary, the more valuable it all will be.”

    Well,...

  • The man who snuck into Auschwitz

    By Rob Eshman

    December 5, 2012 | 2:27 pm

    Have you heard of Witold Pilecki?

    A new book, “The Auschwitz Volunteer: Beyond Bravery” (Aquila Polonica: 2012), documents, in his own words, Pilecki’s remarkable exploits, and I can’t think of a better gift to give yourself for Chanukah. 

    Pilecki was a Polish army captain who...

  • 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...

  • Jewish Resistance fighter Vladka Meed dies at 90

    November 26, 2012 | 11:13 am

    Vladka Meed, a Jewish Resistance fighter in World War II and a founder of the American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors, has died.

    Meed, who smuggled weapons into the Warsaw Ghetto, died Nov. 21 in Phoenix, Ariz., at the age of 90. She had suffered from Alzheimer's...

  • Report: Wiesel, Obama not writing book

    November 13, 2012 | 10:42 am

    Elie Wiesel and President Obama are not writing a book together, as reported by an Israeli newspaper.

    The subscription-only Publisher's Lunch, citing a source close to Obama, reported that there is no book and no book deal, the Forward reported Tuesday.

    Wiesel, the Nobel...

  • Jewish World War II veteran Mort Schecter named Veteran of the Year

    By Ryan Torok

    November 12, 2012 | 3:02 pm

    As a tail gunner stationed on bombers during World War II, Mort Schecter frequently found himself a sitting duck.

    Seventy years later, however, the 89-year-old was standing proudly on the 50-yard line at the Rose Bowl as he received the Veteran of the Year Award from the County...

  • Loyola marymount commemorates Kristallnacht

    By Tom Tugend

    October 31, 2012 | 11:14 am

    On the night of Nov. 9-10, 1938, brown-shirted storm troopers torched and looted hundreds of synagogues and destroyed 7,500 Jewish businesses throughout Germany and Austria in what is known as Kristallnacht, “the night of broken glass.”

    On Nov. 8, Loyola Marymount University...

  • U.S. response to a cry for help during World War II

    By Michael Berenbaum

    October 24, 2012 | 12:07 pm

    A prosecutor by training and a historical novelist by avocation, Gregory J. Wallance has written books of historical fiction and historical nonfiction. In “America’s Soul in the Balance: The Holocaust, FDR’s State Department and the Moral Disgrace of an American Aristocracy”...

  • Honoring of Italian fascist angers local Jewish group

    October 10, 2012 | 10:50 am

    A new Italian women’s group has added its voice to protests over a publicly funded monument honoring the World War II-era fascist leader Rodolfo Graziani.

    The leadership of Binah, an all-women Jewish party represented on the board of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities,...

  • ADL slams Democrats invoking Holocaust analogies

    September 6, 2012 | 9:29 am

    The Anti-Defamation League decried three recent reported Nazi analogies used in political debate, all by Democrats.

    "Earlier today, South Carolina State Democratic Chairman Dick Harpootlian reportedly evoked Eva Braun when discussing Gov. Nikki Haley's press briefing from a...

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