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  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Amsterdam tram company won’t punish conductor accused of anti-Semitism

    August 22, 2012 | 10:30 am

    Amsterdam’s transport company, GVB, announced it would not punish an employee accused of making an anti-Semitic remark.

    Two people told the Jewish Community of Amsterdam, NIHS, that they had heard a tram conductor aboard Line 17 say on Aug. 8 that the Anne Frank House was how “the...

  • Antwerp mayor announces new monument naming city’s Shoah victims

    August 16, 2012 | 10:29 am

    The mayor of Antwerp announced plans to build a monument to commemorate every Antwerp Jew murdered in the Holocaust.

    “It is unacceptable that unlike other European cities, the municipality of Antwerp has never erected a single monument in memory of the history” of the Holocaust,...

  • 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...

  • Australian court’s failure to extradite alleged ex-Nazi raises ire, questions

    August 15, 2012 | 10:25 am

    In a court ruling that is bringing new attention to Australia’s failure to prosecute alleged Nazi-era war criminals, the government will not surrender to Hungary the man believed to be the country’s last World War II war crimes suspect.

    The nation’s High Court ruled Wednesday...

  • Suspected war criminal escapes extradition from Australia on legal technicality

    August 15, 2012 | 10:16 am

    Australia’s highest court has ruled not to extradite suspected war criminal Charles Zentai to his native Hungary.

    Nazi hunter Efraim Zuroff told JTA that Wednesday’s ruling not to extradite the alleged war criminal to Hungary is “a permanent stain on Australia’s record.”

    An...

  • Survey finds young Frenchman unfamiliar with WWII Jewish roundup

    July 17, 2012 | 11:25 am

    Most young Frenchmen never heard of the World War II roundup of Paris Jews, a survey shows.

    The recent survey showed most young French adults were unaware of the deportation of Parisian Jews during the Holocaust.

    Sixty percent of respondents aged 18 to 24 said they never heard of...

  • Israel salutes non-Jewish Poles for heroism and preserving Jewish memory

    July 10, 2012 | 10:14 am

    Israel in twin ceremonies honored non-Jewish Poles who rescued Jews during the Holocaust and those who have preserved Jewish memory since World War II.

    Israeli Ambassador to Poland Zvi Rav-Ner on June 8 recognized five Polish women as Righteous Gentiles for risking their lives to...

  • 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...

  • Gino Bartali, Italian cycling legend, saved Jews during WWII [VIDEO]

    By JewishJournal

    June 18, 2012 | 11:07 am

    World renowned cyclist Gino Bartali, the subject of new book “Road To Valor,” saved Jews during World War II, according to HuffingtonPost.com.

    Gino Bartali is best known as a cycling legend who holds the record for the longest time span between victories at the Tour de France –...

  • 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...

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